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Tuesday 30 May 2023

TRAILER: The Idol - 5 June on Sky Atlantic

 

The highly anticipated trailer for the Sky exclusive series, "The Idol," has been unveiled, generating excitement among viewers. Starting from June 5th, audiences can catch the series exclusively on Sky Atlantic and the NOW streaming service.

"The Idol" is a collaborative creation by Sam Levinson (known for "Euphoria"), Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye, and Reza Fahim. The series features stellar performances from Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp.

Following a turbulent period marked by a nervous breakdown that disrupted Jocelyn's (played by Lily-Rose Depp) previous tour, she is resolute in reclaiming her rightful place as the ultimate and most alluring pop star in America. Jocelyn's ambitions are reignited when she encounters Tedros (played by Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye), a charismatic nightclub impresario with a controversial past. As she undergoes a romantic awakening, Jocelyn is poised to ascend to remarkable heights of success, but she also risks delving into the deepest and darkest corners of her soul.

"The Idol" promises a captivating narrative that explores the complexities of passion, ambition, and self-discovery, as Jocelyn's journey unfolds.

Derek Thompson to leave Casualty after 37 years playing Charlie Fairhead

After an impressive tenure of 37 years portraying the beloved character Charlie Fairhead, Derek Thompson is bidding farewell to the BBC drama Casualty.

With an incredible contribution to the show, having appeared in almost 900 episodes, Derek holds the distinction of being Casualty's longest-serving cast member. Since the series' inception in 1986, he has played a pivotal role, captivating audiences with his portrayal. Derek will continue filming until the autumn, and viewers can anticipate his final scenes as Charlie to be aired next year. The culmination of an enthralling exit storyline will place Charlie at the forefront of the action, ensuring a gripping conclusion for the character.

Derek Thompson says: "The time has come for me to hang up Charlie's scrubs after the most wonderful 37 years. Charlie Fairhead was inspired by a real nurse – Pete Salt. Together with the writers and producers, I have tried to bring to Charlie the compassion, kindness, heroism and sound judgement that we all see and love in Pete and I want to say thanks to Pete and everyone else over that time who has inspired me in bringing this character to life."

Throughout his remarkable time in the emergency department, Charlie has served as the cornerstone, navigating numerous significant storylines that tackled challenging and thought-provoking subjects.

While tirelessly caring for countless patients, Charlie himself has faced various personal struggles during his extensive tenure in the ED. These include being run over by an ambulance on his wedding day, experiencing a near-fatal cardiac arrest amidst a gang siege, and his poignant and heart-wrenching relationship with his beloved fellow nurse, Duffy (portrayed by Cathy Shipton). Despite these obstacles, Charlie has consistently emerged as the steadfast heart of the department, always there for his colleagues in times of need.

The specifics of Charlie's ultimate storyline on Casualty will be unveiled in due course, promising a conclusion that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact.

The Effects of Lying - Thursday 6th July on ITVX

ITVX has successfully acquired the debut production of Bonaparte Films, titled "The Effects of Lying," set to premiere on 6th July. This refreshing comedic drama, directed by Isher Sahota (known for "Grace" and "McDonald & Dodds") and produced by Jon Tarcy (from "Life in Black"), brings a much-needed South Asian representation to our screens.

"The Effects of Lying" is a delightfully chaotic story that revolves around Naveen (played by Ace Bhatti), a devoted husband and loving father. His life takes an unexpected turn as a series of shocking events unfold over the course of a single day. Decades of hidden secrets are finally revealed, and Naveen is confronted with harsh realities he can no longer ignore.

The talented cast is led by Ace Bhatti (known for "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Line of Duty"), alongside Laila Rouass (from "Holby City" and "Spooks") and Lauren Patel (featured in "Everybody's Talking About Jamie"). Also starring are Navin Chowdhry (known for "The End of the F***ing World" and "Our Girl"), Shaheen Khan (from "Bend it Like Beckham"), and Mark Williams (from the "Harry Potter" series). The script has been written by James Hey (known for "Doctors").

Naveen (Bhatti) has always lived his life by the rules, as a loyal husband and devoted father. He has made countless sacrifices for his family. However, today will be a day unlike any other. As he discovers his teenage daughter Simran (Patel) secretly indulging and his dissatisfied wife Sangeeta (Rouass) in bed with his own brother (Chowdhry), a flood of lies ensues, uncovering the truth that has remained hidden for far too long.

Saturday 27 May 2023

I Literally Just Told You - Recommissioned

Channel 4's popular primetime comedy gameshow, hosted by Jimmy Carr, is set to make a comeback for its third season. The show, originally devised by Richard Bacon and produced by Expectation, has experienced a consistent increase in viewership across both traditional television broadcasts and video-on-demand platforms with each successive series. The Christmas special, featuring celebrities, drew in an impressive audience of 1.2 million viewers, while also tripling the viewership share among the coveted 16-34 year old demographic, surpassing the average performance for that time slot.


Creator, Richard Bacon said, "I'm really excited it's back and for even more episodes than ever before. We're going to make it louder and weirder. How do I know that? I Literally Just etc etc"


In each episode of I Literally Just Told You, four contestants have the opportunity to compete for a cash prize of up to £25,000 by answering questions that have been written live as the show is being filmed. The questions can be about absolutely anything that happens during the show, from a celebrity cameo to an off the cuff joke or even something one of the contestants has shared about themselves. 

Thursday 25 May 2023

Rian Johnson’s Poker Face starring Natasha Lyonne available from Friday 26 May on Sky Max

 

Sky has announced that the highly anticipated detective series POKER FACE will be available exclusively on Sky Max and streaming service NOW starting from Friday 26 May. The series promises to be a thrilling experience for viewers who love edge-of-your-seat entertainment. It features an all-star cast led by Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Orange Is The New Black), who is also the executive producer, writer, and director of the series.

Created, written, directed, and executive produced by Rian Johnson, a multiple Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and writer/director/producer of the hit "Knives Out" movies, POKER FACE is a 10-episode mystery-of-the-week series that follows Charlie Cale (played by Natasha Lyonne), a woman with an extraordinary ability to detect when someone is lying. She travels in her Plymouth Barracuda and at every stop, encounters new characters and strange crimes that she can't resist solving.

