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Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Guilt - first look picture

Award-winning drama Guilt returns soon for a new four-part series full of twists, turns and deception…

Written by Neil Forsyth, Guilt stars Mark Bonnar as Max McCall, Sara Vickers as Erin, Stuart Bowman as Roy Lynch and Emun Elliot as Kenny. Also starring Phyllis Logan, Greg McHugh, Sandy McDade, Henry Pettigrew, Rochelle Neil and Robin Laing.

Guilt is an Expectation and Happy Tramp North co-production for BBC Scotland and BBC Two.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Cheryl shares the R&B songs that shaped her life in new music show on BBC Sounds

You, Me & R&B with Cheryl is the brand-new music show from BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 2 beginning Friday 27 August.

Across 12 episodes Cheryl will share stories of her youth and love for R&B music, from TLC to Beyoncé.

Cheryl says: "I've always had an absolute love and passion for R&B so I'm hoping listeners are transported back and absorbed in their own nostalgia too. Music can be really healing when you're going through something painful or happy, by revisiting those moments you can take back your power, I've discovered that myself throughout the process."

As a teenager Cheryl sought after the soulful melodies from the likes of Mary J Blige and Erykah Badu. Throughout the series she'll look at uncovering the root of her obsession with the genre, reflecting on childhood stories and the songs connected to those special moments.

The nostalgic R&B tunes chosen by Cheryl will soundtrack some of her most prominent memories as she journeys through heartbreak, love and the songs that healed her soul.

You, Me & R&B with Cheryl is the latest in a collection of new on-demand music shows curated by high-profile guests on BBC Sounds, including Charli XCX's Best Song Ever and Romesh Ranganathan: For The Love Of Hip Hop, with more to be announced soon.

Mel B to present special episode of Steph’s Packed Lunch as part of Channel 4’s Black to Front Project

Channel 4's daytime show Steph's Packed Lunch is to become Mel B's Packed Lunch on Friday 10th September as part of the channel's Black to Front Project.

Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is making her live presenting debut as she takes the helm of the lunchtime show, which broadcasts live from Mel's hometown of Leeds each weekday.

Mel will be joined by popular Steph's Packed Lunch regular and football icon Chris Kamara, while resident chef Freddy Forster cooks up tasty treats in the kitchen.

Mel B's Packed Lunch will feature celebrity guests, topical chat, real-life issues and consumer items. Plus, our regular lunchmates will be in the studio to join in the conversation and add different opinions and perspectives to discussions.

Melanie Brown said: "It's going to be a lot of fun and I can't wait to spice up lunchtime television. I'm also really proud to be part of Channel 4's Black to Front Project, that's something to really celebrate."

Mel B's Packed Lunch will broadcast live from 12.30pm on Friday 10th September on Channel 4 and All 4.

The Real Dirty Dancing to be hosted by Ashley Roberts and Keith Lemon

Ten celebrities are in for the time of their life as they're transported back to the swinging 60s for an immersive and nostalgia packed dance experience like no other – The Real Dirty Dancing (W/T), produced by Thames (a Fremantle label) is coming to E4 in 2022.

Co-hosted by Dirty Dancing superfan Keith Lemon and Heart FM showbiz host and Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, across eight episodes, The Real Dirty Dancing (W/T), will follow 10 famous faces as they move into a stunning Lakeside location reminiscent of the original Kellermans resort, where their dance moves will be well and truly put to the test. In couples, they'll compete as they take on challenges and dance routines based on iconic scenes from the classic film. Each couple has one thing in common – they all want to be the last Baby and Johnny standing.

The celebs will need to prove themselves as they take part in entertaining challenges that'll require them to embody the characters from the cult classic, as they work around the clock to discover their inner Johnny or Baby. There'll be no spaghetti arms as they attempt to learn and perform routines inspired by iconic moments, from 'Hungry Eyes' to the jaw dropping Mambo dance, but can they muster the strength for the lake lift, or the elegance required to balance on a fallen log? One thing is for sure, watermelon carrying skills are essential.

The celebrities will be dancing with various partners throughout the course of the show. Inspired by the Australian series of the same name, The Real Dirty Dancing (W/T) will culminate in the showstopping finale where the top two couples take on the moment every fan dreams of – the last dance of the season, with that gravity defying lift! The remaining six celebrities will become backing dancers in this one-off celebratory performance.

Keith Lemon said: "Dirty Dancing is such a good film and of course I've been Baby myself! Twice now! Once for Let's Dance for Comic Relief and once when we did it on The Keith & Paddy Picture Show. So yeah I was chuffed to be asked to host this show! And to be hosting with me mate Ashley! It's gonna be so fun! Ya can tell how excited I am, look how many exclamation marks I've used! Can't wait!"                                                                        

Ashley Roberts said: "I LOVE Dirty Dancing, the film literally had a huge impact on my life, and I couldn't be more excited to be involved in this series. I'm going to be on hand to help out the celebs with their Johnny and Baby moves and look forward to being reunited with Keith. Wish me luck! It's going to be a lot of fun."

Channel 4 adds late-night topical discussion show Unapologetic to The Black to Front Project line up

A late-night topical discussion programme, Unapologetic, has been added to Channel 4's The Black to Front Project content line up. Produced by SBTV and Cardiff Productions, the 1x60 programme will be hosted by DJ and presenter Yinka Bokinni and social media star and presenter Zeze Millz.

In a world where you can be cancelled at a moment's notice, Unapologetic is a show where guests will be encouraged to say what they want to say without apologising for it. This isn't a show about Black people, this is the show where Black people talk freely about everything. It will offer new views on existing subjects as well as bringing new subjects and voices to the table.

Featuring guests from the worlds of politics and popular culture as well as the people who've been at the heart of controversies themselves, the programme will challenge ideas of what Black people are allowed to say and what is off-limits. Tackling topics such as Black Lives Matter, football, racism, colourism, and what's making news on social media, Unapologetic won't hold back.

