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Friday, 27 November 2020

BBC One and BBC Music presents Idris Elba meets Paul McCartney

BBC One and BBC Music have announced Idris Elba meets Paul McCartney, a world exclusive show featuring music legend Paul McCartney in conversation with one of the most popular British actors of his generation, Idris Elba, to be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in December, and on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

This 60-minute entertainment special, to be recorded in London in the coming weeks, will see Idris interview Paul about his peerless career as the most successful musician and composer in pop music history, which began when he wrote his first song at the age of 14. The show will span Paul's incredible history-making journey right up to the present day, as he continues to influence new generations, including Paul's solo material and collaborations.

Paul will talk about his writing process which has produced some of the best loved and most performed songs ever. Idris will seek to find out what inspires Paul to continue to innovate creatively, on the eve of the release of his 26th post-Beatles album McCartney III, the third album in a trilogy of classics featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song. Paul launched his solo career in 1970 with the release of McCartney.

Idris says: "When I was asked if I wanted to speak to Paul McCartney, after I realised it wasn't a joke, I immediately said yes… who wouldn't?! I am a massive fan of Paul's! His work has inspired and driven me as a musician, and once I get through the shock of sharing the stage with him, I'm excited to talk about his music and craft. What an honour! Looking forward to sitting with you Paul."

Paul says: "I'm looking forward to sitting down to a chat with the mighty Idris!"

Kate Phillips, Acting Controller, BBC One, says: "Paul McCartney has undoubtedly created some of the UK's best loved songs, songs which are known throughout the world, so I'm thrilled that he'll lift the lid on how he continues to create lyrics and music that will forever stand the test of time. The must see combination of Paul in conversation with one of our best loved actors and super fan, Idris Elba, as well as an incredible live performance from the Cavern, are the perfect Christmas presents for BBC audiences."

The original Cavern Club in Liverpool was where The Beatles played nearly 300 times between 1961-63. Over 50 years later in July 2018, Paul played a secret gig at the legendary venue, performing a 28-song set to 250 lucky gig-goers. Paul and his band performed songs from the 60s to (his then new album) Egypt Station, which was released 54 years after The Beatles had claimed their first hit Number One on the Billboard Album Charts. BBC One will broadcast this very special performance in December, with viewers being able to enjoy blistering performances of songs including I Saw Her Standing There, Lady Madonna, Band On The Run and Come On To Me.


Channel 4 Commissions New Scripted Comedy Big Boys

Channel 4 has commissioned Big Boys, a new six-part comedy series from the award-winning Roughcut Television (Stath Lets Flats).

The funny and heart-breaking new comedy created, written and narrated by Jack Rooke centres on an unlikely friendship between sweet, shy, closeted Jack (Dylan Llewellyn, Derry Girls) and boisterous, laddish and ever-so-slightly mature student Danny (Jon Pointing, Plebs).

Jack has spent the past year at home with his wonderful, potty-mouthed mum. He's been grieving for his father and she for her husband, but the time has now come for him to take his place at the local uni.

There he meets his roommate Danny as the pair are thrown together during Freshers week, watched over by an entirely over-enthusiastic Student Union head. Jack and Danny are at significantly different places on the spectrum of masculinity but closely bond during the inevitable chaos and frenzy of a first year.

Big Boys is based on comedy writer Jack Rooke's award-winning live comedy shows 'Good Grief', 'Happy Hour' and 'Love Letters'.

Jack Rooke, creator and writer said: "As a kid I'd stay up late to sneakily watch something a bit 'queer' on Channel 4. I'd ask Dad: 'Why does that bloke have his face in that other bloke's lap?' and he'd grin and say, 'They're just having a fun time!!' Now I am thrilled to have my first comedy series with Channel 4, writing and narrating Big Boys, based on the teen years after losing my dad with all the ups and downs of grief, sexual discovery, freshers' week and making one very special best mate. (And I'll be sure to include some of my own 'fun times' too!)"

Channel 4 announces Jo Brand’s How to Stay Sane in a Mad World to get us through the winter ahead

2020, it's been quite the year, which is why Channel 4 has commissioned Jo Brand to take an alphabetic romp through the most creative and Covid-friendly ways to help us stay sane over the months ahead via Jo Brand's How to Stay Sane in a Mad World (w/t), 1x60' from Two Rivers Media.  

Let's face it banana bread was so last March and we're all slightly puzzled at the number of jigsaws we've managed to complete over the last eight months. The nights have drawn in and we need new ways to lift our spirits and keep us going through the low-key winter that's set to come. So from health to horticulture, QR codes to UV rays, and hibernation to isolation this is the A-Z guide that you never knew you needed.

Along with a host of famous faces and brimming with expert advice to keep you fighting fit and mentally strong Jo will have tips, quips and tonnes of takeout to hopefully make surviving a pandemic that little bit easier.

Louisa Compton, Head of News, Current Affairs and Sport says: "With coronavirus restrictions set to impact our lives for months to come – this guide will be the perfect companion to help us get through the gloomy winter months".

Jo Brand adds: "I did suggest we stop after A is for Alcohol and C is for Cake but I'm assured there are 23 more suggestions to follow so stay tuned."

Channel 4 announces Jack Thorne’s ‘Help’ starring Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer

Channel 4 has commissioned Roadkill producer The Forge in association with One Shoe Films to produce Help (w/t), a new 1x120' drama from the BAFTA award-winning writer Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials, National Treasure) and BAFTA award-winning director Marc Munden (The Third Day, Utopia).

Help, set in a fictional Liverpool care home, tells the moving story of the relationship between a young care home worker (Comer) and a patient (Graham), whose lives are changed forever by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last spring.

Sarah (Jodie Comer – Killing Eve, Doctor Foster) is smart, but she's never fitted in, not in education and not in work. Her family told her she'd never amount to anything but she unexpectedly finds her calling as a carer at Sunshine Homes. Sarah has a special talent for connecting with the residents, including one in particular, 47-year-old Tony (Stephen Graham – Save Me, This is England). Tony's Young Onset Alzheimer's has left him living out his days in care as his mind slowly deteriorates. His illness causes periods of confusion and violent outbursts, which the other members of staff can't handle, but with Sarah he begins to build a real bond. Sarah's success at managing Tony and the other patients helps build her confidence and restore her self-belief.

Then March 2020 hits and everything Sarah has achieved is thrown into doubt with the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic. She and her colleagues tirelessly fight tooth and nail, ill-equipped, poorly prepared, and seemingly left helpless by the powers that be. A determined Sarah goes to extraordinary lengths to protect those in her care, whose conditions make their suffering and isolation all the more traumatic. But the staff's unwavering commitment, compassion and heroic efforts can only do so much, and Sarah is pushed into a dark corner and desperately looks for a way out.

Caroline Hollick, Head of Channel 4 Drama says: "This extraordinarily powerful show is right at the heart of what Channel 4 drama is all about – it will shine an unflinching light on the terrible events of 2020 through telling us a compelling, heart-wrenching relationship story. And to have Jack Thorne bringing Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham to our screens, directed by Marc Munden and produced by The Forge, is a level of talent I would be lucky to even dream of."

