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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

David Walliams, Sheridan Smith and Blake Harrison lead the cast for Sky One’s newest instalment Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After

Following last year's hilarious Cinderella: After Ever After, Sky has announced the commission of two further instalments of the entertaining, family-friendly specials for Sky One and NOW TV; Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After and Hansel & Gretel: After Ever After.

Sky Original Jack and the Beanstalk: After Ever After will air this coming Christmas on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV and production is due to start next month. The Christmas special stars David Walliams, Sheridan Smith and Blake Harrison and is produced by King Bert Productions. It's created and written by The Dawson Brothers and David Walliams, who takes on the role of the Giant in this reimagining of the classic tale. Alongside Walliams, Sheridan Smith (Cilla, Cleaning Up, The Royle Family) stars as The Woman with No Name, the self-proclaimed greatest giant-killer in the village and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners, Trust Me) as Dodgy Dave, a shifty market stall trader who sold Jack the magic beans. Further cast includes Jocelyn Jee Esien who plays Pat, Ashley McGuire as Mayoress and Daniel Rigby as the Baker.

All fairy tales end with 'happily ever after' but what happens after ever after? What happened after Jack defeated the giant? The 60-minute Christmas special begins where the fable ends, with a story of two very unlikely friends. We all thought Jack had put an end to the Giant but guess what? The Giant is concussed but very much alive and stuck on earth with no way back to his house in the sky. Jack must think on his feet and outsmart the angry villagers to get the giant home. Along the way, both characters discover their inner self belief and overcome their fears to help one another.

David Walliams said: "I often wondered what happened to Jack after ever after, so I decided to write a sequel because I can't stop writing books! This is a star-studded festive treat - a comedy sequel to one of the best loved English fairy tales. I am delighted to be playing the Giant, alongside some of the biggest names in British TV."

Sheridan Smith said: "This is a brilliantly funny piece and I'm so excited to be working with David again. My part 'The Woman with No Name', is a really fun part and like every baddie, she gets her comeuppance in the end! After the year we've had it's the perfect story for Christmas that the whole family can enjoy together."

BBC Two hooked on Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

The much-loved, critically acclaimed and award-winning, Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing has been commissioned for a fourth BBC Two series.
The most recent series, which finished on Sunday night, once again entertained the nation, bringing some much-needed cheer to BBC Two audiences. The series has consolidated at an average audience of 1.8m across the first five episodes to date (not including Sunday night's final episode), with viewers delighted to watch Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse return to the riverbanks of the UK.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: "With so many rivers left to fish, so many stories to be told, and so many new ways for Bob to fall over, it was inevitable that this glorious series would return. Thank you Bob and Paul for making a truly unique series."

Paul says: "The fish of the UK needn't worry too much as Bob and I return for another series of Gone Fishing. I love Bob and he needs me more than ever so we're back on the river bank for more high jinks and another series basking in the timeless wonder of the glorious British countryside."

Bob says: "I love doing this show and am over the moon to get the chance to go fishing with Paul again. I am already working on heart healthy recipes to cook and new ways to irritate him."

Monday, 28 September 2020

Netflix Announces The Original Anime Series 'RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness' Coming In 2021

Known as the gold standard of survival horror games with over 100 million units from the game series shipped worldwide, Resident Evil has now been transformed into a Netflix original CG anime series.

This series is scheduled for a global launch in 2021 exclusively on Netflix. Three years after 2017's CG film Resident Evil: Vendetta, technology has further evolved, creating the groundwork for a new series in unprecedented full 3DCG animation.

Since the first game was released in 1996 on Sony PlayStation, the Resident Evil series is nearing its 25th anniversary. With the series continuing to evolve even now, a new title carves itself into the series' history. This series is entitled RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness.

This new series will be produced and supervised by Capcom's Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who is responsible for bringing numerous titles in the Resident Evil series into existence. TMS Entertainment, which has birthed various anime series, will produce the series, while Quebico, led by Kei Miyamoto, the producer of Resident Evil: Vendetta, will be in charge of the full 3DCG animation production.

