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Saturday 20 April 2024

Amanda Holden and Alan Carr Take on Their Biggest Challenge Yet in "Amanda and Alan's Spanish Job"

Amanda Holden and Alan Carr

BBC Factual has announced that Amanda Holden and Alan Carr are embarking on their most ambitious project yet. In the third series of their immensely popular show, the dynamic duo will be leaving the UK behind and heading to the sunny south of Spain. Their mission? To take on a rambling, run-down property in the province of Andalusia.

With many rural areas suffering from depopulation, Amanda and Alan hope to breathe new life into the region and attract tourists by showcasing some of its unloved and forgotten areas around the Costa del Sol in "Amanda and Alan's Spanish Job."

Their latest challenge involves renovating their biggest house yet, learning new DIY skills, and stepping out of their comfort zones once again. Their goal is to transform the dilapidated property into a magical oasis. This year, their interior design will be inspired by the rich Moorish influences of the region's bygone eras.

But it's not all hard work for Amanda and Alan. After a day of DIY, they'll immerse themselves in Spanish traditions, exploring the diverse landscape of Andalusia. From the Sierra Nevada mountains to whitewashed coastal villages and historic Moorish towns, they'll indulge in local cuisine, join summer festivals, and get to grips with the local traditions. Sangria sipping, Flamenco dancing, and karaoke singing are all on the agenda for Amanda and Alan's Spanish adventure!

Amanda Holden expresses her excitement, saying, "It's wonderful how often I'm stopped in the street and told how much people love our show. Alan and I have the best time filming it, and to have reached series three already is beyond the dreams of our lockdown pitch to the BBC! Bring on the Spanish sun, we can't wait to get started and continue to help Comic Relief and Children In Need along the way."

Alan Carr adds, "It's always exciting when a show you love gets recommissioned, but the fact that we will be bringing our unique DIY expertise to a whole different country makes it even more special. We are saying ciao for now and Hola España! Can't wait to grab our power tools and get our hard hats on and bring some much-needed TLC to a casa in Spain!"

Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Live Events, expresses her enthusiasm, stating, "We're absolutely delighted that Amanda and Alan are heading to Spain for their biggest and most ambitious renovation project yet. With their passion for interior design, DIY, and discovering local life, audiences are in for a real treat."

"Amanda and Alan's Spanish Job" will be an 8x30' series airing on BBC One and iPlayer. The show is produced by Voltage TV Productions, commissioned by Catherine Catton, and executive produced by Claire Walls, Sanjay Singhal, and Tom Cullum, with Ricky Cooper serving as the Commissioning Editor.



TRAILER: The Responder Series 2 - Starring Martin Freeman

Get ready! The Responder returns for its second series!

Martin Freeman leads the cast as an urgent response officer determined to stay on the right path. However, when he clashes with a notorious drug dealer, he finds himself slipping back into old habits.

Don't miss The Responder on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, starting May 5th.

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Apple TV+ Announces Premiere Date for New Mystery Thriller Series "Sunny"

Rashida Jones

Apple TV+ has revealed that its highly anticipated mystery thriller series, "Sunny," will premiere globally with its first two episodes on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. The show, created by Katie Robbins ("The Affair," "The Last Tycoon"), promises a gripping narrative with a darkly comic edge.

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Executive produced and directed by Lucy Tcherniak ("Station Eleven," "The End of the F***ing World"), "Sunny" stars Emmy Award nominee Rashida Jones ("On the Rocks," "The Other Black Girl," "Quincy") in a multifaceted role. Jones, who also serves as an executive producer, is joined by a talented cast including Hidetoshi Nishijima, Joanna Sotomura, Judy Ongg, You, Annie the Clumsy, and Jun Kunimura.


The series follows Suzie, portrayed by Rashida Jones, an American woman residing in Kyoto, Japan. Suzie's life takes a drastic turn when her husband and son vanish in a mysterious plane crash. To alleviate her grief, she is presented with Sunny, a cutting-edge domestic robot manufactured by her husband's electronics company. Initially resistant to Sunny's attempts to fill the void left by her family's disappearance, Suzie eventually forms an unexpected bond with the robot. Together, they delve into the unsettling truth behind Suzie's family's fate, leading them into a perilous world previously unknown to Suzie.

