A classic dramatisation, the return of a favourite from last year and a brand new drama are ITV’s entries to my roundup of what’s coming up on normal telly. William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel, Vanity Fair, is being adapted into a seven part screen drama, produced by the exceedingly busy Mammoth Screen
As promised, a look at the new dramas due to air on Channel 4, following my recent BBC roundup. Joanna Scanlon is the brash and bold yet caring on-your-side Inspector Viv Deering, only ever upstaged by the scene stealing Paul Ritter as forensics expert Miller, with his colourful turn of phrase and brilliant
Seen very much as the poor relations to Amazon, Netflix and the giant US networks, BBC, ITV and Channel 4 nevertheless continue to churn out impressive series on their relatively limited budgets. Louisa M Alcott was quite possibly the only author I’d ever heard of at the time apart from Enid Blyton
The time-flip story takes World War 2 nurse Claire Randall (A Golden Globe nominated Caitriona Balfe) back to the untamed Jacobite highlands of the 1743. Independent and strong willed, Claire served on the front lines during the war. With local druid Mrs. Graham (Tracey Wilkinson) foretelling Claire
Sherlock showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are reuniting to give Dracula similar treatment. When Moffat and Gatiss met, they realised very quickly they had a collective interest in comedy and horror, with shared memories of Carry on Screaming and The Wicker Man. “It was an easy thing” said
In one of the more audacious awareness raising events, nine brave male celebrities committed to getting their kit off to highlight testicular and prostate cancer. McFly drummer Harry Judd joined fellow Strictly alumni, former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster and TV presenter Dom Littlewood, along with TOWIE
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already the winner of a record nine Olivier Awards, the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, and brings to life the wizarding world on stage with former Hogwarts students Harry, Ron and Hermione all now responsible adults.
Juno Temple (Vinyl, The Dark Knight Rises) and Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) have joined an already impressive cast list for the Channel 4/Sony joint venture, Electric Dreams, airing on telly later this year.
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 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
Strictly Come Dancing has finally announced Len’s replacement – and fans are ecstatic with the choice of the ‘Queen of Latin’ Shirley Ballas.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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 –
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.
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
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
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.
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
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