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Saturday, 31 October 2020

TRAILER: Your Honor, starring Bryan Cranston coming to Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in early 2021

This 10 part legal thriller stars Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) 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.

The series also stars Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), and Sofia Black-D'Elia (The Night Of). Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney (The Affair) will guest star as Fiona McKee, a fearless prosecutor trying a major case in Desiato's courtroom. Additional guest stars include Amy Landecker (Transparent), Emmy winner Margo Martindale (The Americans), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Chet Hanks (Empire), Lamar Johnson (The Hate You Give) and Lilli Kay (Chambers).

BAFTA winner Peter Moffat (The Night Of, Undercover) serves 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 director Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose) executive produces and directs the first three episodes.

Your Honor is a Showtime production, produced by CBS Studios in association with KingSize Productions, and is based on the Israeli series Kvodo created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach. Cranston, James Degus, Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, Ninio, Mashiach, Ram Landes, Ron Eilon and Danna Stern also serve as executive producers.


Holby City trailer gives glimpse of series returning to BBC One soon

A big departure, new cast members, and lots of drama ahead!

Holby City has released a new trailer giving viewers a taste of what's in store when the series returns.

The series returns to BBC One on 10 November with a special coronavirus episode which sees Holby City's CEO Max (Jo Martin) wrestle to keep the hospital in control and her staff safe as the virus takes hold. But it's not just the pandemic Max is fighting, as Ric (Hugh Quarshie) goes head to head with Max for control of the hospital. As the task at hand proves to be bigger than anyone could have imagined, it begins to take its toll on Max and the Holby City staff, will they all survive?

Hugh Quarshie will be leaving Holby City after 19 years as Ric Griffin. Appearing in over 500 episodes, Hugh is Holby City's longest serving cast member. Throughout the show's history, viewers have seen Ric get caught up in shootings and explosions, separate conjoined twins, have five on-screen marriages and even get accused of manslaughter.

Hugh Quarshie says: "I came very close to quitting acting entirely before being invited to join Holby City. I had felt unfulfilled and that I never quite fitted in. Holby City changed all that. The work became absorbing, colleagues became friends. I wouldn't have stayed so long if it hadn't been a great place to work, and leaving will be like leaving home - a place where there is warmth and a welcome, a place to which you can always return…"

Coming up elsewhere in the series, Sacha's (Bob Barrett) colleagues are concerned by his strange behaviour, following Essie's (Kaye Wragg) death. Where has their friendly Sacha gone and on what is he up to with his ex-patient Jodie (Sian Reese-Williams)?

Cameron (Nic Jackman) is not in his element during the pandemic, but does not let this diminish his sense of entitlement to one of the top positions in the hospital. Nor does he leave his devious antics to his professional life, is Nicky the only Doctor on the ward who catches his eye?

Jac (Rosie Marcel) and Kian's (Ramin Karimloo) secret relationship is pushed to the limits thanks to Kian's addiction. Will they make it through or will Jac be challenged at the first hurdle?

Donna (Jaye Jacobs) sees an unwelcome friend return to Holby, but why is she so resistant to his charms?

Three new F1 doctors join the team: Josh Hudson (played by Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge), Jeong Soo-Han (played by Chan Woo Lim), and Skylar Bryce (played by Phoebe Pryce).

Psych nurse Lucky Simpson played by Vineeta Rishi also joins, brought in by Chairman of the Board Michael Townsend to help the hospital recover from the COVID crisis.

Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama at BBC Studios, says: "I'm delighted to have Holby back on our screens, and can't wait to see how recent months have impacted on our heroes of AAU, Keller and Darwin. Our hospitals have rarely been more important to us as a nation, and I'm excited to see that reflected in our drama - along with stories of love, loss and betrayal, plus some exciting new characters, and a returning favourite..."

BBC Tribute to Bobby Ball

The BBC has released the following tribute to Bobby Ball, who died at the age of 76.

Controller of BBC Comedy, Shane Allen, said: 
"We are devastated to hear the sad news of Bobby Ball passing away. He was a powder keg of comedy who entertained audiences of all ages for decades. He was funny to the end, having just completed his work on the forthcoming Not Going Out series and we all feel immensely privileged to have enjoyed the benefit of his talents. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time."

Thursday, 29 October 2020

NETFLIX AND UBISOFT TEAM UP FOR LIVE ACTION SERIES ADAPTATION OF ASSASSIN’S CREED

Netflix today announced it has entered into an agreement with Ubisoft to develop content based on the international best-selling video game franchise Assassin's Creed. The first series in development is slated to be an epic, genre-bending live action adaptation; a search is currently underway for a showrunner. Ubisoft Film & Television's Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as Executive Producers.

Under the agreement, Netflix and Ubisoft will tap into the iconic video game's trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.

Ubisoft quote: "For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin's Creed brand into an iconic franchise," said Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television - Los Angeles. "We're thrilled to create an Assassin's Creed series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin's Creed universe."

Netflix quote: "We're excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin's Creed is beloved for," said Peter Friedlander, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix. "From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy."

Sky Kids Announces Brand-New Series The Epic Adventures of Morph

This November as the nights draw in, Sky Kids will debut The Epic Adventures of Morph, an action-packed stop-frame animated comedy series from Aardman, with 15-five minute episodes making it the longest season of Morph yet.

After almost 40 years apart, The Epic Adventures of Morph will see Morph and his sidekick Chas reunited with their old friends Delilah, Grandmorph and the Very Small Creatures. Morph and the gang are up to their usual mischievous antics, but in bigger and bolder adventures that take them beyond their desktop home and into the wider world for the very first time.

From Aardman's industry leading animators, The Epic Adventures of Morph is fast-paced, action-packed and full of slapstick comedy moments – perfect for nostalgia lovers and families alike.

Staying true to the original format, The Epic Adventures of Morph was shot using clay and traditional stop-frame animation without dialogue at Morph's original home, the Aardman studios in Bristol.

The first 10 episodes will be available on Sky Kids across all Sky platforms including Sky Q, Sky+, the Sky Kids App and the NOW TV Kids Pass from 9th November – making it the perfect way for the whole family to escape this Autumn.

Lucy Murphy, Sky Director of Kids Content said: "Morph has been bringing a bit of cheeky fun to our screens for decades and in these times of uncertainty the clay genius of The Epic Adventures of Morph is the perfect way for families to watch and laugh together with longer episodes of ever more inventive and exciting escapades."


The South Bank Show set to return on 22 November to Sky Arts with four artists at the top of their game: Gillian Anderson, Bernardine Evaristo, Benjamin Zephaniah and Simon Armitage

The South Bank Show will make a welcome return to Sky Arts on 22 November as part of a roster of shows on the now free-to-air channel. Edited and presented by Melvyn Bragg, the South Bank Show is the longest-running Arts show on British television. In this series, Melvyn interviews four artists at the height of their powers: Gillian Anderson, Bernardine Evaristo, Benjamin Zephaniah and Simon Armitage.

