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Thursday 30 November 2023

CHRISTMAS COMPETITION: Win Doc Martin, Foyle's War, Midsommer Murders and The Good Life Complete

Since it is nearly that time of year again, we thought what better treat to offer our readers than to once again run our jumbo Christmas Competition. We decided to choose a mixture of new and classic releases to give away.

If you’re stuck for gifting ideas, Acorn Media International has something for everyone in their outstanding array of binge-worthy Box sets. With over 25 years in the business, Acorn Media continues to blaze a trail in Box set gifting, offering the best entertainment of much-loved TV series that will enthral and entertain for a lifetime.

One lucky winner will win Doc Martin Complete, Foyle's War Complete, Midsommer Murders Series 22 and The Good Life Complete on DVD

Doc Martin
Starting with the arrival of Doctor Martin Ellingham, a respected surgeon from London, in the small ¬ fishing village of Portwenn in Cornwall, this fish out of water soon discovers that small village life can present some very big problems. Get on the wrong side of your receptionist and the world can turn against you. Let that same world know your greatest weakness, and it'll soon be used by those who love you and those who feel less inclined.

This complete collection celebrates the very essence of what has made Doc Martin so special, including every episode since 2004, when the grumpy Doc and the quirky characters of Portwenn started to bring their certain kind of joy to viewers around the world.

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Foyle's War

This collectable boxed set features every episode of the acclaimed television series, along with a rich array of behind-the-scenes features, cast and crew interviews and so much more.

Michael Kitchen is Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, a hardworking, policeman in Hastings during the Second World War. Anxious to join the war effort, he has repeatedly had his applications turned down and has returned to the South Coast sidelined and frustrated; but it soon becomes apparent that his detective skills are vitally needed on the Home Front.

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Midsomer Murders Series 22
All is not as it seems, and beneath the tranquil surface of village life exists a disturbing and cunning propensity for murder.

Barnaby and Winter investigate an urban myth becoming a murderous reality, a post-operative heart rehabilitation club whose members’ dreams of a second chance at life are cut short, a murder mystery weekend, a twisted scarecrow festival and an amateur dramatics company with deadly secrets.

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The Good Life
One of the best-loved and best-selling sitcoms ever made: this is The Good Life. On his 40th birthday, Tom Good (Richard Briers) decides that he’s had enough of the rat race and that he and his wife, Barbara (Felicity Kendal), should become self-sufficient. Overnight, they begin to convert their suburban garden into a farm, complete with crops, pigs and chickens, homemade beer and more. But their choice of lifestyle doesn’t exactly fit in with the neighbours… This set features every episode, along with the 1977 Christmas Special and the 1978 Royal Command Performance.

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Tuesday 28 November 2023

Enter for a chance to win STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS SEASON 2 on BLU-RAY™!

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray™, and 4K UHD™ December 4

With a certified fresh rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes*, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD on December 4th from Paramount Home Entertainment. 

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 features the first ever “Star Trek” musical episode, a crossover episode with Star Trek: Lower Decks, and more than 2 hours of special features, including behind-the-scenes featurettes and never-before-seen deleted, extended, and alternate scenes.

The cast includes Anson Mount (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Safe) as Captain Christopher Pike, Ethan Peck (In Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Science Officer Spock, Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Femme Fatale) as Una Chin-Riley, Celia Rose Gooding (Breakwater, “Foul Play”) as Nyota Uhura, Jess Bush (“Halifax Retribution”) as Nurse Christine Chapel and featuring Academy Award® Nominee for Best Actress, Carol Kane* (Hester Street) as Pelia.

In Season Two, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), confronts increasingly dangerous stakes, explores uncharted territories, and embarks on personal journeys that continue to test their resolve and redefine their destinies. Facing friends and enemies both new and familiar, their adventures unfold in surprising ways never seen on any “Star Trek” series. The 4-disc Blu-Ray collection feature every thrilling episode, including a special crossover event with Star Trek: Lower Decks, the first ever “Star Trek” musical episode, and over 2 hours of special features!

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Special Features:

Prepare to explore Strange New Worlds with more than 2 hours of special features, including featurettes that take you behind the scenes of this remarkable series. Plus, get even more Strange New Worlds with deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, including an alternate take of the Klingon song from “Subspace Rhapsody.”

    • Producing Props

    • The Costumes Closet

    • The Gorn

    • Singing in Space

    • Exploring New Worlds

    • Deleted, Extended, and Alternate Scenes (Exclusive)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray™, and 4K UHD™ December 4

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Wild Scandinavia - Interview with narrator Rebecca Ferguson

Q. What made you want to be part of this series?

I was brought up having a magical connection to nature.  When later introduced to the world of BBC wildlife programmes it brought back so much nostalgia.  Being asked to be part of this series therefore was a huge honour for me.

