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Monday, 29 November 2021

COMPETITION: Win Dalgliesh: Series 1 on DVD



Dalgliesh: Series 1  on DVD  - Released from 6th December

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

Synopsis: 
Bertie Carvel takes the titular lead in Dalgliesh, a brand-new, must-watch period crime drama which is set to delight on its DVD and digital release this December courtesy of Acorn Media International, following its UK premiere on Channel 5.

Based on renowned author P.D. James’ bestselling novels Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries, this gripping new drama follows the enigmatic detective and poet (Carvel – Doctor Foster, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Tragedy of Macbeth), as he takes on extraordinary murder cases, and reveals long-buried secrets. The six-part series arrives on DVD and digital on 13 December 2021.

Following in the footsteps of distinguished detectives such as Sherlock Holmes and Poirot, Adam Dalgliesh takes us to 1970s England, solving strange mysteries including: a student nurse poisoned during training, a homeless man and a retired Tory politician found dead with their throats slashed in a London church and a very suspicious death at a mysterious disability care home. Dedicating his career to cracking crime and bringing killers to justice, Dalgliesh is forced to uncover some dark and dangerous truths along the way...

Written by Helen Edmundson (Mary Magdalene) alongside a host of talented scribes, the show features a brilliant line-up of guests including Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Natasha Little (War of the Worlds) and Mirren Mack (Sex Education). The series draws upon three books, tracing the detective’s expansive crime-fighting career, with each case offering its own unique setting and an exciting guest cast.

Get sleuthing with your new favourite detective drama Dalgliesh. 

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

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Acorn TV commissions Kerry Godliman's WHITSTABLE PEARL second series




Based on the much-loved novels, “The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries” by Julie Wassmer, the second six-part series (6 x 45’) sees the return of Kerry Godliman (Ricky Gervais’ After Life) in the lead role as Pearl Nolan. Howard Charles also returns as DCI Mike McGuire and Frances Barber as Dolly Nolan, Pearl's mother.

Øystein Karlsen will again be Executive Producer on Whitstable Pearl. Mike Walden (Marcella), who worked alongside Karlsen on season one, picks up the reins as lead writer for season two whilst award-winning director Jon Jones (Hanna, We Hunt Together) has boarded as lead director. Additional writers for season 2 include Kam Odedra (McDonald & Dodds), Jess Williams (Grantchester) and Ben Tagoe (Lucky Man).

Whitstable Pearl explores the dark undercurrents of murder and debauchery swirling beneath the surface of the picturesque 16th century English seaside town of Whitstable, famous for its native oysters and buffeted by the prevailing winds and spray of the North Sea.

Distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights, the Acorn TV Original Series will begin production in Whitstable, England in February 2022. The series will exclusively premiere on Acorn TV in North America, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom.


The series follows local celebrity Pearl Nolan, chef and owner of the eponymous Whitstable Pearl restaurant which she runs alongside her son, Charlie, waitress Ruby, and in spite of her mother, Dolly. She is also the proprietor of a detective agency, finally putting her distant police training to good use.

In Season One, Pearl juggled her commitments to her restaurant, with her ‘side hustle’ as a PI. In Season two, Pearl will prioritise her detective work and transition from being a chef who solves crimes, to a full time investigator who just happens to own a restaurant.

Pearl's cases overlap with Mike McGuire's police investigations. Their relationship is charged by a determination to outdo each other, and a fiery mutual attraction. When they compete, sparks fly and tempers flare. When they work together, they make one hell of a team.

Julie Wassmer said, “Knowing how well Whitstable Pearl has been received across so many territories, I’m sure viewers will be as excited as I am to know the series is returning for a new season in which Pearl will be immersed in more crime, family drama and a compelling will-they-won’t-they love affair – all set against the stunning backdrop of Whitstable’s mysterious coast - with a to-die-for cast who bring so much to every character. ”

Kerry Godliman said, “I’m delighted to get the chance to play Pearl for a 2nd series. She’s such a rich character to dive into and I adore her passion for Whitstable, justice and oysters…and maybe a certain DCI too. Can’t wait!”






Saturday, 27 November 2021

BBC One’s hit entertainment show This is MY House returns

BBC One's hit primetime entertainment format This is MY House returns for an extended run of ten episodes in an evolved 30-minute format.

The addictive guessing game format created by Richard Bacon and Nick Weidenfeld, and produced by Expectation, will once again see four people all claim to be the same person and that "This Is MY House". A panel of celebrities will be tasked with sussing out which "homeowner" is telling the truth and which are the actors.

Described by critics as 'incredible' and 'intoxicating'' (The Guardian), 'surprisingly brilliant' (The Times) the format was also a hit with viewers as the series averaged 2.8 million and proved popular among younger audiences too, who took to social media playing along in their own homes, intensely debating the truth behind who was spinning the most convincing lies. The BBC's own social media coverage of This is My House generated over 7 million video views across Facebook and Instagram, the majority of which came from Under 35s.

Richard Bacon, Creator and Executive Producer says: "I loved seeing the way the audience responded to the show. Especially on social media as it was happening. It's given me the confidence to lean right into the absurd humour this time. Also, I'm proud of the fact it did so well with young audiences."

The second series of This Is MY House is set to be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2022.

Taskmaster Series 13 line-up

Following the crowning of the latest champion, BAFTA winning show Taskmaster reveals the brand-new series 13 line-up featuring five courageous comedians eagerly waiting their turn to step into the Taskmaster's house and show their mettle in the most hard-fought but utterly ridiculous show on television. Airing in 2022 on Channel 4, Taskmaster stars the show's creator Little Alex Horne scuttling behind the deafening footsteps of demanding overlord and the Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies.

Hoping to win valuable points, eternal glory, and favourable treatment from the Taskmaster are: stand-up, actor, and author Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted, C4), award winning comedian Bridget Christie (Stand Up For Her, Netflix), stand-up comedian and TV host Chris Ramsey (The Chris Ramsey Show, Comedy Central), comedian and presenter Judi Love (Loose Women, ITV), and comedian, actress, and podcaster Sophie Duker (Live At The Apollo, BBC One). Having voluntarily signed up for the inevitable metaphorical slaughter at the hands of the tyrannical Taskmaster, each contestant will be put through their paces in a brand new set of tasks designed to test their daring, dexterity and dignity under extreme pressure. Who of our latest quintet will be immortalised in the Taskmaster Champion hall of fame?

S4C commissions new psychological thriller The Light in The Hall / Y Golau

Welsh public broadcaster S4C has commissioned a brand new 6 x 60' minute psychological thriller The Light In The Hall / Y Golau co-produced by independent producers Duchess Street Productions and Triongl in association with APC Studios, and with the support of Welsh Government through Creative Wales.

In deals brokered by APC Studios, which is also handling worldwide sales, the series is produced in association with Channel 4 and Sundance Now for the English-language version for broadcast in the UK and North America, Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Written and created by Regina Moriarty (Murdered By My Boyfriend) and directed by Andy Newbery (Keeping Faith) and Chris Forster (Hidden), The Light In The Hall / Y Golau will be filmed in both English and Welsh. Starring Alexandra Roach (Killing Eve, Sanditon, No Offence), Iwan Rheon (Misfits, Game of Thrones) and Joanna Scanlan (After Love, No Offence), filming starts this autumn with broadcast planned for 2022.