Channel 4 commissions 80’s crime-comedy The Curse

Channel 4 has commissioned the brand-new crime-comedy The Curse, written by the combined multi-BAFTA award-winning partnership of Tom Davis and director James De Frond (Murder in Successville, King Gary), along with Steve Stamp, Allan Mustafa, Hugo Chegwin (People Just Do Nothing). The Curse is a comedy caper set in London in the early 80's, following a gang of hopeless small time crooks who through their own stupidity and poor judgement find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest gold heists in history.  The series is produced by Shiny Button, a Banijay UK company.

The 80's saw the elevation of materialistic values, in a decade where the rich got richer (mainly at the expense of others). The same era saw a rise in armed robberies with local lads taking from the very people they felt were robbing them.

The comedy is a fictionalized tale loosely inspired by an infamous robbery from the early 80's, where six men raided a depot near one of London's airports thinking they'd walk away with £50,000 in cash, only to stumble across seven thousand bars of gold, with a street value of tens of millions!

The Curse stars Allan Mustafa (playing Albert Fantoni), Steve Stamp (playing Sidney Wilson), Hugo Chegwin (playing Phil 'The Captain' Pocket) and Tom Davis (playing Big Mick Neville), a group of hapless small-time criminals who become embroiled in the plot.  They are normal working-class men who just dabble in low level crime to make ends meet during the recession hit decade.  But the naïve gang royally bite off more than they can chew with the heist and subsequently are stuck with the impossible task of coming up with a plot to rid themselves of the loot before they get nicked or even worse, end up dead…

Emer Kenny (Pramface, Beaver Falls) plays Natasha, wife of criminal Albert, who narrates the tale. The series also stars Peter Ferninando (The Letter for the King) as Crazy Clive Cornell, a "proper" gangster that the gang become involved with during the heist, Ambreen Razia (This Way Up) as Detective Thread, Geoff Bell (His Dark Materials) as Detective Saunders and Michael Smiley (Luther) as Ronnie Gatlin.

The Curse is a tale of friendship. Can a group of childhood friends stick together when they find themselves transformed overnight from nobody's to somebody's and what are the sacrifices that they must make to survive…and ultimately is all the money in the world ever really worth it?

It's a story of trust, greed, ambition, class and in-equality.

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, said: "It's been such a treat to see these mega comedy talents collide with The Curse. As gripping as it is daft, we're thrilled to have such an ambitiously funny show from these brilliant creatives coming to Channel 4."

Steve Stamp, added: "I've always wanted a mullet so really this is just an excuse to do that. But also an absolute privilege to work with such a talented group of people and to be making something with this level of scale and ambition. Really excited to start shooting."

Tom Davis, commented: "Ever since first meeting Allan, Steve and Hugo myself and James have been buzzing to work with them. Channel 4 has such an incredible history in bringing working class stories to life, we're excited to add this tale to the mix."

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Lorraine Kelly returns 1st September

Lorraine Kelly returns this September with an Autumn full of life saving campaigns, celebrations of friendship and top celebrity guests

Following a fabulous summer with Christine Lampard and Ranvir Singh, Wednesday 1st September sees the Queen of Daytime TV Lorraine Kelly back in the hot seat to bring viewers an autumn jam packed with thought provoking campaigns, celebrations of female friendships and the very best celebrity guests back in the studio. Plus the Woman of the Year awards returns, there's a celebration of Black History Month and a brand new chef is added to the Lorraine line up.

Casting announced for Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love

Inspired by her own wildly funny, occasionally heart-breaking, internationally bestselling memoir of the same name, Everything I Know About Love, will give an unflinching account of surviving your 20s. The 7-part series for BBC One will be directed by China Moo-Young (Intergalactic, Harlots) and produced by Working Title Television (We Are Lady Parts, Hanna), which is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

The central love story of Everything I Know About Love is between two childhood best friends Maggie played by Emma Appleton (Pistol, The Witcher, Traitors) and Birdy played by Bel Powley (The Morning Show, Informer, Diary Of A Teenage Girl). Set in a 2012 London house-share with flashbacks to suburban adolescence in the early noughties, the series is an unflinching deep dive into bad dates, heartaches and humiliations and begs the question: can platonic love survive romantic love as we grow up?

Joining besties Maggie and Birdy, are Marli Siu (Alex Rider) playing Nell, Jordan Peters (Pirates, Gangs Of London) playing Neil and making their on-screen TV debuts are Aliyah Odoffin playing Amara, Connor Finch playing Street; and Ryan Bown in his breakout role as Nathan.

Dolly Alderton says: "I am beyond thrilled with every actor we have on board for Everything I Know About Love. Aisha Bywaters has helped us find our dream cast and we are so excited to see them inhabit the world of the show and bring its stories and relationships to life."

Filming for Everything I Know About Love will begin imminently in Manchester and London, and will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2022.

Prestigious cast join Channel 4’s Chivalry, written by and starring Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan

Emmy award-winning Wanda Sykes stars as Jean Shrill, a shrewd studio executive. Jean arranges for Bobby Sohrabi (played by Sarah Solemani), a passionate indie-darling filmmaker, to take over as director of "A Little Death", the problematic movie produced by Cameron O'Neill (played by Steve Coogan). Cameron must navigate remaining relevant at a time when cancel-culture is all too real and is surprised when spending time with Bobby awakens a creative side of himself, he thought had long-since passed. What will Jean do to keep her empire intact, and what will Bobby do to build one?

Sienna Miller plays Lark, the magnetic and dynamic leading actress of Cameron's movie. She's a fighter and no stranger to The Hollywood Boys' Club.

Lolly Adefope plays Ama, Cameron's new assistant who's eager to quickly climb the ladder of success. Robert Lonsdale joins playing Rick, the editor of "A Little Death" who aims to keep the film on track while often caught in the crossfire of Bobby and Cameron's creative sparring.

