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Sunday, 27 February 2022

COMPETITION: Win Hidden Assets on DVD

Hidden Assets on DVD  - Released from 7th March

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

Discover exhilarating international crime-thriller Hidden Assets currently keeping viewers gripped with its BBC Four transmission. This gritty Irish noir is set to receive its DVD and digital release from Acorn Media International on 7 March 2022. 

When a raid of an Irish drug dealer’s home upends a bag of rough diamonds supplied by a seemingly untraceable source, it quickly becomes clear that Detective Berry has a high stakes case on her hands.  Delve into Hidden Assets to discover a hidden gem. 

Pre-Order from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3C0Fw1U

For your chance to win just answer the question below.


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 14-03-22
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.

Saturday, 26 February 2022

BBC Three's The Drop - Celebrity Guest Judges Announced

Joining the previously announced panel of judges, Miguel, Blondey and Marc Jacques Burton, alongside host Clara Amfo, these special guests will provide their industry knowledge and expertise to the nine budding creatives throughout the series.

The Drop is a new entertainment format for BBC Three that will invite nine of Britain's most promising up-and-coming creatives to enter their streetwear brand into a life-changing competition. Filmed in Manchester, the series will capture the cultural synergy between fashion, music, sport, celebrity and business and provide one individual with a life-changing prize.

Asim Chaudhry, comedian, writer and actor
Asim Chaudhry says: "When asked to be a guest in The Drop, I just had to say yes. Getting to meet some of the UK's young and upcoming designers was a great experience."

Dan TDM, YouTuber
Dan TDM says: "It was a lot of fun meeting the creatives as a guest on The Drop. They had some awesome ideas and I can't wait for viewers to see what they came up with."

Dogger, UK skateboarder
Dogger says: "I was delighted to be invited on the show as a guest judge. I've always been someone who cares about what I wear when I'm skateboarding or when I'm on stage so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to give my two cents to some of the UK's up and coming fashion designers."

Ella Eyre, singer-songwriter
Ella Eyre says: "I love streetwear, it's all I wear! So, I was super excited to be a guest judge on The Drop. I had so much fun seeing some incredible young designers bring their fresh ideas to life."

Headie One, rapper and singer
Headie One says: "It was great to see the designs of the creatives in The Drop and get to judge their pieces. The designs I saw were fresh, dynamic and things I would consider buying myself."

Jeremy Lynch, footballer and content creator
Jeremy Lynch says: 'It was a pleasure to be asked to appear as a guest judge on The Drop. Miguel, Clara, Blondey and Dan were a joy to meet & work with. Looking forward to seeing the show drop!"

JME, Grime MC and producer
JME says: "I enjoy fashion that makes me think and is outside of the box, which is why I was up for being a guest judge on The Drop alongside Miguel, Marc, Blondey and Clara. There were some memorable pieces from the creatives that really stood out and caught my attention."

Kimberly Wyatt, singer and Pussycat Dolls star

Mahalia, singer-songwriter
Mahalia says: "I really enjoyed being a part of The Drop. Fashion is a passion of mine so it was great to see how passionate the creatives were about their creations. I can't wait for everyone to see to see them too!"

Nayna McIntosh, founder and CEO of Hope Fashion
Nayna McIntosh says: "Working with this group of young and talented entrepreneurs [for The Drop] was hugely exciting. Operating in a more sustainable way is not for negotiation, and their creativity and drive towards this is extremely inspiring to see. For that alone, they must be applauded."

Roman Kemp, radio host and TV personality
Roman Kemp says: "I really enjoyed being a guest judge in this exciting competition, especially alongside Miguel, Marc and Blondey. It's great to be part of a show where young people can express themselves and it's really fun seeing what each of the talented creatives brought to the table. There were definitely some things I would wear myself!"

Savannah Keenan, UK skateboarder
Savannah Keenan says: "As a skater who also really enjoys fashion it was interesting to be part of the show and see the way in which each of the designers interpreted skater style and attempted to put together what they believed to be a suitable outfit."

Wretch 32, rapper, singer and songwriter
Wretch 32 says: "Style is the window to one's character that adds an extra layer to one's confidence
I'm happy to be a part of the show and was pleased to meet the future of UK's design."

Roisin and Joe The Gogglescots: The New Scottish Goggleboxers

Joe is 25 years old, and Roisin is 23 years old. They've been together for four years and reside at Joe's family house in Glasgow, where they moved in together at the start of the lockdown.

Roisin enjoys shopping, dressing up, and socialising with her pals. Joe enjoys video games, baking pizza, and spending time with Roisin.

Last night Roisin and Joe were seen for the first time on Gogglebox, where Britain's sharpest armchair reviewers have been viewing Love Is Blind, Starstruck, Cheaters, and Celebrity Help! It's Haunted in My House, Breaking Dad, Teen First Dates, Sunday Morning, and BBC News are all shows hosted by Bradley and Barney Walsh.