Journalist Cat Donato (Roach), originally from the same town as Ela Roberts, has always been obsessed by her murder. For Cat, it was personal. Ela had been part of her circle of friends but prior to her murder Ela had been ostracised over a silly teenage squabble, a fact that Cat has tried her best to forget.

Ela's mother, Sharon Roberts (Scanlan) has never stopped grieving the loss of her daughter. Still disturbed by her memories of that last day, Sharon needs resolution. Joe Pritchard (Rheon), a quiet, unassuming gardener, was arrested for Ela's murder after her DNA was found at his caravan. Joe confessed to killing Ela but wouldn't, or couldn't, say why or what he did with her body.

The news of Joe's parole hearing and the prospect of his release causes both women to confront the past and the part they played in Ela's final days. For Cat it's a chance to write the true events surrounding the murder and for Sharon a chance to confront the man who killed her child. With so many questions unanswered, Joe's return to the community could be a way to get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all. If Joe Pritchard did kill Ela, why did he do it, and where is the body?

FIRST LOOK: JAMES NESBITT AND RICHARD E. GRANT IN SUSPECT – CHANNEL 4’S THRILLING NEW DRAMA

When veteran detective, Danny Frater (James Nesbitt), turns up at a hospital mortuary for what he thinks is a routine ID check on a young woman's body, he gets a devastating shock; the corpse turns out to be his estranged daughter, Christina (Imogen King). He sets out on a mission for the truth, retracing her last days and hours, in an agonising crusade to discover what really happened to his only child.

SUSPECT (W/T) also stars Joely Richardson, Anne-Marie Duff, Antonia Thomas, Niamh Algar, Sacha Dhawan, Sam Heughan and Ben Miller and will premiere on Channel 4.

Friday, 26 November 2021

Queens of Mystery Season 2 - Official Trailer - Acorn TV Original

 


Monday, 29th November 2021 heralds the arrival of QUEENS OF MYSTERY SERIES 2 EPISODES 1 & 2 the ACORN TV ORIGINAL UK PREMIERE  STREAMING EXCLUSIVE

Then two episodes per week follow on subsequent Mondays.

Roll out the red-carpet. The Emmy Award-nominated Queens of Mystery is back for a second series of the brilliant, bold and thrilling homegrown hit mystery drama. Making its World Premiere exclusively on Acorn TV, this Acorn Original series created by writer Julian Unthank (Doc Martin, New Tricks) is wickedly offbeat, with bold visuals, quirky characters, and darkly comic murders.

Series two sees the return of British acting favourites Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle, Shetland, Penance), Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten, The Replacement, Taggart), and Sarah Woodward (The Pale Horse, Quiz, The Politician’s Husband) as the eponymous queens. Florence Hall (Jonathan Creek) joins the cast as detective niece Matilda, who is ‘helped’ by her mystery-writing aunts who believe their knowledge of crime fiction makes them perfectly qualified to help her solve whodunit-style murders. Now in the swing of things in her hometown of Wildemarsh, Matilda lives happily above her Aunt Jane’s ‘Murder Ink’ bookshop, but it’s not long before the town has a killer in its midst, and as always, Aunts Beth, Cat and Jane are on hand to assist in the investigations.

Episodes 1 & 2 - SPARRING WITH DEATH

When Matilda investigates a murder at Wildemarsh Wellness Retreat, she finds several people with distinctly unhealthy intentions towards each other, and a second death at the retreat leads Matilda to uncover a heart-wrenching tragedy, waiting to be avenged…

3 & 4 - THE MODERN ART OF MURDER

A body is discovered at the opening of a new art gallery where her Aunt Cat is exhibiting. When Matilda interviews the suspects it doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but after a second murder, she realises there’s more to the murders than meets the eye.

5 & 6 - THE RAVEN

Matilda investigates what appears to be a robbery with clues reminiscent of her own mother’s disappearance — but when Aunt Jane finds a body it becomes a murder case. As Matilda searches for the identity of the killer, there are other parties much closer to home who’d prefer Matilda not uncover the truth.

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Sky announces the return of Dating No Filter with a brand-new line-up of comedians

Joining the new series are Emily Atack, Asim Chaudhry, Sukh Ojla, London Hughes, Josh Jones, Jayde Adams and The Receipts alongside returning comedians including, Joel Dommett, Josh Widdicombe, Tom Allen and Rosie Jones.

Sky Original Dating No Filter sees some of the UK's funniest comedians provide raw and unfiltered commentary on members of the public embarking on blind dates. The hilarious show will return for a second series in 2022 and Christmas special in 2021 on Sky Max and streaming service NOW.

An exciting line-up of comedic pairings has been announced; Joel Dommett and Emily Atack, Josh Widdecombe and Rosie Jones, Asim Chaudhry and Sukh Ojla, Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell, Chunkz and Yung Filly, London Hughes and Verona Rose, Josh Jones and Jayde Adams and The Receipts, all taking part this series. With our unsuspecting singletons heading out on blind dates ranging from line dancing and gin tasting to a wrestling masterclass, there will be plenty for the comedians to sit back and share their laugh out loud commentary on as dating is put under the microscope once again.

Produced by Monkey, which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, the 6x30' series is set to return to screens in February 2022, but the fun starts early with an hour-long Christmas special this December. This one-off special will feature Joel Dommett, Emily Atack, Tom Allen, Josh Widdicombe, Rosie Jones, Suzi Ruffell, Asim Chaudhry, Sukh Ojla, Josh Jones, Jayde Adams, Chunkz and Yung Filly. The festive special, which includes a romantic trip to a reindeer park, will air on Sky Max and streaming service NOW this December.

Joel Dommett said: "I did Dating No Filter last series and I think almost everyone who did it last time wanted to do it again because it was super fun to do. You're basically just sat with a friend watching funny dates. It's so funny seeing what people do in that moment of awkwardness, because we've all experienced that moment. If anyone pointed me out on my first date with my wife, they would all be laughing and talking about how awkward it was."

Emily Atack said: "It's been amazing working alongside Joel on this series. We both had such a laugh having a front row seat and watching people go on some of the most hilarious blind dates. Viewers are going to really enjoy it."

The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois | Official Trailer

 

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Bonjour Grand Tour fans! #Clarkson, #Hammond and #May are back and they're ready to answer a big question:

What is up with French cars?

Join the trio as they explore all the weird and wonderful things French cars can offer.

Watch The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois on the 17th December on Prime Video.

It’s back to the classroom as Ackley Bridge returns for a fifth series

Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Bulletproof) will make his directing debut

Award-winning Ackley Bridge will return to Channel 4 and All4 for a fifth series in 2022, with 10x30 new episodes commissioned from The Forge.

