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Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Horror Channel adds Channel premiere of FARSCAPE to Sci-Fi zone from Monday 4 April

Horror Channel is dedicated to bringing great cult sci-fi programmes to its audience and this trend continues with the Channel premiere of Season 1 of the 1999 Australian-American Sci-Fi TV series FARSCAPE, created by Rockne S, O’Bannon and produced over four seasons.

Astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder), on an experimental space mission, is accidentally hurled across the universe to the midst of an intergalactic conflict. Taken on board Moya, a huge bio-mechanoid “living ship” desperately trying to escape captivity, Crichton is trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology and hunted by a merciless military race. He is about to embark on an epic odyssey more spectacular than anything he ever imagined.

Running from 1999 until 2002, the series was produced by The Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment. Although the series was planned for five seasons, it was cancelled after production had ended on its fourth season. Co-producer Brian Henson later secured the rights to FARSCAPE, paving the way for a three-hour miniseries to wrap up the cliff-hanger, titled FARSCAPE: THE PEACEMAKER WARS

New on weekdays from Monday 4 April, 6pm *Channel Premiere

Monday, 28 March 2022

COMPETITION: Win The Good Karma Hospital: Series 1-4 on DVD


The Good Karma Hospital: Series 1-4  on DVD  - Released from 11th April

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

Synopsis: 
It’s time for a spoonful of sun-soaked TV medicine as we head back to The Good Karma Hospital and the stunning shores of Kerala, South India for a fourth series of the hit ITV drama. 

The Good Karma Hospital Series 4 arrives on DVD courtesy of Acorn Media International, alongside The Good Karma Hospital Complete Series 1 – 4 DVD Box Set on 11th April 2022. 

The Good Karma Hospital began with junior doctor Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia – Game of Thrones) travelling to Southern India in search of work and a distraction from a major heartbreak. A position at the under-resourced and over-worked Good Karma Hospital quicky envelops her and kick-starts a brand-new chapter of her life...

Three seasons later and the tirelessly working team at this trusty and thriving tropical Indian hospital is as busy as ever. The fierce and passionate Dr Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman – New Tricks) must confront her complicated past and is forced to face some home truths in order to save her boyfriend Greg (Neil Morrissey – Line of Duty), from getting deported. 

Ruby is still reeling following Gabriel’s (James Krishna Floyd – Of Kings and Prophets) shock departure. Struggling with an uncertain future, she makes some rash decisions – but must find an outlet for her rage before she loses control...

Series four sees the arrival of Frankie Martin (Raquel Cassidy – Downton Abbey) and her neurodiverse son Bobby (Connor Catchpole – Enola Holmes) who are visiting India, as well as two new docs – charismatic British Asian Dr Samir Hasan (Harki Bhambra – Call the Midwife) and Dr Nikita ‘Niki’ Sharma (Rebecca Ablack – Ginny & Georgia), a privileged and headstrong young doctor who is determined to get a taste of real life, working in a community hospital. 

As with all families, this medical family has their ups and downs, yet they are bound by duty to their patients – and love for one another. No one shift is the same, and in the face of chance encounters, new-found political enemies, deadly viruses and complex relationships – this family has a lot on their hands...

We prescribe an escape to the sunny shores of South India for The Good Karma Hospital – where you’ll receive a dose of warmth, charm, community spirit and plenty of drama.

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

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED


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1. Closing date 18-04-22
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.
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5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.


Friday, 25 March 2022

New Documentary to tell story of Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall

 

When they were competing on the Strongman circuit, Eddie 'The Beast' Hall and Hafthor 'Thor' Bjornsson were buddies. That changed in 2017, when Hafthor challenged Eddie's World's Strongest Man victory, resulting in a social media brawl.

The video chronicles the narrative of a young man who struggled with mental health concerns and realised that severe kinds of exercise was his method of dealing with it, thanks to access to Eddie and his close family and friends. It will also look at what happens when you devote your entire life to a single cause, as well as the impact this has on you and people closest to you.

Nancy Strang, Creative Director of Development says: “It’s been a real privilege to be welcomed into Eddie’s life at this remarkable moment in his career and the journey to his historic showdown with Thor. Along with following his gruelling transformation from Strongman to Boxer our team have been given access to Eddie’s life at home, and to his family and loved ones, giving us a candid and fascinating insight into his personal life and the man behind the muscle. It’s a side of Eddie I don’t think many people will have seen before.”

Coming Soon

Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani’s star in Chivalry coming to Channel 4

 


Coogan plays Cameron, a successful film producer and 'women guy,' while Solemani plays Bobby, a passionate indie-darling director, in the first look photographs. Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws, Blackish) as astute studio executive Jean Shrill, Sienna Miller (The Loudest Voice, American Woman) as Cameron's leading lady, Lark, Lolly Adefope (Ghosts, Shrill) as Ama, Cameron's latest assistant, Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Living With Yourself) as intimacy coordinator Tatiana, and Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black, Enterprice) as Chivalry offers a fresh new look on gender politics and romance, and asks the question: can one build and sustain a successful, relevant career in Hollywood without sacrificing authenticity.