Adjani Salmon is Aston, Bobby's patient, and generous husband. Down on his luck from a failed start-up, Aston agrees to move to the tech-Mecca California with Bobby, hopeful to reinvent his career while Bobby strikes while the iron's hot in hers.

Chivalry is a fresh new look on gender politics and romance, and asks the question: can one build and sustain a successful, relevant career in Hollywood without sacrificing authenticity? Chivalry grants the audience permission to laugh while asking complex questions that we as a society often find hard to discuss.

Claudia Winkleman to host Channel 4 gameshow with only One Question

The series will see Claudia Winkleman invite a pair of contestants to answer just a single question to win a £100,000 prize. The contestants will be faced with twenty possible answers, but only one answer is correct. Eliminate the incorrect answers and they'll be on the path to victory, but eliminate the one correct answer and it's game over.

Host Claudia Winkleman comments: "I am ridiculously excited about One Question. There's no time limit, no buzzers, no complicated rules. A sofa, a chat, just one question that could win our players £100k. Not only that, we give them the answer. Tricky part is we give them 19 wrong answers too. I've bought a new black sweater and the studio has a toasted sandwich maker. I can't wait."

Monday, 23 August 2021

Sky Arts reveals the UK’s favourite public art ahead of brand new series, Landmark

A 1.2 tonne metal sculpture of a soldier reflecting on the horrors of World War One has been crowned the UK's best piece of outdoor artwork.

Ray Lonsdale's 2014 statue, called '1101' to mark the first minute of peace after armistice at 11am on November 11, 1918, is also known as 'Tommy'.

It was initially only meant to be a temporary display but following its unveiling, it became so popular that locals started a fundraising campaign to have it permanently installed.

In 2015, after raising the £102,000 necessary, it was moved to a paved platform in the town, and a time capsule containing donated items, including a letter from Ray Lonsdale, a T-shirt, children's artworks, war remembrances, and a Victory Medal was buried beneath it.

The moving sculpture, in Seaham, County Durham, took top spot following a nationwide poll by Sky Arts to celebrate the launch of its new series, Landmark, which will see a new wave of public art in the UK as the country's best artists compete for the chance to create a brand-new national landmark.

Sky Arts initially asked 1,000 UK adults to share their favourite pieces of free-to-view outdoor artwork, before the list was whittled down to a top 20 by curator, Clare Lilley, one of Landmark's expert judges, before 2,000 adults then voted for their favourites.

Lonsdale's work topped the list ahead of Andy Scott's 'Kelpies', a giant horse installation in Falkirk, Scotland and the 'Uffington White Horse', the chalk hill figure in Oxfordshire.

Making up the top five was 'The Angel of the North', by Antony Gormley, and Martin Jennings' 'Women of Steel' in Sheffield.

New three-part series Freddie’s First Eleven set to give Flintoff his biggest challenge yet

Sporting hero Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is taking on what might be the biggest challenge of his entire career: he's going to attempt to set up on one of the country's most unlikely cricket teams.

On his roster: 11 talented teens from some of the most underprivileged parts of his native Lancashire. They have never played cricket before in their lives and probably haven't even considered it, deeming cricket as the domain of the posh and the privileged. Freddie's goal is simple: to prove that anyone can find camaraderie, confidence and success playing the sport he loves. Success is by no means guaranteed, but whatever happens, Freddie is setting out to change their lives and the future of the game he so adores.

Freddie says: "I made it to the highest level of cricket attending state schools on an estate in Preston, but I can't see many others doing that now. The vast majority of the England's men's national cricket team attended private school. Cricket is more elitist per head than rugby, rowing and the House of Lords. We've got to do something to get young, working-class people playing our national summer sport again. I really hope this series can demonstrate that with some time and coaching anyone can learn to love cricket and have the opportunities that came my way."

Celebrity guest judges are revealed for the next series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Oti Mabuse, Matt Lucas and Kathy Burke

Following on from the feverish excitement of last week's cast announcement, we're pleased to ru-veal details of three of the nine guest judges, who will appear on the third series of the BBC Three phenomenon RuPaul's Drag Race UK, coming to BBC iPlayer in Autumn 2021.

The third series of RuPaul's Drag Race returns to BBC Three in September, and the extra special guest judges will join RuPaul alongside Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr as Ru looks for the UK's Next Drag Race Superstar.

Two-time champion of Strictly Come Dancing, Oti Mabuse brings her Strictly sparkle to the Drag Race runway, lending her extensive dance expertise to the 12 new queens.

Actor, comedian and presenter Matt Lucas brings a playful addition to proceedings as he take up his position on the opening episode.
And finally, actress and comedian Kathy Burke brings her Gimme Gimme Gimme realness to the judging panel.

Channel 4 commissions The Simple Life

Is modern life bad for us? A major new six-part Channel 4 series, The Simple Life will explore this question, following 24 Brits as they come together to live by the rules of a community who chose to disregard the majority of modern values – the Amish.

The 24 contributors include a social media content creator, a Norfolk rapper, a former soldier, twin brothers from South London and a gay couple – one of whom is head of nursing operations across three NHS hospitals and the other an ex-army media – with their two adopted children. They will be joined in an idyllic countryside backdrop by an Amish family of five from Ohio, home to the largest Amish community in the world.

The community will live off-grid on a 40-acre farm complete with a lake and a wood but without their phones, any form of technology, mains electricity or gas. They will be required to raise a barn and build a pig ark for the impending arrival of their livestock in addition to harvesting over three acres of hay – all in the traditional Amish way, without mechanisation. The community will also need to travel into the local town via horse and cart for supplies and to trade or sell results of the cottage industries they have started. The Amish family will offer the community advice on the day-to-day lifestyle as well as guidance on how to live simply – and ultimately how to find happiness with a more humble existence.

The project will be overseen by world renowned psychologist, Barry Schwartz who, in his bestselling book, The Paradox of Choice, argued that rather than bringing us happiness, the choices available to us in modern life only make us feel more stressed and that too much choice makes us unhappy.

