James Nesbitt stars in ITV1′s major new six-part medical drama series, Monroe, created by acclaimed writer Peter Bowker (Eric and Ernie, Occupation, Desperate Romantics, Wuthering Heights) and produced by Mammoth Screen.
Nesbitt plays neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe and is joined by a strong ensemble cast including Sarah Parish (The Pillars of the Earth, Mistresses, Cutting It) as cardiac surgeon Jenny Bremner with Tom Riley (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Lost in Austen) as anaesthetist Dr Lawrence Shepherd. Manjinder Virk (Britz, Bradford Riots) as registrar Sally Fortune, Thomas Morrison (Brideshead Revisited, Blackpool) as hospital porter-cum-bookie, Lee Bradley, and Susan Lynch (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Nora) plays Monroe’s wife, Anna. Sarah Smart (Wallander, Funland) and Shaun Evans (Come Rain Come Shine, The Take, The Virgin Queen) will guest star in episode one.
Christine Bleakley has reportedly been chosen as the host of new ITV1 quiz show ‘Control’.
The Daybreak presenter is keen to front a show on her own and this new gameshow seems like the perfect opportunity. The format will see contestants apply their general knowledge in a bid to win cash prizes – to ensure they get more for their money after hiring the star as part of a £4million deal to prise her away from the BBC.
An insider explained: “Details are under wraps, but it’s a brand new quiz show which will put Christine firmly into prime time.
Boyzone: A Tribute to Stephen Gately, will air on ITV1 later this the Spring.
This upbeat and heart-warming tribute will feature a series of show-stopping Boyzone performances and special one-off collaborations dedicated to Stephen, and a series of intimate VT’s telling the inspirational story of Stephen’s short life.
March 19th, 2009 by Lisa McGarry. Tags: Dexter, ITV1
Doakes is left alone and manages to escape from his cage, but he soon runs into a few of Jimenez’s associates. Meanwhile, as Lundy closes in on the Bay Harbour Butcher, Dexter is faced with a momentous decision that affects all those closest to him. Lila discovers a secret about the forensic expert and tries to use it to blackmail him into taking her back.
Last night saw the very welcome return of DCS Mike Walker, DCI Roisin Conner and DS David Satchell in Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution.
The first part of the new series opened with upper class no-good Sebastian Cole being taken by ambulance to hospital due to a heart condition, however, the ambulance was run off the road by drug barons, killing one of the paramedics and seriously injuring the other.
The patient, Sebastian, was then shot to death as he lay unconscious while his distraught fiancé Imogen stumbled from the wreckage and collapsed on waste ground. Enter gnarled DCS Walker and feisty DCI Connor… Read more & comment »
From the makers of hit sitcom Benidorm comes Benidorm Unpacked. Despite the cheap beer the Brits just keep flocking to the Spanish holiday resort. But there is also another side to this infamous holiday spot – Benidorm Unpacked peels back the layers and will get to the heart of what makes Benidorm tick. This three part series for ITV1 will be following Brits who work and live out there along with UK holidaymakers of all ages who repeatedly play out there. Read more & comment »
Don’t Call Me Stupid takes two celebrities with very different interests and quizzes them in a unique head to head battle.
Once the celebrities have been introduced to each other its then down to each of them to learn as much about the others passion or hobby as they possibly can.
The second part of the show sees them in front of a studio audience with Alexander Armstrong at the helm quizzing them to see who has learnt the most about their respective subjects. Read more & comment »
Bert Large (Ian McNeice) could be the man to put Portwenn on the culinary map. In a life changing decision he abandons his plumbing business to open his own restaurant.
But as with Bert’s previous enterprises, the new business venture is fraught with problems.
The opening of Large’s restaurant is far from a success, when Dr Martin Ellingham, who has a phobia about blood, finds a spot of blood on his plate. To the embarrassment of Louisa (Caroline Catz), Martin complains to Bert in front of the other customers, threatening a visit from Environmental Health unless he can clean up his act. Read more & comment »
September 29th, 2007 by Lisa McGarry. Tags: ITV1, Rebus
At the start of the new series Rebus is facing difficult times having been sent to Police Training College as a result of his behaviour.
Ken Stott explains: “He is isolated on all sides in this episode and he tests people’s patience to the limit. It’s rather interesting how his relationship with Siobhan goes onto a knife edge but that the bond they share is much greater at the end of the day.”
And Ken is proud of what they achieve in Resurrection Men, the first episode in the series.
“It’s a departure from formulaic principles. We do try to steer away from the ordinary on Rebus because much of television does comply with these principles.” Read more & comment »