Ackley's back for more high-jinx plans, scams, and mad-cap adventures in school and on the estate. We'll pick up with our trio – Johnny (Ryan Dean - The Gentleman, Penny on M.A.R.S.), Kayla (Robyn Cara -Life, Hounslow Diaries) and Fizza (Yasmin Al Khudhairi - Hilda)  - as they try to navigate the second half of the school year. Elsewhere, life gets complicated for Marina (Megan Morgan - Hollyoaks), Kayla's popular Queen Bee sister, just as her younger brother Kyle (Adam Little – Years and Years), Ackley's newest pupil and troublemaker, turns up at school, fresh out of juvie. It's been a year already jam-packed with love triangles, catfishing, compulsive liars and one utterly joyous (albeit failed) gypsy wedding. But it's not over until the last school bell rings and there's still plenty of time before the sun breaks on the summer holidays…

And for the adults, life is just as chaotic. Martin (Rob James Collier – Downton Abbey) finds his role as Head under the spotlight as Ken (George Potts - Brassic) - true to form – continues to be a raging pain in the proverbial. Things get trickier still for Martin when Asma (Laila Zaidi – Benidorm, Holby City), Ackley's new hotshot teacher joins the staff to immediately ruffle some feathers. Kaneez (Sunetra Sarker – Informer, The Bay) is back at the beating heart of the school and is presented with her biggest challenge yet, in the form of new boy Kyle. Sue (Charlie Hardwick - Emmerdale) does her best to impress Ken which could lead to a change in career.

Rebecca Holdsworth, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor said: "I'm thrilled to be revisiting Ackley Bridge to see what is in store for our pupils and teachers. Series 5 promises the same trademark mix of funny, heartfelt and hard-hitting stories."

George Ormond, Executive Producer, The Forge, added: "We're delighted to be back for another series in our rowdy school and our left-behind town.  It's been a lot of fun coming up with series 5 and we can't wait to share it."

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Keeley Hawes confirmed to lead cast of major new BBC One drama Crossfire

Filming has begun on Crossfire, a major new three-part BBC One and TVE drama starring Keeley Hawes (Finding Alice, It's A Sin, Bodyguard) from Dancing Ledge Productions, the makers of the hugely popular The Salisbury Poisonings.

Created and written by Louise Doughty (author of Apple Tree Yard), her first original series for television, Crossfire is set in a luxurious resort in the Canary Islands. It is being made in co-production with Spanish free-to-air broadcaster TVE, in a deal struck by Fremantle, and in association with Buddy Club Productions.

Sunbathing on her hotel room balcony while on a dream holiday with her family and friends, Jo's (Keeley Hawes) world is turned upside down when shots ring out across the complex. Gunmen, out for revenge, have, in an instant, turned a slice of paradise into a terrifying heart-breaking hell.

A story of survival and resilience, Crossfire is an edge-of-your-seat nail-biting thriller yet also emotional, intimate and relatable. With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.

Crossfire will also star Josette Simon (Small Axe, Riviera), Anneika Rose (Deadwater Fell, Line of Duty), Lee Ingleby (The A Word, The Serpent Queen, Criminal UK), Daniel Ryan (The Bay, Home Fires), Vikash Bhai (The Stranger, Limbo), Hugo Silva (Nasdrovia, The Cook of Castamar), Alba Brunet (Operation Mincemeat, Paraiso, The Mallorca Files), Shalisha James-Davis (Alex Rider, I May Destroy You) and Ariyon Bakare (His Dark Materials, Good Omens).

It is directed by Tessa Hoffe (Kin, Wayne, Majority), and produced by Alex Mercer (Inside Man, Doctor Who).

Keeley Hawes says: "I'm so excited to be embarking on this brilliantly compelling and propulsive drama for the BBC, especially as it's the third production for Buddy Club. Filming has already begun and we're delighted to be collaborating with the team at Dancing Ledge Productions and Louise Doughty on her first original production for television."

Nida Manzoor’s award-winning, bold music comedy We Are Lady Parts recommissioned for a second series

We Are Lady Parts has been recommissioned for a second series for Channel 4. Series two will also launch on Peacock in the US.

Series one explored the highs and lows of the band, named Lady Parts, as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussain (played by Anjana Vasan) – a geeky microbiology PhD student, on the lookout for love. Amina is recruited to be the bands' unlikely lead guitarist. Lady Parts' fierce and enigmatic frontwoman Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey) sees something in Amina and uses her desperation to find a husband as leverage, offering to set her up with potential matches if she agreed to join the band. Amina soon gets swept up in their joyful, anarchic energy and punk spirit. But she's caught between two different worlds – her more strait-laced uni friends and the band, who urge her to find her voice. Series one ended with the band reuniting on stage, following an exposing interview, for a kick-ass performance. With the support of her fellow band members, Amina manages to overcome her vomit-inducing stage fright and takes her place on centre stage, where she belongs - much to the delight of their newly found adoring fans!

Nida Manzoor, Writer, Creator and Director:"I feel so incredibly lucky and excited to have the opportunity to make a second series of We Are Lady Parts. I can't wait to delve back into the world of the band and go deeper into their lives. Expect more high jinks, more music, and more flights of fancy. SPARTA!"

Monday, 22 November 2021

COMPETITION: Win Queens of Mystery Series 1 on DVD


Queens of Mystery Series 1  on DVD  - Released from 29th November

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

Synopsis: 
Roll out the red carpet for the Emmy Award-nominated TV hit QUEENS OF MYSTERY, which makes its royal premiere on UK DVD this November, courtesy of Acorn Media International.

The bold and thrilling Acorn TV Original drama stars British acting favourites Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle, Shetland, Penance), Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten, The Replacement, Taggart) and Sarah Woodward (The Pale Horse,Quiz, The Politician’s Husband) as the eponymous queens, alongside Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White, Apple Tree Yard, Maigret) as their niece, Matilda Stone an ambitious Detective Sergeant who must solve crimes in the seemingly genteel region of Wildemarsh. 

Created by Julian Unthank (Doc Martin, New Tricks), this wickedly offbeat contemporary murder mystery series, combines bold visuals, quirky characters and fast-paced dialogue with darkly comic murders that will keep audiences guessing. 

We follow the entertaining adventures of Beth, Cat and Jane Stone, three crime-writing sisters, who give their 28-year-old detective niece a helping hand whether she wants it or not, as she tackles curious crimes for the Marsh Valley Police.  

They use their extensive knowledge of crime – both real and fictional – solving a slew of whodunit murders in their picturesque postcode.  But no matter how many cases they crack, the unsolved mystery that haunts them most, is the disappearance of Matilda’s mother. Between investigating murders from the curious to the bizarre and writing their own renowned novels, the three aunts also attempt to help their perennially single niece find love.

The series features a stellar British cast including Andrew Leung (Doctor Who) as the dashing Dr. Daniel Lynch and Rebecca Grant (Doctors, Holby City) as his girlfriend Natasha; Michael Elcock is Police Constable Terry Foster and Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners) is the dry and put-upon Inspector Derek Thorne.

A fantastic line-up of guest stars includes Selina Cadell (Doc Martin), Omid Djalili (Dickensian, The Mummy), Chu Omambala (Liar), and Michelle Collins (Eastenders, Coronation Street) alongside: Frances Barber (Silk, Father Brown), Josette Simon (Broadchurch, Casualty) and Con O’Neill (Happy Valley, The Tunnel).

Make way for the Queens of Mystery as the fabulous first series arrives on 29 November 2021 and coincides with the series two premiere on streaming service Acorn TV. 

Pre-Order from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3r08yLA

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who is the creator of Queens of Mystery?

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

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1. Closing date 13-12-21
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.


