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Thursday, 28 April 2022

Seven Days on Mars with Professor Brian Cox

The Perseverance rover from NASA is on the verge of transforming humanity's destiny. Just over a year after landing on Mars, Perseverance is about to start on the most difficult portion of its mission yet: searching for evidence of life at breakneck speed. To succeed, the crew must overcome incredible obstacles and lead Perseverance into unexplored territory, including going further than any prior rover and navigating jagged terrain on a hostile planet 300 million kilometres from Earth.

In this unique television event for BBC Two, Professor Brian Cox fulfils a childhood dream by going behind the scenes at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), mission control Mars.

Brian says: "The nature of origin of life is one of the great unanswered scientific questions. Here on Earth, life was present around 3.8 billion years ago, but the evidence for how it arose has been weathered away and erased by the geological activity of our planet. Mars, however, is a different story. It was decidedly Earth-like at the same time, with rain, rivers and lakes, but it soon entered a geological deep-freeze from which it never emerged. If there were Martians, the evidence for their emergence from the geology and chemistry of a young, active world may be far better preserved. The Perseverance Rover, and the Mars Sample Return missions to follow, may therefore answer a deeper question even than 'Is there life on Mars?' They may reveal how life begins across the Universe, including here on Earth, and give us unique insight into our own origins."

In 1980 a young Brian Cox wrote to the Jet Propulsion laboratory asking for photos from Voyager and the Viking mission to Mars. These were a source of inspiration that set him on the path to becoming a physicist.

Now, over 40 years later, he has been granted privileged access to JPL – to witness the workings of the mission as it guides the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter (the first powered aircraft we have even sent to another planet) across the surface of Mars.

Over the course of a week he joins the team as they navigate follows the rover's every move across the floor of Jezero crater towards the remains of an ancient river delta – that may contain the evidence of ancient life on Mars.

In the process, Brian will reveal how the mission could potentially transform our understanding of life not just on Mars but Earth as well. This is the inside story of a pioneering quest into the unknown.

Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico coming to Channel 4 in the UK

Mexico is one of the most visited countries on the planet, but few people realise that it is also one of the world's best gastronomic destinations. Paul Hollywood is off to explore the national obsession with a grand tour of Mexican cuisine – and its many, many surprises – in a brand-new series from North One, Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico. 

Burritos, nachos, and fajitas, oh my! They were not invented in Mexico, but in the United States. The true Mexican gastronomic experience is far more diverse, surprising, and fascinating. This is the nation that invented chocolate, where people still consume ancient recipes, and where the world's most deadly fruit is grown. And, fortunately for Paul Hollywood, Mexicans also enjoy a pastry, particularly Pan Dulce (literal translation: sweet breads), a type of baking that Paul has never encountered. Mexico is the right destination for Britain's favourite baker to embark on a culinary adventure and take on some really difficult local challenges.

Over three episodes, Paul learns about the country's culture, character and history through its cuisine. His adventure begins in the capital, Mexico City, as he samples the simple yet delicious Taco Al Pastor with a tour guide known as the 'Taco Hunter'. His CDMX (Ciudad de México) journey also includes a trip to the Central de Abasto market where he tries a variety of unusual fruits and at San Juan Market, café owner Felipe Reyes introduces Paul to some of the exotic delicacies on offer – from grilled cockroaches to crocodile tacos. Will he accept the offer of a baked tarantula?

Keen to explore the parts of Mexico other foods shows don't reach, Paul visits Tijuana, where he walks along the infamous wall that runs along the US border and joins restaurant owner Claudette Zepeda on a food tour of Sonoran, Sinaloan, Jaliscan and Guadalajaran eateries. Paul also meets up with a cactus restaurant owner who shows him how to take cactus from plant to plate, before he samples another local delight – insects. Mexico is the world's biggest consumers of insects, so it's only fair that Paul indulges in a tasting menu in Oaxaca.