Will Joe and Riosin become big stars? Time will tell

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Jane Seymour's 'Harry Wild' a brand new Acorn TV Original Series Debuts on 4th April 2022


London - February 24, 2022 - Acorn TV today revealed the official trailer for murder mystery thriller series Harry Wild starring Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), who also serves as a co-executive producer on the show. The Acorn TV Original series will make its debut with two episodes on Monday, April 4 on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streamer devoted to British and international television in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Two new episodes of the eight-episode series will follow weekly every Monday through April 25th, 2022.

Jane Seymour stars as Harriet “Harry” Wild, a retiring university literature professor who is finding herself at one of life’s crossroads. Jolted from a mugging, she reluctantly agrees to recover in the home of her son, Charlie (Kevin Ryan, Guilt, Copper), a senior police detective. Harry starts to interfere in a particularly baffling murder case Charlie is investigating when she notices the murder shares striking similarities to an obscure Elizabethan play. When her path crosses that of her mugger, Fergus Reid (Rohan Nedd, Whitstable Pearl), Harry sees great potential in the troubled teen and, instead of turning him in, enlists him as her sidekick. Following her successful, albeit ill-advised, involvement in the case, Harry discovers a new lust for life. She and Fergus quickly find new mysteries, including ones that involve a fledgling serial killer with a Dostoevsky fixation, gamblers running snuff games, and a wealthy Dublin matriarch strangled during a video call. Harry’s new passion brings her into direct conflict with Charlie, who could really do without his mother causing trouble at work. Stuart Graham (The Fall, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Amy Huberman (Finding Joy, Striking Out) also co-star.

A Dynamic Television Production, Harry Wild is executive produced by Dan March, Klaus Zimmermann, James Gibb, James Flynn, Morgan O’Sullivan, David McLoughlin, Jane Seymour, David Logan, Jo Spain, Bea Tammer, Catherine Mackin, Claus Wunn and Frank Seyberth. Acorn Media Enterprises and ZDF co-produce. Created and written by David Logan.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Bloods season 2 - First look trailer

Sky has released the first look trailer for the second season of the critically acclaimed original comedy Bloods, which premieres on Sky Comedy and NOW on March 16th. In the day-to-day life-saving world of an emergency service, Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks reprise their roles as South London's finest wacky dream team Wendy and Maleek, along with their paramedic colleagues.

The ten-episode series was created for Sky by BAFTA award-winning Roughcut TV (Stath Lets Flats, People Just Do Nothing, Cuckoo) in collaboration with Sky Studios and will air in two five-part drops.

The second season introduces a new source of friction for Wendy and Maleek in the form of Wendy's obnoxious son, Spencer (Nathan Foad). Katherine Kelly (Innocent, Liar) joins the cast as the acting therapist and listening ear at the ambulance station. Jo's crush on Lawrence is revealed this season, Darrel and Darryl are on the verge of divorce, and Gary and Kareshma become emotionally involved with a patient, so a counsellor could be just what the team needs!

Lucy Punch (Motherland) and Julian Barratt (Mighty Boosh) return as the show's exuberant station head Jo and sad widower Lawrence, respectively. Gary and Kareshma, paramedics with radically opposed professional outlooks, are played by Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey) and Aasiya Shah (Raised By Wolves), respectively, and Kevin Garry (Ted Lasso) are played by Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey) and Aasiya Shah (Raised By Wolves).

Bloods Season 2 will launch Wednesday 16 March on Sky Comedy and NOW.

Stonehouse, starring Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes - Coming soon to ITV

The life and times of disgraced Labour minister John Stonehouse will be dramatised for ITV by writer John Preston and Matthew Macfadyen, in the lead role and Keeley Hawes (Honour, It's A Sin) co-starring as Stonehouse's wife Barbara.

Stonehouse, a high-flying member of Harold Wilson's Government, vanished from the beach of a large luxury hotel in Florida in November 1974, leaving a neatly folded pile of clothes as he swam into the sea, intent on faking his own death. The three-part drama is directed by BAFTA-nominated Jon S. Baird (Stan & Ollie, Vinyl, Filth) with BritBox International as co-production partners.

Matthew Macfadyen:
"What happened to John Stonehouse is the stuff of legend.  I've always been intrigued by what motivated him to fake his own death, and leave behind the family he loved and doted upon and a promising political career. John Preston's script truly captures the man and his colourful life and I'm looking forward to taking on his character."

As a stunned public and media assumed he had drowned or been eaten by sharks, the MP for Walsall North left behind his loving wife Barbara and three small children.

Stonehouse had charmed Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Labour stalwarts from an early stage in his parliamentary career, radiating charm and bursting with confidence. He came from a working-class family, graduated from the London School of Economics, served in the Royal Air Force during WWII, and seemed like the perfect fit for a career in politics.

As the storey progresses, it becomes clear that his image as a dedicated family man was a lie, as he'd had an extramarital romance with his secretary, Sheila Buckley, and worked as a spy for the Czech Secret Service.

His complex financial status and relationships eventually took their toll, with Stonehouse deliberately stealing the identity of a recently deceased constituent. Stonehouse applied for a passport in the dead man's name and began to weave an elaborate conspiracy, seeking a new life in Australia. But his plans soon turned sour as Stonehouse was arrested by Australian police who had been under the mistaken impression that he was the fugitive peer Lord Lucan.