How fluid are our politics and how political are our fluids? And can romance blossom - not in spite of #MeToo, but because of it?

Chivalry explores the truths and the myths behind these characters, their judgements of each other and their assumptions of themselves, seeking to break down and explore classic stereotypes. Chivalry grants the audience permission to laugh while asking complex questions that as a society, we often find hard to discuss.

The new six-part series will air this Spring on Channel 4 and All 4.



Cash Carraway’s new BBC Drama Rain Dogs

 


Rain Dogs, starring Daisy May Cooper and featuring the great new voice of Cash Carraway, has begun filming in Bristol.

Rain Dogs is a wild and punk storey of a mother's love for her kid, deep and passionate connections, and brilliance hindered by poverty and prejudice. Rain Dogs stars Daisy May Cooper (This Country, Am I Being Unreasonable, Witchfinder) as Costello Jones, Jack Farthing (Spencer, The Lost Daughter, Chloe) as Selby, Ronk Adékolujo (Alex Rider, Chevalier, Doctor Who) as Gloria Duke, and Fleur Tashjian (Alex Rider, Chevalier, Doctor Who) as Gloria Duke in her debut role as Iris Jones. They're our four wonderful Rain Dogs, a makeshift swaggering family who thrive on rebellion and turmoil, as well as a deep love for each other.

Costello Jones (Daisy May Cooper) is a writer and single mother with a rock and roll swagger and a glint in her eye, a woman who appreciates the glamour of the gutter but would do anything to keep her daughter, Iris, from it.

Selby (Jack Farthing) is a boarding school boy educated on Brett Easton Ellis and Goddard, Costello’s loyal soulmate and loving tormentor.

Gloria (Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo) is Iris’s chaotic, directionless and utterly glorious godmother who’s running out of second chances.

Iris (Fleur Tashjian) is a hustler in kid’s clothing who loves South Park, William Morris wallpaper and, more than anything, her mum.

Coming Soon

Fred’s Last Resort Coming soon to E4

For most people, a glamorous, expensive hotel in Southern France combined with limitless sunlight sounds like a luxury vacation – but not if Fred Sirieix is involved. We're going to see a side of Fred we've never seen before, as he takes on his most difficult assignment yet.

Fred's Last Resort w/t (8x60') will see our favourite French maître d recruit 10 young people at a crossroads in their lives and throw them into a life-changing, highly demanding role in the exacting world of luxury, high-end hotel hospitality, giving back to the industry in which he made his name, and which almost buckled under the weight of a global pandemic.

Our new recruits will need to ditch the sweatpants and spruce up their appearance and demeanour, as they face a difficult path ahead.

The team will welcome demanding clients from all over the world who will expect nothing less than premium treatment. The team will be based in a stunning hotel on the French Riviera, where Fred himself trained as a teenager. Fred and his recruits must follow rigorous regulations and face a variety of problems in order to not disappoint, but will Fred be able to control his rowdy recruits and keep the hotel experience up to his high standards?

If the recruits make it through the season, they will not only have learned some very exclusive, new transferrable skills to help them succeed in life, but one of them will also receive a life-changing role, a sought-after internship at a top tier hospitality group. However, if any of the staff don't step up to the plate, Fred won't hesitate to say, 'au revoir'.

Fred Sirieix said: "The hospitality industry changed my life when I was just 20.  It taught me the skills for success. Last Resort promises to not only be a dramatic and fun filled series, but it will also give our young contestants an insight into the world of high-end hotel management whilst developing valuable and transferrable skills in hospitality. It's an opportunity that could change their lives, as it did mine."

Casting is now open: https://shortaudition.net/LR

Monday, 21 March 2022

Second series of The Great returns to Channel 4 this summer

The smash Emmy-nominated series "The Great," starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, returns to Channel 4 this summer for a second season, with Catherine finally claiming the Russian throne for herself – but she'll soon discover that dethroning her husband was only the beginning. Catherine now has to confront the realities of 'liberating' a country that refuses to be free. 

Her battle to bring knowledge to Russia will pit her against her own court and those closest to her, including her own mother, who is played by Gillian Anderson ("The Crown"). As she navigates her connection with Peter, she will also have to combat her own heart. Catherine will eventually realise that in order to change a country, you must first allow it to change you, and that there is a fine line between idealism and delusion, and that becoming 'Great' will ask more of her than she could have imagined.