Gillian Anderson, one of the most highly-regarded actors working today, joins Melvyn for the first episode of the series. On stage at the Young Vic in London, where Gillian starred as Blanche Dubois in the award-winning production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' in 2014, Melvyn and Gillian explore her diverse and prolific career across theatre, film and television, and discuss a range of work including The X-Files, Sex Education and The Fall, as well as Gillian's extraordinary current performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.

Author Bernardine Evaristo made history in 2019, when she became the first black woman to win the Booker Prize for her remarkable novel, Girl, Woman, Other. In the second episode of this South Bank Show series, Bernadine talks to Melvyn about her childhood and early life in South London, and the creative influences that inspired her to become both an internationally acclaimed writer and a powerful voice for equality and diversity.

Benjamin Zephaniah is a pioneer of performance poetry: in the third episode of the series, he joins Melvyn for a candid conversation about his life and work, and reveals how his troubled youth inspired him to channel his energies into poetry – and how, in his words, poetry saved his life. He also performs a selection of his poems, exclusively for the South Bank Show, and gives a unique insight into the creative process behind them. This is an intimate profile of a groundbreaking artist.

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage completes the series. In episode four, he talks to Melvyn about how his latest collection of poems Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems provide a deeply personal perspective on his career as one of the most energetic and powerful forces in contemporary poetry. The film takes him back to his roots in West Yorkshire, and to the moors which have provided such an inspiration to him as, "a kind of page which could be written upon."

Melvyn Bragg says: "I'm delighted that Sky Arts is now free to air. The South Bank Show's autumn season is a quartet tailor-made to suit this occasion. Gillian Anderson is one of the most famous and versatile actors of her time; Bernardine Evaristo, the first black female writer to win the Booker Prize, is enjoying phenomenal success; Benjamin Zephaniah continues to attract audiences all over the world with his vivid performance poetry; Simon Armitage, the Poet Laureate, seems to expand that role every month. Four artists at the top of their game."

Further details of The Break series five revealed, as filming begins

Filming has begun on the fifth series of The Break, a short form drama series which aims to showcase bold, original, contemporary stories that reflect modern life in the UK.

A collaboration between BBC Writersroom, BBC Three and BBC Studios, the films that make up the series will be available to watch on BBC Three.

With the five writers already revealed, BBC Writersroom and BBC Studios Drama Production are delighted to confirm the further details, including the directors and actors involved.

Losing It - written by William Barrington, directed by Aurora Fearnley, starring Nicholas Jacobsen

Joseph is a young man with Cerebral Palsy who knows he absolutely doesn't want pity sex and has always looked down on his best mate for sleeping around. But Joseph has never really had the opportunity, until now. His first one-night stand makes him question his views.

WEED - written by Angela Clarke, directed by Darren Kent starring Holly Medić

WEED is about 16-year-old tearaway Leah, who is on the run from the police. Back on the London estate where she grew up with her best friend, Leah is determined to finish her own personal mission.

Rude - written by Annalisa Dinnella, directed by Aurora Fearnley, starring Niamh Longford

Would you rather be seen as rude or disabled? That's the dilemma faced by 18-year-old May as she tries and fails not to offend her first Fresher's Week friend.

BFF - written by Rob Kinsman, directed by Benedict Cohen, starring Kitty Castledine

BFF is about a teenage girl who has become distant from her friends following a car accident that has left her a wheelchair user. She has developed an attachment with an augmented reality app on her phone. Turnip may be an ugly goblin but he's also Katie's only friend. She's in trouble.

OH TONI! - written by Lettie Precious, directed by Bim Ajadi, starring Alexandra James

Young, clumsy, sweet, and queer, Toni wants to ask the girl of her dreams to the Year 11 prom and will stop at nothing to win her affections. Only question is, can she do it without accidentally killing her?

Anne Edyvean, Head of Writersroom says: "The Break has always brought to BBC Three the voices and stories that you don't normally see on television. I am delighted that series five builds on the work that BBC Writersroom has been doing with disabled writers over the last couple of years, and features disabled talent front and centre, not just as writers, but also directors and actors. The stories are entertaining, unexpected and sometimes emotional, showing contemporary young lives in Britain. I can't wait to see them on screen."

Caroline Levy, Executive Producer, BBC Studios Drama Production says: "It has been a delightful and inspiring process to work with these young talented writers, directors and actors. Each has brought something special and unique to the process. The stories are funny, poignant and thought provoking shining a new light on the way we all interact with the world."

The series is being made for BBC Three by BBC Studios Drama Production. It will be executive produced by Anne Edyvean for BBC Writersroom, Ayela Butt for BBC Three and Caroline Levy for BBC Studios. The producer is Esther Springer.

BBC One Daytime serves up second helping of Ready Steady Cook

BBC One Daytime has announced that Ready Steady Cook is heading back to the channel for a second series.
Produced by Remarkable TV (part of Banijay UK) the iconic cookery show returned to screens in March 2020 following a 20-year hiatus from screens. And will be back for a further 30 episodes in 2021.

Host Rylan Clark-Neal is back in the kitchen, along with chefs Mike Reid, Romy Gill MBE, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh, who will once again be putting their cookery prowess to the test against the clock.

Rylan says: "I'm very excited to bring Ready Steady Cook back for series two on BBC One. We never realised when series one was on air the climate that we would be living in and how beneficial it was to so many at home watching, who were scrambling to make meals from random ingredients in the cupboard!

"I can't wait to welcome new contestants into the Ready Steady Cook kitchen and am equally excited to taste our chefs' fantastic creations once again."

In every episode two contestants are each paired up with a chef, going head to head in the Ready Steady Cook kitchen. The chefs face two different taste tests and the clock is always ticking! In the first challenge, each contestant comes armed with their bag of ingredients, all bought within a limited budget. They have just 20 minutes to create delicious, surprising and inspiring dishes. And with further format twists this time around, there are plenty of surprises in store to put the chefs under pressure.

The second challenge is even faster, as each pair has just 10 minutes to create yet more amazing dishes, this time based on ingredients chosen at random. With unlikely combinations always a possibility, the pressure is on to create yet more flavour sensations. And, in true Ready Steady tradition, the show's winner will be decided by a vote with the iconic red tomato and green pepper voting cards.

Anthony Boyle and Toby Jones lead cast of new BBC Two drama Danny Boy

Filming has begun on BBC Two's Danny Boy (working title), a compelling new drama produced by Expectation about a young man's journey from medal-winning war hero to alleged murderer, and his search for truth in the fog of war.