Q. Tell us a bit about growing up in Scandinavia.

When I was growing up, I always wanted to go exploring in the woods and become one of my favourite childhoods characters Ronja from stories by Astrid Lindgren. She was a true representation of Swedish and Scandinavian nature. I also loved to do another tradition of picking wild strawberries and threading them through strains of straw.

Q. Tell us about your personal passion for Scandinavia

It's Raw and wild. It's Pinecones, mushroom picking, cold, mythical mysterious.  So many tales and stories come from the world of Scandinavia.

Q. Describe any personal experiences you've had with wildlife in Scandinavia

It's hard not to have connections with nature.  For me it's about feeling connected to it and being a part of it daily.  I was brought up in Stockholm then moved to the south of Sweden to a remote fishing village, meaning I got to explore such drastic difference in environments and temperatures.

Q. Were there any standout or memorable sequences in the series for you?

Being a part of the whole story and seeing things that I would have never got the opportunity to see was such a treat. It brings me as close to it as possible.  It's so unusual to see it all first-hand and I got to be part of it adding my narrative which was magical. As an ocean lover, I particularly enjoyed the reproductive process of the synchronised star fish and watching the sea cucumbers feed on the algae and plankton from the seabeds.

Q. Did you learn anything new about Scandinavia that you didn't know before narrating the series?

Yes! I couldn't believe that they are still preserving fish the same way we did in the Viking times! It was fascinating to see that process.

Q. What do you believe is so captivating about this region?

The Landscape is the main characteristic, it's sharp and harsh and the animals have had to learn to shape to their environment.  The extreme difference between the North of Sweden with its angular landscapes to the south of Sweden with its rolling hillsides, orchards and apple trees.

Q. Do you have a favourite species from the series and why?

Yes! The White-Tailed Sea Eagle is my favourite species from the series. They are so majestic flying through the air.  Their hunting skills of catching the fish is like watching a thrilling chase scene from a movie! It's so highly skilled and chaotic at the same time.

Q. What do you hope viewers will take away from watching Wild Scandinavia?

I hope that they it will Learn about new environments and that it opens up their eyes to the beauty of this region.  How different it is. Why it's so different. How the people have had to adapt to the environment.  The extremes of the seasonal weather and landscapes.  I hope it makes people want to visit and to nurture and to care for our world even more.

Embark on a Nordic Adventure with "Wild Scandinavia" – A BBC Two Series Celebrating Nature's Wonders

Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes, enchanting wildlife, and rich culture of Northern Europe in the upcoming BBC Two series, "Wild Scandinavia." Produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit in collaboration with PBS and Sveriges Television (SVT), this three-part exploration promises an immersive journey into the farthest reaches of Europe.

Narrated by the talented Anglo-Swedish actor Rebecca Ferguson, known for her roles in "Dune" and "Mission: Impossible," each 60-minute episode of "Wild Scandinavia" unveils a distinct facet of the region's natural wonders. From the hauntingly beautiful coastlines to the magical seasonal forests and the extremes of volcanic and arctic landscapes, the series promises an unforgettable visual feast.

Join Mary Earps as she delves into surprising wildlife stories featuring lynx, puffins, orca, and wolves. These tales are interwoven with the extraordinary experiences of people who call this icy wilderness home. The series goes beyond traditional nature documentaries, providing an intimate look at the challenges faced by both the wildlife and the resilient inhabitants of Scandinavia.

The groundbreaking cinematography of "Wild Scandinavia" showcases the region in ways never seen before. Fast FPV drone cameras follow base jumpers into fjords, while high-speed cameras capture the majestic sea eagles in action. State-of-the-art camera traps offer glimpses into the secret lives of lynx, and super-macro filming takes viewers into the world of spiders living in volcanic hot springs.

Series Overview:

Episode One: Life On The Edge
Embark on a coastal journey from the Baltic Sea to the Wild Atlantic Ocean, exploring freezing Arctic waters. Witness seal pups born on granite islands, daring base jumpers navigating Norway's iconic fjords, and Europe's largest eagles patrolling sea cliffs. This episode unveils the struggle for survival where the land meets the sea.

Episode Two: Heartlands
Discover the magical beauty of Scandinavia's forests and waterways through changing seasons. From ingenious ravens outsmarting golden eagles to Sámi herders relying on reindeer, "Heartlands" explores the interconnected world of ancient Norse myth. Lynx, bears, and Nordic skaters take center stage, providing a glimpse into the delicate balance of life in the heartlands.

