Jaye Nolan

  • Game of Thrones: What does the first official trailer tell us?

    The Great War is here! Jon’s doom laden voice confirms all fears as Cersei acknowledges she’s surrounded and Daenerys hits Dragonstone with fighting talk. “We’re the last Lannisters left” intones Cersei to Jaime, and in a slight at Tyrion: “The last ones who count”. With Jon to the north, Euron to the west, Dany to the east and what’s left of the Tyrells and Martells in the south, Cersei’s giant map must be looking smaller to her every day.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Channel 4 snaps up Hulu's hit dystopian drama

    The chilling series based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel featuring female subjugation is set to debut on Channel 4 later this month. In an America faced with environmental disasters and plunging birth rate, Gilead is a dystopia where a twisted fundamentalist regime treats women as property of the state. “Kathy, you are just a woman, the only thing you know is laying on your back with your legs in the air splayed.” Republican Mark Germaud to fellow member of Perry County School Board, Kathy Carron.

  • Strictly Come Dancing: Shirley in, Natalie out, who's touring and rumours

    Strictly Come Dancing has finally announced Len’s replacement – and fans are ecstatic with the choice of the ‘Queen of Latin’ Shirley Ballas.

  • The Night Manager: Secrets of Le Carre revealed at TV Festival

    The BFI Radio Times Festival hosted key members of The Night Manager’s cast and crew last month, with Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, executive producer Simon Cornwell and cast members Alistair Petrie and Tom Hiddleston sharing backstage secrets on this magnificent edge-of-the-seat spy thriller.

  • ITV to air landmark Princess Diana documentary

    A unique documentary celebrating the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, will be broadcast by ITV later this year. The two people who knew her best will talk openly about their mother and the influence she had on shaping their lives, showing us Diana as never before. Princess Diana became the nation’s sweetheart following her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981.

  • Call The Midwife: The origins of the hit British drama

    At the BFI/Radio Times festival recently, Call the Midwife (which won the Best Period Drama category in the opening vote) was voted Best Drama of the 21st Century, beating The Night Manager (Contemporary), Merlin (Sci-fi), The Bridge (Foreign Language), The West Wing (US) and Happy Valley (Crime). Sent the memoirs by author Jennifer Worth, Pippa, Ann and Heidi batted a few ideas about, eventually deciding against a film and heading for television, and the BBC.

  • BBC to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    On June 1, 1967, The Beatles released their seminal 8th studio album, Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As the 50th anniversary approaches, the BBC will celebrate with programmes across TV and radio. BBC Two will present Sgt.Pepper’s Musical Revolution, written and presented by Howard Goodall, the EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award winning composer, best known to TV fans for his work on The Vicar of Dibley, Red Dwarf and Blackadder.

  • BAFTA Craft Awards 2017: Behind the scenes heroes get their rewards

    Stephen Mangan hosted the awards, held at The Brewery in London, and opened proceedings with a speech celebrating our re-aquaintance in 2016 of a few old favourites, from The X Files and Cold Feet to rampant xenophobia and the threat of nuclear armageddon. Anything fronted by David Attenborough is quality assured, so there’s no surprise to find that his must-see programmes scooped three awards: Sound, Factual for Planet Earth II, The Great Barrier Reef Dive winning Digital Creativity and Planet Earth II taking Photography, Factual – a somewhat foregone conclusion since all four nominees were from the series! ‘Cities’ was the most acclaimed episode. The Night Manager – with all parties involved up for doing a series 2 – was the first double winner of the evening, taking the Editing, Fiction Award along with Sound, Fiction.

  • The Durrells: A warm welcome back to a sun drenched series

    It happened at the BFI/Radio Times Festival, where not only did we get to watch the opening episode of Series 2, we sat in on the conversation between screenwriter Simon Nye, star Keeley Hawes and executive producers Lee Morris and Sally Woodward Gentle, hosted by Radio 4’s Kirsty Lang. In the books, Louisa was more in the background, but the show puts her centre stage (“Well done, Simon,” quips Keeley) as they wanted to tell a fuller picture – four kids were a handful, like herding cats.