Filmed over a six-month period, a team of British scientists will monitor and evaluate changes in the wellbeing of the community across the filming period – both on the farm and when they return to their normal, modern lives. Will there be a positive impact on the mental and physical health of those taking part or is there a desperate need to get back to their consumerist packed lifestyles?

The Simple Life offers a world where manual labour is central, a world in tune with the environment and a world based on valuing the person within – one based entirely on community and not focussed solely on our own needs.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

First look images from Sky and HBO co-production Landscapers starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis

Sky today reveals exclusive first look images of Landscapers; an exhilarating and darkly funny exploration of love and fantasy starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis. Inspired by real events, the four-part Sky Original limited series is created and written by Ed Sinclair in his first television screenplay and sees writer-director Will Sharpe (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Flowers) bring his singular vision to the story. Landscapers is the latest project from SISTER for Sky Studios and HBO after the multi-Emmy and BAFTA award-winning hit Chernobyl.

Multi award-winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Crown) plays Susan Edwards with David Thewlis (I'm Thinking Of Ending Things, Fargo) portraying Christopher Edwards.

Colman and Thewlis are joined by Kate O'Flynn (Bridget Jones's Baby), Dipo Ola (We Hunt Together), Samuel Anderson (The History Boys), David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Felicity Montagu (I'm Alan Partridge) and Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Flowers).

Landscapers tells a unique love story involving a seemingly ordinary couple who become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when a couple of dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham.

Mild-mannered husband and wife Susan (Colman) and Christopher Edwards (Thewlis) have been on the run from reality for over 15 years. When Christopher makes a startling call home to his step-mother, their role in a terrible crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade begins to emerge into the light. As their relationship is subjected to the glare of a full police investigation, the devoted couple are separated for the first time in their marriage.​

As the investigation moves forward, inspired by Susan's obsession with old Westerns and classic cinema the fantasists cast themselves as Hollywood heroes in narratives of their own invention.  Powered by Susan's extraordinary imagination, Susan and Chris's fantasy world provides a much needed sanctuary from real-world horrors and their own clawing guilt, but also threatens to undo them completely. 

Landscapers will air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW later this year.

First-look images released for BBC One’s new conspiracy thriller The Trick - coming this Autumn

First look images have been released of Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty, The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies), Victoria Hamilton (Doctor Foster, Life), George MacKay (1917, Pride) and Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street) starring in BBC One's new conspiracy thriller, The Trick.

The landmark film (1x90') tells the story of world-renowned Professor Philip Jones, Director of Climate Research at the University of East Anglia, who back in 2009 found himself at the eye of an international media storm, and the victim of cyberterrorism.

With time running out against an unseen enemy, The Trick looks at the potentially devastating consequences to humanity from climate change denial; how a media storm undermined public confidence in the science and how the concept of 'truth' took a back seat - causing us to lose a decade of action. The film also charts the unjustified persecution of Phil Jones (Jason Watkins), his wife Ruth's (Victoria Hamilton) fierce support of her husband, and the fight for the ultimate exoneration of himself and the science.

The ensemble cast also includes George MacKay (1917, Pride), Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street), Adrian Edmondson (The Pact, Save Me), Aneirin Hughes (Hinterland, Keeping Faith), Pooky Quesnel (The A Word, The Victim), Richard Elfyn (The Pact), Rhashan Stone (Keeping Faith, Finding Alice), Justin Salinger (Hanna), Tara Divina (Line Of Duty) and David Calder (Time, The Hatton Garden Job).

This powerful single drama is produced by Vox Pictures, the team behind the critically acclaimed Keeping Faith, and is written by Bafta-nominated Owen Sheers and directed by Pip Broughton. Adrian Bate produces for Vox Pictures and it is executive produced by Ben Irving for the BBC.

The Trick (1x90') is coming this autumn to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

COMPETITION: Win Baptiste Series Two on DVD

Baptiste Series Two - Released on DVD from 23rd August

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 DVDs to give away.

One of TV’s best loved French detectives Julien Baptiste, played by the inimitable Tchéky Karyo, returns for the highly anticipated second and final series of Baptiste and is joined by the fantastic Fiona Shaw. Following its run on BBC One, Baptiste Series Two gets its DVD release this Summer courtesy of Acorn Media International.
Making waves with the hugely successful drama The Missing Series 1 & 2 Julien Baptiste went solo in his own show Baptiste from the same creators/writers Harry and Jack Williams. The gripping six-part crime drama garnered critical acclaim and now both series will be available as Baptiste Series 1 and 2 Box Set alongside Baptiste Series Two on DVD from 23 August 2021 following its premiere on BBC One.

The second series joins Julien Baptiste as a changed man, following a devastating personal tragedy, his life will never be the same again. Having pushed his wife Celia (Anastasia Hille – Keeping Faith) away, he is looking for anything to distract him from his pain, whether it’s alcohol or an all-consuming new investigation… when news reaches him that Ambassador Emma Chambers’ (Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve) whole family has disappeared without trace, he wastes no time in offering his help, knowing that this could be the case he needs.

Travelling to the scene of the crime, he embroils himself in this huge undertaking, and Emma quickly realises that she needs Julien as much as he needs the case. Even though he’s no longer on the force he is the only person that can really help with his experience and capacity for understanding human nature.

It becomes apparent that this isn’t a clear-cut missing persons investigation and soon Julien and Emma are sucked into a dangerous world of terrorism, politics and extremism. As Julien tries to escape his own struggles, will he pay the ultimate price to help find Emma’s family?

Also starring Ace Bhatti (Line of Duty) and BAFTA rising star winner Conrad Khan (County Lines).

For your chance to win just answer the question below.


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3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
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Friday, 13 August 2021

BBC One's Vigil to launch with an August bank holiday weekend double bill

New BBC One thriller Vigil will launch across consecutive nights this August bank holiday weekend, it has been announced.

