This week has seen an explosion of indignation from British Jews after BBC2’s Politics Live asked four non-Jewish panellists to discuss ‘should Jews Count as an ethnic minority?’ For the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the question was insensitive. To others, it was offensive, moronic and grotesque. As both a Jewish woman and someone who has worked at the BBC on and off for decades I am both disappointed and defensive – because I know the BBC is better than this.The reason we are angry is that, as Jews, we live amid constant reminders of anti-Semitism, and not just in hate speech. With the Holocaust still in living memory, and despite lockdown in 2020, there were 1,668 anti-Jewish incidents in the UK. The very real risks mean all our community institutions are heavily guarded, with schools behind tall fences and high security in front of synagogues. My children’s school bus was swept for bombs every day. Yet somehow when it comes to totting up the figures on ethnic diversity we are invisible, as David Baddiel points out in his excoriating new polemic. His view that we are consistently overlooked as an ethnic minority by those on the progressive left has struck a chord with many. Which is why the timing of the release of the BBC’s new Diversity & Inclusion Plan couldn’t be more ironic. I’ve searched the 52-page, two-year plan in vain for any reference to Jews. Just as telling, the History of Diversity slideshow on the BBC website rightly encompasses “Black and Asian personalities, blind presenters, diverse heads of BBC departments, drama about race, representation of the trans and LGBTQ communities, class portrayal, the lives of traveller groups and increased visibility of disabled people”. But the likes of Michael Grade and Claudia Winkleman? Not so much. I’m one of the many Jews who have worked at the BBC for decades and loved every challenging and creative and moment of it, and I can’t wait to return. There’s no real evidence that the BBC is, as some tweeters would have it, “institutionally anti-Semitic”. Far from it – I’m one of the many Jews who have worked there for decades and loved every challenging and creative and moment of it, and I can’t wait to return. I’ve never been aware of any racial hostility and, in fact, as an older woman who is also Jewish I’d say it’s never been better. There have been three Jewish chairs of the BBC, and though no Jewish director general yet, numerous senior executives including Danny Cohen and Jane Lush. Prominent talent on screen and radio includes Vanessa Feltz, David Shukman, Katya Adler, Dr Robert Winston, Matt Lucas, David Baddiel, and many others. The broadcast output includes world class documentaries about the Holocaust and the Haredi community, programmes about Jewish identity, and cooking, and art and music. In 2001 and 2005 I was delighted to be asked to produce Holocaust Memorial Day – a live event that no other broadcaster expressed an interest in, but it was there in primetime on BBC2.Yet somehow people inside and outside the BBC simply don’t see us – as the current terminology would have it – as BAME, maybe because we are perceived as having arrived, broken through and succeeded. In his book, Baddiel points out that when Mohit Bakaya was appointed head of Radio 4 in 2019 he was widely congratulated for being the first ‘diverse’ controller of the channel – despite the fact that the Jewish Mark Damazer had got there before him.  This lapse and others hurt because the BBC is a cherished national institution, and it isn’t that long since Jews felt they had to fight for acceptance. Though I would defend the BBC to the hilt against charges of widespread anti-Semitism, there have been moments apart from this latest blunder that have tested my own love of the Corporation. In 2015, a BBC reporter said to the daughter of a Holocaust survivor at an event marking the terrorist attack at Paris’s Hypercacher supermarket that ”Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well”.Simon Schama fulminated that the reporter’s conduct was “appalling”. To make matters worse, an internal investigation found that there had been no breach of BBC guidelines – despite the fact that holding Jews collectively responsible for the actions of Israel is clearly defined as anti-Semitic by the IHRA. This lapse and others hurt because the BBC is a cherished national institution, and it isn’t that long since Jews felt they had to fight for acceptance. My refugee dad was so convinced there were Jewish quotas that he warned me not to waste my time applying for BBC jobs – and he was probably only a few years out.To all of this the remedy should be simple: make sure that the BBC’s much-hyped Creative Diversity Board sees us and includes us in all its teaching about representation and opportunity, not to mention its diversity monitoring. Let us share our experience, our worldview and our insights, and above all make sure that Jews do count.Gaby Koppel is a freelance series producer for BBC Studios. Her novel Reparation is published by Honno, the Welsh women’s press. Follow her on Twitter at @gabykoppelRelated...Why It Pays To Make Time For Life Admin - Especially Before The New Tax YearChannel 4 Severs Ties With SAS: Who Dares Wins Star Ant Middleton Over ‘Personal Conduct’High Court Rejects Bid To Reveal Names Of Alleged Leakers Of Labour Anti-Semitism Report
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Sue Perkins has claimed Great British Bake Off contestant Iain Watters “really lost it” during the show’s infamous Bin Gate debacle. In one of the hit baking competition’s most infamous moments ever, Iain dramatically binned his Baked Alaska after it failed to set during the 2014 series. Reflecting on the incident, which made front page news when it aired, former Bake Off host Sue revealed there was also a lot going on behind the scenes that didn’t make it into the show. Appearing on Ed Gamble and James Acaster’s Off Menu podcast, Sue said: “I had to talk to him. Yeah, he was effing and jeffing. There’s a lot of effing and jeffing which was the first time we’ve had that on camera in Bake Off.“Obviously there’s a lot of it going on backstage, mainly because I’m just foul of mouth but normally it’s very mellow, as you know. He really lost it.“And in that moment I was with him, it was life and death, but then slowly this creeping contextualisation of just… I’m with a man in a tent, whose ice cream has melted. This is… Meanwhile in Syria…”  Sue continued: “I had to take him out, and we had to have a little chat, be nice guy, and just say, ‘Come on, let’s bring some perspective to this. Maybe, maybe not, somebody opened the fridge door, it might have affected the temperature.’“But I have to say the aplomb with which he just got the foot on the pedal of the pedal bin. It was like something out of Thelma and Louise, when you see that close up of it going up and down.”The ramifications of #BinGate were huge, mainly for Iain’s fellow contestant, Diana Beard, who found herself on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse, when she was accused of sabotaging Iain’s Baked Alaska.However a statement from the BBC insisted she was not to blame for the ice cream melting. “Diana removing Iain’s ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain’s departure,” the broadcaster said at the time. Sue co-hosted the first seven series of The Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc prior to the show’s move from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017. It is now hosted by Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding, while long-serving judge Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith cast an eye over the contestant’s bakes. The latest episode of the Off Menu podcast is available to stream now. READ MORE:Bake Off Unveils Star-Studded Line-Up For New Celebrity SeriesMel Giedroyc Did The Absolutely Unthinkable To Someone's Meal While Working In CateringSue Perkins Rages At 'Utter, Smirking D**k' Matt Hancock Over Squirming GMB Interview