COMPETITION: Win All Creatures Great & Small Series 2 on DVD


All Creatures Great & Small Series 2 on DVD  - Released from 29th November

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

Synopsis: 
The charming, much-loved All Creatures Great and Small, based on the hugely popular novels of James Herriot (aka James Alfred Wight OBE), returns for a second series of veterinary adventures, budding romances, and life in the sleepy town of Darrowby, Yorkshire with its rolling fields, and colourful community.

The first series captivated the nation, ranking as Channel 5’s number one British drama of all time and now the much-anticipated series two arrives. Following its run on Channel 5, it comes to DVD alongside the Complete Series 1 & 2 Box set on 22 November 2021, courtesy of Acorn Media International.

We return three months later to follow the trials and tribulations and lives and loves of the locals, surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire dales, where farmers and vets alike savour a foaming pint at the end of a hard day’s work.

After Helen Anderson (Rachael Shenton – Hollyoaks) jilted her intended, Hugh Helton (Matthew Lewis – Harry Potter), at the altar, she, and James (Nicholas Ralph - The Most Reluctant Convert C.S. Lewis) can finally address their feelings for each other.  But it can be tricky in such a close-knit community where not everyone takes too kindly to Helen’s decision. Prompted by James’ and Helen’s affections, Siegfried (Samuel West – Darkest Hour), Tristan (Callum Woodhouse – The Durrells) and Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley – Deadwater Fell) also reflect on their places in the world, meanwhile a trip back home to Glasgow forces James to choose between duty and love…

All Creatures Great and Small will love this soul-soothing and heart-warming family favourite.

Pre-Order Season 2 from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3x8YSiE
Pre-Order Season 1 & 2 from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3FxmekY

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

What is the name of the character played by Nicholas Ralph in All Creatures Great & Small?

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

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 06-12-21
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.


Friday, 19 November 2021

The Gilded Age coming to Sky and NOW on 25 January

The Gilded Age, is coming to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on 25 January.

The series reunites writer/creator Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame and director Michael Engler, the creative team behind both the award-winning Downton Abbey series and feature film.


The stellar ensemble cast includes Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, with Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski. First look images have also been revealed.

The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost.  Against the backdrop of this transformation, the story begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).


Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbours, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?

The 9-part series is a co-production between HBO and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. The HBO/Sky Original Series will be available from 25 January on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.


Alex Jones helps reunite people with someone special from their past in new BBC series Reunion Hotel

A brand new co-commission by BBC Two and BBC Wales will see Reunion Hotel open its doors to those longing for a life-affirming reunion. From giving thanks to life saving heroes, romantic reunions and emotional homecomings, to the ex-pupil reunited with the teacher who changed his life, everyone's welcome to check-in to the Reunion Hotel.

Each episode, produced by Caernarfon based production company Darlun, will feature stories filled with emotion and warmth as guests reconnect and get the chance to say the things they never got to say. Playing a central role in welcoming the guests and putting them at ease ahead of that meeting they may have waited years, or even a lifetime for, will be BBC One Show presenter Alex Jones.

Alex says: "To be able to play an integral part in the reunion of lost friendships, family members and past loves is very exciting. I'm so looking forward to checking into the hotel to help bring these heart-warming stories to life, and helping the guests reconnect with a piece of their lives they thought had been lost."

A key part of the identity of the series will be its location. With a hotel located within north east Wales, each reunion is rooted in the surrounding areas, or those with a connection to this part of Wales, creating amazing moments of true emotion and human connection.

Reunion Hotel's 6x60' episodes will air on BBC Two in early 2023.

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Samson Kayo & Jane Horrocks return to Sky in an all new bigger and bolder series of BLOODS

Katherine Kelly and Nathan Foad join the cast of the comedy including Lucy Punch, Julian Barratt, Adrian Scarborough, Kevin Garry, Sam Campbell and Aasiya Shah.

Filming has started on a new series of Sky Original Bloods, Sky's critically acclaimed paramedic comedy starring BAFTA nominated Samson Kayo and Golden Globe nominated Jane Horrocks. The bigger 10-episode deal will be made for Sky by BAFTA award-winning Roughcut TV (Stath Lets Flats, People Just Do Nothing, Cuckoo) in association with Sky Studios. It will air on Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW in two viewing drops coming in 2022.

Bloods follows tough-acting loner Maleek (Kayo) and over-friendly divorcee Wendy (Horrocks), a pair of mismatched paramedics and their fellow ambulance station colleagues through the life-saving world of a south London emergency service. Katherine Kelly (Innocent, Liar) joins the cast in the two new series as the ambulance stations acting counsellor and listening ear and Nathan Foad (Our Flag Means Death) will play Wendy's son Spencer.

The shows returning cast include; Lucy Punch (Motherland) as boisterous station boss Jo and Julian Barratt (Mighty Boosh) as grieving widower Lawrence. Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey) and Aasiya Shah (Raised By Wolves) reprise their roles as Gary and Kareshma, paramedics with diametrically opposing career outlooks, and Kevin Garry (Ted Lasso) and Sam Campbell (Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award winner) as the glued-to-the-hip duo of paramedics Darrell and Darryl.

The news comes as it is revealed that US streaming service Hulu has acquired the series in a multi-season deal. The first series of Bloods is set to debut on the streamer next month on December 9.  

The hit first series has been described as "A magnificent paramedic comedy full of gallows humour ★★★★★" by The Independent and containing "lovable characters and an impressive high hit rate of gags" by TV Times, while Radio Times described Kayo and Horrocks as "an unexpectedly dazzling comedy duo." The 10x30min episodes will be shot at North London Studios and in various locations in South London and will continue to bring humorous relief to the world and characters of the paramedic service while recognising the talent of those who put their own lives at risk in an emergency to help keep us safe and healthy.

Samson Kayo said: "I'm so excited the BLOODS team are back together again for this new bigger and bolder series. With ten episodes, there is going to be loads more laughs, friendship and fun for fans to enjoy. Maleek is reunited with his miss-matched paramedic partner Wendy and he can't wait to hit the roads again in their ambulance!"

Jane Horrocks said: "I am very much looking forward to getting back to Bloods for series 2. The scripts are already banging and Wendy is getting more naughty!"

First look images revealed for Chloe starring Erin Doherty, Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jack Farthing and Brandon Micheal Hall


First look images revealed for Chloe starring Erin Doherty, Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jack Farthing and Brandon Micheal Hall.

Set in Bristol and created by Alice Seabright (writer, director, Sex Education) the six one hour episodes will premiere in 2022 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and will be available on Prime Video in the U.S. and more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Starring Erin Doherty (The Crown), the thriller follows Becky Green (Doherty) who has been watching Chloe Fairbourne (Poppy Gilbert) via her perfect social media images for some time; Chloe’s charmed life, adoring husband and circle of high-achieving friends are always just a click away. 

Becky can’t resist watching a life that contrasts so starkly with her own; a life spent caring for her mother, who has early-onset dementia, in their small seaside flat on the outskirts of Bristol. 

When Chloe dies suddenly, Becky assumes a new identity and infiltrates the enviable lives of Chloe's closest friends to find out what happened to her.

The newly released pictures show Becky and her alter ego, Sasha, as she manufactures situations in order to meet Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner) and Chloe’s other friends, to get to the truth of what really happened.

Pam & Tommy TV Mini Series Trailer

 

Follows the story of their relationship going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995.