This will be a horror-action series based around the stories of the two popular characters, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. By adding suspense into dynamic action scenes, this series will reveal a Resident Evil world unlike anything seen before.

Who will be the enemy this time? What is the meaning of "Infinite Darkness"? Stay tuned for more news about the Netflix original anime series RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness!


Filming commences on stylish crime drama Professor T starring Ben Miller and Frances de la Tour

Filming commences on stylish crime drama Professor T starring Ben Miller and Frances de la Tour, produced by Eagle Eye Drama

"I study scumbags, I don't catch them…"
 
Smart and stylish crime drama Professor T has commenced filming on location in Belgium and Cambridge.

The six-part ITV drama stars Ben Miller, Frances de la Tour, Emma Naomi and Barney White and is produced by newly formed production company, Eagle Eye Drama, launched by the same team behind global drama brand Walter Presents.

Based on the hit Belgian series of the same name, Professor T is set against the stunning backdrop of one of the world's most prestigious educational institutions, Cambridge University.

The unique crime series is centered around the eccentric, but brilliant Criminology Professor Jasper Tempest, played by Ben Miller (Bridgerton, Sticks and Stones, Johnny English, Death in Paradise), who suffers with OCD and has a tortured past.

Joining the cast are Andy Gathergood (The Salisbury Poisonings), Sarah Woodward (Quiz, The Pale Horse), Ben Onwukwe (Safe, Marcella, Douglas Reith (Downton Abbey) and Juliet Aubrey (Van der Valk, Snatch).

Tony award-winning actress Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The History Boys) takes the role of Jasper's colourful, but overbearing mother, Adelaide. Emerging star Emma Naomi (Blithe Spirit, The Trial of Christine Keeler) will play Detective Inspector Lisa Donckers with rising star Barney White cast as her police sidekick Dan Winters.

Ben Miller comments:

"Professor T has it all: intriguing murders, dreaming spires, and a cast of unforgettable characters, each with their own fascinating secrets. You don't have to be a professor of criminal psychology to know the ITV audience will love it."

In the opening episode, our protagonist finds himself unwillingly caught up acting as an advisor to the police; his interest in crime is purely academic. Diana Tyson (Elizabeth Kate Back) was violently attacked on the university campus where Professor T has tenure.  DI Lisa Donckers (Emma Naomi) suspects that the assault is very similar to one that occurred years beforehand, and, having been a previous student of Professor T's, she thinks he can help.

Although a valuable contributor to the police force, people that don't know Jasper very well, struggle with his behavior. Professor T's relationship with the world often leads him to daydreams and fantasies about the people around him, and the viewer is privy to these wonderful and quirky sequences.

Honour - Series and Episode 1 Preview

Series overview

Two part factual drama, Honour, starring Keeley Hawes, airs on ITV this month. Written by Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Richard Laxton, Keeley stars as the real-life detective who brought five killers to justice in the heartbreaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, the young Londoner murdered for falling in love with the wrong man.

Produced by Hera Pictures in association with Buddy Club, Honour tells the powerful story of Detective Chief Inspector Caroline

Goode's passionate search to discover the fate of missing 20-year old Banaz. DCI Goode discovered that Banaz had been to the police five times to report threats to her life from members of her own family. Appalled that her own colleagues had missed multiple chances to save a young woman's life and prevent a so-called "honour" killing, Caroline vowed that she would not rest until she finally got justice for Banaz. It was a promise that quickly became personally consuming. This tense and emotionally vivid drama brings Caroline's long and unwavering quest to life.

Episode 1

DCI Caroline Goode first hears of Banaz Mahmod when her boyfriend reports her missing.

Caroline discovers that Banaz had been to the police five times to report threats to life, even presenting a list of people wanting to kill her for shaming her family.

Caroline searches for the people on Banaz' list. Ringleader Uncle Ari is questioned but denies the charges. Caroline speaks to estranged sister Bekhal and Kurdish activist, Diana Nammi and realises that this could be a murder enquiry. It is confirmed when one of the suspects confesses over the phone to the rape, torture and murder of Banaz.