Anthony Boyle (Ordeal By Innocence, The Plot Against America) plays real-life soldier Brian Wood, accused of war crimes in Iraq by the human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, played by Toby Jones (Marvellous, Detectorists).

The two men go head to head in a legal and moral conflict that takes us from the battlefield - at so-called Checkpoint Danny Boy - to the courtroom, and one of Britain's biggest ever public inquiries, the Al-Sweady Inquiry.

Produced by Expectation for BBC Two, the feature-length single is written by Bafta-winner Robert Jones (Murder, Party Animals).

The drama richly explores the effect Brian's experience has not just on him, but also on his family. This includes his father and ex-soldier, Gavin, played by Alex Ferns (Chernobyl, The Batman), and his wife Lucy, played by Leah McNamara (Normal People, Vikings).

Memory, evidence and trauma collide, as Brian finds himself caught on the fine line between war and unlawful killing. After his service in Iraq and years of legal investigation, will he ever be able to look his family in the eye again and be the husband, father, and son, they need him to be?

Danny Boy (w/t) is an urgent and thought-provoking drama that questions what we ask of those who fight - and kill - for their country.

Anthony Boyle says: "I'm thrilled to be working with Sam Miller on Robert Jones' phenomenal script, and telling Brian's extraordinary story. We get to explore not just the realities of war, but how they can come back to haunt you."

Toby Jones says: "Robert has written an extraordinarily compelling, intelligent and nuanced script, and it's a real honour to be working with Danny Boy's exceptional cast and creative team to bring it to the screen."

Writer Robert Jones says: "Here's a man who won a medal for valour, but whose toughest test was the scrutiny that followed. External scrutiny, and soul searching too - Brian Wood's story is a fascinating one for a writer to explore. It's been a great privilege to work with producers of such distinction and I'm really delighted we're going into production with Sam Miller at the helm and a terrific cast and crew."

Director Sam Miller adds: "I'm very excited to be telling this story featuring the Battle of Danny Boy and the subsequent fallout, both personally and politically, for Brian and others.

"The film is a candid and subtle delve into a troubled sequence in recent history that sets up an undertow threatening all those involved. The intimate questions raised about the nature of soldiering and the political ramifications are never more prescient. I'm personally extremely pleased to be working with BBC Two and Colin and Sue's team at Expectation, and a wonderful cast headed by Anthony Boyle, Toby Jones, Leah McNamara and Alex Ferns."

Sue Horth and Colin Barr, executive producers for Expectation say: "Robert's script is a razor-sharp examination of one of our most urgent and morally challenging questions: when is killing an act of war and when is it an act of murder?

"The story of Colour Sergeant Brian Wood and human rights lawyer, Phil Shiner - who accused him of war crimes - goes straight to the heart of that question and it's an incredible honour to be able to tell it. Bringing it to life for BBC Two with Sam and Simon and an amazing cast only adds to that sense of privilege."

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, says: "Robert Jones' exquisite script plunges us into a world of profound ethical complexity, exploring one man's experience as he moves from decorated war hero to one suspected of war crimes. The team at Expectation has attracted a stellar cast and crew and I couldn't be more excited about the film they will produce."

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Smash hit Love Island reaches Canada

ITV Studios' smash hit Love Island has been commissioned by Quebecor Content in Canada for a French spoken version. Following recently announced commissions in Spain, Nigeria and Italy, this will be the 19th local adaptation of the reality dating format. In Canada, the show will be co-produced by Productions Déferlantes and Zone 3, in collaboration with Quebecor Content. The series will be shot on the idyllic Grand Canary Island.

Maarten Meijs, President Global Entertainment, ITV Studios says, "Despite the challenging times we all are in currently, it's been a brilliant few weeks for our global hit format Love Island with 5 new sales globally in 2020 and more to come. The show is still a massive success; it recently wrapped up several successful series in Europe and the US. Now reaching Canada is fantastic news and we are very excited to work with Quebecor Content to bring this reality dating sensation to their audiences."

Airing almost in real time, Love Island stands out from other romantic reality shows that we've seen so far, because it lets viewers play a key role in determining each contestant's fate. No wonder this British format has quickly become a global phenomenon! And now, we're delighted to bring it to Quebec audiences as we pursue our amazing collaboration with ITV Studios – a truly exceptional partner," adds Christine Maestracci, Vice President, Acquisitions and International distribution, Quebecor Content.

Love Island features a group of single "Islanders" who come together in a stunning setting, ready to embark on a summer of love, friendships and, ultimately, relationships. Every few days, the Islanders must couple up – those who fail to find a partner to couple up with risk being dumped from the island. Islanders are on the lookout for romance, but the road to love doesn't always run smoothly. Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals and dramatic twists as friendships and relationships form. In addition to choosing their partners wisely, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers who have the opportunity to shape events on screen and ultimately crown one lucky couple the winner, who will then have the chance to walk away with both love and the cash prize.

Mephisto commissioned for ITV Studios America

Acclaimed writer and director Peter Landesman to create drama series based on the life and work of leading female Italian mafia prosecutor

North Hollywood, Calif., October 26, 2020 –  It was announced today that acclaimed writer, director and producer Peter Landesman (Concussion) will create, write and direct MEPHISTO, an epic tale of justice and retribution inspired by the life and work of one of Italy's top mafia prosecutors. Award-winning producer Charlie Pattinson (Shameless) and Paul de Souza (Miracle Detectives) will executive produce this series, along with Landesman, for ITV Studios America.

Inspired by real and ongoing events, MEPHISTO is set in the southern Italian states of Calabria and Sicily, one of the most storied and dangerous parts of the world. The story is of a driven female prosecutor fighting the Calabrian mafia syndicate, the 'Ndrangheta – a global cocaine, arms trafficking and money laundering empire that has been almost never challenged or prosecuted…until now.

Isolated in a male-dominated region paralyzed by corruption and fear, the prosecutor uses the most medieval 'Ndrangheta codes – its murderous sexism and treacherous control of women – as her most effective weapon. She must persuade, and keep alive, four female informants to testify against their families in return for a new future for themselves and their children.

Landesman said: "In all my years as a storyteller, I've never come across someone as courageous or inspiring as this woman. In a genre historically dominated by men in film - from Serpico to Donnie Brasco to The Departed - a female crime fighter of this magnitude in this most brutal of a man's world is a real-life superhero."

Pattinson added: "Mephisto turns the patriarchal 'mafia genre' on its head and is the extraordinary story of three courageous women out for revenge and justice. It is a real privilege to bring this remarkable story and Peter's meticulous, riveting scripts to television."

The English-spoken series will be set and produced on location in Italy.