"Sunny" is produced for Apple TV+ by A24 and is based on the book "The Dark Manual" by Colin O'Sullivan, an award-winning Irish writer based in Japan. The series is written and executive produced by Katie Robbins under her production company, Babka Pictures, with A24 and Rashida Jones also serving as executive producers.


This collaboration marks the second project for Apple, A24, and Rashida Jones, following the global success of Sofia Coppola's acclaimed film "On the Rocks." Rashida Jones also recently starred in Apple's hit series "Silo," based on Hugh Howey's bestselling dystopian trilogy.

With its intriguing premise, talented cast, and the creative forces behind it, "Sunny" promises to be a must-watch series, sure to captivate audiences when it premieres on Apple TV+ on July 10, 2024.

Friday 19 April 2024

Netflix Announces Production of "The Witcher" Season 4 and Season 5, Promising Epic Conclusion

Excitement is brewing among fans of "The Witcher" as Netflix officially kicks off production for the highly anticipated Season 4 of the hit fantasy drama series. Alongside this announcement comes the news that Season 5 has been greenlit, marking the final chapter in Geralt's captivating journey.

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The recent table read provided a sneak peek of the cast coming together for the upcoming seasons, setting the stage for what promises to be an epic and satisfying conclusion to Netflix's adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's beloved books.

Seasons 4 and 5 will delve into the remaining novels in Sapkowski's series, including "Baptism of Fire," "The Tower of the Swallow," and "Lady of the Lake." These adaptations aim to provide viewers with a thrilling continuation of the story, exploring the war-torn Continent and the challenges faced by Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri as they navigate their separate paths.


Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, creator, showrunner, and executive producer of "The Witcher," expressed her pride in embarking on the penultimate season of the series. With a stellar cast led by Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia, Hissrich is eager to deliver a conclusion that honors Sapkowski's rich storytelling while pushing the characters to their limits.

"It wouldn't be our show if we didn't push our family of characters to their absolute limit," Hissrich remarked. "Stay tuned to see how the story ends."

The cast lineup for Seasons 4 and 5 features familiar faces alongside exciting new additions, including Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Freya Allan as Princess Cirilla of Cintra. Notable additions to the cast include Laurence Fishburne as Regis, Eamon Farren as Cahir, and Sharlto Copley as Leo Bonhart, among others.


As production gears up for the final chapters of "The Witcher," fans can expect a gripping narrative that delves deeper into the complex relationships and intricate world-building that have made the series a global phenomenon.

With its blend of captivating storytelling, dynamic characters, and breathtaking visuals, "The Witcher" continues to captivate audiences worldwide. As Season 4 and Season 5 promise to deliver an unforgettable conclusion, fans eagerly await the next chapter in Geralt's saga on the Continent.

Stay tuned for more updates as "The Witcher" Season 4 and Season 5 journey toward their highly anticipated premieres, only on Netflix.


Apple TV+ Renews "For All Mankind" for Season Five and Announces Spinoff Series "Star City"

For All Mankind

Exciting news for fans of space drama as Apple TV+ announces the renewal of its hit series "For All Mankind" for a fifth season. Alongside the renewal comes the revelation of a brand-new spinoff series titled "Star City," expanding the rich universe of the show. Created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi, both series promise to captivate audiences with their unique blend of alternate history storytelling.

"After the success of our fourth season, we're thrilled to continue the journey of 'For All Mankind' with a fifth season," said the executive producers Wolpert and Nedivi. "Our exploration of the Soviet space program has led us to uncover fascinating stories, and we're excited to delve deeper into this alternate history with the 'Star City' spinoff."

"Star City" will serve as a propulsive, paranoid thriller, offering viewers a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain during a crucial moment in the alt-history retelling of the space race. Showcasing the lives of Soviet cosmonauts, engineers, and intelligence officers, the series promises to unravel the risks and sacrifices made to propel humanity forward.

Matt Cherniss, head of programming for Apple TV+, expressed his excitement for the expansion of the "For All Mankind" universe, praising the high-quality storytelling of Moore, Wolpert, and Nedivi. "There is so much to explore," Cherniss said, "and we can't wait to dive into this next chapter with our partners at Sony."