Cast

DCI Caroline Goode - KEELEY HAWES
Bekhal Mahmod - RHIANNE BARRETO
Rahmat Suleimani - MOE BAR-EL
Keilly Jones - ALEXA DAVIES
DS Stuart Reeves - MICHAEL JIBSON
Diana Nammi - AHD KAMEL
Banaz Mahmod - BUKET KOMUR
DC Sarah Raymond - AMANDA LAWRENCE
Nawzad Gelly - NASSER MEMARZIA
DS Andy Craig - MARK STANLEY
Mahmod Mahmod - UMIT ULGEN
Behya Mahmod - FISUN BURGESS
Det Chief Supt Phil Adams - DAVID KENNEDY
Ari Mahmod - SELVA RASALINGHAM
Ari's Solicitor - SHIRAZ KHAN
Ali Abbas Homar - SAMMY BROLY
A&E Nurse - ELLA KENION
Mahmod's Solicitor - GRAEME HAWLEY
PC Lorna Wilson - ANGELA BULL
Mohammed Hama - WAJ ALI
Jo Matthews - ANDREA HALL

Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones set to kick-start the day with new Daytime show BBC One’s Morning Live

A brand new daily, topical live series BBC One's Morning Live launches on BBC Daytime this autumn designed to kick-start the day and reflect the mood of the nation.

Hosted by Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones, the new morning programme will put audiences at the heart of the conversation, with great company and expert advice from a team of presenters who will guide viewers through the mornings up until Christmas.

Each day the hosts Kym Marsh (Your Money And Your Life) and Gethin Jones (The One Show) will be joined by a familiar face from the BBC Daytime and Early Peak presenting family including Dr Xand van Tulleken (HealthCheck UK Live), Rav Wilding (Crimewatch Roadshow), Anna Haugh (Ready Steady Cook), Will Kirk (The Repair Shop) and Sabrina Grant (BBC Two's forthcoming new afternoon format Saved and Remade - w/t). All come with a wealth of expertise, which will be reflected in that day's show.

The programme will be a lively and entertaining mix of topical content and expert advice. It will air after BBC Breakfast at 9:15am on BBC One and is perfectly placed to reflect and respond to viewers concerns at the start of the day, with The One Show closing the day on BBC One in the evening.

The mix of content aims to both entertain and inform viewers, providing great company and the kind of trusted expertise viewers have come to expect from BBC Daytime's popular factual and flagship series in the 09.15am slot. It joins favourites in the schedule such as Crimewatch Roadshow Live and Rip Off Britain and most recently HealthCheck UK Live, Your Money And Your Life and For Love Or Money.

Kym Marsh says: "I've always enjoyed morning TV, it's a great way to start the day (with a cuppa in hand of course). I love nothing more than a good catch up, although this will be on a slightly different scale, more of a daily conversation with our lovely viewers. I think variety is key so I'm really excited to work with Gethin and our fantastic guest presenters to bring the latest in lifestyle, health and consumer concerns."

Gethin Jones says: "A presenting role on a morning show like this is a bit of a dream for me. What I'm most excited about is the opportunity to delve in to some of the biggest issues at the heart of our everyday lives right now. My parents have been shielding and my sister works in a hospital so, as is the case for lots of people, this year has been such a worry. For me, this show couldn't come at a better time. I'm looking forward to working alongside Kym to bring viewers across the UK a much needed boost and of course the important information they need."

Life - Four interweaving stories about love, parenthood, loss and self-discovery

From the team who brought you Doctor Foster, Life (6x60') is created and written by Mike Bartlett, and made by Drama Republic for BBC One.
In a house in Manchester divided into four flats, we are introduced to four interweaving stories about love, parenthood, loss and self-discovery.

Gail (Alison Steadman) bumps into an old friend who makes a startling observation about Gail's marriage to Henry (Peter Davison).

The ordered life of Belle (Victoria Hamilton, reprising her role from Doctor Foster) is thrown into disarray by the hospitalisation of sister Ruth (Susannah Fielding), and the subsequent arrival of wayward niece Maya (Erin Kellyman).

