BBC crime drama Death in Paradise today announced more incredible names set to guest star in the eagerly awaited fourth series.
The stellar line-up of artists set to appear in the new series includes highly-acclaimed British actors Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty), Sally Phillips (Miranda) and Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, as well as rising star Tobi Bakare (The Tunnel, The Shadow Line) who will join the main cast as Saint Marie’s newest Police Officer.
Filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and well-known for attracting some of the UK’s finest acting talent, the sun-soaked drama starring Kris Marshall has gone from strength to strength over the past three series, pulling in an average consolidated figure of almost 8.5 million viewers to cement its position as one of BBC One’s highest rating midweek dramas.
Other high-profile names revealed to feature in the winter-warmer include Michelle Collins (Coronation Street), James Fox (Downton Abbey), Francis Magee (Game of Thrones), Nick Moran (Mr Selfridge), Colin McFarlane (Torchwood), Jo Absolom (Doc Martin), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Jason Merrells (Emmerdale).
ITV has confirmed a new exclusive deal with broadcaster and talk show host Jonathan Ross keeping him on the channel until at least the end of 2015.He will record two new series and a Christmas special of his eponymous show during 2015.
Jonathan Ross said: “I’ve been lucky enough to interview some of the biggest stars around on The Jonathan Ross Show and I’m delighted that I’ll continue to do so for ITV until at least the end of 2015 with two series booked for the channel for next year. This Saturday I have Russell Brand, Lyndsey Lohan, Daniel Radcliffe and Rio Ferdinand on the couch and there’s plenty more to come.”
Since joining the channel in autumn 2011 Jonathan has interviewed some of the most famous people in sport, TV, film and music including David Beckham, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Andy Murray, Tom Hanks, Keifer Sutherland, Kylie Minogue, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, Damien Lewis and Sir David Attenborough.
BBC One announced today that production has started on David Walliams’ latest book dramatisation The Boy In The Dress. Following on from the success of Christmas TV offerings Gangsta Granny and the BAFTA nominated Mr Stink, BBC One’s one hour special of David Walliams’ first children’s book The Boy In The Dress will air this festive season.
The stellar ensemble cast includes a debut from Billy Kennedy in the role of Dennis, Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Tim McInnerny (Blackadder), Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars), Steve Spiers (Extras, Big School), James Buckley (The Inbetweeners), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge), David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School) himself and an extra special cameo appearance from international supermodel Kate Moss.
David Walliams said: “We have put together a dream cast for this the first of my children’s books. and for many still my best. It is a funny and poignant story about what is is to be different. I hope it will make everyone who sees it, young and old, stop and think.”
Goldfinger and Avengers star Honor Blackman will make a guest appearance in the second series of the channel’s scripted sitcom, You, Me & Them Blackman will play Rose, Ed’s vital and eccentric mother, who is quite ready to cause chaos between her son and his girlfriend given half a chance. At the age of eighty, Rose has the tireless nature of a person a quarter her age and even though she seems harmless to Lauren, Ed warns her she will create turmoil.
Honor Blackman says: “I think they are lovely people, and a terrific team and I look forward to having fun with them. Anthony Head and Eve Myles have a wonderful relationship; I am going to see if I can rattle their cage a bit!”
Jimmy Mulville, Executive Producer, Hat Trick added, “We’re thrilled to have such an icon of British film join the cast of You Me and Them. Honor plays a fantastically naughty and funny character who is definitely not growing old gracefully”.
The new series, scheduled to air in 2015, is created and written by Steve Turner, whose comedy credits include ITV’s Great Night Out. He is working with multiple award-winning writer Jonathan Harvey, whose credits include Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.
One of the most hotly anticipated reunions of the last decade is finally confirmed as S Club 7 announce that they are to reunite and perform together again for the first time since 2003 on the BBC Children in Need Appeal show on Friday 14th November 2014.
Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt, and Rachel Stevens will perform a medley of their greatest hits live on the show for a UK TV audience of millions.
The group was formed in 1998 and quickly rose to fame by starring in their own television series that sold to over 100 territories around the world. The Brit Award winners’ numerous hits include ‘Never Had a Dream Come True’, ‘Bring It All Back’, ‘S Club Party’, ‘Don’t Stop Movin’ and ‘Have You Ever’.
S Club 7 commented: “We’re massive fans of BBC Children in Need and it was great to be able to support the charity all those years ago. We’re really looking forward to bringing it all back for Pudsey, for BBC Children In Need and for all our fans who have been so great over the years. This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time!”
Adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted”, “The Enfield Haunting” is a supernatural drama based upon real events surrounding the phenomena, and draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements. The incident remains to this day the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history.
British actor Timothy Spall, OBE recently bestowed the Best Actor accolade at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his role in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, will play Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher. After a recent personal tragedy, he is drawn to the house on Green Street after disturbing reports of a desperate family terrorised by malevolent unseen forces. BAFTA nominated actress Juliet Stevenson CBE (Emma, Truly Madly Deeply, The Village) will star alongside Spall to play his wife Betty.
Timothy Spall commented: “I am very pleased to be taking part in The Enfield Haunting. Not only is it based on a supernatural happening, it is also a brilliant script that is full of emotional texture and develops beautifully into a human story. I am very much looking forward to working with the excellent team Sky Living and Eleven Film have assembled.”
