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Week 41 2018 : Sat 06 Oct - Fri 12 Oct

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  • Strangers

    Ep 3/8

    British Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down after his wife, Megan Harris, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Wracked with grief, Jonah has no choice but to cross the ocean to bring home the woman he loved.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 24 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: thom@ijpr.co.uk
    Picture contact:

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 18 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    British Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down after his wife, Megan Harris, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Wracked with grief, Jonah has no choice but to cross the ocean to bring home the woman he loved.
     
    When Jonah arrives, he is immediately overwhelmed by the neon-saturated hyper-modern island of Hong Kong, a place in constant motion, and a world away from the halls of academia. It’s a city divided, with one foot still in its colonial past and another in its Chinese future. A world where we’re unsure if we can ever really know anyone at all - least of all Megan…
     
    When Jonah discovers that Megan led a secret life, it seems to completely destroy everything they built together in London. With Megan’s death leaving so many unanswered questions, Jonah struggles to make sense of it. Did their relationship amount to anything more than a lie?
     
    John Simm, Anthony Wong, Emilia Fox and Katie Leung star in an ambitious, eight-part emotional conspiracy thriller for Amazon and ITV.
     
    Strangers is written by newcomers Mark Denton & Jonny Stockwood, and directed by the award-winning and critically acclaimed Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton, Murdered by My Boyfriend, Broadchurch). This first series is commissioned for ITV from Two Brothers Pictures, the drama indie established by award-winning writers and executive producers, Harry & Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag, One of Us).  
     
    Episode 3
     
    When Jonah realizes Megan was involved with Hong Kong’s most dangerous players, he’ll start to wonder whether those closest to her may know more than they’ve let on… 
     
     

  • 5 Gold Rings

    Ep 4/6

    Phillip Schofield is back with a second series of the worldwide hit 5 Gold Rings. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 23 Sep
    Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: britt.allott@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 18 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    Phillip Schofield is back with a second series of the worldwide hit 5 Gold Rings. 
     
    In a new and even more exciting format, viewers will see two teams go head to head as they battle it out to answer a host of visual questions against the clock by placing ever smaller gold rings onto a supersized image displayed on an LED floor beneath their feet. The smaller the ring the bigger the money and the harder to pinpoint the answer.
     
    Phillip Schofield said: “I love the whole concept of this game, it’s a great family show that allows the viewers to take part and join in – whether that’s through the app or just pointing at their TV sets.  The new twists also make for some really tense and exciting battles amongst the contestants.”   
     
    For the teams the stakes are even higher as the they will now have just one chance to answer each question: if they answer the question correctly they will win the cash.  But if they are incorrect, the opposing team will have the chance to steal that question – and the cash. This means they could now win DOUBLE the jackpot – over £50,000!
     
    To help the teams they will also be given the two ‘5 Gold Rings lifelines’. They can flip the floor revealing a new question and they can use their team of five, made up of family and friends sat in the audience who, using a digital tablet, will be able to place a virtual ring where they think the correct answer is.   
     
    For the contestants, every pixel really does count as state of the art software, specially crafted for this game detects – down to just one pixel - exactly where each ring is placed on the floor.  
     
    Each round gets decidedly more difficult as the gold rings decrease in size, making it even tougher to encircle the correct answer. As each ring decreases in size so the money increases. 
     
    5 Gold Rings is a Possessed (part of ITV studios) and Talpa production for ITV.  It was commissioned by Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment for ITV.  Executive Producers are Glenn Hugill and Ed de Burgh for Possessed, the Series Producer is Anna Dunkley for Possessed.
     
    Episode 4
     
    In tonight’s show work friends Stuart (33) and Simon (34) from Manchester are hoping they can walk away with the top prize so they can go on holiday together.
     
    Competing against Stuart and Simon are siblings Samantha (21) and Luke (20) from Huddersfield who, if they win, would love to take their dad on a lovely holiday for his birthday.
     
     
     

  • Vanity Fair

    Ep 5/7

    In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no-one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 23 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.05pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: natasha.bayford@itv.com jo.blanket@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 18 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no-one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp. 
     
