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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Barbarians - Official Teaser - Netflix

During the battle of the Teutoburg forest in 9 AD the fates of three lives are connected to each other when the Germanic tribes attempted to halt the spread of the Roman Empire.

Gaetano Aronica - Varus

Bence Ferenczi - Berulf Buddy Y

Jeanne Goursaud - Thusnelda

Tibor Milos Krisko - Berulf Buddy

Jeremy Miliker - Ansgar

Laurence Rupp - Arminius

Barbarians only on Netflix October 23.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

TikTok Statement On Proposed Deal Blessed By Donald Trump

"We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the US Administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the US.

"As part of this proposal, Oracle will become our trusted technology provider, responsible for hosting all US user data and securing associated computer systems to ensure US national security requirements are fully satisfied. We are currently working with Walmart on a commercial partnership as well. Both companies will take part in a TikTok Global pre-IPO financing round in which they can take up to a 20% cumulative stake in the company. We will also maintain and expand TikTok's Global headquarters in the US, while bringing 25,000 jobs across the country.

"TikTok has won the hearts of hundreds of millions of people around the world, including 100 million Americans, because it's a home for entertainment, connection, and expression. We're delighted that the individuals who've turned their creativity on TikTok into thriving careers, the small businesses using TikTok to reach customers during the pandemic, and the families who've found joy and connection through our platform will be able to use TikTok for many years to come.

"Our team works tirelessly to provide a safe and inclusive platform and we're thrilled that we will be able to continue serving our amazingly diverse and creative community."

Ghosts returns to BBC on September 21 at 8:30pm

BBC One's hugely successful sitcom Ghosts returns to screens in September for a six part series as well as a Christmas special at the end of the year.

Made by Monumental Television, the hugely popular sitcom features a young couple, Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe), who unexpectedly inherit a grand country estate only to find it is both falling apart and overrun with ghosts.

The crumbling country pile of Button House is home to a troupe of restless spirits who have died there over the centuries, each ghost very much a product of their time, resigned to squabbling with each other for eternity over the most inane of daily gripes.

This series Alison and Mike are trying to find a semi-harmonious routine with the ghostly housemates of Button House: the ghosts have found a way to make their new situation work for them, while the couple are working towards a new money-making venture to fund the house's never-ending renovations Without the money to continue the extensive building work and the hotel still a distant dream, Alison and Mike decide to try to rent the place out for events.

Ghosts is the first BBC One project for the creators and stars of Yonderland, the feature film Bill and the comedy series Horrible Histories: Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond. The cast also includes Lolly Adefope and Katy Wix. Its consolidated series average of 3.7m made Ghosts the highest rating comedy series on UK television in 2019.

The Grey Lady
2 Episode 1 of 6
Alison and Mike are trying to find a semi-harmonious routine with the ghostly housemates of Button House and are working towards a new money-making venture to fund their perpetual renovations. But after a paranormal photo of the house goes viral, Alison and Mike spot their opportunity to bring money in more quickly by using the ghosts' 'talents' to create an authentic haunted house experience. Will they be able to convince the ghosts to help them?

Release date: 21 September 2020

Friday, 18 September 2020

Celebrity Karaoke Club

Wed 23 Sep 2020
10.00pm - 11.00pm

Seven celebrities unleash their vocals as they head into a karaoke bar with the hopes of winning this exciting music competition. Whether their voice is like Mariah Carey or Mariah Scarey, in this competition it’s all about the love of karaoke and commanding a stage - in everything from epic solo performances to group battles.

But there’s a twist, because the people they will have to impress are their fellow competitors, every celebrity karaoke singer is also a karaoke judge. At the end of every episode they’ll be sending someone home, with new celebrities joining the competition also hoping to be crowned the karaoke king or queen.

The celebrities heading into Karaoke Club for the competition are:

TV favourite Scarlett Moffatt
Comedian and Loose Women favourite Judi Love
Comedian and TV host Joel Dommett
International drag queen and entertainer Courtney Act
TV and radio presenter Roman Kemp
Ibiza Weekender’s David Potts
TV and radio presenter Melvin Odoom
Reality star Jessica Wright
Comedian and impressionist Luke Kempner
Singer and actress Diana Vickers
Drag Race’s Baga Chipz
Singer-songwriter Tallia Storm
Love Island's Samira Mighty

In between the rounds the stars can grab a cocktail at the bar or have a good old gossip about their rivals in the toilets, because when the singing stops, the competition really begins. Can the stars form alliances with their fellow competitors and let popularity propel them to victory? Or will they rely on their performance to steal the top spot?

