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Written by Daniel Kirby on 29th April 2016

David Mitchell and Robert Webb are to reunite for a new Channel 4 sitcom, Back.

The comedy is written by Simon Blackwell, who regularly several episodes of Peep Show, as well as contributing to In the Loop and Veep.

The series will be centred around a pub and the dysfunctional family who run it. Mitchell plays Stephen, who inherits the pub upon the death of his father, however things quickly go awry when his foster brother, played by Webb, appears at the funeral.

Back is made by the duo's production company, That Michell & Webb company, in association with Big Talk Productions. Kenton Allen, chief executive at Big Talk expressed his joy in creating the show, suggesting that the combination of Mitchell, Webb and Blackwell represents 'a supergroup of incredibly witty individuals.'

Peep Show concluded last year after nine seasons spanning 12 years.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 20th April 2016

elba ridley guerrilla tv series

Luther actor Idris Elba is to star in a new political drama written by 12 Years a Slave creator John Ridley. 

The new six-part series is being billed as a love story and will follow a couple as they attempt to liberate a a political prisoner and form an underground cell in 1970s London. Sky Atlantic has partnered with US network Showtime with the two companies bringing the show to UK and US TV respectively.

Elba said, “It's been a long-time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat.”

Elba has prolific of late, notably providing voice acting for recent releases Zootropolis and The Jungle Book.

The drama will begin production later this summer and is expected to air next year.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 19th April 2016

game of thrones season 6 debut uk

Season 6 of the hugely popular series will return on April 24th on HBO in the US, and will be simulcast on Sky Atlantic in the UK at 2am on the Monday morning.

Anticipation for the show has been building rapidly, with one UK company already announcing that they will be giving their staff a half day holiday on the Monday to allow them to catch up on sleep should they choose to stay up and watch the debut.

Part of the excitement stems from the fact that there is no source text to give away what will be covered in this season, with author George R.R. Martin still in the process of writing the sixth novel of his fantasy saga, from which the series is adapted.

After half a decade we're still hooked on the show and are anticipating an action packed sixth season!

Written by Daniel Kirby on 18th April 2016

The second episode of Britain's Got Talent brought in an impressive audeince of 10.3 million, making it the top rated show of the year so far.

This is welcome news for ITV, especially after the series opener drew in just 8.8 million, down significantly from a viewership of over 11 million in 2015.

Elsewhere on TV, Michael McIntyre's Big Show had a successful debut of 4.8 million, and whilst the show received a mixed reaction, McIntyre himself was praised by many for his performance as the host.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 14th April 2016

cannes film festival 2016

The list of films which will be competing for the Palme d'Or has been announced, here's the run down.

The line up features two British directors, namely Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold, the latter of whom is one of three female directors in the competition. The festival has frequently been criticised for its lack of women film-makers, and landed in hot water last year after reports that some of the female attendees were barred from the red carpet for not wearing high heels.

There are also some interesting films screening out of competition, including Steven Spielberg's live action adaptation of The BFG, and 'The Nice Guys' a 70's crime film starring Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

In Competition:

Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade

Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar

American Honey, Andrea Arnold

Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas

La Fille Inconnue, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Juste La Fin Du Monde, Xavier Dolan

Ma Loute, Bruno Dumont

Paterson, Jim Jarmusch

Rester Vertical, Alain Guiraudie

Aquarius, Kleber Mendonça Filho

Mal De Pierres, Nicole Garcia

I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach

Ma’ Rosa, Brillante Mendoza

Bacalaureat, Cristian Mungiu

Loving, Jeff Nichols

The Handmaiden (Agassi), Park Chan-Wook

The Last Face, Sean Penn

Sieranevada, Cristi Puiu

Elle, Paul Verhoeven

The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn

Written by Daniel Kirby on 12th April 2016

prince's trust met police

Our senior consultant and career coach Audrey Cairo recently put on a workshop for a Prince's Trust Programme, which is being run by the Metropolitan Police in Camden.

 The 'Trust Team Programme' is a 12 week personal development course for unemployed 16-25 year olds, designed to provide an opportunity to gain new skills to help with the search for employment.

 Camden Police are delivering the programme from Kentish Town police station, where they also hoped to provide an opportunity to break down barriers between young people and the police.

 Audrey's workshop 'What's Next' was a half day of activities which covering a mix of job-finding tips along with some coaching.

 This included answers to questions like: 'What makes a good CV and cover letter?' and 'What to do (and to avoid) in an interview?'

They also looked at how to they could make the most of the transferrable skills they gained during their community project and work placements on the course.

We're proud of Audrey for the great work she put in for the programme, and are hoping that the advice she gave will go on to make a difference!

Written by James Cheetham on 8th April 2016

BBC'S The Voice comes to an end this weekend, leaving a prime time void which acting entertainment chief Alan Tyler has described as 'a big opportunity.' 

The BBC has had several Saturday night flops recently, including celebrity gymnastics show 'Tumble' and the gameshow 'Prized Apart', and the company is currently looking towards the US for inspiration to guide their next choice.

Tyler suggested that comedy series in the UK tend to follow established formulae such as interviews and panel shows, and that perhaps they 'are missing something more akin to the thing that Fallon and James Cordon have done', referring to the show 'Carpool Karaoke' which has become a major hit in the US.

Clearly the beeb are open to taking a different approach to their next generation of Saturday night entertainment and with shows such as Britain's Got Talent entering its tenth series, perhaps a fresh approach is what's needed.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 7th April 2016

This year's MipTV saw over 11,000 attendees from 100 different countries, and provided a platform for a variety of deals to be made within the TV and digital content industries. 

Several interesting drama series held their premieres at the event this year whilst others had their international rights sold and are now set to make their way to foreign shores.

Amongst those moving abroad are Kudos' 'Capital', a British series heading to Australasia and the US, and Spanish drama series 'Locked Up', a women's prison survival thriller which saw its UK rights bought by Channel 4's VOD service Walter Presents.

One series which saw its world premiere was 'Roots', a historical drama miniseries based on a 1976 novel and following the journey of a family fighting slavery, whilst drama series 'The Collection' also had a popular premiere at the event.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 5th April 2016

The three part miniseries Capital, which is produced by Kudos for the BBC, has been licensed by Pivot in the US, Shaw in Canada and BBC Worldwide in Australia and New Zealand.  

The series stars Toby Jones and follows the intertwining lives of a group of Londoners on a single suburban street. The residents of the street receive a threatening postcard in their mail, and are forced to work together to find out who is behind the message and what it is that they want.

Jens Richter, CEO of FremantleMedia Intl. announced that “’Capital’ is a powerful, intelligent and character-driven drama created by one of the most prolific production companies in the world. These impressive deals are a testament to the series’ ability to capture modern society in a way that’s current and universally relevant to a global audience.”

The drama has been critically well-received in the UK, and the buyers will be hoping it finds success in its new international destinations.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 4th April 2016

MIPTV 2016 is in full force after kicking off in Cannes earlier this morning.  

The annual content market provides a platform for media companies to buy and sell content and we're looking forward to seeing what deals will be struck over the coming days.

Studiocanal have been prolific in the event's opening hours, having acquired minority stakes in three independent European companies, including a 20 percent stake in Benedict Cumberbatch's company SunnyMarch.

BBC Worldwide has also made an impact, having pre-sold the eight-part drama series 'The Collection' to DR in Denmark as well as Sweden's SVT. The series is an Anglo-French production set in late 40s Paris and is due to have its global launch at MIPTV later today. This is definitely one to keep an eye on!