— Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, Planet Earth III
Thursday 31 August 2023
— Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, Planet Earth III
In an enlightening and groundbreaking 90-minute documentary titled "The Lost Princes" (working title), Channel 4 embarks on an exploration of one of the most intriguing enigmas in English history. This journey spans continents and involves Philippa Langley and Rob Rinder, who together delve into the mystery.
Leveraging recent significant revelations and years of meticulous investigation, Philippa, renowned for her discovery of Richard III's final resting place, partners with Rob Rinder, a criminal barrister. Their collaborative and immersive inquiry challenges established perceptions about this infamous event in the annals of British royalty.
Was it Richard III who masterminded the brutal demise of the two youthful heirs, Edward and Richard, as Shakespeare's narrative suggests? Alternatively, could this renowned unsolved case conceal a more intricate reality?
A decade after achieving global prominence for her remarkable achievement in uncovering, exhuming, and reintering Richard III, Philippa reemerges, this time armed with a wealth of fresh leads provided by her international team of researchers. "The Lost Princes" (working title) follows Philippa and Rob on a voyage that carries them over oceans, into historical archives, and deep into the core of medieval Europe. Can they successfully trace the trail of England's absent royals?
Rob Rinder says: "To be part of unlocking and investigating one of history's most fascinating unsolved mysteries is quite special and I look forward to people coming on this journey with us."
Coming soon to Ch4
Monday 28 August 2023
Prepare for the triumphant return of Mastermind, with a new exhilarating series set to premiere on Monday, August 28th, at 7:30pm, exclusively on BBC Two.
Guided by the seasoned BBC presenter Clive Myrie, this show will immerse 96 contenders in the age-old formula of mastering their chosen Specialist Subject, followed by a challenging round of general knowledge questions. As the competition intensifies, those who emerge victorious from the heats and later the semi-finals will face off in a climactic Grand Final. Their ultimate goal: to secure the coveted title of Mastermind Champion and the iconic Mastermind Glass Bowl.
This series promises to take quizzing to new heights, featuring an eclectic array of topics that will test contenders' expertise. Subjects range from historical figures like Mary Queen of Scots to pop culture phenomena like Otters and Harry Styles, and even delving into the realms of art with René Magritte, entertainment with Ted Lasso, and the intriguing The History of Cattle.
Clive Myrie enthusiastically shares, "We've got another cracking series, full of thrills and heart-racing moments, as our contenders do battle. The quality and range of quizzing is astonishing. 'Quizzy Mondays' will be unmissable."
Jimmy Mulville, the Executive Producer, adds, "With Clive Myrie as the interrogator, Mastermind goes from strength to strength. It’s still the best quiz show in town and we’re honoured to be making it."
Ruby Kuraishe, Entertainment and Comedy Commissioning Editor, expresses the sentiment of quiz enthusiasts, "I’m sure quiz enthusiasts are rejoicing as the mother of quiz shows returns to BBC Two. As ever, there’s a wide range of specialists subjects ranging from literature and TV shows to historical figures and music, there’s something for everyone!"
Produced by Hindsight & Hat Trick for BBC Two, Mastermind is a highly anticipated event. The Executive Producers are David Young, Jimmy Mulville, Kate Middleditch, and Chris Jones for Hindsight & Hat Trick. The show is filmed and produced in Belfast, with support from Northern Ireland Screen.
Mark your calendars: Mastermind makes its triumphant comeback to BBC Two on Monday, August 28th, starting at 7:30pm. Catch the full series on iPlayer for a comprehensive quizzing experience.
Sunday 27 August 2023
Embark on a riveting journey through the lives of two strikingly distinct women entwined by a shared conman. Brace yourself for a tale that is both shadowy and amusing, an intricately woven thriller that navigates the realms of darkness, humor, and unpredictability. This narrative follows three extraordinary individuals, caught within an intricate web of half-truths and monumental deceptions.