Episode Three: Ice And Fire
Delve into the dramatic extremes of Nordic territories – volcanic Iceland, the high tundra, and Arctic Svalbard. Polar bears, arctic foxes, and musk oxen navigate a world ruled by the pendulum of sunlight, from total darkness to the midnight sun. Witness the challenges faced by creatures built to withstand polar nights and the transformative impact of the sun's return.

Don't miss "Wild Scandinavia," a 3 x 60-minute series airing on BBC Two and iPlayer. Commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, and Sreya Biswas, Head of Natural History, BBC Commissioning, the series is helmed by Executive Producer Rosemary Edwards and Series Producer/Director Tuppence Stone. Embark on this extraordinary adventure starting [insert date].

Mary Earps has been crowned the winner of BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2023

Mary Earps, the accomplished England and Manchester United goalkeeper, clinched the prestigious title of BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2023. The recipient of this year's Golden Glove award at the FIFA Women's World Cup expressed deep gratitude for the honor, especially as the first goalkeeper to receive this accolade. Reflecting on her journey, Earps shared her story as a beacon of hope, emphasizing resilience and the importance of pushing through challenges.

The BBC Women's Footballer of the Year is an annual award voted on by football fans worldwide, and Earps emerged victorious from a formidable shortlist that included Aitana Bonmati, Sam Kerr, Fridolina Rolfö, and Alexandra Popp.

Katie Zelem, Manchester United club captain, praised Earps for her outstanding contributions on and off the field, highlighting her impact on goalkeeping and character within the team. The surprise award presentation took place at Carrington, Manchester United's training ground, with Katie Zelem and the BBC's Maz Farookhi presenting the honor.

Video messages congratulating Earps poured in from notable figures in football, including Sarina Wiegman, coach of the England women's team; Fara Williams, England's most capped player and Earps's former teammate; and Peter Schmeichel, former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper. Each commended Earps for her remarkable achievements and encouraged her to continue striving for excellence.

In celebration of Earps's win, Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and Director of the BBC World Service, expressed delight at the recognition of women's football, particularly after the success of the Women's World Cup. Mary Earps now joins a distinguished list of previous winners, capping the ninth year of the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award.

Joe Lycett Makes A Splash

Lycett Investigates Water Companies Amidst UK Sewage Crisis

Amidst a significant sewage crisis in the UK, Joe Lycett is on a mission to uncover the truth behind rogue water companies responsible for pumping sewage into waterways and seas.

Renowned for his confrontations with the oil industry in "Joe Lycett vs the Oil Giant" and his Bafta-winning special "Joe Lycett vs David Beckham," the comedian is now turning his attention to the pollution of waterways and the questionable practices of water companies. In this new investigative special for Channel 4, Joe delves into the reasons behind the alarming contamination of one of the country's most precious resources.

In 2022, water companies in England alone recorded 301,091 sewage overflows, accumulating a staggering total of 1,754,921 hours. This equates to a continuous discharge lasting over 200 years. Shockingly, only 14% of English rivers currently meet the "good" ecological status, with sewage pollution identified as a significant contributing factor. Meanwhile, privatized water and sewerage companies in England disbursed £1.4 billion in dividends in 2022, as revealed by a comprehensive analysis.

As part of the investigative program, Joe recently executed a bold stunt to launch his fictional podcast project, "Turdcast." The attention-grabbing event featured a colossal inflatable toilet, the Turdis, which inadvertently released simulated "sewage" into Liverpool Docks. Importantly, the stunt had no environmental or biological impact on the area, as the spillage consisted of marine mud rather than actual sewage.

Joe Lycett said: "I spilled fake sewage because I wanted to get people talking about the billions of litres of real sewage that are released every year by our water companies. Last year, according to one analysis the water companies paid shareholders £1.4 billion in dividends. That's a lot of money that could have been used to improve the sewer network and reduce spills.

"We're asking the water companies to stop paying dividends and instead invest the money in solving this problem. So please write to your water company asking them to sign up to what I'm calling Joe's Poo Promise – not the first time I've used those words – there's information about how to do this at turdcast.co.uk."

Joe Lycett vs Poo (w/t) is a 1 x 60 for Channel 4 due to air in 2024.

Monday 27 November 2023

Interview with Bernie Clifton


Ahead of the publication of his eagerly-awaited autobiography, comic legend Bernie Clifton reflects on the influence of Les Dawson, reducing the late Queen to tears, gatecrashing ‘The Voice’ and retiring Oswald The Ostrich.

When did you start writing the book and what inspired you to do so?

I started writing probably 15 years ago. I felt I had to. it’s just that my story has had so many twists and turns it needed a definitive commentary that only I could deliver.

You’ve had a very varied career, spanning so many different genres. What would you say is your favourite discipline?

