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Monday 30 October 2023

COMPETITION: Win Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire: Season 1 on Blu-ray

Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire Season One comes to Blu-ray and DVD on 6th November and each, courtesy of Acorn Media International.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 3 copies on Blu-ray to give away.

SINK YOUR teeth into Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire for a blood-soaked saga of immortality, love and revenge starring Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Eric Bogosian (Succession) and Sam Reid (The Newsreader). This contemporary adaptation breathes new life into Rice’s revolutionary gothic novel and marks the thrilling first instalment of AMC’s emerging Immortal Universe series based on her lauded The Vampire Chronicles.

The series showcases an ensemble of exceptional talent. Not only is it created by Boardwalk Empire’s Rolin Jones but is executively produced by a host of stars, including award-winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Christopher Rice, the late Anne Rice and award-winning director Alan Taylor (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones) – who also directs the first two episodes. With a second season on the horizon, now is the perfect time to delve in and witness their talent first-hand.

In modern-day Dubai, vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson) sits down with renowned journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian) to share the story of his life – or rather, his afterlife – which begins in the hustle and bustle of 20th-century New Orleans. There, challenged by the constraints as a queer Black man in 1900s America, Louis finds it impossible to ignore the irresistible allure of Lestat de Lioncourt’s (Sam Reid) offer of the ultimate escape: a chance to outmanoeuvre the confines of mortality and join him as his vampire companion.

But Louis’ new powers come at a precious price and the introduction of Lestat’s latest creation – the child vampire Claudia (Bailey Bass – Avatar: The Way Of Water) – propels them on a path of revenge and redemption spanning decades.

Filled with passion, blood, monsters and beauty and with its unique blend of racial dynamics, sexuality, horror and humour – Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire is truly to die for and will leave audiences thirsting for more.

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Friday 27 October 2023

First images for supernatural new BBC drama about modern witches, Domino Day

Just in time for Halloween, the BBC has unveiled a sneak peek of its upcoming contemporary witch-themed drama, "Domino Day." This original series has been created and scripted by the BAFTA-nominated Lauren Sequeira, and it's been brought to life through the development and production efforts of Fremantle's Dancing Ledge Productions (known for "The Responder" and "The Salisbury Poisoning") for the BBC. "Domino Day" is set to debut in early 2024 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

Set and filmed in Manchester, this supernatural six-part series stars the BAFTA-nominated Siena Kelly (renowned for "Adult Material" and "Hit & Run") in the lead role as Domino Day. Domino is not your typical dating app user; she's not searching for her soulmate, but rather, she's on the hunt.

As a young witch possessing extraordinary powers, Domino is in desperate need of a community that can help her unravel her identity. However, she doesn't have to look far, as a coven of witches is closely monitoring her every move. They are convinced that they must stop her before her powers lead to the destruction of everyone and everything around her.

When a dangerous figure from Domino's past resurfaces, it begs the question: Will this be a fresh start for them all, or will it culminate in a final showdown?

In the new images, Siena Kelly can be seen in the role of Domino, alongside a talented cast that includes Babirye Bukilwa as Sammie, Poppy Lee Friar as Geri, Alisha Bailey as Kat, Molly Harris as Jules, Sam Howard Sneyd as Silas, and Percelle Ascott as Leon. The series also features Lucy Cohu, Christopher Jeffers, and Jonah Rzeskiewicz.

The creator of "Domino Day," Lauren Sequeira, remarked, "I cannot wait for the world to meet this amazing cast, led by the sensational Siena Kelly. Don't expect broomsticks, pointy hats, and wands - these are witches like you've never seen before; cool, provocative, and full of grit. They are all simply spellbinding on screen, and Siena is the perfect Domino Day."

"Domino Day," consisting of six 45-minute episodes, is created and scripted by Lauren Sequeira, with individual episodes crafted by Charlene James and Haleema Mirza. The series is helmed by directors Eva Sigurdardottir and Nadira Amrani, with Nick Pitt serving as the producer. Executive producers for the series are Lauren Sequeira, Laurence Bowen, Chris Carey, and Elinor Day for Dancing Ledge Productions, along with Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt for the BBC.