McFly share their story in McFly: All About Us

McFly share their story in McFly: All About Us

ITV has commissioned a one-off special charting the story of McFly. Transmitting this November, the one-hour show will feature the band's most open interviews to date and culminate in a very special gig, filmed at the Union Chapel in London in front of their families who have been their constant support through the years.

Featuring intimate and emotional interviews with Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry, they will talk candidly about the origins of McFly, the formation of McBusted and the truth behind the band taking a break that until now they haven't felt ready to share.

With never before seen footage from key moments throughout their career, and refreshingly honest conversations with one another, viewers will be taken inside their journey giving a portrayal of the highs and lows the band has seen professionally and personally. From their heady rise as teenage pop stars to achieving seven number ones, appearing in a Hollywood movie and winning a Brit Award, selling over 10 million records worldwide through to unexpectedly taking a break. McFly will bring their story up to the present day that sees them back on track following group therapy, a triumphant reunion gig at the O2 and the release of their first album in 10 years.

McFly commented: "This is the true and open story of our band and our friendship, the challenges we've faced as well as highs we could never have dreamt of and why we're stronger now than ever."

’13 Reasons Why’ ‘Supernatural’ Star Mark Pellegrino and Internet Attorney Announce ‘The Guardian Project’ Reality Docuseries

Mark Pellegrino, who is most known for his lead role as 'Lucifer' in the CW series "Supernatural," in addition to his lead roles in "13 Reason's Why," "Dexter," and "Lost," has teamed up with internet attorney Andrew Rossow to launch a campaign for "The Guardian Project," a new reality docuseries. "The Guardian Project" is a multi-tiered attack on the epidemic problems of public bullying and the spreading of libelous narratives on social media. The Kickstarter campaign officially launches Tuesday, October 27, 2020, to raise money to help create the reality docuseries that not only exposes online bullying and libel but offers community solutions and reformative justice for the victims.


The first and primary tier of "The Guardian Project," via its 'Catfish' like style, confronts victimizers and empowers victims to get justice.

The second tier is organized civilian support and protections for victims through virtual neighborhood watches.

The third-tier involves partnerships with tech start-ups, which promote contractual relationships between social media participants. Think civility through liability.

The fourth-tier is legal reform that empowers victims to seek legal restitution against those who would use social media platforms to harm the reputations and lives of those they don't agree with or like.

Pellegrino and Rossow both have similar backgrounds when it comes to facing bullying head-on, recognizing the intense waves that continue to flood social media and online communities. They have both publicly shared their stories of bullying, harassment, and assault they've faced over the years. Now they've come together to take action and play an active part in creating "The Guardian Project" for the greater good.  

Monday, 26 October 2020

COMPETITION: Win Adult Material on DVD



Adult Material is released on Digital and DVD on November 2nd

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

Synopsis
Hayley Squires takes the lead, alongside Quadrophenia’s Phil Daniels and Hollywood favourite Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding), in a gritty, eye-popping new Channel 4 drama Adult Material, which takes us deep inside the British adult entertainment industry.

This new hard-hitting drama asks, is consent for sale? It examines the porn industry through the eyes of proud mother of three and family breadwinner Jolene Dollar (Squires), who happens to earn her living as one of the top adult entertainers in the UK.

Unconventional career-woman Jolene has been involved in the industry her whole adult life and when 19-year-old Amy (Siena Kelly – Temple) arrives on set, Jolene feels responsible for her, since she’s barely older than her own daughter Phoebe (Alex Jarret – Les Miserables). She tries to take Amy under her wing…but she can’t protect Amy from her own choices and before she knows it, her relationship with this unstable young woman leads to Jolene’s career, reputation and personal life coming apart at the seams. 

Jolene’s long-term business partner Caroll Quinn is played by Everett, while Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie plays her loving and supportive life-partner Rich. Navigating life, work and judgement, Jolene goes up against intimidating US mogul Tom Pain (Julian Ovenden – Downton Abbey) and finds an unlikely ally in MP Stella Maitland (Kerry Godliman – Save Me Too).

From Olivier Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica) Adult Material is a timely look at how the pervasiveness of the industry has blurred lines of consent in mainstream culture.

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Friday, 23 October 2020

David Tennant and Michael Sheen, or should that be Michael Sheen and David Tennant return with more Staged for BBC One

Actors Michael Sheen and David Tennant return with more Staged from Infinity Hill and GCB Films for BBC One.

The new series sees the pair attempt to navigate their 'new normal' at home with their increasingly exasperated families whilst simultaneously trying to tackle the world of 'virtual Hollywood' and their ever more fragile egos.

Also returning for the new series are Georgia Tennant, Anna Lundberg and Lucy Eaton alongside Nina Sosanya and Simon Evans with new addition to the regular cast Primetime Emmy-winner Ben Schwartz, playing the assistant to Michael and David's American agent.

Following on from the surprise appearances in series one of Judi Dench and Samuel L Jackson this series sees the regulars joined in their virtual hell by a whole host of unexpected guests.

The series hopes to capture our shared feelings of frustration and confusion at a world not quite ready to re-open. Moments that promise normality dashed before they can take hold. The tantalising prospect of comfort kept at bay.

Michael Sheen says: "It's been so great to see how much people enjoyed the first series. Seemed like the laughs were much appreciated. It made us really excited about taking it further and going in some surprising and hopefully enjoyable directions this time."

Georgia Tennant adds: "The prospect of getting my husband back into employment alongside the divine Ben Schwartz and the hairy, Welsh legend that is Michael Sheen all makes me very happy to be back for series two!"

Created by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, Staged is written and directed by Evans and is an Infinity Hill/GCB Films/No Mystery production for BBC One. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer. The producers are Phin Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant. David Tennant and Michael Sheen are also executive producers of the series. Executive Producers for Infinity Hill are Axel Kuschevatzky and Cindy Teperman and for GCB, Geoff Iles.

Transmission details for Staged will be announced in due course.

I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!​ new promo

Ant & Dec star in a brand-new trailer for the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! This year's series will come from stunning Gwrych Castle in North Wales rather than its usual New South Wales location in Australia.

However, it seems that neither Ant or Dec are aware of the show's change of location.

Continuing their journey north to Gwrych Castle, Ant & Dec spot a telephone box and decide to call Kiosk Kev for directions but they don't get the response they were hoping for!

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! will start on ITV in November 2020.

Channel 4 announce Stath Lets Flats Series 3

Channel 4's BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats back on the market

Critically acclaimed and BAFTA award-winning comedy, Stath Lets Flats from award-winning writer-performer and comedian Jamie Demetriou (Fleabag) and BAFTA award-winning RoughCut TV has been recommissioned for a third series for Channel 4.

Joining Jamie in reprising their roles are Natasia Demetriou (What We Do In The Shadows), Al Roberts (King Gary), Christos Stergioglou (Dogtooth), Katy Wix (Ghosts), Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts), and Ellie White (The Other One).