My favourite discipline has to be performing in Variety Theatre. As a teenager I loved watching the Variety Shows at the Theatre Royal in St. Helens, (which was at the bottom of our Street). Barry Cryer once said I’d spun off the ‘Time Warp’ a generation too late, he meant that in essence I was a ‘Variety’ performer, but by the time I’d got my act together, in my early 20’s, the Variety Theatre circuit had disappeared to be replaced by the Social Clubs, so I became a Club Act.

How did you get started in showbiz?

I got started in Showbiz as a singer with the Band at the Co-op Ballroom. During the day I was an apprentice Plumber for the local Council and working in Bathrooms (great acoustics) helped to enhance my vocals. The resident Band Singer was called up to do his National Service, I saw my chance and asked for an audition. I’ll never forget the first time I stood up to sing. It was a Foxtrot and the song was ‘Love is a Many Splendoured Thing’.

I was living the dream, on Saturday afternoons I was playing left wing for the ‘Saints’ Junior Rugby B Team and a few hours later I’d be singing my heart out in front of hundreds of my fellow teenagers.

What inspired you to create Oswald The Ostrich?

The Ostrich…I’d graduated from being ‘just a singer’ to a Comedy/Vocal’ Act using a few small props. Following advice from Les Dawson in 1972, (he told me “Do your own thing, if you like working with props become a prop Comic”), I became a visual  comic. Within a couple of years I was travelling a huge rubber shark, a 20 foot high inflatable Diving Suit, a Cat that sat on my shoulder, a full size Lionskin and a pair of Biscuit Tins to dance in. Someone told me they’d seen a guy ‘on a Chicken’ in a street carnival, I told legendary Prop maker Peter Pullan about it and he made me one.

Just another Prop I thought but it grew and grew. A few years (and many modifications later) we stopped the Show at the Royal Variety Show in front of Her late Majesty the Queen who was reported ‘to be dabbing away tears of laughter’. After 25 years I’d become an overnight success.

What made you go on THE VOICE?

I’d started taking singing lessons to rediscover my singing voice. There’d been a vast improvement and I thought ‘THE VOICE’ would be a perfect showcase, I didn’t tell anyone what I was up to in case they tried to talk me out of it.  Although the ‘Chairs’ didn’t turn, it reminded the world that I was much more than an elderly Ostrich Jockey.

What do you want people to take from the book?

I hope it reflects my journey, that little lad wearing clogs who went on to meet the Queen eventually earning a standing ovation in Las Vegas. Along the way I travelled the world with a brass Band carrying a Trombone I couldn’t play, and, oh yes, almost forgot, as a hobby I learned to fly a Microlight.

What is the secret to a long life?

Being lucky perhaps. Looking back I’ve experienced some tragedies which have left their mark but even so to have reached 87 makes me a lucky Boy.

Who would you most like to work with?

I’d love to work with the next generation, Jon Richardson had me on ’Meet the Richardsons’ a couple of times. Johnny Vegas of course

Have you still got any ambitions left?

I’m hoping to tour again,  this time with my Book under me arm. And yes it’s true, the Ostrich has been put out to pasture (seemed the kindest thing to do)

Finally, what other projects are you working on?

I’d love to continue performing with the ‘Legends of Variety’ Tour and I’m happy to report that my voice continues to recover following my collision with Covid last year.

Bernie Clifton: Crackerjack to Vegas is available from 23 Nov 2024 from: https://www.bannisterpublications.com/bookstore

Thursday 23 November 2023

Nightsleeper - First Images revealed of upcoming BBC thriller

The BBC has released sneak peeks of Nightsleeper, its soon-to-be-released real-time thriller centered around the hacking of a sleeper train journeying from Glasgow to London. Brace yourselves for a heart-pounding narrative as a government agency races against time to thwart the escalating chaos onboard. Can two strangers, one on the train and one off, join forces to rescue the diverse passengers hurtling towards what might genuinely be their ultimate destination?

Starring Alexandra Roach (The Light in the Hall) and Joe Cole (Gangs of London), this suspenseful thriller, penned by BAFTA award-winning writer Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different), is brought to you by Fremantle's Euston Films and is slated to hit BBC One and BBC iPlayer in early 2024.

Meet Abby Aysgarth, portrayed by Alexandra Roach, the Acting Technical Director at the UK's National Cyber Security Centre. Just as she's about to embark on a well-deserved holiday, a phone call shatters her plans – the UK railway network is under attack. Meanwhile, Joe Cole takes on the role of Joe Roag, an off-duty cop hoping for a peaceful night onboard. Little does he know that the next six hours will be a tumultuous rollercoaster as he and Abby grapple with their own distrust and the unpredictable actions of those now in control. Together, they're determined to prevent the Heart of Britain from reaching its final destination in more ways than one.

