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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Custard TV News Update: The Crown and Ted Lasso win big at The Emmy Awards

 It's time for another roundup of the news from the last few days in the world of TV. 

*Sunday night saw the 2021 Emmy Awards with Netflix's The Crown and Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso being the night's big winners. The Crown was named Best Drama whilst Olivia Colman, Josh O'Connor, Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies won the dramatic acting awards; the show also was recognised for Best Writing and Direction for a Drama. Meanwhile, Ted Lasso was named Best Comedy and Jason Sudekis, Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein all won awards for their roles on the sitcom. 

Hacks also excelled in the comedy categories winning the writing and directing awards with star Jean Smart picking up Best Actress in a Comedy. Smart's co-stars in Mare of Easttown also stole the show with Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters winning acting awards in the Best Limited and Anthology Series or Movie category. Also in this category, Ewan McGregor won Best Actor for Halston and Michaela Coel won for her writing work on I May Destroy You. However, it was The Queen's Gambit that was recognised as Best Limited Series with the show also winning an award for direction. 

Elsewhere, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver was named Best Variety Talk Show and Ru Paul's Drag Race Hosted by Cedric The Entertainer, the awards were most notable for happening in front of a limited live audience made up of nominees and selected guests. 

* The Great British Bake Off, which returned to Channel 4 on Tuesday, received its lowest ever return numbers. Series 12 launched with an average audience of 5.7 million which is good for the channel but a marked decline of last year's opener which set records for the channel, launching with an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. Last year's launch was the highest-rated Channel 4 show since records began in 2002.

* The BBC is to revive Waterloo Road for a brand new series. The new series will be set and made in Greater Manchester. Originally airing on the BBC from 2006 to 2015, Waterloo Road was one of the UK’s most popular and longest-running TV dramas, with an impressive alumni of dynamic characters and award-winning storylines. Such is the show’s enduring popularity, it has drawn both loyal and new, young and diverse audiences since it dropped as a boxset on BBC iPlayer in September 2019, consistently among the top five most-watched shows for young audiences on BBC iPlayer.

The spotlight on education in the UK is more intense now than ever before, with awareness of the challenges that teachers, parents and pupils face even more pronounced amidst the ongoing pandemic. Waterloo Road will use its rich history of telling entertaining and gripping human stories while tackling the important issues of the day. The revival of Waterloo Road will boost drama production skills in the North of England and help to reshape the BBC's drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country. The series will provide a training ground for new and diverse writers, which is of significant importance to both the BBC and Cameron Roach. Roach is renowned for his passion for long-running drama series and the power they have to develop and encourage emerging talent.

Cameron Roach, Executive Producer, says: "I’m really thrilled to be working with the BBC and Wall To Wall, in re-igniting the iconic brand of Waterloo Road. The vital and urgent stories that are playing out in schools across the UK provide incredible and emotionally powerful themes, that we’re excited to bring to a new generation of fans. Waterloo Road will continue its reputation for kickstarting, supporting and enabling careers both in front of and behind the camera, in a truly inclusive way, from our base in Greater Manchester."

*BBC One has released first-look images of new four-part drama The Girl Before. Adapted by JP Delaney from his novel on the same name, the drama stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Jane who gets the chance to move into a beautiful house designed by David Oyelowo's enigmatic architect. The only catch is that she has to live by his list of exacting roles. However, things take a turn for the worse when she starts to learn the fate of her predecessor Emma, played by Jessica Plummer which forces her to confront unnerving similarities. 

*Rashida Jones and David Oyelowo will co-star in  Wool for Apple. The duo has joined the cast of the forthcoming TV series from Justified‘s Graham Yost that is based on the book by Hugh Howey.

Wool is set in a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Oyelowo will play Holston, the silo’s sheriff. Jones will play Allison, Holston’s wife, who works in IT. They join a cast that also includes star Rebecca Ferguson as Juliette, an independent and hardworking engineer, and Tim Robbins as Bernard, the head of IT for the silo.

* Disney+ has confirmed when HULU drama Dopesick will stream in the UK. From Executive Producer Danny Strong and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, Dopesick examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Peter Sarsgaard, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson and Kaitlyn Dever star alongside Keaton in the series. Dopesick will stream on Disney+ in the UK from Friday November 12.

*ITV has announced a new daytime quiz show Riddiculous which is to be hosted by Ranvir Singh. The concept of the show sees teams answer general knowledge questions that will help them unlock riddles set by the show's own Riddlemaster Henry Lewis. The more questions and riddles they get correct, the more money they’ll bank. 

*Channel 4 have commissioned two new documentary series. The first is The Trauma Network (w/t) which will focus on the Scottish Trauma network and have exclusive access to multiple NHS organisations through the network. The series follows medical staff from the initial 999 call to the difficult retrievals and the cutting-edge procedures helping patients put their lives back together. Also commissioned is new consumer series Luxury for Less which will be hosted by Helen Skelton and Sabrina Grant who will help the viewers how they can treat themselves without breaking the bank. 

*Sky have released the first of image of Gemma Arterton as sixties comedienne Barbara Parker ahead of production on their adaptation of Nick Hornby's Funny Girl. Sky has also announced further casting with Rupert Everett starring as Barbara's agent Brian, David Threlfall as her father George and Tom Bateman as her charming co-star Clive. Emily Bevans, Leo Bill, Clare Hope-Ashity, Arsher Ali and Alexa Davies round out the cast. 

*Following a successful pilot in December, Tom Basden's Pandemonium is set to return to BBC One for a full six-part series. Starring Katherine Parkinson, Jim Howick and Alison Steadman, the sitcom focused on a family who struggled to spend time together during the Coranivrus Pandemic. 

*Apple TV+ are working alongside Sharon Horgan for her new series which has the working title of Emerald. Shooting for the darkly comic thriller has already wrapped and is set to air in 2022 with Horgan writing, directing and starring in the piece. 


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