It wouldn't be a proper foodie road trip for Paul without a bit of baking and Elena Reygardes, one of the best chefs and bakers in Latin America, teaches Paul how to make Concha, Mexico's most popular Pan Dulce. He also gets roped into judging a pasty competition in a small town with a very unexpected connection to Cornwall and finds himself armed with a piping bag in an exclusive bakery helping to prepare an exquisitely decorated four-tier Quinceanera cake for a fifteenth birthday party – the Mexican equivalent of sweet sixteen, so the pressure is on.

In Cancun, Paul works his way through a six-course banquet of ancient Mayan inspired cuisine, spends a raucous evening sampling beer in a cantina, and is schooled in all things Tequila and Mezcal. He's also subjected to a chilli-themed restaurant challenge, complete with chilli-infused drinks and discovers the ultimate Mexican hangover cure – which may well come in handy after this part of the trip!  

Paul Hollywood said: "Mexico is an amazing country, with amazing people and amazing food. The surprises never stopped coming. For example, I never thought I would be judging a Cornish Pasty competition in a Mexican town square, backed by a full mariachi band. Which, for the avoidance of doubt, I did."

Paul Hollywood Eats Mexico will air on Channel 4 later in 2022.


Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Women’s Motor Racing Championship, W Series is back!

Channel 4 will broadcast the W Series, an international single-seater motor racing competition for female drivers.

This year, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from all ten W Series races, with the first one taking place in Miami on May 7th. Every race will be accessible on demand on All4 and will include build-up, paddock insights, and analysis.

Channel 4 will also broadcast the W Series race at Silverstone live on July 2nd as part of their coverage of the British Grand Prix Formula 1 weekend – allowing race fans the chance to watch the world's best men and women drivers in action on the same platform.

W Series, which began in 2018, has created the most professional women racing drivers of all time by removing the financial hurdles that have previously prohibited women from ascending to the upper echelons of motorsport.

This year, the series will include eighteen female drivers from across the world vying for the W Series championship title, which will be held for the third year. Jamie Chadwick, last year's champion, will be among the racers this year, along with five newcomers to the W Series.


Monday, 25 April 2022

COMPETITION: Win My Brilliant Friend: Series 3 on DVD




My Brilliant Friend: Series 3 - Released from 2nd May

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

Synopsis: 
The award-winning Neapolitan novels by renowned author Elena Ferrante tell an epic tale of love, loss, hardships, and the enduring power of female friendship with breath-taking vigour. After its run on Sky, the third series of this Italian adaptation My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay arrives on DVD and digital 2 May from Acorn Media International.

Set in the 1970s, series three finds Lila struggling to hold her life together as a single mother, with an unrelenting job in a factory after leaving her abusive husband. Meanwhile, having spread her wings to study in Pisa, Elena has become a successful author and is welcomed into an affluent and prosperous world.

Elena and Lina must navigate a stream of hopes and uncertainties in a rapidly changing world with a seemingly limitless number of possibilities. They drift in and out of one another’s lives as they contend with new challenges – but as ever, remain bound to one another by a ferocious and unbreakable bond, where passions and rivalries flicker beneath the surface...

This compelling and commanding adaptation is an expertly crafted exploration of human connection, the inexplicable bonds that make and break us, and Those Who Leave and Those and Stay with us. Delve into the spellbinding world of Lina and Elena’s fervent friendship for a remarkable and unforgettable journey – the kind of story which promises to stay with you long after you have left it.

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

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

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Saturday, 23 April 2022

TRAILER: The Staircase - Starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette

The Staircase, stars BAFTA and Academy Award® winner Colin Firth as Michael Peterson and Toni Collette as Kathleen Peterson. The Staircase will premiere on 5 May exclusively on Sky.


Co-produced by Annapurna Television, the 8-episode series is written and executive produced by showrunners Antonio Campos (The Devil All The Time, Christine) and Maggie Cohn (Versace). Campos also directs six episodes, with Leigh Janiak directing two episodes. Based on a true story, The Staircase further explores the life of Michael Peterson, his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.