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Paul Hollywood found a useful way of filling his time while bubbled up in the Great British Bake Off’s biosphere. The baker has revealed he taught Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding how to drive while filming the current series of the Channel 4 show. Neither of the show’s presenters are able to drive, so famous petrolhead Paul opted to help them learn using the on-set buggies at Down Hall in Essex. Speaking to The Mirror, Paul said: “Neither of the male hosts have actually got a driving licence.“So I was trying to teach Matt a few little tricks on the go kart and how to drive it at speed. But it was, it was fun. We need a challenge actually.“We need to get a newspaper involved where we end up teaching Noel and Matt how to drive a car. Get a licence for them.”Fellow judge Prue Leith: “I tell you what, Matt got to drive just as fast as Paul Hollywood. In the end, he was zipping around with that bug. And I kept thinking, ‘That’s a guy who can’t drive!’.”Paul added: “Now he wants to do his test. The buggies did the trick.”During filming of the latest series, all of the cast and crew had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks so they wouldn’t have to socially distance on camera. All of the hosts, judges and bakers lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers” during the six-week shoot. Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The shoot, which was described as “gruelling” by the show’s bosses, saw the team work on a two days on, two days off basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, previously revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” he said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.READ MORE: Great British Bake Off's Return Has Set A Pretty Impressive Record For Channel 4 Take A Peek Inside The Bake Off Bubble With Matt Lucas' Behind-The-Scenes Tour Matt Lucas' Boris Johnson Skit On The Great British Bake Off Attracts Ofcom Complaints
Matt Lucas has offered fans of The Great British Bake Off an inside look at the show’s bubble, with a behind-the-scenes tour. During filming of the latest series, all of the cast and crew had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks so they wouldn’t have to socially distance on camera. With much intrigue about what that was like on location in the grounds of Down Hall in Essex, Matt filmed a video during his first day to share with viewers. In a clip posted on the show’s official Twitter account, Matt revealed the four “shepherds huts” he, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood were able to make use of in their downtime. There was also a tour of the production village, which was seen to have many Covid safety measures, including hand gel and temperature checks, and was also home to the area where the ingredients are prepped.  Matt also took us inside Down Hall, where he caught up with Paul.  What’s life like inside the Bake Off biosphere? Join @RealMattLucas as he heads to the Tent for his first day on the show! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/mFzFHYBaKy— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 28, 2020All of the hosts, judges and bakers lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers” during the six-week shoot. Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The shoot, which was described as “gruelling” by the show’s bosses, saw the team work on a two days on, two days off basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, previously revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” he said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.READ MORE: GBBO's Latest Axed Baker Penned A Letter After Their Exit, And It's A Real Tear-Jerker Great British Bake Off Returns To Innuendo-Heavy Best In Biscuit Week Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever
Warning! This article reveals the result of the latest episode of The Great British Bake Off.Former Great British Bake Off contestant Mak has penned a tear-jerking letter following his controversial elimination. On Tuesday night, the 51-year-old was axed from the competition after his efforts during Biscuit Week failed to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. While Mak insisted he had expected to leave the tent, there was still some conversation as to whether it was the right result, after Rowan narrowly escaped elimination, despite having served up some incomplete bakes.Following the result, an emotional open letter from Mak was shared on the official GBBO Twitter account, as he thanked the show for being “a beacon of light” in a year that “the world was in turmoil”. He wrote: “There aren’t that many shows on TV that brings a nation together. In recent times only one sticks out and it’s the Bake Off. A show of legendary stature and iconic value.“The stars aligned for me for series 11 (2020). The world was in turmoil but for me, 2020 was all about the Bake Off.“The privilege to have been selected and go in front of the nation with my quirky features was unbelievable.“It was an honour to be a part of a show that was a beacon of light – there is always hope in baking.”“There is always hope in baking”Here’s marvellous Mak’s letter to all you Bake Off fans out there… #GBBOpic.twitter.com/mVgoSdjVHf— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 29, 2020He concluded: “Let’s end oppression and inequality through our kindness and love. Go Bake Off!”Yep, there’s definitely something in our eye.  The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4. READ MORE: Great British Bake Off Returns To Innuendo-Heavy Best In Biscuit Week Matt Lucas' Boris Johnson Skit On The Great British Bake Off Attracts Ofcom Complaints Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever
The Great British Bake Off finally returned to our screens on Tuesday night, and there was a new face in that famous tent.Matt Lucas has joined Noel Fielding on the Bake Off presenting team following Sandi Toksvig’s departure - and needless to say, there were japes a plenty from the Little Britain star.As well as mocking Boris Johnson before the show had even properly started, Matt delivered plenty of memorable gags that went down a (sweet) treat with viewers.Here are some of the highlights…On fluffing his debutAs Matt and co-host Noel went to kick off the signature challenge, he shouted “Bake!” at the wrong time – first too early, and then too late. Hats off to Matt Lucas! He made quite an impression in Cake Week! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/0UJgbCx1P6— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 22, 2020On his eating habitsSpeaking to one contestant, Matt admitted: “I have the eating age of a nine-year-old. I just eat Super Noodles.“You know they are called Batchelors Super Noodles? Because I am homosexual I call them Confirmed Batchelors Super Noodles.”On the show’s high stakesAs the technical challenge came to a close, Noel announced: “Bakers, you only have got half an hour left.”Matt replied: “We don’t mean half an hour to live, we just mean half an hour to the end of the challenge, so don’t panic too much.”Noel then added: “One of you has got half an hour to live…”On a bubble gum-flavoured cakeLoriea, a diagnostic radiographer from Durham, delivered a bubble gum Battenberg during the signature challenge, but failed to impress the judges.Matt told her: “I do rather like it. When I have my ninth birthday party can you cook for me please?”On the episode’s dropped cakesThe technical challenge saw the bakers asked to craft six miniature upside-down pineapple cakes.As they delivered their creations to the judges, Sura swung her arm to hit a fly and knocked Dave, causing four of his six cakes to fly across the room.Matt quipped: “It’s my fault because I was looking at you when it happened. And you were probably hypnotised by my beauty.”This year’s series opener notched up Bake Off’s biggest overnight launch audience since its move to Channel 4, the broadcaster said, averaging 6.9 million viewers and peaking at 7.9 million.The Great British Bake Off airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.MORE BAKE OFF: Matt Lucas Hilariously Mocks Boris Johnson In Great British Bake Off Debut Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever This Year's Great British Bake Off Contestants Are (As Ever) A Seriously Eclectic Mix