Brought back to the UK by Scotland Yard detectives, Stonehouse found that he was crucial to keeping the Labour government in power with its wafer-thin majority.

The drama will also star Emer Heatley (Showtrial) as Stonehouse's mistress Sheila Buckley, Kevin R McNally (The Crown, Unforgotten) as Harold Wilson, Dorothy Atkinson (All Creatures Great and Small, Mum) as Betty Boothroyd and Igor Grabuzov (Voskresenskiy, No Looking Back).

‘In The Footsteps of Killers’ - 6 more episodes to come

Channel 4 has ordered six more episodes from 'GamesMaster' independent Alaska for their successful 10pm series 'in the footsteps of killers.' Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson appear in the series, which will return to investigate a new set of unsolved killings.

The first series was split into three parts and shown at 10 p.m., with a total audience of over 1,000,000. Many of the cases in this second series were recommended by people who had watched the first season and asked Emilia and David for assistance in spotlighting instances that were important to them.

Criminologist Dr Graham Hill will also be joining for the new run.

Ian Lamarra, Creative Director Alaska said: "It is always great for a smaller indie to get a returning brand. This commission is all the more exciting in that the first run achieved such a reaction that many cases in series 2 are based on viewer response. At a time when PSBs are being scrutinised, things like this underline their unique and important position."

Monday, 21 February 2022

COMPETITION: Win Acceptable Risk on DVD

Acceptable Risk on DVD  - Released from 28th February

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

Acceptable Risk is the tantalising six-part drama where we first meet tenacious detective Emer.

When Sarah Manning’s (Elaine Cassidy - No Offence) husband, Lee, is murdered while on business in Montreal, her busy high-end life in Dublin quickly tailspins. Fond memories give way to alarming questions and Sarah soon realises that she knows little about her husband’s past, or his job at a powerful international pharmaceutical company...Detective Emer Byrne (Angeline Ball) is brought in to uncover the truth, and as she ruthlessly investigates, she soon upends a web of devastation, deception and lies. As danger mounts, Sarah begins to suspect that Lee’s murder is connected to the death of her first husband. Did both men know a terrible secret that got them killed? 

Pre-Order from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3LO8F4z

For your chance to win just answer the question below.


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 07-03-22
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 The Responder on Blu-ray - Starring Martin Freeman

The Responder on DVD and Blu-ray  - Released from 28th February

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

Hot on the heels of its TV premiere, The Responder has quickly become one of the most popular and highly acclaimed police dramas of recent times, and will soon be available to own.

Chris (BAFTA and Emmy award winner Martin Freeman) drives a frontline response vehicle in his fragmented home town of Liverpool. Night after night he faces crime, violence and addiction on the streets, whilst battling against personal demons that threaten to destabilise his work, his marriage and his mental health. When Chris is forced to take on new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo), both soon discover that survival in this high-pressure, relentless, twilight world depends on them either helping or destroying each other.

Dazzler Media presents the critically acclaimed and powerful police drama The Responder on Blu-ray, DVD & Download-to-Own from 28th February

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

For your chance to win just answer the question below.


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 07-03-22
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.

Saturday, 19 February 2022

Our House - first look trailer for this edge-of-your-seat thriller

ITV have today released the official first look trailer for a brand new highly anticipated thriller Our House, coming this March to ITV.

Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey, Shadowplay, War and Peace) and Martin Compston (Line of Duty, The Nest, In Plain Sight) play estranged husband and wife Fi and Bram Lawson as Rupert Penry-Jones (The Drowning, Whitechapel, The Last Weekend) takes the role of enigmatic Toby.

Also part of the cast are Weruche Opia (I May Destroy You,) as Fi's best friend and neighbour Merle, and Buket Komur (Honour) as the mysterious and alluring Wendy.

The four part drama is adapted by Simon Ashdown from the international best-selling novel and produced by Red Planet Pictures.

Our House is due to air this March on ITV

Cast revealed for Steven Knight’s Great Expectations for the BBC

Olivia Colman is set to star in the BBC and FX's six-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, from Academy Award nominee and Bafta award winning writer Steven Knight.

The stellar cast will feature Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham and Fionn Whitehead as Pip, alongside Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Matt Berry.

The orphan Pip's coming-of-age narrative is told in Great Expectations. It was first published as a series of weekly chapters by Charles Dickens in December 1860, before being published as a novel later that year.

Doc Martin will hang up his stethoscope for the final time.

Martin Clunes returns to Cornwall in the last series of the phenomenally successful ITV show Doc Martin to reprise his role as the nation's favourite grumpy surgeon.

Martin Clunes will play as Dr. Martin Ellingham, a brusque general practitioner with a blood phobia, in eight new episodes of the popular drama produced by Buffalo Pictures and set in the picturesque hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

Buffalo Pictures has announced that a Christmas special will be produced to bid farewell to Doc Martin.

Picturesque Port Isaac provides the beautiful backdrop for the series, with all the regular members of the cast reprising their roles.

Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin's wife, Louisa Ellingham, who resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling.

