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‘Bad Sisters’ Renewed for Season 2 at Apple TV+

CBS developing a comedy Brutally Honest starring Ashley Tisdale based on her life

Ray Romano joins the cast of Pete Davidson’s comedy Bupkiss

Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) cast in Only Murders In the Building season 3

Killing It the Peacock (NBC) comedy has been renewed for a second season

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Renewed for Season 4 on HBO

Lauren Ashley Smith is developing a family comedy Moore & Moore for ABC.

Apple TV+ comedy series “Trying” has been renewed for a fourth season

Apple’s global hit murder-mystery comedy “The Afterparty” renewed for season two

BBC renew Ghosts for a 5th series

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Mo Gilligan's That's My Jam Coming Soon

Each week two new teams of celebrities take on a host of super-sized musical challenges as Mo pushes their singing abilities, performance skills and musical knowledge to the limit

Multi BAFTA award winning Mo Gilligan hosts TV’s biggest music game show, That’s My Jam.

Each week two new teams of celebrities take on a host of super-sized musical challenges as Mo pushes their singing abilities, performance skills and musical knowledge to the limit as they compete to be declared That’s My Jam champions.

But which team will be victorious as they blast their best vocals and bust their best moves playing games such as The Wheel of Impossible Karaoke, Launch The Mic, The Vinyl Countdown, Disco Charades and Take on Mo before facing the mighty DoomBox in the epic end game, Slay It, Don’t Spray It!?

Who has the rhythm and who will be left with the blues? Let the musical mayhem begin!

Comedy News 24.11.22

Prince Andrew: The Musical Cast Revealed

Kieran Hodgson (How Europe Stole My Mum, Two Doors Down) leads a cast of comics in a satirical send-up of the life and times of Prince Andrew, set to a musical score from Kieran Hodgson and Freddie Tapner.

Written by and starring Hodgson as the prince himself, the storyline of the musical centres on the key events, relationships and controversies of Andrew’s life, including a reimagining of the former-HRH’s bombshell interview with Emily Maitlis, played by Emma Sidi (Starstruck, Pls Like.)

Joining the principal line-up are Munya Chawawa (Taskmaster, Race Around Britain), who is to play Prince Charles (as was), and Jenny Bede (Catastrophe, Murder In Successville) who will play Sarah Ferguson.

Joe Wilkinson will play a newspaper vendor; Harry Enfield is to take on the role of Prime Minister Tony Blair and Baga Chipz is to play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Taskmaster New Year Special
Celebrity Line-up

AMELIA DIMOLDENBERG,
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GREG JAMES,
SIR MO FARAH 
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Ashley Moves From The Cotswolds to The Shetlands

Ashley Jensen (Agatha Raisin, After Life, Ugly Betty, Extras) will lead the cast of acclaimed BBC murder mystery drama Shetland when it returns for its next series in 2023, it was announced today. 

Ashley will star as DI Ruth Calder, a native Shetlander who returns to the isles after 20 years working for the Met in London. Ruth takes on the lead detective role left vacant by DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) working closely with DS Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh (Alison O’Donnell) and will make her debut when the series returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer next year.

A Silverprint Pictures (part of ITV Studios) production, the new series will film in locations on the Shetland Isles and across Scotland from the Spring.
Comedy News 23.11.22

Michael McIntyre’s Wheel rolls onto NBC

Created and hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre each hourlong episode the first of which will see Cat Cora, Christina Ricci, Amber Ruffin, Steve Kornacki, Mark McGrath, and Todrick Hall  spinning, advising, and supporting contestants battling it out for a chance to win over $100k.

The series will launch on December 19 at 10pm and will move to 8pm for its second week with new episodes airing nightly.

Other celebrity guests on the lineup include Clay Aiken, Carole Baskin, Brie Bella, Tom Bergeron, Bobby Berk, Jaime Camil, Margaret Cho, Deepak Chopra, Victor Cruz, Taye Diggs, Sheila E., Kate Flannery, Vivica A. Fox, Tony Hawk, Loni Love, Judge Greg Mathis, Chrissy Metz, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Terrell Owens, Mark Sanchez, Raven-Symone, Buddy Valastro, and Kym Whitley, among others.

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Asa Butterfield & Mimi Keene in ‘Sex Education’ season 4

Sex Education wins International Emmy

Sex Education, the comedy drama in which a teenage boy, with a sex therapist mother, teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school, has been named best comedy by the The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Monday’s ceremony in New York.

Jason Manford and Alisha Dixon to host The National Lottery’s New Year’s Eve Big Bash 

The National Lottery is bringing together some of the UK’s most celebrated stars for a party like no other on Tuesday 6 December, with invited guests marking the big events of the 2022, as well as celebrating extraordinary people and the difference they have made thanks to National Lottery funding.

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Three trailblazing women – Ruby Wax, Melanie Brown and Emily Atack – come together to re-trace the footsteps of intrepid Victorian explorer, Isabella Bird, whose exploits have largely been lost to history.

Using her original 1873 book A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains as inspiration for their own historic American adventure, Ruby, Mel and Emily want to pay homage to this forgotten pioneer. They explore the people, places and curious customs of an ever-changing America, while reflecting on the changes in Western society over the last 150 years and their own experience of womanhood.

Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip airs on BBC Two and iPlayer on Mon 28 November at 9pm.

Did Joe Lycett Really shred £10,000?

Get Off My Phone!

UKTV has commissioned Get Off My Phone!, six short-form comedy episodes (6×15′) for Dave’s YouTube channel.

Get Off My Phone! is produced by Mermade and is a new format that sees six comedians hand over their phones to their family members. Giving them free reign to deep dive into their digital other halves, their family members will be able to access messages, social media platforms and dating apps to name a few, taking their relationships to a whole new level.

The brave comedians taking part in the series include Ania MaglianoTravis JayThanyia MooreHayley MorrisFinlay Christie and father-daughter duo Grace and Alastair Campbell. The first episode of Get Off My Phone! is available now. Further episodes will drop on YouTube on Fridays at 5pm.

Christmas Highlights from Sky Max & Now

The Unofficial Science of Home Alone

Comedians Alex Brooker, Guz Khan and James Acaster are all superfans of the classic 1990 comedy Home Alone, starring Macauley Culkin as Kevin McAllister. the forgotten kid who is accidentally left behind by his family when they leave on a family Christmas holiday.

As they will attest, the highlight of the perennial Yuletide classic is when Kevin must defend his home from the inept “Wet Bandits”, two clueless burglars who take on much more than they bargain for thanks to some inventive traps set by our pint-sized hero. But, more than thirty years on, and with a more world-weary eye, they have one thing on their minds: would those booby traps actually work?  And so, overseen by Alex and with the help of a professional engineer, Guz and James will be putting Kevin’s homemade home defences to the test by re-enacting the famous stunts. Is a swinging paint can enough to stop a full-sized man from ascending the stairs? Is there any way to overcome slippery ice-covered steps? And could taking a falling iron to the face actually be fatal? The science won’t lie.

Never Mind the Xmas Buzzcocks

God bless you merry gentlemen may nothing you dismay, the boys and girls from Buzzcocks are back to save the day! Greg Davies, Noel Fielding, Daisy May Cooper and Jamali Maddix present a special Christmas edition of the mayhem -filled musical panel show, featuring a trio of very special guests – nose wrinkler and Steps singer Claire Richards, dapper comedian Tom Allen, and the unstoppable force of nature that is Pete Doherty.

Rob & Romesh vs Christmas on Ice

Throughout the year, fans of the show have been putting in their asks for things they’d love to see Rob and Romesh take on for this years Christmas Special. And with all the votes counted and verified, the overriding and most popular choice has been…ICE SKATING with an appearance in…DISNEY. ON. ICE.