"Domino Day" is scheduled to air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in early 2024, with global distribution handled by Fremantle.

The Boy Who Lived coming to Sky Documentaries on 18 November

"DAVID HOLMES: THE BOY WHO LIVED," a film executive produced by Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Dan Hartley (known for "Lad: A Yorkshire Story"), will be accessible on-demand through Sky Documentaries and the NOW streaming service starting from November 18.

The movie tells the coming-of-age story of David Holmes, a remarkable teenage gymnast from Essex, England. He is chosen to be Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double in the initial Harry Potter film when Daniel is just eleven years old. Over the course of the next decade, a strong and unbreakable bond forms between the two. However, tragedy strikes on the set of the penultimate film when a devastating accident leaves David paralyzed with a severe spinal injury, dramatically altering his life. In this challenging moment, Daniel, along with his closest stunt colleagues, comes together to support David and his family. Throughout the ordeal, it is David's extraordinary spirit of resilience that serves as their greatest source of strength and inspiration.

The film includes candid personal footage filmed over the past decade, behind-the-scenes content from Holmes' stunt work, glimpses into his current life, and intimate interviews with David, Daniel Radcliffe, friends, family, and former crew members. It also explores universal themes such as navigating adversity, growing up, forming identities in an uncertain world, and the unifying bonds that bring us together and uplift us.

Presented by Sky in collaboration with HBO Documentary Films, "DAVID HOLMES: THE BOY WHO LIVED" is a Lightbox / Ripple Production, with Dan Hartley directing. The production team includes Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Vanessa Davies, and Amy Stares as producers, and executive producers Daniel Radcliffe, David Holmes, Dan Hartley, Sue Latimer, and Sarah Spahovic. HBO's executive producers are Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Tina Nguyen, while Sky's executive producer is Poppy Dixon.

Tuesday 24 October 2023

TRAILER: Sky Original, The Lazarus Project - Season 2

Sky Original's thrilling sci-fi series, "The Lazarus Project," is back for its highly anticipated second season, promising a captivating journey through time and suspense. Starring a stellar cast including Paapa Essiedu, Caroline Quentin, Tom Burke, and Anjli Mohindra, the show is set to return to screens on November 15th, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the unraveling of its intricate storyline.

Set against a backdrop of never-ending time loops threatening the Earth's existence, "The Lazarus Project" embarks on a riveting exploration of human desires, choices, and the relentless pursuit of redemption.

The Race Against Time

The world is trapped in a relentless time loop, a phenomenon that promises only one conclusion – the total annihilation of the planet. In this dire situation, the Lazarus team, a group of determined individuals, races against the clock to discover a solution before humanity faces a devastating and irreversible fate.

At the heart of this mission is George, portrayed by the remarkable Paapa Essiedu, a Lazarus agent who had once betrayed the organization in the name of love, earning himself disgrace and mistrust from his comrades. Determined to earn back the trust of his friends, colleagues, and the love of his life, George embarks on a perilous journey to find redemption.

Yet, as he delves deeper into the enigmatic cause he is fighting for, George begins to suspect that the only person he can truly rely on is himself. The series promises an enthralling exploration of trust, sacrifice, and the lengths one is willing to go to in order to change destiny.

A Stellar Cast Returns

The second season of "The Lazarus Project" is set to be even more action-packed and captivating. Alongside Paapa Essiedu, viewers will be treated to the talents of Anjli Mohindra, Charly Clive, Vinette Robinson, Rudi Dharmalingam, Caroline Quentin, and Tom Burke as they reprise their roles.

Moreover, a new wave of exceptional actors joins the cast for the second season, including Royce Pierreson, Colin Salmon, Safia Oakley-Green, Lorne MacFayden, Zoe Telford, Sam Troughton, and James Atherton. This eclectic ensemble promises to add depth and intrigue to an already stellar lineup.

The Minds Behind the Series

"The Lazarus Project" is a product of Urban Myth Films, created and written by BAFTA-nominated Joe Barton, known for his work on "Giri / Haji." The show is produced in association with Sky Studios, ensuring the highest production standards and top-notch storytelling.