With just a week to go until the new series of the Great British Bake Off gets going, Channel 4 has introduced us to the new bunch of amateur bakers.The upcoming series was filmed in total secret over the summer, with 12 brand new contestants joining the “Bake Off bubble” and competing in that famous tent for the seal of approval from Prue Leith and... whatever the pandemic equivalent of a handshake from Paul Hollywood is.Fancy getting to know them a little better before the series begins? Oh, go on then…DavidAge: 30Job: Armoured guardFrom: HampshireBaking speciality: Bread (pretzels, brioche rolls and baguettes are apparently his special favourites)Best memory from filming: “I remember meeting Matt Lucas and realising that he was as nervous as I was being there. Meeting Noel was a lifelong dream so meeting him was something I won’t forget!”Anything else we should know: David apparently likes to listen to punk rock music to get in the baking mood, a tip he apparently picked up from Mary Berry (yeah alright, we made up that last bit). HermineAge: 39Job: AccountantFrom: Benin, now lives in LondonBaking speciality: High-end patisserie (especially intricate offerings like millefeuille, éclairs and entremets)Best memory from filming: “Getting to know the other bakers and forming bonds.”Anything else we should know: Hermine describes herself as “a notorious feeder with an infectious laugh”, which we can’t wait to hear, frankly. LauraAge: 31Job: Digital managerFrom: KentBaking speciality: Her decoration is her strong suit, and is “proud to have mastered the art of piped buttercream flowers”.Best memory from filming: “My fondest memory was also my most stressful one! When I ran out of ganache – Sura came to my rescue and helped me with about a minute to spare. She was amazing and I knew there and then I had a friend for life.”Anything else we should know: Laura is a huge musical theatre fan, and got a little starstruck when she met Bake Off host Matt Lucas, who she’d seen in Les Misérables a year before filming. “I made a bit of a fool out of myself,” she recalls. “I think my first words to him were ‘OMG I LOVE YOU’.”Linda Age: 61Job: Living team leaderFrom: East SussexBaking speciality: Sausage rollsBest memory from filming: “Meeting the other contestants on the first day, we were all there to compete for the coveted accolade yet I didn’t feel we were in competition with each other.  I felt grateful and privileged to be in the mighty tent with so many talented bakers and a bit star struck meeting Prue, Paul, Noel and lovely Matt. I couldn’t believe I was there, it could only be my love of baking and how it pleases me to feed others that shone through at the auditions!”Anything else we should know: Linda’s love of baking dates back to her childhood, when she would pay a visit to her aunt’s dairy farm. After milking the family cows, she’d use the milk in her early bakes. LorieaAge: 27Job: Diagnostic radiographerFrom: Jamaica, but now lives in DurhamBaking speciality: Jamaican pattiesBest memory from filming: “How supportive we all were to each other, despite coming from various backgrounds. Basically, it was like catching up with long lost friends.”Anything else we should know: Loriea admits she rarely follows a recipe without putting her own spin on it, and loves adding “coconut, chillies and cinnamon” into her bakes.  LottieAge: 31Job: Pantomime producerFrom: West SussexBest memory from filming: “We were all nervous about making a cake bust of our celebrity heroes and knowing that we were all in the same boat was really reassuring! As a group we got really close really quickly because we were all living together and that made it feel extra special.”Anything else we should know: Lottie says it’s important for her to incorporate as much of her “dark sense of humour” in her baking as possible. Makbul Age: 51Job: AccountantFrom: Greater ManchesterBaking speciality: Puff pastry and traditional Asian nankhatai biscuitsBest memory from filming: “My fondest memory of week one would be firstly getting together as a group and how we all clicked. At last getting to meet all the people on the bake off team and the amazing support and friendship they gave me.”Anything else we should know: Makbul is also a beekeeper, and uses honey from his hives in his own baking at home. MarkAge: 32Job: Project managerFrom: Northern Ireland, but now lives in LiverpoolBaking speciality: Multi-tiered wedding cakesBest memory from filming: “The best has to be the moment when I met all the other bakers. After months and months of waiting, it was brilliant when we all eventually got to meet each other. We all bonded really quickly in the first week.”Anything else we should know: Mark fell in love with baking at a pie shop when he was at uni in Edinburgh, eventually paying them a visit every day to sample their mac and cheese pie. PeterAge: 20Job: Accountancy studentFrom: EdinburghBaking speciality: Anything use ingredients like berries, whisky, oats and honey from his native ScotlandBest memory from filming: “Just being in the tent with the judges, presenters and other bakers and realising that I was ON THE BAKE OFF!!!”Anything else we should know: Peter has been a badminton player for the last decade, and has represented his county in the sport since 2012.  MarcAge: 51Job: Bronze resin sculptorFrom: Born in Leicester, he now lives in CornwallBaking speciality: Bread and “any dough-based recipes”Best memory from filming: “Being surrounded by 11 other great people, all in the competition with me, and I just remember feeling the very positive and exciting energy in the tent.”Anything else we should know: A single dad, Marc says he wanted to take part in Bake Off “to show his daughters that even when life throws obstacles at you, you can rise to new challenges and develop new passions”.RowanAge: 55Job: Music teacherFrom: WorcestershireBaking speciality: “Fine, complex, layered cakes.”Best memory from filming: “The joy and satisfaction of working alongside other lovely bakers… [and] a gin and tonic afterwards.”Anything else we should know: Is there literally anything Rowan can’t do? Aside from being a keen baker, musician and gardener, he’s also a fitness fanatic who swims a mile most mornings and has a passion for “all things 1700s”. SuraAge: 31 Job: Pharmacy dispenserFrom: LondonBaking speciality: “Small and dainty bakes”Best memory from filming: “I was looking forward to meeting Prue the most.  I have watched her for many years on TV and I just loved her passion for food and flavours and her immense knowledge on it all. She inspired a lot of my baking in my early 20s.”Anything else we should know: Sura says her Middle Eastern and Asian heritage has led her to experiment with a lot of flavour in her baking, and now lives in London with her husband and grandmother.Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 on 22 September.MORE BAKE OFF: Bake Off Boss Details 'Enormous Feat' Of Ensuring Show Looks 'Normal' This Year Bake Off Execs Detail 'Massive Sacrifice' Team Made To Ensure This Year's Series Happened Everyone Is Making The Same Joke About Matt Lucas Hosting The Great British Bake Off
After spending most of the first half of 2020 cooped up indoors, the prospect of autumn – meaning trips to the park are looking less inviting, as is enjoying some sun in a family member’s garden – might not be the most welcome to a lot of people.What could help cushion the blow even just a little, though, is the fact there’s some great new TV to get into over the coming weeks and months, catering to a whole range of different tastes.Here’s a round-up of our top TV picks for the rest of 2020 that might just take the edge off stopping in...I Hate SuzieAvailable now to watch on Now TV, with new episodes on Sky Atlantic every ThursdayWhat is it?Billie Piper takes the lead in this new black comedy, which centres around the titular Suzie, a minor celeb who suddenly finds herself back in the headlines when personal photos of her are leaked online.Described as “excruciatingly honest”, the series pulls precisely zero punches, with each episode presented in a completely different I May Destroy You-esque fashion from the one before it.I Hate Suzie also reunites its star with Lucy Prebble, who previously penned Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, and with its frank approach to taboo themes, it will appeal to a lot of the same audiences.Watch it if you liked: I May Destroy You, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, FleabagI’m Thinking Of Ending ThingsAvailable to