Leading the charge are Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Alistair Petrie, and Rebekah Station, infusing their characters with depth and complexity that promise to captivate audiences. As the story unfolds, their lives converge into a tangled triangle, propelled by layers of falsehoods and a cacophony of lies that push the boundaries of the imaginable. Prepare to be drawn into a world where truth and deceit are interwoven, as these characters navigate a terrain of intrigue and suspense.
Watch The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday 29 August
Saturday 26 August 2023
Starring Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, Michael Kelley, with Morgan Freeman and Nicole Kidman, SPECIAL OPS: LIONESS is an original Paramount+ series based on an actual US military programme about a group of special operatives who help spearhead the war against terror.
In the series, the elite Lioness team enlists a rough-around-the-edges recruit to go undercover in a critical mission to thwart a major terrorist attack. As they covertly work on toppling the terrorist organisation from the inside whilst dodging death and tangling with the political powers-that-be, the personal lives of the operatives also reach a boiling point as the pressures of their duty on the field begins to tear apart their families at home.
Loved the first episode? You can stream every episode of the series so far, and enjoy the finale on 3rd September – all exclusively on Paramount+. Start your 7-day free trial and subscribe at https://amzn.to/3OUYcqD
Friday 25 August 2023
By Jon Donnis
In a somber turn of events that has left the world of sports entertainment reeling, we remember and honor the life of WWE star Bray Wyatt, who tragically passed away at the young age of 36 due to a heart attack. A larger-than-life character both inside and outside the squared circle, Wyatt's legacy as a unique performer and storyteller will forever resonate with fans across the globe.
Bray Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Lawrence Rotunda, was more than just a wrestler – he was an enigma, a master of psychological drama, and a true artist in the world of professional wrestling. From his cryptic promos to his mesmerizing entrance with the haunting lantern, Bray had an uncanny ability to immerse his audience into his dark and captivating narratives.
Born into a wrestling dynasty, Bray Wyatt carried forward his family's legacy with grace and innovation. As the son of Mike Rotunda (better known as IRS) and the grandson of Blackjack Mulligan, wrestling ran deep in his veins. But Bray didn't rest on his family's laurels; he carved a niche of his own, captivating audiences with his distinct character and compelling storylines.
Debuting in WWE's developmental territory, NXT, Bray Wyatt introduced the world to his mysterious alter ego. Clad in a Hawaiian shirt and a wild beard, he embodied a persona that was equal parts charismatic and unsettling. It was in NXT that the Bray Wyatt character truly came to life, as he formed The Wyatt Family, a cult-like faction that embraced darkness and chaos.
Wyatt's eventual transition to the main roster marked the beginning of an unforgettable journey. The Firefly Fun House segments, a seemingly innocent children's show with sinister undertones, showcased his range as a performer. These segments allowed him to blur the lines between reality and fiction, showcasing his mastery in playing with his audience's emotions.
Perhaps one of Wyatt's most iconic achievements was the creation of "The Fiend" character. A monstrous and nightmarish alter ego, The Fiend combined horror elements with sports entertainment, captivating fans with its unique blend of psychological terror and in-ring prowess. The eerie mask, the disturbing laughter – all of these elements contributed to crafting a character that was as chilling as it was enthralling.
Beyond his in-ring abilities, Bray Wyatt possessed an innate ability to connect with his audience on a profound level. His battles transcended the ring ropes, delving into the realms of psychology and emotion. Whether he was the villain or the anti-hero, Wyatt's magnetic presence commanded attention, leaving an indelible mark on every storyline he touched.
As we mourn the loss of Bray Wyatt, we remember the moments of awe, wonder, and shock he brought to our lives. His untimely passing serves as a stark reminder of life's fragility and the importance of cherishing every moment. While his journey has been cut tragically short, his legacy will live on through the countless memories he created and the impact he had on the world of professional wrestling.
Bray Wyatt's contributions to the world of WWE and his ability to weave intricate tales of darkness and intrigue will forever be etched in the annals of sports entertainment history. As fans and fellow wrestlers pay tribute to this remarkable talent gone too soon, we hold onto the memories he gifted us and celebrate the life of a man who dared to be different, who dared to be Bray Wyatt.