Paul Gilbert, Commissioning Editor for Sky Studios, played a pivotal role in bringing "The Lazarus Project" to life on Sky Max. The international sales of the series are handled by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, on behalf of Sky Studios.

As the countdown to November 15th begins, fans of the series can expect a rollercoaster of emotions, suspense, and unforgettable moments as they dive back into the world of "The Lazarus Project." With an all-star cast and a compelling narrative, this Sky Original promises to be an unmissable television event that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life from Wonderhood Studios series 2 coming soon

Channel 4 has once again partnered with Wonderhood Studios to commission an expanded second season of "Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life." This gripping series continues to provide viewers with exclusive access to the world of pioneering surgeries that utilize cutting-edge technology. The production maintains its unique association with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, a renowned cancer hospital, and collaborates with Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the UK's largest charities.

"Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life" (4x60') follows patients and their medical teams throughout their cancer journeys, offering an intimate look at the intricate discussions and life-altering decisions involved in planning and executing groundbreaking surgeries. These surgeries often take place under challenging and extreme conditions, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the highest possible quality of life.

The second season introduces new robotic procedures for various types of tumors, with a particular focus on younger patients grappling with complex cancers. Some patients must make incredibly tough decisions, ranging from critical surgeries that may risk irreversible damage to fertility to weighing the pros and cons of complex treatments that could have potentially debilitating health consequences after a cancer diagnosis.

The series is created in partnership with Macmillan, an organization at the forefront of cancer support in the UK. Through Macmillan's involvement, the show will shed light on how cancer can impact all aspects of a person's life and underscore the invaluable role the charity plays in supporting individuals affected by cancer.

Eve Kay, Executive Producer at Wonderhood Studios, expressed enthusiasm for the new season, highlighting its ability to showcase the incredible skills and dedication of surgeons while revealing their human side and the emotional journey they embark on alongside their patients. The collaboration with The Royal Marsden and Macmillan Cancer Support promises to deliver a compelling second season.

Jonah Weston, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, praised the work of the surgeons at The Royal Marsden and their contributions to advancing cancer treatment. He eagerly anticipates the return of the series, which will continue to spotlight these remarkable medical professionals and their extraordinary patients.

Dame Cally Palmer, Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the second season and its potential to showcase the innovative work carried out by The Royal Marsden's surgical team, often funded by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The series offers a unique glimpse into the world of specialist cancer surgery, highlighting the dedication of both patients and surgeons who push the boundaries of surgical techniques to save lives.

Anthony Newman, Director of Brand and Marketing at Macmillan Cancer Support, expressed delight at the prospect of a second season of "Super Surgeons." He underscored the vital role played by the first season in raising awareness of the profound impact a cancer diagnosis can have on every aspect of a person's life. He emphasized that Macmillan is committed to providing crucial support to ensure people can live well after a cancer diagnosis.

"Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life" is executive produced by Katharine Patrick, Head of Factual at Wonderhood Studios, along with James W Newton and Eve Kay. The series is directed and produced by Sophie Stephenson-Wright, with Casey McConnell as the production manager. It was commissioned by Jonah Weston for Channel 4 and is being distributed internationally by BBC Studios.

Stand Up To Cancer returns

Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK are set to commemorate a remarkable decade of fighting cancer on Friday, November 3rd. A star-studded night of exceptional television will emanate from The Francis Crick Institute, a renowned center for cutting-edge cancer research. The UK's most prominent names in comedy and entertainment will join forces to deliver an electrifying evening of TV.

Kicking off the festivities at 7 pm, hosts Davina McCall, Adam Hills, Joe Lycett, and Munya Chawawa will launch SU2C: The Takeover. This 90-minute live show will be brimming with uproarious comedic talent and familiar faces, including the likes of Rita Ora, Oti Mabuse, Cush Jumbo, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Charlotte Ritchie, and many more. Together, they will celebrate the astounding advancements in cancer research made possible by the funds raised through Stand Up To Cancer over the past decade.

Following this, Channel 4 will feature a brand-new Celebrity Gogglebox and the heart-pounding, star-studded finale of Don't Look Down. Paddy McGuinness will lead a team of celebrities in a daring world-first highwire walk over the London Stadium, the iconic venue of the 2012 Olympics.

