*Netflix have confirmed Stay Close, the new Harlan Coben drama will arrive on New Years’ Eve.The eight-part thriller questions how much you really know someone. Three people living comfortable lives each conceal dark secrets that even the closest to them would never suspect; Megan (Cush Jumbo), a working mother of three; Ray (Richard Armitage), the once-promising documentary photographer, now stuck in a dead-end job pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids, and Broome (James Nesbitt), a detective who’s unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case. As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move? The series will arrive in full on Friday 31st December 2021.
*Actor, writer and singer-songwriter Nicôle Lecky is taking her critically acclaimed Royal Court play to BBC Three. Adapted as a 6 part series, Superhoe is a ground-breaking new drama for BBC Three with an original soundtrack performed by Lecky. Told in part through the songs that Sasha creates, the series follows Sasha, a 25-year-old wannabe singer and rapper. Sasha wants to be a major recording artist, but right now she’s a bedroom artist: spending her days smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend (Duvigneau) on Instagram, and avoiding her mum (Jessica Hynes), her step-dad (Paul Kaye) and sister Megan (Mia Jenkins).
*Vicky McClure will reunite with her This is England co-star Johnny Harris for new four-part ITV drama Without Sin. Written by screenwriting newcomer Frances Poletti, McClure will play Stella – a woman whose fourteen-year-old daughter is found dead at her home with the bloodied figure of Harris’s Charles standing over her. The drama looks how at how her daughter’s death affects Stella over a three year period and how her decision to meet Charles changes things even further.
*Sky have announced the launch of Sky Glass, the first TV that will allow customers to watch Sky TV without needing a dish or a box. For the first time, Sky TV will be accessible through viewers’ WiFi and will also be the world’s first television set to be certified as Carbon Neutral. Sky Glass will be available in the UK from the 18th October and in other markets in 2022.
*Apple TV+ has renewed its lavish sci-fi series Foundation for a second season. The news comes two weeks after the series launched on the platform. The drama from showrunner David S. Goyer and Skydance Television based on author Isaac Asimov’s trilogy of novels will return in 2022.
*ITV have recommissioned a second series of Ben Miller’s crime drama Professor T. Miller will reunite with co-stars Frances De La Tour and Juliet Aubrey when the drama returns in 2022.
*Sky have revealed that Dexter: New Blood will be airing on Sky Atlantic and Now TV from November 8th. Michael C Hall will reprise his role as America’s favourite serial killer and will reunite with the drama’s original showrunner Clyde Phillips. The ten episodes will air weekly at 10pm on Sky Atlantic and will be available to stream through NOW.
*Amanda Redman, Amrita Acharia, Neil Morrissey, Darshan Jariwala and Nimmi Harasgama are currently in Sri Lanka filming the fourth series of Dan Sefton’s hit drama The Good Karma Hospital. The series is expected early next year on ITV.
*ITV have announced three more contestants for the 2022 series of Dancing on Ice. Former Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole will be participating in the show as will TV presenter Ria Hebden and Olympian Kye Whyte.
*Joe Lycett will be tackling the threat of greenwashing in a one-off special for Channel 4. In Joe Lycett vs The Oil Giant (w/t), Joe will be focussing his efforts on energy giant Shell, their marketing, and their continued exploration for new oil reserves.
*Netflix have commissioned a spin-off to classic sitcom That 70s Show starring original cast members Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp. In That 90s Show, Smith and Rupp’s Kitty and Rex welcome their granddaughter Leila to 1995 Point Place, Wisconsin as she joins up with the new generation of kids experiencing sex, drugs and rock n roll for the first time.
*Dave were the big winner at the Broadcast Digital Awards with Meet the Richardsons at Christmas being named Best Comedy Programme, Mel Giedroyc: Unbelievable winning Best Entertainment Programme and Big Zuu’s Big Eats being recognised as Gamechanger Programme of the Year. Dave was also named as Channel of The Year. The other big winners on the night were I Hate Suzie which was named Best Drama and Locked In: Breaking the Silence which won the Best Documentary Prize.