Also returning for the finale are Dame Eileen Atkins who plays Doc Martin's formidable Aunt Ruth. Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is PC Joe Penhale, Jessica Ransom is the doctor's receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell is pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

After having his medical career scrutinised by the General Medical Council because of his blood fear, Doc opted to leave as Portwenn's GP at the end of the previous series.

The Doc makes efforts to conquer his anxiety in this final series, and begins to question whether resigning was the correct option. He and Louisa have recently welcomed a newborn daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who will be a sibling to James Henry, who is four years old.

Because Louisa is pursuing her new job as a child therapist at his former practise, the Doc is left holding the infant and mending clocks on the kitchen table. But does he really want to go back to his previous job?

Martin Clunes:
"I have loved going to Cornwall to make Doc Martin over the last 18 years, and I have looked forward to returning to this beautiful county this year for the tenth and final series. The people of Cornwall, and Port Isaac in particular, have always been so helpful to us when we are making the series. We have some great story lines for the new series, and for the Christmas special, which I hope Doc Martin fans will love. I shall miss Cornwall, and all the lovely people we have worked with. But it is the right time to say farewell to the Doc, and Portwenn."

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

The Witchfinder - First look image and casting for new BBC comedy

The Witchfinder is a BBC Two original comedy about a witchfinder and his suspect on a road trip through an England ravaged by civil war, starvation, and pestilence.

Joining the ensemble alongside the previously announced Tim Key and Daisy May Cooper are Jessica Hynes (Spaced, W1A), Daniel Rigby (Landscapers, Flowers), Tuwaine Barrett (Blue Story, The Personal History of David Copperfield), Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9, The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, Mindhorn), Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family, Cracker), Rosie Cavaliero (Hunderby, Peep Show), Cariad Lloyd (Murder in Successville, Peep Show), Ellie White (The Other One, Stath Lets Flats), Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It, Gentleman Jack), Joplin Sibtain (Avenue 5, White Gold), Allan Mustafa (People Just Do Nothing, The Curse), Seb Cardinal (Cardinal Burns, This Time with Alan Partridge) and Dan Skinner (Shooting Stars, The Angelos Epithemiou Show).

The year is 1645, and there is widespread dread of witches. Puritanical Christianity, ingrained superstition, and a willingness to scapegoat outsiders have combined to create a tinderbox of distrust in which few people are safe. Witchfinding has thrived in this climate, as self-proclaimed witch specialists gain hero status by probing charges of witchcraft and eliciting confessions.

In 1640s East Anglia, a failing witchfinder (Tim Key) carries a suspected witch (Daisy May Cooper) to a trial that could change his life forever. His captive, however, is the worst imaginable travel companion: an inquisitive, unrefined lady whose ability to pierce his pomposity and ask difficult questions transforms a routine voyage into a life-altering ordeal.

Coming Soon

Here We Go coming to BBC One in 2022

Following the success of Comedy Playhouse, Here We Go (6 x 30') returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for a full season, starring Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd), Jim Howick (Ghosts), Tom Basden (After Life), Freya Parks (School's Out Forever), and Tori Allen-Martin (London Kills).

Here We Go, written by Tom Basden and produced by BBC Studios Comedy Productions, follows the Jessop family as they face a variety of life's challenges, including changing careers, maintaining a marriage's romance, adopting a healthier lifestyle, kidnapping a dog, destroying a swimming pool, and sabotaging a wedding.

After filming his family's tragic attempt to carve out a holiday in the midst of the epidemic in the 2020 debut episode, the series follows Sam, the Jessop family's youngest son, throughout the year. Moving back and forth in time, each episode presents a personal, perceptive, and humorous portrait of a modern British family doing its best to support one another, while inadvertently irritating everyone else.

Despite the fact that nothing goes as planned for the Jessops, their tenacious spirit sees them find unexpected joy in the midst of disappointment and laugh in the face of calamity, offering a plethora of humorous moments for viewers to enjoy.

Tom Basden says: "I'm delighted to be bringing the Jessop family to BBC One this year. Hopefully their spectacular failures will make the rest of us feel a bit better about ourselves."

E4’s Celebrity Cooking School - "Celebrity" line up revealed

Kerry Katona, Toby Aromolaran, Stevo The Madman, Sam Thompson, Zeze Millz, Laura Tott, Maeva D'Ascanio, Shaun Ryder, Paul Chowdhry and Kim Woodburn are your "celebrities" for Celebrity Cooking School.

Melvin Odoom, the radio and TV personality, is ready to unleash a brand-new gastronomic feast on E4 and All 4, as ten self-proclaimed "horrendous" home cooks compete in a gourmet competition series unlike any other.

Celebrity Cooking School (w/t) (8X60') tests whether any of our celeb cooks can be turned around when schooled by one of the best in the culinary business. All that most of the celebs will know about food to start with is how to order it, but working solo and matched in pairs, an intensive cookery crash course will have them sweating it out in the kitchen, as they hilariously tackle a series of complex cooking challenges well beyond their ability – leading to chaos in the kitchen.

