27 March will see Idris Elba running BBC Three for the week in The Idris Takeover, a unique and ground-breaking season of content created and curated by Idris himself.
The week long collaboration which will cover topics from comedy, drama, music and documentary, working with some of the best new and emerging talent in all fields and tackling issues that are relevant to young audiences today.
The season – produced by Green Door Pictures – will be released across BBC Three’s iPlayer channel, YouTube channel and BBC Three’s website telling the stories of young people from a modern and diverse Britain.
Idris Elba says: “There’s a part of me in every aspect of this season; comedy, drama, documentary, sport all made by a truly diverse team both on and off screen.”
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three says: “Idris is passionate about giving opportunities to new and exciting talent, as is BBC Three. As well as being able to provide a platform to those on and off screen, we’re passionate about telling stories for young people, made by young people. The Idris Takeover is a unique collaboration which I know our audience will enjoy.”
Ana Garanito, Head of Scripted, Green Door Pictures says: “The BBC Three curation is such a unique and exciting opportunity for Green Door Pictures to showcase new and emerging talent as well as tell engaging and sometimes untold stories. This is at the heart of the Green Door DNA which are a shared set of values with BBC Three, so we are beyond excited to be building this curation with them.”
Romesh: Comedians In Pubs Talking Comedy
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan presents these six hilarious comedy shorts with some of the UK’s most loved comedians, including Jack Dee, Sharon Horgan, Russell Howard, Jayde Adams, Humza Arshad and Tim Renkow. In these one to one, frank and funny conversations, they discuss their earliest memories in their comedy careers – from show flops to patronising fans and facing their fears through an engaging, empathetic and relatable pub chat.
Five By Five
Five writers. Five characters. One story.
Idris Elba stars in BBC Three’s Five By Five, a series of short films from new writers featuring new on-screen talent working alongside established on-screen talent. Set in London, the five standalone films feature chance encounters people face which question identity and change perception.
Moses: Strong Man
Nigerian born Moses Adeyemi has had a tough upbringing. Raised by his aunty, at the age of 16 he became embroiled in a world of crime. After being convicted, he turned his life around to become a personal trainer.
Now drawing on his own experience he helps people cope with life trauma through mental and physical training.
In this film, we follow his journey, discussing his own experiences and how that has shaped him as a dad, and watch as he trains Emmanuel, a young man working through his issues and striving for a better life.
As part of BBC Three’s Amazing Humans series, we explore three new inspiring stories:
A split second decision led to disaster and depression for Marcus Perrineau-Daley. Now a paraplegic boxer and weightlifter, he aims to get para-boxing in the Olympics by 2020, all whilst training others with disabilities.
Lady Line Backer
Years of eating disorders, coupled with an abusive relationship eroded Zoe Johnson’s self-confidence. Through American football, she found her confidence again and now plays as the only woman on an all-male American Football team.
From Child Soldier To Jockey
When he was young, Abdul Kareem Musa Adama used to like riding horses on the family farm and looking after the cattle. After his family were killed and the farm destroyed in an attack, rebels tried to force him to become a child soldier. Now, years later his love of horses is helping him rebuild his life as he learns how to become a professional jockey.
Music mogul and entrepreneur Jamal Edwards has worked with new and emerging MC’s and artists from across the UK to create a brand new track and video, produced by up and coming producer Komenz. The finished product will see C-Cane (London), Shogun (Scotland), Truemendous (Birmingham), Berna (London), Eaton (Wales), Alika (London) and Olivia Louise (Chester) as they work together on a collaborative track on the theme – inspire.
In this documentary, we shine the light on Joe Heron AKA Shogun, a 19 year old MC from Paisley, Scotland, who with no connections but plenty of talent has racked up 1.75 million YouTube hits for his brand new track and has gone on to support acts such as Bugzy Malone and Pharaoh Monch.
Working Class Barrister
How and why does a 25 year old working class woman from an underprivileged background have a burning desire to fight for injustice and enter one of the most traditional, exclusive law professions? We follow Leila Taleb, an aspiring Barrister from Bradford as she struggles to win one of the few scholarships available.
Director Mollie Mills has already gathered a fan base following her films exploring youth subcultures with a truly mesmerising visual style. In this one off documentary, she follows five groups of 17 year olds in Scarborough and unpicks what their hopes and dreams are in marginalised Britain today.
From a young male dancer desperate to escape the council estate and travel the world as a cruise ship performer to young teens discussing the lack of opportunities available to them and the prejudices they face, this is an open and honest portrayal of the realities facing young Brits today.
ITV, Kate Beckinsale to star in The Widow, a Harry and Jack Williams series
ITV have announced that Kate Beckinsale will take the leading role in ITV and Amazon Prime Video Drama, The Widow, from acclaimed writers Harry and Jack Williams. The series will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video.
In The Widow Kate will play Georgia Wells who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night. Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.
Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.
Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they’ve lost, but she hasn’t given up hope.
The Widow has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow. She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon Prime.”
On behalf of Amazon Prime Video, Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition said: “We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films.”
“Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world,” he added.
Commented Harry and Jack Williams: “Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role. The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”
The Widow will be produced by Eliza Mellor (Liar, The Living and the Dead, Poldark, Death Comes to Pemberley) and will be directed by lead director Sam Donovan (Humans, Liar, Utopia) and Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue) who is also directing four episodes of the series. Jack and Harry Williams will executive produce the drama.
The series will go into production in January 2018 in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam.
The Widow will premiere on ITV before airing as an Amazon Prime Original in the US. The series will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories for members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets.
Channel 9, Married At First Sight 2018 New Series Premieres 29 Jan
What started as something of a social experiment but is now more or less straight reality (but still calling itself a social experiment), Married At First Sight will premiere it’s new series on Channel 9 on Monday January 29 at 7.30pm.
Once again the team – relationship expert John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Dr Trisha Stratford, and dating and relationship expert Mel Schilling – aim to put relationships to the test in a unique experiment designed to determine if science can predict true love in couples who will get married at first sight.
The experts will undertake the mammoth task of pairing 20 brave singles to create their perfect match as 10 brides and 10 grooms undergo the most intense experiment yet.
The experts will match all our couples on the basis of extensive psychological and neurological testing and profiling.
Each couple meet for the first time on their wedding day, and from the moment they exchange vows their relationships are thrust under a microscope as they experience the highs and lows of marriage at full speed – alongside other couples riding the same rollercoaster.
Once again, the couples will reside under the same roof as relationships are tested like never before.
They’ll get the chance to compare their experiences at often explosive dinner parties – and put their relationships to the test at the most confronting commitment ceremonies we’ve ever seen.
But while some couples will struggle with all the complexities an intense relationship experiment brings, others will find true joy as their fairytale blossoms from first glance.
10 brides. 10 grooms. 10 weddings. Who will find true lasting love?
Netflix, German Supernatural drama Dark given Second Season
Netflix has renewed its first German original production, DARK, for a second season. The acclaimed drama created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. DARK, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: “When we first heard about DARK, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. DARK is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds.”
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese about the audience reception and the renewal of season two added: “We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK.”
Producer Quirin Berg concludes: “Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”
DARK is now streaming on Netflix, it is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.
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