Since its debut, "For All Mankind" has garnered critical acclaim, with season four holding a perfect 100% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. The series, created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore, has been praised for its compelling narrative and meticulous attention to detail.

In addition to the renewal and spinoff announcement, Apple TV+ revealed that all four seasons of "For All Mankind" are now available for streaming globally. The latest season propelled the series into the new millennium, focusing on the capture and mining of mineral-rich asteroids while navigating tensions between Earth and Mars.

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Channel 4 and Peacock Unveil First Look Images and Details for Season Two of "We Are Lady Parts"

We Are Lady Parts

Excitement is brewing as Channel 4 and Peacock unveil the first look images and details for the highly anticipated second series of the award-winning and critically acclaimed show, "We Are Lady Parts." Created, written, executive produced, and directed by the talented Nida Manzoor, the series promises to captivate audiences once again with its unique blend of humor, music, and exploration of identity.

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Returning to the screen is Anjana Vasan, who brilliantly portrays Amina Hussain, the unlikely lead guitarist of the Muslim punk band Lady Parts. Joining her are Sarah Kameela Impey as Saira, Juliette Motamed as Ayesha, Faith Omole as Bisma, and Lucie Shorthouse as Momtaz, completing the band's dynamic lineup.


The second season of "We Are Lady Parts" delves deeper into the band's journey as they navigate newfound challenges and pursue their artistic mission with renewed vigor. From the highs of their first UK tour to facing off against a rival band, the series promises to deliver a rollercoaster of emotions as Lady Parts embarks on recording their first album while juggling personal ambitions.


One of the highlights of the upcoming season is the inclusion of cameos from renowned figures such as Malala Yousafzai, the education activist and co-founder of the Malala Fund, and comedy legend Meera Syal. Their appearances add an extra layer of depth and excitement to an already stellar cast.


Nida Manzoor, the mastermind behind the series, shares her enthusiasm for the upcoming season, expressing her desire to push the boundaries even further. With a focus on exploring the interior lives of each character and delving into the complexities of success, Manzoor promises a bold, silly, and thought-provoking journey for viewers.


Originally conceived as a Channel 4 Blap in 2018, "We Are Lady Parts" has garnered widespread acclaim, earning multiple BAFTA Television and RTS Programme Awards, the prestigious 2021 Edinburgh TV Award for Best Comedy Series, the Rose d'Or Emerging Talent Award for Manzoor, and a Peabody Award for Entertainment.


Fans both old and new can mark their calendars for the release of the second series of "We Are Lady Parts," streaming exclusively on Channel 4 in the UK and on Peacock in the US starting May 30th. And for those who can't wait to dive into the world of Lady Parts, the entire first series is available for streaming now on Channel 4 and Peacock.


As anticipation builds for the next chapter in this groundbreaking series, audiences can expect an exhilarating ride filled with laughter, music, and plenty of surprises. "We Are Lady Parts" is set to reaffirm its status as a must-watch show that celebrates the power of friendship, identity, and the universal language of music.


Thursday 18 April 2024

BBC Acquires Two Gripping Swedish Crime Dramas for BBC iPlayer and TV Channels

The allure of Nordic Noir continues to captivate audiences worldwide, and the BBC is set to offer its viewers a taste of this dark and mysterious genre with the acquisition of two thrilling Swedish crime dramas: "End of Summer" and "Jana – Marked for Life". These acquisitions, from Viaplay Content Distribution, promise to deliver gripping narratives, complex characters, and stunning cinematography, adding to the rich tapestry of Nordic storytelling available on BBC iPlayer and TV channels.

"End of Summer" unfolds as a six-part psychological thriller, adapted from former police officer Anders de la Motte's bestselling Swedish novel of the same name. The story plunges viewers into the heart of rural Sweden in the summer of 1984, where the disappearance of 5-year-old Billy sets off a chain of events that reverberate through the decades. Starring Julia Ragnarsson and Erik Enge, the series follows Billy's sister, Vera, as she confronts haunting memories and seeks to unravel the truth behind her brother's vanishing. With its atmospheric setting and compelling performances, "End of Summer" promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Viaplay, in collaboration with Harmonica Films, SF Studios, and Film i Skåne, brings "End of Summer" to life under the direction of Jens Jonsson and Henrik Georgsson. Lead writers Stefan Thunberg and Björn Carlström infuse the series with tension and intrigue, crafting a narrative that explores the depths of familial bonds and the enduring scars of the past.