The whodunnit series features a roster of guest stars including Adrien Brody, Charles Melton, Chloë Sevigny, Cherry Jones, Danielle MacDonald, Dascha Polanco, Ellen Barkin, Hong Chau, Jameela Jamil, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Judith Light, Lil Rel Howery, Niall Cunningham, Rowan Blanchard, Stephanie Hsu, Simon Helberg, Colton Ryan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Luis Guzman, John Ratzenberger, Nick Nolte, Tim Meadows, among others.

Nora and Lilla Zuckerman serve as showrunners and executive producers. Other executive producers include Ram Bergman, Natasha Lyonne, Nena Rodrigue and Iain B. MacDonald, alongside Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens as co-executive producers. The series is produced by T-Street, MRC Television and Animal Pictures and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

Poker Face available from 26 May exclusively on Sky Max and streaming service NOW.

Monday 22 May 2023

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back from Sunday 21 May

Get ready for the highly anticipated return of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the beloved gardening extravaganza, as it graces the screens of the BBC once again starting from Sunday, May 21st.

The show's focal points for this year are centered around the promotion of gardening for everyone, achieving outstanding results with minimal effort, adapting to the ever-changing climate while nurturing our gardens, and exploring the immense value of gardening for our overall health and well-being.

To catch all the exciting BBC coverage of this event, here's what you need to do from Sunday, May 21st.

This year's TV schedule will feature special daily programming straight from the showground, with live commentary and take-home advice from the team of experts as they share the latest designs and planting innovations in the horticultural world.

The programming includes:
Sunday 21 May, BBC One and iPlayer - A 60-minute launch programme presented by Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift from 6pm
Monday 22 - Friday 26 May, BBC One and iPlayer - 45 minutes a day presented by Nicki Chapman and Angellica Bell from 3.45pm
Monday 22 – Friday 26 May, BBC Two and iPlayer - 60 minutes a day presented by Monty Don and Joe Swift. Starting at 7.30pm on Monday, and 8pm thereafter
Wednesday 24 May and Friday 26 May, BBC One and iPlayer – Two 30-minute programmes featuring the BBC RHS People's Choice Award. Starting at 7pm on Wednesday and 7.30pm on Friday
Saturday 27 May, BBC Two and iPlayer - A 60-minute highlights show presented by Monty Don and Joe Swift from 8.10pm
Monday 29 May, BBC One and iPlayer - Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift look back on the highlights of the week in a 60-minute programme from 8pm

Sophie Raworth, Monty Don and Joe Swift will be on air for eight days of broadcasts on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, where they will review and analyse this year's garden designs and highlight the innovation on display.

Nicki Chapman and Angellica Bell will front the daytime coverage, which will be packed with practical take-home tips and advice on how to make the most of your garden, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned gardener.  Our presenters will also be offering money-saving gardening ideas and seasonal solutions to ease the pressure on your wallet.

Mary Berry, JJ Chalmers and Chris Bavin are back this year. We'll also be hearing from our favourite gardening experts, including Adam Frost, Frances Tophill, Arit Anderson, Nick Bailey, Carol Klein, Rachel de Thame, Toby Buckland, James Wong, Mark Lane and more. As an exciting addition to the 2023 line-up, Gardeners' World presenter Sue Kent is joining the team.

Sunday 21 May 2023

Sophie Turner transforms into notorious jewel thief Joan Hannington

Immerse yourself in the captivating world inspired by the extraordinary life of Joan Hannington, a renowned jewel thief, as envisioned by acclaimed screenwriter Anna Symon (known for The Essex Serpent and Mrs Wilson). Episode four is skillfully crafted by the talented writer Helen Black.

Under the masterful direction of BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Richard Laxton (renowned for Rain Dogs, The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, and Mrs Wilson), this exhilarating and emotionally charged series unfolds against the vibrant backdrop of the 1980s. This iconic era, celebrated for its daring fashion, unforgettable music, and transformative cultural shifts, sets the stage for an unforgettable journey.

We are introduced to Joan, a fiery and uncompromising woman in her twenties, marked by deep scars and vulnerability. While fiercely dedicated to her six-year-old daughter, Kelly, Joan finds herself trapped in a tumultuous marriage with a violent criminal named Gary. When Gary suddenly disappears, Joan seizes the opportunity to forge a new path for herself and her daughter.

Embracing new identities and forming unexpected connections, Joan evolves into a masterful jewel thief. She embarks on a thrilling and high-stakes adventure, pushing her limits at every turn. Motivated by her unwavering love for her daughter and the burning desire to provide a secure future, Joan's journey is filled with twists and turns that test her intelligence, charm, and ability to assume different personas.

Follow Joan as she navigates the intricate web of her life, experiencing both heartache and joy along the way. Her story is a compelling tapestry woven with sharp wit, mesmerizing performances, and an insatiable drive that makes it impossible to look away.

Sophie Turner stars alongside Frank Dillane (The Essex Serpent, Fear the Walking Dead, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), as Boisie, a London antique dealer. Kirsty J. Curtis (Match Not Found, Harlots), plays Nancy, Joan's older sister and a salon worker while Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (I May Destroy You, Top Boy) portrays Albie, an old acquaintance of Boisie who's made a new life in Spain with his wife Val, played by Laura Aikman (The Split, Gavin & Stacey).

Other actors joining the series include Nick Blood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Safe), Jack Greenlees (Strike, Harlots), Alex Blake (The Crown, Chernobyl), Caroline Faber (Grantchester, Berlin Station) and Dorothy Atkinson(The Gold, Stonehouse).

Photo credit: Susie Allnutt


TRAILER: The Gallows Pole by Shane Meadows

Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled experience as the captivating trailer for Shane Meadows' thrilling three-part series, The Gallows Pole, has been released. This highly anticipated show stars Michael Socha (known for This Is England and Papillon) and Sophie McShera (recognized for Cinderella and Downton Abbey). Mark your calendars as the series is set to premiere on May 31st on BBC Two, with all episodes instantly available on BBC iPlayer from the same date.