David (Adrian Lester) goes on holiday without his wife Kelly (Rachael Stirling) and has his head turned unexpectedly by Saira (Saira Choudhry). And heavily pregnant Hannah (Melissa Johns), recently coupled up with Liam (Joshua James), is surprised by her connection with Andy (Calvin Demba), the father of her unborn child, who has been away travelling for the duration of the pregnancy.

These disruptive arrivals turn each person's life upside down, setting off a chain of events which we will follow across the series.

COMPETITION: Win Mystery Road - Series 1 & 2 Box Set DVD



Mystery Road - Series 1 & 2 Box Set is released on October 5th on DVD

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies to give away on DVD

Synopsis
Lauded as  ‘Australia’s answer to True Detective’ (junkee.com) for its first gripping series, we return down under for a second Mystery Road trip, as Aaron Pedersen reprises his critically acclaimed role as hard-boiled Indigenous detective Jay Swan. Mystery Road Series Two sees Scandi-noir favourite Sofia Helin join the cast.

Mystery Road Series 2 and the Mystery Road Series 1 & 2 Box Set arrive on DVD and digital 5 October 2020 from Acorn Media International. This follows its run on BBC Four starting 19 September 2020.

The first season follows on from Ivan Sen’s multi-award-winning feature film of the same name, with Rachel Perkins (Radiance) taking the reins of the traditional Western-inspired story, and now Wayne Blair (Cleverman) and Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country) take this new fork in the road, leading Detective Swan (Pedersen – Jack Irish) deeper into the corruption that mars the stunning landscape of the outback.

When a headless corpse is found floating by the shore in a remote outback town, Jay Swan (Pedersen – Jack Irish) is brought in to investigate, this time joined by colleague Fran (Jada Alberts – Cleverman). He must balance law and lore as they contend with protests over the excavation of an Indigenous site…and that’s before another body shows up. Could the murders be linked? And can Jay gain the trust of his community without the police losing faith in him?

The Bridge’s original Nordic noir star Sofia Helin plays archaeological professor Claire Sims, whose input will be vital if Jay is to solve the case in this small coastal town, where the desert meets the ocean, and secrets from the past and present run dark and deep.

Tasma Walton (Home and Away) returns as Jay’s ex-wife Mary, who is still contending with the fallout of the explosive first series and the effects of that case on their family. Jay must balance his domestic troubles while confronting a dangerous enemy in a world where deception is king…will he dig up the truth about Mystery Road?

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Friday, 25 September 2020

First look trailer released for Your Honor starring Oscar® Nominee and Emmy® Winner Bryan Cranston

The ten episode legal thriller stars Cranston as Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. SAG Award winner Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) stars as Jimmy Baxter, the much-feared head of a crime family opposite Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis (For the People) as his wife, Gina, who might be even more dangerous than her husband.

Based on the Israeli series, Kvodo, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, the thriller also stars Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), and Sofia Black-D’Elia (The Night Of). Guest stars include Amy Landecker (Transparent), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Chet Hanks (Empire), Lamar Johnson (The Hate You Give) and Lilli Kay (Chambers).

The hotly anticipated series sees BAFTA winner Peter Moffat (The Night Of, Undercover) serve as showrunner, executive producer and writer of multiple episodes. The series is executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Evil) and Liz Glotzer (Evil, The Good Fight). Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning writer/director Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose) executive produces and directs the first three episodes.

Sky releases official trailer for The Undoing launching on Sky Atlantic on 26 October

A Sky Atlantic limited series based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Grace Fraser (Kidman) is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Directed by Academy and Emmy award-winning director, Susanne Bier (Brothers, After the Wedding, In a Better World, Birdbox) and written by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, The Practice, Boston Legal, Picket Fences), The Undoing stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland, Noah Jupe, Edgar Ramirez, Lily Rabe, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Matilda DeAngeli and Noma Dumezweni. The limited series is also created by Executive Producers Susanne Bier; Nicole Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films; Bruna Papandrea for Made Up Stories; Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas.

