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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Sky Sports reveals talent line-up for The Hundred

With 100 days to go until the launch of The Hundred on 21st July, Sky Sports has today revealed a star-studded talent line up to complement the existing cricket team.

Sky regulars such as Nasser Hussain, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Rob Key, Ian Ward, David Lloyd, Nick Knight, Mike Atherton and Mark Butcher will be joined by cricketing stars from around the world including Dinesh Karthik, Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen, Tammy Beaumont, Daren Sammy, Mel Jones, Wasim Akram, Lydia Greenway and Kumar Sangakkara alongside presenters Andrew Flintoff, Kass Naidoo, Zainab Abbas and Jacqueline Shepherd.

Bringing you the best build-up, live action and post-match analysis, the Sky Sports team will offer viewers sensational coverage of The Hundred tournament, with all the action, drama and entertainment live from cricket grounds across the UK.

Fans will be able to tune in to all 68 games live on Sky Sports' dedicated channel Sky Sports The Hundred as well as on Sky Sports Mix. All women's matches and a significant number of men's games will be streamed live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.

Director of Sky Sports Cricket Bryan Henderson said: "We are so excited to help launch this fantastic new tournament this summer. It's going to be an incredible standard of cricket played at some of the best grounds in the world and everyone's invited. Hopefully the competition will inspire many girls and boys to pick up a bat and ball. We've put together an amazing line up of presenters and commentators; there's a completely fresh graphics look and some exciting new broadcast technology. We very much hope you enjoy the coverage."

The Hundred is an action-packed, unmissable, new 100-ball cricket tournament created by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and set to kick off on 21st July 2021. By simplifying the format and creating a new never-before-seen type of cricket, The Hundred's aim is to open up the game to everyone, everywhere, with the winning combination of world-class sport and entertainment.

The Hundred will offer equal prize money for the men's and women's tournament and will be the first major UK team sporting competition in history to launch with a standalone women's fixture.

Aside from the two opening games, the women's and men's teams will play back-to-back on the same day, same venue with the ambition to elevate women's cricket through The Hundred.

Domina - New Trailer released ahead of 14 May launch

Sky today released the official trailer and art for brand new Sky original, Domina, and confirms the series will debut on 14 May on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.

The epic historical drama series brings to life the power struggles of Ancient Rome from a different perspective; that of the women. It follows the life and extraordinary rise of Livia Drusilla, who overcame adversity to become the most powerful woman in the world.

Kasia Smutniak plays Livia Drusilla, with the young Livia played by Nadia Parkes (The Spanish Princess).  They are supported by an international stellar cast including Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) playing Livius, Livia's father, and Colette Tchantcho (The Witcher) as Antigone, Livia's best friend, ex-slave and closest ally.

The ensemble cast also includes Matthew McNulty, Christine Bottomley, Ben Batt, Enzo Cilenti, Claire Forlani and Alex Lanipekun. Isabella Rossellini makes an appearance as Balbina, an early enemy of Livia.

Domina is produced by Fifty Fathoms (Fortitude), Tiger Aspect and Sky Studios, with Cattleya providing executive production services. The series is created and written by Simon Burke with acclaimed Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy as lead director.


ITV announce compelling new crime drama, Redemption

Acclaimed actress Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, Ray Donovan, Deadwood) will take the lead role in Redemption, a six part drama jointly commissioned by ITV and Virgin Media Television, Ireland in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.

Filmed in Ireland, Redemption will be produced by leading independent production company, Tall Story Pictures, part of ITV Studios and producers of successful returning ITV drama The Bay. The project is being co-produced by Metropolitan Films, one of Ireland's leading film and television production companies.

Created by Sean Cook (The Last Ship, The Code, Holby City) and executive produced by Tall Story Pictures' Creative Director Catherine Oldfield (The Bay, Sticks and Stones, Trauma) and Executive Producer Patrick Schweitzer (Bancroft, Save Me, SSGB), the drama introduces plain speaking, no nonsense DI Colette Cunningham, whose fearless approach to policing has earned her the respect of her Merseyside Police Serious Crime Squad colleagues.

Career driven and dedicated, Colette is unflappable and an absolute force of nature. Until she takes a call from Garda Sergeant Luke Byrne in Dublin.  The body of a young woman has been found and Colette is listed as the next of kin.

The name of the victim means nothing to Colette so she continues to efficiently go about her day job.  Persisting with his enquiry, the young officer calls again and begins to describe the young woman rendering Colette speechless.  She takes the next ferry to Dublin to identify the body of her missing daughter, Kate.

She's experienced this exact situation a million times, but never from this side.  Kate left home 20 years ago aged 16, and clearly didn't want to be found.

Always a police woman and with 30 years of experience kicking in, Colette has some searching questions.   But is she prepared for what she finds?

With her life turned upside down, and grief consuming her every thought, Colette resolves to stay in Ireland to work for the Garda.  But what will she unearth about the events leading up to Kate's death, and the life that her daughter chose to build for herself?  Consumed by feelings she may have failed Kate in life, Colette is determined to do right by her now.

BBC confirm full line-up for Eurovision 2021

Graham Norton will return for the Grand Final on BBC One, produced by BBC Studios, where he will be commentating live from Rotterdam. While Ken Bruce will continue his long-running coverage over on BBC Radio 2.

Grammy-nominated singer songwriter and presenter, Chelcee Grimes will be joining Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills for the semi-finals live on BBC Four. Presenting live from London, they will oversee proceedings as 33 countries compete for their place in the Grand Final. The semi-finals will air on 18 and 20 May on BBC Four, with UK viewers able to vote in the second semi-final on 20 May.

Graham Norton returns for his 12th Eurovision Song Contest on BBC One. After commentating last year on Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, he will return to his coveted post for this year's live Grand Final.

Actress and singer, Amanda Holden will be taking the reins of the Eurovision Spokesperson, where she will be delivering the results of the UK professional jury vote live from London. She follows in the illustrious footsteps of Nigella Lawson, Mel Giedroyc, Richard Osman, Alex Jones, Cheryl Baker, Katrina Leskanich from Katrina & The Waves, and Lorraine Kelly.

The last Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final to be broadcast on BBC One in 2019 was the most watched music programme on the BBC that year and it was the most popular music TV show of the year amongst 16-34s.

Multi-platinum selling, Brit award-winning and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter James Newman will be representing the UK with his single Embers, released by BMG after the renewed collaboration with BBC Studios for the contest.

This year the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live from Rotterdam, after the competition was cancelled in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Graham Norton says: "I'm so excited for Eurovision to return, after the past year we've had it's exactly the kind of joy the world needs. The UK have a great entry with James Newman and Embers, it's a banger and represents everything that Eurovision is. It's arguably the best night of the year and I can't wait - bring it on!"

Ken Bruce says: "Radio 2 is getting right behind Eurovision 2021 with shows galore to delight all the fans. We're all so delighted the competition is back this year. On the night I'll be presenting the live show from my hot seat at Wogan House - bringing listeners all the entries, all the drama and, of course, the ultimate winner! Will it be the UK's year to finally win again? I can't wait to find out!"

Rylan Clark-Neal says: "There was a big Eurovision shaped hole in my life last year, so I am super excited to see what everyone brings to the table for 2021 - it's the best time of the year! I am looking forward to being reunited with Scott for the semi-finals and to welcome Chelcee to the team! Plus Embers is an absolute tune - I can't wait!"