Drawing inspiration from Benjamin Myers' book, Shane Meadows masterfully weaves fiction into the extraordinary true story of David Hartley and the notorious Cragg Vale Coiners. Unfolding against the picturesque backdrop of 18th Century Yorkshire's moorland hills, this gripping drama delves into the enigmatic life of David Hartley, portrayed by the talented Michael Socha. Assembling a gang of weavers and laborers, Hartley leads them on a daring criminal venture that will challenge the very foundations of the economy, ultimately culminating in the grandest fraud in British history. Brace yourself for an enthralling journey through an era defined by revolution and intrigue.

Also starring in The Gallows Pole are Sophie McShera as Grace Hartley, Thomas Turgoose (This Is England, Looted) as William Hartley, Yusra Warsama (Castle Rock) as Bethsheba, Anthony Welsh (Master Of None, The Flatshare) as Abe Oldfield, Samuel Edward-Cook (Peaky Blinders, Better) as Isaac Hartley, Joe Sproulle (The A Word) as Joe, and Adam Fogerty (Legend, Snatch) as James Broadbent, Nicole Barber-Lane (Hollyoaks) as Susie, Fine Time Fontayne (Peterloo) as Joseph Broadbent, with Ralph Ineson (Peaky Blinders) as The Clothier.

The Gallows Pole also sees the screen debuts of an ensemble of first-time actors, including Stevie Binns as Mand, Jennifer Reid as Barb, Soraya Jane Nabipour as Darya Hartley, Olivia Pentelow as Hannah, Charlotte Ockelton as Gwen Hartley and Dave Perkins as Tom Hartley.

Staged Series 3 coming to the BBC

BBC One and BBC iPlayer are gearing up for the highly anticipated return of the popular show Staged, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen. The dynamic duo will once again be joined by Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg for an exhilarating third series.

In this upcoming instalment, tensions arise between Michael, David, and their director Simon, leading to a fallout. Despite the strain in their relationship, Simon makes every effort to reunite the talented actors for a new project. However, this endeavor proves to be a formidable challenge. Witness the comedic escapades of the pair as they navigate life after lockdown in this side-splitting third season.

Originally conceived during the pandemic, Staged quickly gained recognition and acclaim. It was honored with the title of Best Comedy at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards in 2022, and it also received the esteemed accolade of Best Comedy at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards in 2021.

Created by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, Staged (6 x 22) is written and directed by Simon Evans and is an Infinity Hill and GCB Films production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Produced by Phin Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant, the executive producer are David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

Full details on transmission will be revealed in due course.

Thursday 18 May 2023

First look at Arthurian legend, The Winter King

The Winter King is set in the fifth century, long before Britain was united, in a brutal land of warring factions and tribes, where lives were often fleeting. The series follows Arthur Pendragon as he evolves from outcast to legendary warrior and leader.


The series stars Iain De Caestecker  (The Control Room, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Arthur Pendragon, alongside Eddie Marsan (The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, Deceit) as High King Uther, Ellie James (Giri/Haji, I May Destroy You) as Nimue, Nathaniel Martello-White (Small Axe, I Hate Suzie) as Merlin, Stuart Campbell (Rogue Heroes, Clique) as Derfel, Daniel Ings (I Hate Suzie, The Crown) as Owain, Valene Kane (The Fall, Gangs of London) as Morgan, Jordan Alexandra (Mammals) as Guinevere and Simon Merrells (Good Omens, Knightfall) as Gundleus.


The ensemble cast also features Steven Elder (The King, A Spy Among Friends) as Bishop Bedwin, Andrew Gower (Outlander, Carnival Row) as Sansum,  Aneirin Hughes (Keeping Faith, Dream Horse) as Gorfydd, Emily John (My Policeman) as Ceinwyn,  Tatjana Nardone (Devils, State of Consciousness) as Ladwyss, Ken Nwosu (Killing Eve, The Letter for the King) as Sagramor, and Billy Postlethwaite (The Great, Chernobyl) as Cadwys.



Junior Taskmaster and Assistant in Channel 4's brand new Junior Taskmaster Revealed

Rose Matafeo, a BAFTA-nominated comedian, writer, and actor, along with the critically acclaimed writer and performer Mike Wozniak, will be hosting and starring in Channel 4's exciting new children-focused entertainment show called Junior Taskmaster. This show has been commissioned due to the immense success and popularity of Taskmaster.

In Junior Taskmaster, Matafeo will assume the role of the formidable Junior Taskmaster. She will judge the efforts of five brave young contestants and assign points to them as they take on a series of wonderfully eccentric tasks. These tasks are designed to foster and showcase their cleverness, wit, creativity, and athleticism. Meanwhile, Wozniak will diligently take notes, record statistics, and efficiently manage the logistics of each task. The show aims to celebrate and recognize genius at any age.

Rose Matafeo, The Junior Taskmaster said: "To be appointed as Junior Taskmaster is one of the greatest honours of my already wildly successful career. I am greatly looking forward to the power going to my head".


Who Do You Think You Are? Returns to BBC One this June

 



BBC One's Who Do You Think You Are? returns in early June, as nine celebrities embark on a deeply personal journey to uncover unknown family ancestry and unexpected truths about their heritage.

From clog-wearing rope dancers and Scottish royalty to murder trials and tragic accidents, the celebrities travel across the UK and around the world to Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Jamaica, and Australia in pursuit of the truth behind their family stories.

Series 20 of the show promises astonishing revelations for the celebrities who have chosen to share their journeys with viewers. Andrew Lloyd Webber unearths uncanny parallels between his life and the lives of his ancestors, while Emily Atack discovers surprising connections to Ryan Reynolds and a football club. Claire Foy and Lesley Manville dive head-first into their family histories, uncovering stories worthy of any TV drama. Kevin Clifton and Dev Griffin travel overseas to trace their ancestors, with Kevin finding himself in remote Canada and Dev discovering personal records about his great grandparents in Jamaica. Chris Ramsey discovers some extraordinary survival stories and an ancestor who won a very unusual lottery, while twin doctors and presenters Chris and Xand van Tulleken make their Who Do You Think You Are? journey together, tracing their Dutch ancestry. Adventurer Bear Grylls is delighted to find a royal connection that leads him into the wild.

