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Friday 30 June 2023

The highly anticipated fourth and final season of Breeders is scheduled to premiere this October on both Sky and NOW.

Get ready for the highly acclaimed Sky Original series, Breeders, starring Martin Freeman (The Responder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and Daisy Haggard (Back to Life, Episodes, Black Mirror), as it returns for its fourth and final season. Premiering this October on Sky Comedy and the streaming service NOW in the UK and Ireland, the last ten episodes of this Sky Original promise to deliver a powerful and satisfying conclusion to the Worsley family's parenthood journey.

Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard reprise their roles as parents Paul and Ally, and they are joined by new cast members Oscar Kennedy (Wreck, Ladhood), who takes on the role of their now 18-year-old son Luke, and Zoë Athena, who portrays their 16-year-old daughter Ava.

The story picks up five years after the dramatic events of the third season, with the Worsley family still grappling with the aftermath. Paul and Ally find themselves on the verge of a breakup, while Paul's parents Jim (Alun Armstrong) and Jackie (Joanna Bacon) face their own internal struggles. Meanwhile, Luke embarks on a new relationship, and Ava navigates the complexities of repairing an old one. As the fourth season of Breeders unfolds, Paul and Ally are confronted with the biggest parenting challenge they have ever faced when 18-year-old Luke drops a bombshell during a Christmas dinner, forever altering the lives of everyone involved. Additionally, Ava experiences her own life-altering moment as she meets the captivating Holly (Jessie Williams) and falls head over heels. Throughout these trials, Paul and Ally continue to navigate the ups and downs of parenting, persisting in their efforts despite the inevitable failures. They also find themselves providing support to the increasingly troubled Jim and Jackie.

Prepare for an emotionally charged and compelling final season as Breeders delves into the intricate dynamics of family, love, and the challenges of parenthood.

Wheel of Fortune returns to ITV

The iconic game show Wheel of Fortune is set to make a triumphant return to ITV1 and ITVX in 2024, bringing back the excitement of contestants spinning to win. Hosted by the acclaimed BAFTA award winner Graham Norton and produced by Whisper North, a division of the Sony Pictures Television-backed Whisper Group, this show promises to captivate audiences once again.

The upcoming season, consisting of 8 episodes, each running for 60 minutes, will include two celebrity specials. As in previous iterations, the heart of the game show revolves around a colossal carnival wheel, with contestants vying for the chance to win a life-changing cash prize.

This thrilling game of both skill and luck begins with contestants spinning the wheel, which determines the cash value they will play for. They then select a letter to assist them in solving the puzzle. Every correct letter they uncover multiplies their winnings by that amount. The stakes are high, as a single spin of the wheel can result in losing everything, with sections like 'bankrupts' and 'lose a turn' capable of wiping out their entire earnings.

In addition to cash, participants also have the opportunity to win remarkable prizes that are added to their cash pot, aiding them in reaching the coveted bonus round. Everything is on the line, but only one fortunate contestant will have the chance to accumulate a substantial sum in their cash pot and attempt to take it all home.

Filming begins on 4th series of ITV drama McDonald & Dodds

Production is now underway for the highly anticipated fourth series of the beloved Bath-based detective drama McDonald & Dodds, featuring the talented duo of Tala Gouveia and BAFTA award-winner Jason Watkins.

Consisting of three feature-length films, each running for 120 minutes, the first story boasts an impressive guest cast. Joining the talented ensemble are Toby Stephens (Lost In Space), singer/songwriter Pixie Lott (The Voice Kids), Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack), Daniel Lapaine (Catastrophe), Dipo Ola (Landscapers), John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory's Girl), and Ace Bhatti (Line of Duty).

The initial film delves into the investigation undertaken by McDonald and Dodds after discovering the lifeless body of a middle-aged woman in a rented apartment. Stripped of all identifiers, the killer has left no trace of her true identity. However, DNA analysis uncovers that she disappeared over 35 years ago. The mystery deepens as questions arise: Where has she been all these years? And who has she been with?

Reprising their roles in the series, we welcome back Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as Chief Superintendent Ormond and Charlie Chambers (EastEnders) as DC Goldie. Joining the cast this season is Bhavik C. Pankhania (World On Fire) portraying the character of DC Lee.

ITV has commissioned the series, led by Polly Hill and Huw Kennair Jones, with Joe Shrubb as the producer. Serving as executive producers are Robert Murphy, Damien Timmer, and Charlotte Webber. The first film is skillfully written by Robert Murphy and expertly directed by Khurrum M. Sultan.

Channel 4 challenges the great British public to Double The Money

Sue Perkins is set to host an innovative game show called "Double The Money," introducing a captivating concept where ordinary pairs of individuals will be tested over multiple weeks in a real-world challenge to double their money and vie for a substantial cash prize.

In this exciting show, contestants will join forces on day one and receive a modest starting sum as their seed money. The moment they lay their hands on the cash, the clock begins to tick, and their mission becomes crystal clear: they must double the money within a thrilling few hours, or else they risk elimination from the game.

Participants will enjoy complete freedom in deciding how to spend their initial pot, relying on their wits to devise clever strategies, daring hustles, and ingenious ideas that can transform their modest sum into a significant fortune. However, contestants must not grow complacent, for attempting to reuse the same idea will lead to their immediate elimination.

As the competition progresses, each round raises the cash target that teams must achieve and grants them more time to accomplish it. The stakes soar, and the pressure intensifies as the clock relentlessly counts down with each passing round. Ultimately, after weeks of challenging tasks, the remaining duo that amasses the most money within the given time frame will claim a substantial cash prize to add to their final pot.