They'll need to master crucial cookery techniques and gain confidence if they're to be crowned 'Best in Class' at the end of the series.  But if they don't impress, they'll get an F for Fail and leave the school for good.

Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli, who believes he can teach anybody to cook, will train and judge the celebrities. Poppy O'Toole, a Michelin-trained chef and TikTok star, will be assisting him in his endeavour. Along with Poppy, Locatelli will not only be determining who remains and who goes, but he will also be teaching the stars how to prepare and present world-class cuisine. However, when the celebrities try their hardest to impress their teacher, it isn't long before he realises he has his work cut out for him with these celebrity chefs.

Coming to E4 and All 4 later in 2022.

Monday, 14 February 2022

Filming begins on new BBC One Drama Blue Lights

Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson created and wrote Blue Lights, which follows three rookie police officers working in Belfast, which is a very dangerous area to be a cop. It was created with help from Northern Ireland Screen as part of their ongoing partnership with the BBC with Two Cities Television.

Siân Brooke (Sherlock, Good Omens), Martin McCann (Marcella, Sentinel), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude), Katherine Devlin (The Dig, Vikings) and newcomer Nathan Braniff will lead the cast alongside John Lynch (Tin Star, The Fall), Jonathan Harden (Time, Unforgotten) and Valene Kane (The Fall, Gangs of London).

Grace (Siân Brooke), a mother of a teenage kid, has left her secure profession as a social worker in her forties to join the Northern Ireland Police Service. She straddles the narrow line between the personal and the professional, having previously worked in social care. It's the greatest bet she's ever taken, and only a few weeks in, she's already making so many errors that her decision no longer appears to be a good one.

Annie (Katherine Devlin), who is concerned that her chosen route may require her to leave everything she's ever known behind, and Tommy (Nathan Braniff), who is determined to prove himself while being disastrously bad at the practical side of frontline work, are among her other fellow rookies.

All three are new police officers in their probation period with the PSNI, the odds are at least one of them isn't going to last. The pressure is immense, but if they succumb to it, they won't survive. Often the rookie officers don't know the extent of the peril they are in, or who they can trust. What's it like to have to hide your job from neighbours, friends and even family? How do you distinguish between who needs your help and who wants you dead simply because of the uniform you wear?

Siân Brooke says: "I am so thrilled to be playing Grace in Blue Lights. There is something incredibly special that Declan and Adam have crafted in these scripts and I was hooked from the very first page. Belfast is the beating heart of this piece and it's a city I've been wanting to work in for a long time."

Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson say: "Every writer wants to explore their own place, and their own society as authentically and as honestly as they can. We feel enormously grateful to BBC drama for letting us do that with Blue Lights. And to do it with a cast boasting so much new and established talent makes it even more exciting."

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy a coming to BBC Two

The six-part documentary follows Academy Award contender Stanley Tucci as he travels across Italy in search of the country's various cuisines' secrets and delights.

Tucci explores a different province or city in Italy in each episode, demonstrating viewers how the diversity of Italian cooking provides a window into Italy's history and culture. He comes with a voracious hunger for everything, from Rome's sumptuous creamy carbonara to Sicily's wonderful simplicity in pasta alla Norma, Milan's saffron-infused silkiness in risotto, and Naples' world-class pizza.

Stanley Tucci says: "It has been a dream of mine to make this show for many years and a great joy to make it with CNN and RAW. I am so honoured that it has been acquired by the esteemed BBC."

Jo Lapping, Head of Factual Acquisition, BBC, says: "We're excited to take viewers on an unforgettable journey with the fantastic Stanley Tucci across a country renowned for its incredible food – it's a brilliantly entertaining and mouth-watering experience we know viewers will enjoy."

Friday, 11 February 2022

First look trailer for high-stakes financial thriller Devils series 2

Devils, the high-stakes Sky Original financial thriller starring Alessandro Borghi and Patrick Dempsey set to debut in Spring on Sky Atlantic

Devils is a gripping power drama set in the realm of global banking, created by Sky Italia, Lux Vide with Big Light Productions in association with Sky Studios, Orange Studio, and OCS and aired in all Sky countries. NBCUniversal Global Distribution is in charge of international sales, and the series has been sold in more than 160 countries.

The protagonists of Guido Maria Brera's bestseller The Devils (published by Rizzoli) are back for an eight-part second series that continues the story of the silent but devastating financial war that has afflicted the Western world over the last decade through fragments of reality interwoven with fictional characters. Money is the most powerful weapon in this clandestine struggle.

Along with the two leads - Alessandro Borghi as Massimo Ruggero, who was appointed CEO of the New York-London Investment Bank at the end of the first series, and Patrick Dempsey as Dominic Morgan, one of the most powerful figures in international finance - the returning cast also includes Malachi Kirby (The Race – Corsa mortale, Radici), Pia Mechler (Everything Is Wonderful), and Paul Chowdhry (Live at the Apollo, Swinging Daniel Duval, the founder of Subterranea, is played by Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing, Sherlock, House of Cards).