Scott Mills says: "Eurovision week is my favourite of the year and I cannot wait for the biggest entertainment show on the planet to return! Although we won't be in Rotterdam ourselves, Rylan, Chelcee and I will definitely make sure we're still throwing the ultimate can't miss celebration for this year's semi-finals"

Chelcee Grimes says: "I am super excited to be joining the Eurovision family, I can't wait to host the semi-finals alongside Scott and Rylan, it's going to be awesome. I have always been a fan of Eurovision, and I can't wait to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to seeing all the weird and wonderful performances, as well as cheering on my mate James who is waving the flag for the UK! James and I have written together for a previous Eurovision winner and we've also penned some songs for the Romanian entrant so he is the best person for the job. JAMES TO WIN!"

Amanda Holden says: "What an honour to announce the UK's votes this year. I'm utterly thrilled. It's an ambition ticked after 45 years of watching it! Now, what to wear…"

The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Semi Finals will be broadcast on 18 and 20 May on BBC Four. The Grand Final will be broadcast on 22 May on BBC One and also on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.


MUAs and guest judges revealed for series three of BBC Three’s Glow Up

Dolli, Sophie, Alex, Xavi, Elliot, Ryley, Samah, Nicole, Jack and Craig make up the brand new cast of Glow Up's aspiring MUAs, in a year when more applications than ever were received to join the competition.

Presenter Maya Jama also joins resident judges Val Garland and Dominic Skinner for the first time, as they welcome a glittering array of guest judges and experts from across the worlds of beauty, TV, music and fashion, including:

Ateh Jewel, award-winning beauty journalist and trail-blazing diversity campaigner
Sherri Laurence, Emmy award-winner and make-up department head on Pose
Les Child, choreographer and voguing pioneer
Cate Hall, lead hair and make-up designer on The Crown
Abby Roberts, TikTok's biggest make-up star
Vanessa Spence, ASOS design director
Loz Schiavo, Bafta-winning make-up designer on Peaky Blinders
Rankin, globally-renowned photographer and director
Jonas Blue, DJ and music producer
Awa, singer
Lisa Eldridge, one of the world's leading make-up artists

The new ten MUAs are hopeful to impress the judges and be tipped as Britain's Next Make-Up Star, winning a contract to work alongside some of the world's biggest artists.

Series three will see the battle of the brushes take place across multiple real-world assignments and challenges, as the MUAs get to work on everything from studio shoots and campaigns with Superdrug and Asos, through to period make-up and prosthetics on set with Pose, The Crown and Peaky Blinders. Internationally recognised photographer Rankin invites the MUAs to work on a look for a music video with Jonas Blue and Awa, while global TikTok superstar Abby Roberts teaches them what works on social media. Finally, Lisa Eldridge, one of the world's most experienced and respected make-up artists, completes the line up for the final challenge: a masterclass in make up.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Emily Watson and Denise Gough get 'Too Close' in the enthralling psychological drama - starts tonight on ITV


Emily Watson and Denise Gough get 'Too Close' in the enthralling psychological drama - starts tonight on ITV

Psychological thriller starring Emily Watson as dedicated forensic psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, who is assigned to work with Connie Mortensen, a wife and mother accused of a despicable crime. Her assessment of the ‘yummy mummy monster’s’ sanity will determine whether Connie faces life in jail, life in a secure psychiatric hospital, or the chance of rehabilitation and release.

Emma hopes that the high-profile case will make her career, but her sessions with Connie quickly become a complex psychological game of cat and mouse with confusing sexual undercurrents.  Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s insecurities and brutally exploits them. 

It isn’t clear whether she is hoping to manipulate Emma to gain her freedom, or simply toying with Emma for her own entertainment, as she probes into Emma’s own dark past. 

Emma gradually starts to understand what drove Connie to her crime, but it also seems that she may be getting too close to a woman who is beyond redemption - can Emma see to it that justice is done without destroying herself in the process?

Too Close is about a powerful – but dangerous – closeness between two women.

Episode 1

Connie Mortensen commits a terrible, unimaginable, crime. 

Forensic Psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, is having a sneaky cigarette in her child’s bedroom, when her husband, Si, calls. She lies about her whereabouts and tells him she’s been asked to take on the Mortensen case. Connie is now being held in a secure psychiatric unit awaiting trial, and Emma’s been tasked with assessing her state of mind on the night of her offence. During their first session, however, Connie claims to have no memory of that night; instead, she mocks Emma and begins probing into her personal life.

During their second session, Emma digs into Connie’s relationship with friend and neighbour, Ness Jones, discovering how they first met. In turn, Connie needles Emma about her sex life with Si, suggesting that her marriage is devoid of passion. On her way home, Emma obsesses over Connie’s words, and attempts to prove Connie wrong. 

During their next session, Emma unearths an obsessive element to Connie and Ness’s relationship, but Connie also senses that Emma is grieving deeply. When Connie is confronted with indisputable photographic evidence of the consequences of her crime by her solicitor, she reacts violently, and Emma is the one caught in the firing line. 

Yet during a dinner party with Si’s sister, Hattie Robertson, and other guests, a drunk Emma is surprised to find herself protecting Connie against their vitriol. Si and Emma’s resulting strained communication makes it clear that Connie’s case is painfully close to home for them.

For her next session with Connie, Emma turns up hungover from the dinner party. She asks Connie about her husband, Karl Mortensen, and we see Connie in the midst of busy domestic life with Karl and their children, Annie and Josh. It transpires that Connie is on antidepressants and Karl reveals to her that he’s unhappy too.

Connie and Ness go on a daytrip, and when their car breaks down, they find themselves taking a romantic walk where they get stoned and almost kiss. Are they going to begin an affair? 

Back in the therapy session, Emma is severely hungover, and Connie is able to take advantage of her unprofessional state. As Emma leaves the unit, she passes some visitors for Connie, revealing that the affair isn’t quite as we might have suspected. 

 

Saturday, 10 April 2021

The Circle reveals its winner

Channel 4's reality game The Circle concluded with "Felix" aka 30-year-old military police officer Natalya from Surrey being crowned winner of The Circle.

Across the series the players rate each other from their favourite to least favourite player. In the final vote of the series, finalists Andy, Manrika, Syed (Hashu), Felix (Natalya) and Tom (Pippa + Joey) rated on who they thought most deserved to win The Circle. In tonight's show, host Emma Willis announced Felix (Natalya) as the highest rated player in the final vote and winner of The Circle.

Responding to her win, Natalya said in the studio: "I must play a good man!"

Asked about her strategy for playing Felix, Natalya told Emma: "If I was me, I would have been gone. I had to be the perfect man. What I see everyday at work is what I created"

Natalya joined the game in Episode 5, playing as 29-year-old soldier Felix. During the series Felix was twice voted influencer, avoided a double-blocking twist and at one point finished last in the ratings, but his loyal bond with "official Circle girlfriend" Manrika and firm friendships with players Andy and Dorothy (Scott) helped to see him through to the final week of the game.

The final vote resulted in a tie for first place, with Felix (Natalya) and 24-year-old content creator Manrika from Birmingham both being rated equally. The tie was broken by Felix having been the recipient of the most 1st place votes.