Monday 26 June 2023

Filming begins on brand-new series based on The Famous Five

Moonage Pictures, known for their work on "The Pursuit of Love," in collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn, has announced the commencement of filming for a brand-new series of "The Famous Five" for the BBC in the UK, co-produced with ZDF in Germany. The series has already been presold to TF1 in France.

This exciting 3x90' television series is based on Enid Blyton's beloved collection of 21 stories and will be brought to life through the creative vision of Nicolas Winding Refn, who serves as the creator and executive producer, alongside Matthew Read from Moonage Pictures. Filming will take place across the scenic landscapes of the South West of the UK.

Nicolas Winding Refn expresses his passion for adventure and the preservation of childhood enchantment through this reimagining of "The Famous Five." With a fresh approach, the iconic stories will captivate a modern audience, reigniting the allure and timeless magic of childhood for generations to come.

Will Gould, co-founder of Moonage Pictures, emphasizes the creative freedom and limitless possibilities that this project provides. The new incarnation of "The Famous Five," helmed by Nicolas and Matthew, promises to be a contemporary, relevant, and audacious action series that celebrates the spirit of adventure at its core.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children's and Education, expresses the joy of bringing these cherished books to life in a reimagined format. The series will not only delight BBC audiences but also serve as a celebration of British heritage. With the aim of bringing families together, the series intends to introduce a new generation of viewers to the captivating world of these wonderful adventures.

The upcoming series follows the escapades of five courageous young explorers who embark on thrilling journeys filled with danger, mystery, and secrets. This unforgettable odyssey highlights the power of camaraderie as these fearless heroes navigate treacherous situations and face remarkable challenges.

The Horne Section TV Show returns to Channel 4

Channel 4 has announced the highly anticipated return of the six-part musical sitcom featuring Alex Horne and his band, The Horne Section. Following the tremendous success of its debut season, which earned BAFTA and National Comedy Awards, this comedic gem is set to charm audiences once again.

Under the creative helm of Alex Horne and The Horne Section, who also serve as the show's creators, writers, and stars, the second series is currently in production. Joining the cast this time around is the internationally renowned musician, comedian, writer, and actor Reggie Watts, along with the critically acclaimed comic Tim Key. Special guest appearances from the hilarious John Oliver also makes a comeback. The returning cast includes the talented Desiree Burch (Live At The Apollo), Georgia Tennant (Staged), and Camille Ucan (Lee and Dean). Additionally, the second series welcomes the comedic prowess of Ronni Ancona (Friday Night Live), Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts), Stevie Martin (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), and Anna Crilly (Horrible Histories: The Movie).

With production well underway, audiences can eagerly anticipate another dose of laughter, music, and entertainment in this highly anticipated second season of the musical sitcom.

Channel 4 gives the go ahead for the production of "HMP"

Renowned personalities, such as Sid Owen from Eastenders, comedian and actor Tom Rosenthal, Marcus Luther from Gogglebox, singer HRVY, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens, and former MP Neil Parish, are set to embark on a captivating journey in a four-part constructed documentary series. In this groundbreaking project, they will willingly subject themselves to an eight-day confinement as prisoners within the decommissioned HMP Shrewsbury, shedding light on the reality of life behind bars.

The six notable participants will share their prison experience alongside reformed ex-criminals who have previously served lengthy sentences for serious offenses. These individuals have willingly chosen to re-enter the prison environment for the purpose of this series. During their time together, the well-known inmates will have the unique opportunity to engage their cellmates in conversations about their experiences in prison, delving into their past crimes, and examining the system's impact on their lives, both positive and negative.

Guiding the project will be a former prison governor with two decades of experience in some of the UK's most challenging correctional facilities, along with former prison officers. The inmates will adhere to the current rules and regulations followed within the UK prison system, ensuring an authentic portrayal of life behind bars.

Alisa Pomeroy said: "This is the sort of television that Shine makes so brilliantly for C4, in the vein of precursors The Island and Hunted. Once again, they've constructed an immersive documentary precinct where real stories play out. We've always wanted to rig a prison with cameras at C4, and this series comes as close as possible, allowing us to explore some of the big questions about the UK prison system and whether it works."

Tim Whitwell said: "For the first time, we have rigged a prison to find out what really happens in the cells after bang up. This series aims to enthral and entertain, whilst kickstarting a national debate about crime and punishment."

Friday 23 June 2023

EastEnders' Peter Beale returns to Walford alongside Cindy and Ian later this year

In a surprising turn of events, Peter Beale is set to return to Walford alongside his parents, Ian and Cindy, later this summer. Thomas Law will be reprising the role, delighting fans of the long-running soap opera.

Peter Beale holds a significant place in Walford's history as the eldest living son of Ian (played by Adam Woodyatt), the show's longest-serving character, and the iconic Cindy Beale (portrayed by Michelle Collins). He first graced the screens in 1993 alongside his twin sister Lucy. Thomas Law previously portrayed the character from 2006 to 2010.

Throughout his time on the show, Peter Beale has been involved in some of EastEnders' most memorable storylines. One of the most gripping was the "Who Killed Lucy Beale?" whodunnit in 2014, which led to his younger brother Bobby (played by Clay Milner Russell) being imprisoned for Lucy's death.