Starring alongside Colin Firth and Toni Collette are Michael Stuhlbarg (Your Honor), Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Dane DeHaan (ZeroZeroZero), Olivia DeJonge (Elvis), Rosemarie DeWitt (Little Fires Everywhere), Tim Guinee (Inventing Anna), Patrick Schwarzenegger (Moxie), Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Vincent Vermignon (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion), Odessa Young (Shirley) and Parker Posey (Lost in Space).

TRAILER: The Time Traveler’s Wife - Stars Rose Leslie and Theo James


6-episode drama series The Time Traveler's Wife will be released exclusively on Sky Atlantic from 16th May. 


An intricate and magical love story, adapted by Steven Moffat from the much-loved novel by Audrey Niffenegger and directed by David Nutter, The Time Traveler's Wife tells the story of Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem... time travel.


The Time Traveler's Wife stars Rose Leslie as Clare Abshire, Theo James as Henry DeTamble, Desmin Borges as Gomez, and Natasha Lopez as Charisse. 


Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Here We Go - New comedy series coming to BBC

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, observed, and funny portrait of a modern British family doing its best to support one another, even if it annoys everyone else in the process.


Embarrassing Bodies - New line-up revealed

Dr Jane Leonard, Dr Anand Patel, and Dr Tosin Ajayi-Sotubo, who will be on hand to inspect, explain, and ideally find treatment answers for the patients' medical riddles, all while working to destigmatise many common ailments that frequently go overlooked or untreated.

The Embarrassing Bodies doctors will also focus on key health and sexual health issues, with the support of some well-known celebrity voices, in a new addition to the programme. These celebrities will participate in a series of stunts with the goal of encouraging the British public to discuss about these critical issues.

Away from the consultation room, there will be pop-up 'confessional clinics' in cities around the UK, providing patients with a safe space to ask our doctors the questions they've been too afraid to ask, or seek advice on the embarrassing conditions they may have hidden away.

Embarrassing Bodies is coming soon to E4 soon.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

COMPETITION: Win There She Goes: Series 1-2 on DVD


There She Goes: Series 1-2  - Released from 25th April

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

Synopsis: 
There She Goes, the much-loved and critically acclaimed BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award winning series, makes its long-awaited DVD debut.

Based on the real experiences of creator/writer Shaun Pye (A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories, Extras) coping with his daughter’s chromosomal disorder, There She Goes is a groundbreaking comedy-drama about severely learning disabled 9-year-old girl Rosie (Miley Locke, The Royals), her dad Simon (David Tennant, Doctor Who, Good Omens), mum Emily (Jessica Hynes, The Royle Family, Years and Years) and brother Ben (Edan Hayhurst, The Secret Garden).

Dazzler Media presents There She Goes: Series One & Two on DVD & Download-to-Own from 25th April

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

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED

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1. Closing date 02-05-22
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, 14 April 2022

Tokyo Vice coming soon to the BBC

I am a few episodes into Tokyo Vice already, and think this is a smart decision by the BBC.
Mainly in Japanese with English subtitles, there is some English spoken in the show.

Endeavor Content has sold the critically acclaimed series Tokyo Vice to the BBC.

The 8-episode criminal drama series is based on American writer Jake Adelstein's non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, which was co-produced by HBO Max, Endeavor Content, and Japanese broadcaster WOWOW.

The series, which was shot on location in Tokyo and stars Golden Globe nominee Ansel Elgort as Adelstein, Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, and Tomohisa Yamashita as well as Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Hideaki Ito, Show Kasamatsu, and Tomohisa Yamashita, depicts the daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the 1990s

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC, says: "The BBC are delighted to be the exclusive Free TV home of Tokyo Vice. With the first episode superbly orchestrated by Michael Mann, the series is a fascinating and immersive dive into the neon-lit underbelly of 1990's Tokyo and a crime world dominated by the yakuza."

The BBC has the second window in the UK with the free to air premiere and it will air later this year.

The series recently premiered on HBO Max in the US.

The Other One - Series 2 First Look Images

The Other One is a comedy series created and directed by Holly Walsh (creator of The Other One series one, Motherland), who also co-writes and executive produces the series with Pippa Brown (The Other One series one, Psychobitches). It follows two sisters named Catherine Walcott who had no idea the other existed until their father died.