Third place went to 34-year-old company director Andy from Solihull; fourth place to Syed, played by 28-year-old content creator Hashu from Birmingham; and fifth place went to Tom, played by 26-year-old entrepreneur Joey from London and 26-year-old paralegal Pippa from Manchester.

Friday, 9 April 2021

ITV confirms brand new series Starstruck

Sheridan Smith, Adam Lambert, Jason Manford and Beverley Knight join the panel on ITV's brand new entertainment show with Olly Murs confirmed as host.

Award winning singer and actress Sheridan Smith, Queen frontman Adam Lambert, comedian Jason Manford and the UK's leading soulstress and musical theatre star Beverley Knight join the panel on Starstruck, with Olly Murs confirmed as the host of this exciting new format.

Starstruck will see ordinary members of the public with an exceptional talent team up to transform into some of the world's biggest music icons from Amy Winehouse to Ariana Grande, Lionel Richie to Lady Gaga, Marvin Gaye to Michael Buble, and many more in between.  

Created by Remarkable Television (a Banijay UK company) for ITV and ITV Hub, this 6 x 75 mins and 1 x 90 min series sees four teams of three battle it out each week to win the vote of our expert judging panel and virtual audience for a coveted place in the final and to be in with the chance of winning a whopping £50,000.  

Leaving their day jobs behind, members of the public will be transformed into their most beloved music star for one night only. But they won't be on stage alone. Instead, they'll be teaming up as trios who all share the same love of a music icon to give the performance of a lifetime. With an expert glam team to oversee their extraordinary transformation, impressive staging and a spectacular sound and light show, our singing stars will be getting the complete 'superstar experience'.

Each episode will culminate in an exciting finale which sees the winning trio compete against each other for a place in the grand final and the chance to walk away with that life- changing sum of cash.  

This brand-new series will see the Great British public get the unique chance to shed their normal persona and become a global superstar. So, who will have what it takes to wow the judges and leave them Starstruck?  

Olly Murs said: "I'm really excited to be hosting a big Saturday Night show like Starstruck. It ticks all the boxes; it's about feel good, family fun which is something we all need right now. The performances should keep us well entertained and I can't wait to see whether anyone wants to be transformed into me for the night!"

Beverley Knight said: "Every show we get to witness ordinary people emulate extraordinary icons on a huge scale and I'm so here for it!  I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing those spectacular transformations and being a cheerleader for every contestant".

Sheridan Smith said: 'Growing up, I always loved watching Saturday night TV with my family so I'm thrilled to be joining Starstruck.  Creating Cilla Black for TV, I know first-hand how much goes into becoming an iconic music star, so I can't wait to see what some of the contestants do with our modern music acts and true icons. And with everything else that's going on at the moment, this is just the type of show we can all enjoy together!'

Adam Lambert said: "I am so excited to be involved in Starstruck. I loved the idea from the moment I heard about it, and it's going to be a lot of fun. I can't wait to watch people transform into their idols! After the year everyone has been through, let's come together through creativity and music and have a good time!"

Jason Manford said: "After years of being on stage, judged every night, it's my turn to sit and do the judging! I adore talented people, so I'm very proud to be part of a show that's going to let them show off. They're ticking off a super entertaining bucket list moment and we get to be part of it."

ITV commissions a third series of detective drama McDonald & Dodds, starring Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia

ITV has commissioned a third series of popular, contemporary detective drama  McDonald & Dodds, produced by leading independent production company, Mammoth Screen.

Starring Tala Gouveia (Cold Feet) as DCI McDonald and BAFTA award winning actor Jason Watkins (Des, The Crown) as DS Dodds, the third series will comprise of three new murder mysteries for the pair to solve. The first two films of series two achieved consolidated ratings of 6.7m.

Jason Watkins commented about the new run: "I'm delighted to be returning to Bath for the third series of McDonald & Dodds. Tala and I are so thrilled to be in a partnership which the audience seem to have affection for. It's gratifying that we've been able to bring a little sunshine in these difficult times. I look forward to filming in the beautiful city of Bath and to Dodds solving more puzzles with Lauren McDonald. I'm bracing myself for more chips in butter!"

Tala Gouveia added: "I can't wait to start filming again and to see what adventures writer Robert Murphy takes us on next! It's always a pleasure to work with Jason and our wonderful casts. Bring on series three!"

Damien Timmer (The Serpent, Endeavour), CEO of Mammoth Screen, commented: "We're delighted to be returning to Bath for more ingenious crime mysteries with DCI McDonald and DS Dodds - working with Tala Gouveia, Jason Watkins and showrunner Robert Murphy is a proper pleasure!"

Creator Robert Murphy (Vera, Shetland, DCI Banks) added: "It's a real privilege to for me to return to Bath to re-engage with the world of McDonald & Dodds and our other regular characters. I'm delighted to be cooking up more mystery puzzles as well as exploring the deepening and fun relationship between our two leads."

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Cast confirmed for BBC One drama Three Families, from the producers of Three Girls

The Abortion Act of 1967 which permitted abortion in the UK did not extend to Northern Ireland. Three Families, set in 2013-19, tells the real story of three women and their families before the recent change to legislation in Northern Ireland as many voices fight to be heard.

With a cast including Sinéad Keenan (Little Boy Blue), Lola Petticrew (Bloodlands), Amy James-Kelly (Gentleman Jack) and Genevieve O'Reilly (The Dry), Three Families explores the emotive issues around abortion in Northern Ireland, and the experience of families whose lives have been profoundly affected. Names and details have been changed to ensure the anonymity of the real-life contributors.

Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Doing Money, Vanity Fair) and directed by Alex Kalymnios (The White Princess, Becoming Human), Three Families is made by Studio Lambert, an All3Media company, the producers of Three Girls, the BBC's multi-award winning account of the grooming scandal in Rochdale, and The Nest, for BBC One.

Susan Hogg, Executive Producer, says: "Growing up in Northern Ireland I was always aware of the heated debate surrounding the issue of abortion and this is a story I've wanted to tell for many years. Three Families goes behind the headlines to tell the true stories of women and girls and their loved ones who have been deeply affected by the law and some of those who worked to change it."

Gwyneth Hughes, Writer, says: "I knew the law was different, but I had no idea what that really meant until I went to Northern Ireland and met some of the families involved. I've been deeply touched by their experiences and feel honoured to be asked to share their stories. I think the contributors will all be moved, as I am, by the extraordinary truthfulness and emotional depth that these wonderful actors bring to their stories."

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: "Abortion is a complex and emotive subject, and it continues to divide opinion in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Following months of detailed research, Gwyneth and the Studio Lambert team will help audiences get an insight into how abortion law has affected many different women and their families. Their stories are powerful, personal and memorable."

Further cast includes Colin Morgan (Humans), Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Defending the Guilty) and Kerri Quinn (Coronation Street). Filming took place in Northern Ireland last year.

Three Families is a Studio Lambert production for BBC One. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer. It is executive produced by Susan Hogg and Gwyneth Hughes for Studio Lambert, and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC. The series global partner is All3Media International.

The two-part drama was previously known under working-title When It Happens To You.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Ben Aldridge stars in ITV’s four-part crime drama, The Long Call

Ben Aldridge stars in ITV's The Long Call, a four-part crime drama adapted by Kelly Jones and produced by Silverprint Pictures

Our Girl and Fleabag actor Ben Aldridge is set to take the leading role as DI Matthew Venn in ITV's new adaptation, The Long Call, produced by ITV Studios label, Silverprint Pictures and co-produced with BritBox North America.

