With so much entertainment crammed into the Christmas TV schedule, you might be excused for thinking that there´s nothing to look forward to beyond this week, but the good news is, you´d be wrong!
We will start with drama and the news that viewers of The Missing might already be aware, the fact that a brand new series has been commissioned for BBC One. As the case of Oliver Hughes came to a startling conclusion, BBC One broadcast a cryptic trail revealing clues to a whole new series. The second series will once again be written by Harry and Jack Williams and will be told over two time frames but with a new case, new characters and new location. “To lose somebody can destroy a person. But to find them again, when so much has passed… Well. Sometimes…that can be worse.”
Over on ITV and the news is that “The wait is over”, as ITV put it, because the second series of Broadchurch will be back on screen in January 2015. Although the American remake was a ratings disaster, despite still starring David Tennant in the lead role, the original was still one of the most gripping crime dramas of recent times.
Although details of the storyline are being kept a closely guarded secret, we do know that David Tennant returns as Alec Hardy and Olivia Coleman resumes her role as Ellie Miller, last seen when Miller´s life was torn apart after her husband Joe was found involved in the original story. We´ll not give any more details about that either, so as not to spoil it for anybody yet to see it, and perhaps hoping for the DVD set from Amazon.
There are numerous guest stars set to appear in this next story, including Eve Myles of Torchwood and Frankie fame. On the subject of Torchwood, or more to the point its big brother Dr Who, producer Steven Moffat has hinted at two major characters possibly returning to Doctor Who in the future, perhaps, maybe.
With that note, we can continue with a spacey type return to children´s television, as Thunderbirds will be Go once again as a brand new series has been commissioned for CITV. Diehard fans may be a little disappointed to hear that the wooden acting and strings are no more however, as computer generated characters will blaze onto our screens as the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue. Thunderbirds Are Go will see the five brave Tracy brothers piloting their incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe.
The cast is led by Bond Girl, Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope and David Graham reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. Inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Facejacker). Tracy brothers Alan and Scott Tracy are both played by Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale, Lead Balloon). David Menkin has been cast as both Virgil and Gordon Tracy. The fifth Tracy brother, John, will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones). The new series is set to premiere on ITV and CITV in spring 2015, 50 years after the TV debut of the classic show.
Although so called “staged reality” shows and “fly on the wall” documentaries may be all the rage these days, Channel 5 are set to take us behind the scenes with the biggest superstars in advertising history – the PG Tips chimps whose iconic ads ran for almost 50 years and caught the imagination of the nation.
‘The Secrets of the Tea Chimps’ is the untold story of the simian stars who won our hearts aping humans to hilarious comic effect. The documentary is packed with archive footage and candid testimonies from a former keeper and the writer and director that made some of the most famous tea chimps ads including Mr Shifter, the hapless removal ‘man’, and takes a look at the woman at the heart of these endearing creatures lives, Molly Badham and her 18-year association with Brooke Bond.
Finally, we cannot not mention the fact that ITV’s award winning comedy Benidorm is back for a brand new seventh series. As this series begins we prepare to bid a fond farewell to the Garvey family. But before we say ‘Adios’, there’s one more holiday adventure awaiting Mick (Steve Pemberton), Janice (Siobhan Finneran), Michael (Oliver Stokes) and Madge (Sheila Reid).
As The Garveys fly out, The Oracle (Johnny Vegas), his mother Noreen (Elsie Kelly) and former manager Janey York (Crissy Rock) land in the Solana resort. The customary array of Benidorm’s favourite holidaymakers will appear alongside the ever-resourceful Solana staff including Joyce Temple Savage (Sherrie Hewson), Les/Lesley (Tim Healy) and Mateo (Jake Canuso) who all work to ensure that every guest’s holiday goes to plan.
The wonderful Joan Collins returns as Solana CEO Crystal Hennessy-Vass. Crystal is about to cause huge problems for Joyce Temple Savage and just what will she make of The Oracle?
In episode 1, the Solana staff are angry, as everyone’s being given a pay cut. Tiger Dyke is angry too – his cards and cash have been stolen, so he’s relying on his Dad. The Garveys are worried Madge is being stalked, while Jacqueline is holidaying without Donald: they’ve arranged a wife swap to mark their wedding anniversary so she arrives with Glynn.
You can catch the first episode of series 7 on ITV, Friday the 2nd of January at 10:00 pm, Spanish time.
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