Episode one will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday 29 August, with episode two at 9pm on the Bank Holiday Monday, 30 August. Vigil will then continue each Sunday night, with new episodes premiering weekly on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The six-part drama from World Productions (Line Of Duty, The Pembrokeshire Murders, Save Me, Bodyguard) stars Suranne Jones, Rose Leslie, Shaun Evans, Martin Compston and Paterson Joseph.

When a crew member is found dead on board the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil, police in Scotland are called in to investigate. The catch? The UK's nuclear deterrent must remain unbroken, so the submarine stays on patrol and Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) must go aboard to begin an investigation. Although the death was written off as an accidental overdose, Amy suspects foul play. But when the crew close ranks in the face of Amy's questioning, a new threat overshadows her inquiry.

Vigil's stellar ensemble cast also features Anjli Mohindra, Connor Swindells, Adam James, Gary Lewis, Stephen Dillane, Lolita Chakrabarti, Daniel Portman, Lorne MacFadyen and Lauren Lyle.

The Last Leg Returns To Its Roots For The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The Last Leg returns to its roots this August taking pride of place at the heart of Channel 4's prime-time schedule throughout the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, bringing together 12 episodes of top-level sporting action and award-winning entertainment.

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe will present The Last Leg of Tokyo 2020 (12x60') live daily at 10pm on Channel 4 from the BT Studios in the heart of London's Olympic Village in Stratford, rounding-up and reflecting on the biggest sporting stories of the day.

Comedian Rosie Jones will be the show's roving reporter, bringing all the latest news from the ground in Tokyo. Rosie originally started her TV career as a researcher on The Last Leg for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Special guests will join the boys in the studio each episode including friends and family of the Paralympians. The show will also connect with Japan for live links and interviews with the competitors and medal winners.

Not ones to miss out on the action, The Last Leg of Tokyo 2020 will also see the boys have a shot and compete in 12 different Paralympic sports filmed at the London Olympic Stadium across three days. The sports will include wheelchair tennis, blind running, archery, wheelchair volleyball, kayaking, swimming, blind cycling plus many more. Representing GB will be Josh and Alex, while Adam will represent Australia, along with some special guest comedians as his honorary teammates.

Interview with athletics legend Michael Johnson ahead of his new Paralympics series, Michael Johnson Meets

Why did you want to make this series?

I've always been interested in Paralympic athletes. With my company, Michael Johnson Performance, we work with athletes in all different sports and have worked with a lot of Paralympic athletes. It's always been very intriguing for me and my team of coaches as the Paralympians present a different and unique type of challenge as opposed to an Olympic athlete without a disability. For example, symmetry is extremely important for most athletes; the left side of your body should be doing the exact same thing as the right side and when both of those limbs are not the same, that's an incredible challenge to overcome. It's always been really intriguing to me to not only watch our staff but to watch these athletes get very creative in terms of how they overcome these sorts of unique challenges that athletes with disabilities present.

How did it feel playing the role of in depth interviewer?

I think for me it's somewhat natural given that I've been twenty plus years removed from my own athletic career and have spent the last twenty years on this side so basically it's more and more natural for me.  Because I've been on the other side, I try to understand the athlete's perspective better and try to provide a different type of interview for them. I know when I was an athlete, I always appreciated someone who wasn't asking the same questions over and over again. My job interviewing an athlete is to present them to the audience of course but I think the audience has a better perspective of the athlete when the subject is actually interested in answering the question and then interested in the dialogue. I try and make it interesting for whoever it is that I'm interviewing.  

The Paralympics have always showcased unbelievable athletes but to the casual bystander they've only seemed to gain the same attention and respect as the Olympics in the last 10/20 years. What do you think changed things?

I think 2012 was a real turnaround point for the perception of Paralympic sport. The London 2012 Paralympics highlighted the greatness of these athletes and the compelling competition that exists. I think that was carried through in 2016 and around the world it's continued to gather steam We're seeing Paralympic governing bodies having access to more resources and more support being poured into the development of Paralympic athletes and promotion of Paralympic sport.

What are the differences between the broadcasting and profile of The Olympics and Paralympics in the US and UK?

There was a huge difference prior to 2012 for sure. When London hosted the Paralympics – and I've heard this from the Paralympians – the athletes didn't expect there would be so much interest in the games. People wanted so badly to go see some sport and when they didn't get tickets to the Olympics, they went to the Paralympics thinking they would just see some sport and take part in this historic event coming to London but then actually found they were watching some amazing sport, regardless of whether it was the Olympics or Paralympics. I think since then and 2016 the momentum picked up, that was sustained and even the US broadcaster started picking up on it as well and started to provide more coverage of Paralympic sport. The gap is continuing to close – it's not there yet but the attitudes of Paralympic sport have changed from to be honest, a bit 'let's go and support these athletes because they have disabilities and it's the right thing to do' to having the same sort of respect for Paralympic athletes and their ability, talent and hard work that they have for Olympic athletes.

Do have a standout moment from watching previous Paralympic Games?

Not a standout moment as such. Obviously being a sprinter, watching the sprint has always been interesting for me, particularly the visually impaired athletes – that's just amazing to me. I know how difficult balance and perception is and having once had the opportunity to blindfold myself and run with a guide it was just incredibly difficult. As I've got more into it and worked with different athletes, wheelchair racer and multiple world record holder Tatyana McFadden as an example, I continued to watch more and more as it's just incredibly compelling. Also, every one of these Paralympians has an incredible story which is so different from Olympic athletes where not everyone has an amazing background story. I don't have an amazing story – my career you could argue was amazing, but I don't have the story as to how I got there, what I had to overcome – I was afforded every opportunity to do what I did. Every Paralympic athlete has an amazing story.  

You meet the amazing Ellie Simmonds in the first episode who shot to fame in Beijing when she was just 13. How does someone of that age cope with the spotlight?

