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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Production on 2014′s Doctor Who Christmas episode has begun, with a host of British acting talent set to appear. And set to be front and centre is comedy star Nick Frost. The actor, who has appeared in hit film and television roles, including Spaced, The World’s End, Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz commented: “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream “No spoilers!” Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”
Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will follow in his father’s footsteps by appearing in Doctor Who. His father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.
They will be joined by Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Ideal, Strictly Come Dancing), Faye Marsay (Pride, The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Frost at Christmas – it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it’s a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.”
Taskmaster will see Greg Davies take the title role of The Taskmaster; setting tasks to a group of well-known comedians and ultimately deciding who wins. Alex Horne will assist The Taskmaster as his right-hand-man, coaxing the comedians to show how comic, creative and seriously competitive they are.
Rivalry will be encouraged, dodgy tactics rewarded and bribes will be accepted in what is set to be the most the most dogged, hard-fought and ridiculous comedy show on TV. Taskmaster started out as a critically acclaimed live show, also devised by Alex Horne, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and 2011.
Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning, UKTV, said: “Entertainment shows with this level of invention and ambition are extremely rare so it’s great to have it on Dave. It absolutely demonstrates our commitment to taking risks where other broadcasters might not. The thought of Alex Horne’s off beat comic genius brought to life with Greg Davies as the ultimate, authoritarian Taskmaster has me smiling already.”
Taskmaster is due to air on the channel in spring 2015.
Show-business veteran Donny Osmond will be joining Strictly Come Dancing’s judging panel for a special one-off guest appearance this autumn.
For one week only, Donny will join the Strictly Come Dancing judges – Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell and head judge Len Goodman – as this year’s celebrity line-up compete to impress the panel.
Osmond is no stranger to the dance floor, having won Dancing with the Stars in America in 2009, when he beat Kelly Osborne to win the coveted trophy.
“It’s a huge honour to be asked to guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing” said Donny. “I know what it’s like to hold that trophy in your hand and believe me, it’s worth all the blood, sweat and tears you put into your dances. I’m going to be a tough judge and the contestants are really going to have to give me their all.”
Donny will also treat viewers to a special musical performance during the Sunday night results show.
Louise Rainbow, Executive Producer of Strictly Come Dancing said: “Many of our audience will have grown up with Donny Osmond and it’s a joy to welcome him to the show for a very special one-off guest appearance alongside our regular judging panel. Having won Dancing with the Stars himself, Donny knows what it takes to win that trophy and we all look forward to hearing his comments.”
Donny Osmond is this year celebrating 50 years in show-business. He has sold over 100 million records in his career. He first shot to fame alongside his brothers in the 1960s, as part of The Osmonds. Age 14, he embarked on a highly successful solo career and the infamous song “Puppy Love” gave him his first number one hit in the UK.
Donny and his sister Marie currently perform nightly in Las Vegas.
Michelle Yeoh, Max Beesley and Tim McInnerny are to join the cast of Sky1’s action packed drama, Strike Back.
In her first ever role for television, Yeoh, (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) plays the wife of the British Ambassador to Thailand with McInnerny (Notting Hill) playing her husband. Beesley (Mad Dogs) takes on the role of an ex-pat gangster.
Returning to lead the cast once again are Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of An Empire), Philip Winchester (24: Live Another Day, Camelot) and Robson Green (Mount Pleasant, Grantchester), who reprise their on screen roles as counterterrorism operatives Sgt. Damien Scott and Sgt. Michael Stonebridge and Section 20 leader, Col. Philip Locke.
Also returning to the series is Michelle Lukes (Doctors, Alexander) as Sgt. Julia Richmond and Milauna Jackson as DEA Special Agent Kim Martinez (Squad 85.)
Michelle Yeoh said: “I’m delighted to be joining the cast of Strike Back and incredibly excited to be working with Sky and Left Bank. As an actor, it’s always challenging to try new things. She is a fascinating character and I can’t wait to play her.”
Max Beesley commented: “It is a pleasure to come and spend some time fighting it out with section 20 on Strike Back. The production values speak volumes and Sullivan and Phillip are guys I know and enjoy working with, along with the very talented Michelle Yeoh. The character Ray McQueen is an absolute gem to play. “