There’s to be a new kid on the drama block in the form of Critical, which will air on Sky1 + HD starring screen legend Lennie James, whose credits include roles in more or less anything that’s ever been worth watching ever, such as The Walking Dead, Line of Duty, Lie to Me and Human Target…
And according to the pre-production blurb, Critical might be what would happen if we could mate ER and 24, given that like 24, it will shot in real-time and cover the incredibly short span of one hour. Read more & comment »
As fans of former EastEnders star Ross Kemp will most likely know, he’s back on our screens on Monday with a new series of Ross Kemp: Extreme World, which airs on Sky1 at 9pm.
And ahead of the new series, Ross has told TV Biz that of all the war-torn and dangerous areas of the world that he’s visited while filming for the show, he found Glasgow to be by far one of the “toughest places”.
Which is going some, given that he’s been on the front lines in Afghanistan, and spent time with deadly drug lords and gang members…
However, Ross revealed that in one scene for the new series, he met with an alcoholic who pulled off his own toes and put them in a jar!
Of the shocking incident, Ross said, “The man who came to the door looked like he was about to die. He was my age, 47.
“He said he couldn’t get out to claim his money and said, ‘I pulled my toes off’… Read more & comment »
As Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, Ross Kemp was of course playing the role of a hard man who laughed in the face of danger, and it seems that in real life, Ross does exactly the same, even having a little giggle when fired at by snipers!
Since he left ‘Enders, Ross has become synonymous with hard hitting documentaries and has traveled to some of the world’s most dangerous areas to film his Sky shows; from infiltrating drug smuggling gangs to standing shoulder to shoulder with troops on the front lines in war torn Afghanistan, it seems nothing much fazes Ross.
And a report in TV Biz today confirms his possibly blasé – but undoubtedly brave – world view after he recalled an incident in which he and his Sky TV colleague, cameraman Jonathan Young, laughed after being fired upon by a sniper.
The terrifying incident occurred while Ross and his production team were in Karachi filming for his latest series, Extreme World… Read more & comment »
Ross Kemp, who of course shot to fame as hard man villain Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, has said that he hopes his new Sky1 series, The Invisible Wounded, will help educate viewers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition which often affects soldiers.
Ross, who has of course traveled the globe while making hard-hitting documentaries for Sky – and has embedded himself with forces on the front lines of war torn regions – said of the new show, “For over a decade, the nation has witnessed the very visible scars and damage war has had on troops and support workers…
“But this is not the case of hidden effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and associated conditions.
“The haunting trauma of war can be carried with these people for many years.
“I hope this documentary made for Sky 1 will go some way to address the issues, stigmas and ways in which we can help those suffering, safeguarding them for the future.” Read more & comment »
Next Sunday, May 13th at 8pm on Sky1, we’ll meet the Starling family, which is headed up by mum and dad Terry and Jan Starling, who are played by TV legends Lesley Sharp and Brendan Coyle.
Brendan has of course most recently appeared on our screens as Bates in Downton Abbey, and at the end of the last series, Bates was in prison and awaiting his fate as he was of course charged with his wicked wife Vera’s murder.
And Lesley has of course also had a prolific career on-screen, including her role in hit drama Scott & Bailey, but for me, her most memorable role was as psychic medium Alison Mundy in ITV drama, Afterlife.
However, Starlings is set to be an infinitely more light-hearted affair for both actors, and given that it was co-written by Alan Partridge’s alter ego, Steve Coogan, we’re guaranteed some laughs… Read more & comment »
After a six year absence from our TV screens, The Kumars at No. 42 is coming back, and will be aired on Sky1.
The hit sitcom, which originally aired on BBC2, will be back in a “credit crunch setting” and therefore, the family will now be living in flat in Hounslow.
Sanjeev Bhaskar – who writes and stars in the show, and who is married to fellow cast member, Meera Syal – told the Daily Mirror, “It’s incredibly exciting to revisit these warm, oddball characters and to be given the opportunity to bring them up to date.
“We’ve tried to retain what viewers loved about the original show and to inject new characters and elements in a slightly new format that we hope will appeal to an even broader audience…” Read more & comment »
Fans of Ruth Jones’ new Sky1 comedy Stella will doubtless be pleased to hear that the show will be back next year with a second series.
Ruth of course stars in the show as a struggling single mum, and the project has been her first major new TV series since Gavin and Stacey.
Speaking to the Sun about the second series of Stella – which will be comprised of ten episodes – Ruth said, “I’m over the moon that Sky want more Stella.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Pontyberry, even though the place doesn’t exist…” Read more & comment »
On November 23rd, Sky1 will air the pilot episode of a new comedy entitled, The Café, and ahead of it, Ralf Little, who co-wrote the show, and Craig Cash, who produces and directs it, have been telling TV Choice magazine all about it.