Meanwhile, "Jana – Marked for Life" delves into the world of public prosecution and the haunting legacy of a former child soldier. Based on the bestselling novel by Emelie Schepp, the series follows protagonist Jana as she grapples with the complexities of her own traumatic past while investigating a chilling murder case. Led by Madeleine Martin, Pernilla August, and August Wittgenstein, the cast delivers nuanced performances that bring the characters to life against the backdrop of a gripping thriller.

Created for television by Felix Herngren and Henrik Björn, "Jana – Marked for Life" offers a compelling blend of suspense and introspection. With a talented team of writers including Maria Karlsson and Daniel Sawka, the series navigates themes of justice, identity, and redemption with skill and nuance. Viaplay and FLX join forces to produce this six-part saga, supported by Wild Sheep and Reaz, under the guidance of producers Sussan Treschow and executive producers Elin Kvist, Erik Barmack, and Martin Rea.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, expresses her enthusiasm for the additions to the BBC's Nordic Noir lineup, praising "End of Summer" for its complexity and absorbing mystery, and hailing "Jana – Marked for Life" as an intriguing and suspenseful thriller. These acquisitions underscore the BBC's commitment to delivering high-quality international content to its audiences, further enriching its catalogue of diverse and compelling programming.

As viewers prepare to immerse themselves in the chilling landscapes and intricate mysteries of Swedish crime drama, "End of Summer" and "Jana – Marked for Life" stand poised to captivate and enthrall audiences on BBC iPlayer and TV channels. With their gripping narratives and standout performances, these series promise to leave an indelible mark on the ever-expanding world of Nordic Noir.


Netflix Unveils First Look at "One Hundred Years of Solitude" Series: A Journey into Macondo

Netflix has just unveiled a tantalizing glimpse into its upcoming series, "One Hundred Years of Solitude," based on the iconic novel by Gabriel García Márquez. In this sneak peek, viewers are transported into the mystical world of Macondo, as characters from the novel come to life in breathtaking scenes.

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The teaser begins with Aureliano Babilonia, portrayed by Claudio Cataño, as he delves into the mythical diary of Melquiades, setting the stage for the narrative journey ahead. We witness Colonel Aureliano Buendía, played by Jerónimo Barón as a child and Marco González as an adult, confronting a firing squad, a pivotal moment in the Buendía family saga. Memories of José Arcadio Buendía's quest for ice intertwine with the turmoil faced by his descendants, portrayed vividly on screen.

Directed by Laura Mora and Alex García López, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" stands as one of Latin America's most ambitious productions to date. The series boasts a talented ensemble cast from Colombia and Latin America, capturing the essence of García Márquez's masterpiece in its native Spanish tongue. Filmed entirely in Colombia with the blessing of García Márquez's family, the series promises to immerse audiences in the rich tapestry of Macondo's world.

But the teaser only scratches the surface of what's to come. With 16 episodes planned, the series aims to delve deep into the intricate narrative woven by García Márquez. From the journey of José Arcadio Buendía and Úrsula Iguarán, portrayed by Marco González and Susana Morales respectively, to the founding of the utopian town of Macondo, the series promises to bring to life the multi-generational saga of the Buendía family.

The production boasts an impressive lineup of talent both in front of and behind the camera. From the directors Laura Mora and Alex García López to the executive producers Diego Ramírez Schrempp and Juliana Flórez Luna, every aspect of the series has been meticulously crafted to honor García Márquez's vision.

The writing team, led by José Rivera, has adapted the complex narrative of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" with care and precision. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the source material, the writers promise to deliver a faithful adaptation that will captivate both longtime fans of the novel and newcomers alike.

The series also boasts stunning visuals, thanks to directors of photography Paulo Pérez and Maria Sarasvati, and immersive production design by Eugenio Caballero and Bárbara Enríquez. Costume design by Catherine Rodríguez and a captivating musical score by Camilo Sanabria and Juan Diego Valencia further elevate the viewing experience.