The highly anticipated Season 20 of Who Do You Think You Are? will bring shocking truths, tears, and tragedies, as well as moving and uplifting stories to viewers at home. The celebrities uncover affecting moments in their family histories that impact them in ways they never thought possible.

Monday 15 May 2023

The cast has been revealed for "The Way," an audacious new drama from Michael Sheen, James Graham, and Adam Curtis, set to air on the BBC.

BBC and Red Seam have officially announced the cast for "The Way," an exciting and daring drama written by James Graham and directed by Michael Sheen. This captivating series, co-created by Sheen, Graham, and Adam Curtis, has been developed and executive produced by Bethan Jones. Produced by Red Seam, a Wales-based company, in association with Little Door Productions, filming for the three-part drama has commenced in Port Talbot. "The Way" follows the journey of an average family entangled in a remarkable sequence of events that reverberate beyond their hometown.

Steffan Rhodri (Steeltown Murders, Gavin and Stacey), Mali Harries (Keeping Faith, Hinterland), Sophie Melville (The Pact, Iphigenia In Splott), Callum Scott Howells (It's A Sin, Cabaret) and Michael Sheen (Staged, Good Omens) lead the cast as the Driscoll family with, Maja Laskowska (Trigonometry, Baptise) as a young women caught up in the family's escape.

Luke Evans (Nine Perfect Strangers, The Pembrokeshire Murders) stars as Hogwood, a mercenary in pursuit of the Driscolls, with Tom Cullen (The Gold, Weekend), Danny Sapani (Killing Eve, The Diplomat), Mark Lewis Jones (Outlander, The Crown), Paul Rhys (Discovery of Witches , Chaplin), Erin Richards (The Crown, Gotham), Aneurin Barnard (The Catch, 1899),Catherine Ayers (The Light in the Hall, Keeping Faith), Jonathan Nefydd (Pobol y Cwm, Grav), Matthew Aubrey (Keeping Faith, World on Fire),) and Andria Doherty (It's a Sin) all playing key roles across the series. Child actor Teilo James Le Masurier will make his screen debut as Rhys, the Driscoll's 4-year-old grandson.

Ambitious, powerful and surprising, The Way taps into the social and political chaos of today's world by imagining a civil uprising which begins in a small industrial town. Fleeing unrest, The Driscolls are forced to escape the country they've always called home and the certainties of their old lives. Will they be overwhelmed by their memories of the past, or will they lay their ghosts to rest and take the risk of an unknown future?

The Way is an emotional and darkly humorous story about what it means to be faced with impossible choices.

Director, co-creator and executive producer Michael Sheen says: "I feel very lucky to get to work every day with these phenomenal actors. We've always had so much acting talent here in Wales and I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to tell this extraordinary story with the very best at work today."

The Way was co-commissioned with BBC Cymru Wales and will air on BBC One and iPlayer.


The Change - First look at upcoming Channel 4 Show

Who is she? What does she do? Is this the end? Linda, portrayed by Bridget Christie, suspects she may be experiencing early onset dementia when she forgets the name of a shoe, but her general practitioner surprises her with a different diagnosis: menopause. Empowered by this newfound understanding, Linda embarks on a mission to reclaim some of the time she has devoted to "invisible work" throughout the years, focusing on 131,500 minutes instead of the daunting total of 3.5 million. In a bold move for self-care, she retrieves her long-neglected Triumph motorbike, untouched for three decades, and embarks on a solitary journey to the magnificent wilderness of The Forest of Dean. Her objective is clear: to rediscover her identity, find her purpose, and reconnect with a cherished childhood memory of climbing a particular tree. 

Along her adventure, Linda encounters a cast of eccentric local characters, including the notorious Eel Sisters, a disgruntled radio host, and a mysterious man residing in the woods with wild boars. Naturally, unforeseen complications arise, but what could possibly go wrong?






Sunday 14 May 2023

An introduction to Ten Pound Poms by writer Danny Brocklehurst

 

Ten Pound Poms will air weekly on BBC One from Sunday 14 May at 9pm. 

Ten Pound Poms is an original drama series created by BAFTA-winning Danny Brocklehurst, produced by Eleven - the team behind award-winning Sex Education. A co-production between the BBC and Stan, the series will debut on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and as a Stan Original Series in Australia.

The six-part show chronicles the journey of a group of Brits who leave post-war Britain in 1956 to start a new life in sunny Australia. Promised better housing, job prospects, and a higher quality of life for a mere ten pounds, they quickly discover that life down under is not the paradise they imagined. The series follows their challenges and successes as they adjust to their new lives as immigrants in an unfamiliar country.

The central characters of the series are Annie (played by Faye Marsay) and Terry Roberts (played by Warren Brown). As they strive to create a better life for their family, they are tested by the difficult living conditions and the negative attitudes towards immigrants. Kate (played by Michelle Keegan) arrives without her fiancé and is determined to leave her painful past behind. Bill (played by Leon Ford) is desperate to prove he's living the Australian dream, even if he can't maintain the lifestyle he desires. Stevie (played by Declan Coyle), a troubled teenager, hopes this new adventure will be his escape from his oppressive father. Finally, Ron (played by Rob Collins), an indigenous Australian war veteran, struggles with feeling like an outsider in his own country.

Overall, Ten Pound Poms promises to be a captivating drama that explores the challenges and triumphs of immigrant life in the 1950s.

After World War II, more than a million Brits were enticed to emigrate to Australia for just £10. In return they were promised a better house, better job prospects and a better quality of life by the sea in sun-soaked Australia.

When Eleven Film first approached me with the idea of a series about the Ten Pound Poms and asked if it was something I would be interested in writing about, my interest was piqued. You get this sort of thing a lot as a writer and quite often you think “You know, it’s not for me.” But there was something about this that really appealed. I’ve not written a period drama before, for good reason, because they’re generally quite tricky to make good. But I was drawn to the themes of escape, of no matter where we go, we take our problems with us – something which is ever present in my work – and the fact that this was a piece of our history that I didn’t know much about. It’s a period piece that isn’t all bonnets and frocks - and the more I looked into it, the more I thought: “Yeah, there’s definitely a TV series here. I’m in.”