stream on Netflix nowWhat is it? A new psychological horror film starring Jessie Buckley and Toni Collette, the film centres around a young woman who, unenthused about her new relationship, agrees to accompany him to meet his parents, who just happen to live in the middle of nowhere.From there, things all start to unravel.Directed by Charlie Kauffman, whose past writing credits include Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Being John Malcovich, it doesn’t take a detective to work out that it doesn’t take long before things take an unsettling turn.It’s definitely a bizarre watch, but also a thoroughly depressing one, so maybe have an episode of Friends or Love Island to treat yourself to afterwards, especially if you’re watching before bed.Watch it if you liked: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Midsommar, Russian DollBritain’s Got TalentAiring every Saturday night on ITV What is it? For obvious reasons, things are running a little differently than usual during this year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals.With the show having been on pause since the spring, this year’s semi-finals are now underway, with weekly pre-recorded shows airing on a Saturday night. Former champion Ashley Banjo is also a new addition to the panel, filling in for Simon Cowell, who recently injured himself in an electric bike accident.At this stage, you already know whether or not BGT is your cup of tea, but for those who’ve turned their nose up at the talent format in the past, surely right now is the perfect moment to give it another go?Watch it if you liked: The X Factor, The Greatest Dancer, Strictly Come DancingI’ll Be Gone In The DarkAvailable to watch on Now TV now, with new episodes on Sky Crime every Sunday nightWhat is it? A definite must-watch for any fans of true crime, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a new documentary based on the critically-acclaimed book of the same name by Michelle McNamara.The series tells the story not just of the Golden State Killer – who committed at least 50 rapes and murdered at least 13 people in the 1970s and 80s – but also Michelle’s quest to find the killer’s true identity decades later, which sadly ended in tragedy.Fans of the book should definitely tune in, though, as the series includes plenty of details not included in Michelle’s book, including events that have transpired since it was published.Watch if you liked: Making A Murderer, The Jinx, Unsolved MysteriesMulanAvailable to purchase for Disney+ subscribersWhat is it? The latest in a long line of Disney’s live-action remakes, this is the much-awaited re-imagining of the animated classic Mulan, given a more grown-up twist by director Niki Caro, who has stripped the film of its original songs and the main character’s dragon sidekick, Mushu.Instead, the new Mulan is a film more focussed on “realism”, intended as an epic the whole family can enjoy.However, the film did take some heat earlier this year following comments made by its leading actor Yifei Liu, while the decision for Disney to charge existing subscribers to watch a film on a service they were already paying for was met with a mixed response.Watch if you liked: Aladdin, A Wrinkle In Time, Pirates Of The CaribbeanEastEndersNow airing on BBC One and the BBC iPlayerWhat is it? What do you mean “what is it?”. It’s literally EastEnders.The long-running BBC soap came off air for the first time in its 35-year history back in June, but with production now up and running again (albeit with huge changes, due to social distancing guidelines), the show is finally back on our screens.Rather than picking up exactly where we left off, though, Walford is a rather different to when we last paid it a visit, with three months having passed for both us and the residents of Albert Square. How has time changed things for the characters we know and love? We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?Watch it if you liked: EastEnders (before it went off air in the first place), Coronation Street, Holby CityLove Island USAAiring now on ITV2What is it? The US version of the much-loved British reality show usually takes place in a villa in Fiji, but due to the pandemic, producers have had to think on their feet, instead moving the whole thing to a luxury hotel in Las Vegas.Once you get over the fact the horizon is peppered with bright lights and skyscrapers – and the “bants” are a lot more American than you’re used to – it’s pretty much business as usual for Love Island, which should be music to the ears of anyone who missed their usual fix this summer.Watch if you liked: Love Island, Too Hot To Handle, Love Is BlindDesDebuts on ITV on 15 SeptemberWhat is it? ITV is continuing its long line of true crime miniseries based on infamous British murder cases, following in the footsteps of recent offerings like Appropriate Adult, Dark Angel and The Pembrokeshire Murders.This new three-parter sees David Tennant in the lead role of Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 young men and boys in North London in the late 1970s and early 80s.Des will almost certainly not be one for the faint of heart, given the truly horrific nature of Nilsen’s crimes, but for true crime devotees, this will be a must-watch.Watch it if you liked: Broadchurch, Appropriate Adult, The Pembrokeshire MurdersCriminalDebuts on Netflix on 16 SeptemberWhat is it? Alternatively, for those who like a crime drama that’s a little more detached from reality, Netflix has you covered with brand new episodes of Criminal, the police-based miniseries that debuted last year.Katherine Kelly is once again leading the cast, with Netflix pulling it out of the bag in terms of guest stars, including Kit Harington in his first post-Game Of Thrones role, Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan, Kunal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory fame and Sophie Okonedo, soon to be seen in Ratched and Death On The Nile.For anyone who loves the interview room sequences in Line Of Duty but finds the rest of the show a bit heavy, this short-and-sweet series is well worth a stream.Watch it if you liked: The Stranger, Line Of Duty, Silent WitnessRatchedDebuts on Netflix on 18 SeptemberWhat is it?Ryan Murphy has been well and truly on a roll with his Netflix output in 2020, debuting Hollywood (one of our favourite shows of the year) as well as a second series of The Politician, not to mention documentaries he produced like Circus Of Books and A Secret Love.However, with American Horror Story on ice for the time being, Ratched is the series that Ryan Murphy fans who prefer when he takes a walk on the dark side have been most looking forward to.Putting his frequent collaborator Sarah Paulson in the leading role, the show serves as an origin story for Nurse Ratched of the classic book One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.And as if Sarah in a leading role wasn’t enticing enough, the supporting cast boasts Cynthia Nixon, Rosanna Arquette and Sharon Stone, as well as past players from the Murphy-verse like Charlie Carver, Jon Jon Briones and Finn Wittrock. We are ready.Watch if you liked: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, American Horror Story: Asylum, Girl, InterruptedFive Guys A WeekSeries two begins on 18 September, with the first series available to watch on All 4What is it? One of our favourite shows of the first half of 2020 is already back for a second series, and it can not come soon enough.This dating show has a simple enough premise, with a woman moving five guys into her home for a week, and kicking the ones she doesn’t fancy out one by one until she finds her match.Compared to other dating shows – like Love Island, Too Hot To Handle or even its Channel 4 neighbour First Dates – Five Guys A Week feels a lot more low-fi and less glossy, but that’s what makes for such compelling and addictive viewing.The contestants very much feel like real people of all ages and backgrounds living ordinary lives, giving it more of a Gogglebox, Don’t Tell The Bride or Come Dine With Me-esque feel than the dating shows we’ve become used to in recent years.Watch if you liked: First Dates, Come Dine With Me, Celebs Go DatingDrag Race HollandDebuts on WOW Presents Plus on 18 SeptemberWhat is it? 