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Sunday, 31 July 2022

Olivia Attwood’s Perfect Coming to ITV

For her brand-new ITV series, Olivia Attwood's Perfect, Olivia Attwood will fully immerse herself in the field of cosmetic surgery.

Olivia Attwood will now immerse herself in an even more mind-boggling and money-crazed sector — one that she, herself, is no stranger to — following the popularity of her current ITV show, Olivia Attwood: Getting Filthy Rich, which explores online sex.

Olivia will not bat an eye as she explores the incredible lengths people would go to in order to get the "perfect appearance," in the hands-on manner that fans of Getting Filthy Rich are accustomed to.

Olivia will investigate the high-risk nature of going under the knife and the jeopardy that comes with any procedure, as well as the eye-watering amount of money some are willing to spend on their dream appearance.

Olivia asks beyond the price tag what are the potential human costs of surgery and gets up close and personal with cosmetic surgery's winners and losers.

As a veteran of two boob jobs, a thread lift and multiple injectables, Olivia Attwood is not entirely new to cosmetic surgery. But, in this fresh and immersive series, Olivia wants to go way beyond her previous experience to find out how science and social media are redefining beauty as we all chase the perfect selfie.

In the age of the "tweakment", the self-scrutiny of the Zoom Boom and the ubiquity of social media, Britain's cosmetic surgeons have never been busier as one in three of us say we'd be up for a nip and tuck.

In each episode of Olivia Attwood's Perfect…(w/t), Olivia will investigate a different part of the body, as she sets out to be the perfect guide to Olivia's Perfect Vagina, Olivia's Perfect Bottom, Olivia's Perfect Penis, Olivia's Perfect Boobs and Olivia's Perfect Face.

Olivia will embed herself with patients and practitioners, discovering the astonishing range of procedures now available and why so many people are so keen to undergo them – she will even try out some of the treatments herself and perhaps sample the other side of the syringe by administering treatments.

Frank, funny and relatable, this series will lift the lid on our search for the perfect body.

Olivia said:
"I am completely fascinated by cosmetic surgery and I've always been open about the treatments I've had done. This is an opportunity for me to get under the skin of the industry, meet key players, find out what's happening - the good, the bad and the ugly - and what direction we're heading in. I can't wait to get started."

Thursday, 28 July 2022

The Capture - Season 2 Images released


This August, the popular thriller The Capture from BBC One, Heyday Television, and Universal International Studios will premiere its second season on BBC One and iPlayer. Alongside Holliday Grainger (Strike), who reprises her role as DCI Rachel Carey, Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, The Lazarus Project) as Isaac Turner MP, a young rising star politician with dreams for the very top.


Created and written by Ben Chanan, the next instalment of The Capture will again question if we can really believe what we see. Britain is under siege: hacked news feeds, manipulated media, and interference in politics. Entrenched in the UK's own 'Correction' unit, DCI Rachel Carey (Grainger) finds herself in the middle of a new conspiracy - with a new target. But how can she solve this case when she can't even trust her closest colleagues?


Escalating from the CCTV thriller of series one, the six-part run features 'invisible' assassins, the terrifying rise of deepfake technology, the ever-growing tension between government and Big Tech, and corruption at the heart of the British media.


Indira Varma (This Way Up, Game of Thrones), Andy Nyman (Hanna, Unforgettable), Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley) and Rob Yang (American Rust, Succession) join the cast for series two alongside Ron Perlman (Hand of God, Sons Of Anarchy), Ben Miles (Devils, V For Vendetta), Lia Williams (The Crown, Riviera), Cavan Clerkin (The Last Kingdom, Babylon), Ginny Holder (Avenue5, MotherFatherSon) and Nigel Lindsay (The Salisbury Poisonings, The Last Kingdom) who reprise their roles from series one.


The first series of The Capture was a big hit for the BBC, growing its live BBC One audience across the series and attracting an average consolidated audience of 7.7 million viewers. On BBC iPlayer, it was 2019's most requested new title across all genres.


All six episodes are created and written by Ben Chanan. James Kent (MotherFatherSon) and Philippa Langdale (A Discovery of Witches) have boarded series two to direct. Executive Producers are David Heyman and Rosie Alison for Heyday Television, Tom Coan for Universal International Studios, Tom Winchester, with Ben Irving and Rebecca Ferguson for the BBC alongside Ben Chanan and Derek Ritchie. The producer is Kristian Dench. The series will be distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.


