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BBC acquires second series of spy thriller Killing Eve

BBC has acquired the second series of the critically acclaimed female-led spy thriller Killing Eve. Series one made its debut on BBC One and as a boxset on BBC Three on BBC iPlayer last month and has become a massive hit with audiences – there have been over 26 million requests for the series so far. The eight-part action thriller has also been hugely popular in attracting younger viewers, with over a third of those watching aged under 35. Emmy-nominated and Bafta-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge adapted the first series of Killing Eve and will return for the new series in an executive producer role with writer-actor Emerald Fennell (Monsters, The Drifters) taking over as lead writer. Based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve is a Sid Gentle Films Ltd production for BBC America and was financed by and acquired from Endeavor Content. Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and…

BBC Radio 2 reveals the biggest albums of all time

BBC Music plans to celebrate the first ever National Album Day on Saturday 13 October with programming on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 6 Music and BBC Four across the week and on the day itself. Highlights include Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops with Paul Gambaccini revealing the top 40 biggest studio albums ever, a three-hour special on The Beatles’ The White Album presented by Martin Freeman on Radio 6 Music with never-heard-before material from the album, and a Radio 4 Mastertapes with Elvis Costello. James Stirling, Head of Content, BBC Music, says: “BBC Music supports artists and their albums on a daily basis across our programming. We are very proud to support the inaugural National Album Day, where we will shine the spotlight on an incredible range of music and artists.” On Radio 2, Pick of the Pops (Saturday, 1-3pm) will feature the Top…

BBC One will bring audiences coverage of this year’s Invictus Games taking place in Sydney

BBC One will bring audiences coverage of this year’s Invictus Games taking place in Sydney, Australia. Alex Jones and JJ Chalmers are set to present the games as the 72 people from the UK Armed Forces team compete in a series of sports in the fourth Invictus Games from Sydney. The Invictus Games programming begins on Friday 19 October with the preview show, presented by Alex Jones and JJ Chalmers. Coverage of the Games themselves begins on BBC One every day from Sunday 21 October – Saturday 27 October 2018. There will also be a second series of observational documentary Without Limits on 17 and 24 October, following a team of injured British and Australian veterans embark on a 1000km expedition across Western Australia. Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event that is open to all wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and…

Family Cooking Showdown – Series Two

Family Cooking Showdown – the competitive food show that celebrates the families who make ordinary food extraordinary – is back. Over three weeks, 16 family teams will battle it out in the Showdown studio kitchen. They’ll face a series of challenges based on the realities of family cooking, and they’ll be judged by presenters Angellica Bell – herself a Celebrity Masterchef winner and cookbook author – and Tommy Banks, Britain’s youngest ever Michelin-starred chef. In each episode the family teams will be given two tasks: one that they’ll have had time to practice at home, the other a complete surprise, testing their collective ability to work together and think on their feet. The series will return to BBC Two with an increased order of 14 episodes in a new slot of 7pm. The new series will be filmed in Wales and it is being made by Voltage Wales, the recently-opened…

David Bowie specials coming to BBC Two and BBC Four

A new landmark film, David Bowie: The First Five Years, is coming to bbc Two in 2019 and bbc Four will broadcast David Bowie at Glastonbury 2000 in October 2018. David Bowie: The First Five Years is the final part of the trilogy of films, all made by bbc Studios Production, looking back on the legendary performer’s life and work. It follows the acclaimed and award-winning David Bowie: The Last Five Years in 2017 and David Bowie: Five Years in 2013, all produced and directed by Francis Whately. The film – which will air 50 years after the release of Space Oddity – is a 90 minute film exploring the Bowie before Ziggy, a time when so many of the ideas that would ultimately turn him into the icon he later became were germinated. Starting in 1966, soon after David Jones changed his name to Bowie, the film traces his…

Two Doors Down comes calling again with series four

Award-winning comedy hit Two Doors Down is on the up with a fourth series under way for transmission next year on BBC Two. The cast and crew have already taken up residence, filming over the coming weeks on location and in the BBC’s Dumbarton Studios, outside Glasgow, with the series expected on screen in early 2019. Set in the fictional Scottish suburban street of Latimer Crescent, this new six-part series will once again have its core cast, with Arabella Weir as Beth and Alex Norton as Eric – the long-suffering Bairds whose home is often at the heart of the comedy – and Elaine C Smith as Christine, Doon Mackichan as Cathy and Jonathan Watson as her husband Colin, Jamie Quinn as the Bairds’ son Ian and Kieran Hodgson returning as his boyfriend Gordon. Having been introduced in the last episode of series three, Graeme ‘Grado’ Stevely and Joy McAvoy…

BBC Radio 5 live’s Young Commentator of the Year is back

BBC Radio 5 Live’s Young Commentator of the Year competition is back as the hunt gets underway for budding microphone stars of the future! The prize is a money-can’t-buy trip where the winner gets to spend the day with BBC Radio 5 live at a major UK sporting event including either the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon, a Six Nations match or an International Cricket Test. The competition launches today Friday 5 October, and is open to 11 to 15 year olds. Entries can be made via the Young Commentator website www.bbc.co.uk/youngcommentator  with a range of sporting clips available for young people to show how good their commentary skills really are. The finalists will be judged by an expert panel including Vicki Sparks who commentated at her first World Cup for BBC TV and 5 live this summer, having worked for the BBC for the past four and a half years covering Premier…

Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson begin filming on series five of Peaky Blinders

Filming is underway on the fifth series of the acclaimed Bafta award-winning drama Peaky Blinders, which announced its move to BBC One, the nations favourite channel, earlier this year. The first image has been released of Cillian Murphy (Dunkirk, 28 Days Later) reprising his role as Tommy Shelby in the new series of the acclaimed gangster drama, which began filming in Manchester in September. The drama is written by Steven Knight and is produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Drama. Also returning to the series are Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Harry Potter), Paul Anderson (The Revenant, Legend), Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard), Finn Cole (Animal Kingdom), Kate Phillips (The Crown) and Natasha O’Keefe (Sherlock Holmes: The Abominable Bride). Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Jack Rowan (Born To Kill) return as father and son heavyweights Aberama and Bonnie Gold along with Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) and Kingsley Ben-Adir (Deep State). Series…

BBC Three announces brand new property dating show hosted by Yung Filly

BBC Three has announced a brand new dating series hosted by rising online star Yung Filly, known for his raw, unfiltered approach to comedy and music. Hot Property gives young people looking for love the chance to snoop around the homes and meet the mates of potential dates, all to decide whether or not they should go on a first date with someone without having met them! The house we live in and the people we surround ourselves with are two of the most outward expressions of ourselves. So while dating apps will give you a physical picture of a person, this show explores how much more you can learn about someone’s personality and how compatible you might be from nothing more than a rummage around and a chat with their nearest and dearest. Each episode begins with Yung Filly showing one singleton a possession owned by five potential dates,…

Omer Meir Wellber appointed new Chief Conductor of BBC Philharmonic

Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber has been appointed as the BBC Philharmonic’s new Chief Conductor. He takes up the post in September 2019 and his initial contract is for four years. Omer Meir Wellber, 36, will conduct the orchestra in its concert series at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as well as at the BBC Proms in London and on international tours. All the concerts are recorded or broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. He will also give concerts around the North and beyond including in Leeds, Stoke on Trent and Nottingham. His first appearance at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic will also be his debut at the 2019 season of the BBC Proms in London, and his first Manchester concert as Chief Conductor will be in September 2019. Omer succeeds Spanish maestro Juanjo Mena, who led the BBC Philharmonic from 2011 until August this year. Commenting on the appointment…

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