What really stood out to me when I was talking to Ellie was when she talked about her decision to just really take some time out. For an athlete that starts that early in their career, that's so important because you miss a lot as a 13 year old athlete who is already training and competing at that level. You miss a lot of your maturity, your natural development as a human being and a lot of fun that your peers are having. That was incredibly insightful for her to recognise she needed to take that break, go and be normal for a while away from the lifestyle of sport you're so dedicated to.

Ellie gets understandably emotional when talking about the yearlong delay to this year's Paralympics and how difficult it was to initially cope with that mentally. How do you think you would have coped in the same situation?

I think for me I would have tried to remind myself of the fact that everybody around the world – all my competitors – are having to deal with the same sort of delay as I am and that would have put me at ease. I always felt comfortable as long as I knew the competition was going to be fair and I wouldn't be at any disadvantage. That's what competition is all about. My job was to be ready and that's how I would have viewed it. The news at the very beginning that you've been training so long and you're going to be delayed for a year would be devastating. I'm sure I would have been disappointed, but you just get on with it.

You and Kadeena Cox were both the unexpected victims of strokes and you talk very candidly about your experiences. She went from able bodied athlete to double Paralympic champion and you've attributed your recovery to your 'Olympic mindset.' Nearly three years on from your stroke, how are you feeling now?

I was very fortunate to make a full recovery. It was unexpected and something I absolutely attribute to my life as an athlete – knowing my body really well, understanding and knowing how to tackle those difficult challenges that you do as an athlete. That's how I was able to approach the rehab and physically now I'm 100%. With Kadeena, she was diagnosed with MS after suffering a stroke, so you never know what's around the corner especially when I know my case wasn't attributable to anything that I was or wasn't doing. I have no family history; it truly came from nowhere which means that could happen again. So you always know that, you get on with it and you learn how to live with it and do the things you can to minimise the risk going forward.

It's safe to say you are very loved in the UK as both an athlete and a pundit. How do you feel about the UK? And do you get the same reception back home?

It's been twenty years since I started working with the BBC covering events and it feels natural now. I'm appreciative of the fans here that I have, and I don't take that for granted – I take my role very seriously. My job is to provide insight to fans and try to help them have a more enjoyable experience when they're watching sport. My new series helps me to better understand what these athletes have been through and their mindset, but I enjoy it, I enjoy helping people understand sport at a deeper level. I love sport, I'm curious about athletes and think most viewers are as well so if I can get in, in a way that others can't, and help viewers have a better experience – that's a natural fit for me.

In terms of being starstruck, Ellie says meeting both Taylor Swift and Michael Phelps had the biggest impact on her – and both left her speechless! Has anyone had the same impression on you?

I was a little disappointed that Ellie didn't say me! For me, it was Bill Russell who was a famous basketball player, one of the greatest ever. I've never been a huge basketball fan, but I was a huge fan of Bill's because he was just an amazing athlete who won several NBA championships as a player, more as a player and coach at the same time and even more as a coach. He's just an amazing individual and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. It just so happened that I was at an event, staying at the hotel where the event was being hosted, got in the elevator, there was only one other person in it, and it was Bill Russell. He's about 7ft tall and I'm 6'1 so he's way taller than me and very imposing – a very stately older gentleman. I wanted to say something, and I couldn't say anything, I was starstruck. Just before he got off – I didn't know if he knew who I was – he looked at me and says in this very deep voice that he has, 'I really appreciate your work young man' and walked out the elevator. That was probably about 15 years ago, and I've been kicking myself ever since that I never said anything to him.

You are famously one of the coaches on the NHS-backed Couch to 5K app which has seen unprecedented take-up since the start of the pandemic. How important is it for you to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get moving and give running a go?  

It's really important. Going back to my own experience of having had a stroke, one of the reasons I was able to make a full recovery so quickly was because of having maintained a high level of physical fitness after my career. It didn't prevent me from having a stroke, but it certainly helped me to return to my normal lifestyle much quicker. If I can help motivate people which is one of the biggest problems with fitness in terms of motivation as it's not easy, then that's great. People think that when you've been an athlete, it's easy to stay physically fit but it's not. As an athlete I was getting paid more money than anyone could possibly imagine doing what I loved, training every day, getting gold medals and every time I crossed the finish line there were fans. Now when I go for a run, there's no fans, I'm not getting paid, there are no medals, so the motivation has to be something else. When I first retired it was difficult – your attitude is why am I doing this and what am I doing it for? I'm not doing it for the sport, the accolades, or the wins so I had to find another motivation. It's difficult for people and I get that.

Would you like to make more episodes? Who would be on your wish list?

Yes. I love getting into the mind of an athlete and helping people understand them. Who'd be on my list? I'm not sure, I haven't really thought about that, but I love talking to athletes about their careers, how they feel about their sport, what their goals are, how they tackle different challenges and the pressures of sport. Especially an athlete who has a very similar approach to mine like Will Bayley but sometimes you find an athlete with a completely different approach and that's always interesting as well.  

'Deceit' new TV true crime thriller starring Niamh Algar and Eddie Marsan - starts tonight on Channel 4

In 1992 a young-woman, Rachel Nickell, was tragically murdered on Wimbledon Common, while out walking with her two-year old son.  A passer-by found the distressed little boy clinging to his mother and many lives were destroyed… not only by the brutal killing, but by the subsequent media frenzy that lead to one of the most controversial and catastrophic police investigations of its time.

Now a brand-new four-part, true-crime drama, Deceit looks at the fallout from the shocking killing of the vivacious 23-year-old at the start of her adult life, and the ensuing investigation. Following its transmission on Channel 4, the gripping new series is set to arrive on digital from 4 September and on DVD 6 September 2021 courtesy of Acorn Media.

When BBC Crimewatch aired, witnesses identified a man often seen walking his dogs on the Common… that man was Colin Stagg. Lacking forensic evidence to link him to the crime, the Metropolitan police – pressured by the media outrage, and their obsession with justice – are determined to catch the guilty man before he kills again, and so, devise a plan to ensnare him...