Series 2 will see the regular cast joined by Li Jun Li (Damages, Minority Report, Wu Assassins) who plays Wu Zhi, the new Head of Trading of NYL, Joel de la Fuente (Law & Order, The Man in the High Castle) as Cheng Liwei, a new member of the Board and Clara Rosager (The Rain, Il concorso) as Nadya Wojcik, Dominic's brilliant new protégé.

Devils Series 2 Synopsis
2016, Brexit is just around the corner and Trump is fiercely striving to be elected President of the United States. It's been 4 years since Massimo Ruggero successfully thwarted Dominic Morgan's plan against the Euro and despite paying a high personal price, Massimo has decided to remain CEO of NYL. Increasingly challenged by the board, Massimo has decided to pursue a policy of pro-Chinese acquisitions, bringing in new investors and team members from China. But it is his old mentor Dominic Morgan who reappears and warns him: the new Chinese partners are ready to betray him to wage a silent war between China and the US for the technological control of the data of millions of people. Massimo will have to team up with Dominic if he wants to fight on the right side. Who should Massimo believe? A question that, between social media platforms, Bitcoins and 5G, will take him up to 2020: in the midst of the global pandemic, Massimo will finally have to choose which side to take.

First look trailer for new action thriller The Lazarus Project

The Lazarus Project (8X60') a riveting and gripping 8-part action thriller from acclaimed writer Joe Barton (Giri/Haji). The Lazarus Project is a timely and affecting exploration of the desire to take charge of your own fate.

Starring Anjli Mohindra (Vigil, Bodyguard), Tom Burke (Strike, War and Peace, Mank), Caroline Quentin (Dickensian, Bridgerton), Rudi Dharmalingam (Wakefield, The Split) and Charly Clive (Pure) also star.

George (Essiedu) feels he's lost his mind when he wakes up one day and finds himself reliving a day from months earlier. All of his recent accomplishments, including his professional success and his marriage to the love of his life, Sarah, have been undone (Clive). Worst of all, he appears to be the only one who is aware of what has occurred.

That is, until he meets Archie (Mohindra), who recruits George for the Lazarus Project, a covert organisation that has harnessed the capacity to turn back time whenever the planet is in peril. Those who work at Lazarus, like George, are among the few people on the planet who can remember the events that are undone as time travels backwards. George attempts to prevent global catastrophe alongside comrades Archie, standoffish Shiv (Dharmalingam), and their steely leader Wes (Quentin), including tracking down the formidable Rebrov (Burke), a wanted criminal intent on detonating a nuclear bomb and destroying the planet.

Then someone close to George is injured in a bizarre accident. Unless there is a threat of world extinction, Lazarus will not allow him turn back time to undo it. Now George must decide whether to remain loyal or go rogue, as he must answer the question: if you had the power to change your past, what would you sacrifice to do so...?

The Lazarus Project is a gripping television series that speaks directly to our uncertain times and our need to control what we can't manage. It's a heartfelt tale of love and fate set within a gripping, fast-paced action thriller that will keep audiences on the tip of their seats, all with Joe Barton's characteristic dark humour.

The Lazarus Project will air on Sky Max and NOW in April 2022.

First look at Sky original drama The King

Brand new for 2022, Sky today revealed the official trailer for The King, a high-stakes prison drama starring Luca Zingaretti. The eight-part Italian series directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi (1992, 1993, 1994, Non Uccidere) will air on Sky Atlantic and TV streaming service NOW in April.

Luca Zingaretti is cast as notorious jail boss Bruno Testori, who runs the San Michele penitentiary by his own set of rules. While Testori's life outside the jail may have gone awry, he reigns supreme as 'The King' within San Michele. Testori always follows the principles of his own skewed and opaque morals, being ruthless with those who deserve it and unexpectedly kind with others. Bruno will have to battle the most arduous of conflicts when the kingdom is on the verge of collapsing due to impending peril.

Joining the cast alongside Luca Zingaretti is Isabella Ragonese (Lei mi parla ancora, Rocco Schiavone, Il padre d'Italia), as a prison police agent of San Michele, Anna Bonaiuto (Loro, Napoli velata, Mio fratello è figlio unico), who plays the role of the Public Prosecutor investigating the network of illegal activity, Barbora Bobulova (Scialla!, Cuori puri, Cuore sacro), the former wife of Testori and Giorgio Colangeli (Il divo, Speravo de morì prima, Un posto sicuro) playing Laccarino, a prison warden and loyal friend of Bruno Testori.

Kym Marsh to join BBC One’s Waterloo Road

As filming for the highly anticipated BBC One school drama Waterloo Road begins on set in Greater Manchester, the casting of new school employees has been revealed.

Kym Marsh (Coronation Street, The Syndicate, Morning Live) has joined the cast as Nicky Walters, a mother of two students and a school canteen worker, according to the production. Wendy Whitwell, the PA to Headteacher Kim Campbell, is played by Jo Coffey, and Lindon King, joint Deputy Head, is played by Vincent Jerome (Wonder Woman 1984, Transformers: The Last Knight), with Joe Casey, also Deputy Head, played by James Baxter.