The series (6x30') will pick up from the shock cliff-hanger ending of series two, as incompetent letting agent Stath (Demetriou) is faced with rescuing the family business, Michael & Eagle, and his relationship with Katia, while expecting his first child by Carole. Meanwhile his sister, Sophie, and best friend, Al, deal with the fallout of finally declaring their feelings for each other.

Stath Lets Flats took home three prestigious awards at this year's BAFTA ceremony: Best Male Actor in a comedy, Best Writer of a Comedy and the programme itself won the award for Best Scripted Comedy.

Jamie Demetriou said: "This is lovely. I love Channel 4. Thanks so much for having us back for a series 3. Sorry the title is still hard to say. Love Jamie Demetriou from Stalph Les Flav".

(Stath) added: "Thank you so truly for this energetically and development news. I never seen something on Channel For (4) in my life, but someone told me they done a programme about people being embarrassed about their body. Which is a shame. I'm proud of my body, even though my eyebrow is a bit too wide and I'm panickin' it's joinin' to my head hair."

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

ITV announces new Yorkshire Ripper drama

Following the phenomenal ratings success and critical acclaim of Des and White House Farm, ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned The Yorkshire Ripper  from the same producers, award winning independent production company, New Pictures in association with all3media international.

The drama will depict one of the most notorious and shocking serial killer cases in the world, the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, between October 1975 and January 1981, police undertook the biggest manhunt in British criminal history. The search for Sutcliffe lasted five years, involved over a thousand officers and changed the way the British police worked forever.

Written by acclaimed screenwriter George Kay (Criminal), The Yorkshire Ripper is a true crime drama which will follow the desperate, cat and mouse hunt for Sutcliffe focusing upon the police investigation and the lives of the victims who fatally crossed his path.

Commented Polly Hill: "I am delighted to be working with Willow and Paul again, after they made the brilliant White House Farm. This promises to be a definitive look at this infamous case, and will be sensitively dramatised for ITV by this formidable team, who have a proven track record in bringing these true stories to screen."

The Sister Episode 1 Preview - Starring Russell Tovey

Mon 26 Oct 2020
9.00pm - 10.00pm
ITV

Series overview
How far would you go to keep a secret?

One rainy evening, Nathan is surprised by an unwelcome face from the past.

Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman.

Only he and Bob, an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened… and they've resolved to keep it that way. But years later, Bob appears at Nathan's door with terrifying news that threatens to tear Nathan's world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now.

Secrets that could destroy everything he has desperately fought to build for himself and his family.

The four-part series is written by Neil Cross and is inspired by the novel Burial, also written by Neil Cross (Luther, Hard Sun, Spooks, Mama). Executive Producers are Euston Films Managing Director Kate Harwood (Dublin Murders, Hard Sun, Baghdad Central), alongside Executive Producer for Euston Films, Noemi Spanos (Dublin Murders), and Neil Cross. The series is directed by Niall MacCormick (The Victim, The Durrells, Doctor Thorne) and produced by Jonathan Curling (Tin Star, Baghdad Central).

The Sister is a Euston Films production for ITV and is distributed internationally by Fremantle. The series was commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

Episode 1
Nathan seems to have it all — a loving wife, a beautiful home and a solid, if unexciting, career. But Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman… the sister of the woman who is now his wife. Only he and Bob, an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened — and they've resolved to keep it that way. Until one rainy evening, years later, when Bob appears at Nathan's door with terrifying news. They're digging up the woods.

Cast
Nathan (Russell Tovey)
Bob (Bertie Carvel)
Elise (Simone Ashley)
Holly (Amrita Acharia)
Jacki (Nina Toussaint-White)
June (Amanda Root)
Graham (Paul Bazely)

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

EUPHORIA returns to Sky and NOW TV with two special episodes

Emmy® award-winning drama series EUPHORIA will return to Sky with two special episodes, with the first debuting this December on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue (played by Emmy®-winner Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the episode, titled "Trouble Don't Last Always," also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in season one. The title and date of the second episode are forthcoming. Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.

EUPHORIA received three Primetime Emmy® Awards this year, including Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Zendaya), Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

EUPHORIA is created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer; executive producers Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady and Gary Lennon; Will Greenfield serves as a co-executive producer. Produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT.

This Morning's Phil Vickery goes in search of 'Britain's Best Tart'

This Morning's resident chef Phil Vickery will undertake a new mission this October as he travels the length and breadth of the nation to discover Britain's Best Tart in a brand new four-part strand of the same name.

Throughout the new series Phil - a firm favourite on This Morning for 21 years - will also discover the history behind some of the best traditional tarts that Britain has to offer including the Bakewell tart, the Manchester tart, the Gypsy tart and finally the Yorkshire curd tart.

Each week Phil will visit the birthplace of these sweet treats and take viewers on a historic journey to the Derbyshire Dales, Manchester, Kent and Yorkshire, where he will meet those in the know who will share the secret recipes that date back hundreds of years. Once equipped with the local knowledge, an inspired Phil will return to the kitchen to create his own version of each tasty tart.

Phil, tell us about this new series and how it came about…

"Well, a couple of weeks ago on This Morning I did an almond tart and I hadn't done a lot of baking on the show for a while, but Phillip [Schofield] and Holly [Willoughby] loved it and said it was really lovely, and on the back of that I was asked by my bosses 'We'd like you to do a thing on Britain's traditional tarts' to which I laughed at first and then they explained further 'the culinary version'. I did a bit of research and narrowed it down to the Manchester Tart, Bakewell Tart, Yorkshire Curd Tart and the Gypsy Tart - which I remember at school! And then we went off and filmed up and down the country, all within Covid guidelines."

What can This Morning viewers expect to see?  

"So I do a bit of research, and we go to the place where we believe they do one of the best or the best tart in the area, and it's not so much as judging it, it's going there, looking at what they do, and coming back and making my own version in the studio. I mean some of these tarts have such old recipes, I think the Bakewell Tart one for instance is from around 1870 so you have to modernise things a bit. And for the show I like to be careful with calories and things, so if I can lighten them and make them a lot less heavy then that's what I'll try and do. But also, a lot of the 'old' ingredients you can't get, for example, the Yorkshire Curd tart, to get fresh curds is quite difficult so my version on that tart I used cottage cheese. But also, I am kind of going on a history tour as well, I've definitely learnt things - there's a Bakewell pudding and a Bakewell Tart and I now know the history of both of them now! I'm still learning as I go on these trips for This Morning. Never too old!" 

You are a master of a pudding, is this what makes you the best person for this series?