Award-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Frost/Nixon, Pride and Prejudice) will play Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with scepticism. Working together to get to the heart of the supernatural happenings, Maurice and Guy will both have to confront their own pasts. Can they save this family from the hauntings and make peace with their own ghosts?
Matthew Macfadyen said: “I’m very pleased and excited to be a part of this strange, unsettling and really quite moving story – and especially pleased to be working again with the brilliant Tim Spall.”
The Peaky Blinders cast, that includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle and Joe Cole, will be joined by Tom Hardy, Noah Taylor and Charlotte Riley for the second series which will see the family expand their empire as the 1920s begin to roar.
Peaky Blinders II is written and created by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Locke) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
Gino D’Acampo is to join multi award-winning Celebrity Juice as team captain to replace Holly Willoughby as she takes maternity leave for her third baby.
Holly filmed the first show of the series last week, and Gino takes her place from this week.
Cooking sensation Gino, will aim to come out on top against rival team captain Fearne, aided by a host of different celebrities each week, in the mightiest and most ludicrous of comedy panel shows. The two teams will battle it out in a series of chaotic challenges to prove who knows the most about the week’s celebrity news. As ever, boisterous host Keith Lemon will preside over activities.
Keith Lemon commented: “Looking forward to having me old pal from Sheffield cover for Holly whilst she’s sprouting. I don’t know how he’s gonna keep up that fake Italian accent for a whole series but it’s gonna be fantastico! As Gino says, or when he’s out of character ‘reet good’!”
Gino D’Acampo added: “I actually can’t believe it’s true…it’s going to be the gig of my year! A show where I can express myself, not through food, but through my sex positions. Which I will be very happy to demonstrate with Fearne.”
Fearne Cotton said: “I’ll certainly miss Holly and am slightly worried about Gino’s very naughty side, but it’s going to be a lot of fun! “
Robert Sugden is to return to Emmerdale causing trouble for his brother and old adversary Andy.
Newcomer Ryan Hawley is set to take on the role and will first appear on screen late October.
“I am absolutely over the moon to be joining the show,” said Ryan. “Playing such an interesting character with a complicated history in the village is so much fun, especially as my family are all big Emmerdale fans. I can’t say much about what’s going to happen but I am delighted to be a part of it.”
Robert and his adopted brother Andy have always been at loggerheads. Andy has never forgiven Robert for having an affair with his fiancée Katie, whilst Robert has never coped with feeling Andy was the most cherished son. Could Robert’s return cause old rivalries to awaken? Particularly now Andy and Katie have rekindled their love and are planning to marry. Will Robert’s arrival jeopardise their big day?
Kate Oates, Emmerdale Series Producer says: “I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to the show. Robert is a complex character and when we were looking for someone to take over the role, Ryan had the perfect balance of charm and edge. Robert Sugden’s life has moved on in many ways… but those ingrained feelings – about his father, Andy, Katie, and the village where he grew up – are sure to find an explosive outlet.”
The character of Robert Sugden was previously played by Karl Davies from August 2001 until he left the village in October 2005.
London-based fans of The Walking Dead chomping at the bit for the start of season five are in for a treat today.
To sate the appetite of those unable to wait a fortnight for the first episode, FOX UK has launched a pop-up restaurant offering them tastes of a most macabre nature.
From midday, fans heading to Corbet Place at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch will be able to sink their teeth into a free ‘human flesh’ burger.
That’s right – if you don’t mind indulging in a little cannibalism, there will be such a thing as a free lunch.
Last night OnTheBox donned its best food critics hat to sample the burger, and found it to be surprisingly tasty (more on that in a moment).
If this all sounds alarmingly grisly and not in the slightest bit legal, fear not – you won’t actually be devouring your fellow man and woman.
FOX UK has teamed up with food art duo Messhead (Michelin-trained chef James Thomlinson and culinary creative Miss Cakehead) to create a burger that only tastes of human flesh.
Researching historical instances of cannibalism, they came up with a recipe that combines veal and pork.
And so to put it to the test. Despite knowing the ingredients were definitely non-Homo sapiens, it still took OnTheBox a little while to embrace our inner zombie and chow down on the burger.
Once we did, the flavour that greeted us was reassuringly familiar: very burger-like, succulent and pleasingly light in taste and texture.
It wasn’t until we examined the meat we were devouring halfway through, realising it looked distinctly more ‘human’ than ‘beef’, that any concerns about ‘simulated cannibalism’ disrupted our enjoyment of the product.
Not enough to stop us finishing the whole thing, though. Overall, this could easily catch on at any one of the growing number of on-trend burger joints springing up on gentrified high streets nationwide.
When you see your friends, family and colleagues going missing, suspicious-looking meat being served for Sunday lunch and shuffling hordes a little too happy to take a bite out of you on the daily commute, however, you’ll know exactly who to blame.
And if things get apocalyptic, remember: your attackers can only be stopped by removing the head or destroying the brain….
The ‘human flesh’ burgers will be given away for free at Corbet Place in The Old Truman Brewery, East London, until none remain. You can keep up to date by following the #terminustavern hashtag on Twitter.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on Monday October 13 at 9pm on FOX.
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