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but one thing we definitely can’t complain about is not having enough Drag Race to watch.As soon as series 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race came to an end near the beginning of lockdown, we were treated to the fifth All Stars run (not to overlook RuPaul’s *whispers* Secret Celebrity Drag Race in the middle of all of that, too). And by the time Shea Couleé took her place in the Hall Of Fame, the first series of Canada’s Drag Race got underway.Now that’s over, did you think that we were done with Drag Race for another? Well, think again.WOW Presents Plus subscribers will soon have access to the first ever run of Drag Race Holland – so get ready for some niche Dutch pop culture references that will go straight over your head, an obligatory Vengaboys lip sync and a whole lot more phoned-in messages from RuPaul, because even though we done already done had ourses, there’s still more to come.Watch if you liked: RuPaul’s Drag Race (in its various incarnations), Drag SOS, Glow UpUsDebuts on BBC One on 20 SeptemberWhat is it? Based on the much-loved novel by David Nicholls (of Starter For 10 and One Day fame), Us tells the story of a middle-aged couple, whose marriage hits a bump in the road when their 18-year-old son leaves for university.When mum Connie tells Douglas, her husband of almost 25 years, that she’s fed up and wants to leave him, he convinces her to let him take her and their son on one last family holiday, which just happens to be a “grand tour” of Europe.Expect lots of awkwardness, set against some beautiful backdrops.Watch if you liked: Normal People, One Day, Life BeginsGreat British Bake OffReturns on 22 September on Channel 4 What is it? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many feared the Great British Bake Off would not be able to go ahead in 2020, at a time when what the nation really needs is some bakery-based escapism, a few softly-spoken innuendos and a nice bit of colour blocking from Prue Leith.Fortunately, those sneaky Channel 4 bosses managed to film a whole series in secret without telling anyone, the results of which are about to be revealed.Quite how it’ll go ahead with new host Matt Lucas and a whole lot of coronavirus restrictions (we’re guessing Hollywood handshakes are out the window) remains to be seen, but we’ll definitely be tuning in to find out.Watch if you liked: The Great Pottery Throwdown, The Great British Sewing Bee, Strictly Come DancingEnola HolmesDebuts on Netflix on 23 September What is it? This new film centres Enola, the younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who has to put her family’s skills for solving mysteries into effect when her beloved mother goes missing.Enola Holmes boasts an all-star cast including Henry Caville, Helena Bonham-Carter and Millie Bobby Brown, in her first leading role outside of Stranger Things.And while it’s a family comedy, it was also helmed by Harry Bradbeer, best known for his work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on more grown-up shows like Fleabag and Killing Eve, so maybe don’t write it off on that basis.Watch if you liked: Sherlock, Killing Eve, Stranger ThingsLittle Mix The SearchDebuting on BBC One on 26 September What is it? Another TV show hit hard by the pandemic, the frustratingly-titled Little Mix The Search was supposed to be done and dusted by now, and instead we haven’t seen a single episode. Fortunately, the auditions will be coming to us before long, and Little Mix fans will finally get their fix of one of the biggest acts in the UK today.The Search has a fairly simple premise, that sees Little Mix putting together new bands, mentoring them and offering the winning band a supporting spot on their next tour (whenever that may end up being).Probably not the most challenging of watches, admittedly but who doesn’t love watching Little Mix having some fun together?Watch if you liked: The Voice, The X Factor, Britain’s Got TalentThe Boys In The BandStreaming on Netflix from 30 SeptemberWhat is it? Yet another offering from super-producer Ryan Murphy, this is a new feature-length film directed by Joe Mantello.The Boys In The Band is based on the play of the same name, and features the very impressive cast of a 2018 Broadway revival, including Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Michael Benjamin Washington.Set in the late 1960s, when the original play first debuted, The Boys In The Band features around a group of gay men, who gather together to celebrate one of their birthdays, with tempers quickly flaring as they revisit their past.Watch if you liked: American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, Looking, HollywoodHonourDebuts on ITV later in the autumn What is it? Keeley Hawes takes the lead in this new ITV drama, which she’s also produced, in which she plays real-life detective chief inspector Caroline Goode, who fought for justice in the Banaz Mahmod “honour killing” case.Honour has already faced controversy, with many – including Banaz’s own family – criticising the decision to centre the story on Keeley’s character, claiming it perpetuates a white saviour narrative.Keeley later said of the show: “With something like this – and especially with this – we were all so mindful that we were dealing with real people. Banaz, Caroline, their families, everybody involved, the team, so there is that element of course, and with this, even more so. Much more so, probably, than anything I’ve ever worked on.“But the responsibility is huge. It’s huge. I felt it every day. I’ve felt it every day since. I really have.”Watch if you liked: Bodyguard, Line Of Duty, Mrs WilsonThe Haunting Of Bly ManorStreaming on Netflix from 9 OctoberWhat is it? *shudders* It’s taken us since 2018 to get over the trauma of watching The Haunting Of Hill House, and now there’s a brand new horror series to give us nightmares.Although The Haunting Of Bly Manor is from the same team as Hill House and features many of the same cast, Netflix is taking a leaf out of American Horror Story’s book with this one, setting the new story in a completely different universe, and with returning stars playing brand new characters.Instead, The Haunting Of Bly Manor is based on the Victorian novella The Turn Of The Screw, telling the story of a young governess who experiences some supernatural goings on when she arrives at a new country manor.Frankly, it sounds absolutely chilling, but we’re probably going to have binged the whole thing by Halloween, let’s be honest.Watch if you liked: The Haunting Of Hill House, American Horror Story: Roanoke, Paranormal ActivitySmall AxeDebuts on BBC One later this yearWhat is it? Steve McQueen’s first TV project has been six years in the making (it was first announced in January 2014!), but by all accounts, it’s going to be well worth the wait.Small Axe is an anthology series made up of five short films, telling the story of a West Indian community in London spread across three decades.And the Oscar-winning director has truly assembled an absolutely epic group of actors to bring it all to life. Among the show’s stellar cast are Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, Star Wars’ John Boyega and Malachi Kirby, who previously appeared in Roots and the Black Mirror episode Men Against Fire.Watch if you liked: Sitting In Limbo, Widows, Top BoyThe UndoingDebuts on 26 October on Sky Atlantic What is it? Nicole Kidman’s latest TV venture doesn’t sound like it’s a million miles away from her award-winning stint in Big Little Lies, which is no bad thing for fans of the hit drama.She plays a hugely successful New York City, whose life is changed overnight by “a violent death”, “a missing husband” and a subsequent “chain of terrible revelations”.She’s joined in the new series by Hugh Grant (who’d have thought Paddington 2 would give his career the jolt it needed) and, fingers crossed, at least one or two fabulous wigs.Watch if you liked: Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, The Night ManagerThe MandalorianNew episodes on Disney+ from 30 OctoberWhat is it? Having to wait for a new episode every week, despite the fact it had already been seen in the US months earlier, rather took the shine off The Mandalorian when Disney+ launched back in March. But this time around, we’re getting it at the same time as our American