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New Dance Series

Channel 4 has commissioned a new globetrotting street dance series with the working title Dance Around the World.

The show will follow three European dancers as they travel far and wide to “find the beating heart and cultural roots” of indigenous street dance.

Suzette Brissett, who has danced with Rihanna and now works as a choreographer for stars including Dua Lipa and MIA, will be joined by Kym Jay, who has worked with Madonna and is a global dance ambassador for Nike, and Dutch competitive street dancer Maren.

 The trio have performed in street dance battles across the world, but this series will see them explore the townships of South Africa, the favelas of Brazil and New York’s the Bronx to find communities that have inspired street dance through time.

Emily Jones, Channel 4 commissioning editor, said: “This is a vibrant celebration of street dance and explores its roots, how it has evolved and why it is still relevant today. It’s also a privilege to shine a light on such fresh female talent and hear voices of people across the world who share their passion.”

Dance Around the World will air in three one-hour episodes on Channel 4 later this year.

Line Of Duty Viewers

Episode one of Line Of Duty series five is the most watched programme on British television this year with an audience of 13.2 million viewers, 28-day four-screen data has revealed.

The first four episodes have attracted larger audiences than any other programme on UK television this year, averaging 10.6 million viewers in seven-day four-screen consolidated figures.

Episode five, which aired on Sunday night, received the highest overnight figure for Line Of Duty ever, with an average of 7.9 million viewers and peak of 8.3 million.

Line Of Duty showrunner, Jed Mercurio, says: “We're thrilled and flattered by the amazing response to this series of Line Of Duty. On behalf of the whole production, I want to thank our viewers for their fantastic loyalty, and World Productions and the BBC for their unstinting support."

Big Bang Cast Immortalised in Cement

The cast of The Big Bang Theory continued their emotional goodbye to the long-running sitcom as they were immortalised in cement outside Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre.

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch became the first inductees in the tradition’s 92-year history to be honoured solely for achievements in television.

At a ceremony in Los Angeles on Wednesday, each cast member delivered an emotional message of gratitude to fans and creators of the show, which will come to an end later this month after 12 years and 279 episodes.

Before placing their hands in cement and signing their names, Parsons, who plays the brilliant yet socially inept physicist Sheldon Cooper, described starring in The Big Bang Theory as an “unbelievable” experience.

After thanking friends and family in the audience, including his husband, Todd, he turned to his fellow cast members and said: “This experience would not have happened at all with any other combination.

“The chance to memorialise it like this is very fitting and very moving and it’s the most unbelievably perfect end to this experience, so thank you.”


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