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Irish comedy drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope aquired by BBC Three

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The BBC have announced that they have acquired six part Irish comedy drama Can’t Cope Won’t Cope for broadcast on BBC Three later this year.

The series follows two young women, Aisling and Danielle, as they navigate life in Dublin and the perilous waters of adulthood.

Aisling (Seána Kerslake, A Date for Mad Mary) would rather be shot from a cannon than change her routine. She’s lived with best friend Danielle (Nika McGuigan, Philomena) ever since college. Together they live their lives to the full, with nights out and drink-fuelled adventures aplenty, protecting each other from the sharper edges of the world. But something is stirring. Danielle would never admit it, but she is becoming less and less enamoured with the life they’ve created…

The pair have one thing in common – a fear of reality. They don’t know it yet, but reality has them firmly on its radar.

This coming-of-age millennial comedy-drama is acquired from Content Media and made by Deadpan Pictures, the makers of the International Emmy Award winning Moone Boy. It is created and written by Playwright Stefanie Preissner in her first commission for television.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three says: “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is a laugh-out-loud series and I’m delighted that it’s coming to BBC Three.”

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition at the BBC added: “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is the perfect mix of humorous, heartfelt performances and fresh, sharp writing that manages to be both laugh-out-loud funny and incredibly poignant. BBC Three viewers will find so much to enjoy in this gem of a series”.

Stefanie Preissner, the series’ writer and creator says: “The opportunity to bring the voice and experience of young Irish women to a larger audience is fantastic. The team on Can’t Cope did an amazing job capturing that voice and I hope that the BBC Three audience love it. The opportunity to see a whole new group’s reaction to Aisling and Danielle is as exciting as it is terrifying and I’ll be rocking with nerves when it goes out, just like I was the first time.”

Ailish McElmeel, Company Director of Deadpan Pictures says: “BBC3 is the perfect home for our girls, Aisling and Danielle. Delighted to showcase the work of our wonderful all female creative team – fresh new writer Stefanie Preissner, award winning director Cathy Brady and stars on the rise Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan.”

Jonathan Ford, EVP Sales and Distribution, Content Media says: “We’re very pleased to see Can’t Cope Won’t Cope heading to BBC Three in the UK. The team at Deadpan Pictures has delivered a fantastically original and warm-hearted comedy drama, offering a great mix of new talent – both on-and off-screen – and fresh, relatable humour which we think will resonate very well with BBC Three’s viewers.”

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ABC, Once Upon A Time Won’t Return Until March 2, 2018

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ABC have revealed the 2018 premiere for the return of the second half of the seventh season of Once Upon A Time. It will return on March 2, 2018 following a long winter break.

In The Eighth Witch, the winter finale episode of the series, when Drizella threatened the realm with a dark curse, Henry and Ella took extreme actions to protect Lucy and the others; and Regina was forced into making an unimaginable choice. In Hyperion Heights, Roni recruited Henry to travel to San Francisco to search for her sister, but when he learned Lucy has fallen unconscious, Henry rushed to be by her side. Meanwhile, Gothel earned the trust of Anastasia, and the consequences of their budding relationship could prove to be fatal.

Once Upon a Time stars Lana Parrilla as Regina/Roni, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Weaver, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook/Rogers, Andrew J. West as Henry Mills, Gabrielle Anwar as Lady Tremaine/Victoria Belfrey, Dania Ramirez as Cinderella/Jacinda, Alison Fernandez as Lucy, and Mekia Cox as Sabine/Tiana.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are creators and executive producers. Steve Pearlman and David H. Goodman are also executive producers. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

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ITV2, Survival of the Fittest, Laura Whitmore to Host

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ITV2 have announced a new reality entertainment series called Survival of the Fittest that is to be hosted by Laura Whitmore.

The series, which will be made on the South African savannah, will see Laua welcome two teams of young, hot singles to The Lodge, where they will live together under the searing African sun. Laura will also present all of the main events from South Africa before announcing the winners at the end of the series.

Across the series, the two teams will battle it out in daily physical and mental challenges to determine which sex comes out on top.

Award winning comedian, Brennan Reece, will provide the voiceover for the nightly shows which will update viewers with the latest action from The Lodge.

Laura Whitmore Survival of the Fittest

Laura said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be part of the Survival of the Fittest team. The ITV family always manages to come up with exciting and innovative formats and this brand new show is the ultimate Boys versus Girls. Having worked on five series of I’m a Celeb… I didn’t think that it was possible to find a backdrop as exotic as the Jungle – cue the African Savannah. I can’t wait to get out there, bring on the battle of the sexes!”

Brennan said: “I am so excited to be a part of the show. The closest I have ever come to being on Safari was a school trip to Chester Zoo one November, no one wants to see a crocodile shiver.”

Survival of the Fittest will be an ITV Studios and Motion Content Group production for ITV2. It was ordered by Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer and will be overseen by Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment, Amanda Stavri. Creative Director of Entertainment Richard Cowles will head up the series for ITV Studios and it will be executive produced by Andy Cadman with Martin Oxley Executive Producer for Motion Content Group.

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Bruce: A Celebration airs BBC One, Next Feb

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On Wednesday 21 February 2018, the day before what would have been his 90th birthday, BBC Studios is staging a very special event to honour one of this country’s biggest and best-loved entertainers and broadcasters, Sir Bruce Forsyth. The show will be broadcast on BBC One at a later date.

Filmed at the London Palladium – the theatre which helped propel Sir Bruce to stardom – the hour long celebration will have music, dance, entertainment and comedy at its heart. As well as featuring some of Sir Bruce’s favourite songs, the show will also include dance performances and onstage tributes and fond memories of Sir Bruce from guests with whom he shared a special connection. The unparalleled Dave Arch and his Strictly Come Dancing band and vocalists will be onstage to accompany performances.

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content says: “I couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to our dear friend Bruce than this celebration at the Palladium – a theatre he so loved. Bruce was such a favourite with the BBC One audience who I know will savour this hour of entertainment, music and commemoration of a true showbiz legend.”

Bruce: A Celebration (1×60’) is a BBC Studios production for BBC One. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, the executive producer for BBC Studios is Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events with Ian Wilson as consulting producer. The series producer is Cerrie Frost and the commissioning editor is Jo Wallace.

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