  • Line of Duty: Thinking the unthinkable

    With Episode 3’s ending even more shocking than Episode 1’s and both in contention to upstage “Urgent Exit Required” – currently in the running for a BAFTA (go vote) – who could say what Jed Mercurio’s scheming brain has in store for us? A tense episode sees the investigation closing in on Huntley – both of them, since hubby Nick (Lee Ingleby) is now up to his eyes in it too. Because since when has Lee Ingleby ever been just a bit player?

  • BAFTA TV Awards: Vote for your 2016 top telly moment

    BAFTA has released the nominations for its Virgin sponsored TV awards on May 14 – and there’s a chance for us to choose the top must-see moment of 2016.

  • Collateral: All star ensemble cast for first original TV work by playwright Sir David Hare

    John Simm – set to rejoin Dr Who as The Master in the new series starting this month – stars alongside a trio of Britain’s top female actors in Collateral, a gripping, high-octane thriller set in present day London, from pre-eminent playwright David Hare. A multi-talented playwright, screenwriter, director and producer, Hare wrote Oscar winning films The Hours and The Reader, and widely-acclaimed plays including Plenty and Skylight. The cast includes a second time collaborator with Hare, Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Suffragette) following her role in the revival of Skylight.

  • Holby City: Paul McGann joins the surgical staff

    The Holby City wards will fill with irrepressible charm just in time for Christmas, as 8th Doctor Paul McGann flies in to spread the cheer. It won’t be a case of Dr Who though, as McGann will take on the role of Professor John Gaskell, arriving on site with a programme of surgical innovations set to rescue Holby from crisis and lead it into an exciting but unknown future. Having made his breakthrough as Percy Toplis in the 1986 mini series The Monocled Mutineer, McGann has been much in demand, featuring in Withnail and I, Our Mutual Friend, Luther and of course, reprising his Dr Who role in The Night of the Doctor in 2013.

  • The Voice: Mo beats Into the Ark to win record contract

    The finale of the The Voice saw a gobsmacked Mo Adeniran win that coveted record deal.

  • The Voice: Final four in a knockout first half

    It seems most of us were distracted by the outfits though: Will.i.am fresh off the set of A Clockwork Orange, Tom as Colonel Sanders and Jennifer as the coconut Quality Street. Money can’t buy you everything it seems, including a decent stylist.

  • Games of Thrones: What the Season 7 teaser trailer tells us

    Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) has landed and is taking the throne at the Targaryen’s ancient seat, Dragonstone, while Jon (Kit Harington) heads for the equivalent in Winterfell. Current incumbent of the Iron Throne, Cersei (Lena Headey) takes her place but that’s no sigh of relief slipping through her lips. The air she breathes signifies tells us she’s soon to find out the one thing that Jon Snow has known all along: Winter, by way of the White Walkers, is definitely here.

  • Shetland: Filming of Series 4 is under way

    Douglas Henshall and Alison O’Donnell will be back to fight crime again in the close knit community of Shetland. When Islander Thomas Malone has his conviction overturned after serving 23 years in jail, Henshall’s DI Jimmy Perez has to review the 1994 death of local teenager, Lizzie Kilmuir, and continue the investigation. Series regulars returning include Alison O’Donnell as Alison (Tosh) McIntosh, who suffered that horrible life changing event in Series 3 and relocated to the mainland, while Steven Robertson reprises his role as DC Sandy Wilson.

  • Confused by Sherlock? Try putting your phone down.

    Firstly, John was shot – with a tranquilizer. Which you would have known if you were paying attention at 6 minutes 36 seconds into the episode, when he advises Mycroft that Eurus shot him, and Sherlock dismisses it as “only with a tranquilizer”.

  • Dance Dance Dance impresses in Week 2

    Jonny and Chrissy pull away from the rest with a dynamic version of Cheryl Cole’s Parachute, as the couples improve on Week 1. First up though, JB and Chloe with NSync’s Bye Bye Bye, and if learning the dance wasn’t enough to cope with, they’ve strings attached. Chloe was loving every second, that was obvious, and their timing was great.

  • The Voice: 6 through in blind auditions 2

    We haven’t lost the good natured banter between the coaches, which is nice, even with the change of personnel.