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Hospital Returns To BBC Two

The BBC has today announced series five of the award-winning documentary series Hospital.









Filming across several Trusts in Liverpool, the programme will air on BBC Two next year. 

Hospital will continue to unveil the work that goes on at some of the country’s largest NHS Trusts to ensure patients get the best possible care, as well as the challenges and pressures they face at a time when the NHS continues to be under scrutiny. 

The series has previously filmed at the Imperial College Healthcare Trust London and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and last year, across six Trusts in Liverpool. 

Filming is due to take place from late October, concentrating on clinical areas, patient stories and behind the scenes access. 

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, said: “Hospital encapsulates BBC Two’s mission. The best film-making, about the biggest stories affecting people, brought to the audience with urgency and great humanity. I’m delighted to announce its return.”

24 October 2019

Paul Hollywood Apologises

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Paul Hollywood has apologised for a “thoughtless” joke he made about diabetes on The Great British Bake Off. 

Tuesday’s pre-recorded episode of the Channel 4 show saw the judge jokingly describe one contestant’s gateau St Honore as “diabetes on a plate”. 

The 53-year-old celebrity baker faced criticism on social media, with some users saying his comments were “irresponsible” and reinforced incorrect ideas about the disease. 

The charity Diabetes UK estimates 4.7 million people in the UK have the condition, and that someone is diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 every two minutes. 

Hollywood responded on Instagram, saying his comments had been “thoughtless” and that he had “meant no harm”. 

He added that his grandfather and mother have both experienced diabetes. 

24 October 2019

Work Starts On Salisbury Drama










Filming has started  this week on Salisbury, a part factual drama for BBC Two written by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn. 

Leading the cast is Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless, His Dark Materials), who is joined by Rafe Spall (The War Of The Worlds, Denmark), Mark Addy (Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey) Annabel Scholey (The Split, Britannia), Johnny Harris (This Is England ‘86, Jawbone) and MyAnna Buring (The Witcher, Ripper Street). 

Salisbury focuses on the impact the 2018 Novichok poisonings had on the local community. The drama tells the story of how ordinary people and public services reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of an unprecedented national emergency. 

Writers Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn said: “It’s a privilege to be able to tell the story of people who were deeply affected by the events in Salisbury. During our months of research we have been humbled to hear their stories, and to be able to tell them in this drama.” 

Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, said: “To have such a distinguished cast taking part in the drama is testament to the strength and quality of Adam and Declan’s scripts. We are honoured to be telling this astonishing, powerful and moving story on the BBC.” 

24 October 2019

New BBC Drama

Filming has started on a new BBC/HBO drama with the working title January 22nd.

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Written by and starring Michaela Coel, January 22nd explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation.

Bafta award-winning Coel (Black Earth Rising, Chewing Gum) leads the cast in the role of Arabella. She will be joined by Weruche Opia (Inside No. 9, Sliced) and Paapa Essiedu (Kiri, Press) as well as Aml Ameen (Yardie, Mazerunner), Adam James (Belgravia, Doctor Foster), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe, Rocks) and Ann Akin (Strike: Career Of Evil, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: The Commuter).

Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centres on Arabella (Coel), a care-free, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a holiday fling-turned aspirational boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when she is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

Feted as the ‘voice of her generation’, Arabella is complex, original and highly talented. But, distracted by the pressures of her first triumph, she is struggling to write her second novel and is in danger of becoming destructive and self-absorbed. After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, her life changes irreversibly and Arabella is forced to reassess everything: her career, her friends, even her family. As Arabella struggles to come to terms with what has happened, she begins a journey of self-discovery. Often painful, sometimes funny, it leads her to some surprising places - and controversial conclusions.

Weruche Opia joins as Terry Pratchard, Arabella’s fun-loving caring best friend. Her acting career has been stalled, her love life is erratic and disastrous but she’s always sure that something brilliant is about to happen. Paapa Essiedu plays Kwame Acheamong - a sometime dancer who now teaches a gym class, he is an attractive gay man with serious self-esteem issues when it comes to getting what he wants in sex and love.

Michaela Coel said: “We’re incredibly lucky to have pulled together such a talented cast to bring these scripts to life and I look forward to sharing this work with you all next year.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with someone as bold and fearless as Michaela, she has created an ultra-contemporary show which explores the issues of her generation with huge compassion, humour and a raw truthfulness. It’s an incredibly urgent story which the BBC are proud to be telling.”

Filming of the twelve-part series has started in London.

24 October 2019



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