Sophie Okonedo joins an all-star cast in the third series of critically acclaimed Sky original anarchic drama Britannia

Sky today announces that BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated actress Sophie Okonedo (Ratched, Death on the Nile) joins an all-star cast in the third series of critically acclaimed, Sky original drama Britannia. The series, which is currently filming in the UK, is an epic genre-bending tale of clashing civilisations and religions set in a wold of mythic Celtic tribes, psychedelic druids and terrifying Romans, as a young girl tries to build a rebel alliance with a group of misfits.

Created by the multi-award-winning writers Jez Butterworth, his brother Tom Butterworth and James Richardson. Britannia is produced by Vertigo Films and Neal Street Productions and brings a moment of our history to life like never seen before on TV with humour, heart and violence.

Sophie will star as Hemple, the wife of General Aulus (David Morrissey), who arrives in Britannia to find out why her husband has failed with Lokka’s mission to capture the chosen one, Cait. If he isn’t up to the job, she certainly is. Series three also sees the return of actors David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Annabel Scholey, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, and Zoë Wanamaker.

Sophie Okonedo said: “I’m so glad to be plunged into the weird and wonderful world of Britannia. I was already a fan of the show and its writers Jez and Tom Butterworth, so I jumped for joy when they offered me the wonderful character of Hemple. Without giving too much away I’ll just say this woman has a huge appetite…”

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

New Sky original comedy Bloods begins filming in London Starring Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks

Lucy Punch, Julian Barratt, Adrian Scarborough, Kevin Garry, Sam Campbell and Aasiya Shah join the cast of Sky’s new paramedic comedy

Filming has begun on new Sky original Bloods. Starring BAFTA nominated Samson Kayo (Famalam, Truthseekers) and Golden Globe nominated Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous, Little Voice), the series follows a pair of seemingly mismatched paramedics and their fellow ambulance station colleagues through the life-saving world of a south London emergency service. Made for Sky by Bafta award-winning Roughcut TV (Stath Lets Flats, People Just Do Nothing, Cuckoo) Bloods will air on Sky One and NOW TV in 2021.

Joining Kayo and Horrocks for emergency callouts, the ensemble paramedic cast will include; Lucy Punch (Motherland), Julian Barratt (Mighty Boosh) Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey), Kevin Garry (Absolutely Fine), Sam Campbell (Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award winner) and Aasiya Shah (Raised By Wolves) .

The six-part Sky original is shot on location in South London and follows tough-acting loner Maleek (Kayo) and his over-friendly divorcee paramedic colleague Wendy (Horrocks). Their partnership looks dead on arrival. But pretty soon they’re giving each other life support. An ensemble comedy, set within the fast-paced, never-ending rush of 999 call outs, Bloods charts Maleek and Wendy’s struggle to gain the respect of their fellow paramedics. Each 30-minute episode will bring humorous relief to the world and characters of the paramedic service and recognises the talent of those who put their own lives at risk in an emergency to help keep us safe and healthy.

Samson Kayo said: “I’m super excited to show the world Bloods especially because I almost became a paramedic. Lucky for the NHS, I chose to play the character instead! I’m looking forward to hopefully bringing a bag of laughs to Sky with the lovely team at Roughcut who have some quality comedies under their belt!”

Jane Horrocks said: “I am very much looking forward to working on Bloods and being paired with the extremely funny Samson Kayo. I know nothing of the world of paramedics, but maybe I need to overcome my fear of blood before I start.”

Little Mix The Search - Q&A


Little Mix The Search will see the multi-award winning group (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock) creating bands and becoming mentors to a new wave of talent.

The singers who make it into new bands will live together and gain access to Little Mix’s inner circle who have contributed to their phenomenal success, including creative directors, vocal coaches, music directors, choreographers and producers.


What’s your ambition for the series? 

Leigh-Anne: To find the next best big group and be the best mentors that we can be. 

Perrie: We wanted the show to be different and unique, and feel fresh and young. We also hoped we would find amazing talent, as if we haven't got amazing talent it doesn’t work. Luckily the talent was so good. The show is everything we wanted it to be. 