The night's climax will be The SU2C Comedy Roast, a captivating extravaganza hosted by Rhod Gilbert and featuring an array of comedic talent, including Jordan Gray, Ellie Taylor, Danny Beard, Tom Stade, Davina McCall, Joe Lycett, and Nish Kumar. Comics such as Sara Barron, Thanyia Moore, Bobby Mair, Harriet Kemsley, Fatiha El-Ghorri, and Larry Dean will participate in a 'roast roulette.' This show will bring together a myriad of beloved faces and stars willing to be humorously roasted in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

The special evening will conclude with "Sean Lock: Lockipedia," a tribute to the much-missed comedic genius and one of Channel 4's most renowned comedians.

Stand Up To Cancer was commissioned for Channel 4 by Tom Beck, Head of Live Events, with Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment, and Antonia Howard-Taylor, commissioning executive. SU2C: The Takeover and The SU2C Comedy Roast are produced by Monkey, a part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. Monkey's Executive Producers are Andy Charles Smith and Suzi Aplin.

In the days leading up to the live show, Channel 4 will air special programs, including the candid documentary, "Rhod Gilbert: A Pain In The Neck."

"Rhod Gilbert: A Pain In The Neck" tells the story of comedian Rhod Gilbert, who raised nearly £2 million for cancer care over the past decade. During a fundraising trek for Velindre Cancer Hospital in Cardiff, Rhod noticed concerning symptoms and was subsequently diagnosed with head and neck cancer. This documentary, airing before Stand Up To Cancer, primarily utilizes Rhod's personal video diaries. With his trademark unflinching and sardonic humor, this sensitive and thoughtful documentary showcases one of the UK's most beloved comedians sharing his personal journey of living with cancer and receiving treatment at the very hospital he supported for over a decade.

"Celebrity Gogglebox" will feature Britain's most beloved personalities providing commentary on the week's most discussed television. The lineup of famous faces will be announced soon.

In the thrilling finale of "Don't Look Down," Paddy McGuinness leads his team of celebrities in a world-first highwire walk over the London Stadium, the iconic venue of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Will they conquer their nerves, or will it be a nail-biting challenge? One thing's for certain: they must not "look down." Over the past four episodes, Paddy and celebrities such as Beverley Callard, Anton Ferdinand, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Hughes, David Ginola, Charley Boorman, GK Barry, Fats Timbo, and Victoria Pendleton have faced their fears during rigorous high-altitude training in the Austrian Alps. Guided by world-renowned highwire authorities, these famous figures were pushed to their limits in physically and mentally demanding tasks. Will their training pay off? Will the team unite in this dazzling tribute to those who have battled cancer?

Over the past decade, Stand Up To Cancer has raised over £93 million for lifesaving cancer research, with a commitment to surpassing this target and advancing more trials into treatments. The funds raised have been instrumental in funding 64 clinical trials and research projects involving over 13,000 cancer patients, resulting in significant breakthroughs in cancer treatment. From kinder testing for breast cancer to a groundbreaking treatment for advanced bile duct cancer now available on the NHS, the contributions from Stand Up To Cancer have truly been life-saving.

Monday 23 October 2023

COMPETITION: Win Mrs Sidhu Investigates: Series 1 on DVD

Based on the hugely popular, hit BBC Radio 4 series of the same name, this endearing four-part Acorn TV Original drama created by Suk Pannu (The Kumars at No. 42) is set to arrive on DVD and digital on 30 October 2023 courtesy of Acorn Media International. The Mrs Sidhu Investigates Series One DVD also contains a mini featurette filmed during production, which includes a conversation with Meera Syal on set.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 3 copies on dvd to give away.

Meet Mrs Sidhu (Syal), a caterer from Slough with her very own brand of solving crime. A lifetime of being an Indian “aunty”, invisible to the elite of leafy, suburban Berkshire, has only sharpened her skills as a wise, warm and no-nonsense investigator. Recently widowed, she must juggle her new catering business with encouraging her wayward son, Tez (Gurjeet Singh – Ackley Bridge) to find his ambition, all while serving up justice to those who believe they are above the law.