"When I was a young chef I trained in pastry and I had a flair for it. I remember making so much by hand back then; brioche, croissants, danish pastries… everything. And I ended up working for about twelve years mainly doing pastry, and actually a lot of chefs around - I won't name names - but they can't do it. They hate pastry! It's such a finite thing… an extra half an ounce of yeast can destroy bread for instance and 0.5g of salt can make a big difference, so it's very very specific and a lot of chefs don't have the patience!"

Did you have in mind what your favourite tart might be before filming? 

"Not really… but I have always liked Bakewell Tart even though I don't really like almond essence, but I make mine without that because I think the natural flavour of almonds is there, you don't need to enhance it. So Bakewell is pretty high up on my list, if I'm being honest."

Do you think the humble tart is underrated or being slightly forgotten about in the UK?

"It is perhaps underrated, but because a lot of them are now so old, I guess people don't see them as fashionable anymore. For instance, in Bakewell they make a small Bakewell tart probably about 5cm across and 2cm deep and because it only had butter, sugar, egg and almonds in it, it was around 2,000 calories! So some are hugely calorific and so for a lot of people they find them too heavy. I tried one and I struggled to sleep that night!"

What kind of tart is your personal favourite to cook and why?

"Well, my personal favourite of all time is an egg custard tart. My mum used to do it for me when I was little and it was a staple in my restaurant too… I used to have a guy that came to my restaurant every Monday for lunch and he once said to me, 'Mr Vickery, if you ever take that egg custard tart off the menu, I'm never coming here again!' and it was always on the menu, so for me, that's my favourite go to. Although my mum still tells me hers is better!"

You are celebrating 21 years on This Morning, how does that make you feel?

"Yes, I am! Do you think I'll get a gold watch?... I'm not sure how it makes me feel because when Denise [Robertson] was alive, she, together with Dr Chris Steele are the longest serving contributors on the show, then I think it's me and Alison… and actually that's rather nice that I've done it for that amount of time and that they still want me! I'm getting on a bit now so I'm very lucky and I'm very appreciative of it. I think I've travelled to 37 countries in total so far for the show… how amazing is that? I've got to do so many amazing things during that time."

What have been your most memorable moments?

"There are hundreds! Just things like closing the Sydney Harbour Bridge early so we could film on top of it was incredible. Then in a catamaran moored outside the Sydney Opera House where I cooked burgers… that was quite special. We also went flying in a seaplane and landed on the Great Barrier Reef. Another time I went flying around Alaska to do the salmon run and watched all the bears coming out, and the whales came right up in front of us. I've cooked in the lowest point of the earth in the dead sea and I've also cooked 11,000ft up in Machu Picchu in Peru, and I remember the air was so thin that the gas wouldn't light and I was struggling for breath! I've been everywhere…"

He added, "The show has absolutely taken me to places I would never have seen or visited without it. Catching crabs in Norway, going to India, going to Hong Kong and then on to Bangkok where we went on the Orient Express from there to Malaysia and we cooked on the train! It's all just been absolutely fabulous. Wonderful memories." 

What are your top five ingredients you are never without?

"Well, I grow my own potatoes, strawberries and a few tomatoes so I'm not usually without those for most of the year. But generally the top five ingredients that I am never without are tinned tomatoes, fresh coriander, packed rice, stock cubes and clotted cream!"

What are you likely to cook if you are watching football with friends, seeing your mum or with your children?

"If I was watching football with friends, and hopefully Spurs are winning, I would normally do something really simple like rice with a bit of chilli, simple spoon food. And if I am with my mum I have to ask her what she wants because she's a bit particular my mum and she's a very, very good cook. And she's quite adventurous. My mum and dad stayed with me a few weeks ago actually and they ate me out of house and home! They had a mix of steak and chips, prawn curry, BBQ chicken, they had allsorts. They were eating like there was no tomorrow! As for the the kids, they have flown the nest, but they do come back every now and then and Winnie will say to me 'Oh dad, can we do a quick egg fried rice?' and it's just two eggs in a pan, cooked with basmati rice and soy sauce. She loves that!"

Please credit: 'Britain's Best Tart' will air on ITV's This Morning from Tuesday 27th October at 10am


Yorkshire firefighters heat up new documentary series for BBC England and BBC Two

A new BBC documentary series featuring Yorkshire firefighters will use the latest technology to bring viewers closer than ever to real emergencies and the men and women dealing with them.
The four-part documentary series has been commissioned by BBC England and BBC Two and follows the work of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The programme will be made by Leeds-based independent production company Wise Owl Films and will show what it means to be a firefighter in 2020 and the challenges they face every day to keep people safe.

With access to firefighters working at emergencies, the series will take viewers from the control room to the front line. Firefighters will wear the latest helmet-mounted heat resistant cameras, transporting viewers into the heart of the action.

The West Yorkshire Fire And Rescue Service has over 900 firefighters and is a close-knit community with a diverse range of personnel dedicated to serving the public - often in highly dangerous and life-threatening situations. A specialist Urban Search And Rescue Dog called Jessie and water rescue unit are part of a team responding to an increasingly wide range of incidents. Expect drama and jeopardy - but also plenty of Yorkshire warmth and humour too.

West Yorkshire Fire And Rescue Service serves some of England's biggest cities including Leeds and Bradford and some of the North's most beautiful countryside.

Aisling O'Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for England, says: "Being a firefighter is now so much more than fighting fires. We're going to use the latest technology to show viewers exactly what it takes to be a firefighter today.

"The programme will put audiences right at the centre of emergencies and the work of the fire service with special helmet-mounted 'firecams', footage taken from fire engines and the control room. I can't wait to see what unfolds."

Mark Robinson, Executive Producer for Wise Owl Films says: "In 2020, being a firefighter is so much more than just about fighting fires. Today's skilful and dedicated firefighters face a wider range of callouts than ever - from road traffic collisions to floods and water rescues.

"Using technology that wouldn't have been available just a few years ago, we want to show viewers just what daily life is like for a West Yorkshire firefighter. They often come from the communities which they serve, and there is a family spirit within each Watch which comes from putting absolute trust in each other on a daily basis."

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton says: "We are really excited to be part of this project and we hope it will give us a great opportunity to show what life is like behind the scenes of a modern day fire and rescue service, and to explode some dated myths."

Stacey Dooley to host new BBC One entertainment show This Is MY House

BBC One has commissioned This Is MY House, a new primetime entertainment format hosted by Stacey Dooley.

 
This Is MY House (6x60) is an addictive guessing game format created by Richard Bacon and Nick Weidenfeld, and produced by Expectation, in which four people walk into a home and say, "This Is MY House". The catch, only one of them is telling the truth.

Stacey Dooley will host the hour-long programmes which will see a team of celebrity judges work together to figure out who is the honest homeowner and who are the imposters.