Stars
Lily James
Sebastian Stan
Nick Offerman

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

You Don't Know Me A BBC One mini-series, in association with Netflix, adapted from Imran Mahmood’s bestselling novel.


Starring Samuel Adewunmi, Sophie Wilde, Bukky Bakray, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Tuwaine Barrett, Yetunde Oduwole and Nicholas Khan.


What is You Don’t Know Me?

An Introduction by Imran Mahmood (Author)

You Don’t Know Me is a story told by a defendant in a dock, giving a speech to the jury. He is one of the thousands of young men, strangers to privilege and opportunity, who are caught in the net of the criminal justice system each year. For those young men, the court is a system designed to deal with them but not to communicate with them. Not to understand them.

This story, although fiction, hopes to reproduce the feeling that many defendants have when they are in court - which is one of being in enemy territory. As a defendant, you sit in a highly charged place and let complex and obtuse arguments of law wash over you. You aren’t required to participate. You aren’t required even to understand. And to make matters worse when you look around the court, you see nothing familiar. No faces are faces like yours. You sit there behind glass being managed and processed. Often oblivious. Often deliberately kept that way.

And when the court looks back - in particular the jury - it sees a defendant that it doesn’t know. There are no bridging points between their lives. In You Don’t Know Me, Hero, shouldn’t stand a chance. He doesn’t even have a lawyer who could lay themselves down as the bridge between his world and theirs. But to solve that problem he invites the viewer into his life and dares them to know him. Hero believes that if he can be understood better, he will be treated more fairly. And that maybe is at the heart of the story - to challenge ourselves to know our neighbours better, so that we may better see where and how society fails some people. So, we can see our similarities and close our eyes to the things that divide us.

Hero tells you about the things in his life that join us. He shows us the people he loves, because love is part of a common currency. He tells us about the pain of loss, because loss is on the other side of love and we know that world. And slowly, by this trick, he seduces us into his world and into understanding him. Into knowing him.

ITV commissions Ghislaine Maxwell documentary

ITV has commissioned Fremantle UK to produce a new documentary film on Ghislaine Maxwell featuring new interviews with key figures at the centre of the serious allegations of abuse surrounding her and her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, including alleged victims and Ghislaine's siblings, some speaking publicly for the first time on this matter.

Currently awaiting trial in a US jail, Ghislaine Maxwell strenuously denies her alleged involvement in the appalling crimes of which Jeffrey Epstein was accused, which have been blamed for ruining the lives of innocent girls.  The scandal has raised vital questions about the rich and powerful at the most rarefied levels of society and this film aims to shed new light on what happened and the people at the centre, by speaking to those closest to events.

The film will cover the trial by jury and will examine how a woman who mixed in elite circles in Britain and the US ended up accused of being embroiled in a world of sex trafficking and grooming.

Presented by Ranvir Singh and drawing on exclusive testimonies and archive footage, the film will offer new and revealing insight into Ghislaine Maxwell's alleged crimes.

Provisionally titled Ghislaine (w/t) the documentary also features interviews with staff, friends, lawyers and investigators – some of whom have never spoken publicly before.

Superhero drama Superman & Lois acquired for BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Superman & Lois stars Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) and Elizabeth Tulloch (Grimm) as the world's most famous superhero, Clark Kent and comic books' most famous journalist, Lois Lane.

After years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the pair come face-to-face with one of their greatest challenges ever - dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society.

In addition to Hoechlin and Tulloch, Superman & Lois also stars Jordan Elsass (Little Fires Everywhere), Alex Garfin, Erik Valdez (Graceland), Inde Navarette (13 Reasons Why), Wolé Parks (All American) and Adam Rayner (Mistresses) with Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) and Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage).

Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their teenage sons Jonathan (Elsass) and Jordan (Garfin) could inherit their father's Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Clark's first love, Lana Lang-Cushing (Chriqui), a local loan officer, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing (Valdez).

The adults aren't the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle's rebellious teenage daughter, Sarah (Navarette). Of course, there's never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois's father, General Samuel Lane (Walsh) looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment's notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois' return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when both a mysterious stranger (Parks) and impassioned self-made mogul Morgan Edge (Rayner) enter their lives.

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, says: "Superman & Lois is an ambitious and involving new superhero series – one we are sure will intrigue and excite not just existing fans, but BBC viewers of all ages."

The first series will begin on BBC One on Saturday 4 December, with all 15 episodes arriving on BBC iPlayer. Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman & Lois was developed by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl) and Todd Helbing (The Flash, Black Sails), who executive produce alongside Sarah Schechter (All American, Riverdale), David Madden (You, Kung Fu) Geoff Johns (Titans, DC's Stargirl, Wonder Woman). The DC series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Singing superstar Susan Boyle joins the cast of BBC Scotland’s River City

International singing star and River City superfan, Susan Boyle, will make a special cameo appearance in the BBC Scotland soap next month alongside series favourites Juliet Cadzow, Frank Gallagher and Stephen Purdon.

The Scottish songstress from West Lothian, who shot to overnight fame in 2009 after appearing on Britain's Got Talent, has been a long-time fan of River City and will be involved in the drama's charity calendar storyline in December.

The episode, which debuts on the BBC Scotland channel on Monday 6th December, sees the character Suzie Fraser (played by Juliet Cadzow) stunned when Susan Boyle steps in front of the camera to become a model for a charity photoshoot to raise money for the Molly's Corner Cafe.

As well as Juliet Cadzow, Susan Boyle's cameo sees her star alongside River City favourites including Frank Gallagher (Lenny Murdoch), Stephen Purdon (Bob O'Hara), Barbara Rafferty (Bernie O'Hara), Scott Fletcher (Angus Lindsay) and Kirsty Pickering (Jessie Murdoch).

Susan was thrilled to play a cameo role in the popular Scottish soap: "I had a brilliant time filming River City. All the cast and crew were so kind and welcoming, it was a great atmosphere! I'm a huge fan of the show and always watch it, so to be a part of it and on set was fantastic."

Martin McCardie, BBC Studios Series Producer for River City was delighted to welcome Susan to the set: "When Susan was on the set she was a total professional, but she is also a fan of the show, so it was great to see Susan meet the cast and see the sets. The charity calendar storyline is all about finding a well-known face with a big heart and a winning smile to take part - Susan Boyle is that person! She's welcome to revisit Montego Street any time she likes."

Juliet Cadzow, who plays the character of Suzie Fraser, was thrilled to work alongside Susan for the day: "Having such an internationally renowned star on set could have felt quite daunting, but Susan was so natural and unaffected and, indeed, it was almost as if she was overcome being with us on the River City set! She couldn't have made life easier for us all and it was such a pleasure to be on set with her."

David Baddiel explores the impact social media is having on society in new BBC Two documentary

David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us follows the writer and comedian as he explores the impact social media is having on our behaviour both on and offline.

A self-confessed Twitter addict, David's in no doubt there are positive sides to these platforms - revolutionising communication, highlighting important issues and propelling social change. But he also believes there's a darker side to the way we interact online - one where outrage and angry exchanges frequently dominate. And that this negativity is spilling off line and into real life. In this film he'll be asking whether something originally designed to help us talk to each other leads to everyone shouting at each other?

Throughout the programme David puts his own social media behaviour under the microscope, analysing the angry and hateful tweets he receives, interrogating his brain's responses to these messages in an MRI scan and going cold turkey for a fortnight to see if a life free of social media leads him to enlightenment.