While catering for a high-end health club, things take an unexpected turn when two bodies are found dead in the spa. Despite her knack for solving mysteries, Mrs. Sidhu tries her best to stay out of it, but when her beloved niece, Rani (Varada Sethu – Andor, Jurassic World Dominion) becomes the police’s number one suspect, she takes it upon herself to start her own investigation and prove them wrong. But the Chief Detective on the case, Inspector Burton (Parkinson) has no patience for her theories, so Mrs Sidhu has no choice but to dig deeper, uncovering plenty of secrets along the way... 

With an instinct for the truth, impressive imagination and an indefatigable sense of nosiness, there’s not much that gets past this sharp detective and her forays into crime quickly see her form an unofficial partnership with DCI Burton, who – after witnessing her talent first hand – reluctantly accepts that together, they’re an unbeatable crime-fighting duo. Together, they investigate a shocking death at a health club, a murder at a cosplay convention, tech company trouble and the curious kidnapping of a boxer.

With a loveable lead, a charming sense of humour and cracking cases – Mrs Sidhu Investigates brings something dazzlingly new to the genre and promises a cracking good time. 

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1. Closing date 06-11-23
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
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5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Saturday 21 October 2023

Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on the Case of Conan Doyle - A Must-Watch Series for Holmes Enthusiasts

Get ready to delve into the captivating world of Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and their intriguing love-hate relationship in a brand new series coming to BBC Two and iPlayer this December. "Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on the Case of Conan Doyle" promises to unravel the mysteries behind the iconic detective and his brilliant creator. The show, produced by BBC Studios, is set to be a fascinating three-episode journey through the life, work, and legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock Holmes: An Iconic Enigma

Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective, has captured the imaginations of millions for over a century with his unparalleled intellect and extraordinary powers of deduction. His adventures span over 60 original stories, numerous adaptations, and a devoted fan base. However, what many don't know is that his very creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, grew to despise his fictional character.

In "Killing Sherlock," historian Lucy Worsley, a lifelong Holmes enthusiast, takes on the role of a modern-day detective to explore the intricate relationship between Holmes and Doyle. This unique parallel biography offers fresh insights into the complex man who breathed life into the enigmatic detective.

Lucy Worsley, the show's host, shares her excitement, saying, "I have had a LIFE-LONG CRUSH on Sherlock Holmes, so it was the biggest pleasure imaginable to explore his life, death and resurrection. While exploring his life and times, I also got a real and sometimes troubling insight into manliness, Empire, and Victorian values. I find his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, to be a complex, contradictory and endlessly fascinating character."

A Journey into History and Personal Lives

Following in the footsteps of her previous series, "Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley On The Mystery Queen," Lucy scours archives, engages with experts, meets descendants, and interacts with fans. This immersive approach weaves historical context with personal history, portraying Conan Doyle and Sherlock against the backdrop of significant world events and societal changes.

Throughout the series, Lucy unearths the origins of Sherlock in Conan Doyle's early life as a medical student, delving into early stories and revealing the dark underbelly of late Victorian Britain, from drug use to true crime. She also explores Doyle's growing disillusionment with his own creation and his desire to distance himself from Holmes. Furthermore, the series touches upon his involvement in one of the most important legal cases of the 20th century, delves into the darkness of his later stories, and uncovers the parallel narrative of Conan Doyle's life after the loss of his eldest son, his turn to spiritualism, and his declining public appeal.

Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, found a life beyond his author, captivating audiences on stage and screen, a testament to his enduring popularity.

Behind the Scenes

"Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on the Case of Conan Doyle" is a BBC Studios Specialist Factual production for BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, and PBS. The series is produced by Rachel Jardine and Laura Blount, with Linda Sands as the series producer, and Amanda Lyon as the executive producer. Mark Bell, the commissioning editor for BBC Arts, oversees the project's development.

A Christmas Treat: "Lot No. 249"

As an added bonus for Sherlock enthusiasts, Mark Gatiss, the co-creator of "Sherlock," brings us a Conan Doyle-themed Christmas ghost story titled "Lot No. 249." Starring Kit Harington and Freddie Fox, this adaptation explores the secrets of Ancient Egypt and the chilling mysteries that unravel in a college setting.