    Episode 5
     

    As The Battle of Waterloo begins, Amelia (Claudia Jessie) is sick with the fear about George’s (Charlie Rowe) safety. But Jos (David Fynn) is far more worried about himself, and Becky (Olivia Cooke) sees him as an opportunity to make some quick money. She sells him the horses Rawdon (Tom Bateman) left behind for a ridiculously high price, and Jos scarpers.

    The battle rages on, and the English battalion take up their firing positions. As they advance, one of their number is shot in the heart... 

     

  • The Imitation Game

    Ep 4/7

    The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced gam

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 23 Sep
    Time: 10.05pm - 10.45pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: chynna@ijpr.co.uk
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 18 September 2018.
     
    Episode 4
     
    The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced games and challenges.
     
    Each week, both teams go head-to-head as they re-enact iconic movie scenes, re-voice news footage, blast out some surprising cover versions and put unlikely words in the mouths of all kinds of celebrities.
     
    Host Alexander Armstrong and regulars Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson are joined by special guests Luke Kempner and Kate Robbins to perform a series of comedy games. Featuring a dazzling array of voices, Downton Abbey as never seen before, show-stopping musical impersonations.
     

     

  • The X Factor

    Ep 8/

    The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 23 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: xfactorpress@thames.tv
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The search for a new music superstar heats up as The X Factor continues. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show is a new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.
     
    They are joined by Mr Saturday Night, Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
     
    This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. 
     
    Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.
     
     

     

  • The Jonathan Ross Show

    Ep 4/12

    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series this autumn on ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 22 Sep
    Time: 9.50pm - 10.55pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: victoria.shires@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

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    Series overview
     
    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series this autumn on ITV.
     
    Jonathan will present the new series which will feature even more entertaining, open and exclusive interviews with stars from stage, screen, comedy and sport. There will also be performances from popular, current talent from the UK and across the pond.
     
    The last series uncovered a host of exclusives from the world of showbiz and sport including interviews with Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Grace Jones, Sheridan Smith, Tina Turner, Peter Kay and Jeremy Clarkson.
     
    Previous series have also seen rare and exclusive interviews with the likes of pop icon, Britney Spears. Plus Hollywood stars such as Michael Douglas, Amy Schumer, Renee Zellweger, and John Malkovich who all appeared on the show and were joined by some of the greatest music stars around; Little Mix and Robbie Williams to name a few.
     
    Episode 4
     
    LILY ALLEN speaks to Jonathan about her tell-all book including why she wrote it, reaction to it and the downsides of fame
    JASON MANFORD speaks to Jonathan about his family
    RIZ AHMED speaks to Jonathan about rapping for his freedom and working with Tom Hardy
    GEMMA CHAN speaks to Jonathan about why her latest film is such an important one
    JONAS BLUE PERFORM
     
    On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by singer songwriter, Lily Allen; comedian, Jason Manford; actress Gemma Chan and breakout star of Hollywood, Riz Ahmed. Jonas Blue also performs.
     
    Singer songwriter Lily Allen joined the sofa to speak all about her tell-all memoir.
     
    Speaking to Jonathan about why she has written the book, My Thoughts Exactly, Lily says: “I just felt like, people have been asking me to do the book for years and years and years but it always felt too soon. I think there’s a cartoon version of me and that’s fine but sometimes it’s not.”
     
    On what she means by a ‘cartoon version of Lily’, she explains: “I think people think I’m bratty, that I’m unnecessarily argumentative. I think Twitter and social media is great in lots of ways but also it enables people to present conversations as ‘spats’ and ‘rows’ and when you’re name is followed up by ‘Twitter row’ every day for 15 years, people start to think you’re a bit of a tw*t.”
     
    She continues: “A lot of the goading in the early years of my career, especially where other females were concerned, I wish I hadn’t got so caught up in that.”
     
    On being able to be one of the first kinds of artists to be “unfiltered”, Lily says: “It was a really interesting time. I was born out of this website called MySpace, there were real upsides to that it was the first time that people in a job like mine had an unfiltered right to respond to things and a direct link to my fanbase and people seemed to love that in the beginning but then I think the newspapers and the tabloids and the media moguls realised that suddenly they didn’t have the monopoly on this anymore and they don’t like young, opinionated women very much so I seemed to get a bit of stick. I don’t want to come across like I’m complaining because I’m not.”
     