The star-studded cast also includes Alex Ferns (The Devil's Hour), Sharon Small (The Bay), James Cosmo (Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan), David Threlfall (Shameless), Daniel Cahill (The Control Room), Lois Chimimba (Vigil), Gabriel Howell (The Fence), Katie Leung (Harry Potter), Leah MacRae (Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything), Ruth Madeley (Years and Years), Adam Mitchell (Mother's Day), Pamela Nomvete (Andor), Scott Reid (Maxine), Sharon Rooney (Barbie), and Parth Thakerar (Gangs of London).

Nightsleeper, a 6x60 series for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, is produced by Euston Films (known for Wreck, The Sister, Dublin Murders), a Fremantle label. The series is helmed by directors Jamie Magnus Stone (Doctor Who, Ten Pound Poms) and John Hayes (Dublin Murders), with Nick Leather and Laura Grace (Episode 4 and 5) as writers. Executive Producers include Kate Harwood for Euston Films, along with Nick Leather, Jamie Magnus Stone, and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC. Jonathan Curling (The Sister, Baghdad Central) serves as the producer, with Daisy Costello as the Co-Producer. Fremantle is taking care of global distribution. Get ready for a wild ride as Nightsleeper unfolds its gripping tale of intrigue and suspense.

Cher Meets Rylan - Coming to BBC

Oh, brace yourselves for the groundbreaking event of the century! Move over, turning back time – BBC Two and BBC Music are generously gifting us mere mortals with the spectacular masterpiece that is Cher Meets Rylan. Because what says Christmas more than a world-exclusive 60-minute special featuring the legendary Cher and the oh-so-enlightening Rylan?

Hold onto your Santa hats, folks, as this unparalleled conversation is set to take place on December 9th at the absolutely prime time of 9 pm. In this riveting tête-à-tête, the multi-platinum record-selling, Grammy Award-winning Cher will grace us with her divine presence as she spills the tea on her life and music to the probing inquisitor, Rylan.

But wait, there's more! BBC Two will generously bestow upon us an entire evening dedicated to celebrating the pop icon, because clearly, one hour just isn't enough to bask in the glory of Cher Meets Rylan.

Rylan, the lucky chosen one to conduct this groundbreaking interview, and also the proud presenter of a Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 2 (because we all needed more Rylan in our lives from 3 pm to 6 pm), is just so honored. In his own words, "I'm rarely speechless, but being asked to interview actual Cher did the trick." Oh, the sheer humility!

Jonathan Rothery, the Head of Pop Music TV at BBC, chimes in with his profound insight, declaring Cher a "trailblazing legend" who has been "wowing music lovers for decades." Truly groundbreaking analysis, Mr. Rothery.

So, mark your calendars, folks, for this unmissable night of pop, because, let's face it, we've all been desperately yearning for more Cher in our lives. Cher Meets Rylan – because nothing says Christmas like a rendezvous with the Goddess of Pop and her trusted sidekick, Rylan.

CBeebies Bedtime Story: The Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) will be reading The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

Prepare for a cosmic adventure as the Fourteenth Doctor, portrayed by David Tennant, materializes in the CBeebies Bedtime Story universe on Friday, 24 November.

Leading up to the eagerly anticipated 60th-anniversary special episode of Doctor Who, David Tennant's Doctor will enchant families across the UK with a reading of "The Way Back Home" by Oliver Jeffers.

"The Way Back Home" weaves a tale of friendship, adventure, and the joy of helping others. As a young adventurer stumbles upon an airplane in his closet, he embarks on a space-faring journey. With friendship as his guide, the boy discovers that making a friend is the perfect compass for finding his way back home.

Joining an illustrious lineup of celebrity storytellers for CBeebies Bedtime Story, including Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Guz Khan, Jodi Whittaker, Kate Winslet, and Rose Ayling-Ellis, the Fourteenth Doctor promises to bring a touch of time-traveling magic to bedtime tales.

Don't miss this interstellar storytelling experience with the Fourteenth Doctor on CBeebies Bedtime Story, airing at 6.50 pm each weekday on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer. Mark your calendars for the Doctor Who story landing on Friday, 24 November, a cosmic treat for viewers of all ages.

Bradley Walsh to Host Star-Studded Royal Variety Performance 2023

Esteemed entertainer and presenter Bradley Walsh is set to host the highly anticipated Royal Variety Performance 2023 at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London. The event promises a night of glamour and entertainment, graced by the presence of members of the Royal Family.

Scheduled for December, this annual extravaganza will showcase a dazzling array of international stars, world-class theatre, sensational singers, and side-splitting comedy, making it a must-watch event of the year.