In The Café, Ralf stars as Richard alongside Michelle Terry as Richard’s wife, Sarah. They’re joined by a host of other stars, such as Jack Roth, Kevin Trainor and June Watson.
Set in, not surprisingly, a café, Ralf and Craig also discussed how the new show differs, or is similar to, The Royle Family, in which they starred as Anthony Royle and Dave Best.
First, Ralf explained, “All the people [in the café] are a close-knit group of friends of different ages that are very much a part of each others’ worlds… Read more & comment »
Former EastEnder and current investigative TV presenter Ross Kemp has revealed that he isn’t entirely unsympathetic to some of the points members of the Taliban have made to him during the course of his research for his new show, Ross Kemp Back on the Frontline.
The new series, which debuts on Sky1 on Monday, November 14th, will see Ross back in Afghanistan, where he’s previously cheated death, including one incident in which a bomb went off near Ross, killing a British soldier.
Back on the Frontline documents Ross’s third visit to the war torn county for Sky, and once again, he joins British and American soldiers in the thick of the fighting, as well as talking to representatives of the Taliban.
Speaking to What’s On TV, Ross said, “I’ve spent lots of my life there [in Afghanistan] now and I’ve seen young men lose their lives there.
“I’m very passionate about the place.” Read more & comment »
Former My Family actor Robert Lindsay has been telling What’s On TV about his role in Sky1HD’s new comedy ‘Spy’, in which he plays ‘The Examiner’.
Of the role, Robert said, “He doesn’t have a name, which I love, and he inhabits a very dark, mysterious world full of shady characters.
“The main character, Tim (Darren Boyd), comes to meet me having applied for what he thinks is a job with the civil service…”
And when asked, “What’s the real job?” Robert replied, “The Examiner hands him an AK47 and says, ‘You’ve got the job, you’re a spy’… Read more & comment »
Sky 1 HD today (Monday 25 July) announce the commission of STARLINGS (8 x 60’), a comedy drama written by and starring Matt King (Peep Show) and Steve Edge (Star Stories). BAFTA® nominees Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, The Shadow Line) will also star.
STARLINGS was commissioned by Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky 1 HD. Baby Cow Productions’ founders Henry Normal and Steve Coogan will serve as Executive Producers. Baby Cow’s Alison MacPhail (The Mighty Boosh) will produce the series, while Matt Lipsey (Little Britain) and Tony Dow (Only Fools & Horses) will direct.
Lucy Lumsden commented: “We are completely smitten with the Starling family and can’t wait to introduce them to our customers.” Read more & comment »
The World Wide Vet follows Dorset vet Luke Gamble as he travels the world treating animals in need. Visiting countries as diverse as INDIA, GRENADA, MALAWI and MEXICO to name but a few, the five part series will see Luke do his best to treat any species of animal that needs help – both domestic and wild – in places where they have no one else to turn to and challenging his skills to the limit.
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Back in 2004, JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof wrote a pilot for a TV show centered around the idea of a plane crashing on a remote island. Six years later and LOST is a multiple award-winning phenomenon, its woven web of intrigue making it one of the most talked about, analysed and theorised programmes of all time. Now, questions will be answered as LOST reaches its sixth and final season.
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FUTURAMA, the quick-witted animation from the mastermind behind The Simpsons, makes a much anticipated television return on Sunday 30th August at 6pm only on Sky1.
Set in the 31st century, Matt Groening’s FUTURAMA is sci-fi comedy at its very best. Billy West voices Fry, the 20th century pizza delivery boy who awoke in the year 3000. Katey Sagal voices Leela, the sexy cyclops who captains the Planet Express ship and is the object of Fry’s affections; and John DiMaggio voices Bender, the crude, rude alcohol-fueled robot. As the Planet Express crew explore New New York City and the universe beyond, the latest FUTURAMA episodes promise to be as spectacularly silly as ever.
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I’m a big fan of Martina Coles’ work and despite the fact that I have a pathological loathing of anything to do with the ‘80s and nostalgia from the period, the excellent performances by the cast of The Take kept me glued.
Most notably, Tom Hardy as the villain and antihero of the piece – Freddie – was mesmerising. Whoever was in charge of casting did an excellent job; Hardy’s not the most glamorous looking actor in the world but he was made to play Freddie. The temptation might have been to cast an actor who was rather more photogenic so as to increase the sexual attraction of the character, but in fact, Hardy is spot on.
He was utterly believable as the newly released ex-con who had no intention of going straight, and his on-screen menace was palpable. It made me want to shrink back from the screen while alternately hoping that if I ever met his character, he’d like me… Read more & comment »