    She continues: “I think now, I’d like to feel like it takes people to stand up to these things and to shout loudly and their voices be heard for conversations to start. I don’t think I spearheaded any movement but I think I was part of normalising women speaking.”
     
    Lily also speaks about the way she remembers her family and upbringing.
     
    Lily says: “My mum was 16 or 17 when she got pregnant with my sister and she was 25 by the time she had me and my brother. She came from a very catholic family, a working class background and she is a successful film producer in her own right now and that doesn’t happen unless you put the hours in but she did have small children and she wasn’t there for as much of my childhood as I would have liked. I’d never hold that against her. I talk about it in the book and she gets that. She made sacrifices and they were for us… She is great my mum, she’s fantastic. She lives three streets away from me and is very involved in my kids.”
     
    And on how that might have shaped her life, she says: “We’re all on a journey. Especially when you have your own children, you become much more forgiving about you parents’ behaviour for a start and you realise how difficult it is… I have to say, my version of events is not necessarily the accurate version of events.”
     
    Jonathan asks if any of what she has written has got her into trouble.
     
    Lily says of her Dad: “I got quite a cross text from him this weekend. There was a big piece [in the press] and he texted me.”
     
    Lily recounts a tale she tells in the book which has been widely reported in the media where she talks about her dad having what she describes in the book as a ‘cocaine induced heart attack’ when she was with him at Glastonbury aged 13.
     
    She explains on the show: “He texted me, ‘Err cocaine induced heart attack at Glastonbury. Wow.’ and I said, ‘Sorry that’s what I thought…’ I said ‘I’m really sorry if I got that wrong but that’s how I remembered it and you never explained it to me in any other way so that’s what I wrote’ and he said, ‘Well that’s not true.’ And I said, ‘I’m really really sorry if I got that wrong, what was it?’ And he said, ‘Acute food poisoning.’”
     
    On her dad, she says: “I was close with him and in my teenage years I really wanted to forge a relationship with him so I used to go and watch Fulham play every Saturday with him and his mates and things were really good at a certain point.”
     
    On the downsides of fame, Lily says: “We live in a fame obsessed society now. All kids want to be famous whether it’s on Instagram or TV or as a singer, whatever. It is great, listen I’m happy and I’m in a really good place now and I love what I do and I love getting up on stage and singing songs and people reacting to them but there are some pretty serious downsides to it and they’re not things that get talked about very often. A lot of people don’t make it out alive, they really don’t. I’ve just written about it in a really frank and honest way.”
     
    On changing her lifestyle from her party days, Lily says: “I don’t really go out anymore… Sheezus which was my last album which was commercially a failure and creatively a failure was a really low point for me and I had to re-evaluate everything and figure out what it was that I wanted and where I wanted to go. Being a drug addled mother to two young children wasn’t it… The reason I behaved the way I did was because I was spending long periods of time away from the people that I loved the most and the music and the album wasn’t doing very well so it was like, ‘What the f*** am I doing here.’ And I knew I had 13 months to go. It was all just a bit much. Now I’ve figured out how to put structure into my life, boundaries and scheduling. My kids are in a brilliant place… My parents weren’t really there when I was growing up so that’s the thing that I want to be, there and present for my kids. Being a touring musician makes that really difficult so it’s a bit of a catch 22. They are coming out [to the US] for half term.”
     
    Lily also speaks about some of the recent news stories that have appeared in the press about her, off the back of the book being released.
     
    On a recent headline (‘Lesbian Prostitute Sex Romps,’) about a time in her past, Lily explains: “I was in hotel rooms and was feeling quite lonely and had been drinking a lot. Usually drugs and alcohol seem to sustain something in me and it didn’t feel like anything was working any more. I’d just been reading a book about addiction and shame and it introduced me to the idea of sex addiction, so I thought, ‘Why not give this a go?’... It was a low point and this part of the book I’m really not glamorising it in any way, shape or form… It is sad. It is really sad.”
     