A fresh modern show like no other, with a guessing game that will keep everyone playing along from their own homes. This Is MY House promises plenty of laugh out loud moments as each of the four opponents tries to prove that they are the real deal. It's a fun show that challenges our prejudices and asks a simple question. Can the truth win?

Richard Bacon, Creator and Executive Producer says: "This Is MY House is a game show with only one contestant - the homeowner. To win all they have to do is prove 'This is MY house!'. But it's not that simple. Three actors will turn up, steal the contestant's name and claim that the house and everything in it belongs to them. They all have competing stories. Our judges have one job. To uncover the truth. It couldn't be easier. Right?"

Kate Phillips, Acting Controller BBC One says: "This terrific new format will give everyone the ability to join in alongside our celebrity sleuths, navigating red herrings and surprises throughout!"

Stacey Dooley says: "Feel so excited to be fronting this new entertainment show! I love to see inside people's houses so I'm made up to be involved in a gig that allows us to do that in a format that will bring some fun, humour and warmth at a time when we are all so craving escapism. Can't wait!"

Denise Welch joins the cast of Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks announces soap-star reunion as Denise Welch joins the cast to play Nikki Sanderson's on-screen mum.

A dance teacher by trade, 'Trish' arrives in Hollyoaks under the ominous shadow of boyfriend, Brad who immediately takes a shine to Maxine (played by Nikki). Will he drive a wedge between mother and daughter?

Denise and Nikki previously worked together on Coronation Street when they played Natalie Barnes and Candice Stowe.

But that's not Denise's only Hollyoaks connection, as she's also starred with Chelsee Healey (Goldie) in Waterloo Road and is a Loose Woman alongside Kelle Bryan (Martine).

Speaking about her new role, Denise said: "I am thrilled to be joining the cast of Hollyoaks in this, their 25th year.

"I'm looking forward to working with some old friends and making new ones. The character of Trish Minniver is an actor's dream and I can't wait to introduce her to you."

As well as acting credits including Soldier Soldier, Waterloo Road, ground-breaking Boy Meets Girl and Benidorm, plus 18 years as a panellist on Loose Women, Denise is also a Sunday Times bestselling author.

'Trish' will first appear on screen in January 2021 much to the shock of Maxine, who since arriving in Hollyoaks in 2012 and saying farewell to sister, Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton), has fought many battles without her immediate family around her.

The Mandalorian Season 2 | Disney+ Special Look | Official Disney UK

The next chapter begins. Start streaming the new season of #TheMandalorian Oct. 30 on #DisneyPlus.

The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer teases action-packed footage as Mando reunites with Cara Dune and Greef Carga to protect The Child.

Pedro Pascal returns as the title character, who continues his quest to find a safe home for the beloved character who has no official name, but has come to be known as Baby Yoda.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Celebrity Juice New Series and a Halloween Special

Thu 22 Oct 2020
10.00pm - 10.50pm
ITV2
Episode 1:
Outrageous and inimitable host Keith Lemon returns with a new series of Celebrity Juice alongside brand-new team captains Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack.

Joining them this week for more games, fun and anarchy will be actor and Celebrity Juice legend Will Mellor, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, musician Tom Grennan and the hilarious Jimmy Carr.

Thu 29 Oct 2020
10.00pm - 10.50pm
ITV2

Joining them this week for some spooky games, fun and plenty of tricks and treats will be Strictly's scariest judge Craig Revel Horwood, presenter Maya Jama, Queen of the Jungle Jacqueline Jossa and Take That's Howard Donald.

Ghost Bus Tours

Thu 29 Oct 2020
9.00pm - 10.00pm
ITV2

A terrifying comedy travelogue in which rapper Lady Leshurr, comedian Darren Harriott and reality star Jordan Davies go on a ghost hunting mission in one of Eastern Europe's most haunted places, Kerotas Prison.

They'll be led by the Ghost Bus Tour guide Anton, a super freaky local who will introduce the celebs to a host of unhinged witnesses and experts.

Their goal is to summon three disturbing spirits - a cannibal who used to eat his cellmates, a demon cleaner who extracts the souls of only buff men and a sadistic scientist who was x-rayed to death by vengeful patients.

The Ghost Bus Tour culminates with the celebrities being abandoned and left to spend the night in the evil prison.

Will they ever see Anton again? Can they survive on their own? Will Jordan ever stop screaming? The three celebrities are left in no doubt that ghosts are real and they should not be annoyed.

Tim Vincent hosts new Radio 4 parenting series, The Likely Dads, with Russell Kane and Mick Ferry

The Likely Dads is a new, frank and funny series of conversations about parenting from the perspective of fathers, hosted by broadcaster, former Blue Peter presenter and father to twins, Tim Vincent.

Tim has undertaken many challenges throughout the course of his life - from painting Blackpool Tower and snow survival training with the army in Norway, to flying in Tornado jets and running the New York marathon. His latest challenge - being the middle-aged father to two-year-old twin boys.

Host Tim Vincent says: "The Likely Dads is a place where men can muse, pontificate and share humorous stories. The series shows that men can be good parents as well as sobbing emotional wrecks when it comes to their children. Not all is harmony and agreed opinions, there's a sharp divide and judgment on your preference of Bing versus Peppa Pig. Either way the show will make you laugh, maybe spit out your tea and hopefully have you nodding silently in agreement."

Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for Comedy adds: "Hearing these dads chat, let off steam and share the funny side of parenting makes for a really enjoyable and interesting listen whether you're a parent or not."

Joining Tim as regular panellists will be award-winning comedians Russell Kane and Mick Ferry. Guests across the series include actors Chris Bisson (East Is East, Shameless, Emmerdale), Craig Kelly (Queer As Folk, Titanic) comedians John Thomson, Prince Abdi, Che Burnley, Scott Bennett and Laurence Clarke, health and wellbeing coach Mr. Motivator and more.

In the first episode Chris Bisson recalls approaching fatherhood like his acting roles: "This kid malarkey, I thought I'll just do a bit of research, learn my lines and I'll be able to deal with it. Of course, none of that is true and they throw the most unexpected things at you."

In a regular feature, the programme asks the children of one of The Likely Dads a series of questions to determine which of them knows their children better - and vice versa. Chris' four year old daughter Ella is asked how old her dad is, her response: "He's not very old, 800 maybe?"

Across the series The Likely Dads and guests cover topics such as parenting at different ages, education, holiday mishaps, keeping children entertained and much more.

Thursday 29 October
The Likely Dads
23:00-23:30
BBC Radio 4

Tim Vincent, Russell Kane and Mick Ferry with guests Chris Bisson and Che Burnley.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

The new HOW presenters are…

Following the news of the return of the iconic children's television show HOW, the presenting team are now revealed with Vick Hope, Sam Homewood and Frankie Vu in front of the camera along with a welcome back, for Fred Dinenage.