Watch Season 1 at https://amzn.to/3N6Fdrc

'The Birth of Daniel F Harris' - First look image

"Danny grew up in a house in the middle of nowhere and was told that the world outside was full of monsters waiting to snatch him away. The Birth of Daniel F Harris explores what happens when he finally leaves the house and is introduced to our world for the first time. It's a chance to re-evaluate everything we think is normal through the eyes of someone for whom it's all completely new." Pete Jackson, Writer, The Birth of Daniel F Harris

The Birth of Daniel F Harris, produced by Clerkenwell Films, will star Lewis Gribben, Samuel Bottomley, Lisa McGrillis and Rory Keenan. It will launch on Channel 4 later this year.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Between The Covers returns for a 4th series in May with host Sara Cox

This seven-part series will follow the same pattern as the previous ones, with the goal of bringing the country together through the love of reading. Sara's book club of four prominent guests will each bring their own book and discuss a newly released book in each episode. The seven books that were chosen are listed below.

The additional book selections will come from the BBC Arts and The Reading Agency's Big Jubilee Read, a reading for pleasure programme that celebrates excellent reads from around the Commonwealth in honour of Her Majesty The Queen's Jubilee.

All of the books for Between The Covers were chosen with care to ensure that there is something for everyone and that they would elicit lively discussion.

The seven newly-published book picks (in broadcast order) are:
People Person, by Candice Carty-Williams
Two Storm Wood, by Philip Gray
Lessons In Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
Love Marriage, by Monica Ali
Metronome, by Tom Watson
Exactly What You Mean, by Ben Hinshaw
The Dictator's Wife, by Freya Berry

Sara Cox says: "I'm absolutely thrilled we are once again delving between the covers, bringing another selection of seven brilliant brand new books, as well as spanning the decades with seven books by talented authors from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the Jubilee. On a personal note, it still brings me endless joy that drinking tea and eating custard creams whilst curled up with a good book is considered 'work'. Bring it on."

Coming Soon

Dolly Alderton's much anticipated adaptation of Everything I Know About Love for BBC One has been given its first glimpse.

Everything I Know About Love, based on her own outrageously funny, occasionally tragic international bestseller memoir of the same name, will deliver an uncensored depiction of surviving your twenties.


China Moo-Young (Intergalactic, Harlots) will helm the seven-episode series for BBC One, which will be produced by Working Title Television (We Are Lady Parts, Hanna), which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.


The series, set in a 2012 London house-share with flashbacks to suburban adolescence in the early 2000s, is an unvarnished look at terrible dates, heartaches, and humiliations, and poses the question of whether platonic love can outlast romantic love as we grow older.


Everything I Know About Love is created and adapted by Dolly Alderton and directed by China Moo-Young. It is executive produced by Jo McClellan for the BBC, Dolly Alderton, and Surian Fletcher-Jones, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Television; and produced by Simon Maloney. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama.

Coming Soon



BBC series Best Interests features Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen in this original four-part series

"In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be the primary consideration"
- Article 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

This is the story of a family that has been torn apart by having to make decisions that no parent wants to make. Nicci and Andrew are played by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Together) and Michael Sheen (Good Omens, Quiz). They have two daughters, Katie (Conversations With Friends) and Marnie (Jack Thorne's A Christmas Carol), who are played by Alison Oliver (Conversations With Friends) and Niamh Moriarty (Jack Thorne's A Christmas Carol).

Marnie's illness is life-threatening. The doctors believe that allowing her to die is in her best interests, but her loving family disagrees. As they struggle to consider this major decision, they begin a fight that will take them through every level of the legal process. Who makes the decisions? And who's best interests are we talking about?

Additional cast include Noma Dumezweni (The Undoing) as Samantha, Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City) as Mercy, Des McAleer (Hope Street) as Eddie, Mat Fraser (His Dark Materials) as Greg, Gary Beadle (Grantchester) as Frank, Jack Morris (Strike) as Tom, Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard) as Judge Spottiswood, Shane Zaza (Happy Valley) as Fred, Lucian Msamati (Gangs Of London) as Derek and Lisa McGrillis (Mum) as Brenda.

Sharon Horgan says: "Best Interests broke me when I first read the script and then again after talking with Jack about it. Covid seems to have shone a closer light on the desperate inequalities that exist for our disabled community so this felt very timely. It's a big subject but it's in Jack Thorne and Michael Keillor's safe hands. I'm thrilled to be working on this story with a super talented cast, the wonderful Michael Sheen and Noma Dumezweni, and my gorgeous daughters; Alison Oliver and Niamh Moriarty."

Michael Sheen says: "Jack Thorne is such an extraordinary writer and he has approached this incredibly important and urgent subject with humanity, honesty and humour. I feel very fortunate to be part of this production and to work with the brilliant Sharon Horgan and some of the most talented actors around."