Mark Gatiss, the writer and director, expresses his excitement, saying, "It's a serious delight for me to delve once again into the brilliant work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this time for the Christmas Ghost story. 'Lot No.249' is a personal favorite and is the grand-daddy (or should that be Mummy?) of a particular kind of end of Empire chiller: a ripping yarn packed with ghastly scares and who-knows-what lurking in the Victorian closet…"

"Killing Sherlock" and "Lot No. 249" promise to be the perfect holiday treats for fans of Sherlock Holmes, providing a deeper understanding of the iconic detective and an intriguing new adaptation of Conan Doyle's work. Make sure to mark your calendars and don't miss these exciting additions to your festive TV lineup.

"Shetland" Returns with a Thrilling Eighth Series: New Faces, Familiar Mysteries

Get ready for the eagerly awaited return of the gripping crime drama series, "Shetland," set to hit our screens on Wednesday, November 1st, with a brand new series that promises to be its most intense and intriguing yet. The BBC has just unveiled the first trailer for this thrilling series, and it's already generating buzz across the UK.

Fresh Faces and Familiar Mysteries:

This time around, "Shetland" brings us a captivating mix of fresh talent and familiar characters. The talented Ashley Jensen, known for her outstanding performances, takes the spotlight as Detective Inspector Ruth Calder, making her series debut. She teams up with the ever-resilient Alison O'Donnell, known to fans as Tosh, who is caught up in a string of mysterious animal deaths.

The storyline revolves around Calder's return to her Shetland roots, driven by the urgency to protect a vulnerable witness to a gangland murder. As Tosh puts her investigation on pause to assist, the partnership faces its first test. Calder's hostility towards Shetland challenges Tosh's view of her adopted home, and their journey takes them deep into the island's enigmatic past and the gripping mysteries of its present.

A Stellar Supporting Cast:

"Shetland" is known for its stellar ensemble cast, and this season is no exception. Joining the core team are Phyllis Logan, Jamie Sives, Dawn Steele, Don Gilet, Ann Louise Ross, and Lorraine McIntosh, bringing fresh dynamics to the show. Alongside series regulars, including Steven Robertson, Lewis Howden, Anne Kidd, Angus Miller, Conor McCarry, and Eubha Akilade, the show promises riveting performances and layered characters.

Behind the Scenes:

Behind the camera, the creative team is as impressive as ever. Paul Logue leads the writing team, joined by Denise Paul and Vivienne Harvey, ensuring that the storytelling remains top-notch. The series is produced by Louise V Say and directed by Andy Newbery and Giulia Gandini, ensuring an immersive viewing experience.

The success of "Shetland" over its previous seven series is undeniable, with an average of 7.2 million viewers during its last run, proving that the mysteries and characters of the Shetland Isles continue to captivate and intrigue millions.

As the countdown to the eighth series begins, fans of the show can rest assured that "Shetland" remains a cornerstone of gripping crime drama. Whether you're a long-time fan or a newcomer to the series, you won't want to miss the new season, filled with intrigue, suspense, and a touch of Shetland's unique charm. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 1st, and get ready for another unforgettable journey into the mysteries of the Shetland Isles.

Ant and Dec open the I’m A Celebrity ‘Jungle Retreat’

Check out the latest trailer for "I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!" as Ant and Dec kick off the grand opening of the "I'm A Celebrity Jungle Retreat."

Witness the dynamic duo, Ant and Dec, as they prepare to greet a fresh cohort of celebrities who are about to embrace the "ultimate jungle experience," as eloquently voiced by the majestic narrator.

In this brand-new 60-second teaser, set to make its debut on ITV1 this weekend, you'll find the iconic pair in the midst of a lush tropical jungle, diligently tending to the needs of the retreat's inhabitants.

From crafting captivating towel sculptures to artfully raking the sandy terrain and serving up some "exotic" culinary delights, Ant and Dec spare no effort in offering the incoming campmates nothing less than "the full celebrity treatment" as they unveil the doors to the luxurious (well, sort of...) 5-star Jungle Retreat.

The mysteries that await the campmates upon check-in are yet to be revealed...