Once I was on board, Eleven decided to hire a full-time researcher who dug around quite intensively for a few weeks and produced a detailed 50 page document and when I started to watch documentaries and read books, it opened up a whole river of imagination and knowledge which I found fascinating. The research offered up so many ideas that it was almost overwhelming; there were so many fascinating and heart-breaking potential stories, so many directions I could go in. I had to choose who was going to come over to Australia, who was already there, what year do we begin, there were lots of important decisions to make early on.

Britain in the fifties was a fairly grim place and many people were tempted by the adverts for Australia as “a great place for families.” The technicolour promo films of the time showed golden beaches, beautiful houses with picket fences and big gardens, attractive, suntanned people water-skiing and playing volleyball. But in reality, many immigrants arrived to gross disappointment. They were housed in post-war steel Nissen huts with outdoor showers, no flush toilets and terrible food. The accommodation was cramped, insects rife, the heat stifling and walls paper-thin.

I decided I wanted to bring over a loving couple with two children. They are trying to change their life because Terry the father is haunted by memories of what he saw in the war and is drinking too much in an effort to blot them out. Bright and ambitious, his wife Annie has always put herself second to the needs of her family. Then there’s Kate, a lone traveller who leaves her fiancé at the port and has a deeply emotional motivation for coming to Australia. At the hostel in Australia, we meet an English family, Bill, Sheila and their twin daughters who have been there for some time. She is desperately homesick and longing to return home.

So that was the core of my series. And they obviously collide with various Australian characters on the compound and in the town, funny, friendly, abusive and embracing. There was a real sense of “Who are these poms, coming here, taking our jobs.”

Australia, like many places in the fifties had issues with racism, sexism and masculine culture. Women weren’t allowed in pubs, indigenous Australians were sent to the back of the queue in shops, children roamed free all day long despite the very real danger of snakes, spiders and dingoes. But there were no class hang-ups and women were encouraged to work whilst families spent time on the beach - and of course the landscapes are stunning.

I’d worked with Michelle before on the series Ordinary Lies and Brassic. Early on there was a discussion with the BBC and I asked Michelle if she’d be interested. She loved the idea of Kate’s journey, because she appears to be in a relationship when we first meet her at the port in England, but she arrives in Australia on her own and tells the port official that her fiancé didn’t want to come after all and you immediately think: “Hang on, that doesn’t sit right.” Throughout the series you realise Kate’s on a very personal, heart-wrenching mission, which goes back to the research and some of the things that were happening to single women in the UK at the time. Michelle was perfect for the role – it’s the first time she’s done a period drama and we adapted the script to accommodate some of the things that came out of rehearsals.

Faye is fantastic as Annie and in many ways she’s the emotional heart of the series as the mother of our lead family. She’s the one who drives the decision to go to Australia when she sees an advert in the paper. Terry is blind drunk and he’s lost all of his money and she announces: “We are going to change our life.” When she arrives, she’s the stereotypical 1950s housewife, like lots of women at that time. She’s brought up the kids, she looks after the home, she’s very much catering for her family. But what she discovers in Australia is an unexpectedly massive opportunity to become something different alongside all of that, which could be a whole new exciting life for her, which isn’t really why they went. So it immediately creates a conflict in the family because everybody’s dynamic is changing quite unexpectedly. Faye, who’s from the north of England, is such a natural actor - she can do so much with an expression, and she looks so believable and real. It’s sometimes difficult to find actors who feel of the period, so you’re looking for actors who are chameleon like. Faye’s really inhabited Annie’s character and takes us on that journey throughout season one.

As for Warren, Terry was one of the first characters who came into my mind when I was creating the series. Our story opens in 1956, eleven years after the end of the Second World War but lots of people in the UK were still processing what had happened and many people who’d fought were struggling. I watched a very good documentary with some first-hand accounts of real Ten Pound Poms and one character stuck in my mind. He was talking about how his experiences of the horror of the war had stayed with him and he was unravelling in the UK. He had PTSD and was finding life very hard. Going to Australia was a way of trying to deal with that. The theme of the show is told through his story which is that you can go and start a new life, but you essentially take your baggage with you; you can never leave yourself behind. He’s still got all this bad stuff in his head, problems with drink and gambling. How can he try and lessen some of that through starting afresh in this new country?

Warren and I had worked together briefly many years ago on Shameless and had talked about doing something together. Terry is a hard role to cast because he’s got to be masculine and physical as a working man and labourer, but he’s also got to be troubled, with a sensitive side, we’ve got to have some humour and it’s difficult finding all that in one actor. Warren looks very good for the period, but he also has that vulnerability whilst being tough. He kind of ticked all of the boxes.

I didn’t really know any Australian actors before we started this process. I was brought up to speed by our brilliant casting director and it became pretty clear to me how much amazing acting talent there is over there. It was a nerve-wracking decision to cast only a small percentage of English actors whilst some would be played by Australians doing an English, Northern accent. The kids, Finn and Hattie, are absolutely brilliant – you wouldn’t know they’re not from Manchester. They’re an amazing find and I’m very pleased. As for the other cast, like Rob and Stephen, they’re just exceptional and we’re very lucky to have them on board.

For much of the production I was in the UK and the time difference is hellish meaning you do most Zoom conversations pretty early in the morning UK time. 8 or 9 in the morning is 5 or 6 o’clock in Australia, so you have a very small communication window which can be challenging. But once we were up and running and the director and executive producer moved to Australia, it became a bit easier on the ground. We have one Scottish director and one from Australia, so we add those different voices into the mix. They’re both superb.

I hope it’s an entertaining story that shines a light on something viewers didn’t know much about. I think Ten Pound Poms is a kind of rare beast these days. It’s unashamedly a character drama. I mean it’s got thriller moments and emotional high stakes but it’s essentially about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, their lives and their families and trying to make things work. In a TV landscape awash with cops and crime and high concept whizz bang, it’s a privilege to have the time to do a character piece that feels very rich and emotional. We’ve created a period drama with dirt under its fingernails, a show that doesn’t glamorise the past. It’s about love and hope and following your dreams.