Filmed on location in various regions of Colombia, including La Guajira, Magdalena, Cesar, Cundinamarca, and Tolima, the series promises to capture the essence of the novel's setting. From the lush landscapes to the vibrant culture, every aspect of Colombia's rich heritage will be on display.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is more than just a novel—it's a literary masterpiece that has captivated readers around the world. With this upcoming series, Netflix aims to bring García Márquez's timeless tale to a new generation of viewers, inviting them to lose themselves in the enchanting world of Macondo.

Published in 1967, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" remains as relevant today as ever, with its exploration of love, loss, and the passage of time resonating with audiences worldwide. As one of the most beloved works of Spanish-American literature, the novel has been translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 50 million copies, cementing García Márquez's legacy as one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

In 2024, viewers will have the opportunity to experience the magic of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" as never before, exclusively on Netflix. Stay tuned for more updates as the journey into Macondo unfolds.


Wednesday 17 April 2024

Apple TV+ Unveils Gripping Thriller "Down Cemetery Road" Starring Emma Thompson and Ruth Wilson

Apple TV+ is set to captivate audiences once again with its upcoming thriller series, "Down Cemetery Road," adapted from the CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning novel by Mick Herron. The star-studded cast includes the incomparable Emma Thompson and the talented Ruth Wilson, promising viewers an enthralling journey into the depths of mystery and intrigue.

In this highly anticipated series, Emma Thompson takes on the role of Zoë Boehm, a struggling private investigator based in Oxford, while Ruth Wilson portrays Sarah Tucker, a woman consumed by the search for a missing child following a devastating explosion in their quiet neighborhood. With Morwenna Banks at the helm as lead writer and executive producer, "Down Cemetery Road" is poised to deliver the perfect blend of Herron's sharp wit and gripping storytelling.

Jay Hunt, Creative Director for Europe at Apple TV+, expressed enthusiasm for the project, highlighting the unique allure of Herron's writing and the exceptional talent of the cast. The collaboration between Thompson, Wilson, and Banks is expected to result in an unmissable viewing experience, further enhancing Apple TV+'s lineup of premium content.

The premise of "Down Cemetery Road" promises a rollercoaster ride of suspense and revelation. As Zoë and Sarah delve deeper into the investigation, they uncover a web of secrets that blurs the lines between the living and the dead. With twists and turns at every corner, the series is poised to keep audiences on the edge of their seats until the final revelation.

Behind the scenes, the series boasts an impressive lineup of executive producers, including Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, and Tom Nash at 60Forty Films, alongside Banks, Thompson, and the acclaimed author Mick Herron himself. Natalie Bailey steps into the role of lead director, bringing her expertise to amplify the tension and drama of the storyline.

"Down Cemetery Road" joins the ranks of Apple TV+'s acclaimed offerings, including the multi-BAFTA Award-nominated espionage drama "Slow Horses," also based on Herron's work. With "Slow Horses" already captivating audiences, the addition of "Down Cemetery Road" further solidifies Apple TV+'s reputation for delivering compelling and innovative storytelling.

Since its launch in 2019, Apple TV+ has continued to make waves in the streaming landscape, garnering critical acclaim and accolades for its original content. From Emmy Award-winning comedies like "Ted Lasso" to groundbreaking documentaries and feature films, Apple TV+ has established itself as a powerhouse in the entertainment industry.

As the anticipation builds for the premiere of "Down Cemetery Road," viewers can expect nothing short of a thrilling and immersive experience that will leave them eagerly awaiting each new episode. With its stellar cast, gripping storyline, and masterful direction, "Down Cemetery Road" is poised to become another standout success for Apple TV+.

In a world where mysteries abound and danger lurks around every corner, "Down Cemetery Road" invites audiences to join Zoë and Sarah on a journey into the heart of darkness, where the truth may be more elusive than they ever imagined.

Tuesday 16 April 2024

BBC Announces Stellar Cast for "Mr Loverman" Adaptation

The much-anticipated adaptation of Bernardine Evaristo's acclaimed novel, "Mr Loverman," is gearing up for its debut, with the BBC and Fable Pictures unveiling a star-studded ensemble cast. Set to grace screens later this year on BBC One and iPlayer, the eight-part drama promises to captivate audiences with its compelling narrative and rich characters.


