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Derry Girls Bake Off

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Stars of Derry Girls are set for The Great British Bake Off tent. 

Leading cast members of the Channel 4 comedy hit will try their hand in special show for New Year’s Day. 

The Great Festive Bake Off will star Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn and Siobhan McSweeney. 

Presenting pair Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will return to guide bakers through the show. 

Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will also be taking part in the special to put the Derry Girls stars through their paces. 

The special show will air on New Year’s Day.

7 November 2019

Mortimer and Whitehouse

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The critically acclaimed, Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is to return with six episodes for a third BBC Two series. 

Over the summer, Gone Fishing once again had consolidated audiences of 2.2 million tuning in to see lifelong friends, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse return to the riverbanks. 

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two said: “When Paul and Bob first came to see us three years ago with the idea of making a series about fishing, we couldn’t have imagined their daft idea would become one of the most loved shows on TV. Brimming with friendship, care, beauty, escape and a bit of fishing, it’s a show we are so proud of on BBC Two.” 

The new six-part series will continue to centre on each episode catching a key species of fish, with Paul using his extensive knowledge of fishing to guide Bob, and with Bob hunting out places to stay and creating heart-healthy menus through-out their travels. 

7 November 2019

The Boxer & The Ballroom Dancer 











Tommy Fury and Curtis Pritchard found romance with Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins in the Love Island villa this summer and they also found a bromance. For  a new three-part series coming to ITV2 later this year, the pals will undertake a new challenge as they switch jobs. 

In The Boxer & The Ballroom Dancer, professional boxer, Tommy, will be swapping his boxing gloves for dancing shoes as he will take to the floor, training with a professional dancer for a ballroom competition. 

Meanwhile, former Dancing With The Stars professional, Curtis, will be entering the boxing ring. He will be doing the rounds with a boxing coach - and have a little bit of help and guidance from world champ, Ricky Hatton - to get him ready for the fight of his life. 

Girlfriends, Molly-Mae and Maura, will be supporting the boys as they discuss the trials and tribulations of learning a new skill that is so far out of their comfort zone. 

ITV Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment, Amanda Stavri, said: "This year’s Love Island bromance brought together two lads from completely different worlds. Now, they’re being parachuted into each other's lives with hilarious consequences, as Tommy hits the ballroom dance floor and Curtis gloves up in the boxing ring."

7 November 2019

BritBox Launches











BritBox, a streaming service offering shows from ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, has today launched in the UK. 

Downton Abbey, Gavin & Stacey, Wolf Hall, Love Island and Broadchurch are among the shows available. 

C4 and C5 have come on board after ITV and the BBC announced BritBox as a way to get into the paid streaming market. 

The service will cost £5.99 per month and will mostly feature classic series, but will also include new shows, beginning with Lambs of God. 

Reemah Sakaan, ITV's group director for streaming, said there was a "whole slate of original programmes" in development for BritBox. 

While the service would be a second or third subscription for many viewers, it will be able to rival the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple TV+, she said. 

"It's got the widest range of UK box sets of any service," she said. "Ostensibly the other streamers are US-focused so they make dramas for the US market, whereas BritBox is the faces, people and places that you know." 

Some archive programmes that have been on services like Netflix will now move to BritBox, she said. 

"For some time we've been bringing our shows back home and now that we've got a destination in BritBox, that's something we'll be doing more actively. We'll still be working in partnership with Netflix and Amazon and all of the other streamers." 

BritBox today revealed that all 627 available episodes of classic Doctor Who, originally broadcast between 1963 and 1989, will be available to stream for the first time ever from Boxing Day, including animated recreations of missing episodes using the original soundtrack, and the original pilot from 1963. ‘Spearhead From Space’ featuring the third doctor Jon Pertwee will be made available in HD on the service.

7 November 2019

BBC Recommissions Drag Race UK










 BBC Three has commissioned a second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, the drag queen reality competition.

The first ever UK version of the show is currently in the middle of its debut season, with the finale on 21 November.

Drag Race features a regular panel of judges made up of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Michelle Visage, BBC chat show host Graham Norton and comedian Alan Carr.

Host RuPaul said: "I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

"This season's queens proved that Britain's Got Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent - and I want to see more!"

The US version of the show first aired in 2009, has run for 11 seasons and inspired a number of spin-off shows.

Season one of the UK version, which began airing in October, has attracted 6.5 million requests on iPlayer just over halfway through the series.

7 November 2019 


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