Friday 12 May 2023

Crime - Full series out now on ITVX

 

Detective Lennox is pushed to his limits when young Britney Hamil is abducted from an Edinburgh street. As he investigates the case, Lennox is haunted by a secret abuse from his past that drives his relentless pursuit of justice. His mission is to root out evil wherever he senses it, and he is not content with simply solving crimes.

However, this passion comes at a cost. Lennox's relationships begin to crumble one by one, replaced by alcohol and drugs. But despite his personal struggles, Lennox manages to hold himself together and eventually proves that Britney was murdered by a notorious serial killer who had previously pinned his crimes on an innocent man. This sets off a chase for justice, which could lead to a deadly confrontation.

In the end, Lennox comes face to face with the killer, known as Mr. Confectioner. But Confectioner has the upper hand and forces Lennox to confront his inner turmoil. Crime is a psychological, procedural thriller that explores the battle for Lennox's soul.


Wednesday 10 May 2023

Ten Pound Poms Interview with Michelle Keegan (Kate)


Ten PounTen Pound Poms will air weekly on BBC One from Sunday 14 May at 9pm.

Ten Pound Poms is the new original drama series created by BAFTA-winning Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic, Ordinary Lies) produced by Eleven, the team behind the award-winning Sex Education. A co-production between BBC and Stan, the series will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and as a Stan Original Series in Australia.

Who do you play?

My character Kate is a nurse who has left the UK to go to Australia for a very different reason from the rest of the characters. She has an emotional connection to the country and we find out as the show progresses what her intentions are and why she has gone there.


What was it like filming in Australia?

I absolutely loved filming in Australia. I mean, when I first got there the weather wasn’t great, I’m not going to lie, but as a country I really enjoyed it. In fact, in a way my journey to Australia has parallels with Kate’s. It was my first time too and I didn’t know what to expect, I came on my own which was quite scary, but it’s been such an incredible experience.


This isn’t the first time you’ve worked with writer Danny Brocklehurst?

I worked with Danny for a long time – most recently on Brassic which is now on its 5th season and I went back to filming it immediately after Ten Pound Poms. I also worked with him about six years ago on a show called Ordinary Lies and I love his work. I think his scripts are really raw and gritty, but also show a lot of heart - a lot of people can relate to them.


How did you find playing Kate and being in a period drama for the first time?

Kate’s storyline is definitely very emotionally led. You see her go through a lot of turmoil in Ten Pound Poms. It’s been really challenging for me, and I’ve loved every minute. Obviously the series is set in the fifties, so it’s a totally different era and it’s the first time I’ve appeared in a period drama, but it’s something I have always wanted to do.


Tell us about working with Faye Marsay?

I hadn’t met Faye before. I remember her coming into the read-through in Australia to sit next to me. I’d got there a few days before her – and we instantly just clicked. I knew she was going to be my mate and honestly, I’ve loved working with her. She’s so, so talented and we get on because I think we’re quite similar. So I feel really lucky to have worked with her.


What about Warren Brown?

As for ‘Wazza’ Brown, I’ve known him for years. I first met him when I was about nineteen. We’re both from Manchester and actors, so we’d often bump into each other at events and know lots of similar people, but we’ve never actually got to work with each other until now. He is really talented and I just wish I had more scenes with him. Kate’s storyline is very isolated compared to Faye and Warren’s who play a married couple whilst I only have a few scenes with them.


You were the only three British actors on set – what was it like working with the Australian cast?

Going out to Australia to work with the likes of Steve, Emma and Hugo has been fantastic. The Australian actors are so brilliant and they bring a different energy to the set. The thing I miss most about Australia is the people. I know it’s such a clichéd thing to say, but everyone out there is so lovely, friendly and welcoming. The crew really got on and it was such a nice working environment - and of course I miss the cast.


And Jamie, the director of block one?

I’d also worked before with Jamie, the director who did the first block. He’s so visually creative and ten steps ahead of everyone else – his brain must work at a thousand miles per hour! He’s so talented.


What do you hope viewers will take away from the series?

Ten Pound Poms will definitely take the audience on a journey. I think for me and for the viewers, the script is like a history lesson. I didn’t know a lot about the Ten Pound Poms before being part of this project but I did a lot of research into it. Now I’ve talked to lots of people who say: “Yeah, my grandmother was a Ten Pound Pom and I have family in Australia” and that all stemmed from what happened in the 1950s.

Tuesday 9 May 2023

COMPETITION: Win Dalgliesh - Series 2 on DVD


Dalgliesh - Series 2 DVD released on 15th May

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

Synopsis: 
Dalgliesh Series Two is set to arrive on DVD and digital, following its TX on Channel 5, alongside Dalgliesh Series One & Two DVD Box Set, courtesy of Acorn Media International on 15 May 2023, providing plenty of gripping, complex cases.

Dedicated to cracking crime and bringing killers to justice, cunning and intellectual detective Adam Dalgliesh (Carvel – Doctor Foster, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) follows in the footsteps of distinguished detectives such as Sherlock Holmes and Poirot. Both series are adapted from three books, tracing the sleuth’s expansive crime-fighting career, and each case offers its own unique setting and a stellar cast of guests, including Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Natasha Little (War of the Worlds), Mirren Mack (Sex Education), David Bamber (Flesh and Blood), Anastasia Hille (Baptiste), Carolina Main (Blood) and Stuart Graham (Harry Wild).

Dalgliesh Series Two sees the enigmatic investigator and poet tackle even more mind-boggling mysteries in the grubby heart of 1970s England, including the murder of a young girl, which leads to a forensic biologist being found dead in his lab, the suspicious murder of an illustrious but controversial defence barrister and the case of a young doctor being set alight on museum grounds where it seems everyone has something to gain from the crime... Each thrilling new case is split across two episodes and sees David Pearse (The Banshees of Inisherin) reprise his role as forensic pathologist Miles Kynaston, while Carlyss Peer (Grantchester) returns as Dalgliesh’s noble assistant, DS Kate Miskin.

Your favourite detective Dalgliesh is back on the case – it would be a crime to miss it.

