Perhaps a little unusual, but we start this week with a commercial announcement, as I have to tell you about the honey, mummy! You might well remember those immortal words being uttered by a big, furry, yellow giant on TV? Well, the good news is that …
Last week we were talking about technology a Little, if you remember, when we discussed how kids can take part in a competition to design an application for use on tablet computers. Well, this week we have another hidden gem from the technological world, one for those who like medical dramas in particular, as Casualty launched the first of two special webisodes this week. Ideas for these exclusive internet based mini shows were submitted by the junior editorial team, but it was team researcher Ross Southard who was victorious with his pitch entitled ‘Radio Holby’, which focuses on on Noel (played by Tony Marshall) who has always dreamt of being a radio DJ, and thinks now is the perfect time to give his dreams flight, especially as he sees how badly the team need a boost after the recent death of their colleague, Jeff (Matt Bardock). Part 1 is available now on the official Casualty website (search Google for BBC Casualty), with part two on-line after this Saturday´s TV show.
Fans of a more rural outlook from teleland will be pleased to know that Countrywise returns for a brand-new series, taking viewers on an energetic and investigative look at the best of Britain’s coast and countryside. Farming and agricultural expert Paul Heiney, intrepid adventurer Ben Fogle and wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin travel the length and breadth of Britain to discover the countryside’s best stories and key issues. In the first episode, which airs on Monday the 27th of October on ITV, Paul Heiney visits the stunning Gower peninsular to find out how Salt Marsh lamb gets its distinctive flavour. Meanwhile, Liz Bonnin is in Lancashire to find out what we can all do to help give nature a home, and Ben Fogle heads to Northern Ireland where he gets to grips with a horse that’s more suited to the Wild West.
We stay in the countryside for our drama highlight this week, as the BBC has announced that Golden Globe winner and two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton has been cast as Annie Lee in Cider With Rosie, which will air next year as part of its season of classic 20th century literature. Jessica Hynes plays Miss Crabby; June Whitfield plays Granny Wallon and Annette Crosbie plays Granny Trill. Cider With Rosie is an evocative coming-of-age story, set in an idyllic Cotswold village, during and immediately after the Great War. Marking the journey of young Lol as he grows from boy to man, the story chronicles first love, loss and family upheaval. Lol’s boyhood escapades take place in a rural world as yet untouched by electricity and cars – a place suspended between history and modernity. Samantha Morton says: “I am thrilled to have taken on the role of Annie Lee in BBC One’s adaptation of Cider With Rosie as it is one of my favourite books.”
As for ITV, filming commenced this week on a riveting three-part thriller Black Work starring Sheridan Smith, Matthew McNulty, Douglas Henshall, Geraldine James and Phil Davis. Written by Matt Charman, who was also responsible for Our Zoo, shed light on his inspiration for the drama, saying, “Sheridan Smith is a dream to write for because as an actress there’s really nothing she can’t do. And Black Work is a story that pushes her to the limit – it makes her character, Jo Gillespie doubt herself, her family, her friends, everything she’s always taken for granted in her search for her husband’s killer.” Sheridan plays police woman Jo Gillespie whose world is thrown into turmoil when husband Ryan, an undercover policeman, is shot dead in mysterious circumstances. She resolutely sets out to discover who murdered him and has to confront difficult truths about her family life and her marriage to Ryan.
Over on Channel 5, it was announced this week that following the success of the shocking and thought-provoking observational film My Violent Child, the station has commissioned a further three documentaries that will look even deeper into this challenging and emotive subject. The series exposes the hidden world of child-on-parent violence and follows families’ poignant journeys as they struggle to cope with their children’s complex behavioural issues. The violent outbursts, captured through a mix of fixed rigs and observational filming in homes across Britain, show a hidden world of angry and aggressive children and parents struggling to cope. The families are filmed as they and their children receive different forms of help and parents are forced to ask themselves, what could they be doing differently?
Finally, on a lighter note, Quiz show fans have something new to look forward to, broadcasting on Saturday night of the 25th of October, with one of the nation’s favourite faces, Bradley Walsh, hosting a brand new show, Keep It In The Family. For the first show of the series, six stars from the hit TV soap Emmerdale will be joining Bradley in the studio as they prepare to face the dreaded drop. Each week three generations of rival families battle head-to-head, through a series of hilarious games, for incredible prizes including a family holiday or a brand new car.
Ah, but I almost forgot that I promised you more about Scorpion this week, a drama inspired by a true story of a team of brilliant misfits who are the last line of defence against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. Well, it starts this week on ITV 2 and sees a crisis at LAX airport leaving dozens of airplanes unable to land, and so the nerdy masterminds are called upon to save the day, using their exceptional brainpower to solves the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.
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