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Sunday saw the start of the latest outing to the jungle in I´m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, with the usual mixture of known and unknown “celebrities”, wannabes, once wases and the one that the glamour mags will look for in the shower. Newsreader Michael Buerk, TV presenter Melanie Sykes, Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle and Corrie soap actor Crag Charles heading up the list of most well known, along with footballer Jimmy Bullard, model and singer Nadia Forde, music creator Tinchy Stryder, Superbike champ Carl Fogarty and Essex based staged reality “star” Gemma Collins being joined by reality show model Kendra Wilkinson.

Although a very popular show, this year it received the smallest audience for the opener in five years, according to figures provided by UK TV Ratings. An average of 10.3 million viewers did tune in though, compared to 11.9 million last year, giving ITV a 42.2% share of the audience in the timeslot, making it the most watched Sunday night show, ahead of second place Strictly Come Dancing results show with just over 10 million, a 40.8% share. Not since 2009 has the show started with so few viewers, with 9.8 million, whereas the year later, in 2010, they had just 38% of the audience share.

Anyway, now we know who everybody is, we can go through the next few weeks enjoying the dramas that unfold before us. But, one TV presenter who has stood up against IACGMOOH this week is wildlife guru Chris Packham, who wrote an open letter to Ant and Dec asking them to end “abuse of animals”, in the so called Bush Tucker Trials. Not likely to make that much of a difference though.

Back to the real-staged drama now and we can´t ignore the fact that as the door closed on another season at the big house of Downton Abbey, ITV announced that yet another series has been commissioned, with production beginning early next year on the sixth series of the globally successful and multi award-winning series which debuted on ITV in 2010.

On the subject of big houses, although slightly smaller than Downton Abbey, fans of Channel 4´s Gogglebox will be delighted to know that the “posh couple” have got their own spinoff show, currently given the working title of “At Home with Steph and Dom”, which will take viewers into the heart of the Parker pair´s plush B&B, The Salutation, and share their experiences as they have an increasingly famous guest coming to visit. They show will see their local MP candidate, Nigel Farage, on a wine-fuelled evening with the couple. As the show is advertised as “an entirely new style of television interview, were chaos ensues as Farage is grilled like never before”.

Other delights from Channel 4 that we might want to look forward to include The Massage Parlour, an hour long observational documentary that will follow the ups and downs of a unique family business in the North of England. Run by a mother and daughter team, it’s in many ways a typical warm and friendly family run enterprise – except for the personal services it offers. The Massage Parlour will explore the everyday life of the staff and the regular customers frequenting the establishment, challenging preconceptions and revealing the workings of a rarely seen world.

Next summer, a group of ordinary Brits will go on the run in a new Channel 4 shown, Hunted. They will film their own adventures as they take extreme measures to try to evade capture from expert hunters, highlighting the practicality of trying to hide in a world dominated by CCTV and other surveillance techniques. What they do and where they go will be up to them – but with a team of Hunters seeking them out and tracking them down, their task of going dark will be truly tested.

On the subject of summer, and being on the run, the BBC has announced that filming has begun on their new comedy show, Woody. Set on a fictional Spanish island, Fonejacker Kayvan Novak plays Woody, an undercover reporter who is forced to flee from the British authorities after being framed by his corrupt newspaper editor. Woody goes on the run to find Brutus, which sees Bradley Walsh back on our screens in an acting role, his former mentor at the newspaper and the one man he can trust. But Brutus, who is now an expatriate living a quiet life running a bar on a Spanish island, is less than thrilled to see Woody. Despite their efforts to lay low, trouble seems to find them, so Brutus and Woody end up joining forces to take on a series of investigations, crimes and mysteries, seeing Woody running rings around the locals by adopting a variety of guises at a moment’s notice.

The six-part comedy show will air in the spring and has been created and written by Neil Webster and Charlie Skelton, whose credits include Would I Lie To You, 10 O’Clock Live and C4 Comedy Presents: Them From That Thing. Woody boasts an impressive supporting cast too, from the likes of Hotel Babylon´s Emma Pierson, Comic Strip star (also known as Lily´s dad) Keith Allen and a range of cameo appearances from TV favourites such as Lee Boardman, Clive Swift, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jack Dee and Sean Gilder, to name but a few.

Bradley Walsh says, “My goodness, what a blast it is filming Woody. With a very funny script, brilliant cameos from the likes of Keith Allen and Paul Kaye as Señor Big and Frederico Mercury, what’s not to like! I’m loving every second working with the brilliant Kayvan Novak, it’s a hoot from dawn to dusk”.

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ITV and Carnival Films, the producers of Downton Abbey, today announce that production will begin early next year on a sixth series of the hit drama.

The globally successful and multi award-winning series, debuted on ITV in 2010 and has since been sold to over 250 territories worldwide. The fifth season, which comes to an end on Sunday 9th November, has been watched by an average of 10.4 million based on consolidated data per episode and will return at Christmas for a festive edition of the drama. Season 5 will premiere on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Sunday 4th January 2015.

Carnival’s Managing Director, Gareth Neame said:

“We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show. This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”

ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November said,

“It is fantastic that Downton continues to be such a phenomenon – still the most popular drama on ITV in its fifth series – and we are thrilled to have commissioned a sixth series. We don’t know yet what Julian has planned, but we are looking forward to working with him, the fantastic cast and Carnival again and have no doubt series six will be unmissable.”

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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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Although summer may not be over yet, we are fast heading towards autumn, which means the television schedules are set to change once again, so we can snuggle down in front of the box as the nights start to get longer and the temperature starts to drop….

Pasha Bocarie joins Emmerdale

When attractive businessman Rakesh Kotecha arrives in Emmerdale unlucky in love Priya (Fiona Wade) feels she may have met her match. Pasha Bocarie will play Rakesh who comes to the village as a potential suitor for Priya but when Jai (Chris Bisson) gets wind that his old business rival could potentially become his brother in […]

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