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 The Voice UK

 Meghan TrainorMeghan Trainor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meghan Trainor is to join ITV’s The Voice UK as a new coach alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs. 

In the US, she has been a judge on FOX’s singing contest THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom for two seasons alongside Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and DJ Khaled. Preparing to join The Voice UK Meghan said: “I am so excited and honoured to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly Murs as the new Coach on The Voice UK!  It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to sit in the chair with my own button and listen to some incredible new talent!” 

This news follows Jennifer Hudson confirming last night that she will be standing down from her role as a Coach on The Voice UK as she prepares for the December release of the film adaptation of Cats and commences filming the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. 

Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs all return to their big red chairs following a summer spent entertaining audiences around the world on their respective tours. 

Sir Tom said: “I’m really looking forward to returning to The Voice, I just love doing this show. I’ve had a fantastic summer touring and performing songs I enjoy and have a passion for, so now it's time to discover some talented new singers to see what they can do!”      

will.i.am said: “UK soloists, duos and trios - I am looking for you!  This season I am seeking fresh sounds and unique voices that I want to work with and will compel me to push that button!” 

Olly Murs said: “I’m so excited to come back to The Voice this year with a new energy and even a new knee - ready to defend my title as the winning Coach. It’s fantastic to introduce a new Coach to the team as well and I look forward to getting to know Meghan.’ 

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment, ITV said: “Meghan Trainor is such an exciting addition to The Voice UK. She has blown us away with her energy and enthusiasm and, although our youngest coach, an impressive career in music set to inspire all who join Team Meghan. 

Filming commences in October with the series set to launch on ITV in the New Year. 

27 September 2019


New David Attenborough Series

 David AttenboroughDavid Attenborough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Attenborough will present a new series for the BBC exploring the ways animals use colour throughout their lives.

The three-part natural history series Life In Colour will reveal a world of colour normally invisible to human eyes, using new cameras built specifically for the show, as it details how colour plays a vital role in the daily interactions of many species.

Filming will take place around the world, with particular emphasis on Australia.

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, said: “Any series authored by Attenborough is very special and this promises to be exceptional.

“I am looking forward to seeing the combination of innovative photography and rich analysis to explore the role colour plays in animals’ lives.”

The series is expected to air in early 2021 and will be available on Netflix outside the UK, Ireland and Australia. It will be shown on Channel 9 in Australia.

It follows Attenborough’s landmark BBC series Planet Earth II and the Netflix series Our Planet, which he narrated.

27 September 2019


New BBC One Gameshow

 Jason ManfordJason Manford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Manford is to front a new, primetime comedy gameshow for BBC One with one very simple rule: don’t come first or last. 

First And Last is a six-part series that will put contestants through a succession of ingenious rounds, all of which have one golden rule - players must not come first or last in any game. If they do, they will be eliminated. 

Eleven players start each show and compete across a range of downright daft, stupidly funny, play-along-at-home games that will see one of them leave with a cash prize of up to £10,000. To win, they’ll need to judge every round to perfection and hold their nerve in the nail-biting endgame. 

Jason Manford said: "I’m so excited to be presenting this brand new show, First And Last, for BBC One. As I get older I try not to be involved in any show that I 100% wouldn’t watch myself, and this to me is classic early Saturday evening telly. It’s fun and light-hearted with great characters and silly games. I always think when the world feels a bit hard and tough, you want to be able to flick the telly on and block all of that stuff out by having a good laugh!" 

27 September 2019


Elton John Interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elton John will speak to Graham Norton in a “funny, frank and fearless” BBC One interview that will air next month. 

Elton John: Uncensored will see the singer-songwriter, 72, sit down with Norton in the south of France for a candid chat, looking back at his life and career. 

They delve into the music star’s childhood, growing up as Reg Dwight in post-war Pinner, Middlesex, and his rise to become one of the world’s biggest music stars in the 1970s. 

The musician shares memories from the 1980s and 1990s as well as openly discussing his battles with addiction and how he overcame them, and how fatherhood has impacted him in later life. 

Sir Elton said: “The past two years have felt truly monumental for me, and with the release of Rocketman, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour and my autobiography coming up, it felt like the perfect opportunity to reflect on it all with Graham. 

“I’ve always enjoyed our catch-ups and this felt like the best yet.” 

Norton added: “Like the rest of the nation I’m a massive fan of Sir Elton John’s music, but to sit down with him in his home to ask him about his life, career and family was a huge privilege. 

“Funny, frank and fearless, I can’t wait for people to hear him tell his story.” 

The programme will also see the pair revisit Sir Elton’s classic archive performances, interviews and accolades.

27 September 2019


New ITV Drama – Quiz

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ITV’s new drama based on the infamous Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal will cast doubt over the guilt of the three fraudsters, its star has said.

Charles Ingram, the so-called “Coughing Major”, was found guilty along with his wife Diana and their accomplice Tecwen Whittock of an elaborate ruse to cheat their way to the £1 million prize.

During a 2001 episode of the popular quiz show, Ingram, seated opposite host Chris Tarrant, would listen for coughs from university lecturer Whittock, steering him towards the correct answers.

ITV will explore the scandal in a drama titled Quiz, with Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen playing former British Army Major Ingram, Fleabag actress Sian Clifford as Diana, and Michael Sheen as Tarrant.

Despite the convictions, doubts have persisted over the guilt of the three accused and Clifford said Quiz would make viewers second-guess the verdicts.

Sian Clifford said she and her co-stars have met the accused, saying they are “very lovely” and she has a “huge amount of empathy” for them.

“I’m swinging towards innocent”, she said.

When Quiz was announced in August, fans were quick to wonder how Sheen, an actor best-known for his uncanny portrayals of real people, would look as Tarrant.

Clifford said: “It’s brilliant. The hair and make-up team have done an incredible job and his transformation as an actor is extraordinary.”

Three-part series Quiz is directed by Stephen Frears, whose credits include A Very English Scandal and The Queen.

Helen McCrory, Mark Bonnar and Aisling Bea will also star in the production, penned by James Graham, whose play of the story hit the West End.

27 September 2019 


 

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