Jack Thorne says: "About two years ago Stephen Graham came to me with an idea to write something for him and Jodie Comer. I tried to think of something and got nothing. Then this crisis happened, and we saw care homes getting squashed and battered by the government. It's been both a long process and a short one, trying to find a way to tell this story, the amazing thing has been sharing in working out the story with Stephen, Jodie, the amazing Marc Munden, Beth Willis and everyone at the Forge and Channel 4. 30,000 people have died unnecessarily in these care homes because of the indifference and incompetence of our government. Hearing the stories of those at the frontline, having people break down in tears on zoom in front of us has been incredibly moving and galling. Getting the story right will be incredibly important, we are aware of the pressure upon us, this has to be written and made with anger and precision. We hope we do it justice."

Marc Munden says: "It's a privilege to be working with Jack Thorne and The Forge again on so urgent a subject and to have the incredible honour of directing Jodie and Stephen. Help is an angry and immediate film with an unlikely tender relationship at its heart and it responds to the government's abandonment of care homes as a result of the pandemic, a Play for Today for our times."

Stephen Graham says: "Jack is one of the greatest and most truthful writers of our generation and in Help he has crafted a profoundly important piece of social realism. I've wanted to work with Jodie for ages, and together we're hugely passionate about shining a light on one of the biggest tragedies of our time and the people at the heart of it."

Jodie Comer says: "I am, of course, thrilled to finally be working alongside Stephen and the supremely talented Jack, Marc and those at Channel 4. For us to be able to explore such a relevant and emotive story through the eyes of such beautifully real characters, and in our home city of Liverpool, is a real honour. We're determined to do justice to so many of the untold stories and heroes that have been affected as a result of this crisis and to handle them with care."

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters return in Bulletproof: South Africa as three-part special comes to Sky One

After two hugely successful series of Sky Original, Bulletproof, Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters are reprising their roles as cop buddies, Pike and Bishop, for a special event, Bulletproof: South Africa. The three-part special, produced by Vertigo Films, is set to air on Wednesday 20 January 2021 on Sky One and NOW TV, and sees the boys take a much-needed vacation from their London day-job and head to Cape Town, South Africa.

Unfortunately for our two holidaymakers, things don't quite go to plan. While trying to relax after a tough year, Bishop, Pike and his family soon find themselves caught up in the frightening kidnap of a young girl. Having befriended the young girl's parents earlier that day, Bishop and Pike decide it's their duty to use their expertise to help the couple win their daughter back. The kidnappers demand an unreasonable reward for the safe return of the girl, but have no idea who they're now up against.

Paul Gilbert, Executive Producer for Sky, said: "We're really excited to see TV's favourite cop duo back in action, but transported from the mean streets of London to one of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet. Played brilliantly by Noel and Ashley, Bishop and Pike will offer a New Year thrill ride to die-hard fans of the show and new viewers alike, as they navigate their way through an unfamiliar world to seek justice in their inimitable style."

Allan Niblo, co-founder of Vertigo Films, said: "I'm thrilled to have Bishop and Pike burst onto our TV screens with a ray of sunshine to brighten up any dull January. Expect carnage, mayhem and comradery as they take on formidable new enemies."

Bulletproof: South Africa is to air on Sky One on Wednesday 20 January 2021 and will also be available on streaming service and NOW TV.

Filming wraps on Line of Duty series six, as first images of Kelly Macdonald as DCI Joanne Davidson are revealed

The sixth instalment of Jed Mercurio's hit crime thriller - which resumed filming at the end of August - wrapped yesterday afternoon in Northern Ireland and will air on BBC One in 2021.

To mark the news, two images of Kelly Macdonald as Line of Duty's next guest series lead have been released. The pictures show Macdonald as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case whose unconventional conduct attracts the attention of AC-12.

Line of Duty showrunner Jed Mercurio says: "Thanks so much to our brilliant cast and crew who applied rigorous Covid safety measures to deliver Line of Duty six to our wonderful fans. We're all immensely grateful to World Productions and the BBC for the unswerving support they've given us in a time of unprecedented challenges to UK television production."

Simon Heath, executive producer for World Productions says: "Huge praise has to go to Jed, Kelly, Vicky, Martin, Adrian and the brilliant Line of Duty cast and crew who completed filming on series six yesterday, after five months of lockdown and three more of shooting under the most trying of circumstances. The audience is in for a treat next year"

A premiere date for the new series will be announced in due course. Series one to five of Line of Duty are available to stream in the UK exclusively on BBC iPlayer.


New cast confirmed for Guilt as filming begins on the second series of BBC Two and BBC Scotland’s multi award-winning drama

Filming is underway in Scotland on the second series of multi award-winning BBC Two and BBC Scotland drama, Guilt, with new cast including Sara Vickers, Phyllis Logan, Stuart Bowman and Ian Pirie joining returning cast Mark Bonnar, Jamie Sives and Emun Elliott.

The new four-part series is once again written by Neil Forsyth (Eric, Ernie And Me, Bob Servant), co-produced by Expectation and Happy Tramp North and is supported by Screen Scotland's Broadcast Content Fund. The second series is another twisting, surprising story which picks up the action two years after the dramatic finale which saw two disparate brothers, Max (Mark Bonnar) and Jake (Jamie Sives) face the consequences of their guilt after accidentally killing an old man.

In this new second series, characters old and new will battle the consequences of their guilty actions, amidst shocking new developments. The new cast includes Sara Vickers (Watchmen, Endeavour, Shetland), Phyllis Logan (Downtown Abbey, Doctor Who), Stuart Bowman (Bodyguard, Deadwater Fell), Ian Pirie (Chernobyl, Nothing To Declare), Greg McHugh (The A Word, Gary Tank Commander), Rochelle Neil (Episodes, Doctors) and Sandy McDade (EastEnders, Father Brown). The new series of Guilt is expected to air on both BBC Two and BBC Scotland in 2021.

Mark Bonnar, who plays flawed lawyer Max, is delighted to be back filming Guilt again: "I'm completely overjoyed that Guilt is getting a second series! Neil has crafted four amazing scripts with some cracking new characters and an immensely involving plot, full of twists and turns. He's really putting us through the mill! And of course, I'm over the moon to be working with Jamie again.

"We've assembled a fantastic crew - many returning from series one - and I know they're just as excited as us to be a part of this wonderful show."

Married at First Sight U.K. gets a major makeover for 2021

Wedding bells are ringing as Married at First Sight U.K. gets a major makeover for 2021, with the home-grown version of the global phenomenon making its way to E4.  

Taking inspiration from the hugely successful Australian version that gripped British viewers this summer, the new UK series will be a bigger, more explosive take on the format, following a fresh batch of singles as they search for love and a happy-ever-after with complete strangers.

Produced by CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, over 20x60' episodes the series will follow the couples as they meet for the very first time at the altar. Following the Australian format, rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.

After the ceremony and celebrations are over, true love is well and truly put to the test, as they embark on a luxurious honeymoon, before moving in with each other AND their fellow couples. Relationships will be put under the microscope, by fellow brides and grooms at weekly dinner parties – as well as by the experts, at recurring commitment ceremonies, where couples choose whether they want to stay in or leave the process.

All this and more will build to a dramatic series finale: glossy, high-stakes vow renewals, in which each couple must decide if they will recommit to their partner or go their separate ways.