Series two of The Capture will air on BBC One and iPlayer in August. Series one will return to BBC iPlayer in August.






 


Vanessa Feltz to leave BBC Radio

On her Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show, Vanessa Feltz made the decision to stop using her alarm clock altogether and quit Radio 2 in August. After almost 20 years, Vanessa will also stop hosting the BBC Radio London Breakfast Show (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.).

Vanessa says: "I have loved every moment with my Radio 2 'Early Birds' and will miss my Lovely Listeners, Jolly Good Fellows and beloved friends and colleagues at Radio 2 with all my heart. However, after almost 12 blissful years, I now need to step down to catch up on a much needed decade's deficit of beauty sleep!

"It's been an honour and privilege to be the Breakfast voice of BBC Radio London for 20 years and although I'm leaving the show, I'll continue to expect hugs from my lovely listeners when I see them on the streets of London!

"I will enjoy a dollop of energy-boosting shut-eye to swing from zip-lines with my three effervescent grandchildren and frolic with my fiancé Ben, who irritatingly remains 10 years younger than me!"

Our Little Farm on the Prairie - Channel 5

The series, which was filmed over the course of the summer on the 17,000-acre Doan's Black Leg Ranch, will examine the interesting rural lifestyle and hardy American traditions of this Prairie family.

The Doans, a close-knit family with a lot of charisma who have farmed this land for generations, are at the centre of it all. The Doans are real-life cowboys trying to make a living in the contemporary world. They are dressed in Stetsons and boots and round up the cattle with horses and lassos.

The series will show the calving season in full force, follow the family as they compete in small rodeos around North and South Dakota, see the massive operation that is the annual cattle-branding weekend, and more.

Coming Soon

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Cast announced for original new drama Champion

Casting has been announced for the original new drama series Champion which is currently in production for BBC One.

Déja J Bowens joins the cast in her exciting TV debut alongside Malcolm Kamulete (Top Boy, Ill Manors), music sensation Ray BLK (also her TV debut), Nadine Marshall (Sherwood, Small Axe), Ray Fearon (His Dark Materials, Beauty and the Beast) and Jo Martin (Doctor Who, Top Boy).

The 8 x 45' musical drama also stars Kerim Hassan (Once Upon a Time in London), Adeyinka Akinrinade (Everything I Know About Love, Top Boy), Tom Forbes (Wolf Hall, Knightfall), Genesis Lynea (Shadow and Bone, Silent Witness), Karl Collins (Attack The Block, Hollyoaks), Francis Lovehall (Small Axe, Death on the Nile), Corey Weekes (Coronation Street, Doctors) and Rachel Adedeji (Dreaming Whilst Black, Hollyoaks).

Champion tells the explosive story of what happens when fame collides with family.

Candice Carty-Williams says: "Champion is a celebration of Black music and of a Black family, however fragmented that family might be, and I can't wait for the world to see their story. Since I knew what music was, I've loved grime and UK rap and neo-soul, to the point of obsession, and to bring to BBC One in the U.K. and Netflix globally a series that gives these genres of music life and texture is my dream, as is working with some of the best producers and songwriters making music today to create original tracks for the show."

Rap sensation Bosco Champion is home from prison, and ready to dominate the music industry once more. But when his dutiful younger sister Vita's own talent is discovered by Bosco's rival, Bulla, she steps out of her brother's shadow to become a performer in her own right, setting the Champion siblings against one another and tearing apart the whole family in the process.

A love letter to Black British music set in south London, Champion is a celebration of a sound that has long been the beating heart of the culture. 

Ramy returns to Channel 4

Channel 4 will broadcast season two of A24's Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning comedy drama Ramy.

Golden Globe® winner and comedian Ramy Youssef will reprise his titular role.

Ramy – the son of Egyptian immigrants - Maysa Hassan (Hiam Abbass) and Farouk Hassan (Amr Waked) is on a spiritually conflicting journey, caught between a Muslim community who sees life as a moral test and his millennial friends who think life has no consequence.  

Ramy Season 2 - Ramy (Ramy Youssef) and Sheikh Malik (Mahershala Ali)
Following a trip from Egypt, Ramy is back in his politically divided New Jersey neighbourhood. He meets a Sheikh (Mahershala Ali), from a local Sufi Centre who becomes his spiritual mentor. They enter into an Islamic oath - The Bay'ah - setting Ramy off on a new journey with its own obstacles.