Thursday 19 October 2023

Diane Morgan's "Mandy" Returns: Third Series Now in Production

Good news for fans of quirky humor and the comedic brilliance of Diane Morgan—filming for the third series of "Mandy" is officially underway. This time, Diane takes on the roles of writer, director, and star, promising another dose of micro-aggressive adventures and offbeat humor.

The Return of Mandy

In "Mandy," Diane Morgan plays the role of the nation's hero of the zero-hours economy, Mandy. The new series continues to follow Mandy as she navigates a never-ending series of short-lived, ill-conceived, and poorly paid jobs, all while battling her personal cost-of-living crisis.

Joining Mandy on Her Journey

Mandy's trusty friend, mentor, and nail clinician, Lola, portrayed by Michelle Greenidge ("Code 404"), will be right by her side as she embarks on the quest for an aspirational lifestyle, complete with prize-winning Doberman pinchers and magic eye pictures on every wall.

A Star-Studded Lineup

Series three of "Mandy" introduces a fresh cast, adding more flavor to the eccentric world of Mandy. Notable names joining the fun include Paul Ready ("Motherland"), Beverley Callard ("Coronation Street"), Nathan Foad ("Our Flag Means Death"), and Robbie Gee ("Black Ops").

The returning cast members from previous series include Tom Basden ("Here We Go"), Mark Silcox ("Man Like Mobeen"), Roger Sloman ("Nuts in May"), Alistair Green ("The Great"), Michael Spicer ("The Room Next Door"), Jackie Clune ("Motherland"), and Yuriko Kotani ("Pls Like").

Diane Morgan on "Mandy"

Diane Morgan, as the character Mandy, humorously commented on the nature of press releases in television, highlighting her hands-on involvement in the series and her candid approach to her work.

Excitement for the Return

Josh Cole, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios, expressed excitement and anticipation for the return of "Mandy" and the unique comedic talents of Diane Morgan.

A BBC Studios Comedy Production

"Mandy" is a BBC Studios Comedy/Witchcraft Industries co-production, with Diane Morgan taking the reins as the creative force behind the show. The series was commissioned for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer and is produced by Kenny Tanner, with Ben Caudell as the Executive Producer. Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy Commissioning, was responsible for the show's commissioning, and Seb Barwell serves as the Commissioning Editor for the BBC. BBC Studios will handle international distribution for all three series of "Mandy." Get ready for more laughs and absurd adventures with Mandy as she takes on new challenges in the third series of this delightful comedy.

William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" Set for TV Adaptation - Casting Call Underway for Young Talents

William Golding's iconic novel, "Lord of the Flies," is making its television debut, and the hunt has begun to discover the emerging stars who will breathe life into this classic tale.

A Landmark Adaptation

Producer Eleven, known for its works like "Sex Education" and "Ten Pound Poms," has issued a call for boys aged between 10-13 to audition for roles in this highly-anticipated four-part drama. The adaptation, brought to life by acclaimed writer Jack Thorne, is set to commence filming in Australia from April 2024 onwards.

Nina Gold Takes the Lead

Leading the casting process is BAFTA award-winning casting director Nina Gold, renowned for her work on titles such as "Game of Thrones," "The Crown," and, most recently, "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." Gold was also behind the casting of "The Power of the Dog," which earned a BAFTA for Best Film and received multiple Oscar nominations in 2022.

The Search for Young Talent

The production team is on the lookout for children between the ages of 10 and 13 to assume the leading roles of the main boys in this faithful adaptation of "Lord of the Flies." No prior acting experience is necessary for the auditions.

Parents and guardians are invited to apply by emailing lotf@ninagold.co.uk. The application should include a video filmed on a phone, where the child states their name, age, and general location in the UK. The young auditionees are also asked to share, in under 30 seconds, what item they would choose to have with them if they were stranded on a remote tropical island and explain their choice. Parents and guardians should clarify their relationship to the applicant and assert their permission for the child to be considered for a role in the production.