Celebs Go Dating - The Mansion

Just when you thought it was safe to re-enter the dating pool, think again, as Celebs Go Dating is back and supercharged for 2021, it's bigger, bolder and sexier than ever. For the very first time, the celebs and their potential matches will all bed down together in one very plush mansion. There'll be dates, drinks and drama, and most importantly, there'll be nowhere to hide!

In this brand-new series, our single and unlucky-in-love celebrities will be heading off on a luxurious UK dating retreat where they will spend four weeks looking for love. But that's not all – for the first time in Celebs Go Dating history, our cameras will be following our celebs 24/7 as they try to navigate the choppy waters of modern dating.

Joining this supersized series will be Geordie lass Chloe Ferry, Love Island fave and dancing pro Curtis Pritchard, actor and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Karim Zeroual, Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor Kimberly Hart-Simpson, socialite with razor sharp wit, Made In Chelsea's Sophie Hermann, Internationally renowned DJ Tom Zanetti and Ibiza's King of Ocean Beach Wayne Lineker.

As always, they'll be under the ever-watchful eyes of dating experts Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson, ably assisted by Junior Client Coordinator and celeb confidante, Tom Read Wilson. Rob Beckett will also be back delivering his trademark humour as voiceover. Every hang up and hook up will be scrutinised like never before, as our celebs embark on this immersive search for true love.

Living with our lucky celebs will be a group of potential matches with whom the celebrities will go on a series of dates. But this time, whether they want to continue the romance, or cut all ties, avoidance won't be an option because face to face communication is the order of the day. But will the close proximity lead to committed couples, or romantic rivalry? If our celebs find themselves in any illicit liaisons, they certainly won't stay secret for long!

With plenty of new challenges, memorable dating excursions and more chances than ever to find the perfect connection, all-new Celebs Go Dating is sure to be its most dramatic series yet.

Upon joining the virtual dating agency Geordie Shore lass Chloe Ferry said

"I am absolutely buzzing to join the agency for the second time this year! I did the virtual series and loved the whole process but am now really ready for the agents to find me a proper match. Hopefully meeting face to face will help with feeling a real connection."

Love Island fave and dancing pro, Curtis Pritchard said:

"I'm so excited to join the celebs go dating agency. I'm really looking forward to learning more about myself. I can't wait to see who the agents set me up with. I have not been on many dates in my life, so I'm super exited to explore the dating scene, hopefully I'll find my version of the perfect woman"

Actor and Strictly Come Dancing runner up, Karim Zeroual said:

"Sadly, this year I came out of a long-term relationship, but I feel ready now to start dating again and throw myself in the deep end. Hopefully the agents are going to help me find the girl of my dreams!"

Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor, Kimberly Hart-Simpson said:

"I've joined the agency because I'm 33, still live with my mum and don't know why I'm still single. I've been putting myself out there, and joined pretty much every dating app going, so not sure what I'm doing wrong. Hoping Anna and Paul will help me figure that out and find my perfect match (whatever gender!)"

Made in Chelsea's Sophie Hermann said:

"2020 has definitely been a bleak year for dating, how many socially distanced park walks can one go on?! I've joined the agency to hopefully find love and not have to spend another lockdown alone. I think the agency will have their work cut out for them, mainly due to my lack of filter and pickiness, but I am putting all of my trust into their hands."

Internationally renowned DJ, Tom Zanetti said:

"I don't have a girlfriend; all my businesses have shut down and I've been asked to live in a mansion full of gorgeous women and crazy characters for a month. ERMMM, SIGN ME UP!"

Ibiza's King of Ocean Beach, Wayne Lineker said:

"After being single for over 2 years, I am so ready to meet somebody I can hopefully spark a romance with. I've heard great things about the agency, and that Anna, Paul and Tom give sound advice. I'm excited to see the potential dates that the agents bring to the table, and hopefully learn a few things about myself along the way."


Celebs Go Dating will return to E4 in early 2021.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Newly released prequel gives first glimpse of A Perfect Planet with Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough's distinctive voice and an original score by award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri feature in a new four-minute prequel, set against breath-taking scenery from the forthcoming new BBC One blue chip natural history series A Perfect Planet.

The 'sneak peek' prequel will be released globally on TV, social and digital platforms on 23 November at 2pm GMT ahead of the series, which will premiere next year around the world. This brand new series explores the great forces of nature that support, drive and enable life on earth.

The five-part series takes in awe-inspiring views, from lands drenched by the Indian Monsoon to the slopes of fiery Hawaiian volcanoes, from the tidal islands of the Bahamas to the frozen wastes of Ellesmere Island. Four years in the making, the series was filmed in 31 countries on six continents.

The first four episodes explore the power of volcanoes, sunlight, weather and oceans. The final episode in the series looks at the dramatic impact of the world's newest force of nature: humans - and what can be done to restore our planet's perfect balance.

Commenting on the prequel, Sir David Attenborough said: "This year perhaps more than ever, people are finding comfort and solace in the natural world. Whilst we may not be able to travel, we can take a few moments to enjoy our wonderful and diverse planet in this incredible footage."

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Marcella - Series 1 & 2 Box Set is out now on DVD

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Friday, 20 November 2020

Coronation Street unveils official 60th anniversary cast photograph

Coronation Street unveils official 60th anniversary cast photograph to celebrate the programme reaching this broadcasting milestone. And there has never been a cast image quite like it!

The shot had to be taken adhering to the Government's health and safety guidelines for TV and film production and the covid protocols and measures introduced by the programme which meant all of the actors in the portrait were photographed at different times.

Previous photography to celebrate the show's big milestones has featured all the cast, starting with the famous black and white shot to launch the first episode.

With the pandemic meaning that large gatherings are not possible a decision was taken to represent the show by photographing the first seven of the current cast to join the soap alongside the most recent seven actors to have appeared on screen as a regular cast member.*

Over a period of two weeks the actors were photographed individually in a covid secure studio and then cleverly photoshopped to give the impression of being together.

Finally, with a nod to the show's history Hilda Ogden's iconic ducks from her 'muriel' were added to the image, complete with wonky middle one!

The following actors appear in the photograph:

William Roache (Ken Barlow) - 9 December 1960

Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner) - 2 December 1964

Helen Worth (Gail Platt) - 29 July 1974

Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) - 16 April 1979

Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster) - 19 October 1983

Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Connor) - 6 January 1986

Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalf) - 27 January 1986

Ryan Russell (Michael Bailey) - 12 June 2019

Lorna Laidlaw (Aggie Bailey) - 12 June 2019

Jane Hazelgrove (Bernie Winter) - 24 July 2019

Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas) - 11 November 2019        

Adam Hussain (Aadi Alahan) - 15 April 2020

Tony Maudsley  (George Shuttleworth) -16 September 2020

Gareth Pierce    (Todd Grimshaw) - 7 October 2020

The Chase unveils new Chaser Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis

ITV's The Chase unveiled its sixth Chaser - Darragh 'The Menace' Ennis.

Darragh joins the award-winning series' formidable quizzing pros Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan, Shaun 'The Dark Destroyer' Wallace, Mark 'The Beast' Labbett, Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha.

Dubbed 'The Menace' by host Bradley Walsh, Darragh, 40, is an Oxford-based scientist who hails from Dublin. His Chaser attire sees him sport a velvet paisley print jacket and bolo tie.

He previously appeared on the show as a contestant, facing Paul in 2017.

