‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ return date confirmed for Season 3

ITV has confirmed that the new season of Thunderbirds Are Go will begin later this month.

A further 26 episodes were commissioned following the success of CITV’s reinvention of the classic children’s show when it launched in April 2015.

Buy the complete original Thunderbirds collection on Amazon here.

The new season starts at 3.30pm on Saturday 22 October on ITV with ‘Earthbreaker’.

The episode sees a geological survey team get trapped when a huge Earthbreaking vehicle causes them to fall into a narrow crevice. Scott, Virgil and Kayo take off in Thunderbird 1, Thunderbird 2, and Thunderbird Shadow after the Earthbreaker takes out the responding GDF fliers. The vehicle’s controller, known only as The Mechanic, attacks and damages Thunderbird 2, leaving Virgil no choice but to make an emergency crash landing back on Tracy Island. Meanwhile, Lady Penelope and Parker visit the Hood in Parkmoor Scrubs prison to find out more about this mysterious new villain. In the end, Scott evacuates the survey team while Kayo takes on the Mechanic. They barely make it out when the villain sets his vehicle to self-destruct.

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Cast announced for BBC One’s Barbara Windsor life story drama ‘Babs’

BBC One has revealed the cast for EastEnders writer Tony Jordan’s new one-off film about the life of Barbara Windsor.

The 90-minute drama “will tell the heart-warming story of Barbara Windsor, the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match.”

Jaime Winstone and Samantha Spiro will play Barbara Windsor alongside two child actors. Dame Barbara Windsor will also be making a cameo.

Winstone commented: “It is a complete honour to play Dame Barbara Windsor. It is a role I have manifested for years and am so excited to step into her national treasure shoes! I have always been a huge fan of Barbara and to be able to play her throughout this stage in her life is gonna be very special. I can’t wait to start filming”

Spiro – who previously portrayed Barbara in the 1998 stage play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick and in the television production of Cor Blimey! – added: “It’s absolutely thrilling to be playing Barbara again. Tony Jordan has written a beautiful celebration of her life, but it’s not your usual biopic, lots of surprises! She is so adored, so I hope we get it right and that Barbara herself loves it!”

The official synopsis reads: “Preparing to perform in the theatre one cold evening in 1993, Babs takes us on a journey of all the people and events that have shaped her life and career: taking us through fifty years from 1943 to 1993, she contemplates her lonely childhood and WW2 evacuation, her complicated relationship with her father, her doomed marriages, capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and becoming the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films.

“Babs, ever the consummate professional, never lets her fans down whatever her personal anguish and steps on the stage to rapturous applause. A finely woven …

Maggie Smith has signed up for ‘Downton Abbey’ movie

It looks like the long-rumoured Downton Abbey movie is actually happening!

Dame Maggie Smith has reportedly signed on to appear in a big screen version of the period drama as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Speaking at BBC America’s BAFTA Party in West Hollywood, actor Michael Fox told DailyMail.com: “[Maggie Smith] elevates it to something else, because she is such a legend and a national treasure. It becomes a different show and she puts a stamp on it of quality.”

Fox, who played Andy Parker, added: “[Maggie Smith] is one of those actors you look at, and say, ‘How on earth does do they do it?’ Everyone says Maggie gets the best lines – they are funny on the page, but she makes them exceptional – she is really special. The film without her would still be good with all the other actors, but it puts a stamp of quality with her in it.”

The final episode of Downton Abbey aired last Christmas on ITV.

Buy the complete Season 1-6 box set on Amazon here.

Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary in all six seasons, revealed earlier this year that she would “wholeheartedly consider” appearing in a movie spin-off.

She commented: “The thing that I miss the most are my cast members. But we are all still very close.”

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Check out the super-spooky escape room in ‘Dracula, Escape the Castle’ trailer

Dracula, Escape the Castle is the bloodcurdling new show on Insight TV.

Hosted by TV presenter Brendan Moar, it’s based on the current trend for escape room adventures and features brave contestants trapped in an authentic Romanian castle, with only one night to escape ‘Dracula’.

To celebrate the launch of Dracula, Escape the Castle earlier this month, INsight brought a live Dracula escape room experience to the House of Detention in Clerkenwell, London!

The sold out event used real puzzles and props from the show, flown in from Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, including a coffin, creepy dolls and skulls. Visitors were challenged to complete five tasks in a race against the clock before Dracula caught them.

Watch some of the best moments and reactions from the experience…

Dracula, Escape the Castle is airing at 10pm on Sunday nights on Insight TV (Sky 564).

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‘Downton Abbey’ writer says the movie will have ‘a larger scale’

The long-rumoured Downton Abbey movie is set to begin filming next year.

Speaking at BBC America’s BAFTA Party in West Hollywood, the show’s creator Julian Fellowes said: “I think it will be fun to get everyone together, and move it to a larger scale because you have got more money to spend.”

Production on the big screen version of the period drama is expected to begin in 2017.

Discussing when the movie will arrive in cinemas, Fellowes commented: “[Executive producer Gareth Neame] knows more than I do. I am just the humble pen usher.’

The final episode of Downton Abbey aired last Christmas on ITV.

Buy the complete Season 1-6 box set on Amazon here.

Dame Maggie Smith has reportedly signed on to return as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Laura Carmichael is keen to revisit Lady Edith Crawley, commenting: “It will be exciting to see how she is doing.”

Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary, revealed earlier this year that she would “wholeheartedly consider” appearing in a movie spin-off.

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‘Doctor Foster’ first look pics: Season 2 begins filming

Filming has started on the second season of BBC One’s Doctor Foster.

Directed by Jeremy Lovering (Sherlock), the five new one-hour episodes will tell “the next exhilarating chapter in Gemma’s story.”

Starring Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) and Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), the drama series launched last autumn and concluded with a consolidated audience of 10.1m viewers.

Buy Season 1 on DVD on Amazon here.

Doctor Foster was the biggest new BBC drama of 2015.

Creator and writer Mike Bartlett commented last year: “…we’re now going to tell the next chapter in Gemma’s story. Her life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed.”

Suranne Jones teased: “Now we can look into what happens to a woman after divorce, when deceit and revenge have taken their toll. What a gift of a part and a dream to work with Mike again!”

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‘To Walk Invisible’: First look at ‘Happy Valley’ writer’s Bronte sisters drama

The first promotional photo for BBC One’s new one-off drama about the Bronte sisters has been revealed.

Writtten by Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright, To Walk Invisible tells “the story behind three remarkable women who, despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English language.”

Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, is played by Chloe Pirrie (An Inspector Calls) alongside Finn Atkins (Common) as her deeply ambitious older sister Charlotte, author of Jane Eyre.

Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) plays level-headed younger sister Anne, who wrote The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall, and Adam Nagaitis (Banished) will play their brilliant but reckless brother Branwell.

Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) plays the Brontë sisters’ father, Patrick.

The 120-minute drama will air on BBC One this winter.

Writer and director Sally Wainwright previously commented: “This is such an exciting and ambitious project, and we have already had a huge amount of interest in it. Something about the lives of these three brilliant, talented Yorkshire women seems to touch people at a very deep level. I am honoured that the BBC have asked me to bring to life this fascinating family in a story set in the heart of West Yorkshire.”

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ITV orders new drama ‘Trauma’ from writer of ‘Doctor Foster’

Playwright and dramatist Mike Bartlett (Doctor FosterThe Town) has written a new three-part drama series for ITV.

Set in the trauma department of a central London hospital, Trauma tells the story of 15 year old Alex Reynolds who dies under the care of a high-achieving trauma consultant.

Bartlett commented: “I feel hugely lucky to be writing a brand new series for ITV. Trauma is a story about two fathers with very different lives, locked in conflict. I hope the series will be moving, terrifying and timely…If we increasingly mistrust institutions and experts, what happens when we desperately need them?”

The official synopsis reads: “Devastated and heartbroken, Alex’s father, Dan, believes Jon Stephens is responsible for Alex’s death and as he strives for justice, he begins to unpick the very fabric of Jon’s life. Are Dan’s concerns about how Jon cared for his son in his hour of need justified or are his actions borne of overpowering grief?  Trauma questions what makes a man good and explores the idea that sometimes the very institutions established to protect us can let us down.”

Executive producer Catherine Oldfield teased: “Not only is Trauma a rollercoaster of a story but Mike’s fantastic script goes deep into the heart of what it takes to be a good man in Britain today.”

Trauma will begin filming in early summer 2017 in the London area.

The second season of Doctor Foster began filming this month.

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New family thriller series ‘Next of Kin’ coming to ITV in 2017

ITV has announced the commission of Next of Kin, a “gripping contemporary family thriller” from the makers of Poldark and Victoria.

The six-part series is written and created by husband and wife team Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) and Natasha Narayan.

The official synopsis reads: “Whip-smart psychologist Mona Mirza lives a charmed life at the heart of a loving family living in London. But she is left grief-stricken when her much-loved brother is brutally murdered whilst working for a medical charity overseas. As the death brings buried family secrets to light, Mona is drawn deep into a tangle of betrayal, conspiracy and murder. One way or another, she must find a way of protecting herself, her family and her career as they are all put at risk…”

 

Executive producer Preethi Mavahalli commented: “We are thrilled to be involved in this first collaboration between Paul and Natasha; they make a formidable writing team. With clever storytelling that will have viewers hooked, this ambitious contemporary thriller will be one not to be missed.”

Next of Kin will begin filming in early 2017.

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ITV orders conspiracy thriller ‘White Dragon’ from makers of ‘The Missing’

ITV has announced the commission of a new eight-part drama series from the makers of The Missing and One of Us.

Written by newcomers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, White Dragon is described as an “ambitious and timely conspiracy thriller.”

The Missing creators Harry and Jack Williams commented: “We’re delighted to be bringing Mark and Jonny’s incredible debut series to life. Their writing is rich and intelligent and combines a narratively taut thriller with a characterful emotional journey that we hope will draw audiences in.”

The Missing returned to BBC One for a second season last night.

 

White Dragon will begin filming on location in Asia in autumn 2017.

The official synopsis reads: “Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down when his wife, Megan, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Although she lived and worked there half the year, Jonah’s never been. He lives a small, sheltered life, and his fear of flying has kept him in London. But now he has no choice but to cross the ocean to identify the body of the woman he loved.

“Not long after arriving in Hong Kong, Jonah makes a shocking discovery about his wife. Over the course of eight thrilling hours, Jonah is drawn deeper and deeper into a web of conspiracy as he comes to terms with this utterly alien and unfamiliar environment, battling to uncover the truth about his wife’s death.”

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