Filming is currently underway in London to air next year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Before We Die, starring Lesley Sharp, Vincent Regan and Patrick Gibson recommissioned by Channel 4

Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Three Girls) returns to lead the cast as detective Hannah Laing, who teams up with maverick cop Billy Murdoch (Troy, 300) in a desperate attempt to safeguard her son Christian (Patrick Gibson) (The OA, Guerrilla). Season two will not follow the same plot as the first Swedish series, but will face Hannah against Dubravka, the matriarch of the Mimica Croatian crime family, played by Kazia Pelka (World's End, Casualty).

Lesley Sharp who plays Hannah Laing adds: "To take part in a story that has a complex, ambivalent, older female character at the centre of its beating heart is a privilege. I am excited and honoured to be part of this collaborative, creative team. Viva Hannah! Viva Channel4! Viva Eagle Eye! Here's to the next chapter of Before We Die."

Monday, 14 March 2022

Sinéad Keenan joins the cast of crime drama Unforgotten as DCI Jessica James with Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan

DCI Jessica James will be played by RTS award-winning actress Sinéad Keenan in ITV's critically acclaimed and RTS nominated crime thriller Unforgotten, developed and written by renowned playwright Chris Lang and produced by Mainstreet Pictures. Sinéad O'Connor, who was also nominated for a BAFTA for her performance as Melanie Jones in Little Boy Blue, will begin filming her new part later this month opposite Sanjeev Bhaskar, who has played DI Sunil 'Sunny' Khan in four previous series of the enormously acclaimed cold case murder drama.



Commented Sinéad Keenan:
"I have long been an admirer of Chris Lang's work so I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Unforgotten team. I'm very much looking forward to working with the extraordinary cast led by the brilliant and incredibly lovely, Sanjeev Bhaskar. And I'm hoping that if I play my cards right I might even get to take a peek in Sunny's backpack!"

The new series opens with the clock ticking down to DCI James's first day in her new job with an unforeseen and devastating introduction to her family life. Determined to make a good first impression with her new colleagues, will Jess be in the right frame of mind to deliver and inspire the team? And inevitably how will the ghost of much-loved former colleague Cassie Stuart haunt her? After all, Cassie will be big shoes for her to fill. Does she have the resolve, professionalism and spirit to live up to her much-admired and respected predecessor? Jess's first case is the discovery of human remains in a newly renovated period property in Hammersmith, London. But how long have they been there and is this a murder dating back to the 1930's or has the body been disposed of in more recent times?

As the murder mystery unfolds, we'll explore the lives of several central characters Jay, played by Rhys Yates (The Outlaws, Silent Witness), Bele with Martina Laird (Summerland, The Bay) in the role, Tony played by Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls), and Max Rinehart (Jekyll and Hyde, Miss You Already) as Karol, who on the face of it appear seemingly unconnected to the victim. Hayley Mills will also play Tony's wife, Emma. DI Khan's loyal and hard-working cold case investigations team are also back together for the series with Jordan Long as DS Murray Boulting and Carolina Main as DC Fran Lingley reprising their roles. Returning to the series are Georgia Mackenzie as pathologist Dr Leanne Balcombe, Michelle Bonnard as Sunny's partner, Sal and Pippa Nixon as DC Kaz Willets.



The Change, a brand new six-part comedy-drama series created by Bridget Christie.

The Change, a brand new six-part comedy-drama series produced, written, and starring multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Bridget Christie, has been commissioned by Channel 4. Expectation is in charge of the show's production.

Linda - played by Christie (Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D'Or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner) - a 50-year-old working class married mother of two, is having an existential crisis. Who is she? What is she? Is this it? Convinced she's got early onset dementia after forgetting what a shoe is called, Linda's GP informs her it is, in fact, the menopause. Feeling invigorated and empowered by this information, Linda decides to claw back some of the time she's spent doing 'invisible work' over the years (not all 3.5 million minutes, just 131,500 of them) to do something for herself… for a change.  

Dusting off her old Triumph motorbike that she hasn't ridden in 30 years, Linda sets off alone to the spectacular wilderness of The Forest of Dean - in search of an identity, a purpose, and tree she climbed as a child. Along the way she meets an array of eccentric locals, including the infamous Eel Sisters, an angry local radio presenter and a mysterious man who lives in the woods with the wild boar. What could possibly go wrong?

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Eurovision 2022 - Sam Ryder set to represent United Kingdom with Space Man

Sam is presently the most popular UK music artist on TikTok, with over 12 million followers and 100 million likes.

Scott Mills broke the news exclusively on Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James earlier today (Thursday 10 March), with Space Man previously appearing as Tune Of The Week on Scott Mills' BBC Radio 1 Afternoon Show.