With Cathy Walcott (Ellie White) and her sister Cat Walcott (Lauren Socha) suffering from the discovery that they have a brother named Callum, Series 2 sees more Walcotts emerge from the shadows (Christopher Jeffers). And that Cathy "got off" with him.


Meanwhile, Tess (Rebecca Front) and Marilyn (Siobhan Finneran) find themselves babysitting Callum's mum Angela (Michele Austin) when she's thrown out of her house by her shocked husband. Marilyn is suspicious of the new arrival, but Tess is too busy making extravagant plans for spending her inheritance to care.


Elsewhere, guest star Caroline Quentin returns as over-the-top Auntie Dawn, and Cathy's ex-fiance Marcus (Amit Shah) is continuing to loiter.

A comedy about what happens when you discover your dead dad has a secret family, The Other One is a love letter to siblings, mothers and crap dads.


The Horne Section TV Show - Alex Horne’s Scripted Comedy Series coming to Channel 4

The new six-part scripted comedy series is written by and starring Alex Horne (creator of BAFTA and National Comedy Award Winning Taskmaster) and his band, The Horne Section.

Alex Horne said: "I've always thought the title of a show is indicative of the quality of the writing within a show, so "The Horne Section TV Show" looks set to be pretty special. I've known some of these musicians for over forty years and I can safely say that it's very weird that any of them are now going to be in a six-part scripted comedy series on Channel 4."

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Doctor Who's Legend of The Sea Devils - Q&A with Jodie Whittaker

In a swashbuckling special adventure, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) come face to fin with one of the Doctor's oldest adversaries: the Sea Devils. Why has legendary pirate queen Madam Ching come searching for a lost treasure? What terrifying forces lurk beneath the oceans of the nineteenth century? And did Yaz really have to dress Dan up as a pirate?


Legend of the Sea Devils is the second in a trio of specials airing in 2022. Jodie Whittaker's final feature-length special will transmit in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC's Centenary celebrations.

Legend of the Sea Devils airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday April 17.


Q&A with Jodie Whittaker

What can audiences expect from this special?

We're a few centuries off where the Doctor was aiming for and we stumble across a period in history that is a first for the Doctor Who universe. The TARDIS knows that it's going to China so Yaz and the Doctor have prepared appropriately for it but Dan gets a bit of a bum steer and his costume is all wrong! It's a Pirates of the Caribbean style sci-fi, action adventure that marries historical characters with Whovian characters with a really brilliant high octane Doctor Who adventure.


Did you enjoy stepping onto set – we heard the ship was impressive?

Yeah, it was amazing! The art department worked night and day to create a really extraordinary set and I think it's the biggest one that we've worked on. We walked into an incredible pirate ship - it has so many different levels, it was really epic. It has so much depth and detail and also I think it was one boat that ended up being three different ones and in the episode, you can tell that the art department have worked so hard for that to go completely unnoticed.


How was it to find out the Sea Devils were coming back, with Craige Els as the Chief Sea Devil? How did they match up to other Doctor Who creatures you've come up against?

I was really pleased to be working with the Sea Devils! It's always good to work with creatures from the Doctor Who universe. This is a hat trick for me now with Craige Els! Me and Craige were in a play called Antigone at the National with Chris Eccleston - now it's a trio of Whovian cast. I spent the entire time with Craige saying "What did you say?" because of the mask! I think they were less familiar to me so it interesting to see Craigs Els' interpretation because obviously he's playing a very different kind of Sea Devil than we've seen before. Because of the costume and the restrictions of the mask it meant that Craige's lines were recorded so that added complication to it but as far as the look of it, it looked great! I think an acting thing must have been incredibly challenging for Craige but once again he brought an incredible characterisation and smashed it.


How was it working with the brilliant guest actors?