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.

Ben will be joined by Juliet Stevenson playing Matthew Venn's mother, Dorothy and Martin Shaw as the spiritual Brethren leader Dennis.

Anita Dobson, Neil Morrissey, Pearl Mackie, Dylan Edwards, Sarah Gordy, Amit Shah and Alan Williams also add their talents to the illustrious cast.

Commented novelist Ann Cleeves:

"I can't think of anyone who could play Matthew Venn better than Ben Aldridge.  He will bring an authenticity and commitment to the role.  I always hoped that the actor chosen would come from Devon, where the books are set, and he does.  

Ben was the actor who read the audio book even before the TV show was commissioned.  I love his pared-back, restrained narration.  He's worked on the novel as well as the script, and so he understands the character in depth.  No author could wish for more."

The character-led, atmospheric crime drama is driven by the 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 Ben Aldridge:

""I'm delighted to be playing Matthew Venn, a brilliantly unorthodox detective who audiences will see solving a gripping and intricate case, whilst simultaneously surmounting a deeper, more personal mystery within himself. It's a poignant and complex journey of self-discovery and sexual and religious identity, which navigates the tension between pride and shame, and I feel privileged to be bringing it to ITV viewers in The Long Call."

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) with Silverprint Pictures' Creative Director Kate Bartlett (Flesh and Blood, Shetland, 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.

Filming begins this month and will take place in Bristol and the beautiful North Devon coast.

Star Trek Picard - Season 2 Teaser Trailer - Q Returns!

 

Star Trek Picard will see the return of an ominous character in season two.

The villain Q will be featured in the upcoming sophomore season, with John de Lancie reprising the role in the franchise.

He'll be back to face titular Jean-Luc Picard - played by Patrick Stewart.



(Video is geo-locked to the US unfortunately)

Monday, 5 April 2021

Marvel Studios' Loki - Official Trailer - Stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant



Loki’s time has come. Watch the brand-new trailer for "Loki," and start streaming the Marvel Studios Original Series June 11 on Disney+.

In Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer. Debuts on Disney+ in June 11, 2021.

Stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant


COMPETITION: Win A Discovery of Witches Season 2 Blu-Ray



A Discovery of Witches Season 2 is released on DVD & Bluray on 12th of April

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and a copy on Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis: 
The brand new second season of A Discovery of Witches sees Diana and Matthew hiding in time, now in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London. Here they must find a powerful witch to help Diana master her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. In the present day, however, their enemies have not forgotten them.

Based on Shadow of the Night, the second book in author Deborah Harkness’ best-selling All Souls trilogy, A Discover of Witches is back for an unmissable, fantasy-filled and thrilling new season.

Dazzler Media presents A Discovery of Witches: Season Two on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from 12th April

Also available as part of A Discovery of Witches: Season One & Two boxset on Blu-ray & DVD from 12th April

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who plays Diana in A Discovery of Witches?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition365@outlook.com

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

Nick Mohammed and David Schwimmer return in hit comedy Intelligence 2 from 8 June on Sky One

Sky confirms returning comedy Intelligence 2 will air from 8 June on Sky One and streaming service NOW with all episodes available.

At the end of the first series of Intelligence, we saw NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer) narrowly avoid being extradited back to the States to face charges of treason. Indebted to his boss Christine (Sylvestra Le Touzel) for stepping in to protect him at the last minute - albeit with ulterior motives - we start series 2 with Jerry on the back foot. However when it's revealed that the Russians have got their hands on a cyberweapon that Jerry was instrumental in developing, his intel suddenly becomes vital to national, if not international, security. Facing some demons from his past along the way, by the end of episode 1 he is firmly back in his alpha male comfort zone and heralded a hero.

Meanwhile Joseph (Nick Mohammed) has romance on the cards since sparking up an online friendship with Charlotte from the GCHQ offices in Bude. Romance blossoms and not even Jerry's meddling nor Christine's ban on cross-departmental relationships can get in the way.

As the series progresses, however, it soon becomes clear that while the initial cyber attack has been thwarted, the Russians are able to mutate the cyberweapon and Jerry's personal security comes under serious threat…

Created, written and executive produced by Nick Mohammed, Intelligence is a production by Expectation TV in association with Sky Studios. Executive producers also include Nerys Evans and Morwenna Gordon for Expectation TV. Commissioned by Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios and Zai Bennett, MD of Content for Sky UK. Intelligence 2 will be distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

Intelligence series one is available on Sky on demand and streaming service NOW.

Top Gear: A Tribute To Sabine Schmitz to debut this Sunday following series finale

Top Gear will unveil a specially produced tribute to former presenter Sabine Schmitz this Sunday, April 4th, on BBC iPlayer from 9pm, directly following its current series finale – before its terrestrial premiere on BBC ONE on Wednesday, April 7th at 730pm.

Top Gear: A Tribute To Sabine Schmitz will see presenters Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness – as well as former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Rory Reid and Matt LeBlanc - join well-known figures from the world of motoring to share their fondest memories of the celebrated German racing driver, known as 'The Queen of the Nürburgring'.

Narrated by Zoe Ball, the thirty-minute celebration of Sabine's life and career will feature some of her most memorable TV moments as well as touching tributes from motorsport friends and colleagues including David Coulthard, Susie and Toto Wolff, and Jess Hawkins.

Sabine, who died on March 16th aged 51 from cancer, was a beloved member of the Top Gear family and presenting team since 2016, having first appeared on the show in 2004, where she entered British hearts by breaking the ten-minute barrier around the Nordschleife in a diesel Jaguar S-Type - before attempting the same in a Ford Transit in the following series. Sabine's final Top Gear appearance was in episode five of the 28th season, and despite her illness, she still flew to London to attend the series' Leicester Square premiere in January 2020.

Clare Pizey, Top Gear's Executive Producer, said: "We send our heartfelt condolences to Sabine's partner Klaus and her family whose loss is so much greater than ours. We had to pay a special tribute to Sabine as she was a such a big part of our Top Gear family and we will never forget the joy we had working with and knowing her."

Alex Renton, co-Executive Producer on Top Gear added: "Sabine was part of Top Gear for over 15 years and it was no surprise that so many people who had worked with her over that period dropped everything to be a part of this tribute. She was so loved and will be greatly missed by us all."

Friday, 2 April 2021

Mare Of Easttown - Trailer - Sky Atlantic


Mare of Easttown will air weekly from Monday 19 April on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.  

Academy Award®- winning actress Kate Winslet executive produces and stars in this mysterious seven-part crime drama following small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan (Winslet) as she investigates a local murder at a time when her own life is crumbling around her.

Mare of Easttown is an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present. It also stars Julianne Nicholson (The Outsider) as Lori Ross, Mare’s best friend since childhood; three-time Emmy®-winner Jean Smart (Watchmen) as Helen, Mare's mother; Angourie Rice (Black Mirror) as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare’s teenaged daughter; Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Detective Colin Zabel, the county detective called in to assist with Mare's investigation; Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce) as Richard Ryan, a local creative writing professor;  Cailee Spaeny (Devs) as Erin McMenamin, an isolated teen living with her volatile father; David Denman (Outcast) as Frank Sheehan, Mare’s ex-husband; John Douglas Thompson (Let Them All Talk) as Chief Carter, Mare's boss at the Easttown Police Department; Patrick Murney (Seven Seconds) as Kenny McMenamin, Erin's father; James McArdle (Ammonite) as Deacon Mark Burton; Sosie Bacon (Here and Now) as Carrie Layden, Drew’s mother and Kevin’s ex-girlfriend; Joe Tippett (Rise) as John Ross, Lori's husband and high school sweetheart; and Neal Huff (The Wire) as Mare’s cousin, Father Dan Hastings.