Episode 1

This brand new series sees Scarlett Moffatt, Courtney Act, Jess Wright, Melvin Odoom, Tallia Storm, Luke Kempner and David Potts  take to the karaoke stage with the hopes of being crowned the ultimate karaoke star. Whether their voice is like Mariah Carey or Mariah Scarey, in this competition it’s all about the performance. But there’s a twist, because every celebrity karaoke singer is also a karaoke judge and they are all voting to kick someone out of the club at the end of the night.

And that’s not all because as the drinks starts flowing so does that gossip, and our famous faces chat about everything from their rivals, to threesomes, and who has slid into their DMs.

Channel 4 commissions new crime thriller Before We Die starring Lesley Sharp

Channel 4 has commissioned six-part crime thriller, Before We Die, starring Lesley Sharp, Vincent Regan and Patrick Gibson, from newly formed production company, Eagle Eye Drama, launched by the same team behind global drama brand, Walter Presents.

Based on the hit Swedish series of the same name, Before We Die is set in Bristol and is Eagle Eye’s second drama commission.

Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Three Girls, Bob & Rose) leads the cast as detective Hannah Laing who becomes deeply conflicted when she discovers her son is playing a crucial role as an undercover informant in a brutal murder investigation. Patrick Gibson (The Tudors, The OA) plays the role of her mixed-up son, Christian, while Croatian actor Toni Gojanović, who starred in HBO Europe’s recent hit series, Success, will take on the role of Davor Mimica the leader of the criminal gang. Vincent Regan (Troy, 300, Wallander) stars as Billy Murdoch, a non-conformist investigator, who is seconded to Hannah’s unit to advise on Eastern European drug gangs.

Channel 4 Head of Drama Caroline Hollick, who commissioned the series, says: “Every episode of Before We Die is a rollercoaster of excitement – and I’m so delighted to have Lesley Sharp bring her trademark gravitas and charisma to Channel 4.  It’s a privilege to be part of this truly inspiring European collaboration.”

Thursday, 17 September 2020

The Pact is set to become BBC Wales’ next highly anticipated hit.

More thrilling drama is set to hit our screens after BBC Cymru Wales has announced that it has commissioned a brand new crime drama. With a strong cast and gripping storyline, The Pact is set to become BBC Wales' next highly anticipated hit.

With filming starting this week, the drama will follow the story of five friends, a sudden death and a web of lies.

The Pact brings together a stellar team that has worked on some of the TV's best-loved dramas. Breaking Bad star Laura Fraser takes centre stage alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and a host of established Welsh talent including Aneurin Barnard (The Personal History of David Copperfield, Dunkirk), Eiry Thomas (Keeping Faith), Heledd Gwynn (Ordinary Lies), Abbie Hern (The Twilight Zone), Aled ap Steffan (Gangs of London), Jason Hughes (Midsomer Murders) and Mark Lewis Jones (The Crown), as well as Gabrielle Creevy, who won Best Actress in the 2019 BAFTA Cymru awards for her role in the hit BBC drama In My Skin.

Produced by Little Door Productions, it is written and created by Pete McTighe (Doctor Who, A Discovery of Witches, Wentworth), produced by Catrin Lewis Defis (Bang, Eternal Beauty) and directed by Eric Styles (Hidden) and Rebecca Johnson (The Flash).

The six-part series is due to air in spring 2021 and is the first commission for the Cardiff-based independent production company Little Door Productions.

BBC Cymru Wales Head of Commissioning Nick Andrews said:

"The Pact is such an exciting commission for BBC Wales. It builds on our strong portfolio of impactful drama, and like Hinterland, Keeping Faith and Hidden before it, brings together the best in the business to do their best work. It's a brilliant story and the strong cast and crew make this a highly anticipated series."