Peter departed Albert Square in 2022 after draining his grandmother Kathy's business account. He has since been residing in France with his estranged mother, Cindy. As he returns to Walford, there are old wounds to heal, and his parents have managed to become enemies with many of the residents. It is safe to say that Peter's comeback won't be without its challenges. To discover the intricacies of the Beale family's reunion and the reasons behind it, viewers will have to tune in to the upcoming episodes.

On reprising the role, Thomas Law says: 
"Over the years, I had hoped for a return to the Square although I never thought it would happen so it's an absolute delight to be back in Walford as Peter Beale. It's been great to see familiar and new faces, and I can't wait to explore the character again in the wake of Cindy's return – it's an exciting time to return!"

Sorry, I Didn't Know returns to ITV in a new time slot

TriForce Productions' hit comedy panel show, Sorry, I Didn't Know, is set to make a triumphant return to ITV in a new primetime slot. This fourth series of the RTS award-nominated Black history comedy show marks a significant milestone as it moves beyond its traditional placement during Black History Month and becomes a part of the mainstream schedule later in the Autumn.

ITV has shown its confidence in the show by commissioning the four-part series, with Katie Rawcliffe, ITV's Head of Entertainment Commissioning, and Entertainment Commissioners Gemma John-Lewis and Natalie Rose leading the way. The team behind Sorry, I Didn't Know, including TriForce co-founder Jimmy Akingbola as host and executive producer, is excited to bring back the all-star lineup of team captains Chizzy Akudolu and Eddie Kadi, as well as an impressive roster of guests.

Jonte Richardson, an award-winning producer with extensive experience working on successful US shows such as the BET Awards and Rip the Runway, joins the production as series producer. Fraser Ayres, known for his work on In the Long Run, returns to lead the writing team, which includes talented writers Viv May (Have I Got News For You) and Mark Boutros (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown). Notably, the writing team is enriched by trainee writer Aida Abdul-Raheem, whose position exemplifies TriForce's commitment to fostering diverse talent and providing opportunities for the next generation of production crew.

Continuing its dedication to diversity and inclusion, TriForce's trainee program receives support from ITV's Diversity & Inclusion partners. Alumni of the scheme have progressed into more senior roles, such as former trainee researcher Josh Osoro Pickering transitioning into a content producer role, a returning camera trainee now serving as a camera assistant, and a runner moving into the art department. This year, the trainee program will be expanded to encompass various departments, including trainee director, HMUA (hair, makeup, and styling), as well as additional roles in production management, camera operations, and art departments.

Fraser Ayres commented:
"We're very proud to be working with ITV to not only deliver authentically Black, yet commercial programming outside of Black History Month, but also with their support and the expertise of DandI.org.uk, to be creating unprecedented pathways for talent that directly address the lack of diversity in senior roles."

Sorry, I didn't Know is set to film in front of a live studio audience in London next month with free tickets available via the TriForce website www.thetcn.com  

Password coming to ITV1 - Alan Carr and Daisy May Cooper star as celebrity team captains and Stephen Mangan to host

Password, the popular US guessing game, is set to make its highly anticipated debut in the UK with an exciting new series airing on ITV and ITVX.

Produced by Talkback, a renowned label under Fremantle, the British version of Password features two prominent figures in the entertainment industry. Alan Carr, one of the UK's most beloved comics, and Daisy May Cooper, an award-winning actor and writer, take on the roles of resident Team Captains. Guiding the game with wit and charm is the incredibly talented Stephen Mangan, who assumes the role of the show's host.

Password is a side-splitting word association game that promises laughter and entertainment. Alan and Daisy form teams with contestants and provide one-word clues to help their teammates guess a mysterious "password." The teams must establish a strong connection and synchronize their thinking as they take turns attempting to uncover the all-important password throughout multiple rounds. With hilarious clues, amusing guesses, and plenty of laughter, Daisy and Alan strive to assist the spirited contestants in winning a cash prize in the exhilarating Jackpot final.

Stephen Mangan, says:
"Password is a fantastic game show so it's an absolute pleasure to be the host. Although how I'm going to keep Daisy and Alan in line I don't know!"

Alan Carr says:
"I can't wait to wipe the floor with Daisy, she'll be heading back to the West Country with her tail between her legs. If only her brain was as big as her mouth".

Daisy May Cooper adds:
"I'm looking forward to knocking the glasses off Alan with my expectational talent for this game. I know that...given both our training (Me - drama school, Alan - Tesco) that between us (meaning mostly me) we will be able to win people lots of cash (just to reiterate when I say 'we' I mean 'me')"

Password will be 7 x 45 minutes and is Executive Produced for Talkback by Jonno Richards and Laura Gibson with Juliet Morrish as the Series Producer. The series was commissioned by Joe Mace, Commissioning Editor at ITV & Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV.

High-octane thriller, Red Eye, coming soon to ITV

Starring Jing Lusi and Richard Armitage with Lesley Sharp, written by Peter A. Dowling and Jingan Young, directed by Kieron Hawkes and produced by multi award-winning, Bad Wolf

Red Eye is a thrilling narrative that unfolds across six heart-pounding instalments. It takes place during an all-night flight from London to Beijing, while also delving into the corridors of power within Whitehall.

Dr. Matthew Nolan, portrayed by Richard Armitage (Obsession, Stay Close), returns to London's Heathrow Airport after attending a medical conference in Beijing. His homecoming takes a terrifying turn when he is unexpectedly arrested, accused of murdering a woman who was involved in a car accident with him. Despite vehemently insisting on his innocence and claiming to have been alone in the vehicle, Nolan faces extradition to China to face trial.