Season two also sees the return of May Calamawy as Ramy's sister, Dena Hassan, Laith Nakli as Uncle Naseem and Steve Way as Steve. Mohammed Amer plays Mo, Ramy's friend who owns a diner, Michael Chernus is Michael and Ahmed, Ramy's friend that happens to be a doctor is played by Dave Merheje.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Sanditon - Series 2

 

Fri 22 Jul 2022

9.00pm - 10.00pm

Sanditon, the acclaimed drama based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel left fans in suspense and clamouring for more with the first series’ heart-breaking finale. The new series will pick up the action nine months later, as the town is growing in popularity, featuring characters familiar and new.  Series two picks up with heroine Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) returning to the picturesque coastal resort, determined as ever to live a life less ordinary, as she takes up the role of governess to the wards of Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes). Charlotte is joined by her spirited younger sister, Alison Heywood (Rosie Graham) who comes to Sanditon to pursue her own romantic dream.

Georgiana Lambe (Crystal Clarke), in her final summer before turning 21, is eager to establish her own identity and causes trouble in the name of love. But will she take the chance of being even more alone? The dysfunctional Denham family's secrets and deceit continue to shake the foundations of the bright coastal town as Tom Parker (Kris Marshall) works to rebuild Sanditon but faces many unexpected challenges. Additionally, as the Army establishes Sanditon as their new post under the command of the endearing Colonel Lennox, the second season promises fresh relationships, friendships, and difficulties for the locals (Tom Weston-Jones).

COMPETITION: Win The Secret Service OST


The Secret Service OST on Audio CD Released from 29th July


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

Synopsis:
On 29th July Silva Screen Records will release Barry Gray's soundtrack The Secret Service in CD and digital formats, with vinyl to follow soon. 

This is the first ever commercial release of the soundtrack, and the 7th in the Silva Screen Gerry Anderson series - newly compiled, mastered and designed by the creative team at Fanderson, The Official Gerry And Sylvia Anderson Appreciation Society.

The origins of the series began in 1968 when working at Pinewood Studios, Gerry Anderson bumped into a familiar face of stage and screen: comic actor Stanley Unwin. With his whimsical charm and hilarious gibberish double talk (playfully christened 'Unwinese') Unwin had earned great popularity throughout the 50s and 60s and the Anderson's immediately knew that they had found someone to base their next puppet series on. For several years the Century 21 team had toyed with directly basing a puppet character on a real-life actor, now the time had come to make it a reality. In the series the lines would be blurred even further between the miniature Supermarionation world and reality, as live action footage of Stanley Unwin would also be used in the series.

To appropriately reflect the The Secret Service's premise and compliment the gentle title sequence created to introduce the series, Barry Gray decided step completely away from his usual attention-grabbing themes and write a three-part fugue in the style of the Baroque composer Bach. To perform the vocals, the Mike Sammes Singers were hired, the vocal group who Gray had used on the Supercar theme back in 1961. Once coupled with soft organ and minimalist percussion, a truly unique piece of inventive music was born to bookend Father Unwin's adventures, which perfectly captured the off-beat nature of the series.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

How many tracks are there on The Secret Service Soundtrack?

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

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2. No alternative prize is available
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Douglas Henshall to leave BBC's Shetland

It has been revealed that Douglas Henshall's portrayal of DI Jimmy Perez in the acclaimed BBC murder mystery series Shetland will be his last. At the conclusion of the seventh season, which premieres this August on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Henshall will leave Shetland.

Shetland, a Silverprint Pictures production, will return for an eighth season in 2023; a new lead and more casting will be revealed soon.

In the first TV adaptation of the bestselling books by crime author Ann Cleeves, Henshall made his BBC One debut as DI Perez in 2013. Henshall has chosen to leave Shetland, nevertheless, after nine years in the part, in order to look for new acting chances.

Douglas Henshall says: "After series 5 of Shetland, David Kane and I decided we wanted to do two more series to complete the story of Jimmy Perez. So series 6 and 7 were commissioned together to give us time to wrap up Perez's story to a satisfactory end. It's been one of the privileges of my career to play Jimmy Perez for almost ten years and to work with so many wonderful people both in front of and behind the camera, and also to spend so much time in Shetland. The Isles were so much a part of our show and of Perez himself. I'll miss him and the place. I wish everyone involved much luck with whatever happens next."

Douglas Henshall's last outing as DI Perez features in a thrilling new six-part series of Shetland which sees the team investigate the mysterious disappearance of a vulnerable young man. The investigation draws Perez into the secret past of a family new to Shetland, revealing an unimaginable threat to the community.