Sundance Now - The Bureau Season 5 Trailer

Garnering critical acclaim across the globe and winning awards galore, French spy thriller THE BUREAU is probably one of the greatest TV series you’ve never heard of…But that’s about to change as Sundance Now UK, the AMC Networks’ streaming service available as an Amazon Prime add on, has the exclusive UK premiere of THE BUREAU, Season 5. This exclusive Sundance Now series is streaming now in full (September 17, 2020).

https://amzn.to/2RAQapC - You can watch individual episodes on Amazon, or click the "Watch with Sundance" link for a free trial!

THE BUREAU, Complete 1 – 5 Seasons is also now available exclusively on Sundance Now in the UK. Hailed as “the smartest and most authentic-feeling procedural espionage series anywhere in the world” by The New York Times, the suspense filled series, from creator and showrunner Éric Rochant (Mafiosa, The Patriots) takes us into the undercover world of French agents at the DGSE, France’s leading intelligence centre.

Within the DGSE (Directorate General of External Security), the "Office of Legends" operate the most valuable members of the French intelligence services: secret agents. Spending prolonged amounts of time immersed in hostile countries, these operatives are tasked with identifying potential sources of intelligence among the people they come into contact with. Operating under a fabricated identity, they live for years in a permanent state of double identity, between an apparently normal life and their covert intelligence activity. The thrilling first series begins with one of the top agents, Malotru, (Mathieu Kassovitz, Amélie, The Fifth Element, La Haine) recalled from a lengthy undercover mission in Damascus. Although lauded as a hero by the Bureau, can he settle back into his old life after six years as someone else? And what about the Syrian girlfriend he left behind… is she who she says she is, or could she be his downfall? The highly anticipated 10-part fifth season features two episodes directed by renowned award-winning director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet).

JJA (Mathieu Amalric, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Quantum of Solace), Director of Internal Security, has taken over the running of the office as Marie-Jeanne (Florence Loiret Caille, The Little Bedroom) is testing her fieldwork skills in Egypt. The DGSE is shaken by rumours published about Malotru’s (Kassovitz) fate: is he dead or alive and what role did the DGSE and the CIA play? The leaks bring back old demons for JJA, increasing his paranoia and worrying his closest collaborators, Sisteron (Jonathan Zaccaï, Robin Hood) and Ellenstein (Jules Sagot, You’ll Be a Man). His fears are raised when new agent, Mille Sabords (Louis Garrel, Little Women), tries to approach the Saudi secret services while investigating the sacrificial victim Paul Lefebvre. Another collateral casualty of Malotru’s disappearance is César (Stefan Crepon), the genius geek who infiltrated the best cyber-attackers of the FSB, who are now preparing a large-scale operation.

Exclusive Premiere: Thursday, September 17, 2020 Episodes: 10

https://amzn.to/2RAQapC - You can watch individual episodes on Amazon, or click the "Watch with Sundance" link for a free trial!

AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now is for culture craving TV watchers looking for their next series to obsess over and offers a rich selection of original and exclusive series from engrossing true crime to heart-stopping dramas and fiercely intelligent thrillers from around the world as well as star-studded films and fascinating documentaries, all streaming commercial-free. New programmes are added every week. Sundance Now UK is available as an add-on subscription service through Amazon Prime Video Channels.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Competition: Win The Man Who Killed Don Quixote DVD

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is released on September 21st on DVD and Blu-ray

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away on DVD

See 2020 Oscar and BAFTA Nominees Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce spar in the lead roles in this visually stunning epic adventure.

Toby, a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who directs The Man Who Killed Don Quixote?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@jonn.co.uk

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1. Closing date 28-09-20
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

The Mandalorian - Season 2 Trailer!

Disney has released the first trailer for The Mandalorian‘s much-anticipated second season, landing on Disney+ in October.

“Wherever I go, he goes.”

A second season, consisting of eight episodes, is scheduled to premiere on October 30, 2020.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham to star in new Jimmy McGovern drama Time for BBC One

Sean Bean (Broken, Game Of Thrones) and Stephen Graham (Line Of Duty, The Virtues) will reunite to lead a gripping new prison drama from Jimmy McGovern for BBC One. Time is a three-part series and will be produced by BBC Studios Production. It begins filming in Liverpool this autumn.