    Jonathan asks her if she was looking for “companionship, sexual gratification or just not to be alone” and Lily responds: “A bit of all of the above. And curiosity. And because it was a woman I felt like it wasn’t cheating. I was bonkers.”
     
    “So you were drinking and using substances at that time?” Jonathan asks her.
     
    She says: “Probably, I can’t even remember, I just remember the cash running out and her being like ‘Time is up’ and me being like, ‘Okay I’m going to the cash point!’ I had to go to about four different machines.”
     
    And on the nice things she did in the midst of fame including eating in nice restaurants and flying around the world, Lily says: “I think I got a bit comfy with it all. I felt like ‘This is my life and I’m the type of person who can walk into a jewellery shop and spend ten grand on a ring.’ I really can’t anymore by the way.” She also admits she spent “all” of the money she earned during the height of her fame.
     
    And on her daughters discovering details of her past in the book, Lily says: “My kids are going to have Google search and the Mail Online archives to their disposal so I thought actually the book, even though it’s a tough read and it will be a tough read for them, it’ll make sense of all the rubbish they are going to read.”
     
    Lily says: “In those early days I really didn’t expect what happened to happen in terms of how much success I had and how many records I was selling and tickets I was selling… It was a huge shock to the system and it’s what every body wants that success and that attention and until you’re there, it’s scary, it’s really overwhelming.”
     
    And on how the hype affected her when she started out, she says: “When I did first start and came onto the scene there was a lot of talk about body positivity and I was a normal looking girl and wasn’t that great… Actually that’s not really the nicest thing to read about yourself at that age, to be told that you’re “normal looking” and unextraordinary. So I did start to not eat and I became bulimic and low and behold I became 7 and a half, 8 stone and I’d walk into parties and people would be like ‘Oh my God you’ve never looked so amazing’ so that was quite hard to figure out.”
     
    Comedian Jason Manford joins the sofa and speaks to Jonathan about his family.
     
    On the show, Jason speaks about feeling ‘muddle class’, born into a working class family but someone who has changed class as he’s grown up. 
     
    On his family coming to see one of his gigs, he says: “I was playing the Manchester Arena, it was the biggest gig I’d ever done in my life and I wanted my mum and dad there because I wanted them to be proud of me and also themselves, at what they’d done. I said to my mum, ‘I’ve got you one of the boxes, it holds 16 people, eat what you want, drink what you want at the end of the night, I’ll cover the bill.’ Just a little treat for them. I got to the interval and my tour manager said, ‘I’ve just stopped a bottle of brandy going into your parents’ box.’ I said, ‘Why? If they want brandy, let them have brandy.’ He said, ‘It was their fourth bottle.’ I said, ‘How have 16 people got through four bottles of brandy in a 45 minute first half?’ What had happened was, my mum is a very popular lady, she’s got lots of friends and colleagues. She’d been texting them all afternoon, ‘When you’re at the gig tonight, don’t be going to the bar and paying arena prices, come to our box, it’s all free!’ They were so hammered. I had an uncle heckle me at one point. It was chaos. As I was coming off, I could see my mum being escorted out by two security guards, the manager of the arena said to me, ‘Jason, your family were the worst behaved family of any performer we’ve ever had!’”
     
    And on telling his dad the story, Jason says his dad’s reaction was: “That’s brilliant, we never win anything!”
     
    Jason also spoke about suffering with stage fright and feelings of anxiety: “It’s something that yeah, it’s definitely something I’ve had over the years. Anxiety, stage fright… I think it is just the moments where you feel like you’re not good enough whether that’s as a comedian, or as a person, or as a dad, or as a partner and that can affect you… I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, it’s awful.”
     
    Hollywood star, Riz Ahmed, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about finally getting his father’s seal of approval after he last appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show back in 2016.
     
    Speaking to Jonathan, Riz says: “Last time I was here you were like, ‘What does your dad think of your career?’ I told you a little anecdote about how he came up to me after I did my first big American film and he said to me, ‘You know it’s not too late to become a banker.’ Since I told that story on this show, his attitude has completely changed. It’s not because of my career it’s because he got a shout out on this show!”
     