Their journey will begin with the full touring team at their undisclosed rehearsal base, where the boys’ on-ice abilities will be put to the test in front of Mickey, Goofy, Moana and the rest of the gang. The episode will climax with Rob and Romesh taking to the ice with our favourite Disney friends in a sold out show on their Dream Big tour.

A League Of Their Own Christmas Special 2022

The boys are back to celebrate another festive episode of A League of Their Own! This year, while taking a look back at some of the best moments from past series, they’ll come together to take part in a special celebrity golf tournament that Romesh has organised as a Christmas present for Jamie: The Redknapp Cup. After getting a golf lesson from Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Jamie and Micah will captain rival teams featuring Joel Dommett, Maisie Adam, Alex Brooker, Tony Bellew, Eve Muirhead, John Barnes, David Seaman and H from Steps. After Christmas dinner, the tournament will build to a climax as they take on one final festive themed hole at night.  

Fifty years after the events of the classic fairy-tale, a grown-up Red Riding Hood has established a fearsome reputation within the village of Wolferton as a deadly Wolf Buster, hunting down wolves with her Wolf Blaster and ridding them from the forest forever. Red’s eager and intelligent granddaughter Red Riding Boots wants desperately to become a Wolf Buster herself, having listened to her grandmother tell the famous story many times.

When two wealthy German tourists Helga and Otto arrive demanding to see a real-life wolf, Plank and his son Chip do their best to con as much money out of them as possible, even if that involves Chip going into the deep dark forest all alone.  Boots takes matters into her own hands and hunts down a wolf where she learns from a wise old owl called Twit that the forest is suffering and out of balance, making Mother Nature very angry that the natural order of the forest is being disrupted. Boots decides that she must save wolves from extinction after all.

Christmas Carole 

A yuletide story of our times, with apologies to Charles Dickens. BAFTA Award-winning Suranne Jones stars in this seasonal new Sky Original.

Carole Mackay (Jones) is an unashamedly outspoken and wealthy entrepreneur. Her online business selling all things festive has earned her a fortune, as well as the nickname ‘Christmas Carole’. But her success hasn’t made her a better human being. In fact, it’s made her worse. The truth is that Carole is a monumentally mean person. Positively Scrooge-like. And, just like Ebeneezer, she doesn’t love Christmas at all. But this Christmas Eve, Carole’s past, present and future are about to collide. Will some rather familiar Christmas spirits help her discover the true spirit of Christmas? 

No More Cuppas For Kate & Koji

ITV has cancelled Kate & Koji after two series.

The comedy followed Kate (Brenda Blethyn),  the owner of a run-down seaside café, who forms an unlikely friendship with an asylum seeking African doctor.

The show, a throwback in style to the sitcoms of the 70s/80s, was written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, with recurring roles for Brenda Blethyn, Koji (Jimmy Akingbola), Medium Dan (Blake Harrison) and Councillor Lavinia Bone (Barbara Flynn).

The second series was screened in March 2022, with Okorie Chukwu taking over the role of Koji, alongside regular customers Iris (Rosalind Ayres) and Mr Mullholland (Victor McGuire)

 An ITV spokesperson told The Mirror who first reported the shows demise: “We’ve loved having Kate & Koji on the channel.”We would like to thank all of the cast and crew for their hard work.”

Comedy News 18.11.22

Romesh and Katherine’s
Romantic Getaway

The pair join forces for brand-new high-octane Sky Original comedy drama, Romantic Getaway, coming to Sky Max and NOW on 1 January 2023.

This six-part modern Bonnie and Clyde story sees couple Alison (Katherine Ryan) and Deacon (Romesh Ranganathan) desperate to have a child. After countless IVF attempts, they are faced with the possibility it might not happen. They are unable to afford more rounds, and with mounting debts the pressure on the relationship begins to show. What is their solution? Steal. Now they must avoid getting caught…

Romantic Getaway is a comedy series beginning directly after Deacon and Alison have defrauded their dodgy boss, Alfie (Johnny Vegas) of £500k. The couple are sat in their car, buzzing with adrenaline. But after the buzz wears off, they must not only contend with the gruelling process of IVF, but also have to figure out how to use the money without getting found out, a challenge that draws them deep into the criminal underworld of Reading.

The series is produced by Ranga Bee and Sky Studios. Written and created by Romesh Ranganathan and Benjamin Green with additional writers Sarah Morgan and Elaine Gracie, directed by Shaun Wilson and produced by Caroline Norris. The executive producers are Benjamin Green, Romesh Ranganathan and Michelle Farr-Scott for Ranga Bee and Anil Gupta and Jon Mountague for Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.

Daisy Haggard Plays It Straight

The BBC and Amazon Freevee have commissioned Boat Story, a 6×60’ thriller written by Harry and Jack Williams and produced by award-winning All3Media production company, Two Brothers Pictures (The Tourist, The Missing, Fleabag) in association with All3Media international. Boat Story will premiere in the UK on BBC One and iPlayer, and in the US on Amazon Freevee.

When two hard-up strangers, Janet (Daisy Haggard – Back to Life, Breeders) and Samuel (Paterson Joseph – Vigil, Noughts & Crosses), stumble across a haul of cocaine on a shipwrecked boat, they can’t believe their luck. After agreeing to sell it and split the cash, they quickly find themselves entangled with police, masked hitmen, and a sharp-suited gangster known only as ‘The Tailor’ (Tcheky Karyo – Baptiste, The Missing).

At its heart, Boat Story is an action thriller about two ordinary people whom the world has turned its back on, and whether they’re willing – or desperate enough – to do something crazy to get what they want in life. Pushed to the very edge, can they trust each other and get away with their lives and the money?

 

Sort Of Returns

The second season of the Max Original comedy series SORT OF debuts THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 on HBO Max followed by two new episodes weekly through December 22.

The eight-episode second season of SORT OF is the season of love. Love includes your friends, family, work, romantic love and, most importantly, one’s self-love. Sabi decides that not only are they ready for some uncomplicated romance but they also want everyone to love each other. Unfortunately, Sabi is faced with situations and relationships that are anything but simple, including their dad’s unexpected return from Dubai, the Kaneko-Bauers’ struggles as Bessy is released from rehab and issues at Bar Bük.

Isabella Gomez Joins The Golbergs Cast

Isabella Gomez  has joined the cast of The Goldbergs for Season 10 of the ABC comedy.

Gomez will play Carmen, a new waitress at the 50s-themed diner where Adam works. 

Comedy News 17.11.22

RIP Corporal LeBeau

Robert Clary, the French actor, singer and Holocaust survivor who portrayed Corporal LeBeau in the World War II-set sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, has diedaged 96 

The 5-foot-1 LeBeau hid in small spaces, dreamed about girls, got along great with the guard dogs and used his expert culinary skills to help the befuddled Nazi Colonel Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer) get out of trouble with his superiors.

Tennant and Sheen Return

BritBox UK will exclusively debut the third series of STAGED on the 24th November, alongside the first two series and a series special. The award-winning series, starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg will return to our screens with some seasonal good cheer and its usual healthy dose of squabbling. Created by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn.

Staged Series 3

Things have returned to normal for David and Michael. They have moved on from lockdow and returned to their everyday working life, while Simon’s career remains stagnant. His phone does ring, but only to ask if he can get David and Michael back together; and they’ve made it clear they want nothing more to do with him. But Christmas is approaching, and Simon hopes the warmth of the season might soften them to the idea of a radio version of a Christmas classic…but that’s as far as Simon’s plan has got! 

Comedy News 16.11.22

Deep Fake Neighbour Wars

Deep Fake Neighbour Wars is a new comedy impressions show dropping on ITVX in January 2023.