Seen through the eyes of two very different men, Time is a visceral and high-stakes portrayal of life in the modern British penal system. It is a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment and penitence and the impact that prison has on all those who pass through it. Time is emotional and thrilling, showcasing the performances of two of Britain’s finest and best-loved actors.

Sean Bean takes on the role of Mark Hebden, a teacher, husband and father, who killed an innocent man in an accident. Consumed by guilt, he accepts and even welcomes his four-year sentence. Separated from his family, he has no idea what to expect in this unforgiving new environment and needs to learn quickly how to survive.

Stephen Graham is Eric Reid, a prison officer. Caring and honest, Eric tries his very best to protect those in his charge, something which is a daily challenge in this understaffed and high-tension world. When one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family.

Both Eric and Mark, officer and inmate, are seemingly trapped by their pasts and unsure of their futures. Each has to not only survive, but to find the strength and the way to move forward.

Writer Jimmy McGovern says: “The BBC have given me a brilliant young director and two of the greatest actors on the planet. I am overjoyed.”

Sean Bean says: “Getting to be involved in a Jimmy McGovern drama again is a real privilege and it will be great to be reunited with Stephen. Mark Hebden is another of Jimmy’s complex and superbly written characters and I am looking forward to bringing him to life on screen.”

Stephen Graham says: “It is an absolute honour to be working with Jimmy again, I’m feeling blessed. I’m excited to be working with Lewis as I have heard so many incredible things about him as a director, I can’t wait to get stuck in. Of course, I am made up to be back on set with Sean.”

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Love Life with Anna Kendrick acquired for the BBC

The BBC has acquired the romantic comedy anthology series Love Life, featuring Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick from Lionsgate Television. The series has been one of the top performers on HBO Max streaming in the US, and will be coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer soon as a boxset.

Love Life (10 x 30) is about the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we're with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.

This fresh take on a romantic comedy follows a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each half-hour episode telling the story of one of their relationships. Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, A Simple Favor) stars in the first season along with Zoë Chao (Downhill, Strangers), Peter Vack (Someone Great, The Bold Type), and Sasha Compere (Miracle Workers, Uncorked).

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, says: “Love Life is so engaging and relatable - I am sure BBC viewers will really enjoy witnessing all the romantic experiences the characters go through in the series.”

Love Life is a 10 x 30 series acquired for the BBC by Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC. It is produced by Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment. The series comes from creator Sam Boyd (In A Relationship), who co-show runs with Bridget Bedard (Transparent, Ramy).

Boyd and Bedard serve as executive producers alongside Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Bridesmaids) and Dan Magnante (Someone Great).

Pictured: Jin Ha, Anna Kendrick

Taskmaster coming soon trailer

Fans of the Bafta-winning hit show Taskmaster don’t have long to wait for the brand new series to start on Channel 4.

The trailer, which airs for the first time tonight at 9pm on Channel 4, shows the Taskmaster, Greg Davies, poke fun at the fact that the show was originally developed for Channel 4 before being picked up by Dave where it aired for ten successful series.

Holding court on their gleaming thrones for the first time on Channel 4 will be Greg Davies as the incomparable and all-powerful Taskmaster, and Alex Horne as his faithful sidekick and general dogsbody.

Hoping to impress the Taskmaster with their creative ingenuity and be crowned the next champion are: BAFTA winning actress and writer Daisy May Cooper (This Country, BBC Three), acclaimed comedian, writer and director Johnny Vegas (Benidorm, ITV), BAFTA winning actress Katherine Parkinson (IT Crowd, Channel 4), comedian and actor Mawaan Rizwan (Live At The Apollo, BBC Two), and comedian, multi-award-winning podcaster and writer Richard Herring (RHLSTP).

Channel 4 to broadcast free to air coverage of Autumn Nations Cup

Channel 4 will show live free to air television coverage of England’s clash with Ireland when the rugby giants meet in the Autumn Nations Cup this November.

Channel 4 - the only place where viewers can enjoy free to air television coverage of the tournament - will also show exclusive live coverage of the inaugural competition’s opening match between Ireland and Wales. In addition to three live matches, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from all the rounds of the eight-team tournament after striking a deal with Amazon Prime Video.