Winslet also acts as executive producer for the series alongside creator and writer Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back), with all episodes directed by Craig Zobel (The Leftovers). 

Mare of Easttown will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW on Monday 19 April.  

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow returns to ITV

The hit series of classic gameshow reboots will return to ITV and ITV Hub on Saturday 3 April at 8:35pm, including new addition Name That Tune

Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow, the extravaganza of nostalgic and exciting gameshow reboots, returns to brighten up Saturday nights on 3rd April at 8:35pm on ITV and ITV Hub.  

Once again hosted by inimitable funnyman Alan Carr, the 11 x 60' series from Talkback, a Fremantle label, will launch with a celebrity special of the legendary Play Your Cards Right. The big-name couples vying to win the jackpot for their charity of choice include Harry & Sandra Redknapp, Nicola Adams & Ella Baig, Martin & Shirlie Kemp and Catherine Tyldesley & Tom Pitfield.

This will be followed week-by-week with the return of all the UK's favourite gameshows from the first series, with contestants from the general public taking on The Price is Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye and Play Your Cards Right. However, this time a set of plucky contestants will also put their musical knowledge to the test on new addition and beloved classic, Name That Tune.

This initial run of eight episodes concludes with another celebrity special and will then be followed by three more specials to air later in the year. Throughout all eleven nail-biting shows filled with family fun, contestants will be hoping to win big-money or top-of-the-range prizes, as they battle to get to those all-new epic endgames.

Alan Carr said: "I am so super-excited to be back with my Epic Game show, frankly its nice to be just out the house, but to start the run with 'Celebrity Play Your Cards Right' is just what we need right now. A perfect storm of nostalgia, family fun and with the chance to win 30,000 pounds for charity - I dare you not to be on the end of your sofas shouting Higher and Lower!"

Harry Redknapp said: "Play Your Cards Right is an absolute TV classic. We are so looking forward to appearing on the show, I don't think it's any secret that I can be a little competitive so Sandra and I are definitely going to be trying our best to win something for my charity, that's for sure."

Nicola Adams said: "The first series of Epic Gameshow was such a great, feel-good show for Saturday nights, and Alan's such a brilliant host. I'm thrilled that Play Your Cards Right has been brought back and Ella and I got a chance to try our luck."

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, said: "Epic Gameshow is the only series that puts all of the nation's best loved game shows on one studio floor, and with an exciting mix of nostalgia, big money prizes, and of course Alan Carr at the helm, it's Saturday night TV at its best."

Jonno Richards, Managing Director of Talkback, a Fremantle label, said: "It's great to be bringing Epic Gameshow back to Saturday nights, with a fantastic line-up of shows, some big-name talent to kick us off and most importantly, the brilliant Alan Carr running the show. It's going to be Epic!"

BBC Two and BBC Music commission new, illuminating and sensitive one-off film Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On

Ten years after the death of one of the UK's greatest musical icons, Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On will explore who she really was through those who knew her best, shining a light on parts of her life that have, to date, not been heard about

Amy's story will be told primarily through her mum, Janis - a figure close to Amy whom we have yet to hear a lot from and whose version of events often differs from the narrative we have been told before. Janis lives with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which threatens to strip her of her memories of Amy, and is a large part of her motivation to make this timely and personal documentary. Janis will be aided by family, friends and those who knew Amy best to piece together the side of Amy rarely seen. The film will be a powerful and sensitive account of one of Britain's best-loved and greatly-missed musical talents, offering a new female-driven interpretation of her life, her loves and her legacy.

Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On will include access to never-before-seen personal archive of Amy from the family and treasures from the BBC archives. Amy's life will be celebrated across the BBC with a selection of content and musical performances across television, iPlayer and BBC Sounds. BBC radio will also celebrate the life and legacy of the singer - Radio 6 Music will commemorate the anniversary with an Artist Collection, a selection of programming from across the BBC celebrating Amy's music. Radio 2 is planning a documentary about Amy's influence on the next generation of female singer-songwriters, plus a special archive collection of her performances at the BBC. Radio 1 will be taking a look at the life and career of the singer, revisiting some of her most memorable live performances and introducing a new audience to her music in a one-hour documentary special.

Janis Winehouse says: "I don't feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy."

Dov Freedman, Executive Producer for Curious Films, says: "Amy was a true musical icon, and we couldn't be prouder to help those closest to Amy reclaim her story, ten years after her death"

Max Gogarty and Rachel Davies, Commissioning Editors, says: "Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On promises to be a celebratory and intimate portrayal of one of the brightest musical talents the UK has ever seen. Whilst being a celebration of her musical genius and featuring rare and unheard performances, it will also offer a reinterpretation of the prevailing narrative around her rise and fall, told by those closest to her."

Rick and Morty series 5 to land on E4 this June

E4 is in very unsafe hands as Rick and Morty is set to make a return to the channel this June – hurrah!

The fifth season of the Emmy-award-winning animated comedy comprises 10x30' episodes and will air hot on the heels of the American transmission (fans rejoice). This new series will see the outrageous dynamic duo get into all sorts of chaotic trouble.

 Rick and Morty follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth's family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades.

Rick and Morty stars Justin Roiland (Solar Opposites), Sarah Chalke (Firefly Lane), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), and Spencer Grammer (Greek). The series is created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Roiland, who also serve as executive producers.

The Truth About Police Stop and Search

Channel 4 have commissioned Flicker Productions to make a 1x60 film exploring the contentious issues of Stop and Search, fronted by Jermaine Jenas.

This film will put this controversial aspect of modern policing under the microscope. The Truth About Police Stop and Search, features the experiences of approximately 40 Black men and teenagers who used cameras to record their experiences of Stop and Search across England, and to see how their interactions with the police play out.

In England and Wales, Black men are 9 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white men. This documentary hopes to help the British public understand the full scale of the issue, and its wide reaching social, psychological and personal consequences.

Flicker Productions Executive Producer Colleen Flynn says, "We wanted to go beyond the news headlines and document how stop and search is affecting so many men, women and families across the country, and with Jermaine at the helm ask the audience to reflect on and understand the everyday scrutiny black men find themselves under"

Jermaine Jenas says, "This film is really important to me, I wanted the viewer at home to gain some understanding of what life is like for a young Black man dealing with the police. I hope these stories will help paint that picture and highlight the day to day struggle and mental health difficulties that are being put on one community because of Stop & Search. I'm hoping for change."

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime

Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime

This Easter, in a unique new documentary, ITV will celebrate the queen of crime Agatha Christie, and her most enduring literary creation, Hercule Poirot in Agatha & Poirot: Partners in Crime.

Marking 100 years since the first literary appearance of Christie's illustrious super sleuth, Agatha & Poirot will chart the origins and history of Hercule Poirot and trace the inimitable Belgian detective's lasting impact upon popular culture.