On this episode we got to work with some really exciting cast. Crystal was absolutely brilliant. And also I think, Madam Ching as a character was such a great character. I think Crystal is an actress throws herself into things 100%. She's amazing, as is Craig, Marlowe and Arthur (Lee) - we had a really contained cast. There was obviously more than that but for us it was a kind of ensemble feel as were together all of the time.

Crystal's energy was brilliant - she was never tired - she was running around, jumping off things, swinging off things, fighting, memorising lots of lines and at no point does she ever stop smiling. She's such a wonderful person to have on set and it was really was lovely. And I think the dynamic between her, Arthur and Marlowe was great too. What was lovely was that Marlowe was at the very beginning of his career and that's always really exciting as well, to work with people that are starting out and Doctor Who plays a part in the start of their professional life as an actor. Working with our Director Haolu (Wang) was absolutely brilliant too, I loved getting to work with her for the first time - her energy and personality really shine through in this episode.


We heard Marlowe is a big fan of Doctor Who?

Marlowe is a Whovian and his knowledge of Doctor Who far surpassed mine! There was a scene where I couldn't say one of my lines and it was a very specific scientific term. I just kept getting this word wrong and he would stand next to the camera and slightly mouth it to me as I did it. It really should have been roles reversed - I should have been helping him out because he has just started but he was always helping me out!


Can you tell us about your stunts/action scenes in this episode?

There was a scene where I needed to slide down the ship but the thing was the ship didn't have a side on it, it was really high! The team's issue was the fact that there was no other side so if I did topple over the other side it would have probably been quite a dramatic day at work, but I was absolutely adamant (to do it). When I did it was actually really controlled but I didn't know if it looked as good as I really thought it was going to but I was really proud of it. With sword fighting I was really nervous as I had not done it since drama school and then when we ended up rehearsing it, it was just like choreographing a dance and as soon as it was like that I could do it and I really enjoyed it.


How was your new costume?

There wasn't as many tweaks being made to it throughout filming - I didn't get to hang out with my wonderful dresser Ian as much as I'd like to as once this costume was on it was on! What always seems to happen on Doctor Who is you wear a thick heavy material in summer and a thin t-shirt in winter, so I was really sweaty but that was not down to the look – I felt I looked a million dollars.


How does it feel as we get closer to the big centenary special?

It's interesting because time wise, it's such a long time off (before they air). What's great about the standalone episodes are that if you do watch it now and then you watch another episode in autumn, you don't need to rewatch it to understand what's happening in the next one. They are great standalone individuals stories, that obviously marry all of my seasons together, build on relationships and things like that. But they are also these individual set pieces that can be dipped into and watched without the context of the rest of the show, which I think is really important. It shouldn't exclude viewers and or may you feel like you need to go back and do homework to watch something!



Kate Winslet and her daughter Mia Threapleton will star in the first feature length episode of I Am

The first feature-length episode of I Am, the highly acclaimed, award-winning female-led drama anthology series from BAFTA-winning writer-director Dominic Savage, will star Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and her daughter Mia Threapleton. I Am Ruth will begin filming at the end of April for three weeks, produced by Emmy-winning Me+You Productions for Channel 4.

I Am Ruth stars multi-award winner Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) opposite her daughter Mia Threapleton in three episodes named after the main character (Shadows, Dangerous Liaisons). Details on the next two films in the trilogy, as well as the rest of the cast, will be revealed in due time.

Kate Winslet said: "I have always admired Dominic's work and, in particular, his commitment to telling real stories. British television is at an all time high, and I feel excited and honoured to be part of this community, especially right now."

Monday, 11 April 2022

COMPETITION: Win Young Rock: Season 1 on DVD




Young Rock: Season 1  - Released from 11th April

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

Synopsis: 
From global superstar Dwayne Johnson and Nahnatchka Khan (creator of Fresh Off the Boat) comes Young Rock, a single-camera comedy series inspired by Johnson’s formative years. Every legend has a beginning.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in a larger-than-life family comedy based on outrageous stories of his youth. This coming-of-age journey highlights the unforgettable moments and incredible relationships that took Dwayne from ordinary kid to extraordinary superstar – revealing he’s more like us than we know.