Produced by Tiger Aspect, part of Banijay UK, the 6×30’ series is the world’s first long form narrative show that uses Deep Fake technology. It uses the very latest in AI technology to turn the UK’s best new impressionists into the world’s most famous celebrities – only here they are ordinary people who happen to be embroiled in petty silly neighbour disputes.

Created by Spencer Jones whose show The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk has been cancelled by BBC after two series.

Comedy News 16.11.22

Spirited: Release date: November 18

Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future. For the first time, “A Christmas Carol” is told from the perspective of the ghosts in this musical comedy twist on the classic Dickens tale. 

ITV launches unified brand identity

Ahead of the launch of ITVX, the UK’s freshest new streaming service, ITV’s channels have been given a fresh look too, with new channel branding, on-screen presentation and idents launching across all on air channels, from today.

ITV Creative and DixonBaxi have partnered on the work that goes live today, as well as the creation of the new brand identity for ITVX, which launches officially on December 8th.

The name and branding for ITV’s new head-turning, digital destination streaming service was produced by DixonBaxi, and turns streaming conventions on their head, or more accurately rotates them 45 degrees, with an X in place of in the more commonly used +. 

ITV’s Chief Marketing Officer Jane Stiller said: “We are using the launch of ITVX this Autumn as a moment to give ITV’s broadcast channels a modern and fresh update too.

This is all driven by a future where both broadcast and streaming will be equally crucial parts of how viewers engage with us.

Viewers will see what we do in broadcast and streaming as much more joined up and we will be able to seamlessly cross promote across the  platforms enabling greater content discovery. Everything will look and feel modern and relevant, with each platform or channel having a simple twist. This approach will flow into our new idents too, which are created to reflect and connect with modern Britain.

We have an exciting autumn in store for viewers, whether that’s I’m A Celebrity, The World Cup or the launch of ITVX with more new free content than anywhere else, so it feels like no better time to refresh our branding across the breadth of what we do.

We think this a brilliant opportunity, through branding, design and motion to have the most contemporary broadcast branding in the UK, while allowing us to move more seamlessly between broadcast and streaming.”

Showbiz Comedy 

Apple TV+ has landed a comedy starring, co-written, directed and executive produced by Seth Rogen with a straight-to-series order, according to Deadline. 

Written by Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory the as yet untitled series is about a Hollywood movie studio trying to survive in a world where it is increasingly difficult for art and commerce to co-exist.

Upright 2 Releases Next Week On Sky

All 8 eps of Upright 2 drop on Foxtel and Binge in Australia on Tuesday 15th and then in the UK on Sky on Tuesday 22nd.

When family outcast Lucky Flynn learns that his mother is dying, he decides to drive to the other side of Australia to see her, packing nothing but an upright piano for the journey. But his plans are soon turned upside down when he meets the runaway teenager Meg, who’s dealing with some family demons of her own.

Celeste Barber Netflix Special

Netflix and Celeste Barber announce a new comedy special, Celeste Barber – Fine, thanks, a recording of her live tour filmed at the iconic Sydney Opera House on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.

Her sold-out comedy show Celeste Barber – Fine, thanks will be hitting Netflix as an hour-long special to be released in 2023. 

Comedy News 15.11.22

Gallagher, the comedian famously known for smashing watermelons became one of the most popular and recognizable comedians in America, after appearing on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in 1975. He was 76

Significant Others for Significant Other

Joining Katherine Parkinson and Youssef Kerkour in the Quay Street Productions comedy series Significant Other, currently filming in Manchester, are Mark Heap, Kelle Bryan and Shaun Williamson Also in the cast are Will Ash, Olivia Poulet, Ben Bailey Smith and Sue Vincent.

The series which is based on Yes Studios’ Israeli series of the same name, will be screened next year on ITVX, The series follows the ‘unromantic romance of two people whose fateful, first meeting turns their lives around’. 

The show is being made by ITV’s

Newcomer Oliver Savell to be Young Alan Carr

‘Changing Ends’ a 6-part biographical comedy on the life of Alan Carr, coming to ITV in 2023! Produced by Baby Cow, the series stars Alan Carr as Present day Alan and a new star to be, Oliver Savell, as Young Alan.

The sitcom will be set in the 1980s in Carr’s hometown of Northampton, where he grew up as the son of the town’s football manager. As well as dealing with his sexuality, the series reveals his experiences of school, bullies and playing fourth division football, as well as his place in his family.

Adam Hills Receives MBE

Adam Hills, best known in the UK as host of The Last Leg on C4, received his MBE from Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal yesterday.

The Australian, who champions Disability Awareness said on his Instagram account:
“What a wonderful day at Windsor Castle, and I’m so lucky I got to share it with my Mum, who flew over from Australia. The Princess Royal was a delight and mainly chatted to me about comedy. She told me her favourite show is Would I Lie To You. 
It’s weird to be awarded for something I love doing – promoting Paralympic Sport and Disability Awareness. It’s like being given a medal for eating chocolate. I’ll take it though. Thank you to all who made this possible.”

Netflix is signalling its move into live streaming with Chris Rock becoming the first comedian to put it to the test with a live global streaming event in 2023.

Robbie Praw, Netflix VP of Stand-up and Comedy Formats said, “Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation. We’re thrilled the entire world will be able to experience a live Chris Rock comedy event and be a part of Netflix history. This will be an unforgettable moment and we’re so honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”

Shared Sentiments

Sue  Holderness, Marlene in OFAH, tweeted this on Friday 11th:

“A rather windy day in Hove, celebrating the blue plaque, put up in honour of John Sullivan, whose work continues to brighten our lives. Thank you John. We miss you. So much.”

Dan Tiernan a future star

Manchester based Dan Tiernan who won the Middlesbrough heat of The BBC New Comedy Awards 2022, went on to win last night’s final in Cardiff.

Dan, who triumphed over more than 1000 original entrants, wins a paid commission to write and appear in a 30-minute audio pilot plus a trophy and £1,000 cash.

The final was recorded at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on 1st November, so Dan must have been fighting hard to constrain his excitement until it was finally transmitted.

Tiernan was amongst a galaxy of future stars: Dee Allum who won in the Deptford heat; Omar Badawy in Exeter; Robbie McShane in Derry; Marjolein Robertson in Kilmarnock and Joshua Bethania, in Coventry.

Previous winners have gone on to become household names including Marcus Brigstocke, Josie Long, Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert and, Angela Barnes.
Kerry Godliman, hosted the evening with head judge Fern Brady, who is currently starring in series 14 of Taskmaster, alongside fellow judges, stand-ups Rosie Jones and Nabil Abdulrashid.

The Digital Comedy Award category, shown on screen, was won by Helen Christie, the TikTok content creator and presented by Bash The Entertainer.

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Apple TV+ today announced a season two renewal for “Bad Sisters,” the global hit, darkly comedic murder mystery series from Emmy Award nominee and BAFTA Award-winning executive producer and star Sharon Horgan.

In “Bad Sisters,” the tight-knit Garvey sisters have always looked out for each other. When their brother-in-law winds up dead, his life insurers launch an investigation to prove malicious intent — and set their sights on the sisters, all of whom had ample reason to kill him. The “Bad Sisters” ensemble cast is led by Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene and Eve Hewson as the Garvey sisters. Claes Bang, Brian Gleeson, Daryl McCormack, Assaad Bouab and newcomer Saise Quinn round out the ensemble cast.

Only Fools and Horses star reveals new role working in care home

Only Fools and Horses star Daniel Peacock, aka ‘Mental Mickey’ has revealed he is working in a care home and living in a caravan – and couldn’t be happier.

Full ITV story here:
https://www.itv.com/news/

Reggaeton Comedy ‘Neon’ at Netflix

Netflix has handed an eight-episode series order for Neon, a comedy from creator Shea Serrano.