As the world went into lockdown in March 2020, Sam posted the first of his now-famous covers to the popular social media platform, and his incredible vocals quickly drew celebrity fans such as Justin Bieber, Sia, and Alicia Keys, who even posted her own video reacting to Sam's cover of her song If I Ain't Got You. Fans grew in number as the videos continued to be released, and he currently has over 17 million followers on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook.

Having signed to Parlophone (part of Warner Music Group), one of the most famous companies in the history of the music industry, Sam's star has continued to rise. His debut EP was released in 2021 which has so far amassed over 100 million global streams with singles Whirlwind and Tiny Riot topping the worldwide iTunes charts. Sam has also just completed his first sold-out UK tour.

Sam Ryder co-wrote Space Man with Grammy-winning songwriter Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud) and Max Wolfgang.

Sam Ryder says: "Having been a fan of Eurovision since I was a kid l I am so honoured to have been presented with the opportunity to sing at an event alongside some of Europe's most talented creatives, performers and songwriters. I hope to sing my head off in a way the UK can be proud of, and to showcase a song I wrote with my friends last summer makes the whole experience even more special. See you in Turin legends!"

Scott Mills says: "It's been such an honour working with the TaP team and the BBC this year in being part of the selection process for our Eurovision entry. I've known and supported Sam on Radio 1 since he started and I'm so excited for what he'll bring to the night in Turin - we truly have a brilliant act this year!"

The contest itself will take place in Turin, Italy following the country's victory at the 2021 contest with the song Zitti e buoni by Måneskin. The Semi Finals will be broadcast on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May at 8pm and the Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer plus via BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds on Saturday 14 May from 8pm.



Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Naomi Schiff set to join Sky Sports Formula 1 coverage on Sky F1

Sky Sports has announced the launch of a brand new show and the addition of Naomi Schiff as an analyst as Formula One fans around the world prepare for the most anticipated season in recent history.

From March 14, Any Driven Monday will be a 60-minute live show streamed every Monday at 6pm on Sky Sports F1's YouTube channel following race weekends. It will be the fans' go-to for all things racing, bringing the best action, analysis, interviews, and debate across not only F1, but also F2, F3, and IndyCar series. Schiff will also be part of the race presentation team, starting in Bahrain.

Co-hosted by former W Series racing driver Naomi Schiff and Matt Baker from Sky Sports Studios in London, contributors will join the two newest members of the Sky Sports F1 team from across the world. Guests will include stars of F1 and other categories as well as influential voices and celebrity fans of the sport.

Schiff is a Rwandan-Belgian professional racing and stunt driver. Fresh from presenting the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team car launch alongside Natalie Pinkham, she joins the Sky Sports F1 team for the 2022 season.

The 27-year-old is currently the W Series' Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador and reserve driver who started karting at the age of 11. Since then, she has raced in prototype, GT and single seater cars, winning the 2014 Clip Cup Asia Championship Title, 2018 KTM GT4 X-Bow Battle Championship Title and 2nd Place in 2018 ADAC Zurich 24 Hours Nürburgring.

Mollie King will host a brand-new show on BBC Radio 1 - Future Pop (Thursdays, 8pm–10pm) which will launch in September 2022.

Future Pop will bring listeners 2 hours dedicated to new and emerging UK and international pop artists. Mollie King, who was part of the music industry as a performer, will use her expertise to showcase upcoming talent who are set for big things. As well as taking on the new show, she will continue to present weekends (1pm-4pm) alongside co-host Matt Edmondson.

Mollie King says: "It's hard to put into words just how unbelievably honoured and excited I am to be launching and presenting Radio 1's Future Pop! As a lifelong complete pop fanatic I am going to adore every single minute of pushing through new and up and coming pop acts. I've been on the other side and know just how much it means to have your music supported on the radio and being given the platform, so I can't wait to search far and wide to find the best pop talent out there. The 15 year old in me, who wrote endlessly to record labels asking to do work experience and make the teas and coffees is crying inside! It's a real dream come true!"

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1 says: "New Music is at the heart of Radio 1 so I'm thrilled we are launching Radio 1's Future Pop which will be dedicated to finding the next big UK and international pop artist. Mollie is the perfect person to take on this new show as someone who has been on the same journey a lot of these musicians are about to embark on."

Future Pop (Thursdays, 8pm–10pm) which will launch in September 2022.

French and Saunders return for Comic Relief’s by reprising 'The Extras' characters in The Repair Shop

With no project too big or small for the team of craftspeople, they rarely have to turn away customers - that is, until Red Nose Day! Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reprise their roles as 'The Extras,' attempting to get a free fix from the cast.

When the two wannabe TV stars encounter Jay Blades, and are looking for their five minutes of fame, things spiral out of control. When Jay realises they are more extraverts than extra-dedicated to having their prized possessions fixed, he dismisses them.

Meanwhile, Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch get to work on a repair for another very special guest, showcasing their talent and skill.