Jamilah Omar, the school's social worker, is played by Sonia Ibrahim (Coronation Street, Whisky Cavalier), while music instructor Valerie Chambers is played by Shauna Shim (Biff, Chip & Kipper, The Worst Witch). Neil Guthrie, the school's history teacher, is played by Neil Fitzmaurice (Phoenix Nights, Peepshow). Coral Walker, the Head of English, is played by Rachel Leskovac (Coronation Street, Last Tango In Halifax), while Amy Spratt, an early career teacher, is played by Katherine Pearce (Rules of the Game, Three Girls).

Last month, Angela Griffin, who plays headmaster Kim Campbell, Adam Thomas, who plays Donte Charles, and Katie Griffiths, who plays Chlo Charles, were announced as returning cast members of Waterloo Road.

Kym Marsh says: "I'm thrilled to be joining the fabulous cast of Waterloo Road, it's such a joy to get the opportunity to film in Manchester again and I can't wait to get going!"

Hollyoaks is returning and will be streaming first

Hollyoaks, Channel 4's flagship drama, will be the first UK soap to premiere on a streaming service on a regular basis starting in March 2022, with new episodes available on All 4 prior to airing on Channel 4 and E4. New episodes will be accessible starting in the morning, allowing fans to watch them with their cereal or stream them at their leisure throughout the day, with linear broadcasts on E4 that evening and Channel 4 the next day.

This is part of a switch in strategy for Channel 4 with scripted content to be primarily commissioned to debut on All 4 before linear broadcast.

Channel 4 Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick said: "It feels like a natural step for Hollyoaks with its youthful outlook and audience to be the first UK soap to premiere new episodes on our streaming service on an ongoing basis. Our loyal audience want to get their soap fix when they want, where they want it and the series' continued popularity on All 4 proves that with this new 'stream-first' approach we are serving a much broader range of viewers, from those who want to stream, to those whose tea time ritual is kicked off with Hollyoaks each evening."

From March 2022 stream Hollyoaks first on All 4 and tune in weeknights on Channel 4 and E4.

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

The first trailer for the brand new Sky Original Funeral For A Dog has been released.

Sky today releases the official first trailer for brand new Sky Original Funeral For A Dog from Sky Deutschland, coming to Sky Atlantic and NOW from 17 March. Starring Alina Tomnikov, Friedrich Mücke, Albrecht Schuch, Ina Geraldine Guy, Daniel Sträßer and Anne Ratte-Polle, the eight-part series is produced by Flare Entertainment for Sky Studios.

The fictitious drama series, based on Thomas Pletzinger's novel Funeral For A Dog, follows journalist Daniel Mandelkern (Albrecht Schuch) as he travels to Italy for an interview with renowned writer Mark Svensson (Friedrich Mücke), who lives beside a remote lake. The fascinating narrative of Mark, his buddy Tuuli (Alina Tomnikov), and Tuuli's missing partner Felix (Daniel Sträßer) fascinates Daniel. It's the narrative of a close friendship between three people that begins in South America and continues via the Artic Circle to New York on September 11th, culminating in a tragic loss. Daniel believes he recognises these characters from Mark's work, but something isn't quite right, and as he digs more, he discovers something surprising.

Funeral For A Dog comes to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW from 17 March.

Gazza, a new documentary from BBC Factual, on Paul Gascoigne's football career and life.

Gazza tells the true story of 20 years of modern British history through archive footage and contemporary narration, as well as providing a startling new perspective on the heinous and illegal measures taken by some in the tabloid press to gain access to his private life and manipulate it for their own gain.

This dramatic series weaves together crucial footballing action and cultural milestones from the era with never-before-seen archive and intimate home movies to present a unique and personal look into Paul's life.

Paul Gascoigne says: "This is the real story of my time in football - the good and the bad of who I am - and what really happened around me. So much of this has never been seen before. It feels good to be telling my side of the story and to be working with the Western Edge Pictures team and the BBC, who have delivered this in the best way possible to my fans."

For many, Paul Gascoigne was the face of 90s Britain, captured on countless front and back page splashes; the most celebrated young footballer in the world and a newspaper editor's dream, his on field brilliance was matched only by his off-field antics. His story has been told many times before, but never like this.

As football soared in popularity, a cheeky and charming new hero of the people came along - a young, working-class footballer from Newcastle called Paul Gascoigne. He relished the riches and limelight that fame provided, but he was deeply troubled by a painful past.

At the same time, the 90s saw a fundamental shift in the British tabloid media with their efforts to capture ever larger readerships for their newspapers. This appetite created young editors and journalists whose own ambitions depended on delivering that audience, something they did by taking control of the world of celebrity.

A sporting and tabloid phenomenon, the character of 'Gazza' became a household name, frequently dominating both the front and back pages of newspapers. In the battle for readers, journalists went to increasingly extreme lengths to get the latest scoop on one of England's most controversial footballing stars. His addictions and behaviour were too often out of control and he badly hurt those around him, but he also found himself exploited by those who did not always have his best interests at heart.

Gazza is a snapshot of a crucial moment in our cultural history when the levels of fame and money in football started their exponential rise, fuelling the growing modern obsession with our sporting stars. It is also a very personal story about the intense pressures that come with this fame. Pressures which many young sports stars feel today.