Conservative leadership debate - Presented by Sophie Raworth

On Monday, July 25, the BBC will air a live televised hustings featuring the top two contenders for Conservative Party leader after the network said that all four remaining candidates had agreed to participate if they advanced to the top two.

Our Next Prime Minister, hosted by Sophie Raworth, will air live from Stoke-on-Trent at 9 p.m. on BBC One with commentary from BBC Political Editor Chris Mason and BBC Economics Editor Faisal Islam. The 60-minute show will be simultaneously broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live, and after the debate, coverage will continue on BBC News Online and the BBC News Channel.

Jonathan Munro, Interim Director of BBC News & Current Affairs, says: "We're delighted to be offering BBC audiences the chance to be part of this pivotal moment in politics and hear, first hand, from the final two candidates as they compete to succeed Boris Johnson as Prime Minister."

The BBC will also invite the final two candidates to take part in a televised one on one interview with Nick Robinson in Our Next Prime Minister: The Interviews. More details will be released soon.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

COMPETITION: Win Witness Number 3' on DVD





Witness Number 3' on DVD - Released from 25th July

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

Synopsis: 
Bear witness to a brand-new, gritty, enthralling thriller Witness Number 3 that sees Nina Toussaint-White (Bodyguard, EastEnders) give a stand-out performance in the lead. This must-see four-part series oozes with paranoia and menace and is set to arrive on DVD and digital on 25 July 2022 from Acorn Media International following its transmission on Channel 5 beginning Monday 18 July.

Boasting a stellar cast including Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Downton Abbey), Sion Daniel Young (Deceit, Keeping Faith) and Clare Dunne (Kin, Herself), this riveting crime drama from acclaimed director Diarmuid Goggins (Silent Witness), promises to have viewers hooked from the get-go. 

It’s business as usual for Jodie (Toussaint-White), a single mum who runs her own hairdressing salon, until she glances out of the window and catches a glimpse of an altercation between two men, but unbeknownst to her one of the men is about to be murdered.  In that seemingly innocuous split second, Jodie’s life is turned upside down… forever.

When the police make an appeal, Jodie decides to come forward, believing her information to be of little consequence. But she quickly learns that she’s the prosecution’s key witness, known only as Witness Number 3 to protect her identity, and is assigned protection from P.C. Ivan Barkas (Young).

When the murderer – a key player in a local gang – realises that Jodie’s evidence could put him behind bars, a terrifying campaign of intimidation to silence her unfolds and escalates with dramatic consequences.

What ensues is a chilling and tense game of cat and mouse that poses a simple question: How far are you prepared to go to do the right thing? 

Witness Number 3 is a disturbing and compelling thriller packed full of suspense, fear, and intrigue.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who plays Jodie in Witness Number 3?

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

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1. Closing date 01-08-22
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, 15 July 2022

Radio 4’s Summer of Arts - Simon Armitage, Jamelia and Ian Hislop

 


Simon Armitage revisits Philip Larkin for his centenary year, Gus Casely-Hayford presents a new history of fashion, Jamelia explores music made in the West Midlands, DJ Ash Lauryn traces the radical spirit of techno, and Ian Hislop explores the art made in the suburbs – all on Radio 4

From poetry and music to fashion and the art of the suburbs, Radio 4 presents a broad and eclectic line-up of arts programmes over the summer of 2022.

Jamelia, a musician who was born and bred in Birmingham, will start an investigation into the history of the music produced in her native West Midlands on July 13. Despite the significant contributions made to music by musicians from Birmingham and the surrounding area, this series tries to change the misconception that Birmingham's history is less well-known than those of other cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, or London.

Over two parts, Jamelia uncovers a rich musical history. She hears from experts about Birmingham's musical contribution as far back as the Midlands Enlightenment in the 18th Century, as well as the work of composers such as Edward Elgar in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. She talks to musicians working now, including ELO drummer Bev Bevan, Reggae singer Pato Banton, Duran Duran original Stephen Duffy and Apache Indian, and asks whether there is a collective Birmingham sound - or at least a special Birmingham approach to making music.

From 19 July, Techno: A Social History traces the origins of techno music to its birth in a suburb of post-industrial Detroit in the early 1980s – a full decade after Motown records had abandoned the city for Hollywood – and explores its impact across the world, from the Love Parade in Berlin to hotbeds of resistance in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Presented by DJ, producer, and Detroit native Ash Lauryn, the programme features stories from techno’s architects, champions, and disciples: Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Ellen Allien, Richie Hawtin, and many more.