DC Hana Li, portrayed by Jing Lusi (Crazy Rich Asians, Gangs of London), a determined and pragmatic London police officer, is assigned the task of accompanying Nolan back to Beijing. Initially resentful of the assignment and harbouring personal animosity towards Nolan, Hana's perception changes during their flight when the first death occurs. Suspicions of foul play arise, and as more deaths follow, Hana realizes that Nolan's life is in jeopardy. A call from MI5 further entangles her in an intensifying conspiracy.

Meanwhile, in London, we follow Hana's sister, tenacious reporter Jess Li, portrayed by Jemma Moore, who launches her own investigation into Nolan's extradition. Her pursuit of the truth quickly transforms into a perilous race for survival as she finds herself targeted by an unknown assassin.

At Thames House, the headquarters of MI5, Madeline Delaney, played by Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty, Before We Die), the head of the intelligence agency, defies protocol and risks her career to protect Hana, Nolan, and uncover a far-reaching international conspiracy. In doing so, she discovers disturbing connections implicating both Chinese authorities and individuals within her own government.

Commented Polly Hill:
"Red Eye is a brilliantly addictive thriller with an international story taking place on the red eye flight from Heathrow to Beijing. Thanks to Peter's scripts, the story will have the audience gripped and continually surprised throughout. It's got a fantastic cast led by Jing Lusi and Richard Armitage, and we are delighted to be working with Bad Wolf on this exciting new show."

Tuesday 20 June 2023

Cannes Confidential - Coming to Acorn TV

 


New Series Premieres Monday, 26th June 2023

CANNES CONFIDENTIAL 

UK PREMIERE 

ACORN TV ORIGINAL

This captivating crime series is set on the picturesque Côte d'Azur and marks a groundbreaking return of English-language procedural drama to the French Riviera after several decades. The story revolves around the dynamic relationship between a determined female police officer (Lucie Lucas, known for her roles in Clem and Porto) and a reformed conman (Jamie Bamber, renowned for Battlestar Galactica and Marcella). Despite their differences, they find themselves reluctantly joining forces to fight crime, tackling a new murder case in each self-contained episode. Alongside the thrilling investigations, the series delves into Lucie's personal mission to uncover the truth behind the false accusations that led to her father's imprisonment. Her father, a respected local police officer, was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit, making Lucie's quest for justice an integral part of the dramatic narrative.

Sunday 18 June 2023

The Effects of Lying - Coming to ITV

 

Bonaparte Films' debut production, The Effects of Lying, has been acquired by ITVX and is set to premiere on 6th July. This refreshing South Asian representation, a comedic drama with a heart directed by Isher Sahota (Grace, Mcdonald & Dodds) and produced by Jon Tarcy (Life in Black), follows the story of Naveen (Ace Bhatti), a dutiful husband and loving father, whose life spirals into chaos over a series of shocking events in just one day. Decades of buried secrets are exposed, and Naveen is forced to confront some hard truths.

The cast includes Ace Bhatti (Bohemian Rhapsody, Line of Duty), Laila Rouass (Holby City, Spooks), Lauren Patel (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Navin Chowdhry (The End of the F***ing World, Our Girl), Shaheen Khan (Bend it Like Beckham), and Mark Williams (Harry Potter). The script is written by James Hey (Doctors).

Naveen has always been a devoted family man who has sacrificed everything for his loved ones. But when he discovers his daughter Simran (Patel) secretly binge eating and his dissatisfied wife Sangeeta (Rouass) in bed with his brother (Chowdry), his life is turned upside down, and a cascade of lies and truths is revealed. Naveen must confront the relationships that make up his identity, take responsibility for his own life, and discover what truly brings him happiness.

Ace Bhatti says about his character: “Naveen is a man who tries to do right by his family. He’s trying so hard to keep his fractious family together, but within 24 hours he learns three very deep, very dark secrets that break his life apart. By lunchtime, his whole life is shattered…and he has to learn very quickly how to deal with that on an emotional level.”

Laila Rouass speaks about Sangeeta, “Sangeeta finds herself trapped and disappointed that her life has taken the route it has. We find her at a real crossroads and I think a lot of women can relate to someone like her - a reflection of the opportunities you didn’t take. This film meant a lot to us and the opportunity to do something where everyone’s united in the reason they’re doing it. For me, that’s where the magic lies in this movie.”

Bonaparte Films' Jon Tarcy and Isher Sahota said, “We’re thrilled to partner with ITVX on this exciting journey. “The Effects of Lying” is a relatable, hilarious and heart-warming film, so we are delighted the show has found its home on ITVX.  This was a completely independent project shot in just 12 days. Our mission was to bring a new moment in representation to UK screens, so to be supported by a major platform in this competitive climate is a dream come true.” 

A Bonaparte Films production, 'The Effects of Lying' will launch on ITVX on July 6th, during South Asian Heritage Month.

Saturday 17 June 2023

Fleur East the new co-host for BBC’s Strictly It Takes Two

In an exciting announcement made on The One Show, Fleur East has been revealed as the new co-host alongside Janette Manrara for BBC's Strictly It Takes Two.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the role, Fleur shares, "I'm absolutely thrilled to officially become part of the Strictly family! After having an incredible time on the show last year, I can't wait to engage with the celebrities each week on It Takes Two. As a devoted Strictly fan, I'm eager to provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights. I understand exactly what the new batch of celebrities will be going through. It's an incredibly enjoyable experience, but also challenging! Hopefully, I can offer them support and a friendly face along the way. I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity and eager to get started!"