Channel 4 teamed up with Amazon Prime Video to ensure rugby fans can enjoy the entire tournament with Prime Video showing a range of games exclusively which will be available to Prime Members. This tournament follows hard on the heels of the conclusion of the Guinness Six Nations. Prime Video will also carry live coverage of England vs Ireland alongside Channel 4s live coverage.

The Autumn Nations Cup has been lined up to replace the autumn rugby internationals which have been kyboshed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The competition opens on Friday, 13th November, when Ireland take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin live on Channel 4. The cup competition will be held over four weeks and features all Six Nations teams – England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales – who will be joined by Georgia and Fiji.

Channel 4’s Head of Sport Pete Andrews said: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with Amazon to bring rugby fans this fantastic tournament. It’s thrilling to be offering first class live international rugby on Channel 4 and it’s great to be launching the tournament live on a Friday night with Ireland v Wales. The England Ireland match-up the following week is a mouth-watering prospect live on Channel 4.

As well as live coverage of Ireland vs Wales (13.11.20) and England vs Ireland (21.11.20), Ireland’s game against Georgia (29.11.20) will also be live on Channel 4.

England will be in one pool with Georgia, Ireland and Wales while France, Fiji, Italy and Scotland make up the other pool. Channel 4 will carry highlights of the tournament’s conclusion, the finals weekend on 6th December. After playing other teams in their pool, the leaders of each table will play each other in a final. A finals weekend will also see the second placed teams of both groups play each other, both third placed teams play and so on. Channel 4's coverage will be produced by Sunset + Vine Wales.

Channel 4 will also be showing live coverage of the Heineken Champions Cup Final on 17th October, about one month before the Autumn Nations Cup kicks off.

Donald Fear WINS £1,000,000 with THREE lifelines left! | Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? | ITV

The phrase Jeremy Clarkson has been waiting to say, "DONALD FEAR… YOU HAVE JUST WON A MILLION POUNDS!"

The sixth UK million pound winner, 14 years in the making, is... Donald Fear!

Monday, 7 September 2020

Doc Martin hangs up his stethoscope

The production team behind the hugely successful ITV drama Doc Martin have confirmed the next series, which begins filming in 2021, will be the final instalment in the life of the grumpy Cornish GP.

In spite of his cantankerous bed side manner, Doc Martin has won legions of fans in the UK and around the world for his incisive diagnoses and medical excellence as he treats patients in the sleepy Cornish fishing village of Portwenn where he spent holidays as a child.  His on-off love affair and eventual marriage to Louisa, played by long standing co-star Caroline Catz, created rare tender moments between the two characters as Martin often found it difficult to reveal his true feelings for her. 

Series 10 will begin filming in the spring of 2021 with the drama then airing on ITV later that year.

Explaining their decision Martin Clunes and producer Philippa Braithwaite on behalf of production company, Buffalo Pictures, would like fans to embrace the final series and view it as a celebration of the character who has struck a chord with millions of viewers.

Commented Martin Clunes and Philippa Braithwaite:

“We have loved making nine series of Doc Martin.  When we launched the series in 2004 we could never have imagined how much our loyal viewers would take to the grumpy Doc like they have.  The series has avid fans both in the UK and throughout the world and we are thrilled that Doc Martin has topped the ratings every time.

However, after sixteen years we now feel that the time has come to say goodbye to Portwenn.  We will be making the tenth and final series in 2021 and we are very much looking forward to returning to Cornwall to film it.”

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories - Captain Sir Tom Moore

Sun 13 Sep 2020
8.00pm - 9.00pm

Captain Sir Tom Moore joins Piers Morgan to look back on his extraordinary life - which spans an entire century.

He reflects on the devastating accident which left him in intensive care at the age of 98 - and how his gratitude to the NHS and battle to regain mobility led to his record-breaking charity walk.

Tom reveals the untold story of his first marriage - and how his beloved second wife Pamela brought him happiness and a family before her tragic terminal illness left him rebuilding his life once again.

He also takes stock of his wartime service in Burma, and gives Piers a touching insight into how, after his fundraising heroics made him a global phenomenon, his life has changed at the age of 100.