Presented by Richard E Grant, and featuring contributions from family and famous fans, Agatha & Poirot will explore the life and personal experiences of Christie, which inspired the plots, characters and locations of her literary masterpieces.

Examining the relationship between Christie and her longest literary life companion Hercule Poirot, the documentary will explore the story behind some of Christie's most timeless publications, from Poirot's first outing in The Mysterious Affair at Styles to later pursuits in Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile.

Viewers will visit Christie's Devon  home of Greenway with great grandson James Prichard; experience luxury train travel with Joanna Page; explore Poirot's popularity across the big and small screens with Stephen Fry; and enjoy Christie's love of luxury food with chef Marcus Wareing.

Agatha & Poirot features an all-star cast of Christie enthusiasts and experts, including actors Zoe Wanamaker, Hugh Fraser, Amanda Abbington, Lesley Joseph, Danny John Jules and Caroline Quentin. As well as screen writer Anthony Horowitz, Historian Bettany Hughes and Cultural Expert Gus Casely-Hayford.

Sohail Shah, Executive Producer at King of Sunshine Productions, said "Agatha Christie is the biggest selling crime writer of all time, and her own life is as compelling as her many novels. With Richard E Grant at the helm, it is our privilege to tell the story of the writer that created the greatest detective in literature."

James Prichard, Agatha Christie's great grandson and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, said

"I think it is a testament to my great grandmother and her extraordinary creation Hercule Poirot that we are still celebrating them after 100 years, and also that there is still so much to learn."

Agatha Christie's Poirot is currently available on BritBox

ITV recommissions Unforgotten for a fifth series

ITV recommissions Unforgotten for a fifth series

"ITV would like to thank Nicola Walker for playing the brilliant role of Cassie Stuart in four series of Unforgotten which has become one of the best loved and most critically acclaimed police dramas on TV. Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie's story would come to an end last night, but that Unforgotten would continue, in series 5, with a new case, and a new 'Partner in Crime' for DI Sunny Khan.

This fourth series has had a record breaking season posting its highest viewing figures. For episodes 1-5 the series has averaged 7.5 million viewers based on seven day consolidated data, which is up by 1.6m viewers and 26% on the last series. The audience for the launch episode stands at 9.5m viewers after 28 days, across all platforms and repeats, up from the overnight audience by a massive 4.4million viewers."

Maya Jama to join the Celebrity Juice panel


Maya Jama is to join multi award-winning Celebrity Juice as a regular panellist, following in the footsteps of Gino D'Acampo. Celebrity Juice, hosted by Keith Lemon, will return for its 25th series in April on ITV2 with team captains Emily Atack and Laura Whitmore.

TV presenter Maya will become a regular guest on the panel after multiple appearances in the last series in which she threw herself into everything Keith asked of her.

Commenting on the news, Maya Jama said: "I never have any idea quite what's going to unfold on Celeb Juice, but I do know it's always going to be hilarious and super fun. It's a show I dreamed about going on when I was growing up and so I'm beyond thrilled to become a regular on the show and be given the opportunity to share the panel with some of my favourite people. Bang Tidy!"

The last series of Celebrity Juice accumulated an average audience of 708K viewers on ITV2, making it one of the channel's most popular shows. The new 10x30 minute series was commissioned by Paul Mortimer, Controller of Digital Channels at ITV and is a Talkback production, a Fremantle label.
 

Filming begins on a new series of BBC Three comedy Jerk starring actor, writer and stand-up comedian, Tim Renkow

Filming begins today at locations in South East London on the second series of Roughcut TV and Primal Media's four-part scripted comedy, Jerk for BBC Three

Series two will be co-written by Tim Renkow (Funny Festival Live, Bobby and Harriet Get Married) and Shaun Pye (There She Goes, Frankie Boyle's New World Order). Returning to star alongside Tim in series two is the Academy Award and Emmy-nominated Actress Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos, Goodfellas), Sharon Rooney (Dumbo, My Mad Fat Diary) and Rob Madin (Man Like Mobeen, Carters Get Rich).

Jerk is a black comedy that revolves around the character of Tim (played by Renkow), a man who uses the fact that he has cerebral palsy to try and get away with anything. Tim makes people feel uncomfortable. He knows that because he does it on purpose. But that's his problem, time spent taking aim at small targets means he constantly misses out on life's bigger prizes.

Co-creator, co-writer, associate producer and star of Jerk, Tim Renkow, says: "We're back! I can't wait to get back to work, see everyone and contribute to the fall of western society."

Shane Allen, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, says: "Great to have the most wickedly funny and boundary pushing show on British TV back for more no holds barred comedy. Jaw dropping and side splitting in equal measure."

Rebecca Murrell, Producer, says: "Tim Renkow is back, fully vaccinated and more outrageous than ever."

Renkow was nominated for Breakthrough Act at the RTS Awards 2020 and Jerk won the Representation of Disability Award at the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence awards. In November 2020, Tim was also selected as a writer-performer for Bafta Breakthrough.

Jerk is a co-production between Roughcut TV and Primal Media for BBC Three and was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Shane Allen, Director Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. It is produced by Rebecca Murrell (Trollied, Jerk series one) and directed by Tom McKay (Drunk History, The Agency). The executive producers are Alex Smith and Ash Atalla for Roughcut TV and Mat Steiner for Primal Media. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell.

Little Mix, Sir Tom Jones and Beverley Knight help local BBC radio honour those who have made a difference

Little Mix, Sir Tom Jones and Beverley Knight say thank you to some of the local heroes whose efforts have been highlighted through BBC local radio's Make A Difference. In addition with many churches still not fully open, the Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver an Easter address and later at 10am on Easter Sunday local radio stations will join together in an uplifting documentary called Life's Second Chances featuring people who have recovered from Covid-19 and seen their recovery as a second chance at life.

Launched in March 2020 Make a Difference is a virtual notice board for those offering help and those needing it. Every day our teams speak to local community heroes; people making meals for the vulnerable, sharing provisions and generally keeping each other going.

In a series of special broadcasts this Easter, BBC weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans introduces Make a Difference heroes to music legend Sir Tom Jones, pop sensation Little Mix and singer Beverley Knight.

The Make a Difference heroes include nurse Will Garrett from Stoke-on-Trent, who during the first Lockdown was redeployed onto a Covid ward, where his wife also worked. One day their nine-year-old son Harrison overheard them talking about how difficult it was for patients to be alone. Harrison wanted to help and set about raising money, to buy some iPads for those in hospital. We will also hear about five-year-old Amaya Thompson from Stevenage who decided to save her pocket money to help the homeless.

Each of the programmes will feature music from all three artists and will be aired at 9am on Good Friday, Easter Monday and Tuesday 6 April across local BBC radio.

Chris Burns, Head of BBC Audio and Digital for BBC England, says: "All year our stations have been hearing the stories from Make a Difference heroes and this Easter we give some of them a chance to meet their musical heroes and our listeners an opportunity to hear about the amazing work they have been doing. It's a schedule that celebrates everything people have done over the last twelve months and I hope will lift people's spirits."

Highlights of the programming across all 39 local BBC radio stations to mark Easter 2021 include:

Good Friday Make A Difference heroes meet pop sensations Little Mix at 9am on your local BBC radio station.