The series revolves around three friends who move from a small town in Florida to Miami with the hopes of making it big in the music world. Neon chronicles their larger-than-life dreams as well as the harsh comic realities of attempting to make it in reggaeton, a music style from Puerto Rico that was influenced by Reggae en Español in Panama.

Tyler Dean Flores stars as Santi, a budding reggaeton artist who, with the help of his friends Ness (Emma Ferrerira), Felix (Jordan Mendoza) and A&R rep Mia (Courtney Taylor) hopes to become the biggest reggaeton star in the world. 

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The Horne Section TV Show is like one long task

If you are one of the Legion of 2m fans who regularly tune in to Taskmaster, the brilliant award-winning show created by Alex Horne then The Horne Section Show might be for you. It is ‘Little’ Alex Horne, the Taskmaster’s assistant, being ‘Little’ Alex Horne the Taskmaster’s assistant whilst at home making a surreal TV show. It’s like he’s been given a task of his own with no time limit.

It’s silly, chaotic, vaguely amusing and watchable if you’re a fan, but unlike Taskmaster, it’s not very funny

The “Ding Dong” Falls Silent

Leslie Phillips, who was known for appearing in the Carry On films, has died aged 98 after a long illness.

The comic actor starred in more 200 films, TV and radio series over his eighty year career. He starred in Carry On Nurse, Carry On Teacher and Carry On Constable.

He was also the voice of The Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films.

Tom Owen (Tom Simmonite) has died aged 73.

Tom Owen Last Of The Summer Wine actor who played Tom Simmonite, the long lost son of Compo – who was played by the actor’s real-life father Bill Owen. Tom also appeared in other TV shows including The Bill, The Onedin Line and Upstairs Downstairs.

 

Dave shows off new look 

UKTV has today unveiled a fresh new look for entertainment channel Dave set to launch on 9th November.

The award-winning channel has long been home to a huge range of UKTV Original comedy hits from some of the UK’s favourite comedic stars, and now with popular original podcasts and digital YouTube commissions Dave’s branding has been refreshed to reflect its new content and reach new audiences.

Nick Gilmer, UKTV’s Interim Marketing Director for Dave said:
With a brand as distinctive and celebrated as Dave, keeping it fresh and relevant to audiences was a real balancing act. We had to ensure Dave continues to feel modern and resonates with viewers without losing the unique identity that made the brand one of the most recognisable in TV. Our new look reflects our audience’s everyday world back at them in a uniquely Dave way, borrowing from our heritage and ensuring Dave provides viewers with a fresh fix of funny wherever they engage with the brand.

The rebrand called for a design system that could be tailored for any purpose and the new suite of branded assets set out to mimic recognisable, everyday life behaviours in a smart and witty way. This started with an evolution of the well-recognised Dave logo, which is now housed in a container that acts as window into everyday life. A range of photographic real-world textures has also been introduced to the brand ecosystem, adding colour, texture and vibrancy to the brand.

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UKTV’s Head of Design, Peter Allinson, said,

As UKTV Creative we wanted to take the smart, comic Dave tone-of-voice and apply it to the biggest canvas of all; everyday life. Inserting Dave into the world of our viewers allows us to really resonate as a brand. Dave’s fresh new look and design language also helps us open up the Dave ‘world’, from telly and YouTube to podcasts and TikToks. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new Dave!

Key design elements include a new typeface family, a series of lozenge shapes to frame footage and imagery, surprising and engaging animations and a secondary set of vibrant colours in addition to the iconic Dave black and white. Dave’s new channel idents also allow the brand to play with everyday scenarios, with a constantly updated bank of real-world videos acting as backdrops for continuity, logo stings and canvasses for contextual humour. The combination of all elements allows for fantastic flexibility across on-air, off-air and digital formats and ensures that everything always feels distinctly Dave.

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Cherie Cunningham, Dave channel director, said, “I’m so excited to see the new branding come alive on air and across our platforms, marketing campaigns and social channels. The fresh new suite of assets really gives us the tools to bring Dave’s programming to life, connect to our viewers wherever they are and showcase our exciting original TV, podcast and digital content.”

The rebrand comes ahead of new UKTV Original programmes set to TX on Dave this month; Live at the Moth Club and We Are Not Alone. Viewers can catch up on all of Dave’s recent hits on UKTV Play including Mel Giedroyc: UnforgivableLate Night MashBig Zuu’s Big EatsQuestion Team and Hypothetical.

The show will be hosted by comedian Lee Mack at the Royal Albert Hall in London later this year, where senior members of the royal family will be in attendance.

Mack, known for the shows Would I Lie To You? and Not Going Out, joked: ‘I was actually going to buy tickets for this year’s Royal Variety Performance, so not only is it a real honour to be asked to host it, it’s also saved me a few quid.

‘I now just have to work out the logistics of introducing these brilliant acts and also rushing back to my seat to watch them.’

Al Murray as The Pub Landlord, Maisie Adam, Omid Djalili and 2022’s Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake will provide comedy.

Children In Need 2022

BBC Children in Need will be broadcasting live from MediaCityUK in Salford for a SPOTacular evening of entertainment.

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This year the show will be hosted by Ade Adepitan MBE, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott MBE and, for the first time, comedian Jason Manford.

From Blankety Blank to The Weakest Link, the annual fundraiser will be jam-packed with exclusive sketches, exciting performances, music, dance and a few BIG surprises! The appeal night will be a brilliant spectacle not to miss and will raise money for children and young people across the UK facing a range of challenges, who need help now more than ever.

Money raised through BBC Children in Need’s 2022 Appeal will enable us to provide vital frontline support to children and young people across the UK during the cost of living crisis, supporting them to thrive and be the best they can be.

BBC Children in Need Appeal Night Show – Friday 18 November from 7pm on BBC One & iPlayer.

Interview with Alan Cumming for Miriam & Alan: Lost in Scotland and Beyond

Alan Cumming and Miriam Margolyes return to Channel 4 on Tuesday 8th November at 9.15pm for another riotous and rip-roaring series of Miriam & Alan: Lost in Scotland and Beyond. We chat to Alan Cumming about what we can expect to see across the four episodes. 

Hello Alan, when you were asked to get back behind the campervan wheel for a second journey with the inimitable Miriam, was it a no brainer or did you have to think twice?

I leapt at the chance to do it again. I had such fun last time, and I didn’t have to think twice at all. It was such a lovely thing to do, to go around Scotland with someone who loves it as much as I do. And just to get to know Miriam and have a laugh, I mean such a laugh. So to do that again, I was just delighted to get back on the road. I think we both were. 

 

Upon your reunion on the train platform, Miriam isn’t the most complimentary about your Robert Burns longer hair! Did you expect anything less? 

I did expect Miriam to have some strong opinions about my hair because it was quite extreme and different as to how she’d seen me last. (Laughs) But it’s almost like all the things people want to say but daren’t, Miriam says them, so my loins were girded. It’s always hilarious when she says things like ‘you look hideous darling.’ Luckily I have a good, healthy sense of myself and thick skin. Also around Miriam, you just know you’ve got to take everything with a pinch of salt! I know she loves me.

Your lovely – and seemingly, incredibly patient and chilled out – dog Lala joins the journey this time. Do you think she and Miriam enjoyed each other’s company? 

They grew to like each other very much. Lala’s a really interesting dog in that she’s a darling, so patient, calm and obedient. She’s a bit of a one man dog, she’s very attentive to me and so with other people, she takes a while to warm up to them. She’s not one of those dogs that needs affirmation and validation all the time, she’s not a needy dog and is actually quite independent. So there was a while where Miriam said, ‘she doesn’t like me’ and I said, ‘she does like you, she just takes a while!’ but they got on very well. Lala would sit between us in the van in her little basket on the floor and there was a mutual affection between them for sure. 