The Singapore Grip - ITV

Sun 13 Sep 2020
9.00pm - 10.00pm

Series overview
Adapted from Booker Prize winner J.G. Farrell’s novel by Oscar winning screenwriter and playwright Sir Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons), The Singapore Grip stars Luke Treadaway, David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Colm Meaney and Charles Dance. Former Coronation Street actor Elizabeth Tan and rising star Georgia Blizzard will also star as leads in the highly anticipated series.

An epic story set during World War Two, The Singapore Grip focuses on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion.

Olivier Award winning actor Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ordeal By Innocence, Traitors) plays the reluctant hero and innocent abroad Matthew Webb.

Award winning actor, David Morrissey (The Missing, Britannia, The Walking Dead) takes the role of ruthless rubber merchant Walter Blackett, who is head of British Singapore’s oldest and most powerful firm alongside his business partner Webb played by Charles Dance OBE (Game of Thrones, And Then There Were None).

With Webb’s health failing, Walter needs to ensure the future of their firm is secure. He decides Webb’s son Matthew is the perfect match for his spoilt daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard). Matthew’s idealism leaves Walter increasingly suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan), a mysterious Chinese refugee.

Episode 1
For rubber baron Walter Blackett and his family, 1941 Singapore is full of wealth and privilege, and the horrors of war-torn Europe a distant whisper. With his company’s silver jubilee approaching, Walter looks to consolidate his power as his elderly partner, Mr Webb, moves further into retirement. With the issue of his legacy to consider, Walter must decide where to place his trust; in his wilful daughter Joan and the apple of his eye, or his son Monty, a reckless liability. But their world is rocked by the arrival of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese dissident, seeking their aid.

Matthew Webb - Luke Treadaway
Walter Blackett - David Morrissey
Vera Chiang - Elizabeth Tan
Sylvia Blackett - Jane Horrocks
Mr Webb - Charles Dance
Major Brendan Archer - Colm Meaney
Joan Blackett - Georgia Blizzard
Monty Blackett - Luke Newberry
Capt. James Ehrendorf - Bart Edwards
Francois Dupigny - Christophe Guybet

Emma Barnett to be the new host of Woman’s Hour

Emma Barnett will be the main host of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour from January 2021.

Emma is one of BBC Radio’s most respected and renowned broadcasters. She is currently the host of her eponymous award-winning BBC Radio 5 Live show and part of the presenting line up of Newsnight. She was named Best Speech Presenter at the 2020 Radio Academy Awards (ARIAs), Radio Broadcaster Of The Year 2018 by the Broadcasting Press Guild and Broadcaster of the Year 2017 by the Political Studies Association.

Known for her headline-making interviews and broadcasting firsts - including hosting the BBC’s first joint live radio and TV phone-in with a Prime Minister (Theresa May) - and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall’s first guest edit, live from Clarence House, Emma asks the questions listeners want to hear the answers to.

Emma presented Woman’s Hour alongside Jane Garvey and Jenni Murray during the 2017 and 2019 General Elections and interviewed Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson during that time. She anchored the overnight BBC Radio 2019 election programme with James Naughtie that was simulcast across Radio 4 and 5 Live. She was the first chair of the Woman’s Hour Power List, which celebrated the 100 most powerful women in Britain, and has been a regular guest presenter of the programme since 2013.

Emma says: “I can’t wait to get to know the many listeners of Woman’s Hour a lot, lot better. What adventures we are going to have together - all starting in the year that this BBC institution, the radio mothership, turns 75. I have a long love of Woman's Hour and live radio and know that this is a very special and rare opportunity."

Kym Marsh, Ashley John Baptiste and Dom Littlewood all return to the BBC One Daytime, with Sabrina Grant joining BBC Two Early Peak

The BBC has announced a range of new formats and titles for BBC One Daytime, which see Kym Marsh, Ashley John Baptiste and Dom Littlewood all returning to the schedule, alongside new addition to BBC Two Early Peak, Sabrina Grant (pictured above).

In the mornings on BBC One, Dom Littlewood examines the booming home delivery industry, tracing the journey of online orders. Moment Of Proof brings true crime documentary to BBC Daytime, telling the stories of police investigations centred around the moment where detectives realise they’ve cracked the case.