On Easter Sunday The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will lead a specially produced service to celebrate Easter for local BBC Radio, which will go out at 8am across all 39 local BBC radio stations. It will contain his Easter message. This is part of the wider BBC offering for Easter Sunday which will see BBC Radio 4 and BBC One also featuring a service led by the Archbishop

Also on Easter Sunday at 10am there will be a special programme called Life's Second Chances - in it we hear personal stories from people across local BBC radio that offer hope and optimism after coming close to death from Covid, but fought back, recovered and now see life and what's important very differently

On Easter Monday at 9am across local BBC radio - music icon Sir Tom Jones meets local Make A Difference heroes

Singer Beverley Knight meets more Make A Difference heroes on Tuesday 6th April from 9am on your local BBC radio station

Tune into your local BBC radio station where ever you are from Friday 2 April for Easter programming.

Beat the Chef with Andi Oliver returns to Channel 4

Beat the Chef will return for a brand-new, 30-part series. Stripped Monday to Friday, every day a new, skilful amateur is cooking to win up to £10,000 as they go head to head against one of four professional chefs in two fast paced cook-offs. Presenter and restaurateur Andi Oliver hosts the culinary combat and the four house chefs to beat are: award-winning Mark Sargeant; Roux Scholar, Frederick Forster; Executive Chef, Sophie Michell and Michelin starred, Hrishikesh Desai.

In each of the two rounds a food jury blind tastes both the home cook's and the professional chef's dish, to vote on which they prefer. Round One is the 'Contestant's dish', where the amateur must win votes to put cash in the prize pot.  In round two, 'Chef's dish', they must then predict their number of votes to win up to £10,000.  But fail to get enough votes and they walk with nothing!

Monday, 29 March 2021

COMPETITION: Win Midsomer Murders - Series 21 on DVD


Midsomer Murders - Series 21 is released on DVD on 5th of April

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

Synopsis: 
INTERNATIONALLY LOVED Midsomer Murders is the longest-running detective drama in the UK, and the hit series is returning to our screens for its incredible 21st series. Following its run on ITV, Midsomer Murders The Complete Series Twenty One Box set arrives on DVD on the 5th April 2021, courtesy of Acorn Media International. Series 1-20 are also available on DVD.

Airing in more than 220 different territories around the world, Midsomer Murders has been a fixture on our television screens since its premiere in 1997, which drew in 13.5 million viewers, making it ITV’s highest rated single drama of that year. More than 20 years on the show remains one of the channel’s most popular and pulls in some five million plus viewers per episode.

The series has seen over 395 murders during its incredible run and we can expect to see our favourite detectives back on form with four new mysteries to solve. Previous victims have died from touching electrified microphones, being strangled by automatic doors, being hit by a meteorite during an eclipse, and the seminal death by cheese case – how will this series’ residents fare?

Dance extravaganzas, bee empires, and giant fish – what do these all have in common? In the county of Midsomer, they’re united by one thing…murder. DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon – Life Of Riley, Silent Witness) and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix – The Crown, Black Mirror) are back on the case tackling curious crimes in the idyllic and picturesque setting. Beneath the tranquil exterior of country life, a sinister propensity for killing lurks…

In the new series, which sees Griff Rhys Jones (Alas Smith & Jones) and Imogen Stubbs (Sense and Sensibility) amongst some of the great guest stars, DCI Barnaby must contend with yet more cunning criminals as he tackles bizarre beekeepers, radical robots, fanatical fishermen, and to cap it all off he sashays into the baffling world of ballroom dancing.

Will the two detectives be able to solve the mysteries of Midsomer Murders? 

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Thursday, 25 March 2021

Eve Myles is 'Keeping Faith' once again as hit Welsh noir returns for Series 3 - on DVD


BOASTING RECORD breaking viewing figures for the BBC, BAFTA-winning original Welsh Noir Keeping Faith was a runaway success and stars award–winning actor Eve Myles (Torchwood) who charms as the eponymous lead, and this time her all important jacket is orange. 

Now a brand-new series is set to air on BBC One and arrives on DVD and digital alongside Keeping Faith Complete 1 – 3 Box Set this spring. 

The hit series broke new ground with the complete show filmed in two languages, Welsh as Un Bore Mercher and English as Keeping Faith, with the Welsh versions being aired on Welsh TV S4C, and iPlayer ahead of its national broadcasts.

In series one we meet tenacious lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells (Eve Myles, Broadchurch, Torchwood), who must deal with the sudden, mysterious disappearance of her husband Evan (Bradley Freegard, Under Milk Wood). 

Series Two follows 18 months after Faith’s life was turned upside down and she is drawn into a new mystery, taking on the case of a local farmer (Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Peaky Blinders), accused of murdering her husband in cold blood. She must also contend with the fallout of previous events: conflicting emotions towards her husband and former criminal Steve Baldini (Mark Lewis Jones, Chernobyl), and pressure from steely gang matriarch Gael Reardon (Anastasia Hille, Baptiste).

Following the success of the first two series, Keeping Faith returns for its third instalment with the brilliant Eve Myles back as the eponymous lead for this six-part series and Celia Imrie (Mamma Mia 2, Patrick Melrose) joins the cast. We re-join Abercorran 18 months on from the explosive series two finale and Faith must now contend with Evan as their divorce and custody battle go from bad to worse, and where to go now following the fall out.

Faith tries to remain positive even as her world is crumbling around her – but someone from her past appears and threatens to disrupt the tentative peace Faith has started to find in her life.

Will Faith be able to cling on to the tenuous normality she’s constructed?

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Stellar cast confirmed for major new Steven Moffat drama Inside Man, for BBC One and Netflix

Produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and Netflix, it will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Sherlock; Dracula; Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool).

The captivating four part mini-series follows a prisoner on death row in the US, a Vicar in a quiet English town, and a maths teacher trapped in a cellar, as they cross paths in the most unexpected way…

Husband and wife team Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue, executive producer for Hartswood Films, say: "We're a bit stunned, and very excited, at the acting talent we're managing to assemble for this show. Can't wait to crawl out of our lockdown bunker and get to work."

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: "BBC One viewers will already know the television magic created when Steven Moffat writes for David, Dolly and Lydia. With the fantastic Stanley Tucci alongside them as our Inside Man, everything is in place for a series that will have the nation gripped."

Chris Sussman, UK Original Series, Netflix says: "We're delighted to team up with the BBC on another brilliant series from the ingenious mind of Steven Moffat. It's impossible to say too much about Inside Man without giving away spoilers - so let's just say the scripts are fiendishly clever, the cast is fantastic and at this point in time nobody but Steven knows how it's going to end. We're thrilled to continue our fruitful partnership with BBC One, BBC Studios and Hartswood Films and are excited about bringing this series to a global audience."

Caroline Stone, Director of Independent Drama at BBC Studios, says: "We are very excited to be working once again with Hartswood Films, the BBC and Netflix to bring another fantastic series from Steven Moffat to audiences around the world. Inside Man is set to be an unmissable drama with a hugely talented line-up both on and off screen. From the very successful partnerships we've had in the past with Netflix, we are optimistic it will be another hit globally."

Inside Man is a 4x60 drama for BBC One and Netflix. It is created and written by Steven Moffat, directed by Paul McGuigan, with Alex Mercer as producer. Executive producers are Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films and Ben Irving for the BBC. Chris Sussman will oversee for Netflix. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, and Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama. BBC Studios are the international distributors and brokered the deal with Netflix.

The series will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK and Ireland. Filming will take place later this year.