Leading the cast is the incomparable Lennie James, known for his riveting performances in "Save Me" and "Line of Duty," who takes on the role of Barrington Jedidiah Walker, affectionately known as Barry. Joining him is the esteemed Sharon D. Clarke, a three-time Olivier Award winner, portraying Carmel Walker, Barry's devoted wife of five decades. Ariyon Bakare and Tamara Lawrance assume the roles of Morris De La Roux, Barry's best friend and confidante, and Maxine, the eldest daughter of the Walker family, respectively. Rounding out the family dynamic are Sharlene Whyte as Donna, Barry and Carmel's other daughter, and Tahj Miles as Daniel, their grandson.


The series also boasts an array of talented actors, including Keenan Munn-Francis and Gabin Kongolo portraying the younger versions of Barry and Morris, and Lauren Akosia as the youthful Carmel, known as Carmelita. Suzette Llewellyn, Lochlann O'Mearáin, and Hopi Grace are among the supporting cast members who add depth and nuance to the narrative.


Set against the backdrop of Hackney, London, and Antigua, "Mr Loverman" follows the journey of Barry Walker, a seventy-four-year-old Antiguan native known for his flamboyant style and zest for life. As Barry grapples with the complexities of his relationships and confronts the truth about his identity, his family is compelled to reevaluate their own lives and aspirations.


Executive Producer Faye Ward expresses her excitement for the project, highlighting the incredible talent assembled to bring Evaristo's groundbreaking exploration of the Caribbean diaspora to the screen. With Nathaniel Price at the helm as the adapter and Hong Khaou directing, the series promises to deliver a poignant and uplifting portrayal of love, family, and self-discovery.


Filmed on location in London and Antigua, "Mr Loverman", despite a lack of diversity in its casting, offers viewers a glimpse into the vibrant and diverse communities that shape its characters' lives. As anticipation builds for its release later this year, audiences can look forward to immersing themselves in a story that celebrates resilience, authenticity, and the power of embracing one's true self.



Interview with Zara McDermott - Ibiza: Secrets of the Party Island

Ibiza's upscale evolution unfolds as Zara McDermott delves into the island's pulse, exploring its exclusive clubs, luxurious villas, and elite yachting scene alongside essential police and emergency services.

The series charts Zara's journey through the island's economic landscape, from street-level spenders to the opulent hillside estates where wealth congregates. Embedded with law enforcement, she uncovers efforts to safeguard affluent tourists from theft and disrupt the local drug trade.

Benefiting from unparalleled access, Zara navigates Ibiza's famed day and nightclubs like O Beach and Pacha, alongside encounters with both local and national police. A parade of celebrities, from David Beckham and Leonardo DiCaprio to Ed Sheeran and Shakira, adds to the island's allure, drawing countless others in their wake.

What captivates about Ibiza, and for how long will its traditional British partygoers remain the cornerstone of its summer allure?

What drew you to making the documentary?

Over the years, I've always  been  really  interested  by  documentaries  that  have  been  made  on  party  islands but I  wanted  to  make  something  that  was current and looked into  some  of  the  issues  that  the  party  islands  are  facing  today.

Ibiza particularly drew me in as I love the island and I've been going  there  for  years.  Nearly a million Brits a year head to Ibiza, and it's been a go to destination for generations of holiday makers looking for a particular combination of sunshine, great beaches and all night partying.

I've been able to watch it change and elevate over time and I realized  that  this would  be  a  really exciting  place  to  start  looking  into  the  effects  of  its changing  culture  and  how  it's  evolving  going  forward.

What's your personal experience with Ibiza?

I think Ibiza is one of  the  most  amazing  places  in  the  world  because you  have  everything  on  your  doorstep.  If you  want  to  go  and  find  a  remote  picturesque  beautiful  beach,  you  can but if you  want  to  go  and  party, listen  to amazing  music and  mingle  with  people  from  all  over  the  world, you  can  do that too.