Of turning Chaser to join the smash hit series, Darragh said: "I'm so pleased to be the sixth Chaser. It's brilliant to be on such an amazing quiz team, and so much fun working with Bradley Walsh. It's such an exciting opportunity and I can't wait to take on more contestants!"

Host Bradley Walsh added: "Another Chaser? ANOTHER CHASER? That's another person cleverer than me on The Chase. I must have words with the producers. But I can't wait to educate Darragh on the important things in life; custard creams, cowboy films and real ale."

Jason Wong has joined the cast of BBC One’s hugely popular primetime drama Silent Witness, which is currently filming its 24th series.

The explosive conclusion of series 23, in February 2020, shocked audiences with the departure of two of the series' regular characters: Clarissa Mullery (Liz Carr) and Dr Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern).

Series 24 finds Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Jack Hodgson (David Caves) looking forward to the future. However buried secrets and memories soon surface, and, when ghosts from the past emerge, the two are forced increasingly close to one another.

The arrival of Adam Yuen (Jason Wong) disturbs this new dynamic. A confident, bright and keen pathologist who's constantly striving to be the best, he immediately rubs Nikki and Jack up the wrong way. Will Adam find his own way to fit in and last at the Lyell?

On joining the show, Jason Wong says: "I am so excited to be joining Silent Witness, like everyone else I have been a huge fan of the show for years and to be becoming part of the family feels like a huge privilege. I can't wait for audiences to see all we have in store for them in this new series."

On Series 24, Emilia Fox, says: "It's fantastic to be back filming Series 24 of Silent Witness with five terrific new storylines, our wonderful crew, great new casts for each story and to be welcoming the very lovely and talented Jason Wong to the Lyell team, who is an absolute joy to work with!"

Taskmaster Festive Special Announced

It was announced today that fans will get a festive treat as Alex Horne's BAFTA winning show will return with a one-off Taskmaster festive special on Channel 4. The news arrives as series ten of the hit comedy entertainment show enjoyed its best performance on record with its premiere in its brand-new primetime slot.

For the first time ever, the Task Cottage doors will be flung open to welcome five brand new faces from the worlds of TV, film, radio, journalism, and shiny floor entertainment, as the almighty Greg Davies sets ludicrous challenges with his Little Assistant scuttling in tow for this one-off festive special. Our well-known contestants are experts in their respective fields, and will be revealed in due course, but how will they compare in the most hard fought, high stakes, ridiculous game show on television?

The latest series featuring Daisy May Cooper (This Country, BBC Three), Johnny Vegas (Benidorm, ITV), Katherine Parkinson (IT Crowd, Channel 4), Mawaan Rizwan (Live At The Apollo, BBC Two), and Richard Herring (RHLSTP) Taskmaster launched on Channel 4 this October and the debut episode pulled in  the show's best performance on record – a consolidated audience of 3 million viewers, making it Channel 4's biggest new title for young viewers this year. The official Taskmaster Podcast, hosted by Ed Gamble, went to No.1 in the iTunes podcast charts immediately after its release, while #Taskmaster trended at No. 1 on Twitter throughout and following transmission of the series ten premiere.

Aisling Bea’s award-winning comedy This Way Up returns to Channel 4 for second series

Aisling Bea's Merman-produced comedy co-starring Sharon Horgan has been commissioned for a second series (6 x 30) for Channel 4 and Hulu. Bea took home the Breakthrough Talent BAFTA Craft award for writing series one earlier this year.

In the forthcoming series, viewers can expect more bittersweet sister-related shenanigans, including ill-advised trips to infra-red saunas, and possibly another sung duet... to give the people what they want.

Series two is set after the events of the series one finale, with things in flux for Aine (Aisling Bea, Living With Yourself; Quiz) and her sister, Shona (Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe; Military Wives).

Aine's starting to leave her time in rehab behind and live less cautiously, which may not be entirely wise. Will she and Richard (Tobias Menzies, The Crown; Game of Thrones) make a cheeky go of it? Or continue to exist in the odd tension of the employer-employee dynamic? Or is emotional risk the "sexy bit"?

At the end of series one we saw Shona newly engaged after Vish's (Aasif Mandvi, Evil; The Brink) proposal, despite sharing a stolen kiss with business partner, Charlotte (Indira Varma, Game of Thrones; Luther). How will Charlotte and Shona manage running a new business together after *that* kiss? Will Shona be able to go through with marrying Vish? Planning a wedding? Can she tell him what happened? Is there anything more to tell?

Despite the sisters' numerous ups and downs, This Way Up centres on the unshakable bond between Aine and Shona and their passionate, caring, often-angry, always-hilarious relationship. In the darkest moments, when faced with overwhelming loneliness and sadness, the two sisters will always save each other and bring each other back into the light.

Creator Aisling Bea said: "I am over the moon that our little baby This Way Up gets to grow up and start school. Thanks to its grandparents Channel 4 and Hulu for paying its school fees and to my wonderful team, crew and cast for helping bring it to life the first-time round.  I was so overwhelmed by the love and support for the show.

The themes of loneliness and vulnerability seemed to connect in a far more widespread way than I had anticipated, and it feels particularly relevant writing series two during the last few months. I was so touched by the people from different countries, ages, genders and backgrounds who have gotten in touch to share their stories since the show has aired. I'm entirely grateful to be working and to be able to get our brilliant team back to work too, even though it is odd as hell filming during a worldwide pandemic. Our priority will be to keep our crew and cast safe and healthy whilst also staying creative and trying to make the best show we can.

I hope you love seeing where Aine and Shona have moved on to. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has offered myself and Sharon large record deals since hearing us sing Zombie and please wear a mask literally, but drop your metaphorical one."

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The Royal Variety Performance 2020

Jason Manford to Host this Year's Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool

Comedian, actor and singer Jason Manford is to host The Royal Variety Performance at the historic Blackpool Opera House in the Winter Gardens Complex. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will deliver a special message to the charity and the artistes performing in the show, as he looks forward to this exceptional evening of entertainment.

Returning to the North after nine years, the show promises to be an unforgettable evening of exceptional performers, world class British theatre and superb comedy, plus some exciting surprises.

2020's stellar line-up includes the inspirational and much-loved Captain Sir Thomas Moore who captured the nation's hearts with his fundraising efforts during the pandemic. He will be joining forces from his home for an exclusive performance with legendary singer and entertainer Michael Ball who will be on stage at the Opera House with the NHS choir to perform their chart-topping anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Plus a special solo appearance by British superstar Gary Barlow.

The evening will also herald the welcome return of musical theatre with an exclusive performance from the award-winning Sheridan Smith as Cilla in the heart-warming and spectacular Cilla The Musical and a mesmerising exclusive from Frozen the Musical starring leading lady Samantha Barks.

There's more music from Brit Award winner and rising star Celeste, singer and Spice Girl Melanie C and high energy choreography from the eternally popular Steps.

Magic from much loved TV presenter Stephen Mulhern, a phenomenal performance from West End sensation Marisha Wallace as well as a high octane and jaw-dropping performance from Kenyan acrobats The Black Blues Brothers.

Also taking to the stage with a specially composed and heart-warming performance, musical comedian and Britain's Got Talent 2020 winner Jon Courtenay. Plus more comedy from stand ups Jo Caulfield and Daliso Chaponda.

