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The BBC has recomissioned the sitcom Motherland for a third series. 

The programme, which begins its second series on BBC Two next Monday (7 October), started life as a New On Two pilot and was commissioned for a full series soon after. 

The series stars Anna Maxwell Martin , Diane Morgan , Lucy Punch, Paul Ready, Philippa Dunne and Tanya Moodie. 

Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, said: “The sheer amount of top-of-their game comedy brains both in front and behind camera in one show is staggering. 

 “Series two has the sharpest and paciest writing which places our relentlessly inept ensemble into ever-inventive heights of degradation.” 

He continued: “We want more and we want it as soon as possible. This is a show that will run for as long as the team are able to keep making it and is the easiest commissioning decision this side of renewing Coronation Street.” 

“Making the second series of Motherland was even more therapeutic than the first,” Horgan said. “We gratefully accept Shane Allen’s offer of further treatment courtesy of the BBC.” 

1 October 2019

Great British Menu

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Great British Menu is returning to BBC Two in the spring of next year. 

For the first time since series one, the chefs, judges and veterans will be joined by a presenter in the kitchen. 

Comedian Susan Calman, will be on hand to find out what really makes the chefs tick, guide the audience through the highs and lows of the programme and, of course, taste the dishes created by some of the country’s best chefs. 

Calman will be presenting the BBC Two programme with Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton returning as judges. 

Susan Calman said: “I've been a super fan of Great British Menu for years and I can't quite believe I'm being transported from my sofa into that famous kitchen. The brief is superb this year and I can't wait to get stuck in alongside the veteran chefs and the judges. Imagine being able to taste some of the most incredible food from the best chefs in the country? It's a foodie dream come true.”

1 October 2019

Graham Norton

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Graham Norton has told a magazine interview that he “doesn’t try” to justify his £610,000 salary and suggested that the difference between BBC and ITV wages would “shock” the public.

The chat show host, 56, came third in the BBC’s list of top 20 earners, released in July, and said that he finds the annual ranking “odd.”

He told Radio Times: “All the people who say, ‘He earns that, he doesn’t deserve that,’ they’re absolutely right.

“You cannot justify my wages, so I don’t try. Am I still cashing the cheques? Yes, because somehow the market forces have decreed this is my value.

“I don’t discuss money. I don’t meet Tony Hall and go, ‘Actually, Tony, I’d like some more. Thanks, Tony.’”

Speaking about the alleged “disparity” between BBC and ITV salaries, he said: “For some reason MPs want to know what famous people at the BBC earn. If they could get ITV to tell them what Phillip Schofield gets, they’d love to know.

Also, I have to say, what would really shock the public is to discover the disparity between ITV and BBC. People would go, ‘Wow!’”

He added: “It’s not like I want to dob people in it, but you read that list and go, really? Me and Gary Lineker are top of the tree? No. We all know there are people who earn a lot more than me and Gary.”

Norton went on to suggest that “the popular press” may “bring the BBC down,” claiming: “People will look back at a golden age of the BBC and think that was an amazing thing we had and remarkably good value.”

1 October 2019 



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