Dazzler Media presents Young Rock: Season One on Blu-ray & DVD from 11th April

Pre-Order from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3v49Qa2

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED

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1. Closing date 02-05-22
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.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

The Flight Attendant Season Two - New Trailer

Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) is a sober Los Angeles resident who moonlights as a CIA asset in her leisure time. However, when she is unwittingly witnessing a murder while on assignment abroad, she finds caught in yet another international mystery. Los Angeles, Berlin, and Reykjavik were used to film the season.

Returning series regulars Cuoco, Zosia Mamet, Griffin Matthews, Deniz Akdeniz and Rosie Perez. Returning recurring guest stars T.R. Knight, Yasha Jackson and Audrey Grace Marshall. The season also stars new series regulars Mo McRae, Callie Hernandez and JJ Soria, as well as new recurring guest stars Alanna Ubach, Cheryl Hines, Jessie Ennis, Mae Martin, Margaret Cho, Santiago Cabrera, Sharon Stone and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Son of the Century, a new Sky Original drama series chronicling Benito Mussolini’s rise to power

From the founding of Fasci Italiani in 1919 to Mussolini's infamous speech in parliament following the murder of socialist MP Giacomo Matteotti in 1925, the eight-part series from Sky Studios, produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment Pictures, a Fremantle Company, in collaboration with Pathé, will cover the period from 1919 to 1925. The series will also provide viewers an inside look at Mussolini's personal life, including his marriage to Rachele, his affair with Margherita Sarfatti, and his interactions with other historical characters. The series, like the novel, will chronicle the narrative of a country that fell prey to authoritarianism and a man who was able to emerge from the ashes time and time again.

The drama is written by Stefano Bises (Gomorrah – The Series, The New Pope, ZeroZeroZero, Speravo de morì prima) in collaboration with Davide Serino (1992, 1993, The King, Exterior Night). The series will tell the events with historical accuracy, with every event, character, dialogue and speech documented or witnessed by multiple sources.

Filming will begin in 2023 and the series is set to be shown on Sky.

You can buy the book at https://amzn.to/3Jg9Ibh

Filming begins on The Pact series 2

The BBC has commissioned a second series of blockbuster thriller The Pact, a co-commission between BBC Drama and BBC Wales, following the great success of the first.

Pete McTighe wrote and created the second series, which will consist of six episodes and tell a gripping and emotional story. This completely new drama introduces new characters to the cast, including Rakie Ayola (Anthony), a Cardiff-born Bafta-winning actor who also serves as executive producer. Little Door Productions, located in Cardiff, is in charge of the series' production.

The Pact, currently filming in and around Wales, follows social worker Christine (Rakie Ayola) and her family whose loyalties are tested when they're confronted by a stranger. Elizabeth Berrington (The Nevers), Lisa Palfrey (Chloe, Line of Duty), Christian Patterson (Mr Selfridge, In My Skin), Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch, Keeping Faith), Aaron Anthony (Behind Her Eyes) and Jacob Ifan (Bang, A Discovery of Witches) join the cast. Plus, rising stars Jordan Wilks (Freshers), and Welsh talent including Lloyd Everitt (Casualty, The Deceived) Mali Ann Rees (Tourist Trap, Hidden).

Christine's family, oldest son Will (Lloyd Everitt), youngest son Jamie (Aaron Anthony) and daughter Megan (Mali Ann Rees), are trying to get on with their lives after the recent tragic death of their brother Liam. As they look forward to Megan's wedding, the family have their lives turned upside down when a stranger, Connor (Jordan Wilks), arrives in town claiming a connection that nobody could have imagined. As buried secrets come to light, they must consider who they are and grapple with morality and divided loyalty. As their lives spiral out of control, a terrible pact may be all that can save them.

The Pact is due to air later this year and is the second commission for Little Door Productions.

The Great Home Transformation - Interview with Nick Grimshaw and Emma Willis

Tell us a little bit about The Great Home Transformation. What can we expect to see in the series?