Returning for a second series is For Love Or Money, presented by Kym Marsh and Ashley John Baptiste and investigating online 'romance fraud' which has soared during lockdown. This follows a successful first series last year, which also played out in BBC One peak in March.

The new formats for afternoons on BBC Two Early Peak include, Saved And Remade (w/t), where a team of experts who rework items of sentimental value into desirable contemporary pieces, and My Unique B&B (w/t), featuring aspiring B&B hosts keen to earn a bit of extra cash by transforming their spare outdoor spaces into exceptional holiday rentals.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Britain’s Got Talent - Q&A with Ashley Banjo

Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV! Following the auditions in Spring, BGT is back for the semi-finals and grand finale.

We’ll welcome back the acts who impressed the judges and made it through to the semi-finals, not forgetting our golden buzzer acts, singer Fayth Ifil; comedian and singer, Jon Courtney; choir Sign Along With Us; comedian Nabil Abdulrashid; and mother and daughter singing duo, Honey and Sammy.

As usual, Ant and Dec will host the semi-finals whilst Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams will be joined by Ashley Banjo at the judges’ desk. Eight contestants will perform in each semi-final and the judges will choose one act to go through. The second finalist will then be chosen via public vote when the episode airs.

The series will then culminate with the live final, in October, where one act will triumph as Britain’s Got Talent 2020 Champion and win the life-changing £250,000 prize plus that coveted role on The Royal Variety Performance.

Q&A with Ashley Banjo

How does it feel to be joining the panel of Britain’s Got Talent?

As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier! It’s super humbling and super exciting! I remember being on that stage last year and talking about how it’s been ten years since we won, and how people should never tell you, you can’t do something. Walking on that stage as a 20-year-old street dancer from the streets of East London and now I am walking out there and stepping in for the big man! It feels really nice, almost poetic.

What did you think when you heard the news about Simon’s accident?

First and foremost, me joining the show this year is bittersweet because I feel like this year has been full of horrible news. There are a few people over the course of Diversity’s career who have been integral and had a huge impact, and Simon’s one of those. So, to hear that he had had the accident was horrible. I’m just so glad to hear he’s recovering well.

You’ve got some big shoes to fill!

Do you know what? That’s the thing, if I was stepping in for any of the other judges then I’d feel that way, I’d feel nervous about it being big shoes to fill. But with Simon his shoes are well and truly on, no one can ever replace him or fill his shoes. I just feel like I am doing a job for him because Simon can never be replaced in that way. I’m just an addition to the panel, that’s the way I see it. It actually makes me less nervous, the fact I’m stepping in for Simon. To be honest anyone sitting in Simon’s chair would have to bring a level of respect where people go, ‘Do you know what? That person knows what they are talking about’. There’s no one more qualified than Simon when it comes to judging variety acts, and if you’re going to sit on that panel you better have some decent qualifications. But I think in terms of the niche of BGT I am a weirdly qualified person purely because of my journey on the show.

He’s TV’s ‘Mr. Nasty’, so will you be tough like him?

I’ll be tough on everyone! I won’t be Mr. Mean, just Mr. Honest. With a show like BGT there’s no mucking about. It’s not a celeb-based show, it’s not like everyone’s there just for entertainment, this is life changing stuff. I’m going to be sitting there questioning what they are doing, why would you use your two minutes to show the world what they can do and then do that? If that’s how I feel, then I’ll say it!

You are testament to how life changing this show is…

Absolutely. The other judges get it, of course they do, they’ve had as much experience as anyone. But they can never understand the show in the same way as I do. Hearing that title music for the show, even now sitting at home, when I hear that music it sends waves through my stomach. Even now all these years later, I hear that music and Ant and Dec saying, ‘Here’s Diversity…’. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Every time we go out there on that stage I think that this is us walking back in there after ten years and still being able to hold our own. I don’t know if anywhere in the world any other act has done that.

How did the rest of Diversity react when you told them the news?

So, we were on the tour bus and I was like, ‘Guys, I’m in chats about us doing a performance on BGT, so we might have some last-minute rehearsals to do’, and they were like, ‘Oh, OK, no problem, we’ve got this!’. Then I said, ‘And by the way, they want me to step in for Simon’. There was a moment of silence, then they started laughing and erupted into a big wave of noise which I shall not repeat! It was a special moment. They are super happy because we operate as a team, we’re in this together, so they are proud. I think they are prouder than I am!