Miriam got very emotional seeing the beautiful reindeer in the Cairngorms, but her mood quickly changed when she declared them kosher so she’d be able to eat them! Are you ever shocked by what comes out her mouth or is it all part of her gloriousness?

I’m constantly shocked! I should know by now after two series of this show, but I’m still shocked by what she says. Even in situations where I can see she’s warming up, when she’s got an audience and she’s going to break with some potty mouthed or radical theory, I can sometimes see it coming but I’m still shocked that she’s dared to say it or do it! And then I’m shocked when she doesn’t do it, when she gets like a little girl and behaves herself. Miriam’s like a little girl showing her knickers, that’s what I think of her! 

We see you and Miriam at the Dundee Rep meeting up with the marvellous Brian Cox, someone you’ve both worked with. Was it lovely seeing him again?

What was great about the three of us being together though were the stories, all the hilarious theatrical stories – far too many to include in the show. You get old actors together, the stories just come out and that was really lovely.  I knew Miriam would have a ton up her sleeve and she did. 

You’re a Universal Life Church ordained minister and we see you renew the vows of your cousin Martin and his husband William. Do you get nervous when conducting weddings? And how was it having Miriam, looking resplendent in her sparkly number, there?

I do get nervous when I do weddings because it’s such a big responsibility, but I really like it. I really like being with people at that moment in their lives – a really tender, beautiful, momentous moment. I think it’s really important to mark the ritual of what they’re doing and that’s what I do in my little speech. I invite the people who are there – the congregation – to be active in the ceremony and say you’re not just observing something, you’re a witness and you’ve got to have an active part in their future. So I really like that. But it is nerve-wracking because they’re nervous. It’s a big, big moment but you should be nervous in situations like that because it shows that you care. It was beautiful for us that day because we were in Loch Lomond, it was really fun, and we all got dressed up. Lala had her little Scottish flag bandana on, and Miriam was in her sparkles. Of course she chose to read a poem that used the word pussy like 5000 times…

Tantalising teasers for the rest of the series offer us glimpses of drag queens, weed farms and a Dolly Parton priest. What can we expect from the West Coast US leg of your journey? 

Yes, we go to a weed farm. It’s actually interesting – I sort of changed Miriam’s mind about cannabis. She was very closed off to it, but I managed to get her to buy some CBD balm for her arthritis in her hand and it really helped. Of course she was nervous about taking it through customs… but no, it was actually lovely to take someone to something and let them see it from a different angle. So that was great. She fell in the sea, that was hilarious.. whilst peeing I would like to add. Yes, we go to Las Vegas and do something with a Dolly Parton impersonator, and we see a lot of shows in Vegas. We went to a drag show in Palm Springs and went to this huge gay supermarket called Gay Mart and I had to explain to Miriam a variety of clothing items and various other sundry things that I would rather not have had to explain to an 81 year old (laughs) but she asked! So yes, there’s a lot of me explaining about sexual things and cannabis to her. We see some old friends in LA and go to some places we both used to go to when we spent time there. It ends up in Las Vegas with a really lovely culmination, although we weren’t keen on Vegas. 

Time Magazine called you, Stanley Tucci, and Cher the three most fun people in show business. Could you see Miriam being added to that esteemed list?

Oh my god, of course I think Miriam should be on Time Magazine’s fun people list. She’s completely fun to be with because she’s so curious and interested in things and interested in people. Every day, even if she’s tired or not feeling well, she’s still great fun to be around because she’s just got this great curiosity and great abandon – that’s what I really like about her. And at the same time, she’s open to hearing about new things and to changing her mind, she’s not closed off, like some people who are as outspoken as she is. She actually listens and changes her mind, and I really admire her for that.

If you and Miriam were to embark on another road trip, have you discussed where you’d like to get lost next? 

We’ve not discussed where we would go. We sort of said many times in the American part how much we missed Scotland! Although we saw lovely things in California and Nevada, we actually would rather have been in Scotland. So maybe we should stick to Scotland or at least start there. We’ve got the Scotland and Beyond by-line now so maybe that would be the good model for the future.

Lastly, you’re on tour later this year, filming a movie at the moment and the paperback of your critically acclaimed autobiography Baggage has recently come out. Do you thrive on being busy? And what can you tell us about your upcoming projects? 

Yes I guess I do thrive on being busy. Like Miriam, I suppose I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire. I just think what we both do is focus really intently on what we’re doing and then once we’ve finished that, we focus on the next thing. And I focus as much on having fun as much as I do on my work and that’s how I’m able to do lots of projects – focus on them, finish them and move on to the next one. Right now, I’m making a little independent film where I’m playing Sigmund Freud, the paperback of my book is out, and I’ve done a couple of episodes of The Good Fight where I went back to playing Eli Gold who I played in The Good Wife for seven seasons. I’ve done a second season of Schmigadoon for Apple TV+ which is called Schmicago, I did a thing called The Traitors for Peacock (the British version is being hosted by Claudia Winkleman) which is a psychological gameshow set in a castle and yes, just got a lot on! I’m writing a book with my friend Forbes Masson about the characters that we made up at drama school 40 years ago called Victor & Barry which were sort of the pre-cursors to The High Life, the sitcom we made for BBC Two. So we’re doing a book called Victor & Barry’s Kelvinside Compendium which comes out next August. And yes, doing lots of concerts and then looking forward very much to going to Belize with Lala, her brother Jerry and my husband Grant for a much deserved vacation!

Another 10,000 Hours of  FREE TV

Well, free within the licence fee.

ITV today announced the official launch date of new, free streaming platform ITVX. Replacing ITV Hub as the online home of all ITV content, viewers can expect a new and improved product experience through ITVX as well as more new and exclusive programmes  to stream for free, than anywhere else.

ITVX will be rolling out across devices and platforms in the coming weeks, to ensure viewers have full access to all content, including the new, exclusive to streaming titles which will go live on Thursday 8th December.

At launch, viewers will have access to over 10,000 hours of content in high definition, and ITVX will also drop new and exclusive programmes every week of the year.

Viewers can also expect the full range of ITV drama past and present to go on the service, as well as  documentaries, cult classics and hundreds of blockbuster films which will all stream for free from Thursday 8th December.

All ITV’s channels will be available to livestream through ITVX, as well as additional themed channels (known as FAST channels), and a dedicated news section on ITVX.

ITV’s Chief Executive, Carolyn McCall said:

“We’re really excited to launch ITVX, with more content available than ever before, and a whole range of exclusive commissions. ITVX is powered by a significant, streaming-first commissioning budget, and an integrated technology and data platform providing a high quality, and more personalised viewing and advertising experience, that will continue to evolve in 2023 and beyond.”

ITVX Commissions

ITVX will premiere a collection of top quality new dramas on 8th December, which will only be available for free on the streamer. ITVX’s inaugural commissions which will be available on launch day include hotly anticipated six-part cold war drama A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, provocative new teen drama Tell Me Everything, powerful period drama The Confessions of Frannie Langton starring Karla-Simone Spence, Sophie Cookson and Patrick Martins and Plebs: Soldiers of Rome, the feature-length special finale to the popular comedy series.

At least one flagship show will then launch on ITVX per week going forward. Litvinenko  starring David Tennant and Mark Bonnar will launch on Thursday 15th December, and high stakes family drama Riches starring Deborah Ayorinde and Hugh Quarshie will launch on 22nd December alongside landmark natural history documentary A Year on Planet Earth, presented by Stephen Fry. Gripping four-part thriller Without Sin starring Vicky McClure and adrenaline-fuelled new game show Loaded in Paradise will launch on 28th December. Nolly, Russell T Davies’ upcoming drama on Crossroads’ Noele Gordon, will launch in early 2023.

