Welcome to a new feature that we’re trialling out here on the site. As we move into a new era for The Custard TV we’re looking at ways we can deliver the same content in new ways. Our idea for the news is to give readers a rundown of the stories from the last few days rather than put every story in individual posts. The following post is covering the news from Wednesday to Friday. As ever, we’d appreciate your feedback so please leave a comment below or get in touch on Twitter.
*The National TV Awards aired on Thursday nights with the ceremony celebrating the best in TV over the past eighteen months. Coronation Street was the big winning scooping the coveted Best Serial drama prize whilst cast members Mollie Gallagher and Jude Riordan were awarded Best Serial Drama Performance and Best Newcomer respectively. Meanwhile, Line of Duty was named Best Continuing Drama and also received a special recognition award.
Elsewhere, Ant and Dec won their 20th consecutive NTA for Entertainment Performance whilst the relocated version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here won Entertainment Programme. David Tenant’s portrayal of Dennis Nilsen in Des netted him the Best Drama Performance award and the Best New Drama award went to Channel 4’s It’s a Sin. The second series of Ricky Gervais’s After Life won the Best Comedy Award and Best Challenge Show went to the Great British Bake-Off.
Further winners included ITV favourites Beat the Chasers and This Morning which were recognised in the Best Quiz Game Show and Best Daytime categories respectively. Another ITV win was in the Best Authored Documentary category as Kate Garraway won an award for her poignant film Finding Derek which focused on her husband’s long-term battle with Covid-19. Another touching moment saw Gogglebox’s Julie Malone dedicate the show’s Best Factual award to the four cast members who’d passed away over the past eighteen months.
*In addition to their historic award win, Ant and Dec were also in the news this week after ITV announced that the pair will be fronting a new game show. Entitled Limitless Win, the programme is hailed as the first game show with an unending jackpot. However, contestants will only be able to climb the show’s money ladder if they answer their question successfully.
* ABC have revealed the full line-up for the latest series of Dancing with the Stars. Heading the line-up is former Spice Girl Mel C and Olympic gymnast Suni Lee. YouTuber JoJo Siwa will also be making history by being part of the first same sex couple in the show’s history.
Other stars confirmed include actress Melora Hardin, wrestler Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, The Bachelor’s Matt James, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore, country singer Jimmie Allen and talk show host Amanda Kloots. Rounding out the cast are YouTuber Olivia Jade, Karate Kid actor Martin Kove, Bling Empire’s Christine Chiu, Pelaton cycling director Cody Rigsby, actor Brian Austin Green and NBA star Iman Shupert.
Len Goodman is also set to return to the judging line-up after missing the last season due to travel restrictions.
*In addition to releasing a new trailer for the show, the BBC have officially announced that Strictly Come Dancing will return on the Saturday 18th September
* Channel 4 have also revealed the two return dates of two of their biggest programmes with The Great British Bake-Off back on Tuesday 21st September and Taskmaster Series 12 airing on Thursday 23rd September.
*BBC One will air an hour long tribute to Prince Phillip on the 22nd September. Entitled Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, the documentary will hear from more than a dozen of the Royal Family who will offer their personal thoughts and reflections about the late Duke of Edinburgh.
* The Edinburgh TV Festival have announced the nominations for their annual awards ceremony with the winners being announced on the 11th October. Below are the details of those competing in the key categories:
– Best TV Actor – Drama: Billie Piper (I Hate Suzie); David Tennant (Des); Hayley Squires (Adult Material); Jason Watkins (Des); Keeley Hawes (It’s a Sin); Rakie Ayola (Anthony)
– Best TV Actor – Comedy: Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts); Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland); Joe Gilgun (Brassic); OT Fagbenle (Maxxx) Samson Kayo (Bloods); Tanya Moodie (Motherland)
– Best TV Presenter: Anita Rani, Bradley Walsh, Graham Norton, Grayson Perry, Roman Kemp, Romesh Ranganathan
– Breakthrough Talent: Callum Scott Howells, Hector Abbott, Olly Alexander, Rosie Jones Omari Douglas, Yinka Bokinni
– Best Drama: All Creatures Great and Small, Anthony, Des, Gangs of London, I May Destroy You It’s a Sin
– Best Comedy: Bloods, Brassic, Motherland, Starstruck, Trying, We Are Lady Parts
– Best Entertainment Show: Britain’s Got Talent, Interior Design Masters, Rob and Romesh Vs, Taskmaster, The Last Leg, The Rap Game UK
– Best Popular Factual Series: Grayson’s Art Club, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, Long Last Family, Portrait Artist of the Year, Saved by a Stranger, The School that Tried to End Racism
– Best International Drama – Fargo, Lovecraft County, Lupin, Ted Lasso, The Queen’s Gambit, Your Honor
– Channel of the Year: BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5
*Channel 4 will be airing the six-part psychological drama Close to Me, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Amanda Reynolds. Broadcasting later in the year, the drama is the story of Connie Nielsen’s Jo who loses a year of her life to fall and realises her happy life isn’t all it appears. Christopher Eccleston will feature as her husband Rob whilst the cast also includes Tom Taylor, Susan Lynch and Leanne Best.
* The cast has been announced for Shane Meadows’s first costume drama; BBC One’s The Gallows Pole. The drama will see Meadows reunite with This is England alumni Michael Socha and Thomas Turgoose who will star alongside George MacKay, Tom Burke, Sophie McShera and Cara Theobold. Based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole will tell the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners.
*In other costume drama news, ITV are going to be presenting an adaptation of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. Solly McLeod will feature in the lead role of Tom whilst Sophie Wilde will be portraying the story’s heroine Sophia Western. The novel will be adapted by Gwyneth Hughes whilst Georgia Paris is set to direct.
*BBC Three have commissioned a raft of new comedies including a third series of Ladhood and a pilot for stand-up Mawaan Rizwan entitled Juice, which will co-star Russell Tovey. Other commissions include such brave girls from writer-performer Kat Sadler and female-led coming-of-age piece Peck’eds.
*E4 will be airing a six-part fly-on-the-wall documentary centring on a Bristol-based dance crew. Breaking Bristol will focus on members of the sixty-strong crew as they juggle they lives and jobs with their passion for dance.
* The BBC has released the trailer for the upcoming drama Ridley Road.
The period drama has been adapted by Sarah Solemani (Barry, Aphrodite Fry), from the critically acclaimed novel by Jo Bloom. After falling in love with a member of the 62 Group, she rejects her comfortable middle-class life in Manchester and joins the fight against fascism in London, risking everything for her beliefs and for the man she loves. The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Tamzin Outhwaite, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Samantha Spiro, Rita Tushingham, Danny Hatchard and Tom Varey.
* And finally, To celebrate the sitcom’s 40th anniversary on the 8th September the BBC archive will be releasing a new archive of previously unreleased, behind the scenes images from the set of Only Fools and Horses.