You’ve had loads of experience being a TV judge, but will you approach BGT differently?

I think so, definitely. I’ve been a judge on other shows and I’ve worked in the industry for a long time now, but this feels personal to me, do you know what I mean? I feel like no other contestant from that show, or even Simon, has had the experience of Britain’s Got Talent that I have. To have been on the show all those years ago and to have then consistently kept the brand of Diversity going ever since, be out there working hard in the mainstream, and now becoming a judge on the show, that’s a very individual story. I’m super excited.

Do you feel any pressure?

Not with this no. I feel pressure every year to remain great at what we do and to keep pushing boundaries, so this is a humbling reward for responding to the pressure all the time. At the same time, you don’t want to sit on that panel and be a potato! You want to make sure you give input, that you’re valued and bring something to the show. So obviously I feel a bit of pressure but I’m just excited about giving it a go.

How are you feeling about working with Amanda, Alesha and David?

I know Alesha really well, Diversity’s only TV performance this year was with her. I know Amanda and although I don’t know David quite as well, he’s a character, right? So, I am super excited to be working with them and getting to see them in a different light.

As someone who has been in their shoes on this show and as a performer too, what’s your advice to them about dealing with the fact there’s no live studio audience?

They’ve got a set up that no one in the history of the show has ever had, so what some people might see as a disadvantage, like having no crowd, I as a performer would be trying to bounce off that and use the situation to my advantage. However you do that is down to you, it’s about showing your creativity. People are going to have to bring their A game, this is a tough challenge. It’s tough anyway but with the changes, it’s crazy. For a start they’ve got me when they will have been thinking about Simon as a judge, they probably haven’t got a clue what I’m looking for. That will bring a different element for them to think about.

Dance acts are always compared to Diversity, are you looking forward to seeing what they bring to the show this year?

Apparently the one to beat Diversity is in the show this year. I’ve been told X1X Crew are really good. They’ve been tipped as the people who might raise the bar on the show so how poetic is it that this is the year I am on the panel?

Have you got any idea what type of act you might like to see in the final?

It’s all so different! In a variety show like BGT it’s not like judging a dance competition or even a skating performance where you’re looking at the technicality. I feel like with BGT it has to be about how it makes you feel in the moment. Everyone is so different, there’s no even playing field, so you have to go with what hits you in the gut.

The semi-finals will hopefully put a smile on people’s faces…

This year has been crazy for everyone so absolutely I want BGT to remind everyone of how fun we are as a nation. BGT is a warm, family show which reminds us all how talented and eccentric this country is. You want to bring all of that this year more than ever before, 2020 is going to be a year that goes down in history, so I want BGT to be part of the positivity of that story.

Will fans see Diversity perform this year?

You may indeed! I never try and better what we did on the show the last time we performed, I always try and be in the moment. If you try and better what you did you’ll never succeed because we’re not the same people we were last year. Our story now is different. What we can say now is something else completely.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Nigella Lawson returns to BBC Two with new series, Cook, Eat, Repeat

Nigella, one of the nation’s most celebrated and beloved cooks, is back with another inspiring TV series, Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat.

In the series Nigella will share the rhythms and rituals of her kitchen through a multitude of delicious new recipes that make the most of her favourite ingredients.

Nigella gets to the heart of how food is woven into our everyday lives and the connection it provides. Along the way, she'll offer up mouth-watering dishes that range from the indulgent Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, to the rich luxurious Crab Mac’n’Cheese, and the life-affirming Fear Free Fish Stew - all beautifully shot to bring a weekly serving of comfort and cheer into the nation’s lives.

During the series, Nigella will spend time explaining where she finds inspiration for her recipes, from delving into her collection of vintage cookbooks to exchanges of ideas on social media.

“More than just a mantra, cook, eat, repeat is the story of my life,” says Nigella.

In addition to the six-part series will be a one-hour Christmas Special, one of the highlights on the festive TV schedule. Nigella will indulge in a little tourism around her Christmas table with food from near and far to warm up the winter evenings and add sparkle to the seasonal special.