Dawn French says: "I don't think we've ever said no to Comic Relief because it just is too important, and because it's from our community, and we were there right at the very beginning. I know that the money is spent correctly and I know that there are projects that are ongoing that need us to be ongoing and I wouldn't ever want to let anyone down. So I think the more that we can do to boost and support, the better!"

Jennifer Saunders says: "As I watched The Repair Shop I thought all I could ever see was these characters going into The Repair Shop, or me and Dawn pretending to mend something or imitating the characters. You know, I just thought, this is the show for us. Then Comic Relief said we've got The Repair Shop and it was like the perfect thing. It was so perfect!"

Jay Blades says: "I can't believe the chaos that those two caused! We're always surprised by what we see in the barn, but trust me, we've not seen anything like this in the barn before - you must watch it to see how funny it was. For fans of the show it's a real treat!"

Tune in from 7pm on Friday 18 March on BBC One

Monday, 7 March 2022

COMPETITION: Win Rules of the Game on DVD


Rules of the Game on DVD  - Released from 14th March

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

Synopsis: 
Renowned British actor Maxine Peake gives a powerhouse performance in Rules of the Game, a brand-new, four-part thriller.

Partly inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the subsequent #MeToo movement, Rules of the Game is a relevant and profound exploration of sexual politics in the modern workplace, penned by Ruth Fowler (Fairies Baseball) and from BAFTA-winning production company The Forge (National Treasure, Roadkill). 

Sam (Peake – The Theory of Everything, Shameless, Silk) is a strong-willed manager at a family-run business in the North-West of England. It’s business as usual – until she arrives in the office one day to find a dead body and is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths and murderous secrets, both past and present...

Her colleague Maya (Rakhee Thakrar – Sex Education, Four Weddings And A Funeral) the new HR director is intent on shaking up the outdated and toxic lad-culture and begins to look into historic cases of misconduct… but is faced with resistance from members of the team. 

Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey, Life) plays Anita, a board member and hardened widower of the company’s narcissistic founder, and Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes, Truth Seekers) is DI Eve Preston, a thick-skinned, no-nonsense detective investigating a case linked to the company. 

As the determined protagonists contend with institutional prejudices, one thing is clear: now is the time to change the Rules of the Game. 

Pre-Order from Amazon at https://amzn.to/35zFWQM

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 21-03-22
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.


Thursday, 3 March 2022

Stefan Golaszewski’s drama Marriage - First look images - starring Sean Bean and Nicola Walker

First look images of Sean Bean (Time, Broken, Game of Thrones) and Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax, The Split, Unforgotten) have been released, and more casting has been announced for Marriage, a new four-part drama written and directed by Stefan Golaszewski for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, produced by The Forge (Help, Roadkill, National Treasure) and The Money Men.

Ian (Bean) and Emma (Walker) are a married couple who are navigating the ups and downs of their 30-year marriage.


As the drama tackles the hazards and benefits of a long-term intimate connection, we witness them dealing with the uncertainties, ambiguities, hopes, and fears that are inherent in all marriages. Occasionally amusing, occasionally moving, and always revealing.

James Bolam (New Tricks, The Likely Lads) will play Emma's father Gerry, Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners, Ragdoll) will play Emma's boss Jamie, and Chantelle Alle (We Are Lady Parts, Mood) will play Ian and Emma's daughter Jessica.

Filming has completed and Marriage will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.



Tuesday, 1 March 2022

BBC Three’s comedy horror Wrecked - First-look images released and cast announced.

Wrecked (w/t) is a gripping thriller set aboard The Sacramentum cruise liner, combining humour and a dash of slasher. Jamie, a 20-year-old new recruit, infiltrates the 3,000-strong crew in a desperate search for his sister, who has gone missing. She vanished mid-charter when working aboard the same ship on a prior cruise.


Jamie is introduced to cruise life and learns about the several tribes that exist among the crew: the theatre kids, the mafias, and the low-wage workers. Life below deck may be an odyssey of partying and excess for this overworked and underpaid crew... They are completely unaware to the heinous crimes that are going place on board. Jamie is compelled to take on the role of investigator in order to learn the dark truth.


Joining The Sacramentum are Oscar Kennedy (Ladhood) as Jamie, Thaddea Graham (The Irregulars) as Vivian, Jack Rowan (Noughts + Crosses) as Danny, Harriet Webb (I May Destroy You) as Karen, Jodie Tyack (The Window) as Pippa with new faces Louis Boyer as Sam, Anthony Rickman as Olly, Amber Grappy as Lauren, Diego Andres as Jerome, Peter Claffey as Cormac, Miya Ocego as Rosie, Warren James Dunning as Beaker, Ramanique Ahluwalia as Lily and Alice Nokes as Sophia.


The series is filming in Northern Ireland and will air later in 2022.