Produced by Terrific Television (TT), the new series will be shown on CITV and simulcast on ITV from November and available on ITV Hub.

Vick (The X Factor), Sam (Scrambled), Frankie (Disney Channel) and Fred bring a mix of freshness, experience and familiarity to HOW's target audience.  Nic Ayling and Driana Jones, Founders of Terrific Television, say the line-up of presenters brings together a great team worthy of the HOW brand, which occupies a unique place in children's television.

Vick Hope - As backstage presenter and of ITV's The X Factor 2019, Vick Hope will be known to HOW's young audience. A former Capital Breakfast presenter, she has also presented Crufts, The Voice UK, Trending Live, FYI Daily on ITV2 and was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.  A multi-talented TV and Radio presenter, Vick is also a journalist and published author.  

Sam Homewood - As well as presenting numerous programmes for adults, Sam is a familiar face in children's television.  He fronts ITV's CITV flagship kids weekend breakfast show, Scrambled and presented Use Your Voice Live – an online campaign to encourage young people to vote in the last election.

Frankie Vu - An obsessive sports fan, tech geek and music lover. A live sports presenter and regular on CBBC and Disney XD, he is your go-to guy for playful, intelligent TV presenting. Frankie appeared on Disney Channel US, taking audiences behind the scenes on the sets of the latest Disney blockbusters in Movie Surfers.

Fred Dinenage MBE – Television presenter, broadcaster and author Fred has earnt himself status as a UK national treasure having celebrated his 50th anniversary as reporter/presenter with ITV in 2014. Fred has presented the regional news for ITV in the south for 36 years and been a TV Presenter non-stop for 56 years.

Fred is part of the fabric of HOW and will be the only presenter to have appeared on all three versions of HOW. Fred has been a household name Co-Presenting ITV Meridian since 1993 and presented programmes including Tell the Truth, Pass the Buck, World of Sport, Gambit and appeared on Tiswas.

The Million Pound Cube

ITV's award-winning hit show The Cube is back and promising higher stakes than ever before with a life-changing one-million-pound jackpot.  

Host Phillip Schofield will return to preside over the high-octane gameshow, which sees contestants attempt seemingly simple tasks within the high-pressure confines of the iconic Perspex box.

Pairs of contestants, from the same household, take on The Million Pound Cube. As well as facing solo games, they will also face brand new two player challenges.

Each pair will have nine lives to complete seven games, each worth an increasing amount of money, as they move closer to the huge jackpot. Players will have to overcome extreme nerves and frustration as they take on deceivingly simple tasks such as throwing a ball into a container, balancing on a beam or stopping a clock at precisely 10 seconds. But will they have what it takes to beat the mighty Cube?

Episode 1

Brothers Adam and Jon have their teamwork put to the ultimate test, whilst twin sisters Priya and Shreya endure a nerve-shredding journey in their quest to win one million pounds. Just seven games stand between both pairs and a fortune – but can they handle the pressure and beat the Cube?

Friday, 16 October 2020

Scarlett Moffatt announced as the host of ITV2’s new cookery dating show, Love Bites

Scarlett Moffatt announced as the host of ITV2's new cookery dating show, Love Bites

ITV2 today announced that TV favourite Scarlett Moffatt will host brand-new cookery dating show - Love Bites - a 30 x 60" series made by Ricochet, a Warner Bros. International Television Production UK Company.

Airing this autumn, Love Bites will see three suitors battle it out to win a date by each cooking a three-course meal using the same box of ingredients, in a bid to win a date with a single foodie.

Culinary skills will be put to the test, and Scarlett will be there every step of the way as she guides the singletons through the experience as they cook up a storm in the pursuit of love.

Scarlett Moffatt said: "I am beyond excited to be hosting ITV2's new show Love Bites which is coming to your screens this autumn. I've always been obsessed with both dating and cookery shows so this rolled into one really is the dream gig for me.

"I've had such a blast filming with the daters and watching them whip up a storm in the kitchen. Make sure you stay tuned to check it out in all its glory, it's a culinary and dating delight served with lots of LOLs so perfect TV for the colder months."

Jimmy Carr, Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden announced as the celebrity panel for BBC One’s I Can See Your Voice

Trio join host Paddy McGuinness in the brand-new mystery music game show.

TV presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness will soon be taking the reins of the brand-new mystery music game show I Can See Your Voice and now, BBC One and producers Thames and Naked (part of Fremantle) can confirm joining Paddy on the series' celebrity panel will be the king of comedy Jimmy Carr, the inimitable Alison Hammond and national treasure Amanda Holden.

Jimmy Carr says: "I think a silly, crazy, fun hour of telly is just what we all need. And it doesn't come any more silly, crazy or fun than this."

Alison Hammond says: "I Can See Your Voice is going to be great fun and I am thrilled to be taking part. I'm a good judge of character and reckon I'll be able to spot who can sing or not straight away, so the players are in good hands if they hope to win that cash prize!"

Amanda Holden says: "I've seen first hand over my many years as a judge, how acts can shock you with an incredible voice. With my experience on stage, television and radio I think I have one of the best pair of eyes in the business for spotting talent so the masqureaders will really have to up their game to fool me!"

I Can See Your Voice will see two players aiming to win a cash prize by guessing who can and can't sing from a group of mystery singers standing before them. But there's a catch… can they predict who has the voice of an angel or who will leave them covering their ears in horror all without ever hearing them sing a note? Alison, Amanda and Jimmy will be helping the players along the way and will be joined each week by a different popstar.

As the singing sensations and musical masqureaders navigate through a round of lip sync challenges, they will be offering entertaining hidden clues to the celebrity panel who will help the players whittle down the group until there's only one singer left. The chosen one will then perform a duet with the popstar to reveal whether they can or can't sing. If the players have picked a good singer then they will take the prize… but if a bad singer is revealed, the imposter will pocket the cash.

I Can See Your Voice promises a whole new take on the singing game show genre as well as lots of music, comedy and play-along fun for the whole family to enjoy. It's the show that will prove that when it comes to singing talent, what you see isn't always what you get!

The show will be co-produced by Thames and Naked (part of Fremantle) for the BBC and will air in 2021. The 8x60' series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Comissioning. The Executive Producers are Amelia Brown and Louise Hutchinson for Thames. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.

The series is based on a South Korean format from CJ ENM, debuting on Mnet in February 2015. Since the premiere, it has widely received acclaim with an International Emmy nomination for Best Non-scripted Entertainment Program, and increasing interest for local adaptations. It has been successfully commissioned in over 10 countries including Germany and the USA with a popular launch for the Amercian version this September. The show was number one show in it's time slot and the best unscripted Autumn debut in the all important 18-49 demographic.