cousins, so it’ll be much easier to avoid spoilers.The Star Wars spin-off is our only contact with that galaxy far, far away now the most recent trilogy is done and dusted, and we can’t wait to see what’s transpired since we last checked in.And by that we, of course, mean… what kind of scrapes is Baby Yoda going to get himself into this time around?Watch if you liked: Star Trek: Discovery, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Guardians Of The GalaxyStrictly Come DancingReturns to our screens in the autumnWhat is it? It’s still not clear (including to the BBC, apparently) exactly what form Strictly Come Dancing is going to take in 2020, but times are hard, and we’ll take whatever sparkle we can get at the moment, quite frankly.What’s interesting to us is that Strictly has managed to get its best line-up in years under such strange circumstances, with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, former home secretary Jacqui Smith and comedian Bill Bailey among the contestants we’re most excited to see on the dance floor.And if nothing else, this year’s Strictly will be appointment viewing when Nicola Adams makes history as one half of the show’s first ever same-sex couple. Watch if you liked: Dancing On Ice, Great British Bake Off, Britain’s Got TalentWe Are Who We AreDebuts on BBC Three later this yearWhat is it? After a summer that saw so few of us actually able to enjoy a holiday abroad, who doesn’t fancy losing themselves in sunnier climes as autumn approaches?Enter: Luca Guadagnino.The director perfected sun-drenched romance in Call Me By Your Name, and it looks like he could be about to do it again in We Are Who We Are, a new limited series about two American teenagers who find themselves on a military base in Italy.“With We Are Who We Are we are attempting to portray the here and now of two families, few generations, many exciting people,” Luca explained. Count us in.Watch if you liked: Call Me By Your Name, Euphoria, Waves The CrownSeries four debuts on Netflix on 15 NovemberWhat is it? As much as we’d watch Olivia Colman do pretty much anything at this point, the most recent series of The Crown did feel like it largely set the scene for what’s coming next.And now, our patience is finally about to be rewarded. Because series four of The Crown finally sees the arrival of Princess Diana, played by newcomer to the show Emma Corrin.Fans should also ready themselves for one of the series’ most controversial introductions to date, with Sex Education’s Gillian Anderson joining the cast as prime minister Margaret Thatcher.Watch if you liked: The Queen, The Iron Lady, The TudorsI’m A CelebrityReturns to ITV this autumnWhat is it? After almost 20 years, I’m A Celebrity is ditching the jungle for something a little closer to home, with this year’s contestants setting up camp in a spooky castle in Wales.Admittedly, this measure is ITV’s response to coronavirus restrictions, but we have to say, we think this could bring something fresh to I’m A Celebrity that we’re looking forward to checking out.Watch if you liked: Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls, The Crystal MazeIndustryDebuts on BBC Two later this yearWhat is it? Set in the fast-paced financial district of London, Industry is a new eight-part series looking into the fast-paced world of international finance, as seen through the eyes of a group of young trainees.If the show rings a bell, that’s probably because of its famous director, Girls co-creator Lena Dunham, who spent time living in Cardiff during production (and, if you recall, got weirdly hooked on Love Island).Watch if you liked: Girls, Normal People, The ApprenticeAdult Material What is it? Channel 4′s big new drama for the final quarter of 2020 is Adult Material, focussing on the porn industry, starring Hayley Squires and Rupert Everett.Hayley plays Jolene, a run-of-the-mill mum of three, who also happens to be one of the UK’s most famous porn stars. According to Channel 4, the show hones in on “Jolene’s world... a place that influences all of our lives, whether we know it or not, but none of us ever truly see”.Perhaps not one for sitting down with the whole family to watch of an evening, but one we can’t wait to devour all the same.Watch if you liked: Shameless, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Footballers’ WivesDebuts on Channel 4 later this yearThe CircleReturns to Channel 4 later this yearWhat is it? One of our most surprising reality TV obsessions of last year, we were over the moon when The Circle (which kind of introduced the world to social distancing before it was cool, just saying) announced it would be back for a third series in 2020.And not only that – Channel 4 is also going to be throwing a load of famous faces into the mix for a separate celebrity mix. After seeing Richard Madeley’s all-singing, all-dancing, all-twerking stint in last year’s regular series, we can’t wait to see who they can rope in for the celeb series, and how it all plays out...Watch if you liked: Love Is Blind, Big Brother, Love IslandHuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.READ MORE: 7 Netflix Hidden Gems That You Won't Believe Have Passed You By From Selling Sunset To Sex Education – These Are Netflix's 10 Best Originals Of 2020 (So Far) 21 Films And TV Shows To Stream On Netflix If You Need Some Escapism In Your Life
Anyone in need of some on-screen escapism can breathe a sigh of relief, as Channel 4 has confirmed we’re less than two weeks away from a brand new series of Great British Bake Off.Initially, because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the TV industry, fans were concerned that we may not get a series of Bake Off in 2020, but it was later revealed that bosses had managed to film a whole new run “in secret” over the summer.It’s now been confirmed there’s not long at all to wait until the new episodes hit our screens, with the show set to return on Tuesday 22 September at 8pm.The news was confirmed in a tweet on the official Bake Off Twitter account, alongside a photo of the show’s freshly-updated team, including new addition Matt Lucas.Put a little love in your tart. Join us on Tuesday 22nd September for the return of The Great British Bake Off! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/q5k4kjrTZt— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 9, 2020Matt is taking over as Noel Fielding’s co-host from Sandi Toksvig, who stepped down from Bake Off earlier this year.Also returning to the tent are Prue Leith and Bake Off’s longest-serving star, Paul Hollywood. Channel 4’s deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, Kelly Webb-Lamb, recently teased what was in store for the new series, insisting it was important to the team that Bake Off feel as “normal” as possible.“I certainly felt that working to ensure we could get Bake Off back on the screen was such an important thing for us as a channel,” she explained. “[And] such an important thing for the audience and Love Productions [who make Bake Off] were just full of ingenuity and determination to get it to happen.”It was previously revealed all contestants, cast, crew and members of the production team had been forced to staying together in a “bubble” at a hotel for the duration of the six-week shoot.READ MORE: Paul Hollywood 'Surprised' And 'Upset' By Sandi Toksvig's Bake Off Exit Sue Perkins Reveals 'Painful' Paul Hollywood Fall Out That's Left Her 'Devastated' David Walliams And Matt Lucas Issue Apologies Over Little Britain Blackface