Emma – Well you can expect lots of amazing home makeovers and you can expect Nick and I to really try our hardest to be good at decorating (laughs.) Actually, Nick is really good – no, I think we both excelled!

Nick – I agree. I was surprised actually at how good Emma was and how good I was I was too. I thought you'd be alright at it as you strike me as someone who would be quite patient (Emma – 'I love a bit of DIY!') but we went way beyond painting – we built, upcycled and repurposed things.

Emma – And really touching human stories.

Nick – I didn't think it'd be emotional but actually they were all kind of emotional in different ways. I think people were like 'oh my house is just annoying' but then when we'd solved their issues and made their homes work for them, they were really emotional at the reveals. I think it's really important when your home just works – it's like we'd helped to solve this massive problem that they had and didn't know where to begin so it was definitely emotional.

Emma – I did expect the emotion, but I didn't expect how much fun it would be. It's quite stressful when you're doing up a house and because we're also doing it in three days, it's a lot of work! It's a big team, everybody's on top of each other but it was really, really fun. Sometimes home makeovers can be a bit serious but ours was megalols.

Nick – We did have a proper good time doing the show, it was very fun. All of the families were really great – we met so many good people and so many funny characters.

Emma – They all had a really good story and reason for needing our help. There's a couple of stories in there that are really sad but the people them in just really lift it and make it so joyous. Even though they've faced really devastating things, they have such a fantastic mindset and optimistic outlook. It was also really nice to get out as well, be able to go somewhere for a few days and be sociable again!

And we hear there's a revolutionary, life-changing truck involved?

Nick – Oh my god, the truck! This massive truck rolls into town and that is a truck full of absolute wonder. Emma is in charge of the truck content, she's the truck driver…

Emma – I mean, the truck has got a big, big build up. I would have liked to have driven that truck actually! It's basically a massive 3D mood board. Alex (Dauley), who's our phenomenal interior designer – she has this big plan for each of the homes, she sits down and speaks to the families. It's not about changing it totally; she wants their input so that she can create a home the family genuinely want to live in and love. She has those chats, goes away, does her brilliant creative thing and then they create it in the back of the truck. Essentially, they are walking into a part of what they will see once they're back in their home. It's not everything, it's more like a live snapshot of what they're going to get.

Have you two worked together before? And would you do it again?!

Nick – We've hosted The One Show together before.

Emma – We have, and we were really good at it!

Nick – I love working with Emma, she's really good at her job and also really easy to go to work with, and fun. With a show like this, you're doing DIY which people find stressful, plus you're in someone else's house and we're filming for long days, so Emma was really fun to go to work with. We just laughed all day; it was great to work together.

Emma – We laughed and ate. A lot!

Although the families are involved in the design process, were the reveals still nerve-wracking? Any tears?

Nick – There were less worries because as Emma said, it was more about making the houses work for them so if they had problems with the functionality, or nowhere for their kids to do a certain thing, it became more like problem solving. You were nervous for them to like it because after spending a few days with people, even though you were only with them for a few days, we got really invested in them and their lives, and really cared about them. So, you really wanted them to like it, but nothing was put in that was traumatic that they'd absolute hate. There were no abstracts or teapots hanging down from the ceiling!

Emma – The only time we got a bit nervous was when we were working with the family in Harrow as they had very different tastes. He liked very minimal design with slightly cold tones, and she was more into warmth and vibrancy so that was Alex's job to merge those two things and make it perfect for both of them. But that was as kind of as nerve-wracking as it got really as it was about creating something the families wanted to live in.

Nick – Yes, that was definitely a nervy one. Also, there was one house we did – a family with two kids, an older teenager and a young child. We did a room for the teenager and I thought that was quite a nerve-wracking reveal because when you're a teenager, your space and your environment is so important to you. Getting it right for a teenager is tricky because you're like I don't hang out with the kid and I'm also not an adult. But she loved it! She was so great.

What do you think the heat mapping technology would reveal about your homes?