He meets prolific users, writers and experts, who both love and hate the medium, and are trying to understand what the platforms do to us. He explores whether the new instant justice meted out by social media - what some call cancel culture - is a new type of mass democracy or just mob rule; and uncovers a shady world of fake accounts and bots spreading uncertainty and misinformation. We see David meet individuals whose lives have been broken by online trolls, including one Tik-Tokker whose house was arsoned.

David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us, will find out if the clear water between real life and our life on the screen has already dried up, and what this blurring of lines means for all of us.

David Baddiel says: "David Bowie, in 1999, said, of the internet, this will change everything. As ever, Bowie was a prophet. Because what seems like just a means of communication has completely changed how we communicate. Social media in particular, seems to have raised the temperature of every type of utterance. I'm hoping this film will add to the understanding of all this and not the anger. But I'm still expecting to be shouted at online about it, of course."

Southshore make The Greatest Snowman for Channel 4

'Twas the run up to Christmas

And up in the snow

Celebrities compete in a brand-new show

For three days and nights

Skilled teams by their side

These warmly wrapped stars

Compete…. for pride.

 

It is Christmastime!

But who will do best

At building an igloo in this wintery test?

Who will emerge

As an ice artisan

And win the crown

For The Greatest Snowman?

 

Channel 4 and Southshore will bring some frosty cheer to screen this Christmas. Hosted by Sue Perkins The Greatest Snowman is a special one-off following a pack of celebrities as they travel to an Alpine resort to compete in an epic snow building competition.

With thousands of tonnes of snow and giant blocks of crystal-clear ice at their disposal, the celebrities will go head to head across three tough rounds that will test both their brain and brawn.

Supported by a crew of seasoned sculptors, engineers, and snow builders these stars will have to design and create some of the most extraordinary snow creations ever seen on TV.

Judged by experts, all will risk chilblains as they attempt to carve and construct incredible structures made from snow and ice. The competition will culminate in the ultimate snowy challenge where the famous faces will use all they have learned in each round to attempt to construct The Greatest Snowman!

Friday, 12 November 2021

Sky to release Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol on Sky Max and NOW from 18 November

Sky today confirmed Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol will be available from 18 November on Sky Max and streaming service NOW.

Based on Dan Brown's international bestselling thriller "The Lost Symbol", the 10-part drama series follows the early adventures of young Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.

Starring Ashley Zukerman, Valorie Curry, Sumalee Montano, Rick Gonzalez, Eddie Izzard and Beau Knapp.

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Festive sunshine for Saint Marie in first look image for Death in Paradise Christmas Special

The first ever feature length Christmas special of BBC One's Death In Paradise, bringing a close to its series ten celebrations, will air this festive season. The episode not only promises a ray of Caribbean sunshine this Christmas time, but also boasts a wealth of guest stars alongside the familiar faces of Saint Marie.

Returning to join the regular cast (Ralf Little, Joséphine Jobert, Tahj Miles, Don Warrington and Elizabeth Bourgine) for the celebratory episode is Danny John-Jules as charismatic Office Dwayne Myers. Completing this gift of a guest line-up is Mathew Baynton (Ghosts), Juliet Stevenson (Riviera), Stanley Townsend (Informer), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After), Anthony Calf (Poldark), Tessa Bonham Jones (The Trial Of Christine Keeler), Elizabeth Tan (Emily in Paris) and Tariq Jordan (Law and Order: UK).

It's Christmas time on Saint Marie and Neville is preparing to head to Manchester to spend the holiday with his family. But his plans are abruptly changed when a billionaire shipping magnate dies in mysterious circumstances.

Things only get stranger when a minicab driver in London receives a Christmas card with an ominous message inside that turns the entire case on its head. For Neville and the team, will this be a case they can crack together?

Following the series ten cliff-hanger that left everybody swinging in suspense, Florence is jetting off for Christmas, leaving the team a member down. So, the Commissioner decides to enlist the help of retired officer, Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules). Alongside Marlon, Dwayne employs his unique style of policing to help investigate the case. Left to their own devices, the pair struggle on the best plan of action for apprehending a suspect. As rain falls, tensions rise - but as Christmas Day approaches, will they realise they're more like one another than they originally thought?

The Lakes with Simon Reeve Sundays at 9pm from 14 November on BBC Two

Covering almost a thousand square miles, the Lake District is the biggest national park in England. Visited by 20 million people each year, the vast and rugged landscape holds a unique place in British life. Windermere is the largest body of fresh water in England, and Scafell Pike the highest mountain. There's incredible wildlife too, and a strong movement to return much more of the park to its original, forested and wilder form.

But 40,000 people also live within the park's borders, most of them earning a living from tourism, hospitality and farming. What feels like a timeless and serene landscape, where Wordsworth once wandered among the daffodils, is actually a complex and fascinating living environment, with competing interests impacted by issues like environmentalism, the decline of traditional industries, and soaring house prices.

Over three episodes, Simon will use the Lake District as a springboard to explore the fascinating and remote county it sits in. Stretching from Lancashire to the Scottish Borders, Cumbria is a unique and beautiful county which can sometimes feel cut off, and ignored by the rest of the country. It's a place of genuine extremes, where the world's largest nuclear processing facility looks out on one of the biggest offshore wind farms in Europe, and is home to proud industrial towns like Barrow.

Following his success in uncovering hidden Cornwall, in this series Simon will meet the people of Cumbria in all their variety, from submarine workers to hill farmers and, with his trademark mix of warmth and humour, bring the Sunday night audience revealing new insights into a part of Britain we all thought we knew.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve is produced by The Garden Productions for BBC Two. It is written and presented by Simon Reeve, Executive Produced by Sam Bagnall and Series Produced and Directed by Chris Mitchell. The Commissioning Editor for BBC Current Affairs is Gian Quaglieni.



Interview with Simone Reeve

Why the Lake District?

The Lake District in Cumbria is a part of the world we think we know so well, where there's a very simple picture-postcard image with hills and lakes and forests, and we wanted to try and give people a few surprises about this area and find stories people haven't heard before. I knew a little bit about it already, but I still thought it was an area that I'd love to rediscover and learn about.

Also, I tend to go on foreign exotic adventures, and as global travel wasn't possible during lockdown we wanted to find somewhere fascinating and beautiful, closer to home. And my goodness, the Lake District certainly delivers on that.

Were you disappointed to be going to the Lake District instead of somewhere exotic abroad?

Not at all. I can go on a journey in my own country and see somewhere completely spectacular, be surprised by the landscapes, inspired by the people and frankly, astonished by some of their stories.

Have you been to the Lake District before?

I've been maybe a dozen times over the years but never really scratched the surface. I wouldn't say I knew it well. As soon as I started filming I realised I knew nothing, but that's the whole beauty of these journeys. I learned so much.

What was the most surprising thing you learnt about The Lake District?

I thought of the Lake District as being quite cut off from the rest of the country and actually, it has the key elements to life going forward in the UK. They're producing huge amounts of energy - that we all rely on - just off the coastline in some of the world's biggest offshore wind farms, and the farming in the Lake District, these are all really important for the country. More than anything it was the people of Cumbria who were a joy and a surprise. I hope we celebrate that in this series.