Talking Heads singer David Byrne has apologised over a resurfaced video in which he appeared in blackface.Back in 1984, David filmed a promotional clip for the concert film Stop Making Sense, showing him interviewing himself while playing multiple different reporters, darkening his skin with make-up for certain characters.In a series of tweets posted earlier this week, the frontman acknowledged that the clip had been pointed out to him by a journalist during a recent interview.“I’d just about forgotten about this skit and I’m grateful that it has been brought to my attention,” he explained.David continued: “To watch myself in the various characters, including black and brown face, I acknowledge it was a major mistake in judgement that showed a lack of real understanding. It’s like looking in a mirror and seeing someone else – you’re not, or were not, the person you thought you were.“We have huge blind spots about ourselves- well, I certainly do. I’d like to think I am beyond making mistakes like this, but clearly at the time I was not.“Like I say at the end of our Broadway show American Utopia ‘I need to change too’... and I believe I have changed since then.” He added: “One hopes that folks have the grace and understanding to allow that someone like me, anyone really, can grow and change, and that the past can be examined with honesty and accountability.”Recently a journalist pointed out something I did in a promo video skit in 1984 for the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. In the piece I appear as a number of different characters interviewing myself, and some of the characters portrayed are people of color.— DavidByrne.com (@DBtodomundo) September 1, 2020I’d just about forgotten about this skit and I’m grateful that it has been brought to my attention.— DavidByrne.com (@DBtodomundo) September 1, 2020To watch myself in the various characters, including black and brown face, I acknowledge it was a major mistake in judgement that showed a lack of real understanding. It’s like looking in a mirror and seeing someone else- you’re not, or were not, the person you thought you were.— DavidByrne.com (@DBtodomundo) September 1, 2020We have huge blind spots about ourselves- well, I certainly do. I’d like to think I am beyond making mistakes like this, but clearly at the time I was not. Like I say at the end of our Broadway show American Utopia "I need to change too"..and I believe I have changed since then.— DavidByrne.com (@DBtodomundo) September 1, 2020One hopes that folks have the grace and understanding to allow that someone like me, anyone really, can grow and change, and that the past can be examined with honesty and accountability.— DavidByrne.com (@DBtodomundo) September 1, 2020David is the latest high-profile celebrity to publicly apologise for having previously performed in blackface, with comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams issuing a joint statement about their shows Little Britain and Come Fly With Me in June.This came days after Ant and Dec publicly apologised for “impersonating people of colour” in past series of their hit ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway.
Great British Bake Off fans should not be able to tell the new series was produced in the middle of a global pandemic, according to a top Channel 4 boss. Producers went to extraordinary lengths to make the 11th run of the hit baking competition, as they navigated Covid regulations that proved to be logistically challenging. Kelly Webb-Lamb, deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual for Channel 4, has detailed the “enormous feat” of getting the show into production, but assured viewers: “What you will see looks like normal Bake Off.”Speaking at the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival, she said: “I think we all felt, I certainly felt that working to ensure we could get Bake Off back on the screen was such an important thing for us as a channel, such an important thing for the audience and Love Productions (who make Bake Off) were just full of ingenuity and determination to get it to happen.”It was previously revealed all contestants, cast, crew and members of the production team had been forced to staying together in a “bubble” at a hotel for the duration of the six-week shoot. Detailing some of the extraordinary lengths the team went to in order to ensure everyone’s safety, Kelly continued: “The car you’re driving to set also has to be quarantined, nobody can have been in it for the time of quarantine and then everything that comes on to set has to be properly disinfected to protect everybody on set and the production.“That then means that set is Covid-secure and that enables a little bit more flexibility so in the tent what you will see looks like normal Bake Off because it it is normal Bake Off and we’ve been able to do that.“That does mean the talent and cast and crew lived in that bubble for the duration of production which is obviously different to how we would normally make Bake Off.“I think that on screen it will feel like Bake Off, in the way they were living it was different but it was an incredible feat from Love (Productions, which makes it) to pull that off,” she added. Filming was originally due to take place in the spring in order for the show to begin airing this month. Production eventually began in “deep secret” in July, with filming wrapping last week. The upcoming series will feature Matt Lucas’ debut as Sandi Toksvig’s replacement, as he joins co-host Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in the tent. READ MORE: Great British Bake Off Has Already Resumed Filming 'In Deep Secret' Amid Coronavirus Changes Paul Hollywood 'Surprised' And 'Upset' By Sandi Toksvig's Bake Off Exit Sue Perkins Reveals 'Painful' Paul Hollywood Fall Out That's Left Her 'Devastated'
The Great British Bake Off bosses have revealed the “massive sacrifice” the cast and crew made to ensure this year’s series could happen despite the pandemic. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, detailed various behind-the-scenes secrets from filming, including how 120 people had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks during the shoot so they did not have to socially distance. Speaking to Broadcast, Smith said: “So many people rely on Bake Off for work that we knew we had to work out a plan.”Smith worked with Love Productions’ managing director Letty Kavanagh to hire a South-East location in July, where all of the cast and crew lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers”.Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The six-week shoot, which was described as “gruelling”, saw the team work on a “two days on, two days off” basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. When filming, producers even worked out a way to transport people from the tent to the nearby hotel so no-one would need to use any public toilets. Smith and Kavanagh revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” Smith said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”He also said new host Matt Lucas, who replaced Sandi Toksvig to team up with Noel Fielding, had also slotted right into the show.“He was practically living with the bakers,” Smith said. “It felt like he had always been there.”On Wednesday, it was confirmed on Bake Off’s social media pages that filming on the 11th series had wrapped. View this post on InstagramA post shared by The Great British Bake Off (@britishbakeoff) on Aug 19, 2020 at 4:00am PDTFilming was originally due to take place in the spring in order for the show to begin airing this month. However, judge Paul Hollywood, who returned to the show alongside Prue Leith, previously told Radio Times that could “turn around the programme pretty quickly and still have it out in late summer or early autumn”. READ MORE: Great British Bake Off Has Already Resumed Filming 'In Deep Secret' Amid Coronavirus Changes Paul Hollywood 'Surprised' And 'Upset' By Sandi Toksvig's Bake Off Exit Sue Perkins Reveals 'Painful' Paul Hollywood Fall Out That's Left Her 'Devastated'
Matt Lucas and David Walliams are friends again now, it would appear, as the two stars of celebrated BBC sketch show Little Britain are reuniting to pick the low-hanging comedy fruit offered by today's political processes, in a one-off special that tells us how Brexit is affecting the lives of the show's main characters.Massively and hilariously, we suspect.They've actually gone and called it Little Brexit too, so you know what to expect.Original cast members Ruth Jones and Anthony Head are back as well, and Tom Baker is once again providing the celebratorial narration.Oh but to make it easier for everyone this is only happening on the radio, so there won't need to be any dressing up, wigs, or prosthetics, and no one will need to acquire a wheelchair from props.Little Brexit is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this Thursday, the day formerly known as Brexit Day, but now back to being mainly about children spitting at old ladies if they don't get a big enough Twix and Channel 5 screening a poor remake of a classic horror film at midnight.