How is LMTS different to other talent shows? 

Jesy: I think it’s more current and fresh. It’s nice to see mentors who can relate to everything, who are living proof that a show like this can make you successful.

Leigh-Anne: The format is completely different to any other talent show. Us girls have been through it, we've been in their shoes and auditioned before. We’ve been successful - we’ve lived it. We can help them and guide them, and hopefully they can follow in our footsteps in terms of success.

Jade: It’s really authentic. We’ve lived the experience ourselves. As mentors we're hands on and want to support them during and after the show. It’s a new way of doing things and we don’t follow the stereotypical rules of a talent TV show. We want to really support the acts, and I think that will really resonate with the audience watching. 

How do you hope fans will react when they tune into Little Mix The Search? 

Jesy: I hope they love it as much as we love it. I hope they think the talent is good. I feel confident they will! 

Jade: I think they’ll be quite overwhelmed at how much talent there is on the show. We’ve had so many incredible singers and artists. It will give people an insight into our friendship as a group. It will be nice for people to see us open up more. People don’t see that side of us all the time.

How was filming the audition stages of the show? 

Leigh-Anne: It was really fun. It was actually amazing to know all these incredible singers wanted to be on our show. We were really happy with the talent we found.

Jade: It was really bizarre being on the other side of it and having to judge people. It was very emotional knowing you’ve had to let someone down. At the time when you get a no it can feel the worst thing ever. It was emotionally draining going home knowing you’ve let someone down. But at the same time, it’s amazing when you find insanely talented people so it's rewarding at the same time.

What are you looking for in the contestants of LMTS? 

Perrie: We’re looking for someone who has that dynamic they can bring to the group. A friendly personality, but their talent needs to be off the scale. We’re looking for the full package. 

Jade: It isn’t just enough to be an amazing singer. You need authenticity, people love to love the person behind the music. Someone that has something very interesting about them. I love the people that come to the show knowing what sort of artists they are. That confidence and awareness is appealing to me. 

You’ve filmed the auditions already, are you happy with your line up?

Perrie: Completely! The whole time we were doing the auditions, we kept looking at each other and saying we can’t believe these people have auditioned for our TV show. 

Have there been any moments that have really stood out to you so far? 

Leigh-Anne: Every now and again you get that one audition that sticks out. My favourite audition was two boys; they are brothers and an r'n'b rap group. It was really emotional. Sometimes people just connect with you, and it was a nice moment. 

Perrie: Certain people when they auditioned made me cry. When you have that connection vocally, it really moves you. We all feel something unique, and we all react differently.

Jade: When we chose the final bands line up. Seeing their journey from their first audition to on stage, we were blown away by how well they gelled. I love that feeling you get when something really special happening in front of you, it’s really exciting. 

How was it being on the other side, and judging rather than auditioning? 

Jade: With great power comes great responsibility. We all felt it at the beginning with our first nos, it was so hard to say it. As we got into it we realised there was only a certain amount of spaces and we had to decide if people were ready. It's exciting to give someone a platform. 

Jesy: I really enjoyed it because I felt we could give a lot of advice that they genuinely took on board. They know we’ve been in that position, which I think helps put them at ease.

Do you have any regrets from auditions? Anyone upon reflection you wish you’d put through? 

Leigh-Anne: Yes I do have some regrets. It's annoying when you watch it back and think 'why did I say no to them'. There are also people that the other girls didn’t put through which I'm sad about.

Perrie: I went into this saying I just wanted to be true to myself. There were times when people would fight hard for their place and I'd think - go on then! I wish I’d been more stern but it’s hard when you see how much they want it. Certain people won me over, but deep down I knew it wasn't right.

Did you have any disagreements between yourselves during the auditions? Did you fall out at all over decisions on who to put through to the next stage? 

Leigh-Anne: There’s quite a few times where my face says it’s all! We all have different tastes in music, so we’re bound to disagree sometimes.