"Lord of the Flies" - A Modern Adaptation

Written by Jack Thorne, the mind behind "National Treasure," "Help," and "Best Interests," and executive produced by Eleven's Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell, this adaptation of "Lord of the Flies" is a 4-part, 60-minute drama that will be featured on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It weaves the story of a group of young boys who find themselves stranded on a tropical island.

As they struggle to maintain civility, the boys form a hierarchy, led by Ralph and supported by the intellectual Piggy. However, Jack, tasked with signal fire duty, becomes more interested in hunting and vying for leadership, pulling other boys away from the group's order and leading them from hope into tragedy.

A Daunting Task

Commenting on the casting process, Jack Thorne acknowledges the challenge, saying, "I think casting these parts is a daunting job. We have to tell a complicated story, and it'll need a remarkable cast, so I'm thrilled that Nina will be in charge of the process. I can't wait for us all to get dug in."

Nina Gold's Perspective

Nina Gold expresses her anticipation of the challenge: "I'm looking forward to the challenge of finding exciting, talented, young actors for these characters that are etched on my own childhood memory, now being brought to a modern audience by this brilliant adaptation."

The Producer's Vision

Joel Wilson from Eleven notes, "There is no-one better suited to the job of casting these extraordinary roles than Nina, so we're delighted that she will be taking the reins. With Nina's help, we're convinced this group of boys and the journey they take us on will be as indelibly etched on our minds as the book is for those who have read it."

A Timeless Classic

"Lord of the Flies," first published by Faber for an unknown author at the time, has maintained its status as one of the most popular books on English curricula for the past seven decades. William Golding's literary masterpiece was recognized with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.

A Production to Watch For

"Lord of the Flies" is an Eleven production, supported by Sony Pictures Television, for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The series, penned by Jack Thorne, boasts executive producers Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell for Eleven and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC. It's a thrilling adaptation that promises to breathe new life into a classic tale and captivate audiences all over again. Stay tuned for more updates on this eagerly anticipated production.

The Hit List Strikes a Chord: Seventh Series Confirmed for 2024

Get ready to test your music knowledge and compete for a chance at £10,000, as the beloved BBC One music quiz, "The Hit List," has been officially recommissioned for its seventh series. The show, known for its fantastic music selection and dynamic hosts, husband and wife duo Marvin and Rochelle Humes, is set to return to screens in 2024, bringing back the thrill of music guessing and cash prizes.

Musical Challenges and Exciting Prizes

"The Hit List" invites pairs of contestants to name the artist and title of popular songs in a series of challenging rounds. As the competition unfolds, the stakes rise, and the final couple faces "The Final Chart Rundown" for a shot at winning up to £10,000. With great music, enthusiastic contestants, and a fantastic prize, it's no wonder the show has become a fan favorite.

Calling All Music Buffs

If you've ever played along at home and thought you had what it takes to compete on the show, you're in luck. The new series is on the lookout for fresh contestants, and aspiring participants can apply for their chance to be part of the musical quiz action.

A Show Loved by Many

Produced by Tuesday's Child Scotland and filmed at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, "The Hit List" will return with six regular episodes and six celebrity specials. The show's hosts, Marvin and Rochelle Humes, express their excitement about the upcoming series and look forward to more music-filled Saturday night entertainment. They say, "We are so excited to be back with our SEVENTH series! We have so much fun hosting the show together, and we're excited to see what this next series will bring. We're looking forward to more Saturday night fun that will have you shouting the answers at your TV!"

Karen Smith, Executive Producer of "The Hit List," is thrilled to see the show continuing its journey. She hopes that viewers will enjoy the fantastic music selection and the lively atmosphere that transforms living rooms into virtual house parties.

A BBC Hit Series

Neil McCallum, Commissioning Editor for the BBC, comments on the success of "The Hit List" over the years and expresses his delight at its seventh series commission. Marvin and Rochelle's fantastic hosting, filled with energy, create the upbeat atmosphere that viewers love to tune into on Saturday evenings.

Apply for Your Chance to Shine

Contestants who believe they have what it takes to conquer the musical challenges can now apply for the new series by visiting bbc.co.uk/takepart. Stay tuned for broadcast details as they will be announced in 2024. The excitement of "The Hit List" is about to return, and the stage is set for more music, more fun, and more prizes!