For Children's Mental Health Week, the Duchess of Cambridge will read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

To commemorate Children's Mental Health Week, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, will read a CBeebies Bedtime Story (7th-13th February). To coincide with this year's subject of 'Growing Together,' the Duchess has chosen to read Jill Tomlinson's The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.

Children's Mental Health Week is a national event that highlights and recognises the mental health of children. This year, children and adults are encouraged to reflect on their emotional development, recognising that doing new things can help people move beyond their comfort zones, and that difficulties and disappointments can help them progress and adapt.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, illustrated by Paul Howard, follows the story of Plop, a baby barn owl, who is helped by others to grow in confidence and overcome his fears.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark read by The Duchess of Cambridge will air at 6.50pm, Sunday 13 February.

Friday, 4 February 2022

Deep Heat - ITV2 commissions brand new comedy

Holly (Jahannah James), a disgruntled wannabe wrestler facing the battle of a lifetime, is the star of the 6 x 30" series. Holly's mother, Pam (Pippa Haywood), is heartbroken when her brother Nick Nitro (Richard Fleeshman) poaches all of Boss Pro's top wrestlers. It appears like the North West's oldest pro-wrestling firm is doomed. But, if Holly can assemble Boss Pro's surviving gang of misfits, the company might just make it...if Pam would only let Holly wrestle herself.

We join the Boss Pro crew as they look toward a summer of slams and self-discovery – can our underdogs come together and come out on top to put on the show of a lifetime?

Deep Heat boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes: Jahannah James (The Self-Tapers), Pippa Haywood (Green Wing), Richard Fleeshman (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Paul Olima (Newcomer), Alistair Petrie (Sex Education), Max Olesker (W1A), Ivan Gonzalez (W1A), Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary), Sasha Desouza-Willock (Adult Material) and Abby Russell (Hang Ups) with guest appearances from Matt Lucas (Little Britain), John Thomson (Cold Feet), Ben Ashenden (Stath Lets Flats) and Carla Langley (There She Goes).

Louise Delamere and Stephen Mangan, Executive Producers said "We can't wait to unleash the wonderful Deep Heat on the world – a high-energy and joyous comic celebration of wrestling, glamour and tight spandex".

The second series of BBC One's smash drama Bloodlands has begun filming.

James Nesbitt (Stay Close, Cold Feet) will reprise the lead role of DCI Tom Brannick in the second instalment of the action-packed critically-acclaimed drama. Further returning cast includes Charlene McKenna (Peaky Blinders, Holding), Lorcan Cranitch (The Last Kingdom, The Dig), Lola Petticrew (Tuesday, Dating Amber) and Chris Walley (The Young Offenders, 1917).

Victoria Smurfit (Marcella, Once Upon a Time) will take on the new role of Olivia, an enigmatic widow at the centre of Brannick's latest case whose intentions may be far from innocent.

When the killing of a crooked accountant uncovers a trail of greed that threatens to reveal his true identity as legendary assassin Goliath, Tom (James Nesbitt) and the accountant's widow, Olivia (Victoria Smurfit), must stay dangerously close together. Tom and Olivia draw in Tom's fellow officers DS Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna), DCS Jackie Twomey (Lorcan Cranitch), and DC "Birdy" Bird (Chris Walley), as well as his daughter, Izzy (Lola Petticrew), as they try to solve the riddle her husband left behind, and become more and more immersed in the puzzle of each other, until deception and betrayal build to a shattering climax.

James Nesbitt says: "It's brilliant to be back filming in Northern Ireland and reunited with the gang for the second series of Bloodlands. I couldn't be happier to be welcoming Victoria to the cast, having first worked with her over 20 years ago! I can't wait for audiences to see what's next for the cunning and complex Tom Brannick."

Victoria Smurfit says: "I'm beyond excited to be joining the cast of Bloodlands and to be working with Jimmy again. I adored watching the first series!"

This Is Going To Hurt Starts on Tuesday 8 February at 9pm on BBC One

The series is based on Adam Kay's award-winning international best-selling memoir of the same name, which has sold over 2.5 million copies and been translated into 37 languages. Kay developed, wrote, and executive produced the show, which revels in the laugh-out-loud highs while depicting the gut-wrenching lows of life on a gynecology and obstetrics ward with no holds barred.

Blisteringly funny and frequently heart-breaking, This Is Going To Hurt remains a stark reminder of the vital role played by the NHS.

Kay's journals, written in private after long days, sleepless nights, and missing weekends, reveal the raw reality of life as an obstetrics and gynecology specialist. This Is Going To Hurt is a 7-episode series that follows Adam (Ben Whishaw - A Very English Scandal, Skyfall, London Spy), a doctor who is wending his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy, junior enough to suffer the crippling hours but senior enough to face a never-ending barrage of terrifying responsibilities. Adam is clinging to his personal life as he becomes increasingly stressed at work: 97-hour weeks, life-or-death decisions, and the knowledge that the hospital parking meter earns more than he does.

This Is Going To Hurt Starts on Tuesday 8 February at 9pm on BBC One