Headlining the stellar cast is the multi-award-winning and legendary superstar Cher, who will make a special appearance to perform a number from her enchanting new Christmas album. Adding to the magic, there will be an exclusive 100th Anniversary celebration from Disney Theatrical, featuring a mesmerizing medley with performances from the casts of beloved productions such as The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin, Hercules, and Beauty & The Beast.

Other standout performers include pop rock band McFly, celebrating their 20th Anniversary, Glastonbury favorite Rick Astley, pop sensation Zara Larsson, Paloma Faith showcasing her latest single, and the phenomenal Hannah Waddingham, accompanied by the ENO chorus.

The evening will also feature a captivating collaboration between world-class pianist Lang Lang and fourteen-year-old Lucy, the remarkable winner of Channel 4's The Piano. Melanie C will pay a special tribute to theatre producer Bill Kenwright, and the cast of the groundbreaking West End musical The Little Big Things will take the stage with their extraordinary and inspirational true-life story.

Adding to the excitement, West End casts from Crazy For You and Sister Act, the award-winning Beverley Knight, the thrilling Argentinian dancing troupe Malevo, and a magical performance from Derren Brown's West End creation Unbelievable are set to enchant the audience. Not to be missed is the introduction of Britain's Got Talent winner, comedian Viggo Venn, and world-class stand-up from Tom Allen, Rosie Jones, Ellie Taylor, and Simon Brodkin.

The event will open with The Fanfare Trumpeters of The Band of the Welsh Guards leading the National Anthem, followed by the National Youth Choir.

Bradley Walsh expressed his excitement, saying, "I am so excited to be presenting this year's show. It's been 30 years this year since I first performed at The Royal Variety Performance, so what an absolute honor to be hosting. The lineup is incredible, and I can't wait for you all to see what I have in store."

The Royal Variety Performance 2023 is staged in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, with proceeds from the show providing care and assistance to those in the entertainment industry. The star-studded spectacular will be broadcast on ITV in December and produced by Lifted Entertainment, a part of ITV Studios. Get ready for a night of glitz, glamour, and unrivaled entertainment.

Monday 20 November 2023

COMPETITION: Win London Kills: Series 4 on DVD

Following the success of the first three series, crime TV virtuoso Paul Marquess (The Bill, Crime Stories, Suspects) brings us the latest instalment of the hit show that has become a firm fan favourite. London Kills Series 4 will be available along with London Kills Series 1 to 4 Complete Box Set on 27 November 2023.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 3 copies of Series 4 on DVD to give away.

London’s crack team of detectives – DI David Bradford (Hugo Speer – Marcella), DS Vivienne Cole (Sharon Small – The Inspector Lynley Mysteries), DC Rob Brady (Bailey Patrick – Bodyguard) and DC Billie Fitzgerald (Tori Allen-Martin – Unforgotten) – return to our screens to tackle the capital’s multitude of monstrous murders. Set against the backdrop of one of the most electrifying cities in the world, this slick and gritty show sees the savvy team face some of their toughest cases yet.

David has consistently displayed a rebellious nature, but his actions have now reached a perilous tipping point. When Vivienne confronts him about his behaviour, David abruptly declares an end to their professional partnership before disappearing without a trace... Determined to uncover the truth, Vivienne hunts him and down and demands an explanation, but nothing can prepare her for what she’s about to hear and the revelation knocks her sideways...

Visit the mean streets of London Kills for enthralling and compelling mysteries that will reel viewers in from the get-go with its edge-of-seat action.

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COMPETITION: Win Dark Winds: Season 1 on Blu-ray

Prepare to be blown away by Dark Winds – the smash-hit, stunningly shot, atmospheric new crime-thriller crafted by Jack Ryan creator Graham Roland and exec–produced by Hollywood titan, Oscar®-winning Robert Redford and the creator of Game of Thrones himself, George R. R. Martin. And released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 27th, 2023

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

On a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley in 1971, taciturn and respected Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) of the Tribal Police is tasked with patrolling 27,000 miles of desert, caring for his Navajo community and protecting them from the harsh realities of the world.
He’s joined by slick new deputy Jim Chee (Gordon) – who has his own scores to settle and is harbouring secrets of his own – and Sergeant Bernadette Manuelito (Jessica Matten – Frontier, Tribal), who like Joe were both born on the reservation and know their communities in a way no outsiders ever will.
Besieged with a series of seemingly unrelated crimes, including the brutal and unusual murder of a local indigenous family and the armed robbery of an armoured vehicle operation involving a helicopter, bombs and masked and uniformed thieves, the trio have their work cut out for them. With FBI Special Agent Whitover (Noah Emmerich – The Truman Show, Super 8) snooping around, Joe is under pressure to crack the cases and connect the dots, but the deeper he digs into the truth, the more he exposes his own wounds from the past.
Battling the forces of evil – both human and supernatural – while fighting their personal demons, Joe and Jim must work together to save their community.