    Riz also spoke about landing his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and admitted he auditioned quite a few times... “I went a bit overboard, a bit over the top, I got a bit obsessive about my work. They were like, ‘Could you read for this scene?’ And the director made the stupid mistake of giving me his email address so I recorded an audition and I sent it to him… I started thinking, ‘hang on a minute, I can do it better’ so I sent him another audition. And I sent him another one. Over the next three days I sent him 14 different versions of this scene. And the thing is, when I watch them back now, they are not even that different. I just changed my clothes!”
     
    On visiting Pakistan, Riz says: “My heritage is pakistani, it’s very much part of my culture. When I was growing up here I was sometimes made to feel like I wasn’t really British or didn’t really fit in. I went back when I was 15 and I thought, ‘I’m really going to fit in here!’ I went there and I was like, ‘I do not fit in here.’ It’s because I’m a Londoner. It was more the fact that I was stuck on the toilet for 23 hours a day. It’s hard to make friends from that.”
     
    He also recounts a story about having to rap for his freedom after being arrested for trespassing onto a military base in Pakistan.
     
    He says: “When I told them I was a rapper, they go ‘alright show us what you got?’ I basically had to rap for my freedom in Karaji to be released by military intelligence. I did it freestyle. There was a good pun in there about dropping bars. Once I rapped for them, they were like ‘you can go.’”
     
    Speaking about his role in new film, Venom, Riz speaks about playing Dr Carlton Drake. After showing a preview clip, film fanatic, Jonathan says: “At the end there we saw a clip where there was Venom versus another thing that looked like Venom and I think that’s another comic book character - comic book fans will know where I’m going with this - called Carnage. Are you Carnage?”
     
    Riz teases: “I haven’t talked about this up until now… And I’m not about to start.”
     
    Riz also speaks about working with Tom Hardy: “I’ve known him for about eleven years now and we first met when we were both doing a reality TV show about playwrights… It was me, Tom Hardy and Rafe Spall and we had all just started. This was in 2007. We were bonding over rap music, Tom is a big rap fan, I played him my first track I’d just recorded, he was really encouraging. He kept doing this strange thing… Any breaks in conversation he just started doing push ups. And I thought, ‘This guy is going to go all the way, man.’ He is intense but that’s also because he cares. He is really passionate about his work.”
     
    Star of Crazy Rich Asians, Gemma Chan, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about why her new film is an important one.
     
    She says: “It has been beyond what any of us every imagined. It’s the first mainstream Hollywood film for 25 years to feature asians in the lead and an all asian cast so it’s been a long time.”
     
    And on whether this film could pave the way for more, she says: “That’s the hope I think. When I first saw the film, I felt emotional but I also felt relief because I thought ‘Thank God this film is good because we’re hopefully not going to have to wait another 25 years before they let asians make a movie.’ It means so much to so many people. The box office success is the cherry on top.”
     
    On wearing expensive jewellery in the film, Gemma admits it’s the real deal and not fake: “They were real! They were really expensive. There was a bodyguard following me around the whole time, making sure I didn’t drop one down the toilet. I was paranoid the whole time. They were worth millions.”
     
     
     

     

  • The X Factor

    Ep 7/

    The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 22 Sep
    Time: 8.35pm - 9.50pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: xfactorpress@thames.tv
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The search for a new music superstar heats up as The X Factor continues. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show is a new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.
     
    They are joined by Mr Saturday Night, Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
     
    This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. 
     
    Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.
     

     

  • James Martin's Saturday Morning

    Ep 4/

    James Martin's Saturday Morning sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 22 Sep
    Time: 9.30am - 11.40am
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 18 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    James Martin’s Saturday Morning returns with everyone’s favourite chef sharing his love of good food, his cars and his dogs, Cooper and Ralph. 
     
    James will be cooking up more fabulous, seasonal dishes, welcoming a range of great celebrity guests and his best friends from the world of food.  Oz Clarke will be out and about around the country conducting wine tastings, Jason Plato returns for more Fast Food challenges in the Ariel Nomad racing car and there’ll be more visits to the kitchens of some of Britain’s best chefs.  Plus there’ll be recipes filmed on the road during James’ recent trip to the USA.
     