Jason Manford said: "After appearing at the Royal Variety Performance three times since 2009, it is an honour and a privilege to be hosting the show this year. It's been a hugely difficult year for everybody, so I hope that for a couple of hours on a cold Winter's night in Blackpool, we can take people's minds off things and do what us Brits do best; have a laugh.

The event is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The money raised from the show helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.

The star studded spectacular will be screened on ITV in December.

Six famous faces to take on The Wall in The Wall Versus Celebrities

Hit Saturday night entertainment show, The Wall, is set to feature three special celebrity specials as The Wall Versus Celebrities (3 x 50) heads to BBC One later this year.

The series, produced by Remarkable Television (part of Banijay UK) is hosted by EastEnders star Danny Dyer and voiced by TV legend Angela Rippon. The Wall is the ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck.

Each of the three specials will feature different celebrity pairings as they go head to head with The Wall to win money for their chosen charities. The specials will feature presenter and filmmaker Stacey Dooley alongside Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood; former footballers turned pundits Chris Kamara and John Barnes; and television presenter Alex Brooker who will be teaming up with actress and presenter Sally Lindsay.

The Wall, an original format created by SpringHill Entertainment and Andrew Glassman's Glassman Media in collaboration with Universal Television Alternative Studio, was first shown in the USA on NBC in 2016. The most travelled format of 2017 and 2018, The Wall is an international hit and has sold to 28 territories around the globe.

Jo Wallace, Acting Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at BBC says: "The Wall is without doubt the biggest opponent anyone can face on TV and it will be a lot of fun seeing if these six famous faces can rise to the challenge in these three special episodes."

Richard Hague, Creative Director at Remarkable Television, says: "The Wall is ready and waiting for these famous faces to come and have a go."

In addition to these celebrity episodes, viewers can expect to see more willing couples who will face The Wall in 2021 including twins from Yorkshire, sisters from Scotland and a married couple from Wales.

A familiar face returns to Death In Paradise to celebrate its 10th anniversary

Look who's back! To mark the tenth anniversary of BBC One's hugely popular Death in Paradise, Sara Martins will reprise her role as fan favourite, D.S. Camille Bordey, for a surprise return to the show when it airs in early 2021.

To celebrate a decade of one of the most loved British crime dramas, Sara will appear in a special two-episode story. Returning to Saint Marie for the first time since her departure, Camille is thrown into an ongoing investigation involving her mother, Mayor Catherine Bordey. Catherine's life is turned upside down when the death of a friend pulls her into grave danger. How will the case unfold, and will we see old acquaintances reunited?

Sara Martins says: "There are some characters that never leave you and I'm still Camille, wherever I go. After many years, people still reference and send their love to me as Camille, so it was obvious that I had to go back and the 10th anniversary is the perfect opportunity! I want to celebrate the longevity of Death in Paradise. It was life changing for me and I'm so grateful to the show. I feel like I'm going back home with new folks and old, to bring more fun and joy. I'm really happy to wear Camille's "twinkly-ness" again."

Sara joins series regulars Ralf Little as D.I. Neville Parker, Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson, Tobi Bakare as Sergeant JP Hooper, and Elizabeth Bourgine as Mayor Catherine Bordey.

As well as the usual baffling murders, intriguing puzzles and famous guest stars, it was announced earlier this year that Josephine Jobert will return as D.S. Florence Cassell, and Tahj Miles will join as a new member of the team in the shape of wayward 19-year-old turned promising police recruit, Marlon Pryce. How will the old guard take to new blood in the police squad?

Renowned for its weekly episodes of clever whodunnit murder mysteries against a stunning Caribbean backdrop, Death in Paradise remains one of television's highest-rated dramas since its launch in 2011.

Red Planet Pictures Executive Producer, Tim Key says: "When we were planning our tenth series, we knew we wanted to treat the audience to some massive surprises, and welcoming Sara back to the show after six years is one of the best.  It's a joy working with her again and we can't wait for the audience to see what's in store for Camille.  Seeing her filming on the beach in Guadeloupe was one of my favourite moments this series, and the really cool thing is that there are still more surprises to come!"

Red Planet Pictures have worked closely with industry bodies, other production companies and the BBC to develop a detailed Covid-19 protocol policy, implementing various safety measures including social distancing, face coverings and temperature and Covid-19 testing to minimise any risk of infection. There is also a full-time Covid-19 Supervisor on set to make sure the protocols are being implemented correctly and the latest guidance is incorporated into the policy. The health and safety of the cast and crew is paramount and production is working in line with the Guadeloupe advice as well as the industry guidelines.

Death in Paradise is a Red Planet Pictures production for BBC One made with the support of the region of Guadeloupe and internationally distributed by BBC Studios. Series ten is produced by Jim Poyser and Tommy Bulfin is executive producer for BBC One.

Channel 4 confirms Stand Up and Deliver celebrity line up

Channel 4 has today confirmed the five plucky celebrities who are set to be thrust into the often-unforgiving world of stand-up comedy for Stand Up and Deliver, an entertaining new two-part series in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

Broadcaster and Reverend Richard Coles, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, former Conservative Party Co-Chairwoman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Love Island's Curtis Pritchard and former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn will each be paired up with an established comic who'll mentor and train them in their attempt to master the art of stand-up comedy.

David Baddiel will coach Reverend Richard Coles, Jason Manford will be tasked with shepherding Shaun Ryder, Nick Helm will guide Baroness Warsi, Judi Love will be in charge of Curtis Pritchard and Zoe Lyons will champion Katie McGlynn.

Comedy is no laughing matter; it takes great skill and timing to deliver a stand-up routine. The professionals have years to perfect their art whilst these celebrities have just weeks. The five famous faces will be tasked with perfecting their routine alongside their celebrity mentor before performing in a special stand-up performance. Who'll have the last laugh and get top-billing as Stand Up and Deliver Champion?

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

ITV commissions four-part crime drama, The Long Call

ITV commissions The Long Call, a four-part crime drama adapted by Kelly Jones and produced by ITV Studios label, Silverprint Pictures

ITV's Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has commissioned The Long Call from ITV Studios label, Silverprint Pictures.

The drama will be produced in association with ITV Studios, who are handling international distribution.

The evocative and gripping four-part event drama is inspired by the best-selling novel of the same title from award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, creator of the iconic Vera and Shetland series. Des and Baptiste screenwriter, Kelly Jones, will write all four episodes in her first solo series.

The character-led, atmospheric crime drama is driven by an intriguing and flawed protagonist, Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband, Jonathan.  It's a place Matthew walked away from 20 years ago, after being rejected by his family.

Commented Polly Hill:

"I'm delighted that ITV is working with Silverprint Pictures to bring another of Ann's brilliant novels to screen. It's very different to Vera, but I think audiences will take to DI Matthew Venn and this compelling story in the same way. Kelly has written a wonderful adaptation and this promises to be a really distinctive and original new crime series."

We first meet the reserved, but intense Matthew Venn outside the local church as his father's funeral takes place. Sadly, the day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too.  

Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major murder.  A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew's new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, has been stabbed to death.

Through Venn and his team's investigation, we are introduced to a wonderfully rich ensemble of characters, in a compelling crime story which captures the stark beauty of the North Devon coastline, and a community where murder and intrigue bubble beneath the surface.

