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Vicki McClure in BBC thriller The Replacement Premieres Soon

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Three part psychological thriller The Replacement, starring Vicki McClure and Morven Christie, will premiere soon on BBC One.

The Replacement is set in Glasgow and follows the paranoia of a woman who sees her identity being dismantled and can’t work out whether the cause is another woman or her own baby.

Ellen gets unexpectedly pregnant just after landing a big contract for her architects’ practice. She hopes to be away for the shortest time and hires someone to cover the gap. Paula is the same age as Ellen but already has a ten year old daughter. She made the opposite life choice, took a big chunk of her career out to dedicate herself full time to her child.

As Paula shadows Ellen for the last months of her pregnancy, she at first seems the perfect hire – enthusiastic, personable, super-competent. But Ellen soon begins to worry Paula has another agenda. Paula refuses to believe Ellen when she says she plans to return in a couple of months. She’s confident Ellen will change her mind when she falls in love with her baby. Ellen thinks that maybe Paula doesn’t want her back. Ever.

Ellen becomes increasingly disturbed by Paula’s subtle manipulations at the office. She sees Paula ingratiate herself with bosses and client, move in on her friends. Ellen begins to see her less as a support and more of a rival. But no-one else sees the Paula Ellen sees. They see a lovely bright decent woman doing her best to cover for Ellen. They all think Ellen is being paranoid, even her own husband doubts her state of mind. She is after all pregnant.

Only Ellen can see that Paula seems more obsessed about the pregnancy than she is. And the more she voices her fears, the more she alienates everyone around her. When a terrible accident strikes the firm, Ellen cannot accept the police verdict and pursues the person she believes responsible.

Starring… Morven Christie and Vicky McClure
Written and directed by… Joe Ahearne
Produced by… Nicole Cauverien for Left Bank Pictures

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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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