I felt like I was in a sci-fi film because off the coast of Cumbria, is the energy coast, where you've got the second biggest offshore wind farm on planet earth. It looks like you've gone through a portal to the future, slightly offshore and slightly out of sight as a result, but we don't really realise what's been going on. These enormous areas have been converted into creating renewable energy.

What do you think viewers will find surprising?

If we can still give people a few surprises on their own island, that's a good thing. During the series, I get into situations where one minute I'm with a young sheep farmer, the next I'm experiencing a live-fire police training facility, and then I'm river re-wiggling. There are some proper extremes and it was great to capture on film.

Did the journey change your opinion of the Lake District?

My preconceptions before filming this was just the landscape really, just the stereotypes. I didn't see the people living there. I really didn't know much at all about the wider county of Cumbria. And am I ashamed of that? Not really. I think everybody has preconceptions and stereotypes about places and maybe we can all have a bit of a limited gaze. Quite understandably, our focus as visitors is of those views in The Lake District, and we don't necessarily think of it as being a place where people live and work. We don't think about Cumbria around it.

The biggest surprises for me came just north of the town of Barrow along the coast, where there is this incredible land of enormous, towering sand dunes which is still part of the National Park. You would think you were in another more exotic country, you wouldn't think you're inside the Lake District National Park and just on our own coastline.

Did you learn anything new?

Oh, so much. I hadn't fully understood what Sellafield - the most contaminated and toxic industrial site in Europe - actually is. And it's on the coast of Cumbria, just a short drive from the National Park. We were allowed to see parts of Sellafield that have never been filmed before, and it was a proper spine-chilling experience to go into the heart of this contaminated zone. I found it otherworldly and surreal, combined with the knowledge that you are basically inside a place with elements of Chernobyl about it. But it was a fascinating place to visit.

I also hadn't adequately realised how the landscape of the Lake District has been shaped by humans for such a long time, it is a precious human landscape and it's an industrial landscape. Farmers have shaped the land over hundreds and perhaps thousands of years, and they deserve respect and a lot of gratitude for that, because it's partly how we've fed and clothed Britain. It's really important we remember that.

As a nation, we should acknowledge the debt we owe to farmers but also work out what we want them to do going forward, for the future of our countryside and so they farm and produce our food in a sustainable and responsible way. Hearing their stories, I think they showed another side because their voices aren't often heard in the whole debate and we need to recognise that we don't just want to turf the farmers out and let everything go to rewilding.

I also hadn't fully appreciated just how hundreds and hundreds of miles of British rivers have been artificially straightened over the centuries. Rivers don't run straight. But we straightened them so that we could drain the land for farming and to grow more food. However that's been a catastrophe for biodiversity. That also means water flows really quickly. And that's part of the reason why some areas like Carlisle, for example, experience flooding. It turns out thousands of miles of British rivers have been artificially straightened, and there's now an increasing move towards 're-wiggling' them, to reduce flooding and increase biodiversity.

How did you find your encounters with the people you met along the way?

I think one of the most inspiring encounters I had was with an 18 year-old young farmer, called Angus, whose parents had passed away rather tragically rather close together and he's been left running a 1,500 acre farm, all on his own. He's helped by a couple of even younger teenage friends from school.

Angus is an amazing, incredible, standout character. I thought he was a really impressive young man who has been left with an astonishing responsibility and is trying to try to rise to a very difficult challenge. And this lad, Angus, was dealing with it so calmly and his friends were cracking on with him as well. I was so impressed by him and by them. It made me think back to when I was his age, how impossible that situation would have been for me and what a credit he was to his family and somebody who gave me real hope for the future. He and his friends are capable of such amazing feats. They're so magnificent. He was a really standout character for me who will stick in my mind for a long time - so young, so brilliant and I felt really privileged to have met them and to see what they're doing. I just thought, this is part of the future of Britain.

Can you share any other personal highlights from filming the series?

I loved going for a wild swim in Buttermere, which felt like the coldest Lake on planet Earth but it's definitely one of the hidden jewels of the Lake District. I properly felt the chill doing that. But I loved it. It was a beautiful thing to do, in a place that felt it was created for a movie!

What new insights do you hope to bring to viewers about the Lake District?

Hopefully people will realise that actually, human beings live there - it's not just a tourist theme park. There are stories about the lives being lived, farmers who struggle to have an existence there. It is one of the hardest areas of the country to farm high in the fells. Hopefully people will be more sympathetic to the struggles of our farmers by watching the programmes.

We travelled up the coast of Cumbria, to the other side of the National Park - a part of the country that doesn't appear on the TV screens, that can get a little bit forgotten. There are great landscapes and stories there. There's the incredible sand dunes on the Cumbrian coast - giant ranges of sand dunes that not everybody knows about, which are actually inside the National Park. Not a lot of people know it has this coastline to it. And then beyond that, of course there's Sellafield, where people have a vague idea that something is happening but they're not sure what.

Any stand out places in the Lake District we should look out for?

Buttermere. My jaw properly dropped when we went to Buttermere, when I went for wild swim. It was so chilly in there but it was so worth it. It's so invigorating, but doing it in Buttermere, where the whole view all the way around is as good as anything you can see anywhere on the planet, is an experience I'll remember forever.

Chris and Rosie Ramsey set to host brand new comedy entertainment series

Following on from the huge success of their award-winning podcast Shagged.Married.Annoyed. (which has seen almost 90 million downloads worldwide to date), real life husband and wife duo Chris and Rosie Ramsey are bringing The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in 2022.

Made by Avalon (Taskmaster, Starstruck, Breeders, Spitting Image), this brand new six part series will see the side-splittingly honest pair being joined each week by another celebrity couple to poke fun at life; growing up, relationships, arguments, annoyances, parenting and everything in between. Plus of course, they'll be asking... What's Your Beef?

With a host of regular features and great guests too, The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show (6 x 45') promises lots of late night laughs and plenty of chances for viewers at home to get involved as well, as Chris and Rosie bring their unique brand of humour to viewers on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

Chris Ramsey said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to have a show on the BBC, slightly annoyed that my years and years hard graft and solo work did nothing to achieve me this, but the moment I get my wife involved, it happens. But hey ho, you take what you can get."

Rosie Ramsey said: "You're welcome, Chris."

Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment at the BBC said: "Chris and Rosie are one of the funniest and frankest couples I know. To have them at the helm of a brand new series packed full of very relatable, relevant issues, especially after so many people were locked down together, will be a great treat for 2022!"

The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show will debut on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in 2022.

Dermot O’Leary presents 48 Hours to Victory

Channel 4 have commissioned a brand-new three-part history series presented by Dermot O'Leary. Dermot teams up with former Royal Marine Arthur Williams & military historian Lucy Betteridge-Dyson to explore a pivotal 48 hours that led to the conclusion of three of the most famous historic moments in British history: Dunkirk, Somme, and Waterloo.

As Dermot, Arthur and Lucy put these iconic battles under the microscope they get their hands-on personal artefacts and records revealing secrets and untold stories of these critical hours – full of the triumph and tragedy of war. Arthur flies his plane over the battlefields to gain an aerial perspective and Lucy is on the ground as they deep dive into the tactics, technologies, tricks, and resources that both sides used. Dermot meets descendants and experts, and gets his hands on fascinating archive as he tells the untold stories of extraordinary heroes.  