Nick – Actually, it did make me look at my house differently! We live in a terraced house with a lounge at the front, a little dining room and a ginnel kitchen. We had the little dining room as another lounge because we just eat in the kitchen, but it did make me think why we never sat in it or used it, so we ended up putting a dining table in it, not necessarily to eat but more for work. The room was kind of an annoying size – too small to fit a couch in because of where the door was so although I didn't have the heatmapping, even just witnessing it made me think that rooms not used.

Emma – It would detect lots of piles of shit everywhere, I think! Papers building up in various corners… I think very similar to Nick actually. There is one space in our house that is absolutely redundant so I've often thought what could I use it for? It's an open plan room so it's quite tricky – the living room is at one end of it and the other end is a fireplace and a couple of sofas. You think it'll be nice at Christmas but that's only one week!  

Nick – There's always that one space that you think, oh that'll be nice if we have a party!  But you need to use it every day, not just as a what if.

Nick, you are undertaking an amazing interior design project of your own at the moment. How's it all going? Emma, have you had an invite yet?

Nick – Oh yeah, Emma's not been round yet! It was during lockdown when we were in the house all the time, we actually thought 'do we like this room? Do we like our bedroom? Does it work.' No, it doesn't. So, we did it all in lockdown and it was the first time I've ever done anything in the house that just me and Mesh did all the logistics and project managing for. We got a builder in to do all the actual building work, but we did all the layout, the design, the logistics of everything arriving on time which was a lot more stressful and more of a skill than I realised! Now we're going to attempt the garden because it's minging and it's been minging for years. The fence has been falling down for about five years so that's our next project! And that's when Emma can come round.

What would you both consider to be the worst interior design crime?

Nick – Keeping anything too pristine or just not using your stuff.

Emma – A house that doesn't look lived in and looks like a showroom. It's not a crime but I find it massively unrealistic so when I see that, I feel like people like are throwing it in my face because my house is such a mess! Actually, it's not a mess, it's just lived in and I've got three kids. I'm also not a fan of something too clinical and cold.

Nick – I quite like clinical to look at, but not to live in. I quite like a clinical hotel room because I don't want a room with lots of things in that I wonder whether or not they've been cleaned! In your house you want it to feel like your life is everywhere, what you've been up to and what you're into is represented so nothing too done.

Has working on the show inspired you to be more adventurous with your interiors? Or put you off anything in particular?

Emma – It hasn't put me off doing certain things, but it has made me realise I still don't really know anything about putting things together from an interiors point of view. But it has helped me make friends with two people who are really, really bloody good at it. So now I know I can just pick up the phone and go Nick, what would this go with?! Alex, what shall we do about that?!

Nick – It definitely made me think I could have a go at things that I thought would have been too scary to do like a bit of tiling. It's made me want to make changes to my house, so I love every bit of it and am not just putting up with it.

Emma – With things like tiling, you always hear people say, you've got to get a good tiler. tiling's not easy, and it makes you think you shouldn't go near it. But then you watch it and you're like, I get it if you're doing something really intricate but if you're just laying tiles, then give it a go.

 Nick – I'm going to give it a go in the garden. A lot of the stuff you have to be quite patient for – I think it was easier doing it for someone else as you wanted it to be really nice for them, but you also needed to be quick.

Emma – We've only got a three day timeframe whereas in your own home, you're like 'oh I've done a bit today, I'll do a bit more tomorrow' then you find something else to do tomorrow and it ends up being three months later, or in my case, six years!

What can we expect to see from Alex Dauley, the resident interior designer, and Tim Hitchens, the resident craftsman? 

Emma – Fun, frolics and very great craftsmanship.

Nick – They're both great fun and brilliant at their jobs. They're so skilled and proper grafters, they just get on with it.

Emma – They're really down to earth, incredibly relatable, just the kind of people that you want to be mates with, go out for dinner, sit down and have a laugh.

Nick – And make them do your house.

Are they both now on speed dial?

Emma – Yes! Alex has been over already and Tim's coming over next week.

What can you tell us about any of your upcoming projects?

Nick – I'm going to be doing more Celebrity Gogglebox with Liv.

Emma – And I've got more Cooking With The Stars.