The Witchfinder - Interview with Tim Key and Daisy May Cooper

A failing witchfinder (Tim Key) transports a suspected witch (Daisy May Cooper) through 1640s East Anglia to a trial that could change his fortunes forever in this brand new comedy from the writers of Alan Partridge. 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.

Hi Tim. Who do you play in The Witchfinder?

I play Gideon Bannister in The Witchfinder; he is the witchfinder, he's a witchfinder, he's not a great witchfinder.

So you find a witch quite early on?

Yes, I mean that's part of the point of it - there's a lot about in the 17th century, or a lot you can conjure up. So Gideon finds someone that's accused of being a witch - I mean, looking back, the elephant in the room is that there are no witches. But he finds someone who can be his witch. The guy is a classic opportunist, thinks that this witch is his passport to a surge forward in his career to riches and repute, so she becomes his passport to success, unfortunately for her, and she's not deserving of any of it.

Would you talk us through the trials and tribulations and adventures they encounter on the journey?

So my guy, Gideon Bannister, finds his witch - Thomasine Gooch - in her town and starts a trial. But then realises it's more advantageous for him to take her to Chelmsford. It's a classic. So the whole thing is then a road movie; when it was described to me they said it was like Midnight Run, but in the 17th century with witches and on horses. So I mean, once all that's come in it's not that much like Midnight Run.

But at its heart it's the same sort of thing. It's him with someone he needs to get somewhere for legal reasons. To his advantage. So yeah then it becomes sort of a road movie, but set over six episodes, where they find themselves in varying degrees of peril, or situations that they have to worm their way out of.

There's one particularly bleak town where witchery is being clamped down on hard. It'll be interesting to see the final thing, I think you'll see, unfortunately, witches kind of swinging from boughs of trees and things like that. There was one about a week or two in, where it is quite chilling. We're in a town called Dedham and I'm just just going round this town, and then behind me it's clear that there's lots of dark things happening.

As I'm going to what I think is a feast, a witch rushes past me, she's being dragged by other villagers and she's screaming, and she was a really good actor, and it was really chilling for a moment - there's an element of the story which is mind blowing and even though it feels too far away to be able to comprehend it's really chilling, that they're literally trying innocent people as witches.

And yeah, that girl gets put on a fire. I mean I'm not saying she definitely gets burnt - you'll have to watch - but there's some real peril floating around. My guy is sometimes in danger but I think more to the point you realise it's a very dangerous world he's inhabiting and he's not helping.

I understand that you and Thomasine have to pretend to be husband and wife, can you talk to us about that a bit?

He thinks on his feet a lot and it becomes advantageous to suggest that him and Thomasine, his witch, are husband and wife - and obviously that has some comic potential because in real life they're absolutely furious with each other all of the time and then suddenly they have to have a front of being very much in love and husband and wife.

Not only that, but they also pretend to be newlyweds in order to escape the clutches of a god-fearing village. Yeah so that was quite fun. We shot that scene right at the start of filming and we were then shut down owing to Covid, 18 months ago. So that was the first thing that me and Daisy shot, getting off with each other in a pub garden. It was literally the only scene we shot, then we had 18 months to reflect on our working relationship and back we came.

So it was quite nice to come back and shoot that episode again, and it is was as fun as you would imagine it would be, being married to Daisy for half an hour. I guess that must be the fun of it for the writers - in every episode they can enter a new environment, have a different set of problems and then try to get out of that somehow and walk off into the sunset before their next adventure on their road to Chelmsford.

Tell us about your fellow cast members.

Obviously, chiefly, there's Daisy May Cooper, who is fantastic. We have Daniel Rigby, as one of my nemeses; Reece Shearsmith, Jessica Hines - they're all people I've watched from afar for years, they're all brilliant, they've all got lots of awards. About three weeks in it was the Baftas and a few of them just went and grabbed another couple of awards just to edge further ahead of me. But yeah they're brilliant. And a lot of the scenes are two-handers so you do get to have your moment where you're just acting with these brilliant performers.

For me, the best bit of all was my bread and butter, which was working with Daisy. Probably about a quarter or a third is just me and Daisy floating around as a two, then encountering various other people. I knew she was good from watching her in other things, but she is really good. And there's a lot of emotion that she can find in the story, because she's being badly wronged and is in a bit of a pickle.

She's as good as anyone I've seen -  she's so funny and then she can just switch it, dredge up her RADA training and be in floods of tears.

Why should we watch Witchfinder?

It's a really interesting story and interesting period in history. I haven't seen much about 17th century witch-infested England and I think if it was a big sort of period drama it would be interesting, there's so much there. But then, Rob and Neil Gibbons who write it are just so good at writing - they did This Time and a lot of Alan Partridge stuff so they bring that to it. They're revelling in that world and finding the humour in it, but also because it is such an interesting dark terrain, they can flip it from one moment and then go somewhere different emotionally. The two things fit together really well.