    Episode 4
     
    James is joined by impressionist Jon Culshaw, snooker legend Stephen Hendry and chef Daniel Galmiche. On the menu today are slow roast shoulder of lamb, Mexican loaded potato skins and lobster with mango. 
     

     

  • WOS Wrestling

    Ep 9/10

    WOS Wrestling makes its triumphant return to ITV this month. The high-octane series promises an hour’s worth of heart-pumping action on Saturday evenings.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 22 Sep
    Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 39 2018 : Sat 22 Sep - Fri 28 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 18 September 2018.
     
    Episode 9
     
    Anything could happen in the WOS arena as the UK’s best wrestling talent take their turn in the ring. Tonight WOS Executive Stu Bennett calls a special match, and the reward for the winner could have huge repercussions for the WOS Championship title.   

     

  • The Island Strait

    Spring Ep 2/4

    This series brings you a year in the life of this Island Strait – capturing the beauty of 4 glorious seasons and the life cycle of the men and women who live here.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Fri 21 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact:
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 11 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    The Menai Strait – a magical stretch of sea that separates the isle of Anglesey from mainland Wales.
     
    This series brings you a year in the life of this Island Strait – capturing the beauty of 4 glorious seasons and the life cycle of the men and women who live here.
     
    The beauty and challenges of life on the most incredible saltwater river in Britain. 
     
    Episode 2 - Spring
     
    It is spring and the tourists get the tills ringing and the boatmen smiling. Menai, the Olive Ridley turtle washed up outside Frankie’s Sea Zoo, is miraculously making good progress - and landscape photographer Glyn hosts his own exhibition.

  • Celebrity Juice

    Ep 2/

    Celebrity Juice is back for a brand new series and celebrating its 10th birthday.

    ITV2
    Transmission date: Thu 20 Sep
    Time: 10.00pm - 10.50pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Celebrity Juice is back for a brand new series and we are celebrating our 10th birthday! So Join host Keith Lemon and team captains Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby for an incredible birthday bonanza. 
     
    Episode 2
     
    Keith Lemon hosts the outrageous comedy panel show, which sees team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton going head to head in a series of hilarious games. Joining the panel this week at first were X Factor Winners Rak-Su, Corrie’s Cath Tyldesley, Comedian Joel Dommett and TV Legend Eamonn Holmes. However due to a massive electrical fault, the studio lights went dark - forcing the record to be cancelled before the end of part 1. 
     
    But nothing can stop Juice, so a week later all of our guests came back to studio except for Eamonn, who sadly was unavailable. So what do you do in that situation? You get one of Britain’s finest comedy actors, John Thompson, to take on the role of a lifetime and finish the show as Eamonn Holmes. Welcome to ‘Celebrity Juice: The Power Cut Special’.
     
     

     

  • To Catch A Serial Killer - With Trevor McDonald

    Ep 1/1

    This new one-off documentary in ITV’s Crime & Punishment season tells the story of detective Steve Fulcher, who by questioning serial killer Christopher Halliwell at a burial site elicited a confession to not just that murder but a second too - a

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 20 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
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    To Catch A Serial Killer - With Trevor McDonald
     
    “My view is that I have brought two daughters back to their mothers and I’ve prevented other victims resulting from Halliwell’s continued pursuit of his career as a serial killer… But for my course of action Becky would still be in that field, Sian would never be found and Christopher Halliwell would be walking the streets.” - former detective Steve Fulcher
     
    “You have to look at the wider picture and say, ‘Alright, do we need to have a way of ensuring that police powers are not abused, that people aren’t bullied into making confessions?’” - criminal defence barrister Sebastian Gardiner
     
    This new one-off documentary in ITV’s Crime & Punishment season tells the story of detective Steve Fulcher, who by questioning serial killer Christopher Halliwell at a burial site elicited a confession to not just that murder but a second too - and in the process destroyed his own career.
     
    Presented by Sir Trevor McDonald and featuring new interviews, rare archive footage and reconstructions, this documentary provides a vivid insight into Halliwell’s horrific crimes through the words of the detective leading the investigation, key local journalists and relatives of the victims.
     