Ash learns how the cathedral-like nightclubs of Berlin were born, after the Cold War, in the city’s abandoned infrastructure – paving the way for the world’s most closely guarded dancefloor, Berghain, celebrated here by resident DJ Marcel Dettmann and house music legend, Honey Dijon. From speaking with Ukrainian DJ Nastia, she also discovers the resilience of Kyiv’s club scene. Born out of the turmoil of the 2013 revolution it lies dormant, for now. Meanwhile, in the capital of Georgia, Giorgi Kikonishvili speaks of Bassiani, the club that became a headquarters for queer politics and community organising – until armed police raids threatened the scene’s very existence. Over the series, Ash explores techno’s ongoing association with counterculture and asks why, to many, it offers the perfect soundtrack to political defiance and radical spirit.

Marking the poet Philip Larkin’s centenary, Larkin Revisited sees Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, examine the power of Larkin’s poems to console and provoke. From 8 August - across ten fifteen minute programmes, and ten iconic Phillip Larkin poems - Simon unpicks both the poetry and the riddle of the man behind them. Larkin's poems still divide opinion: at times agitational, facing the reality of time and its passing, whilst offering moments of astonishing beauty and transcendence. Simon has lived with Larkin's work ever since he was told as a teenager that there was a real poet working in Yorkshire. He is fascinated by the way Larkin’s poems are constructed; the way they often seem to tear things down, exposing the truth of something difficult, and yet can also be freeing – the opposite of platitudes.

The ten poems Simon has chosen to explore (including Aubade and The Whitsun Weddings) show Larkin's range and achievement; they are poems that face the truth of relationships, of death, as well as poems of place and civic life like, Bridge for the Living (an unusual commission for Larkin which celebrates Hull as an 'Isolate city'). In this series Simon takes us to the places Larkin’s poems understood intimately – Coventry, and Hull – as he ‘road-tests’ different poems, to see what survives of them in 2022, especially when we know so much more about the uglier attitudes of this complex and contradictory poet.

From 22 August, Gus Casely-Hayford presents Torn: A Narrative History of Fashion. Over this ten-part series, the Director of V&A East reveals the intellectual and historical weight we carry on our backs, and the statements we make just by getting dressed in the morning.

Gus unpicks the histories that underpin ten garments – and the lives that created them - spanning the world and five centuries. By deepening our understanding of what we wear and why we wear it, he will show how fashion has shaped our history, and equip us with the knowledge to make informed statements about what we choose to throw on and what we cast off.

Also in August on Radio 4, In Suburbia, presented by Ian Hislop, takes a fresh look over three parts at the place where so many have spent more time over the past three years of lockdowns and home working. In fiction, TV and film and in art, suburbia has long stood as shorthand for repression - a place of "wide lawns and narrow minds," as Ernest Hemingway put it. But Hislop has an inkling that the suburbs, far from being the home of Stepford Wives and Margot and Jerry, have been a force for change and inspiration in the artists who have tried to encapsulate - and in some cases - escape the gravity of its clutches.

He speaks to JC Carroll of The Members, whose song ’the sound of the suburbs' still provides a backing track to suburbs across the nation, and to performer and writer Lee Mack who counters the trend away from Suburban sitcom with his perennially popular ‘Not Going Out’. And Ian also treads leafy suburban streets in Manchester, Ealing, Woodford and, of course, Surbiton, and finds new suburban voices but with variations on established suburban truths, not least that one generations ideal living is another’s youthful tedium.




Darby and Joan - Coming to Acorn TV

Emmy-winning actress Greta Scacchi (The Player, Emma) and Emmy-nominated actor Bryan Brown (Cocktail, Breaker Morant) star in the lively original Australian road trip drama Darby and Joan, which gets its world premiere on Monday, August 8 on Acorn TV.

Two episodes will premiere weekly on Mondays through August 29.

Retired Australian homicide detective Jack Darby (Brown) has taken to the open road with his dog Diesel to flee his past, while recently widowed English nurse Joan Kirkhope (Scacchi) is on a reluctant pilgrimage to find answers about her husband's mysterious death. They couldn't be more different: the low key, ruggedly charming Aussie, and the tightly-wound, yet warm, witty and determined Englishwoman, but when they collide in the Australian outback, and become drawn into a series of unexpected mysteries, this unlikely investigative duo soon realise the most intriguing puzzle they face is each other.