This will be Janette's third series as a presenter on the show, and viewers will have the chance to witness their chemistry in the first episode of the series. Throughout the season, the duo will host numerous shows together, delivering unparalleled behind-the-scenes exclusives and offering invaluable advice to the latest group of contestants.

Eve Winstanley, Executive Producer for BBC Studios and Strictly It Takes Two, expresses her excitement, stating, "Fleur is an excellent addition to the Strictly It Takes Two family. Having been in the contestants' shoes, she can offer the best guidance, tips, and insights on what to expect. We can't wait for audiences to see Janette and Fleur together; they make a dynamic duo."

Alex McLeod, Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime, adds, "Fleur was a fan favorite on Strictly Come Dancing, having navigated the competition and reached the final. The latest contestants are in safe hands with her, as she will provide reassurance, as well as even more fun and excitement on It Takes Two."

Viewers can tune in to the new series starting from September at 6:30 PM on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, allowing them to stay up-to-date with all the thrilling Strictly moments.

VAN DER VALK Series 3 coming soon to ITV

Marc Warren, known for his roles in "Safe," "Mad Dogs," and "Hustle," returns to portray the main character, Commissaris Piet Van Der Valk, in the third season of the detective drama series "Van Der Valk." This new season is filmed entirely on location in and around Amsterdam. Once again, the street-smart detective is accompanied by Maimie McCoy as Inspector Lucienne Hassell, Darrell D'Silva as team pathologist Hendrik Davie, and Emma Fielding as Chief Commissaris Julia Dahlman. Joining the returning cast are new team members Sergeants Citra Li, played by Django Chan-Reeves, and Eddie Suleman, played by Azan Ahmed.

Chris Murray continues as the showrunner, with Michele Buck serving as the Executive Producer for Company Pictures. The return of "Van Der Valk" brings forth three more homicides for the Dutch detective and his team to solve in the city of Amsterdam.

In the first episode, the team is immediately thrust into an investigation after the dramatic shooting of an idealistic Freerunning champion. This case leads them into the dangerous world of drug smuggling.

The second episode explores the series' first-ever Cold Case. The present-day murder of a museum employee involved in the restitution of ancient artifacts is linked back to a case Van Der Valk worked on at the beginning of his career. During that time, he collaborated with Julia Dahlman's ex-husband, investigating a troubled teenage girl who appeared to have set her younger siblings on fire.

Finally, in the climactic episode of the series, the team delves into the realm of the supernatural. They are confronted with the death of a participant in a magical ritual that invokes a demon. As they investigate, they must determine if the murder has a supernatural cause or if there is a more earthly explanation behind it.

Thursday 15 June 2023

The Dry begins production in Dublin - Series 2 coming to ITV and RTÈ

Element Pictures, an award-winning production company known for their notable works like "Normal People," "Conversations with Friends," and "The Gallows Pole," has announced the commencement of filming for the highly anticipated second series of the comedy-drama "The Dry." This series is a collaboration between Element Pictures, a Fremantle company, and is produced in association with Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland and ITV Studios. The eight-part comedy-drama, written by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Nancy Harris ("Dates") and directed by Paddy Breathnach ("Viva," "Rosie"), brings back Roisin Gallagher ("The Fall") in the role of Shiv Sheridan, a recovering alcoholic. The series introduces an exciting lineup of new cast members, including Michael McElhatton ("Game of Thrones") as Finbar, Bernie's new close companion, and Thommas Kane Byrne ("Derry Girls") as Billy, Ant's new rival. Additionally, Sam Keeley ("Kin") joins the cast as Alex, a charming barista who may bring a chance of true love into Shiv's life.

Additional newcomers include Seán Doyle (Normal People), Helen Norton (Cracks) and Ruth Codd (The Midnight Club). Familiar faces also reprising their roles include Ciarán Hinds (Belfast) as Tom, Pom Boyd (Vanity Fair) as Bernie, Siobhán Cullen (Origin) as Caroline, Moe Dunford (Vikings) as Jack, Adam Richardson (Intruder) as Ant and Emmanuel Okoye (Conversations with Friends) as Max. The second series willstream exclusively on ITVX and RTÉ next year whilst the first series is available to watch on ITVX and RTÉ Player (which has over 700,000 streams to date) now.

Taking place seven months after the events of the first series, the storyline delves into the Sheridan's' new reality. At first glance, it appears that the family has found some level of contentment: Shiv has successfully maintained her sobriety, remained abstinent, and regained financial stability for half a year. Ant has managed to hold onto his job at the estate agents while nurturing his relationship with Max, and Caroline is making up for lost time by indulging in casual encounters through Tinder. On the surface, everything seems normal... or does it?

Questions arise as to how ordinary it is for three grown adults to continue living with their parents. Is the Sheridan family genuinely satisfied with this new status quo, or have they simply reshuffled their dysfunctions and settled into another form of denial? Shiv is resolute in her determination to conquer sobriety once and for all, cutting out toxic influences from her life. However, what if the greatest threat to her newfound stability lies within her own household? Abstaining from alcohol is one thing, but what if it means relinquishing one's own family?