Jesy: We didn’t fall out, but we defo had disagreements. It didn’t surprise me though, as we all have different taste in music.

Jade: We definitely had disagreements. A couple of times maybe I went off in a huff! There are moments we couldn’t believe someone wouldn’t put someone through. It’s inevitable that we’re not always gonna agree on certain people. But we all respect each other's opinion.

Did you feel bad having to let anyone go/give negative (constructive) feedback?

Perrie: I found that really difficult. Difficult being the decider. Because I’ve been there and I know how much that 'yes' means. I rang my mum crying at one point, as I found it so hard saying no to people. I know how hard it hits when it’s something you're passionate about.

Leigh-Anne: Yeah there was one girl, I felt she was too young. It’s not like we’re giving negative feedback, it’s all very constructive. Sometimes people just aren’t ready, and it would be unfair to put them through if we know that. 

Jesy: It wasn’t nice to send people home. I struggled with that, because we know exactly how that feels.  

Can you give us any intel about the live shows?

Jade: There’ll be a few surprises. It’s six completely different bands, different genres, and they’ll each bring their own thing, and each be in control of what they want to do. Oh and defo expect some Little Mix performances!

Leigh-Anne: They’re gonna be massive! We’re excited because the performances are gonna be HUGE. 

Jesy: It’s gonna be really different because each group will bring their own vibe and their own style of performance.

Did you have memories of your time auditioning on a talent show? 

Perrie: I didn’t want to do it, but my mum forced me. I’m really thankful now! I was painfully shy and didn’t wanna do anything that would embarrass myself. 

Jade: I just remember being terrified. And when you're nervous it affects your vocals. I sympathise with people whose nerves get the better of them. I remember thinking 'if you nail this it could change your life', which is quite a surreal feeling to have. 

Quite a few of the contestants were really nervous; do you have tips on how you overcome your own nerves if you’re ever in that position? 

Leigh-Anne: Some nerves are good, as it shows you care. It’s all about breathing techniques. It’s so hard to control nerves, but you can overcome it. Once you feel the support it definitely helps.

Perrie: It’s easier said than done, but if you’re gonna let your nerves get in the way, you’re not gonna do well. It’s 30 seconds, so fake it 'til you make it! Put on a character, pretend it’s not you. 

Do you think these shows are the best way to break into the music industry? 

Jesy: Not necessarily, but I do think it gives people a massive platform. You get to build a fanbase and showcase your talent for people in the industry like management and labels, so it's all exposure.

Leigh-Anne: It’s what you do after that is important. You have to create music that people will buy into and show who you are as an artist.

Jade: For someone like me from a working class background, I couldn’t afford to move to London, or pay for studio time. My resources were limited. So doing a show like this gives big opportunities. The Search puts people through their paces, and that experience is priceless even if you don’t win. There’s so much experience to be had. 

What has been your most memorable experience during your career so far? 

Perrie: Just being in the group, with all the laughs and success we’ve had. Doing it together has made it incredible.

Jade: When we won our first Brit award. That was such a whirlwind couple of weeks. We were on tour with Ariana in the USA at the same time, and that moment I thought we’d really made it. It was one of those pinch me moments! We were used to being the underdog up until that point. When we were given that Brit, it was like we were seen and recognised as artists.

What top qualities do you think it takes to be in a globally successful band? 

Leigh-Anne: Dedication, drive and commitment. You need to basically want it and work hard. 

Jade: It’s essential you’re all on the same wavelength about what you wanna be as a group. To be able to see the bigger picture and support each other. You’ve got to work hard for it, support each other and let each other shine.

Who would be in your dream pop super group - if you could take members from any different pop group ever?  

Leigh-Anne: Mel B, Normani, Emma Bunton, Beyoncé and all of Little Mix!

Perrie: Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Mel C, Gary Barlow, Diana Ross 

Jesy: Missy Elliot, Normani, Beyoncé and myself! 

Jade: Normani, Missy Elliot, myself and TLC’s Left Eye 

What’s the best piece of advice about the industry/your career you have ever been given and who gave it to you? 