Strictly Come Dancing's 2021 professional dancers revealed

Made by BBC Studios, Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC One this autumn with the professional dancer line up revealed as Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse.

Sarah James, Executive Producer, BBC Studios, says: "We are so thrilled to be welcoming back our incredible line-up of professional dancers for 2021. Their passion and dedication for Strictly shone through more than ever last year as they all sacrificed so much to deliver an unforgettable series during unprecedented and challenging times. With so much talent returning to the ballroom, the 2021 series promises more show-stopping choreography, memorable performances and world-class dancing."

Further announcements and information, including which dancers will be partnered with celebrity contestants, will be announced in due course.

Strictly Come Dancing originally launched on BBC One in the UK in 2004. The entertainment format - known internationally as Dancing With The Stars - has become a success story all around the world, and the format has been licensed to 60 countries by BBC Studios.

Strictly Come Dancing is a BBC Studios production for BBC One. The Executive Producer is Sarah James, the Series Producer is Jack Gledhill, and Robin Lee-Perrella is the Series Editor. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Jo Wallace.

Biographies

Aljaž Skorjanec

Born in Slovenia, Aljaž took to the dance floor at the age of five and enjoyed much success in his home country, where he won 19 Slovenian championships in Ballroom and Latin. For over a decade of competing, Aljaž represented Slovenia at a world level. Aljaž joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 and during his first year, he lifted the Glitterball Trophy with Abbey Clancy. Other partnerships have included Alison Hammond, Helen George, Gemma Atkinson and, most recently, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo.

Amy Dowden

Amy began dancing at the age of eight, is a four-time British National Finalist and went on to become British National Champion, making her one of the highest-ranking Ballroom and Latin dancers in the UK. Amy grew up watching Strictly Come Dancing from her home town of Caerphilly, South Wales, and in 2017 her dream of dancing on the show came true when she joined the series as a professional dancer. In 2019 she danced all the way to the final with CBBC's Karim Zeroual and most recently she partnered TV Presenter JJ Chalmers.

Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke joined Strictly Come Dancing during its first series and is the only professional dancer to have danced in every series. He has had many memorable partnerships including with Ann Widdecombe, Nancy Dell'Olio, Judy Murray and Ruth Langsford. Anton has reached the Strictly Come Dancing final twice, most recently in 2019 with EastEnders' star Emma Barton. In 2020 Anton was partnered with former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

Dianne Buswell

Dianne Buswell is an Australian Open Champion and four-time Amateur Australian Open Finalist. She was a professional dancer on the Australian version of Strictly Come Dancing before joining the UK series in 2017. Dianne reached the final with social media star Joe Sugg in her second series on the show, and most recently was partnered with singer Max George.

Giovanni Pernice

Giovanni Pernice was born in Sicily but as a child moved to Bologna to pursue his dancing career, during which he successfully won the Italian Championships in 2012. Giovanni has made the Strictly Come Dancing final an impressive three times, with Georgia May Foote, Debbie McGee and Faye Tozer. In the most recent series he partnered Ranvir Singh and danced all the way to the semi-final.

Gorka Marquez

Gorka Marquez began dancing at the age of 12. He represented Spain in the World Latin Championships in 2010 and reached the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup. Gorka has been a professional dancer on Strictly since 2016 and has danced in two finals, with Alexandra Burke in 2017 and with Maisie Smith in 2020.

Graziano Di Prima

Sicilian-born Graziano Di Prima, an Italian Latin Champion, joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, partnering radio presenter Vick Hope in Graziano's first year on the series. Before Strictly, as well as competing for his home country, Graziano also represented Belgium at the World Championships and made the top 24 at the Under 21 Latin World Championships. Graziano has also toured the world with the dance company Burn The Floor.

Janette Manrara

Janette Manrara was born in Miami and joined the Strictly Come Dancing family in 2013. Before Strictly, Janette was already a dancer at a global level, performing with Jennifer Lopez at the 82nd Academy Awards as well as being a principal dancer in the TV series Glee. Janette's Strictly partners have included Jake Wood, Peter Andre and Dr Ranj. In 2020 she was partnered with singer HRVY and reached her first final. Janette has also won the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special twice with partners Melvin Odoom and Aston Merrygold.

Johannes Radebe

Johannes Radebe is a two-time Professional South African Latin Champion and a three-time South African Amateur Latin Champion. He joined Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer in 2018 and has also competed on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa twice, reaching the final both times. On the UK series, Johannes has been the dance partner of Catherine Tyldesley in 2019, and Caroline Quentin in 2020.

Karen Hauer

Originally from Venezuela, Karen moved to New York when she was eight years old where she became United Amateur American Rhythm National Champion and Professional World Mambo Champion. In 2009, Karen appeared in the US series So You Think You Can Dance. Karen is returning for her tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing and is the longest-serving female professional in the show's history. Over the years she has enjoyed memorable partnerships, including with Jeremy Vine, Mark Wright and Chris Ramsey, and in 2020 she partnered Jamie Laing and together they danced all the way to the final.

Katya Jones

World Champion Latin dancer Katya Jones was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She is a World Professional Latin Showdance Champion, three-time World Amateur Latin Champion and four-time undefeated British National Professional Champion. Katya is also a Strictly Come Dancing champion, having won the series with Joe McFadden in her second year on the show. During her first year she was partnered with Ed Balls and together they performed many memorable routines, including their now iconic Salsa to Gangnam Style. In the most recent series she partnered Nicola Adams, in Strictly's first same-sex pairing.

Luba Mushtuk

Russian-born Luba Mushtuk is four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship and is also an Italian Open Latin Show Dance champion and Latin European Championship finalist. Luba was part of the Strictly Come Dancing family for several years as an assistant choreographer, before becoming a professional dancer on the programme in 2018. She has danced with two celebrity partners in the main series: James Cracknell in 2019 and Jason Bell in 2020.

Nadiya Bychkova

Nadiya Bychkova is a highly decorated dancer originally from Ukraine. She is a two-time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom and Latin '10' Dance. Nadiya joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 and in her first year made it to the Quarter-Final with her celebrity partner Davood Ghadami. She has since also partnered Lee Ryan and David James.

Nancy Xu

Nancy Xu is a world-class Latin dancer who was a finalist in the Under 21 World Championships in 2010. Nancy was also a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in her home country of China. She joined Strictly in 2019 and has performed in all the series' group numbers, as well as dancing for guest music acts and in the 2019 Children in Need special, partnered EastEnders' actor Rudolph Walker.

Neil Jones

Neil Jones is a four-time undefeated British National Professional Champion and three-time winner of the World Amateur Latin Championships. In 2015, he was crowned World Professional Latin Showdance Champion and has won over 45 titles around the world during the course of his competitive career. Neil has been a Strictly professional since 2016, dancing in the series' group numbers and Christmas Specials, and in 2019 partnered footballer Alex Scott, reaching week 11 of the competition.

Oti Mabuse

Oti Mabuse is an eight-time South African Latin American Champion. She moved to Germany to further her dancing career and there achieved many titles, including World European Latin semi-finalist and World Cup Championship semi-finalist. Oti joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and is the current reigning pro champion having lifted the mirrorball trophy with Bill Bailey in the 2020 series. She is the only dancer in the programme's history to win two consecutive series, having also won in 2019 with actor Kelvin Fletcher.