    Former Detective Superintendent Fulcher explains how he formed a bond with taxi driver Halliwell after arresting him over the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan.
     
    The killer confessed to her murder, and revealed he had also killed prostitute Becky Godden years earlier and left her body at another location. 
     
    This led to a trail of evidence suggesting further murders, but the manner in which Steve gained Halliwell’s confessions breached police procedure by failing to caution him and denying access to a solicitor - compromising the court case against him and calling into question one of the most important principles of the criminal justice system.
     
    This programme explores whether Steve's actions were a brilliant piece of detective work, or the result of his own arrogance and recklessness which ultimately cost him his job.
     
    Sian O’Callaghan’s boyfriend had reported her missing after she failed to return from a night out with friends in Swindon, Wiltshire, in March 2011. A police telephone trace threw up a clue - he had texted her half an hour after she left the nightclub saying, ‘Worried.’ The trace on her phone was tracked to the nearby Savernake Forest by Steve's team. He says: “Working on the hypothesis that she could have been kidnapped and was still alive, I conducted this investigation as a crime in action - that means everything else is subordinate to the notion of finding Sian, and seeking to save her life.”
     
    A search of the forest proved fruitless, but Steve got a breakthrough several days into the investigation after his team spotted an unidentified taxi on CCTV in the area where she disappeared, explains ITV reporter Robert Murphy, who covered the case. He says: “A police officer had the idea of looking at all the police dashboard cameras that were patrolling central Swindon at the time. Just in the minutes before Sian vanished, one of the police cars had filmed a Toyota Avensis driving the other way, and it had the number plate.”
     
    The taxi belonged to Halliwell, who told his company he had gone home at 1.30am - much earlier than Sian had disappeared. But CCTV showed him driving around the town for another 90 minutes. Steve Brodie, a BBC reporter who covered the case, says: “They knew he was lying. He was telling the taxi company I'm going home, I'm tired, and he wasn't.”
     
    Steve Fulcher placed Halliwell under surveillance and he was seen cleaning his car, disposing of materials in litter bins, and burning objects at night. Halliwell had been spotted buying a large quantity of pills, so officers were sent in to arrest him. Steve decided to use a special procedure called an urgent interview. Deborah Peach from the inquiry team says: “Steve takes the decision that he will conduct an urgent interview of Halliwell himself and just says ‘Right, let’s go.’”
     
    Halliwell told Steve to take the car into a turning which led to a local beauty spot, a chalk white horse at Uffington. Steve says: “He said, ‘You and I should have a chat.’ Which was quite odd, actually… I felt the sense of gratitude. He had done what I considered to be the right thing. So I thanked him and explained that he would be given his rights, taken back to the police station… He asked for help, he said, ‘What’s the matter with me Steve I’m a sick f***er but can I get help?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s gone beyond that Chris.’”
     
    The team found Sian’s remains there. Steve says Halliwell then asked him, ‘Do you want another one?’
     
    The decision Steve made almost derailed the case against Halliwell in court, and ultimately cost him his job. Halliwell described another victim, a prostitute he said he had killed much earlier, says Steve, and he could take him to the spot where he had buried her as well. It turned out to be the remains of Becky. Steve Brodie says: “At that stage there's absolutely no doubt under PACE [the Police and Criminal Evidence Act], Christopher Halliwell should have been charged on suspicion of murder, taken back to a police station and given access to a solicitor.”
     
    But Steve says: “Should I stop him confessing? Place him under arrest and take him back into custody? What are the ramifications of that? Well the ramifications are clear. We might never find out who ‘another one’ is.”
     
    Becky's mother Karen Edwards says: “We were told that Christopher Halliwell would go away for a very long time for a double murder. But then the rollercoaster began.”
     
    Once Halliwell was in custody, Steve was hailed by his superiors. But Halliwell refused to comment any further in police interview, compromising those confessions and once the case reached court, though he had admitted the murder of Sian O’Callaghan, the judge ruled the confessions to both killings were inadmissible as evidence. After his sentencing for Sian’s murder, police reopened the case into Becky’s killing. Investigators discovered soil on a spade which placed Halliwell in the field where Becky was found, leading to his conviction by jury in 2016.
     