Early on this morning it was announced that Stephen Hawking, world-famous physicist and Simpsons guest star had died at the age of 76.Hawking had suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for decades, having been first diagnosed at the age of 21 and being initially given two years to live.A lot of people will remember Hawking for his work as a scientist, controversial as it may have been at times, or the fact that he was featured in biopics played by both Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch.But most none-sciencey people will remember him as the man that kept popping up in their favourite TV shows, often playing an exaggerated version of himself.Arguably Hawking's most famous TV role, back in the days when The Simpsons was still considered good - even if the show was beyond its golden years.The 22nd episode of the tenth season saw Lisa join MENSA, and in typical Simpsons style everything goes to hell as all the local members begin arguing amongst themselves.
Shopping centre brand Intu has released the ‘Guide to Christmassing’, an ad that, for the second year, eschews the impressive CGI used by certain other retailers in favour of the traditional crafts of puppetry and animation.The film is an assemblage of scenes featuring festive fowls such as a peacock and an owl, all set on one revolving turntable.Comedian Matt Lucas narrates the scenarios as the anthropomorphic birds prepare for 25 December in their own unique ways, with each avian character representing a different sort of shopper.The birds were maneuvered by specialist puppeteers that have performed in the likes of War Horse and Henson.The film was produced by Blinkink and devised by agency Now.Remco Graham, executive creative director and partner at Now, wanted the turntable motif to achieve the handcrafted feel of a “theatre set crossed with the magic of film” – a challenge handed to Blinkink director Joe Mann.
Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen and more star in the filmOn the heels of winning a Grand Prix at Cannes this summer for the film, directed by Spike Jonze, Kenzo is back with another stunning piece of work.This time around, the brand tapped Orange is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne to direct a nearly 15-minute film for the brand’s new fall-winter 2017 collection.Lyonne wrangled a star-studded cast for her film including Maya Rudolph, who plays Chastity, a woman on a journey to discover her true self as she grapples with her past.She truly shines in the film, even creating her own language (“a version of gibberish,” according to Lyonne) which she delivers with perfect ease throughout the story.The full cast includes Fred Armisen, Greta Lee, James Ransone, Matt Lucas, Macaulay Culkin, Waris Ahluwalia and Leslie Odom Jr. Lyonne also makes an appearance.
This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: Smile.Doctor Who broadcasts on Saturdays at 7:20pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.Tiny robots, dubbed Vardies, that aggressively buzz overhead in inky flocks—briefly bringing to mind Black Mirror's episode Hated in the Nation—direct emojibot droids to dish out mood badges to the Doctor and Bill, who have just arrived in a bright, minimalist city on a distant planet.The microbots intrusively fit the time-traveling duo with a communication device that uses their nervous systems as hardware.The mood for this unsettling adventure is set: "emojis, wearable communications, we're in the utopia of vacuous teens," the Doctor notes.But as fertilizer made from human bones rains down on a seemingly tranquil garden, it becomes clear to the spirited pair that if you're unhappy, you die.
Gone is Moffat’s penchant for slow-paced cleverness, building up to a third act twist that everything else in the episode hinges on.Gone, even, is the obfuscating air of mystery behind the new companion like we saw with both Amy and Clara, in the form of the refreshingly normal Bill (played wonderfully by newcomer Pearl Mackie), a canteen employee at a University rather than someone with an ominous title like “The Girl Who Waited” or “The Impossible Girl.” Aside from the odd reappearance of Nardole from the past few Christmas specials—a fun if slight turn from Matt Lucas, even if I’m struggling to remember or really care why his character is still around—it was also free of the sort of continuity quagmire Moffat has loved to revel in during his time as showrunner, even in his prior “jumping-on point” episodes.If anything, this opening episode—cheekily titled to refer to both the main “villain” of the piece and its soft-reboot nature—felt a lot more like “Rose,” the one that kicked this all off again back in 2005, than anything Moffat has done since.It was, on the whole, everything Doctor Who needed to do in an episode that marks its return after essentially being off air for two years.But at the same time, “The Pilot” delves into a concept Moffat has returned to time and time again in his run on Doctor Who: the power of love, and the need sometimes to let go of something holding you back, in order to move on.After a weird fascination with an even weirder puddle, Heather gets transformed into... well, a very wet Heather, a hybrid of the sentient spaceship oil that inhabited said puddle (probably a regular occurrence on Doctor Who’s Earth) and Heather’s attraction to Bill.
River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first.Episodes of Doctor Who air on Saturdays at 7:20pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.As beloved sci-fi giant Doctor Who returns, one thing is immediately clear—this is not a Dalek episode.Unfortunately, it also quickly adopts an obvious lesbian psycho trope (which represents a "so obvious it's on TV Tropes" kind of trope).That's a pity: outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat makes the Doctor’s new companion gay and her first encounter is with a monster that happens to be an unhinged, shape shifting stalker who repeats everything Bill Potts says while dripping water onto the floor.The starry-eyed surprise in "The Pilot"—an episode that begins Moffat's swansong season in series 10—isn't that the terrific new co-pilot is an orphaned, young, black gay woman, but more that it lacks a blockbuster opening.
It’s easy to get Netflix tunnel vision when embarking on an epic telly session, but you’d be a fool of Kraken-sized proportions to discount Amazon Prime Video’s growing library of gems.As this collection of Stuff favourites shows, Amazon’s streaming service has become particularly adept at laughter generation.Sounds heavy, and it sort of is, but it’s also darkly funny, with a degree of wit and sharpness that’s still rare even in this golden age of TV.At its core, it's a rom-com focused on the awkward interactions between Kristen Wiig and The IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd, but it offers so much more.Lewd jokes, masterfully executed toilet humour, and weird distractions provided by the likes of Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson make for some genuinely hilarious moments, and that gives everything a refreshing feel similar to that of the first time we watched Anchorman.An inventive, absurd and hilarious examination of the trivialities of modern life, never relying on slapstick or coddling viewers with cheap sentimentality, Seinfeld is quite simply a must-watch for all fans of comedy.
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