Sacha Mirzoeff, Commissioning Editor said: 'The scale of these historical events is huge.  By focussing in on a 48 hour period it allows us to examine the time when a battle was won and lost and in that time share personal stories and particular perspectives that aren't always highlighted but are emblematic of the wider war. Dermot, Lucy and Arthur do a brilliant job of bringing this detailed history to life.'

Dermot O'Leary said: Dermot O'Leary said: 'I have always been a huge history fan,  for me it's always been about ordinary people put in extraordinary circumstances. It has been such an honour to be able to explore such important events in British history from a fresh perspective. To immerse oneself in these stories, and see how these events, even with so much time passed,  have shaped the world we live in today'

48 Hours to Victory airs on Saturday 4 December at 9pm on Channel 4

La! It’s A Sin cast reunite for a festive special of The Great British Bake Off

The cast of Channel 4's award-winning hit show It's A Sin will be reuniting this Christmas for a seasonal special of The Great British Bake Off.

Swapping the Pink Palace for an equally iconic erection, Olly Alexander; Lydia West; Nathaniel Curtis; and Shaun Dooley will enter the Bake Off tent to try their hand at some festive themed bakes.

Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood and hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas will preside over the hotly contested competition to see who on the cast knows their sieves from their spatulas in the first of two festive episodes airing on Channel 4 over the holiday period.

Celebrating the new year with another special episode is The Great Festive Bake Off. Four former bakers will return to the tent to go head to head in three seasonal challenges. Series nine bakers Kim-Joy and Jon and series 11's Hermine and Rowan will face three favourite festive challenges and find out who tops the tree as Star Baker.

The Great Christmas Bake Off and The Great Festive Bake Off will be on Channel 4 during the festive season (dates and times to be confirmed).


Thursday, 11 November 2021

Horror Channel takes off with premiere of action series AIRWOLF from Thursday 25 November

 

Horror Channel is dedicated to bringing great cult action thrillers to its audience and this trend continues with Season 1 of the 1984 US military drama series AIRWOLF, created by Donald P. Bellisario and produced over four seasons.

A renegade helicopter pilot, Stringfellow Hawke, played by Jan-Michael Vincent, is given the chance to know the whereabouts of his imprisoned brother if he conducts daring missions for a shadowy intelligence agency. Hid first mission is to go to Libya and steal back a high-technology military helicopter, code-named Airwolf, at all costs. With its riveting, high-tech, battle scenes, AIRWOLF is considered one of the best military shows in television history.

Running from 1984 until 1987, the main cast for the first three seasons also included Jan- Ernest Borgnine, and Alex Cord, with Jean Bruce Scott added as a regular in seasons two and three. David Hemmings plays a supporting role as Airwolf’s psychopathic designer, who wants control of the craft for his own evil ends.

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Q&A with Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness

Q&A with Chris Harris

How did you find the race against the Formula 1 drivers at Silverstone?

First, congratulations to the production team for getting us access to the track on an F1 weekend. That doesn't happen very often. It was magnificent to be there. They gave us three drivers who were willing and full of banter, which was great. They could have said nothing, but they were terrific fun.

Did you have a good time in Iceland?

Absolutely. I loved driving around Iceland in a blue Vauxhall Chevette. There aren't many better-looking places on the planet than Iceland. The landscape is outrageous. It reminded us that even though we love filming in the UK and we have made the best of it over the past 18 months, we need to go abroad again because Top Gear is about selling a dream and that involves travel.

Talk us through the film you made about the DMC DeLorean.

John DeLorean is one of the most interesting characters in motoring history. They recently made a big film about him, and it's 40 years since the car first went on the market. The car stars in Back to the Future. It's the most famous film car in the world, even more famous than James Bond's Aston Martin DB5. Of course, the DeLorean is a terrible car. It had flopped by the time Back to the Future came out, and that's the joke in the film. "You've made a time machine." Pause. "Out of a DeLorean!" The great sadness, of course, is that if only DeLorean could have kept the business going for another two years, it might have been the best-selling car in America because of the film.

What did you discover when you filmed at the old DeLorean factory in Belfast?

It's a remarkable story. We spoke to some engineers and people who worked on the shop floor. At that time in Northern Ireland, during the troubles, the fact that Protestants and Catholics worked together on the DeLorean Factory floor without any issues was remarkable.

How did you find it driving a DeLorean?

It's a car I've always wanted to drive because it's such a dreadful motor vehicle. Its physics is all wrong. It's one massive ego trip of a car. It's a story of an ego running out of control, which I love. The moment you get people who have proper charisma and ego and can hoodwink the government into giving them a few quid, just sit back and enjoy the results!

Why do you think these more serious stories work on Top Gear?

Each one of us has an opportunity to take a subject, and maybe deal with it without having to put on the clown shoes and be funny the whole time. Those are the pieces that earn us the right to go and muck around as a threesome. That's the light and shade of the show.

Were you daunted by the chilli challenge in the middle of nowhere?

Yes. I kept thinking, "we have got to film all day tomorrow, we're in the middle of a moor and we don't have any facilities." The next morning on that moor was a disaster. We were complaining non-stop about how we were feeling!

Why does the chemistry works so well between the three of you?

On Top Gear, you want both your co-hosts to be using one arm to hug you and the other to rabbit-punch you. That works very well with the other two because they're total idiots!

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Q&A with Paddy McGuinness


For the new series, you have made a very touching film with the stunt motorcyclist Eddie Kidd OBE…

It was great to make that because there will be kids out there who have never heard of him. He had an amazing career. Even though I'm a huge fan, I wasn't aware he had stunt doubled for James Bond and Harrison Ford. The mad thing is that, apart from the grey hair, he still looks the same. He's a very good-looking bloke. He's still got a twinkle in his eye and a naughty sense of humour. He has just spent two days trolling me. It's happening all the time!

But the celebration we did for him was tremendous. I think for his family and the stunt riders who performed it was a big moment. Eddie had no idea that he was the reason all those performers got into it. That sequence is a terrific journey. It's very cinematic and the music's great. It's a treat of a film.

Tell us about the 'hot lap' where you have to eat increasingly spicy chillies while driving round a circuit.

I'm the worst person in the world with spice. I struggle with brown sauce! It burns my lips. I know the other two lads love the old chilli and really embrace hot food. I thought 'I'm not going to get anywhere here,' so I just sat back and watched them hurt themselves internally! And very amusing it was, too!

Did you feel stressed when you had to drive in front of a full grandstand at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix weekend?

Yes. There was pressure all day long. The producers were saying 'you've only got an hour here. You've got to be off the track at the end of that, and not do this and not do that'. The pressure built up and up. We all had our cars for a couple of days beforehand. Driving around then was no problem. But when we go onto the track, the pressure suddenly kicked in...

Do you have a favourite moment from this series?

It was definitely the chilli challenge. That's the most we've laughed this series. It's a shame, because you don't see most of that on the telly!

Why do you think you work so well together as a trio?

Our chemistry comes naturally. You watch a lot of shows and people are striving for that chemistry. But it either happens or it doesn't, and from the off it just happened for us without even trying. Even when we were messing about together before we had even filmed an episode, it was insane. Nothing is off limits with us. We have a great laugh off camera, as well as on it. I think that's why it's been such a success - because people believe us. Long may it continue!