Written and adapted by Kelly Jones (Baptiste, Des, Call The Midwife, The Good Karma Hospital) with Silverprint Pictures' Creative Director Kate Bartlett (Flesh and Blood, Shetland, Vera, Dark Heart) executive producing the series. Angie Daniell (Vigil, Alex Rider, Clique) will produce the series with Lee Haven Jones (Dr Who, Shetland, The Bay) directing each of the four episodes.

Commented Kate Bartlett:

"After almost a decade working together, we are thrilled to be continuing our creative partnership with Ann. The Long Call is a rich and deeply engrossing mystery with a whole host of new Cleeves characters led by the inimitable Matthew Venn. Just as the novel feels like a progression of Ann's writing, this feels like the opportunity to create a unique and ambitious event crime drama with a wholly iconic character at its heart."
   

The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown is coming to BBC One this Christmas

Dawn French is to reprise her much-loved role as the nation's favourite vicar, Geraldine Grainger of the Parish of Dibley, for The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown (3x10' specials) to mark the end of this extraordinary year.

During lockdown, post lockdown and pre-another-lockdown, Geraldine has been writing and delivering monthly sermons to her parishioners via Zoom… when she can make it work. These new thoughts on life (and chocolate) will air after repeat showings of classic episodes of the multi-award winning The Vicar Of Dibley, this Christmas on BBC One.

Dawn French says: "Back in the dog collar, back in Dibley and back on your telly at Xmas. I couldn't be happier. Bless you."

Richard Curtis says:" Like every village in the country, there's been a lot happening in Dibley this year - and Dawn has got a lot to say about it."

Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC, says: "This triple festive treat from the nations favourite fun-loving vicar is the warm comedy hug we've all missed."

Geraldine will be helped by Hugo Horton (James Fleet) as well some of the local primary school children as the Vicar discusses all the important topics, including how it's never a good idea to let Owen Newitt cut your hair, or make home-made wine. The very dearly departed Alice Tinker is also still an important presence in the village, with some residents still looking for lost buttons and the arrival of decimalisation.

The 3x10' minute episodes will air weekly, with a 1x30' minute compilation episode of all three sermons airing later over Christmas.

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Monday, 16 November 2020

Jim Sheridan and Sky Studios examine murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in new documentary series



Six-time Oscar® nominee Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name of the Father) is to make his documentary series debut with Murder at the Cottage: The search for justice for Sophie, a new five-part series that examines the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork in 1996. The documentary series is produced by Hell's Kitchen in association with Sky Studios, the studios' first in-house documentary series, and features access to those closest to the case, including Sophie's family and key suspect Ian Bailey.

In 1996, two days before Christmas, Sophie, the wife of French filmmaker Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was brutally murdered at her holiday cottage in Schull, West Cork. The murder rocked the quiet, Irish town and 24 years later, the case remains a mystery. The key suspect, English journalist Ian Bailey – the first reporter on the scene – was quickly arrested by local police following eye-witness reports, yet was never found guilty in Ireland, owing to a lack of reliable evidence. Despite this, Bailey was found guilty in absentia by the French courts in 2019 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Having successfully fought repeated extradition requests from the French authorities, Bailey still resides in West Cork and maintains his innocence to this day.

Sheridan, who narrates the documentary and appears on-screen, will take viewers on a journey as he unravels the unsolved case that has haunted West Cork for almost 25 years The series pieces together original evidence, never-before-seen footage and interviews with those closest to the case as Sheridan tries to make sense of what happened that night; all set against the rural landscapes and wilderness of his home country.

First look at Dawn French as Beatrix Potter & Harry Tayler as Roald Dahl in the Christmas Sky original Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse

Beatrix Potter sat at her famous writing desk, gazing through a snow-covered windowpane and Roald Dahl hiding in the potting shed. Just three of the first look images of Dawn French as Beatrix Potter and the all-star cast of the upcoming Sky original Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse.

The uplifting 90-minute comedy drama airing on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV will form the key highlight of Sky's festive schedule.

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse, is inspired by the true story of when a six-year old Roald Dahl set off on a big adventure to meet his favourite author, Beatrix Potter. It's a magical story of what can happen when you are brave enough to follow your dreams…

Joining Dawn French will be a cast including Jessica Hynes, Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Nina Sosanya, Bill Bailey and Nick Mohammed, and introducing Harry Tayler as the young Roald Dahl.


COMPETITION: Win Inspector Montalbano - Collection 10 on DVD


Inspector Montalbano - Collection 10 is released on DVD on November 23rd

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

Synopsis
Our favourite Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano returns for another enthralling series of intrigue, drama and fine food, set against a stunning sun-drenched backdrop.
 
From the pen of the late, great Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano Collection 10 sees two new gripping mysteries, based on some of his final works arrive on DVD and digital on 23 November 2020, following their transmission on BBC Four. The stunning full collection containing 36 feature-length episodes will also be released in a beautifully giftable Box Set: Inspector Montalbano Complete Collection One - Ten.
 
With all of the thrills of Scandi-noir, but with delicious delicacies, Sicilian culture and the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, this ratings hit stars Luca Zingaretti as the eponymous, much-loved icon of contemporary detective drama. Salvo Montalbano is a sharp, unconventional detective who must fight to succeed within Italy's precarious justice system, alongside his trusted colleagues.
 
A gifted young researcher suffers a brutal death in a public records centre, but the leads don’t add up: Montalbano discovers a complex personal life but finds no enemies. This case hits particularly close to home, as the victim was a close friend of Montalbano’s girlfriend Livia (Sonia Bergamasco). Could their work with immigrant orphans have something to do with her death?
 
A Swedish TV period drama production creates a buzz in Vigata, prompting residents to dig out their old home videos. When a local uncovers mysterious old footage in his attic, Montalbano tries to figure out the story behind the videos that are taken on the same day and at the same location over a number of years. Meanwhile, a break-in at a primary school reveals the darker side of social media…could the two cases be linked?

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COMPETITION: Win Upright on DVD - Starring Tim Minchin



Upright  is released on DVD on November 23rd

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

Synopsis
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED, award-winning all-rounder Tim Minchin (Matilda the Musical) turns his hand to TV with another winner, writing and starring in eight-part Aussie road-trip comedy drama Upright. The hit series comes to DVD and digital on 23 November 2020 courtesy of Acorn Media International after airing to unanimous praise on Sky Atlantic last year.

Minchin leads the irreverent series as the ironically named Laclan “Lucky” Flynn, a down-on-his-luck middle-aged man road-tripping across Australia to deliver an old upright piano to his dying mother. In a dramatic twist of fate, his path collides with teenage runaway Meg (Milly Alcock – A Place to Call Home, The Gloaming), who has some secrets of her own.

Set against a backdrop of stunning outback scenery, this unlikely pair throw in their lot with each other and slowly reveal, through a series of quirky happenings along the way, what each of them might be running away from, and what it is they’re seeking on the road.

Juggling grief and complex family dynamics with gleefully dark humour, and with the touching surrogate father-daughter relationship that develops between the duo at its heart, this series “begs to be binged” (★★★★ Pilot TV), and now you can do just that, either Upright, horizontal, or anywhere in between.