Exploring the world of the real-life phenomenon of "grey nomads" – retirees who leave behind their comfortable homes to set out for adventure on the endless roads of Australia – Darby and Joan shines a light on fascinating and often unseen areas of the continent from isolated, sweeping coastlines to lush hinterland to small communities in the Outback, and a myriad of fascinating characters moving through a world where everyone seems to be searching for something – or trying to escape it. Danger and secrets lurk for those who bother to look. The series asks: can you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Good Grief coming to Sundance Now on August 4th

You'll be dying with laughter as Season 2 of the irreverent Kiwi comedy Good Grief makes its UK premiere on Thursday, August 4 as a complete series release on Sundance Now via Amazon Prime Video Channels. The complete 1 and 2 season box set will be available to view.


Co-created, co-written and starring sisters Eve and Grace Palmer along with co-creator/co-writer Nick Schaedel, the six-episode comedy series is set in a small New Zealand town and follows two millennial sisters with very different personalities who inherit a funeral home from their grandfather.


Cleverly observed and brilliantly wry, this fish-out-of-water comedy series might just be the funniest show to come out of the country since Flight of the Conchords, channelling channels Six Feet Under themes with Stath Lets Flats and This Country humour.

 
After inheriting the Loving Tributes funeral home in Season 1, Ellie (Eve Palmer, Jawbone) and Gwen Goode (Grace Palmer, Adrift) have set off on very different paths. Ellie embraces her inner 'girlboss', with all the ill-fitting pantsuits, amateur TV ads, and plumber liaisons that entails. Meanwhile, Gwen spends five months DJing in Bali and reappears unexpectedly in New Zealand to discover their mother has a new boyfriend and she's been kicked out of the family home. Gwen moves in with Ellie, takes up the job of social marketing for Loving Tributes, and embarks on a childish prank war against their mother's new partner. As family tensions escalate at work and at home, Ellie must decide whether to intervene, or let Gwen grow up all by herself.


The series deftly blends tragedy and comedy and features stand-out performances from a stellar case including Vinnie Bennett (Fast & Furious 9), Josh Thomson (The New Legends of Monkey), Sophie Hambleton (Westside), Lucy Wigmore (Shortland Street) and Bree Peters (Sweet Tooth).

 
Good Grief, Season 2 is directed by Kiel McNaughton (The Legend of Baron To'a, My Life is Murder), produced by Angela Cudd (I Am Waru) and Kerry Warkia (Vai, Waru).

Crazy Rich Agents - Follow seven rookie estate agents as they put everything on the line to sell some of the most impressive and exclusive properties in the UK.

 


What does it TRULY take to succeed in the upmarket housing market in the UK? A brand-new series for BBC Two and iPlayer called Crazy Rich Agents (has been announced by BBC Factual. It will expose the hustle and business savvy required to get the priciest homes, advertise them, and ultimately close the deal.

We follow seven inexperienced estate agents over the course of the summer as they risk everything to sell some of the most remarkable and exclusive houses in the UK with access to Nest Seekers International, one of the world's fastest growing premium real estate firms.

From rural castles to seaside mansions, penthouse apartments to gated estates, if the agents make the sale they stand to make hundreds of thousands in commission overnight. Who will impress the bosses to become the next ‘super star agent’ and who will fall by the wayside?

BBC Commissioning Editor, Max Gogarty says: "We are delighted to be working with Plum Pictures on this revealing, entertaining and high stakes series. It will offer a unique insight into the booming luxury property market in the UK and show the highs and lows of working in this world for the young agents that are trying to make it."

Monday, 11 July 2022

Shane Richie returning as Alfie Moon on Eastenders this autumn

Alfie, a man with a large heart, stole the hearts of viewers right away with his cheerful and mischievous nature. Alfie's life hasn't been easy, either, as many of his well-intentioned schemes and dubious ideas have ended up backfiring and put him in peril over the years.

Alfie's homecoming will undoubtedly turn a few heads because of the individuals he has offended in the past, especially his ex-wife Kat Slater. Throughout the years, a lot of notable events have revolved around Kat and Alfie's tumultuous relationship, but in 2018, when Kat learned that Alfie was the father of her cousin Hayley's child, things ultimately came to an end for them.

With the past quickly catching up with him, Alfie decided to flee Walford in 2019, making an enemy of Phil Mitchell in the process. So just what is bringing Alfie back to the Square? One thing for certain is things are never straightforward for Alfie but if anyone can charm their way out of trouble it's Alfie Moon.