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Monday 8 May 2023

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 by the numbers

The Eurovision Song Contest, the world's largest music competition, is set to kick off in Liverpool on May 9, 2023. The upcoming contest promises to be the most spectacular one yet, with the BBC proud to bring it to audiences worldwide. The highly anticipated Turquoise Carpet Opening Ceremony took place at St George's Hall, welcoming all 37 delegates to the city. The event was hosted by Sam Quek and Timur Miroshnychenko, with over 400 media and thousands of fans in attendance.

The staging for the nine live shows at Liverpool Arena is monumental, with 600 rigging points, 140 tons of steel ground support structure, and 1KM of additional steel truss work added to the arena. The lighting at the contest will be breath-taking, with 165,000 channels of lighting control, 23,700 individual light sources, and 2500 automated state-of-the-art colour-changing robotic lights. Sound is also a crucial component, with 150 microphones and over 1,200 individual audio streams. The power for the event requires 1 megawatt of UPS power, 60 miles of cabling around the arena, 150 distribution boards, and 5,000 man-hours.

The broadcast of the contest will be watched by over 160 million viewers worldwide, with over 8 hours of live TV and 50 live feeds. The hair and makeup teams are hard at work to make sure every performer looks their best, while the costume departments have manufactured 482 costumes over the three shows, using 20,000 meters of thread. The event showcases the international nature of the contest, with manufacturing done in the UK and Ukraine.

BBC Director of Unscripted, Kate Phillips, said: "This is one of the biggest events the BBC has ever produced. Coming straight after such a significant and spectacular moment in history, we aim to produce an unforgettable and utterly joyful Eurovision, on behalf of Ukraine. Our brilliant team in Liverpool are making sure that all three live shows are simply must-see TV, for audiences across the UK, Europe, and beyond." 

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 begins on May 9, with the first Semi-Final at 8 pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Friday 5 May 2023

Bargain Hunt special celebrates King Charles III’s Coronation

 


In preparation for the King's Coronation, Bargain Hunt is joining in on the festivities. Presenter Christina Trevanion is hosting a special Coronation episode where two pairs of royal enthusiasts compete to be crowned the winners.

The episode promises to be an exciting competition between two teams of monarchy enthusiasts who will each receive £300 to purchase three items featuring a crown at Newark Antiques Fair in Nottinghamshire. Experts Raj Bisram and Roo Irvine will guide the teams through the fair, and once the shopping is complete, the items will go under the hammer at Richard Winterton Auctioneers in Lichfield.

In addition to the competition, Christina shares some royal treats, including a rare Queen Elizabeth II stool and a ticket to the late Queen's Coronation in 1953. She also visits a pottery to provide an exclusive look at some new commemorative ware and creates her own royal plate fit for a king.

Christina expresses her gratitude for being asked to present this special episode, as she has been present at previous royal events, including the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Platinum Jubilee, VE Day, and VJ Day. She is excited about the opportunity to celebrate another significant historical event with the nation.

You can catch the Bargain Hunt Coronation special on BBC One at 12.15 pm on Friday 5 May.

Thursday 4 May 2023

Steeltown Murders Coming to BBC - Starring Philip Glenister


This drama is inspired by a true story that revolves around the investigation into the murder of three young women in the Port Talbot region. It highlights the exceptional tale of how, for the first time in history, the perpetrator was identified almost 30 years later through the use of groundbreaking DNA evidence.


Philip Glenister (Life On Mars, State Of Play) and Steffan Rhodri (In My Skin, Gavin & Stacey) lead the cast as DCI Paul Bethell and Phil 'Bach' Rees, with their younger selves played by Scott Arthur (Good Omens, Borg McEnroe) and Siôn Alun Davies (The Sandman, Hidden) respectively.


They will be joined by Keith Allen (The Pembrokeshire Murders, Marcella), Priyanga Burford (Industry, No Time To Die), Sharon Morgan (Yr Amgueddfa, Gangs Of London), Nia Roberts (Red Rose, Yr Amgueddfa), Elinor Crawley (Vikings, Ordinary Lies), Gareth John Bale (35 Awr, Y Pris), Kriss Dosanjh (The Larkins, Casualty), Matthew Gravelle (Silent Witness, Broadchurch), Amy Morgan (Mr Selfridge, Showtrial), Oliver Ryan (The Accident, The Pembrokeshire Murders), Dyfan Dwyfor (A Very English Scandal, Bang), and more.






Fury and Steel named as the first of the new Gladiators!

Gladiators ready!
The One Show last night had a special announcement (Wednesday, May 3rd): Fury and Steel, two superhuman contenders, will be the first to wield their pugil sticks and battle it out in one of the most iconic and thrilling sports entertainment game shows. This highly anticipated show will be available on both BBC One and BBC iPlayer.


Fury

Professional Exeter Chiefs Rugby Player, Jodie Ounsley, is named 'Fury' thanks to her power and passion for competition. A former England Women's Rugby Seven's player, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu British Champion and five times World Coal Carrying champion, she won the title of Deaf Sports Personality of The Year in 2020.

Jodie has Gladiators in her blood, her father was a contender on the show in 2008, and she has been training to outdo him ever since. When she was younger, she even dressed up as a Gladiator and practiced the games in her living room! Contenders beware, when that game starts, you'll feel the wrath of 'Fury'.

Steel

UK CrossFit star, Zack George, won the title of the UK's Fittest Man in 2020, and also ranked number 26 out of a whopping 126,461 on the global CrossFit leader board! His unbreakable strength has earned him the name 'Steel'.

Zack was motivated to help people with their fitness after undertaking his own personal fitness journey as a teenager. As Steel, he hopes that he can inspire a new, young generation of fans to get into fitness as well. Like Steel he's strong, tough and nothing will break him, including those contenders!

Fury (AKA Jodie Ounsley) says: "Watching Gladiators growing up I was always in awe of their strength and power and now I am one! I hope contenders are ready to feel the Fury."

Steel (AKA Zack George) says: "I was inspired by the Gladiators as a child, but never imagined I'd be physically fit enough to be considered a 'superhuman'! I hope a new generation of fans will look up to me as their new strong, unbreakable hero, Steel."