With a gripping narrative, genre-defying twists, underrepresented characters and shining an important and refreshing light on a rarely-seen culture, get ready for Dark Winds this Autumn – an enthralling, potent, beautifully crafted, edge-of-your-seat experience.

Celebrated for its commitment to showcasing indigenous talent both on and off screen, this acclaimed six-part series – based on Tony Hillerman’s best-selling mystery novel series – stars Zahn McClarnon (Fargo, Doctor Sleep, Reservation Dogs) and Kiowa Gordon (Blood Quantum, Reservation Dogs, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1) as two Navajo police officers battling forces of evil in the 1970s Southwest. Following its run on Alibi, Dark Winds Season One is now set to arrive in the UK on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 27 November 2023, courtesy of Acorn Media International. Both discs include a very special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, featuring an exclusive sit-down interview with executive producers Robert Redford and Chris Eyre.

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COMPETITION: Win Bernie Clifton Crackerjack to Vegas

Comedy legend Bernie Clifton to publish his autobiography

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

Prepare for an exhilarating journey through the life of Bernie Clifton, the iconic British entertainer, as he unveils his highly anticipated autobiography, "BERNIE CLIFTON: CRACKERJACK TO VEGAS," scheduled to hit bookshelves on November 27, 2023, courtesy of Bannister Publishing.

In this eagerly awaited memoir, Bernie Clifton, celebrated as one of Britain's most innovative comedians, warmly welcomes readers into the extraordinary tapestry of his life. From his modest beginnings as a failed plumber to the unforgettable moments of bringing tears of laughter to the late Queen, Bernie candidly shares the highs and lows of his showbiz journey. Immerse yourself in the enthralling narrative of how a Crackerjack regular, armed with a trombone, rose to stardom amidst the dazzling lights of Las Vegas.

Johnny Vegas, a luminary in the comedy realm, enthusiastically declares, "What a story! From dodging a bomb at 4 years old to receiving a standing ovation in Las Vegas, it's all here. Read and enjoy, I know I did."

Bernie's story unfolds against the backdrop of his wartime upbringing in St. Helens, weaving a tapestry of humor and occasional tragedy. Follow his evolution from a teenage singer in a local dance band to gracing the illustrious stage of The Palladium. The narrative takes unexpected turns, including standing ovations in Las Vegas and the unconventional feat of completing the London Marathon atop an Ostrich.

Featuring heartfelt tributes from fellow entertainers such as Johnny Vegas, Su Pollard, Anita Dobson, Joe Pasquale, and Jimmy Cricket, "BERNIE CLIFTON: CRACKJACK TO VEGAS" offers readers an intimate and humorous perspective on the eight-decade career of one of Britain's most beloved entertainers. Bernie, at the age of 87, playfully quips, "Write a sequel? Me? I'm 87, I'm not even buying green bananas!" Don't miss the opportunity to dive into the captivating and deeply personal account of Bernie Clifton's extraordinary life and career.

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Sunday 19 November 2023

TED – The TV prequel to hit film franchise TED –coming to Sky Max early next year

After the tremendous success of the globally acclaimed film franchise "Ted," Sky is set to bring the beloved bear to the small screen in a 7-episode prequel series. Exclusively available in the UK and Ireland on Sky Max, the series is scheduled to debut early next year.

Set in 1993, the series follows Ted the bear, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, as he navigates life after his moment of fame has passed. Returning to his roots in Framingham, Massachusetts, Ted resides with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennett (Max Burkholder), alongside John's parents, Matty and Susan (Scott Grimes and Alanna Ubach), and cousin Blaire (Giorgia Whigham). While Ted may not be the best influence on John, he remains a steadfast companion, always ready to take risks for the sake of friendship.

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A note from Seth MacFarlane, Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh:

Each generation develops its own unique artistic style, its own way of seeing the world. In the twenties, it was the subversive musical phrasings of jazz. In the fifties, it was the bold brushwork of the abstract expressionists. Our generation's unique art is streaming content based on previously successful intellectual property. In that proud tradition, we humbly give you Ted.

Our series is a prequel to the Ted movies. It takes place in the nineties but is based on the timeless truth that being sixteen sucks. The only thing that makes it tolerable is going through it with a friend, even if that friend is a has-been magical teddy bear with a foul mouth and a proclivity for drug use.

The three of us were teenagers in the nineties and grew up in and around Boston, where the show takes place, so many of these stories are personal for us. We were able to put the characters through some of the same indignities and milestones we experienced back then. Also, we made stuff up (it's a lot of pages to fill and real life is mostly boring).