Evocative, engrossing and emotive, Deceit dramatises the Metropolitan police's controversial honeytrap operation that saw ambitious and determined undercover officer, Sadie Byrne – codenamed Lizzie James (Niamh Algar – Raised by Wolves, The Virtues) used as sexual bait, to entice the suspected killer to confess. Leading the case is a young Detective Inspector, Keith Pedder (Harry Treadaway – The Crown, Star Trek), who is under pressure to solve the case and enlists the nation's infamous criminal profiler, Paul Britton (Eddie Marsan – Happy Go Lucky, Sherlock Holmes) to devise the undercover operation.

Written and produced by Emilia di Girolamo (Law & Order UK) this captivating and challenging drama shows the female perspective and explores the historic treatment of women. 

Deceit beckons the crucial question: who is being deceitful, and who is being deceived?

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Showtime Sets Return of Comedy Series "Back to Life" Starring Daisy Haggard for September 13

SHOWTIME announced today that the six-part second season of the critically acclaimed comedy series BACK TO LIFE, created by and starring Daisy Haggard (EPISODES, Breeders), will premiere on Monday, September 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes airing each week. All episodes of season two will be available on that day to stream and on demand for subscribers on SHOWTIME. From the producers of Fleabag, BACK TO LIFE follows Miri Matteson (Haggard) who, after 18 years behind bars, returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew. Miri continues to reconcile with her past while trying to assimilate and make a new life for herself post-incarceration.

Season two of BACK TO LIFE picks up three weeks after the season one finale, and six weeks after Miri leaves prison. She is optimistic about her future. Her probation officer, Janice (Jo Martin), has gotten her a trial shift at the supermarket, she and her neighbor Billy (Adeel Akhtar) have been spending more time together, and she's found her hair crimper. However, Miri's not talking to her mother Caroline (Geraldine James) after the revelation that she was having an affair with Miri's ex-boyfriend Dom (Jamie Michie), and she'll need a lot of shifts at the supermarket before she can afford to move out. She's also avoiding her best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley) after learning that Mandy's secret affair with Lara's father, John Boback led to Lara's death all those years ago. Things are about to get a whole lot worse with the arrival in Hythe of Lara's mother, Norah. Still grieving her daughter, it's clear her presence will ensure Miri cannot escape her past.

BACK TO LIFE is produced by Two Brothers Pictures for SHOWTIME and BBC Three, UK in association with all3media international. The executive producers are Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon, who both wrote the series, Sarah Hammond, Chris Sweeney, Harry and Jack Williams, alongside Tanya Qureshi for BBC.

Monday, 9 August 2021

COMPETITION: Win My Life is Murder Series One on DVD

My Life is Murder Series One - Released on DVD from 16th August

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 DVDs to give away.

Award-winning Lucy Lawless, best known as Xena: Warrior Princess, now takes the lead in one of Australia’s most popular crime dramas: My Life is Murder. Now the first series of this entertaining show is set for its UK DVD release from Acorn Media International and is also streaming on Acorn TV.

Lucy Lawless (Parks and Recreation) is retired cop Alexa Crowe, but her ex-boss (Bernard Curry – Once Upon a Time) is persistently on her case to help with cold cases and rookie police data-analyst (Ebony Vagulans) is hassling Alexa to be her mentor… so her detective days may not be over just yet. 

When she’s asked to investigate the case of a woman who had fallen from the 19th floor apartment of a male escort called Dylan Giroux, she’s desperate to know did she fall, or was she pushed? It doesn’t take long for Alexa to be back in the game, putting her crime-solving nous to good use as an intrepid private investigator.

Tenacious and unapologetic, Alexa brings her dry wit and brash style as she contends with a suspicious death at a competitive culinary school, a murder in an exclusive cycling club, a locked-room mystery, and more.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.


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1. Closing date 23-08-21
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Official trailer released for series 2 of Sky Original Code 404 coming to Sky Comedy and NOW on 1 Sep 2021

Sky today releases the official trailer for the second series of Code 404, a Sky Original comedy coming to Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW from 1 September.

The crime fighting duo of the future, DI Carver (Stephen Graham) and his AI-driven partner DI Major (Daniel Mays), are back!

Unfortunately, there's still a few bugs to patch out. Having cracked The Juggler case with his long-suffering partner, the resurrected DI Major has finally reached his potential as the top cop in the SIU. But it came at a price. At last realising that his best friend had shacked up with his wife Kelly (Anna Maxwell Martin) while he was "away" (and a bit before), their partnership is over, and the pair go their own ways. But when a 20-year old cold case is reopened, the pair find themselves back together and thrown into the action. With an impending divorce, the return of his long-time absentee dad, and danger around every corner, the pressure seems to be getting to Major and he starts exhibiting strange behavioural glitches. However, much to Carver's concern, the problems are more serious than a typical reboot can solve, and our cyborg hero may be looking at terminal failure.

Code 404 Series 2 features brand new cast members Meera Syal (Elizabeth Churchland) and Clive Russell (Clifford Major) who will be joining the cast. Alongside Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin, returning cast include Michelle Greenidge (Not Judy), Rosie Cavaliero (Dennett), Richard Gadd (Cleasby) and Amanda Payton (Parfit).

Sky Original, Code 404 series 2, all episodes available 1 September on Sky Comedy and NOW


Top Gear production to move to Bristol

BBC Studios is transferring production of the show to its Bristol base from 2022. The move will create a number of openings for editorial and production management personnel based in the nations and regions.

BBC Studios Bristol is the production hub for many long-running factual entertainment programmes including Countryfile, DIY SOS, Antiques Roadshow, Fake or Fortune and Gardeners' World. It's also home to the world-renowned Natural History Unit which produces landmark titles such as Blue Planet II and the popular live Watches series including Springwatch and Winterwatch.

Top Gear's iconic track and spiritual home at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey will continue to be utilised for filming recordings whilst the series itself films across the UK and around the world.