Full Series Drops

In addition to the series premiering and streaming exclusively on ITVX, the service will also be launching full series of upcoming flagship ITV shows on their first day of broadcast, allowing viewers to binge watch to their hearts’ content. Early examples will include real life drama Stonehouse starring Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes and the new series of Unforgotten which will be made available in early 2023. These series are in addition to the vast library of over 200 both recent and classic US and UK dramas, comedies and reality shows that will be available to users.

Films

On 8th December ITVX will launch with over 250 feature films, with a thousand films to be made available to stream each year. Films available at launch will include the Back to the Future trilogy, the Despicable Me trilogy, Wonder Woman and many more. The full Fast and Furious series of films will be launched in 2023.

Documentaries

ITVX will launch with an impressive array of documentaries including the breathtaking natural history documentary A Year On Planet Earth, which draws on spellbinding and dramatic stories from all corners of the globe.

ITVX will also feature a dedicated true crime collection which will feature over 150 hours of nail-biting viewing including Monster in My Family, which delves into the lives of serial killers in a way that’s rarely seen. The Case Against Cosby – a premium documentary exposing new truths about accusations against the comedian will follow in 2023.

ITVX factual commissions Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight (w/t)The Rise and Fall of Boris Becker (w/t) and A Murder in the Family will also launch in 2023.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Those seeking to escape into another world through their viewing choices will also be catered to, with a robust science fiction and fantasy offering ranging from classics including Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Terrahawks, Joe 90, Stingray, Space 199 and UFO, to the likes of Supernatural, The 100 and Nikita, and classics in the making including Astrid & Lilly Save the World and Korean-American hit series Dramaworld.

News

ITVX represents a new and exciting way for news to be consumed by audiences. Viewers can expect to see a dedicated rail featuring the most significant and interesting stories, updated throughout the day, some in bitesize easily digestible video and other longer more in-depth reports of news from ITV’s bulletins, and in the morning, GMB. ITVX will work in tandem with the ITV News website and ITV News social pages, with a range of reporters and presenters delivering new content daily, in the latest expansion of ITV’s award-winning journalism offering.

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About ITVX

Launching in late 2022, ITVX will be the UK’s freshest streaming service, letting viewers stream new programme exclusives, with adverts, for free; ranging from premium dramas, documentaries, US series, comedy and reality shows to blockbuster films and much, much more. ITVX will be the first streaming service in the UK to offer viewers the flexibility to access free content with ads and ad-free paid subscription, all in one place. Paying subscribers will also have access to BritBox UK. ITVX will live stream must-watch events, from live sport to Love Island, as they are broadcast on ITV’s channels. ITVX will also offer an ever-changing host of exclusive themed channels in line with viewer preferences and popularity. These constantly evolving pop-up channels will give a scheduled experience through a streaming service, with viewers able to choose where in the schedule they join

THE HORNE SECTION TV SHOW AIRS AT 10PM ON THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER ON CHANNEL 4

Great Christmas Gift for OFAH Fans

Prints of the original drawing of Only Fools and Horses.
A3, A2. Signed & Numbered by Sophie Edwards.

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Avalon Supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2023

Taskmaster Education, a new venture from Avalon, the company behind Channel 4’s hit TV show Taskmaster, is partnering with Place2Be for Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 (6-12 February) to give children in schools and homes across the UK the chance to take part in an exciting and challenging treasure hunt over the course of the week.

Taskmaster hosts Greg Davies and Alex Horne have recorded a video to announce the partnership, encouraging schools and families to sign up and take part.

Children’s Mental Health Week, organised by mental health charity Place2Be, is an annual moment to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Each year, thousands of schools and families across the country take part in the week.

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No Wonder Blockbusters Ceased Trading

This new Netflix workplace comedy is dire. Not a laugh in it. Even the story is yawn inducing. With more staff than customers it’s easy to see why the franchise didn’t survive in the streaming environment. Cannot believe that this hapless uninspiring sitcom will get a second season.

Jimmy Kimmel Returns as Host for the 95th Oscars

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No Lie – Rob joins Cast of   My Lady Jane

Rob Brydon is amongst the cast members of Prime Video’s first season of My Lady Jane.

The new cast of the fantastical and comedic drama are Dominic Cooper (Preacher) as Lord Seymour, Rob Brydon (The Trip) as Lord Dudley, Will Keen (His Dark Materials) as the Duke of Norfolk, Anna Chancellor (Pennyworth) as Lady Frances Grey, and Jim Broadbent (The Duke) as the Duke of Leicester.  As previously announced, the cast is led by Emily Bader (Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin) in the titular role of Jane Grey, Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve) as Guildford Dudley, and Jordan Peters (Blue Story) as King Edward. The series is currently filming in London, and will be available on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

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ABOUT THE SERIES
In 1553, Lady Jane Grey was crowned Queen of England. Nine days later, she lost the throne—and shortly thereafter, her head. But what if history were different? My Lady Jane is a satirical comedic fantasy series that reimagines the rise and reign of Lady Jane Grey (Emily Bader). When her ambitious mother sells Jane’s hand to the highest bidder, Jane is dismayed to discover that her dreaded husband-to-be, Guildford Dudley (Edward Bluemel), is an infuriatingly attractive stranger with a dark secret, one that has the potential to get them both killed. But there are greater conspiracies afoot, like a plot to murder her cousin, King Edward, and throw the entire kingdom into chaos. A sharp-tongued, warm-hearted story full of romance, adventure, and fantasy, My Lady Jane reveals that true love is real, people are not always what they seem, and even doomed heroines can save themselves. Long live the Queen.

Production for the series started in August in London. Creator Gemma Burgess (Brooklyn Girls trilogy) is co-showrunner/executive producer, Meredith Glynn (The Boys) is co-showrunner/executive producer, Jamie Babbit (Only Murders in the Building) is directing five of the eight episodes and is producing director/executive producer, and Sarah Bradshaw (Citadel) and Laurie MacDonald (The Ring, Zorro, Men In Black, Gladiator) are executive producers.

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From more than 300 script submissions to The Female Pilots Club from talented female writers, four pilot scripts have been selected to be read by top flight comedy talent in front of an industry audience in early 2023.
The four are:
Hayley Tamaddon  – Molly Bollocks, Leigh Douglas  – Queer Jig, Nikki Patel – The Patels and Sydney Stevenson  – Thicker Than Water

https://femalepilotclub.co.uk in conjunction with UKTV

Stand Up Sitcom

Filmed at the East London comedy venue, the show mixes live performances with a behind-the-scenes mockumentary.   Live At The Moth Club on Dave at 10pm November 24

Your Christmas or Mine?

The heart-warming UK Original British comedy movie Your Christmas Or Mine?, will launch exclusively on Prime Video on 2nd December in the UK, Ireland and over 240 territories worldwide.

The movie follows young couple James (Asa Butterfield, Sex Education) and Hayley (Newcomer, Cora Kirk), who end up having to experience each other’s family Christmas without their partners when one big surprise sends Christmas in the wrong direction.

The movie is directed by JimO’Hanlon (CatastropheTrying) features a stellar line up of British talent, including Alex Jennings (The Crown), Harriet Walter (Killing Eve), Daniel Mays (Fisherman’s Friends), David Bradley (the Harry Potter series), Angela Griffin (White Lines), Natalie Gumede (Titans), Lucien Laviscount (Emily in Paris) and Ram John Holder (Desmond’s). 

David Mitchell will challenge a brand new set of comedians to prove they can fend for themselves and demonstrate they have the skills to set up a new society in the wild when series two of Outsiders Comes to Dave on 16th November.

The comedians taking part in series two are Maisie Adam, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Darren Harriott, Jessica Hynes, Phil Wang and Joe Wilkinson.

Outsiders was Dave’s third biggest UKTV Original of 2021, with 776k viewers for episode one.