Talking of animals, have you got any standout co-stars from the animal kingdom?

Yeah that's been a bit of a problem. Doing the show I've had to work with animals which obviously is, famously, quite a clichéd no-no. I did a bit of stuff with some rabbits which was a bit unmanageable, and then a horse. Every day there seems to be a problem that you have to kind of succumb and I was filming a scene which is a two-hander, me in a stable with a horse. I think I'm kind of delirious slightly, and so we did have four hours with me acting opposite, um I forget the guys, ha I can't remember the horse's name. I mean, that's irrelevant as he's not famous.

But yeah, I was talking to this horse while the wranglers were straightening him up. I think it's probably the only scene in the whole show where I've been pretty confident that I've been the best actor on screen. I was less kind of cowered by the horse. But yeah, there's been a lot of animals floating around. Or being eaten. There's one bit where I get covered in bees. And stung by bees. We're never far away from animals.

And then, obviously because it's a road movie and it's a bit too long ago, we were riding horses a lot. I wouldn't say I was born to ride horses.

Could you give us three words that come to your mind when you think of the world of the Witchfinder?

Um, three words about the Witchfinder world. Well, I guess it's dangerous. It's very unfair. I mean, Thomasine, Daisy's character, doesn't really stand a chance. And I guess, I mean, for want of a better word - it's funny. But only because we're not living in it, we're making a show about it.


Interview with Daisy May Cooper

Hi Daisy, who you play in The Witchfinder?

I play Thomasine in The Witchfinder.

What is Thomasine's story through The Witchfinder?

Well, Thomasine is sort of street-smart but a bit thick, and because she's so different and because she likes to drink, and she likes to arm wrestle and stuff in the tavern, and do all the stuff that I kind of do myself, people think that she might be a witch cause she's not behaving how I suppose women should be behaving.

So she gets taken by the witchfinder, who is played by Tim Key, to court in Chelmsford. And it's a bit like Trains, Planes And Automobiles but with a witch and a witchfinder.

What attracted you to the project?

What attracted me to the project, bar the cash, was probably working with the Gibbons because they're brilliant, they do all the Partridge stuff, and working with Tim Key. He's a very odd man but he's very funny. He's going to kill me for this.

Lovely accolade for Tim there. Would you talk to us a bit more about your other fellow cast members - there are some great cameos.

Oh we've got amazing cameos. We've got Jessica Hynes, who has got these dodgy teeth made and looks completely mental, and she's just one of the funniest people, and makes this character of Myers her own, and it's mad and it's brilliant. You've got Daniel Rigby playing Hebble - he's just such a brilliant actor, really funny, and I quite fancy him a bit. Do you know what it's really funny, all of the crew really fancy him. Because of his hair, it's the long wig that he wears. For some reason it's the wig and the cloak, there's something very appealing about it.

Reece Shearsmith is just amazing, he can steal an entire scene just by saying one word. I've always been such a massive fan of his work but my god, some of his stuff just steals the entire show, he's amazing.

Ricky Tomlinson's in it! Acting alongside him... he's been in massive things like the Royle family, and he's just Jim Royle, it's like having Jim Royle on set because he's so warm and so funny. Oh it's been amazing.

You've worked with some wonderful co-stars also from the animal kingdom, any ones in particular that stand out in your memory?

Yes. There is a horse called Bram and he is a little, well I'm swearing, he's a little b*stard. Basically he's so intelligent, this horse that I have to ride. Between takes he goes to eat the grass and the trainers will say, "no Bram just wait until we've finished the scene then you can eat the grass" and this horse pretends to itch his leg and then last minute will just like go and grab a bit of grass. That blows my mind. And he knows that I'm an amateur rider because I had never ridden horses until this show and he knows it, so he'll start playing up and start being a bit of a bugger, cause they're just so bloody intelligent. The biggest arsehole in this cast is a horse.

1640s East Anglian gender politics appear to feature male privilege at the top of the list, anything that has surprised you researching or working on The Witchfinder?

When it comes to sort of 1600 gender politics I don't know what to say in fear of being cancelled. Probably say the wrong thing. Men are b*stards, that's it, that's it really. They've always been b*stards. There are some alright ones.

Why should we watch The Witchfinder?

Not only is there a superb cast, it's brilliantly written and it's really different. It's the Gibbons brothers' debut, they've been working on, you know, so many Partridge things for such a long time and now it's their time to do their own thing - I think this project's been going on for, like, seven years but my god you can see all those seven years of work into this. It's something really really different. It's funny.

Finally, three words that spring to mind when you think of The Witchfinder?

God three words. That's hard. Three words that spring to mind when I'm thinking of The Witchfinder would probably be sodding, bloody, horse. Bram. You b*tard.