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Monday, 22 November 2021

NEWS Roundup: The BBC announce 'Crossfire' and 'Red Rose' PLUS: The Return of 'We Are Lady Parts'

*Filming has started on three-part drama Crossfire for BBC One. The series stars Keeley Hawes (Finding Alice, It’s A Sin) Created and written by Louise Doughty (author of Apple Tree Yard), her first original series for television, Crossfire is set in a luxurious resort in the Canary Islands. It is being made in co-production with Spanish free-to-air broadcaster TVE, in a deal struck by Fremantle, and in association with Buddy Club Productions. Sunbathing on her hotel room balcony while on a dream holiday with her family and friends, Jo’s (Keeley Hawes) world is turned upside down when shots ring out across the complex. Gunmen, out for revenge, have, in an instant, turned a slice of paradise into a terrifying heart-breaking hell. Crossfire will also star Josette Simon (Small Axe, Riviera), Anneika Rose (Deadwater Fell, Line of Duty), Lee Ingleby (The A Word, Criminal UK), Daniel Ryan (The Bay, Home Fires), Vikash Bhai (The Stranger, Limbo), Hugo Silva (Nasdrovia, The Cook of Castamar), Alba Brunet (Operation Mincemeat, Paraiso, The Mallorca Files), Shalisha James-Davis (Alex Rider, I May Destroy You) and Ariyon Bakare (His Dark Materials, Good Omens).


* The BBC has announced a new drama for BBC Three, Red Rose from brothers Michael and Paul Clarkson. The story follows a disparate group of teenagers, adrift in the long hot summer following GCSEs, hanging out on the Bolton moors with little sense of direction or purpose now that school is over. Rumours circulate of the Red Rose app, an urban legend that blooms on the smartphones of teenagers, encouraging them to undertake a series of challenges increasingly dangerous in its demands. On the fringes of her group of friends, Rochelle Jackson downloads the mysterious app, naively inviting darkness into her life. What she sets in motion is a series of events that take the town by storm, and bring the friends together to battle the unseen forces of a seemingly supernatural entity. The eight-part drama will explore the precarious relationship between teenagers and their online lives, the seductive power of what is not real versus what is and often less exciting; but ultimately it is a story of friendship told through the prism of a classic horror-thriller.

*Channel 4 have confirmed a second series of comedy We Are Lady Parts. Series one explored the highs and lows of the band, named Lady Parts, as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussain (played by Anjana Vasan) – a geeky microbiology PhD student, on the lookout for love. Amina is recruited to be the bands’ unlikely lead guitarist. Lady Parts’ fierce and enigmatic frontwoman Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey) sees something in Amina and uses her desperation to find a husband as leverage, offering to set her up with potential matches if she agreed to join the band. Amina soon gets swept up in their joyful, anarchic energy and punk spirit. But she’s caught between two different worlds – her more strait-laced uni friends and the band, who urge her to find her voice. Series one ended with the band reuniting on stage, following an exposing interview, for a kick-ass performance. With the support of her fellow band members, Amina manages to overcome her vomit-inducing stage fright and takes her place on centre stage, where she belongs - much to the delight of their newly found adoring fans! The series, created by Nida Manzoor will also be available in the US on Peacock.

* The BBC have released a trailer for their upcoming drama series The Responder.  The series stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit; Sherlock; Breeders; Fargo) as Chris, a crisis-stricken, morally compromised, unconventional urgent response officer tackling a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool. Whilst trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo). Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other. The drama, written by Tony Schumacher, also stars  Adelayo Adedayo (Unsaid Stories; Timewasters; The Capture), Ian Hart (Tin Star; The Last Kingdom; The Terror), MyAnna Buring (The Salisbury Poisonings; The Witcher; Ripper Street), Kerrie Hayes (Tin Star; The English Game; The Mill) and Warren Brown (Luther; Liar; Strike Back). David Bradley (Afterlife; Brittania; Broadchurch) and Rita Tushingham (Ridley Road; The Pale Horse; In The Flesh) will also take on roles alongside newcomers Josh Finan and Emily Fairn.

*ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! launched considerably lower than last year's series. Sunday's first episode received an overnight rating of 8.03 million which is down from the 11million who watched the first episode of the 2020 series.

*Netflix has released the first trailer for upcoming drama, Inventing Anna. Anna marks the first show that Shonda Rhimes set at Netflix after the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator landed the rights to the New York Magazine story “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler.

Inventing Anna revolves around a journalist (Anna Chlumsky) with a lot to prove who investigates the case of Anna Delvey (Julia Garner), the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene — and stole their money as well. But is Anna New York’s biggest con woman, or is she simply the new portrait of the American dream? Anna and the reporter form a dark, funny, love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey? The cast also includes Arian Moayed, Katie Lowes, Alexis Floyd, Anders Holm, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Laverne Cox.

The series will be available on Netflix on Friday 11th February 2021.

*ITV have confirmed that their new reality series Walk The Line is coming across one week next month.  The six-part series will offer musical variety acts a chance to win a life changing cash prize. However, in a departure from the traditional TV talent show format, talent alone isn't enough - the contestants will need nerves of steel as they determine whether to cash out or physically Walk The Line and risk it all to stay in the competition. The series will feature a judging panel made up of Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Dawn French and Craig David. The format has been a passion project for Simon Cowell for many years. Maya Jama will host.

*Jimmy Carr has signed on to host new primetime comedy gameshow, I Literally Just Told You created by Richard Bacon and produced by Expectation. It’s the only game show in history where the contestants are given every answer with the questions written, literally, as the show is happening. You just need to pay attention to everything that’s going on. With each correct answer adding more cash to their prize pot, can the competitors keep their focus and remember the things they’ve seen and heard just minutes before? In the dramatic finale, the remaining two contestants set each other questions. It’s a chaotic battle of wits. The series is expected in December on Channel 4.

*Channel 4 have confirmed that daytime magazine series Steph's Packed Lunch will return in 2022.

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