From next year Channel 4 will bring all its channels and services under one ‘Channel 4’ brand to help audiences better navigate the abundance of choice in the digital world and find their favourite Channel 4 shows wherever and whenever they choose to watch content.  
‘All 4’ will change to ‘Channel 4’ as Channel 4 becomes the first UK broadcaster to adopt one brand identity across its digital and linear channels as audiences increasingly no longer distinguish between digital and linear content. Channel 4’s entire portfolio of channels will also align with the ‘Channel 4’ brand.

What the Dickens!

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are starring in Spirited another new take on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future. For the first time, A Christmas Carol is told from the perspective of the ghosts in this hilarious musical twist on the classic Dickens tale.

Spirited will premiere in theaters on November 11 and globally on Apple TV+ on November 18.

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DISNEY+ UK ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES “EXTRAORDINARY” COMING JANUARY 2023

Ten years ago, everyone over the age of 18 got their superpower. But Jen, a painfully self-aware 25-year-old woman, is still waiting to get hers. She’d take anything at this point. Adrift in a big, confusing world and armed with nothing but a bit of hope, a lot of desperation and her flatmates, Jen begins her journey to find her maybe-superpower.

“Extraordinary” is led by a cast of rising UK talent, including Máiréad Tyers, Sofia Oxenham, Bilal Hasna and Luke Rollason. Additional cast members include Siobhan McSweeney, Robbie Gee and Safia Oakley-Green.

Written by series creator and lead writer Emma Moran, a stand-out debut writer with an utterly distinctive voice, and from BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Peabody Award-winning production company behind “Killing Eve”, Sid Gentle Films, this is a fresh, innovative comedy about being young and finding your feet in a confusing world, when all you’ll ever be is ‘ordinary’.

SOME JOKES NEVER GET OLD 

Children recreate nation’s favourites scenes for GOLD’s 30th birthday

Top 10 funniest sitcom moments of all time revealed! The TV channel has recreated timeless comedy scenes from sitcoms with children, including the infamous ‘Del Boy falling through the bar’ moment from Only Fools and Horses

Nine in ten (92%) British adults said top TV moments from sitcoms such Vicar of Dibley, Dad’s Army and The Office are still as funny today as when they first aired on television

Catch an all-time classic British sitcom episode every night through November at 10pm on Gold

Del Boy falling through the bar in Only Fools and Horses has been voted the funniest TV sitcom moment of all time, according to new research released today.

Geraldine falling into a puddle in The Vicar of Dibley, Basil Fawlty smashing his car with a tree branch, and Captain Mainwaring’s “Don’t tell him, Pike!” scene in Dad’s Army, also featured in the list.

The research, which polled 2,000 British adults and children (aged 8 – 16), was specially commissioned by TV channel GOLD to celebrate its 30th birthday and reveals that these classic sitcom moments are still as funny today as when they first aired on television.

The Top 10 funniest sitcom moments of all time, according to Brits:

  • Only Fools and Horses – Del Boy falls through bar – 67%
  • Vicar of Dibley – Geraldine falls into a puddle – 45%
  • Dad’s Army – “Don’t Tell Him Pike” – 42%
  • Fawlty Towers – Basil smashes his car – 32.
  • Inbetweeners – “Car Friend” – 19%
  • Gavin and Stacey – Smithy’s curry order – 18%
  • The Office – David Brent’s dancing – 17%
  • Ab Fab – Falling out the cab – 15%
  • Blackadder – Lord Flashheart’s entrance – 14%
  • Father Ted – Cows and perspective – 12%

Of those surveyed, eight in ten (83%) children said they thought classic sitcom clips were still funny today, and three-quarters (76%) of children said they enjoyed watching comedies like Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers with their parents or grandparents

Nine in ten (92%) British adults said top TV moments from sitcoms such Vicar of DibleyDad’s Army and The Office are still as funny today as when they first aired on television.

The research also revealed Only Fools and Horses to be the nation’s favourite comedy sitcom of all time, claiming 29% of the vote. Del Boy was named as the most-loved sitcom character, with 59% of respondents in agreement, followed by Basil Fawlty (33%).

89% of respondents said that they believe British sitcoms are funnier than non-British sitcoms, and over half (59%) voted the 1980s as the decade that produced the best TV comedy.

Following the research, TV channel GOLD has recreated three of the nation’s favourite scenes with children in the lead roles, reflecting the timeless nature of these icon

Shot in varying locations across London and Hertfordshire, the incredible clips have been painstakingly recreated by UKTV Creative with a cast of children.

The scenes were shot in the same style to make them as true to the originals as possible, and the children were specially chosen for their comedy timing and acting.

The first scene recreation shows 9-year-old Thomas Aitch playing Only Fools and Horses‘ Del Boy. The cheeky chap is joined by 15-year-old Dane Young as Trigger, where Del Boy falls through an open bar when trying to impress a group of women.

Secondly, Grace Hindle stars as Geraldine Granger, the Vicar of Dibley lead character made famous by Dawn French. The 12-year-old takes a walk along a country lane before falling chest-deep into an unseen puddle, with Stanley Potter playing Simon who helps her out of this side-splitting situation.

In the final hilarious recreation of Fawlty Towers, which was shot on location in the very spot where John Cleese made it famous. 13-year-old Conall Turner stars as Basil as he gets increasingly frustrated by his car not starting, resulting in him hitting the car over and over with a tree branch found nearby.

Thomas, who stars as Del Boy in the Only Fools and Horses scene recreation said: “I had so much fun doing this scene, I had to fall so many times! The original is hilarious, I love Only Fools and Horses. I watched it a lot to get into character and I’m really happy I got to take part.”

Did James Corden unknowingly plagiarise Ricky Gervais?

Sometimes two people can come up with the same joke. At least with the same basic parameters of a joke. It can happen on the comedy circuit when a comedian unconsciously absorbs another comics joke and sometime later thinks that the idea is original. But as far as co-incidences go this one is a bit too much to swallow.

Last night, on his Late Late Show, James Corden was commenting on Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and pointing out the level of vitriol that was being posted on Twitter by angry tweeters who did not need to engage with it.

Corden likened Twitter to a town square saying:  …if someone puts up a poster in a town square that says “guitar lessons available”, you don’t get people in the town ranting that, “I don’t want to play the guitar! Astonishingly the whole piece was almost identical to a Ricky Gervais routine, from his 2018 Humanity Special streaming on Netflix, including the delivery. Not even a twist. Not banjo lessons or badminton lessons.

It wasn’t even in a comedy club. It was live on an international TV show with millions of viewers.

And naturally it didn’t go unnoticed especially on Twitter where it has caused a storm. In typical Gervais style he retweeted the clip and said: ‘The bit about the town square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant’


BBC Three have asked creator and writer Ryan J. Brown and Euston Films to create a second series of the comedy horror Wreck.

Series two of the horror comedy will return to Northern Ireland to film next year

After the dramatic events on The Sacramentum cruise liner, the Valorum corporation are out for blood – hunting down the gang who overthrew the ship. Jamie and Vivian have so far failed to expose the corporation’s killer secret but our duo are determined to rally former shipmates and survive long enough to expose the next big thing in twisted entertainment. Things aren’t always safer on dry land…

Creator Ryan J. Brown said: “I’m really thrilled to be serving up another slice of Wreck. We’ll be back, bigger and bloodier in 2023. To have BBC Three’s confidence in us reaffirmed is the best feeling. I’ve always had big plans for where our story could go and to fully realise that is an honour. At its heart Wreck is a story about a group of underdogs fighting back and achieving the impossible and in some ways it felt like that when making Series one, our immense ambition meant we were up against it, but our cast and crew lead by our fearless director, Chris Baugh powered through in an inspiring way. To see all of our hard work pay off is a privilege and I can’t wait to do it again.”

