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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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".