Leigh-Anne: Know your power, believe in yourself and don't let anyone dim your light. 

Jesy: 'Don’t read comments'. Nicola Roberts told me that.

Sum the show up in three words 

Jade: Fun, fresh, authentic 

Leigh-Anne: Electrifying, trailblazing, fun 

Perrie: Fresh, fun, exciting 

Jesy: Unique, current, fun 

Introducing Aggi O'Casey and Tom Varey who lead in gripping new thriller Ridley Road for BBC One


Further cast includes Rory Kinnear, Tamzin Outhwaite, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Samantha Spiro and Rita Tushingham.

The 4x60' thriller Ridley Road, adapted for BBC One and PBS Masterpiece by award-winning writer Sarah Solemani (Barry, Aphrodite Fry), from the critically acclaimed novel by Jo Bloom, has gone into production.

Bringing together an award-winning cast including Rory Kinnear, Tamzin Outhwaite, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Samantha Spiro, Rita Tushingham, Danny Hatchard and Tom Varey, Ridley Road tells the story of a young Jewish woman, Vivien Epstein, played by Aggi O’Casey, in her first television role.

After falling in love with a member of the 62 Group, she rejects her comfortable middle-class life in Manchester and joins the fight against fascism in London, risking everything for her beliefs and for the man she loves.

Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, Vivien is working with them when she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend (played by Varey) has been badly injured. Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement which is becoming increasingly prominent in London. As Vivien descends further into the fascist organisation her courage and loyalties are challenged.

Aggi O’Casey says: “Sarah Solemani has blown me away with the detail, sensitivity, and complexity with which she has written Vivien. I can’t wait to bring this vital and little-known story to life.”

Playing Jack Morris, Tom Varey, says: “I’m so proud to be working on such a powerful, beautiful, important story. The scripts are amazing, and I can’t wait to bring them to life. I’m excited to be in the company of actors that I have looked up to and admired for so long.”

Rory Kinnear (Years And Years) plays Colin Jordan, leader of neo Nazi movement NSM. An imposing and forthright activist who, through his fanatical and passionate speeches, incites racism and rioting.

Taking on the role, Rory says: “When I received the scripts from Red Production Company, I was already looking forward to working with them again. Sarah’s scripts had me hooked and to work with so many interesting characters is something that was hugely appealing. I can’t wait to get started.”

Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) is cast as hot headed, sharp-witted cab driver Soly Malinovsky - leader of anti-fascist organisation 62 Group. Marsan says: “‘I'm honoured to be playing the role of Soly, the leader of the '62' Group of Jewish anti-fascists who took on the National Socialist Movement in Ridley Road. In recent years anti-Semitism has re-emerged and now, more than ever we need to hear the stories of how normal men and women put their lives on the line to stamp out this cancer.”


Further cast includes:

Tracy-Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner) joins as Soly’s wife Nancy, a smooth operator who plays a crucial role in the 62 Group operations.

Samantha Spiro (Sex Education) is Vivien’s mother, Liza Epstein. Her life is about to dramatically change when she learns of her husband’s secret involvement with the underground movement.

Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders) plays Barbara Watson, the owner of a hair salon where Vivien gets a job. She has witnessed racism first-hand towards her mixed-race son.

Rita Tushingham (The Pale Horse) plays Nettie Jones, Vivien’s landlady in London. Although self-sufficient, she is lonely after her three sons were killed in WW11 and is afraid of the pace of the changes happening around her.

Danny Hatchard (EastEnders) plays Lee, Colin Jordan’s driver. The NSM is family to him, he is loyal to Colin even though the feeling isn’t mutual.

Writer, Sarah Solemani, says: “A young hairdresser from Manchester makes an unlikely hero in this little known slice of British history. But in these unprecedented times, it is the unlikely heroes whose stories are now worth telling.

"Britain's relationship with fascism is closer and more alive than we like to think. Fortunately, so too is our rich heritage of beating it. Honoured to bring the story of Ridley Road to the BBC and Masterpiece.”


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


ITV2
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

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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

Synopsis
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.

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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.

Cast
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.