Channel 4's Hit Crime Drama "Suspect" Returns for a Riveting Second Season

Filming has officially begun for the highly anticipated second season of the gripping crime drama "Suspect," produced by Eagle Eye Drama and set to air in 2024 on Channel 4 in the UK and BritBox International in the US and Canada. With an expanded eight-part series, viewers can expect an even more intense narrative, picking up where the first season left off.

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Returning to the lead role is the talented Anne-Marie Duff as Dr. Susannah Newman, who finds herself on a desperate mission to track down a self-confessed serial killer, played by Dominic Cooper. The stakes are higher as the killer reveals his intentions to strike again that very night, setting the stage for a suspenseful and dangerous pursuit.

As Dr. Newman faces challenges from both the escape of the suspect and the reluctance of her former lover, Detective Superintendent Richard Grove, played by Ben Miller, the tension escalates. Forced to take matters into her own hands, Dr. Newman embarks on a perilous mission to save a life, confronting personal demons along the way.

New additions to the cast include Dominic Cooper, Tamsin Greig, Vinette Robinson, Eddie Marsan, Celine Buckens, Nicholas Pinnock, and Gina McKee, promising a stellar ensemble that will add depth and intrigue to the series.

Anne-Marie Duff expressed her excitement about returning to "Suspect," promising viewers more twists, turns, and revelations. The series has been lauded for its intense storytelling and compelling characters.

Channel 4 Drama Commissioning Executive, Ben Wadey, shared the excitement, highlighting the return of Anne-Marie Duff and the inclusion of a stellar cast, ensuring viewers are in for an exhilarating experience.

Executive Producer for Eagle Eye Drama, Jo McGrath, teased a chilling opening episode and praised the exceptional cast, anticipating a series that will build to a terrifying climax under the direction of Carolina Giammetta.

Reemah Sakaan, CEO of BritBox International, expressed delight in the ensemble cast and the brilliant scripts delivered by Joy Wilkinson and David Allison, assuring US viewers an engaging and gripping experience.

Jill Kellie, Vice President Acquisitions at Fremantle, expressed enthusiasm about partnering with Channel 4 and BritBox for the second season, anticipating more nail-biting drama led by the BAFTA-winning Anne-Marie Duff.

The second season of "Suspect" is set to be directed by Carolina Giammetta, with scripts penned by Joy Wilkinson and David Allison. Executive producers include Jo McGrath, Walter Iuzzolino, Reemah Sakaan, and Stephen Nye.

Adapted from the Danish original "Forhøret (Face to Face)," "Suspect" promises to continue its legacy of riveting crime drama, with global sales handled by Fremantle. Transmission details are expected to be announced in the near future, building anticipation for the return of this thrilling investigative series.

Ken Bruce’s PopMaster TV to return with supersized second series on More4

Channel 4 has extended the PopMaster TV series, commissioning 12 Yard Productions, an ITV Studios-owned indie, for a second series on digital channel More4. The upcoming 16x60' series, hosted by the renowned radio DJ Ken Bruce, promises additional content, including two celebrity specials, enhanced music trivia challenges, and will continue to be filmed in Glasgow.

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PopMaster TV, adapted from the iconic radio quiz with a 25-year legacy, pits five contestants against each other in six knockout rounds. The rounds cover various aspects of music knowledge, leading to the 'Original PopMaster' round, with the winner tackling a '3 in 10' for the chance to win the coveted PopMaster TV gold disc.

The first series of PopMaster TV, comprising six episodes, catapulted More4 to become the top digital channel on weekdays at 8 pm. It achieved an average audience of 760k, marking a substantial increase of +565% on slot average and +471% on audience share.

Ken Bruce expressed his excitement, stating, "After playing PopMaster on the radio for 25 years, it was a joy to work with Channel 4 and 12 Yard to finally bring it to TV screens earlier this year. PopMaster TV was brilliant fun, and I'm thrilled we get to do it again but with more than double the episodes to put even more music lovers, and some celebs, to the ultimate pop trivia test."

Jo Street, Channel 4's Head of Daytime and Features, expressed her delight at the show's success and its extended run. She praised the talented team, including Ken Bruce, Phil Swern, and 12 Yard Productions, for bringing the radio format to television and looked forward to competing with the next set of contestants in the quest to become a PopMaster TV champion.

Michael Mannes, Managing Director at 12 Yard Productions, shared his enthusiasm for the recommissioning of PopMaster TV. He highlighted the success of the first series and expressed eagerness to take the audience on an even longer musical journey. The second series is set to continue the collaboration with Ken Bruce and promises to find the next PopMaster TV champion. International distribution for PopMaster TV is handled by ITV Studios.