Roisin Gallagher said: "I am thrilled to be jumping back into Shiv's shoes once more. It has been a joy to work with the returning cast from series one – and this time we've welcomed some new faces to share the chaotic shenanigans of the Sheridan's life. I cannot wait to see where this next chapter takes us, there are so many more hilarious twists and turns on her continuous battle to stay sober."


The Outlaws returns for a third round of community service - By Stephen Merchant

 

Stephen Merchant's The Outlaws, a comedy thriller series originally created by Merchant and Elgin James, is getting a third season. The show, produced by Big Talk and Four Eyes, follows a group of strangers from different backgrounds who are forced to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol. In the upcoming season, with crime boss The Dean behind bars and awaiting trial, The Outlaws try to move on with their lives. However, when one of their own returns with a deadly secret, they are thrown back into mortal danger. As a murder manhunt closes in on the gang, they must prove their innocence before The Dean's case collapses, and he comes looking for revenge.

The third season will feature returning cast members including Stephen Merchant, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jessica Gunning, Charles Babalola, Tom Hanson, and Claes Bang. Merchant has been nominated for his role as Greg at the upcoming BAFTA TV Awards 2023 in the category of Male Performance in a Comedy Programme.

Stephen Merchant says: “After the overwhelming response to the first two series, I’m delighted to be bringing back our lovable band of miscreants for more misadventures. Audiences have really taken the characters to their hearts, so I can’t wait for them to see what hot water we’ve thrown them into this time. And I’m thrilled we’ll once again be filming in my hometown of Bristol. I expect I’ll be welcomed with a ticker-tape parade. It didn’t happen on the previous series, but I put that down to Covid.”

Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy, BBC, says: “We couldn’t be happier to have The Outlaws back in our lives. Stephen and the team have delivered a fantastic set of scripts for the third series, and we can’t wait to see the incredible cast bring them to life for BBC viewers to enjoy.”

The Outlaws (5 x 60’) will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Prime Video in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Nordics. BBC Studios will handle international distribution for series three in addition to series one and two.

The series is created by Stephen Merchant and Elgin James. Executive Producers are Stephen Merchant for Four Eyes, Luke Alkin, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice for Big Talk, and John Butler. Seb Barwell is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC. The Directors are John Butler (Papi Chulo) and Curtis Vowell (Baby Done). The Producer is Frances du Pille (The Sixth Commandment). 

Filming on series three is now underway in and around Bristol. 

Tuesday 13 June 2023

Interview with David Tennant - Stars as Simon in There She Goes

Drawing inspiration from the real-life journey of writers Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford, whose daughter faced the challenges of an exceptionally rare chromosomal disorder, "There She Goes" immerses viewers in the daily lives of the Yates family. At the heart of the story is Rosie Yates (portrayed by Miley Locke), a young girl with severe learning disabilities, alongside her parents Simon (David Tennant), mother Emily (Jessica Hynes), and older brother Ben (Edan Hayhurst).

Now at the age of 13, Rosie's behaviour becomes increasingly complex, both emotionally and physically. She experiences moments of immense joy, fixating on subjects such as the letter X, tigers with X's on their noses, ticket barriers, and FedEx trucks. However, these elated states can swiftly transition into violent outbursts, directed either at her parents or towards herself. The family begins to understand that Rosie is grappling with the challenges of adolescence, much like any other teenage girl. Meanwhile, as they navigate these new dynamics, they receive a phone call from Rosie's geneticist, delivering important information about her condition.

In parallel to the present timeline, the series also explores Emily's contemplation of whether she and Simon should have another child. This contemplation arises following a chance encounter with a mother whose child shares a chromosomal disorder, prompting Emily to reflect on the possibility of expanding their family.

"There She Goes" delves into the complexities and triumphs of a family grappling with the realities of raising a child with profound learning disabilities. The series sensitively portrays their experiences, offering glimpses of both the everyday moments and the challenges they face. Through their story, viewers are invited to gain a deeper understanding of the triumphs and tribulations that come with navigating life with a child who has unique needs and the complexities of making life-changing decisions for their family's future.

Can you tell us what's in store for the Yates family in this special?

They get some long-awaited information on Rosie's condition, but getting some answers doesn't necessarily give them the closure they imagined it might.

What was it like working with the cast again?

A real pleasure.

We see Simon practically having to wrestle Rosie back into the house. What was it like filming those scenes with Miley?

Miley continues to be incredible as Rosie. She has been right at the heart of this story from our first day on set and we wouldn't have been able to tell this story without her.

Simon and Emily make a number of cult references throughout the two series and the special, are there any that are particularly memorable?

The debate over what the correct plural for Batman is has stayed with me and is something I often find myself pondering.

Have you received messages from parents in similar situations to Simon and Emily?

I know that There She Goes has connected with a lot of families who see their own situation reflected on screen in a way they've never seen before.

What is it about Shaun and Sarah's writing that makes this show appeal to you?

Their honesty. They tell their story with absolute candidness and humility and humanity.

What do you think viewers will take away from the special?

Telling Rosie's story has been a labour of love for everyone who has worked on it but particularly, of course, for Shaun, Sarah, Frank and Joey. I'm very proud to have been part of it and I hope as many people as possible will see it, and perhaps go back and discover series one and two if they haven't already. It's been a truly special project.




Davina McCall to host new dating show My Mum, Your Dad

ITV1 and ITVX are set to introduce an innovative dating show titled "My Mum, Your Dad," hosted by the beloved Davina McCall. This groundbreaking series, produced by Lifted Entertainment, a division of ITV Studios, was previously known as "The Romance Retreat" and is scheduled to premiere on ITV1 and ITVX in the upcoming autumn season.