Production for the show's 31st series has been taking place all over the UK during the Summer and the team recently completed its first international shoot since prior to the pandemic when the presenters and crew visited Iceland. The 33rd series, due on screens in 2022, will be the first to be produced from the new base in Bristol

The Fake Paralympians - a new BBC audio documentary series on a sporting scandal that rocked Spain and shocked the world

To coincide with the Paralympics taking place this year in Tokyo, The Fake Paralympians is a six-part documentary on BBC World Service in which British ex-Paralympic swimmer Dan Pepper investigates the cheats who won gold and left a devastating legacy for learning disability sport

Dan has a learning disability, and he says his sporting career was destroyed by the ban on intellectual impairment sports at the Paralympics; a ban imposed after Spain won basketball gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics with a squad of 12 in which - it later emerged - only two players were genuinely disabled.

In The Fake Paralympians, Dan sets out to find the truth about what happened and its impact on intellectual impairment sports. He speaks to people involved with the Spanish basketball team who won gold in Sydney, including the ex-captain of that team Ray Torres, who has a genuine disability. Dan investigates how the truth came out after a photo of the team celebrating their victory appeared in a Spanish newspaper, and what happened to those responsible.

Presenter Dan Pepper says: "I'm really excited about this series on the BBC World Service. I hope people learn that people with a learning impairment can do a variety of things - me presenting this show is obviously part of that. I'm hoping that people's views on intellectual disability sport will change, and I'm hoping to show what we've gone through to get to where we are today and where we would like to get to in the future."

The Fake Paralympians airs from 17 August on BBC World Service and as a podcast on the BBC World Service:

Channel 4 and Naked to re-examine the Louise Woodward murder trial in new three-part documentary

In 1997 the case of Louise Woodward stunned the world. The trial of the 19-year-old British nanny living in Massachusetts, charged with murdering eight-month-old Matthew Eappen, struck a nerve on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, Channel 4 has commissioned Naked (a Fremantle label) to produce Louise Woodward: Villain or Victim? a 3 x 60' documentary series examining the murder charge, trial and appeal in a new context.

The tragic case saw Woodward in an all-or-nothing trial, where no charge lesser than second degree murder would be considered. The polarising trial saw the jury deliver a guilty verdict, after being presented with evidence of symptoms synonymous with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Justice protest rallies followed in both the UK and US, on separate sides of the argument.

With unprecedented access to both defence and prosecution lawyers, detectives, paramedics and journalists, Louise Woodward: Villain or Victim? will detail and re-examine the divisive case, the trial and its conclusion which saw the judge throwing out the jury's decision, reducing Louise's murder conviction to involuntary manslaughter and releasing her from prison.

Fatima Salaria, Managing Director of Naked, said: "The media circus around this story means it has remained in the public consciousness for over 20 years. With the opportunity to look back with fresh eyes alongside exclusive access to both sides of the story, this documentary offers a new perspective on the case."

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

COMPETITION: Win Space:1999 Years 1&2 Original TV Soundtrack

Space:1999 Years 1&2 Original TV Soundtrack - Released on CD from 13th August

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 CDs to give away.

The latest release in the series exploring the musical worlds of Gerry Anderson is the most extensive yet and incorporates a 2 CD set with a 28-page booklet plus two separate LP releases.

Space: 1999 ran for two series from 1976 to 1977 and depicted the occupants of Moonbase Alpha and their struggle for survival when, after the explosion of a nuclear waste dump, the Moon is hurtled into space.

The series was the most expensive produced for British television at that time and the most musically diverse of all the shows made by Anderson for ITC. Gerry Anderson’s long-time musical partner in all the previous adventures was Barry Gray and Space: 1999 proved to be the last of their collaborations. For Series 2, composer Derek Wadsworth took over the reins to provide a more contemporary sound.

Pre-order on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3C4bA4x

For your chance to win just answer the question below.


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1. Closing date 16-08-21
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Monday, 2 August 2021

I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! returns to Wales for the 2021 series

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!  returns to Wales for the 2021 series

ITV today announced that the forthcoming 21st series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! will return to the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales.

The show, produced by Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios, will be hosted by Ant & Dec and broadcast live every night from the ruined castle, as a brand new cast of celebrities adjust to their new surroundings.  

Hot on the heels of Giovanna Fletcher being crowned Queen of the Castle in 2020, viewers will once again see the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and action packed challenges to win food and treats, in the lead up to one of them emerging victorious.

The first show of the 2020 series, which ran on Sunday 15 November at 9pm, consolidated to an audience of 13.8m TV viewers [52% audience share] over the first seven days of its availability.  With 0.5m viewers watching via non-TV devices, the total reached 14.3m viewers. It was also the most popular show of 2020 for young viewers with an average of 2.8m and two thirds [66 per cent] of 16-34s watching across the series, and overall it became the second most watched series of I'm A Celebrity, which has been on air since 2002.  

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said: "We can confirm today that we'll be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! We've always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we're pleased that we can return there. I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series."

24 Hours in A&E moves to Nottingham hospital

In its 10th anniversary year, the UK's biggest medical series – 24 Hours in A&E – is moving hospitals.  From autumn 2021, the Garden Productions series will be filmed at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham – one of the busiest Major Trauma Centre in the country. Production of the series will move from The Garden's London office to its Garden Yorkshire office in Leeds, opening up opportunities to work on the series to freelance talent across the Midlands and the North of England.

 24 Hours in A&E was first broadcast in 2011 and has now transmitted over 250 episodes in 24 series.  It began life at King's College Hospital in London before moving to St George's Hospital – also in South London – in 2014.  For the last two years, the series has been cutting more of its episodes in the North of England with local talent.  The change of hospital is the final step in this gradual move out of London, but Channel 4 and The Garden will continue to work closely with St George's and Kings on major new medical series Emergency 2021, shooting this summer across the London Trauma Network.