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Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse told the story of Britain’s political and social evolution over the last century through the life of the BBC. By turning complete fictions into a staggering array of hard facts, they revealed details about the BBC that have been buried for decades, including…
That the German language version of The Archers was directly responsible for the death of Adolf Hitler.

That Annette Mills’ Muffin was a Drug Mule.

Are the BBC’s enemies Right? Is the BBC Left? What’s Left of the BBC? Should we all just be thankful for Attenborough, Dad’s Army and Abigail’s Party? If John Reith could see our BBC, would he RuPaul the day he first dreamt of placing a Love Box in your Living Rooms? It’s clever, sharp, well written and more to the point it’s funny. But maybe more so for the Boomer’s generation.

If you missed it catch it here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001dk9y

Many of the BBC’s classics are given the Enfield/Whitehouse treatment including : Only Fools and Horses, Strictly, The Vicar of Dibley, Top of the Pops and Dad’s Army to name but a few.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse were joined by Catherine Shepherd, Rosie Cavaliero, Simon Greenall, Kevin Bishop, Seann Walsh, Joe Dempsie, Amber Hall, Shannon Antonia and Kiell Smith-Bynoe.

Am I Being Unreasonable will return

The hit comedy thriller, Am I Being Unreasonable? will be back for a second series on BBC One and iPlayer.

Ollie (LENNY RUSH), Harry (RUBEN CATT), Nic (DAISY MAY COOPER)
Boffola Pictures,Alistair Heap

Written by and starring Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli, the critically acclaimed comedy thriller took another twist at the series conclusion as audiences learned what really happened between Nic (Cooper) and Alex (David Flynn) that fateful night on the train.

Filmed in Bristol and around the West Country, the binge worthy first series saw Nic grieving a loss she couldn’t share with anyone. Only her son Ollie (Lenny Rush), who she adores kept her going. When Jen (Hizli) arrived in town with her son Harry (Reuben Catt), she found a kindred spirit and soon Nic’s dark secret started to bubble over.

Bishop Takes Night, Checkmate

Award-winning comedy superstar and actor John Bishop is back for a second series of his successful Saturday night topical chat show for ITV and ITVX, The John Bishop Show.

After completing a hugely successful sold-out arena tour and starring in the latest series of Doctor Who, John is back for six more shows bringing viewers a mix of his trademark everyman stand-up, reviewing the week’s events and shooting the breeze with some very special celebrity guests from the world of film, TV, music and sport. 

The new series will be preceded by The John Bishop End of Year Show, an irreverent look back at 2022. 

John said:

“I was delighted with the response to the first series. It was great to give viewers a Saturday night show that offered an entertaining mix of comedy, interesting guests and topical discussion.  I can’t wait to do another series.  And before that, I’m really looking forward to my end of year show – but its been such a quiet year, I don’t know what I will talk about..!”

Netflix to Stream Peacock’s ‘Girls5eva’ 

Girls5eva the all-star musical comedy, which aired on Peacock for its first two seasons, has been renewed for a third but exclusively on Netflix next year.

Their agreement includes rights to Girls5eva’s first two seasons, which will stream on both Peacock and Netflix.

The show follows a one-hit-wonder girl group from the ‘90s who reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. The second season saw the girls,  Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps, sign up with a record label owned by the Property Brothers and record their comeback album.

DISNEY+ ORIGINAL SERIES “THE SANTA CLAUSES”

Original series “The Santa Clauses.” The first two episodes of the six-episode series will premiere Wednesday, November 16, exclusively on Disney+.

Scott Calvin is back! After being Santa Claus for nearly thirty years, he’s as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic. Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.

The series stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, Elizabeth Mitchell as Carol/Mrs. Claus, Elizabeth Allen-Dick as Sandra, Devin Bright as Noel, Austin Kane as Cal, Matilda Lawler as Betty, Rupali Redd as Grace and Kal Penn as Simon Choksi.

A Sausage Party TV series is coming to Prime Video. The streamer has ordered a series titled Sausage Party: Foodtopia.

 

Original voice cast members Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz and Edward Norton will return alongside Will Forte, Sam Richardson, Natasha Rothwell and Yassir Lester.

‘The Upshaws’ Renewed For Season 3

Netflix has renewed the comedy series The Upshaws from Regina Hicks and Wanda Sykes for a third season.

Starring Sykes, Mike Epps and Kim Fields, the multi-camera comedy centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it.

The show premiered its second season in June and will return in early 2023 with the season’s remaining episodes.

Noah On Netflix

Soon after Trevor Noah announced he was quitting The Daily Show after seven years, he filmed his third Netflix stand up special in Toronto. Titled I Wish You Would, the hour long set will premiere globally Nov. 22.

Comedy stars take a trip to St Marie

Ralf Little (Detective Inspector Neville Parker), Don Warrington (Commissioner Selwyn)

Les Dennis (Coronation Street) and Siobhan McSweeney (Derry Girls) will spend Christmas in the Caribbean as they join the Death in Paradise series regulars Ralf Little (D.I Neville Parker), Don Warrington (Commissioner Selwyn Patterson), Élizabeth Bourgine (Catherine Bordey) Tahj Miles (Officer Marlon Pryce), Shantol Jackson (D.S Naomi Thomas) and Ginny Holder (Darlene Curtis) for the BBC crime drama’s second ever festive feature-length special, airing later this year on BBC One and iPlayer.

Siobhan McSweeney
Jo Martin

The ratings winner also welcomes an array of stellar guest stars to its sandy shores throughout the Christmas special and new series, including: Chelsea Edge (I Hate Suzie), Robert Webb (Peep Show), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails), Jo Martin (Doctor Who), Christopher Villiers (Top Secret!), Kevin Eldon (Sanditon), Amit Shah (Happy Valley), Jo Hartley (After Life), Barney Walsh (The Larkins), John Michie (Coronation Street), Fiona Button (The Split), Okorie Chukwu (Kate & Koji), Gamba Cole (The Outlaws), Cara Theobald (Downton Abbey) and more.

As Death in Paradise continues into its twelfth year – providing some much-needed escapism with its glistening seas and bright blue skies – the award-winning murder mystery will see Saint Marie’s crack squad of crime solving stars investigating even more baffling and brainteasing cases. The end of last series saw Selwyn hit with a bombshell from the blue, leaving fans eager to see how the Commissioner will come to terms with the knowledge that he has a daughter…

Christmas in Saint Marie takes a spooky turn this year when an old case of Selwyn’s comes back to haunt him following the murder of a true crime podcaster on the hunt for a missing child. Marlon is forced to spend the night in a haunted house and Darlene takes a hard look at her life choices. And after a chance encounter in an airport car park, could love finally be in the air for Neville Parker?

The new series kicks off with the mysterious death of a celebrity astronomer and a change of job for Darlene. We also meet a bunch of Preppers digging in for the apocalypse on a Saint Marie hillside, when the end comes dramatically early for one of them. An impossible killing on a boat takes the team to a beautiful beach under threat, and an apparently straightforward domestic murder twists into what could be Neville’s greatest ever challenge…

2021’s first-ever festive special gained an audience of over 8.8 million, making it the third most watched show of the festive period (based on all-screens 30+ days figures). Licensed to over 230 territories across the globe, Death in Paradise is much loved by audiences worldwide often proving to be the best performing drama on its respective channel in each region.

Death in Paradise is a Red Planet Pictures production for the BBC made with the support of the region of Guadeloupe and internationally distributed by BBC Studios. The feature length episode and series 12 is executive produced by Tim Key and Ceri Meyrick for Red Planet Pictures and Tommy Bulfin for BBC and produced by Candida Julian-Jones.

All series of Death in Paradise are currently available on BBC iPlayer.

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