"My Mum, Your Dad" offers a unique twist on traditional dating shows, catering to the entire family. The program revolves around a group of single parents who have been nominated by their adult children for a second chance at love. Over the course of 10 captivating episodes, viewers will follow these single parents, hailing from different parts of the UK and representing diverse backgrounds, as they reside together in a stunning country house retreat. Their ultimate goal is to find true love.

However, there's a surprise twist: unbeknownst to the parents, their children will be closely observing their every move from a nearby location known as "The Bunker." From this surveillance room, the children will witness all the romantic endeavours of their parents and even have the opportunity to play matchmaker. They can decide who their mum or dad goes on one-on-one dates with and potentially invite someone to join the family in future celebrations.

As the series unfolds, audiences can expect a mix of light-hearted moments and heartwarming confessions. The children will witness their parents in a whole new light, discovering their personalities and vulnerabilities as they navigate the journey of finding love once again. Viewers should prepare themselves for a rollercoaster of emotions, from tearful moments to humorous instances, as love takes center stage.

"My Mum, Your Dad" is produced by Lifted Entertainment, a division of ITV Studios. Ami Jackson and Ros Coward serve as executive producers, while Paul Hepplewhite takes on the role of series producer. The show was commissioned for ITV by Paul Mortimer, the Director of Reality Commissioning, and Amanda Stavri, the Commissioning Editor of Reality TV. International distribution is managed by ITV Studios.

Narrow Escapes coming to Channel 4

Channel 4 has enlisted Bowled Over Media and Motion Content Group to develop a fresh daytime format consisting of 20 episodes, each lasting 60 minutes. The show will centre around individuals who have chosen to abandon traditional brick and mortar homes in favour of a new life on the water.

Titled "Narrow Escapes," the series will introduce us to a diverse group of people who have made the UK's canal network their home. This eclectic community is composed of individuals from various backgrounds, including retirees seeking freedom, young people in search of affordable alternatives to the escalating cost of living, newlyweds, families, and divorcees.

"Narrow Escapes" will provide an inside look at modern canal life, featuring continuous cruisers, boat-based business owners, as well as the dedicated workers and volunteers who maintain the waterways from the land. The show will delve into the everyday realities of canal living, covering topics such as emptying waste tanks, understanding the rules and costs associated with narrow boating, taking care of pets, engaging in narrowboat DIY projects, hosting gatherings, and acknowledging curious onlookers from the towpath.

Moreover, as we embark on our journey across the country, navigating locks alongside those who have embraced this unique lifestyle, viewers will be treated to breathtaking views of the natural world from the water. The series will showcase the diverse wildlife that also calls the waterways home, providing a glimpse into the beauty and serenity of these environments.

Friday 9 June 2023

Bonnie Langford to return to Doctor Who as Mel Bush

Actress Bonnie Langford, renowned for her success on stage and screen, is set to reprise her iconic role as Melanie Bush in the upcoming season of Doctor Who. This time, she will be joining forces with diversity hire Ncuti Gatwa, who portrays the Fifteenth Doctor in the highly anticipated series.

Bonnie initially ventured into the realm of Doctor Who back in 1986, serving as the companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors, portrayed by Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, respectively. She later made a cameo appearance in Jodie Whittaker's final episode as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Having made her remarkable debut in London's West End at the tender age of seven, starring in Gone with the Wind at the esteemed Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Bonnie has since enjoyed a stellar career. She has graced numerous stages on Broadway and in the West End, delivering outstanding performances in acclaimed productions like Chicago, 9 to 5, and Cats. Additionally, she earned accolades for her award-winning portrayal of Carmel Kazemi on the popular soap opera EastEnders.

Now, Bonnie Langford triumphantly returns as Melanie for yet another thrilling adventure in Doctor Who.

Bonnie Langford says: "I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing Melanie Bush back. To be part of the exceptional cast, crew and production team led by the force of nature that is Russell T Davies is a career highlight. I'm so privileged and proud to have been a member of the Doctor Who family since the classic era and to be included in the new generation is phenomenal."

Showrunner, Russell T Davies says: "Open those TARDIS doors wide, because Bonnie's back! What an honour, delight and hoot to welcome back the character of Melanie, after too long away. And this isn't just a cameo, Bonnie is right in the thick of the action, battling monsters and chaos and cliffhangers, right at the Doctor's side, just like the old days."

Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary. Ncuti Gatwa's first episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will air over the festive period.


Thursday 8 June 2023

Sky Documentaries access series on Burnley Football Club to air September 2023


Sky has announced the upcoming release of a 4-part series called Mission to Burnley on Sky Documentaries and NOW, set to launch in September. The Sky Original production is an epic tale about the resurgence of one of England's most historic football clubs under the ownership of a dynamic group of American investors.

Produced by the acclaimed Ad Hoc Films, known for their work on 'QPR: The Four-Year Plan' and 'The United Way', this premium observational documentary series follows Burnley Football Club's owners, ALK Partners, as they navigate the challenging landscape of modern football with all its potential risks, rewards and obstacles. Guided by chairman Alan Pace, and driven by their faith as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, they set out to build a global football empire in Burnley and beyond.

With unprecedented access to the club's boardroom, dressing-room and inner workings, viewers are taken on an engrossing fly-on-the-wall journey with this unique group of owners in a working-class town where football is a way of life. The documentary charts the highs and lows of the turbulent period that begins with the heartbreak of relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the season, followed by the evolution of the club under the guidance of one of football's most exciting young managers, Vincent Kompany.