Alfie will be back in Walford this autumn but viewers should keep their eyes peeled in the coming days for a clue of what's to come…

On returning to EastEnders, Shane Richie says: "It's an absolute honour and privilege to be asked back to my TV home of Albert Square. I'm looking forward to catching up with some old cast mates and meeting some new ones. The new exec producer Chris Clenshaw has been instrumental in wanting to bring Alfie Moon back with some wonderful storylines… and who am I to say no?! I can't wait."

The Andrew Neil Show - Re-Commissioned

Following the popularity of the previous series, Britain's top political interviewer and worlds most arrogant know-it-all, Andrew Neil will present a second instalment of his ten-part debate program.

During the past few months of unstable political times, watching The Andrew Neil Show (Sundays, 6pm) has been crucial for people desperate to see politicians squirm.

The half-hour show, which is produced by ITN Productions in collaboration with Channel 4 News, airs every Sunday night.

Andrew Neil said: "I'm delighted the show has been recommissioned. It's a fascinating time in UK and world politics and we try each week to cut through the noise to give people insightful interviews and analysis they can't get elsewhere. I'm raring to go."

Celebrity MasterChef - Contestants

This summer, BBC One will host the return of Celebrity MasterChef, featuring an all-star cast of comedic greats, world champion athletes, multi-award-winning singers, and stars of movie and stage competing for the coveted Celebrity MasterChef 2022 title.

John Torode MBE and Gregg Wallace MBE will once again put 20 well-known faces to the test over the course of six weeks in a show produced by Shine TV, a Banijay UK subsidiary. Who has the taste and ability to chop, slice, and sizzle their way to winning the coveted Celebrity MasterChef trophy will be revealed.

The celebrities hoping to tickle John and Gregg's tastebuds and follow in the footsteps of last year's champion, Team GB Paralympian Kadeena Cox, are: TV presenter and actor, Adam Pearson; former World Boxing champion, Chris Eubank; actor, Clarke Peters; actor, Cliff Parisi; musician and TV Judge, Danny Jones; reality TV star, Faye Winter; TV presenter and musician, Gareth Malone OBE; former pro-footballer, Jimmy Bullard; comedian, Kae Kurd; professional dancer, Katya Jones; TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher; British drag performer, Kitty Scott-Claus; actor, Lesley Joseph; TV presenter, Lisa Snowdon; musician, Mel Blatt; media personality, Nancy Dell'Olio; actor and comedian Paul Chuckle; reality star, MoJo; actor and comedian, Richard Blackwood and actor, Ryan Thomas.


Saturday, 9 July 2022

Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life - Coming to Channel 4

 


One of the top cancer hospitals in the world, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, features in Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life. Here, cutting-edge surgeons perform risky procedures on extremely uncommon tumours, frequently at the cutting edge of what is medically possible. The show chronicles the experiences of the patients who trust the surgeons with their life. The Royal Marsden is a pioneer in cutting-edge surgical technology, giving hope to patients with cancers that are challenging to treat while other institutions might have few surgical alternatives. The series shows how cancer affects people from the moment they receive a full diagnosis to the difficult decisions they must make, their recovery from surgery, and their adjustment to a new existence.

The series also highlights the incredible work of the NHS as it works at extra capacity to recover from the pandemic.  Clinical staff have worked tirelessly to support patients through their cancer treatment and doubled as companions during their treatment and consultation appointments when visitor restrictions were in place to protect the most vulnerable patients.

Dame Cally Palmer, Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted the Super Surgeons series will showcase the innovative work The Royal Marsden’s surgical team perform every day to achieve the best results for our cancer patients. Our surgical team build strong relationships with patients while planning for complex operations that are often UK firsts. The desire to offer the most advanced procedures is always driven by what is best for our patients and their quality of life.”


Thursday, 7 July 2022

Love Island gets its biggest audience so far this year

 


Monday evening's episode had its biggest audience so far this series beating the launch, with a total of 3.0m viewers tuning in to see the latest Casa Amor episode across all devices. 

It had its joint highest 16-34 audience this series with 1.1m viewers and a 63% share.

ITV Hub had its biggest day of the year yesterday with over 10m streams. As a series Love Island has now been streamed 130m times.

Unvaccinated, with Professor Hannah Fry

 


Covid-19 is on the rise again in the UK. After multiple lockdowns and more than 197,000 deaths, experts are warning we’re now entering a fifth wave of the pandemic. So why are five million adults in the UK still yet to receive a single dose of the vaccine?

