Rivals David Tennant as Lord Tony Baddingham

Rivals – teaser trailer and more images

Big hair and bad behaviour in the ruthless world of 1980s independent television.  Updated 27/06/24: Hulu and Disney+ drop the first teaser for Rivals. While the show is still living in the nebulous realm of “coming soon”, Hulu and Disney+ have released a first taste of what’s to come in its upcoming drama Rivals. Based … >

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Brian Cox as Bob Servant

Bob Servant Says Cheerio – BBC Radio 4 festive specials

Brian Cox returns as Dundee’s 3rd most successful cheeseburger van owner for a final radio series.  After his astonishing career, it’s time for Bob Servant to retire. As befits this titan, BBC Radio 4 are inviting us to look back over his career is a festive two-part retrospective. It promises to right wrongs, bear grudges … >

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Disney+ Rivals - Alex Hassell, Danny Dyer, author Jilly Cooper, David Tennant, Aidan Turner

Rivals – David Tennant and Adian Turner lead the cast for Disney+

The show adapts Jilly Cooper’s novel set in the ruthless world of independent television.  With filming commenced, Disney+ have released the casting for their upcoming drama series Rivals. The eight-part show promises “wit, romantic entanglements, sex and unforgettable characters” as it dives into the fictional world of Jilly Cooper’s Rutshire Chronicles. The author, dubbed “Queen of … >

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Channel 4 announces Home, a sitcom about a Syrian refugee living in the UK

Channel 4 continues to make programming decisions that other outlets would shy away from, which is a very admirable thing indeed. The UK broadcaster has just announced Home, a sitcom centred on a Syrian refugee who lives in the UK. Home is written by Rufus Jones (who you’ve probably seen on screen in W1A, Camping and/or Hunderby), who will also star in … >

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Reece Shearsmith and Sharon Rooney join BBC Two’s dark comedy ‘Stag’

BBC Two’s new comedy-thriller about the Stag weekend from hell has begun filming in Scotland. Created by Jim Field Smith (producer/director of The Wrong Mans) and George Kay (The Tunnel), Stag follows a meek schoolteacher (Jim Howick – Peep Show), his future brother-in-law (Stephen Campbell Moore – Our Zoo) and several obnoxious friends on a deer-stalking … >

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‘W1A’ Season 2 Episode 1 review

W1A, the trailers tell us: it’s not just a postcode; it’s a state of mind. They’re not wrong. Most of the pre-publicity for the BBC satire-sitcom has, inevitably, focused on the inclusion of a prescient storyline involving a Mr J. Clarkson (of which more later). But, in truth, W1A is more than just a game … >

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‘W1A’ return date confirmed for Season 2

The second season of Twenty Twelve spin-off W1A will begin later this month. The award-winning mockumentary comedy about the BBC returns with a one-hour special at 9pm on Thursday 23 April on BBC Two. > Order Season 1 on DVD on Amazon. Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, commented last year: “There’s an all-too-painful yet comedic … >

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‘The Casual Vacancy’ Episode 3 review

With the parish council election looming over Pagford, it’s too close to call between mummy’s boy Miles Mollison and wheezing Colin Wall. In the end Miles wins the coveted chair and no time is wasted on the vote on the fate of Sweetlove House. As newly elected Miles raises his hand in favour of the … >

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‘The Casual Vacancy’ Episode 2 review

In not so sleepy Pagford, Barry’s body is hardly in the ground and his ghost is causing havoc amongst the council candidates. As tensions rise and suspicion breeds paranoia, we discover that the voice from the grave is actually that of ‘Arf’ Price (it really is the quiet ones you have to watch). At last … >

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