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COMPETITION: Win All Creatures Great & Small on DVD



All Creatures Great & Small is released on DVD on November 23rd

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

Synopsis
BELOVED CLASSIC All Creatures Great and Small – based on the life and times of veterinary surgeon and writer James Herriot (aka James Alfred Wight OBE) – gets a brand spanking new remake with all the charm of the original, arriving on DVD 23 November 2020 courtesy of Acorn Media International, following its record breaking run on Channel 5. Launching to a whopping 5 million viewers, the series is their #1 British drama ever and highest rated programme so far this year.

Newcomer Nicholas Ralph plays the young vet who is taken under the wing of renowned veterinary surgeon Seigfried Farnon (Samuel West – Darkest Hour, Mr Selfridge) in the stunning countryside of 1940s Yorkshire.

As James settles in to rural professional life, he must prove himself and his credentials under Siegfried’s watchful eye, all whilst trying not to be distracted by Siegfried’s unruly younger brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse – The Durrells, Cold Feet), stern housekeeper Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley – Deadwater Fell, Patrick Melrose), and beautiful farmer Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton – White Gold, Hollyoaks) with whom romance may be on the cards…

Featuring a menagerie of guest stars including screen legend the late Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, Victoria), Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire, Coronation Street), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street), Philip Gascoyne (The ABC Murders, Peaky Blinders) and Naomi Radcliffe (Three Girls, Coronation Street), our vet heroes must handle everything from horses with injured hooves, feline mix-ups, milk-fever, Mrs Pumphrey’s Pekingese Tricky Woo, and of course classic calfing scenes, there’s something for every animal lover.

All Creatures Great and Small will love this feel-good, fun family show.

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Friday, 13 November 2020

First look image arrives from the outskirts of outerspace for brand new Sky original drama, Intergalactic, landing on Sky One and NOW TV in 2021

First look image for brand new Sky original prison break drama, Intergalactic which imagines life 'off-earth' and is bound for Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in 2021. 

The first look image give viewers a taste of what to expect from this high octane drama from Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sex Education), Natasha O'Keeffe (Peaky Blinders, Misfits), Savannah Steyn (The Tunnel, Wannabe), Oliver Coopersmith (Tin Star), Imogen Daines (Black Mirror), new comer Diany Samba-Bandza (Jack Ryan), Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER) and Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty) against the backdrop of the galaxy.

Written by award-winning showrunner, Julie Gearey (Prisoners' Wives, Cuffs, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), the series tells the story of fearless young cop and galactic pilot, Ash Harper (Steyn), who has her glittering career ripped away from her after being wrongly convicted of a treasonous crime and exiled to a distant prison colony. But on the way there, Ash's fellow convicts stage a mutiny and seize control of their prison transfer ship. With the flight crew dead, mob leader Tula Quik (Duncan-Brewster), is intent on reaching the free world – Arcadia – with her gang; and Ash is the only pilot who can get them there. Ash is forced to join them on the run towards a distant galaxy and an uncertain future. From the fringes of outer space to the depths of human emotion, Intergalactic is a drama set in space, but with its feet firmly on the ground.

Doctor Who series 13 begins filming

The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way back as filming for series 13 of Doctor Who is now underway.

With Jodie Whittaker once again reprising her role as the Doctor, fans can look forward to seeing her on her adventures once again as she fights the good fight across space and time.

With safety protocols in place, the Doctor Who team are now filming under strict industry and government guidelines to ensure the safety of all cast and crew. With the added time and protocols required, the team will be completing a total of eight episodes rather than the usual eleven.

Talking about the new series, showrunner Chris Chibnall says: "In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production. We're thrilled to be back making the show. Given the complexity of making Doctor Who, and with new and rigorous Covid working protocols, it's going to take us a little longer to film each episode, meaning we expect to end up with eight episodes, rather than the usual eleven. But rest assured, the ambition, humour, fun and scares you expect from Doctor Who will all still be firmly in place. For everyone around the world, this is a challenging period - but the Doctor never shirks from a challenge!"

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer BBC Studios, adds: "We are so thrilled to have unlocked the TARDIS, dusted down the sonic and be able to start filming again for the next series of Doctor Who. The amazing production team, crew and cast have worked wonders to get us shooting again in these challenging times. It's going to be as fun filled and action packed as ever - with plenty of surprises."

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, says: "We are thrilled that filming series 13 of Doctor Who is now underway. The team have gone to great lengths to safely bring the TARDIS back to BBC One. We are all looking forward to seeing what adventures are in store for the Doctor but whilst we await her return, we can all look forward to the festive special."

The Thirteenth Doctor was last seen in the dramatic series 12 finale where the fate of the Doctor was seemingly left hanging in the balance after she was locked away in an eternal prison. In the upcoming festive special, titled Revolution of the Daleks, the Doctor's best friends Yaz (played by Mandip Gill), Ryan (played by Tosin Cole) and Graham (played by Bradley Walsh) have to pick up their lives without her. However they soon discover a disturbing plan forming involving one of the Doctor's biggest and most feared enemies - the Daleks. How do you fight the Daleks without the Doctor? With the Doctor's fate unknown, just what will series 13 bring?

Revolution of the Daleks will air on BBC One over the festive period. Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production.

Michael Palin returns to BBC Two this Christmas

Following the huge success of his latest BBC Two travel docu-series, Michael Palin will return to screens once more this December for a bonus Christmas special of Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime, focusing on the travel series Himalaya.

Last month, BBC Two's Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime drew an average of 2.7m viewers per episode, and saw Sir Michael revisit his travel journals, diary entries and reveal his personal untold story from his most iconic travel shows - Around The World In 80 Days; Pole To Pole; Full Circle; Sahara.

In this brand new 1x90 special, Michael will be turning his attention to Himalaya, an astonishing journey of discovery that Michael made in 2004, at 60 years of age.

For years, the Himalayas represented one of the ultimate tests of exploration. In this series, Michael tests himself against them, venturing through India, Pakistan, passing through the shadow of Mount Everest, the Tibetan Plateau and Bhutan.

Michael Palin, says: "For me, the word Himalaya evoked the spectacular, the beautiful and the downright dangerous. It's a name everyone had heard of, but most people, myself included, didn't really know. Since I was a boy reading about the adventures of Hillary and Tensing, the Himalaya had been one of those epic destinations that seemed more mythical than real.

"I wanted to find out about the people who lived in and around the roof of the world. To see how the mountains affected their lives, and shaped their cultures and beliefs. To discover the realities of life in lesser-known lands like Bhutan and Nepal. And to immerse myself in one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on Earth. In the end, the journey exceeded all my expectations. I'm greatly looking forward to revisiting it."

Iain Scollay, Executive Producer, says: "It's thrilling to see how Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime resonated so well with its audience, and to see viewers return week after week to accompany Michael on his journeys. We thought it was only right to take one more trip down memory lane, with an adventure that was possibly one of the biggest challenges he faced throughout his career."

Beejal Patel, Commissioning Executive for the BBC, says: "We hope viewers will be taken with this bonus instalment of Michael Palin: Travels Of A Lifetime just in time for Christmas, as they have been with the rest of the show. During a time when global travel presents such a challenge for us all, this series has allowed us to embark on a round the world adventure with television's most loved TV traveller."