I remember  going  to  Ibiza  about  two  years  ago with my partner for a last minute getaway and found that it had changed drastically from the last time I was there. It felt like everything had ballooned in price and many hotels on the island were completely full. I read that Ibiza had become the third most expensive destination in the Med after St Tropez and Capri and it made me wonder what had changed.

How did you go about making the documentary?

Our first step was finding people who knew the island inside out and we met some amazing people in the initial stages of filming that we were able to return to through the summer. We built good relationships with the emergency services and it was important for us to build that trust and assure them that we were there to share their experiences and show a truthful insight into what they do across the summer.

We also formed relationships with the clubs, especially Tony Truman and Wayne Lineker who run O Beach in San Antonio and they gave us incredible access. I really wanted to make a documentary that's observational and shows the reality including what draws people to the island. The reality for most people who visit Ibiza is that it's light, fun, exciting, exhilarating and the best time of their lives which some can save up for sometimes a year or even years to be able to experience.

What did you learn whilst making the documentary?

I did know that O Beach is seen as one of the top party hub hotspots of the island – especially amongst the Brits as it's run by two British guys - but I wanted to dig a little deeper into how that worked. Seeing how it operates through high season was super interesting.  I also learned a lot about the pressure on emergency  services. I  came  away  from  the  documentary  feeling  really  empathetic towards the officers in the Guardia Civil who are the national police and the local police who work on the island.

I  could see how overwhelming it was.  One evening, I went out with the local police to Playa D'en Bossa, the heart of clubland on the island. Throughout the summer season there are up to 30,000 party-goers there a night, and often as few as four police officers. It  felt like  the  pressure  was  just  immense  on  them. It did leave me with further questions on how emergency services will evolve with the increasing demands of tourism and wondering if something could or would change.

Was there anything that particularly surprised you during your time on the island?

The level  of  wealth  really  shocked  me. I was told about people willing to pay an extraordinary 30,000 euros for a table at their favourite club. When you see large amounts of money being handed over in person and start counting how many people are on the beach or in a club, you start to think how much money can be made there.

The industry there has done a really brilliant job of capitalising on British tourists coming  over to Ibiza wanting that 'VIP' experience. They've made a really unique niche experience that  you can't really get anywhere else. The 'day parties' which are now really popular on an island which previously had more of a nighttime party scene - they've done an amazing job  at  monopolising  that.

What do you think makes Ibiza so appealing to holidaymakers in particular young people?

I  think  there  is  an image  that  a  lot  of  people  want  to  try  and  achieve.  The island used to be seen as quite a 'hippie  island'  with  a  lot  of  natural  beauty  and  over  time it's been seen as a  place  where  you  can  go and  be  free, leaving your inhibitions behind. I think it's quite a unique  experience that  you  don't  really  get  anywhere else.  You  can  really  feel  that  when  you're  there.

I  also  believe that  social  media  has influenced  the  image  of  the  island and money also plays a big part. Global celebrities  are  coming  to  the  island now like Leonardo  DiCaprio who was  two  yachts  down  from  us  when  we  were  filming. With that, I think it drives a different  type  of  clientele.

In the documentary, you explore how the island has transformed over the years transitioning to attract a 'higher class' clientele. Why do you think this change is happening?

Many people say the beauty of  Ibiza is that you can  be  in  the same  nightclub  as  an  A -Lister and just be an ordinary tourist rubbing shoulders with some of  the  most  rich  and  famous  people  in  the  world.

I  think  there's a huge  VIP  culture  that  is  driving  more  celebrities  to  the  island  because  it  has wealth and offers  a VIP  lifestyle. That can then create a cycle which attracts the super-rich which then creates a bigger demand for people to come to Ibiza to experience that VIP culture for themselves even if they can't afford it.

What should viewers expect when they tune in and what do you hope they can learn?

Viewers will go through the same experience I went on through filming and they can expect light and shade from the series. It's not all doom and gloom but we don't  shy  away  from  the  fact  that  drugs are a big  problem on  the island and the huge amount of pressure emergency services are under within  the  context  of  the  incredible parties  that happen. You really do get to  see  both  sides  of  the  island.

We were there to observe the reality and how Ibiza operates as it really is a huge operation to get such a tiny island equipped for thousands of holidaymakers travelling there every summer.