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Strictly Christmas Special










Six Strictly contestants from previous series are returning to the dance floor for a Christmas extravaganza special, coming to BBC One on Christmas Day. 

This year the ladies are Chizzy Akudolu, Debbie McGee and Gemma Atkinson and the men are Joe Sugg, Mark Wright, and Richard Arnold. 

Each of the six couples will perform a Christmas inspired routine in a bid to be crowned Christmas champions 2019. 

Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show wouldn’t be complete without the festive foursome on the judging panel: Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonioli and Head Judge Shirley Ballas. 

The judges will be on hand to score each couple and spread some cheerful joy, yet it will be down to the studio audience to vote for which dancing duo will win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2019 and lift the famous Silver Star trophy. 

5 November 2019

Gold Digger

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Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes star in the new BBC One  drama Gold Digger, about a woman falling in love with a much younger man and the affect it has on her already damaged family.

Ormond, who is best known for her film roles, including Sabrina and Legends Of The Fall, as well as her TV work including Mad Men and Howards End, makes her British television debut in a lead role as Julia Day in this six-part drama written and created by Marnie Dickens. .

Barnes, best known for his role as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise, and more recently in Westworld and Netflix's Marvel series The Punisher, returns to the BBC for the first time in more than a decade to play Benjamin Golding, the thirty-something copywriter with a shrouded past.

Playing Julia's family are Sebastian Armesto (Poldark, Broadchurch) as the high-achieving eldest son Patrick, always trying to be a good man; Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen, Trauma) as Della, the middle child whose finger is permanently on the self-destruct button; and Archie Renaux as Leo, the baby of the family who still lives with his mother and idolises his father.

5 November 2019

International Day of People With Disabilities











To mark International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) on Tuesday 3 December, the BBC and ITV will host an event focussed on disability and the media, bringing together contributors from all the major UK broadcasters for the first time.

BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5/ Viacom and Sky will come together to share experiences, challenges, and best practice, as all five broadcasters continue to progress towards Doubling Disability by 2020, an initiative led by the Creative Diversity Network (CDN). 

BBC Salford will host the morning sessions and ITV London will host the afternoon sessions, which will be open to staff from all the broadcasters and a wider audience. The aim of each of the one-hour sessions is to improve knowledge and confidence around disability, on and off screen; to empower staff to challenge and implement positive changes; and to build awareness of common barriers to development opportunities within the organisations and how to overcome them. The sessions will be streamed across both venues. 

The day follows the successful event, A Visible Me, hosted by the BBC and ITV on IDPWD 2018, which opened up the conversation about hidden disabilities. It brought together diverse on-screen talent with off-screen managers, co-workers and networks to discuss some of the challenges and under-representation that is still evident behind the camera. This year’s event will build on those conversations and the work being done as part of the commitment to double disability across the industry. 

Clare Sumner, BBC’s Director of Policy and BBC’s Executive Sponsor of Culture and Career Progression for disabled colleagues said: “The BBC wants to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. I am delighted that we are co-hosting an event with ITV to drive our ambition to be more inclusive and ground-breaking in our approach. It’s a great opportunity to bring more talented disabled people in to our industry.” 

5 November 2019

Smuggled: Channel 4











Channel 4 has hit back over Home Office criticism following the transmission of a new reality series Smuggled, 11 days after the deaths of 39 people in a lorry in Essex. 

The start of the series, which sets eight British citizens the task of entering the UK using illegal means, was dropped from schedules last week. 

But it aired on Monday evening and the Home Office said it was "insensitive and irresponsible" to show it so soon. 

But Channel 4 argued the show was "a matter of urgent public interest". 

The programme aimed to test the UK's border security by following the progress of eight people trying to smuggle into Britain from various points in Europe without showing valid documentation. 

As the eight are all British citizens, who would be able to produce valid passports if challenged, they are not committing a criminal offence, the Home Office has confirmed. 

Among those featured in the first episode was a pensioner from Reading who hid inside a mobile home and successfully passed through French and English border controls. 

The show's producers say they found major weaknesses with border checks and UK audiences should be shown these flaws. 

It had initially been scheduled for broadcast on 28 October but was pushed back by a week after the 39 people, later confirmed as Vietnamese, were discovered in a refrigerated lorry trailer in Grays, Essex, on 23 October. 

5 November 2019                                    Write to Waveguide

Made In Chelsea

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The popular E4 reality show will return to screens next month for a set of four special Christmas themed episodes, in a mini-series called Made In Chelsea: Buenos Aires. 

The series will see familiar faces including Jamie Laing, Sophie Habboo, Alex Mytton, Sam Thompson, Miles Nazaire, James Taylor, Maeva D'Ascanio, Olivia Bentley, Verity Scarlett Bowditch, Rosi Mai, and Tristan Phipps ditch the dropping temperatures in England for sunnier skies, as they head to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the winter. 

An official release for the show reads: "As the festive lights turn on in London, the Chelsea residents jet off to Buenos Aires. But whilst new romances sizzle in the Latin heat, others don't look set to make it to Christmas. Expect tempestuous tangos, festive fallouts and holiday hookups as the gang live la vida Latina before returning home to New Year celebrations in Chelsea." 

Made In Chelsea: Buenos Aires will premiere on E4 the week commencing 9 December, and will run for four hour-long episodes. 

The reality show is currently airing its 18th season, which is set to come to an end on 2 December. 

5 November 2019

Buy It Now For Christmas

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In the run up to Christmas, Channel 4 features Buy It Now for Christmas, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal and sees the show supersized and in a new peak-time slot. 

In the four-part series, people from across the UK who have invented products are invited to the Buy It Now studio to pitch to an audience of real shoppers and, in the ultimate focus group, get live feedback on their products and the chance to get a big order from a well-known retailer; Amazon Launchpad, Lakeland, and JML.

The inventors all have one goal, to get their products on to high street shelves or with huge online retailers in time for Christmas and the busiest shopping time of the year.  The products featured could all make potential Christmas presents and include genius kitchenware, an invention to give you the perfect night’s sleep and eco-friendly toys but will the audience rate them and will the retailers buy big?

5 November 2018 


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