Tonight sees a new 6-part comedy, Love and Marriage, air on ITV.
Starring Gavin & Stacey’s Alison Steadman as Pauline Paradise, a retiring lollipop lady who is the head of her crazy and hectic family consisting of her husband Ken (Duncan Preston) and grown up children, Love and Marriage is set to tackle the far-too-common subject of divorce.
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It’s been revealed today that former Dynasty icon Joan Collins is set to return to our screens in the role of a “superbitch” called Crystal in the new series of hit ITV sitcom, Benidorm!
Fans with long memories will recall that in Dynasty, Joan played the role of Alexis Carrington, whose nemesis was her ex-husband’s new wife, Krstyle Carrington, who was played by Linda Evans.
The Sun’s TV Biz adds, “The actress has signed up for the new series, which starts filming in Spain next month… Read more & comment »
Fans of Shameless will know that actor David Threlfall plays the role of professional lay-about Frank Gallagher in the show, but according to reports today, David is now set play the role of Tommy Cooper in a new ITV drama about the life of the comedian.
He’s set to star alongside Amanda Redman in the feature length production. She’ll play the role of Tommy’s wife Gwen, who Tommy affectionately called ‘Dove’.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror about the forthcoming show, executive producer Andy Harries said, “Few comics have had such a lasting influence on British culture as Tommy Cooper… Read more & comment »
Last night, an overjoyed ITV was celebrating as it was revealed that Tuesday night’s edition of the Yorkshire based soap trounced its BBC rival EastEnders in the viewer ratings.
Emmerdale stars Bhasker Patel and Michelle Hardwick – who play the roles of Rishi Sharma and Vanessa Oldfield respectively – retweeted a message posted by ITV bosses which read, “Last night an hour long Emmerdale beat Eastenders by 2 million viewers.
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Laugh In The Face Of Mondays!
ITV are planning to brighten up the downer of your post weekend haze with two great new comedy offerings.
The evening will start with Vicious, a brand new studio sitcom that stars legendary Lord Of The Rings star Ian McKellen and The King’s Speech actor Derek Jacobi. The acclaimed pair will be joined by Frances de la Tour in the series which tells the story of ageing partners, Freddie and Stuart, two men who have lived together in a small Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie used to be an aspiring actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met but their heyday is behind them and their lives now consist of reading books, walking their dog and arguing.
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ITV have today announced the commission of period drama, The Great Fire of London, which is written by Tom Bradby and produced for ITV by Ecosse Films.
The scale and ambition of the drama will be immense as the story follows the lives and loves of both historical and fictional characters in a world where, on the surface, the rich have everything and the poor have nothing.
From the humble baker, Thomas Farriner and his family to the ambitious Samuel Pepys and King Charles II, the characters’ stories will interweave as the city, and their lives, are changed beyond imagining during one of our nation’s greatest historical disasters. Read more & comment »
Chris Chibnall, the creator of current ITV smash hit drama Broadchurch, has confirmed that he has been approached to write a new episode for the eight series of Doctor Who, Cultbox reports.
The writer, who has previously written five episodes for the hit family sci-fi entertainment show including The Power of Three in 2012, commented to the publication that it remained “a privilege and an honour” to write for Doctor Who.
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Interview with Danny Miller
Danny Miller is D.S. Rob Waddington
Danny Miller was thrilled to join the cast of Scott & Bailey even if both he and his character were thrown in at the deep end.
The former Emmerdale actor, who also recently starred in ITV drama Lightfields, plays new boy Rob Waddington, a fast-tracked detective sergeant heading for the top.
But his arrival at Syndicate 9 co-incides with a major murder investigation set to make national headlines.
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It’s been reported today that ITV are set to part company with “expensive flops” Jonathan Ross, Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles, all of whom will reportedly be told their contracts with the broadcaster will not be renewed when they expire this year.
The three presenters earned around £5million between them from ITV, yet the shows they’ve been involved with have failed to light up the ratings…
And of course, Bleakley and Chiles were axed from breakfast show Daybreak when viewing figures fell to an all time low last year. They were replaced by show veteran Lorraine Kelly and presenter Aled Jones… Read more & comment »
It’s been reported today that fans of defunct cop drama The Bill – which ended its long run on ITV in 2010 – can now own their very own piece of the show’s set, or indeed, the whole set!
The Sun reports that a replica courtroom and a prison, both of which featured in multiple episodes of the drama set in the fictional town of Sun Hill, will go up for auction on eBay.
The paper adds, “Film buffs can also bid for the House of Commons set used in blockbuster movie The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep. The auction starts on Monday and will go on for up to ten days.”
Piers Read, the managing director of Wimbledon Studios, in south-west London, said, “There are a lot of people who love collecting memorabilia… Read more & comment »
ITV have now announced that “powerful” drama Broadchurch will debut on Monday 4 March at 9pm, and we have a first look video for you after the jump.
The drama boasts an impressive cast line-up that includes former Doctor Who actor David Tennant as well as Olivia Colman, Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker.
Arthur Davrill also stars in the series as vicar Paul Coates, while Vicky McClure plays a national journalist with a special interest in the case. Former Emmerdale star Pauline Quirke takes on the role of Susan Wright, a mysterious woman with secrets of her own… Read more & comment »
As fans of Daybreak will have seen this morning, Emmerdale star Kitty McGeever – who plays the role of Lizzie Lakely – is currently in hospital and in urgent need of a heart transplant.
And of course, she’s not alone as there are thousands of people on the NHS transplant list who may well die if they don’t receive a donor organ.
So tonight at 9pm on ITV1, Dermot O’Leary is hosting From The Heart, which will feature many of the stars of the channel’s soaps, including Coronation Street and Emmerdale cast members… Read more & comment »
It’s been revealed over the weekend that ITV are set to axe The Jonathan Ross Show as it’s failing to pull in viewers.
The Daily Star Sunday reported that in addition to receiving “dismal” ratings, the show’s production team have also failed to “lure A list guests” for the chat show that debuted on the channel two years ago.
The paper adds, “But ITV chiefs have told Ross, 52, they are keen for him to work on other projects for the channel.”
A show insider said, “It’s just not pulling in the ratings ITV want for a prime-time Saturday night show.
“Chat shows on commercial channels ¬often struggle because adverts ruin the flow of an interview.” Read more & comment »
Fans of the sadly now defunct Gavin & Stacey will know that Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman played the roles of Gavin’s parents, Mick and Pam…
And those same fans will no doubt be pleased to hear that Larry and Alison have reunited in new ITV sitcom, Love and Marriage, which also stars Duncan Preston, Celia Imrie, Graeme Hawley – who played murderer John Stape in Corrie – and Ashley Jensen, who formerly starred in Ugly Betty.
Love and Marriage, which is currently being filmed on location in Coventry, follows the lives of the Paradise family as they struggle to cope with the consequences of mum Pauline – who’s played by Alison – walking out on them… Read more & comment »
It’s been revealed today that a documentary about life inside HMP Aylesbury is set to feature shocking scenes in which an inmate threatens to cut the throat of another prisoner using a broken bottle…
The film, which will air on ITV on February 18, will show three prisoners – who are all under 21 years of age – making the threat after “kidnapping” the inmate in question while barricaded in a cell.
The Sun reports, “And as prison officers desperately try to negotiate the hostage’s release, one of his baying captors is heard screaming: ‘I’ll slice his f****** neck to bits.’”
The tense stand-off took three hours to come to an end, and following their surrender, the three offenders who were threatening the other inmate were taken to the prison’s segregation wing. Read more & comment »