The series captures both the on and off-pitch drama, the hard work and glamour, the struggles and triumphs, as the owners regroup and reorganize the club in the face of relentless challenges and hurdles. The result is a remarkable redemption story, with Kompany leading the team to an unforgettable season in swashbuckling style and winning the title.

This is a remarkably honest and candid series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the management of a major football club on a unique journey back to the most prestigious league in the world.

Wednesday 7 June 2023

Channel 4 comedy Big Boys returning soon



Dylan Llewellyn, Jon Pointing, Camille Coduri, Katy Wix, Izuka Hoyle, Olisa Odele, Harriett Webb and Annette Badland will all return for series 2 of the multi award-winning and four times BAFTA nominated comedy from Roughcut TV which is currently filming.

Big Boys is a captivating comedy-drama that combines humor and heartbreak, brought to life by the talented Jack Rooke. The story revolves around an unlikely friendship between Jack, a sweet and shy individual who has recently come out, portrayed by Dylan Llewellyn from Derry Girls, and Danny, a lively and slightly more mature student played by Jon Pointing from Plebs.

In Series Two, the entire gang finds themselves embarking on their second year at Brent University in 2014. Alongside the typical challenges of navigating virginity hang-ups, experimenting with drugs (both legal and otherwise), and Jack's infatuation with Alison Hammond, this time their academic pursuits actually matter!

Simultaneously, Jack's family continues to adjust to life following the passing of his father. They embark on a new chapter, mirroring the transformative experiences of the university gang. Furthermore, Danny confronts his own mental health issues, delving into his past in search of better ways to cope.

The second season of Big Boys promises to deliver more laughter, poignant moments, and character development as these individuals navigate university life, personal growth, and the ups and downs that come their way.

Jack Rooke said: "Big Boys will start second year even dafter, sillier and BIGGER than before! Fresh from Derry Girls we have pinched Dylan Llewellyn back to play Jack, alongside BAFTA nominee Jon Pointing and recent BAFTA Scotland winner Izuka Hoyle as Danny & Corinne. The nations favourite gay icons Camille Coduri and Olisa Odele return to mischief as Peggy and Yemi. We've got more of the hilarious Harriett Webb as party planning Cousin Shannon with the legendary Annette Badland as Nan Bingo. And lastly, as I speak, I am watching Katy Wix in an orange polo shirt with a cheeky VK in one hand and a huge foam finger on the other. It is a dream come true!"

 

Friday 2 June 2023

Claudia Winkleman returns to ask One Question

Chalkboard TV, in collaboration with Motion Content Group, has received a green light from Channel 4 to produce a thrilling second series of the popular quiz show, One Question. Hosted by the charismatic Claudia Winkleman, the show challenges game pairs to answer a single question in the hopes of winning an impressive £100,000.

One Question may appear straightforward, but its true difficulty lies in its deceptive nature. Contestants are confronted with a seemingly simple question, accompanied by a staggering 20 possible answers. Only one of these options is correct, and the contestants' task is to identify and select the right answer. The road to victory hinges on eliminating the incorrect choices, but if they inadvertently remove the correct answer, it's game over. With high stakes and a hefty prize on the line, the pressure is on for these pairs to make the right choice and claim victory.

On returning to the One Question hot seat, Claudia Winkleman said: "I'm completely obsessed with this show and am so happy we get to do it again. No buzzers, no fancy lighting, no hoo haa. Just one question and I can give our brilliant players 100k. Plus there's sitting down. I'm a big fan of sitting down."

Taskmaster Series 16 Contestants revealed

In the latest installment of Taskmaster, a fresh group of talented comedians, handpicked by the Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies, are ready to take on his most devious challenges. Little Alex Horne, ever vigilant, watches attentively and efficiently records their efforts. This marks the 16th series of the highly acclaimed and internationally recognized comedy sensation, winner of the prestigious BAFTA award and nominee for an Emmy.

Simultaneously bringing their A-Game and bracing themselves for the most bizarre show on television are; comedian, performer, and author Julian Clary (Friday Night Live, Channel 4), comedy actor, writer and stand-up Lucy Beaumont (Meet The Richardsons, Dave), multi-award winning stand-up Sam Campbell (Bloods, Sky), presenter, writer and comedian Sue Perkins (Perfectly Legal, Netflix), and actor, writer and director Susan Wokoma (Cheaters, BBC One). All five are vying to win points, prizes, and eternal glory in hope of winning the coveted golden trophy along with bragging rights as the Taskmaster Series 16 Champion.

Thursday 1 June 2023

New Logo Revealed - Deal Or No Deal

 

The iconic TV series Deal Or No Deal is set to make a much-anticipated return later this year on ITV1 and ITVX, and to celebrate, ITV has unveiled a brand new show logo. The series will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern and produced by Remarkable Entertainment, a Banijay UK company.

Contestants will compete against the infamous Banker in a game of nerves and intuition for a chance to win a life-changing cash prize. Each week, a player is presented with 22 sealed boxes, each containing a different amount of money. The contestant must eliminate the boxes one at a time without knowing what they contain, revealing the amount of money inside as they go.

As the game progresses, the pressure mounts as the Banker offers the player cash in exchange for what could be inside their box. The value of the offers increases as long as the higher cash prizes remain unselected. However, the game can change in an instant if a big cash prize is revealed.