In this timely, eye-opening investigation commissioned by BBC Factual for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, due to air on Wednesday 20 July at 9pm, Professor Hannah Fry seeks to understand why eight percent of the population remain unvaccinated against Covid-19.

A British mathematician named Professor Hannah Fry contributed to the data that enabled the UK to exit its initial lockdown. She's on a mission to look below the headlines and learn what the country is thinking right now after the largest UK-wide survey conducted since the start of the vaccine rollout.

Hannah will gather seven unvaccinated people in one place to discuss their deeply held views, ideas, and anxieties in order to properly investigate this complicated and extremely divided subject. Together, they will debate the most recent research and statistics in the area, confront top experts, and examine how misinformation spreads on social media.

At the end of the experiment each contributor will be asked if what they have learned has changed their mind, and whether they will now take up the vaccine. Scientists say we are likely to face more pandemics, and more vaccine roll outs - what will it take to convince those who are unvaccinated to get their first Covid-19 vaccination?


Chris Hemsworth will read a CBeebies Bedtime Story

 


Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is to make his CBeebies debut telling the story of a little bear who is frightened of the rain and thunder.

On Friday 8 July (6.50pm, CBeebies and BBC iPlayer), Chris reads Stormy Night by Salina Yoon.

Chris says: “I love nothing more than reading bedtime stories to my children and it was a joy to get to read Stormy Night, a story about a little bear who is scared of storms. Even though I know a thing or two about thunder and lightning, I always feel better when the storm passes.”

Monday, 4 July 2022

South Park The Streaming Wars Part 2

 


The second "South Park" made-for-streaming film for Paramount+'s service, SOUTH PARK THE STREAMING WARS PART 2, will debut on Wednesday, July 13, in the United States before expanding internationally in all territories where the service is offered. Exclusively on Paramount+, you can stream the first three "South Park" events: SOUTH PARK: POST COVID, SOUTH PARK: POST COVID: THE RETURN OF COVID, and SOUTH PARK THE STREAMING WARS.

In SOUTH PARK THE STREAMING WARS PART 2, a drought has brought the town of South Park to the brink of disaster.



COMPETITION: Win DI Ray on DVD



DI Ray - Released from 11th July

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

Synopsis: 
‘Thrilling, fresh relevant, thought-provoking’ (Daily Mirror), it stars the talented and acclaimed Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham) in a powerful and poignant performance. Written and created by Line of Duty star, and one-to-watch scribe Maya Sondhi (EastEnders) with Jed Mercurio as Exec Producer, this ground-breaking and engrossing series is a refreshing and necessary addition to the crime-drama genre promising twists, turns and fresh-perspectives aplenty...

When DI Rachita Ray, a British Asian policewoman new to homicide is assigned to investigate the suspected honour killing of a young Muslim man, she quickly realises the suspects can’t be guilty.

The evidence against the two brothers from a British Hindu family is flimsy at best but her attempts at conveying this to her superiors and her colleagues fall on deaf ears. Hidden biases and a keenness to wrap the case up mean no one is listening to her until her probing leads the team to a much more sinister crime.

As she uncovers a complex web of deceit within organised crime, she also lays bare the wounds deep within herself that she’s spent a lifetime ignoring - wounds that are born from a desperate desire to ‘fit in’, despite not looking the part.


Pre-Order from Amazon at https://amzn.to/3AoORS3

For your chance to win just answer the question below.

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Friday, 1 July 2022

Know Your Sh!t - With Alana and Lisa Macfarlane

Every time you have a 'number two', it can reveal important clues about many aspects of our health, from mental health and immunity to disease risk and digestive problems. Yet we're often too embarrassed to talk about it.

Alana and Lisa Macfarlane, are here to change all that. Know Your Sh!t is a pleasant, approachable, and lighthearted series that will teach people what is and isn't typical about our bowels and revolutionise our daily health habits by putting poo front and centre of their brave new TV clinic. They will be joined by a range of medical professionals who will provide expert diagnosis and counsel.

Each episode includes a different case study of a patient with a different complaint, but they all have something in common: they will all undergo a bowel movement test, and the results will put them on the road to better gut health and overall health as they receive advice and solutions from a team of experts. Along the way, Alana and Lisa will provide loads of lifestyle tips to help viewers improve their gut health as they follow their stories and follow their progress.

Presenters Alana and Lisa Macfarlane said: "We've been living in the world of gut health for years now, and we're bursting to take everyone on a journey of discovery – to educate, inspire and change lives like it has ours!"