Hungry Bear Media and MGM Alternative UK have collaborated to produce an 11-part series featuring a new generation of superhuman Gladiators who will go head-to-head against a fearless group of contenders in a test of speed and strength. The series will feature a mix of classic challenges and brand-new games, leading up to the fan-favourite event, The Eliminator.


Scotland’s Home of the Year, returns for a sixth series

BBC Scotland's popular property program, Scotland's Home of the Year, produced by Banijay UK's IWC, has been commissioned for its sixth season. The new season will feature a new judging panel comprising of Glasgow architect Danny Campbell and interior designers Anna-Campbell Jones and Banjo Beale. The show will air on BBC One Scotland and BBC iPlayer starting May 15th. Danny and Banjo will replace Michael Angus and Kate Spiers, who have left the show to pursue other projects.

Danny's delighted to be part of the new SHOTY judging line-up: "I'm thrilled to be joining Anna and Banjo on their adventures around Scotland to crown our nation's Home of the Year. I've built my career on going in and out of homes and figuring out how they can be designed better; being invited to judge some of the most unique properties is the epitome of self-indulgence for me, and I hope the viewers can share in that excitement."

"I will bring my own disruptive views on architecture to the new series and will be looking for homes that are inventive with their flow and aren't scared to challenge what a home can be. I'm sure that the new series will be even more surprising, gripping, uplifting and fun!"

Following his guest judge role in SHOTY5, Interior Designer Banjo Beale is thrilled to take up the role permanently: "It was a highlight of my life to be a guest judge on Series 5 of such an iconic show. To get the call back to join the line-up as a regular, with Anna and Danny, well that is just the pinnacle. I'm ready and raring to neb my way around Scotland and to my P6 teacher who told me I'd never make a career out of being nosey…look at me now!"

Danny and Banjo take over from original SHOTY judges, lifestyle blogger Kate Spiers and architect and lecturer Michael Angus who have decided to move on from being judges on the popular series.

Kate Spiers says: "SHOTY has been a huge part of my life for the last five years and I'm so proud I was part of this TV phenomenon! After recently becoming a first time mum, I embraced the opportunity (between night feeds) to think about a new future and new challenges – it feels like the time is right for me to move on and bid a fond farewell. While I will miss my SHOTY family terribly, I'm thrilled at the prospect of sitting back and judging the homes as a viewer. Thank you to everyone for making SHOTY so unique – it will always hold a very special place in my heart."

Michael Angus adds: "After five years judging some of the most outstanding properties on Scotland's Home of the Year, I've decided the time is right to say goodbye. I've loved being part of a show which has grown in stature over the years and become must-see viewing with audiences. I've appreciated the opportunity to offer an architectural element to the judging and grateful to the homeowners for allowing us into their homes. The forthcoming fifth series will be my last and I'm looking forward to being a LeCorbusier recliner judge in the future!"

Filming on SHOTY6 starts from the end of June and the filmmakers are looking for homeowners to apply to take part. From bijou properties to grand conversions, tradition to modern, city dwellings to rural havens, the next series of Scotland's Home of the Year will search for outstanding homes which embody design, style and amazing architecture.

Details on how to apply for the sixth series of Scotland's Home of the Year can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/shoty . Applicants should include contact details, a brief description of the home and a few pictures. Please note, only primary residences can apply to take part.

TRAILER: And Just Like That… Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis

 

Sky have released a new teaser trailer for the second season of And Just Like That..., a series produced by Michael Patrick King and featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis as executive producers and lead actresses. The show will be exclusively available on Sky Comedy and NOW streaming service starting in June.

Cast includes returning series regulars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Christopher Jackson, Niall Cunningham, Cathy Ang and Alexa Swinton.

Big Brother confirms new hosts for 2023 return

ITV has announced that Big Brother will return to ITVX and ITV2 later this year, accompanied by a nightly companion show reviewing the day's events in the Big Brother house. AJ Odudu and Will Best have been confirmed as the new hosts for both shows, taking over the iconic hosting role from the previous presenters.

The dynamic duo will oversee the weekly evictions and question housemates on all the happenings in the famous house. They will also lead a nightly live show, discussing all the hot topics inside the house. AJ Odudu, a popular TV personality, has co-hosted the revival of The Big Breakfast and appeared on Comic Relief and The Voice UK. Will Best, a fellow Big Brother enthusiast, has presented for ITV's Dance, Dance, Dance, E4, T4, and BBC Three.

Initial, part of Banijay UK, will produce the show with a cast of housemates moving into the legendary TV habitat for up to six weeks, with cameras capturing their every move. The casting process is currently underway, and hopefuls can apply via www.bigbrother.com

Extradition - Coming to Channel 4

A three-part documentary series (3x60 minutes) on the intriguing and astonishing tale of Arthur Knight is to be produced by the award-winning Five Mile Films based in Bristol, and commissioned by Channel 4. The programme asks whether Knight is an erudite rogue like Del-Boy or an international fugitive.

In a Glasgow hospital, a man awakens from a coma induced by Covid, only to be greeted by the police rather than his loved ones. This marks the climax of an international manhunt involving the FBI, Interpol, and the Scottish Police. The suspect, who is now a patient, has been identified as Nicholas Rossi, also known as Nicholas Alahverdian, and has assumed at least 14 other aliases. Rossi was once a child welfare campaigner, a Harvard University student, and a political lobbyist. He is also a convicted sex offender, an alleged conman, and the prime suspect in at least three alleged rapes.

What makes this story shocking is that Rossi was supposed to have died two years earlier. However, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic are convinced that his death was faked and have presented compelling evidence in court, including fingerprints and photos of distinctive tattoos, confirming that the Glasgow hospital patient is indeed Rossi. They now want him to return to the US to face justice.

The suspect insists that he is the victim of a "monstrous case of mistaken identity" and claims to be Arthur Knight, an Irish-born "bookish Del-Boy" rather than an international fugitive. His wife, Miranda Knight, supports his version of events. Arthur and Miranda Knight maintain that they are a regular couple and that the publicity surrounding this case has destroyed their lives.

A Sheriff's Court in Edinburgh will decide in June whether he should be extradited to the US for trial. The Extradition documentary will use exclusive footage, first-person testimony interviews, and archives to follow the case and record the verdict.