BBC Panorama and Frontline (PBS) partner on major investigative podcast I’m Not A Monster

In 2016 journalist and host Josh Baker narrowly survived a suicide bombing. While he was recovering, he got a tip-off about another story. It was the beginning of a four year journey to understand the truth about Sam Sally, an American mum who left behind a comfortable life and travelled to the heart of the Islamic State group caliphate with her family. Her husband became an ISIS sniper, her 10 year-old son, Matthew, appeared in an infamous propaganda video threatening President Trump.

From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, Baker takes listeners on a dangerous journey where nothing is as it seems, ultimately revealing a mother's path from Indiana to ISIS and back.

Investigative journalist and host Josh Baker says: "I've worked on a number of investigations into westerners who've joined ISIS, but this one proved to be like nothing I've experienced before.

"It's a privilege to let Matthew tell his story as an American boy who was forced to appear in ISIS's infamous propaganda. And for the first time bringing the two journalistic forces of BBC Panorama and Frontline PBS together to put their collective weight behind a global tale that's explored across two films and a 10 part serialised podcast, allowing the audience to go deeper into this extraordinary story and follow the investigation every step of the way."

I'm Not A Monster unearths the truth about the American mother who took her kids into the heart of the ISIS caliphate — and what happened when they came back.

The case of Sam Sally is also investigated in an upcoming Frontline (PBS) documentary, as well as in the UK on BBC One's Panorama.

The I'm Not A Monster podcast is produced by the combined team including Emma Rippon (BBC), Joe Kent (BBC) and Max Green (Frontline PBS). The podcast was commissioned by Dylan Haskins and Jason Phipps (BBC Sounds) in collaboration with Raney Aronson and her team at Frontline (PBS) and Karen Wightman and Rachel Jupp at BBC Panorama.

The I'm Not A Monster series trailer is available now on BBC Sounds and pbs.org/frontline.

Episode one of I'm Not A Monster will be available Monday 23 November.

The Panorama film Return from ISIS: A Family's Story is on BBC One at 9pm UK on Monday 23 November 2020. The Frontline (PBS) film Return from ISIS will air on PBS at 10pm ET on Tuesday 15 December.

Jordan Banjo & Dr Sara Kayat to present new health & weight loss pilot

Channel 4 has commissioned a Jordan Banjo & Dr Sara Kayat fronted pilot from Manchester based Flying Saucer Television, marking the Gobstopper backed company's first commission for the broadcaster.

Lose Weight Like Me is an inspirational new format that introduces two people who want to make a dramatic change to their lifestyle to four 'health heroes' – members of the public who have done just that, each losing up to 200lbs on safe and sustainable weight loss plans combining a mixture of diet and exercise.

The four 'health heroes' are in the studio, each hidden behind pictures of what they used to look like before changing their lives and their habits. The contributors will only get to meet them if they choose them as their mentor and select to follow their tried and tested weight loss plan, approved by a leading dietician. Having followed their new plan for up to eight weeks, the two contributors will share their results with Jordan and Dr Sara.

Jordan Banjo, who has first-hand experience at overhauling his own lifestyle having shed over 10 stone, and Dr Sara Kayat will be there every step of the way to help the contributors understand how particular plans may be right for them and to help motivate them to succeed at becoming healthier.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

ITV commissions new drama Manhunt II: The Night Stalker starring Martin Clunes

ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill today confirmed commission of a sequel to the critical-ly acclaimed drama Manhunt, starring Martin Clunes as the former London Metro-politan Police detective, DCI Colin Sutton.

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker, a four part drama, is the real life story of the police pursuit of a notorious serial rapist, whose 17 year reign of terror left thousands of el-derly people in south east London living in fear. It is based on the diaries of Colin Sut-ton.

Acclaimed actor Martin Clunes will again take the role of DCI Sutton, the detective portrayed in the first series of Manhunt tenaciously pursuing serial killer Levi Bell-field.

The first series of Manhunt attracted an average audience of nine million viewers, and was the highest rated new drama on any channel during 2019. The drama also won many plaudits for Martin Clunes' portrayal of the dedicated detective.

Manhunt II The Night Stalker is written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back), who also wrote the first series of Manhunt, which told the real life story of how the murder of Amelie Delagrange on Twickenham Green in 2004 was eventually linked to the murder of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.

Both dramas are produced by Buffalo Pictures. The executive producer is Philippa Braithwaite, the producer is Jo Willett, the co-producer is Evie Bergson-Korn, the di-rector is Marc Evans. The stories are by Colin Sutton and Ed Whitmore, who is also an executive producer.

ITV2 - I'm A Celebrity...The Daily Drop hosted by Vick Hope

Exclusively available on the ITV Hub will be I'm A Celebrity…The Daily Drop. A brand-new series hosted by Vick Hope dissecting all the camp activity and behind the scenes gossip.

I'm A Celebrity…The Daily Drop brings you the latest gossip and exclusive content direct from Gwyrych Castle in North Wales. Joining presenter Vick Hope each episode are a stellar panel of ex-campmates and celebrity superfans who will delve, debate, and dissect all of the daily action from the camp.

New episodes will drop on the ITV Hub every morning after the main show. It will also get a repeat airing on ITV2 later that same day.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Geri Horner transforms into Queen Elizabeth I in YouTube series launch for Rainbow Woman

Geri Horner (née Halliwell) has launched her YouTube series Rainbow Woman with a grand tribute to one of Britain's most iconic Girl Power figures, Queen Elizabeth I. Watch below.

In a personal message to her fans, Geri pens:

"Hello you,

For the last twenty-five years, we've been on an amazing journey together.
I want to share something from my heart… something real, something I hope will inspire.
Rainbow Woman is my love letter to you. It's about sharing our spirit.

I'm taking you on a girl power adventure of discovery. Together, we go up a mountain,
down the river and back in time ... and with music I wrote, it'll be a 360 experience,
for you, for us, for everybody. Thank you for being there for me. I want to be here with you ... for all the rainbow people.

With love, Geri."

Written, directed and executive produced by Geri, Rainbow Woman is a collection of vibrant vignettes following her on big and little adventures, each hued with humour and their own message of hope and positivity. A new episode will be unveiled every Sunday on Geri's YouTube channel with bonus content for fans to follow. 

Ben McOwen Wilson, Managing Director, YouTube UK said: 
"Geri is an icon of British female creative achievement and we are so proud that Rainbow Woman is launching on YouTube. Suitably, the series launch is a grand tribute to one of Britain's most iconic Girl Power figures, Queen Elizabeth I. Rainbow Woman is a great example of diverse Britain and the incredible creative content that we love."

Before we go forward, Geri takes us back in time. On its debut episode, 'Queen Speaks', she undergoes a regal transformation to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth I – the Queen of Girl Power and a 'Rainbow Woman', who ruled England for 45 years. The Queen was a lyricist, she enjoyed Shakespeare, and writing poetry. Her most symbolic portrait was of course titled, The Rainbow Portrait. Ever an avid storyteller and lover of English history, Geri shot the episode in Ashridge House, where Princess Elizabeth – the future Queen Elizabeth I – lived until she was arrested by her sister Queen Mary in 1554. This picturesque episode was shot in collaboration with BAFTA-winning cinematographer Laurie Rose, who has worked on Peaky Blinders and Riviera.

Rainbow Woman will also feature some new, original music by Geri, who has written several unforgettable hits that have soundtracked our lives with the Spice Girls and as a solo artist.