    Steve had already resigned from the force after a series of warnings. Sian’s mother Elaine Pickford says what he did was understandable to her family. She says: “Steve did what I think any family member would want an officer to do for them.”
     
    But criminal defence barrister Sebastian Gardiner says: “It wasn't ignorance on his part, it was a conscious decision by him to drive a coach and horses through recognised police procedure.”
     
     

  • Emmerdale 1918

    Ep 1/6

    Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, Emmerdale 1918 uncovers the incredible untold stories of real Yorkshire men and women from the unique perspective of the cast of one of Britain’s favourite soaps.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 20 Sep
    Time: 8.30pm - 9.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Emmerdale 1918
     
    Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, Emmerdale 1918 uncovers the incredible untold stories of real Yorkshire men and women from the unique perspective of the cast of one of Britain’s favourite soaps.
     
    A host of Emmerdale’s most famous faces – old and new – are about to leave the set behind and step back into the past to celebrate the lives of unsung local heroes who drove the war effort.
     
    From Woolpack chef to the real wartime cook, village vicar to the battlefield priest, telly farmer to the real country land girl and Emmerdale vet to the real frontline vet. Inspired by amazing stories of gallantry, sacrifice and heartbreak from villages in rural Yorkshire, including the actual village that Emmerdale was based on, they’ll honour these hidden heroes when the cast come together to host their very own Emmerdale Armistice celebration.
     
    Episode 1
     
    This week, Mark Charnock, who plays much loved Emmerdale chef Marlon Dingle, looks back on the story of a real First World War chef who lived in the original Emmerdale village. 
     
    Mark, who has little real life experience of cooking, suddenly finds himself behind the lines and preparing meals for hungry troops, as he uncovers the twists and turns of a cheeky chef who left behind a remarkable legacy. Mark starts to feel the heat as he prepares a special pudding for the finale event in First World War cooking conditions.
     
    Can he keep it together and honour this Yorkshire hero?
     
     

  • Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

    Ep 2/4

    This epic new four-part series is Joanna Lumley’s grandest and most challenging journey yet, a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 19 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure
     
    Series overview
     
    “I’m embarking on a 7000-mile journey following the route of the legendary Silk Road, that throughout history helped spread all manner of foods, inventions and cultures across Asia and Europe...my most adventurous and exotic journey yet.” Joanna Lumley 
     
    This epic new four-part series is Joanna Lumley’s grandest and most challenging journey yet, a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road.
     
    A perilous network of paths, the Silk Road shaped the modern world, bringing silk, printing, spices, gunpowder, and many other things, to the West. Joanna’s adventure will see her travel through a breath-taking array of fabulous landscapes as she crosses continents, deserts, mountains and steppe, boldly following in the footsteps of the merchants, conquerors, kings and pilgrims who once lived and died along this route.
     
    Episode 2
     
    In episode two, Joanna continues her adventure following the ancient Silk Road from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, across the rapidly changing post-Soviet states of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Joanna kicks off her journey in the brash, booming seaside resort of Batumi, where post-Soviet era new money has seen casinos and high-rise hotels built alongside old Soviet tenement blocks. It’s a huge change from when it was a small backwater and the border to Turkey was closed. 
     
    Joanna travels to Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. It too has hints of the old Soviet occupation, but its name is derived from the Georgian for ‘warm’, a nod to the 30 hot springs which provided respite for weary Silk Road travellers. There are also hints of the city’s 19th century days of splendour, and Joanna visits the Kipshitzes family, who have spent 20 years restoring the family home to its former glory, making it the last intact, 19th century townhouse in the whole of Tbilisi. 
     
    In Tbilisi, Joanna meets former model Tako Chkeidze, who has masterminded Tbilisi fashion week to learn how she navigated a career under Communist rule and during the civil war. Modelling was far from people’s minds when there was not even electricity or bread to eat. 
     
    Lastly in the capital, Joanna visits the Sukhishvili Dance Company, a fantastic example of how Georgian culture has kept going through centuries of war and occupation. Joanna meets Nino Sukhishvili, the company manager, to watch a rehearsal of dances inspired by a different region of the country or a different chapter of Georgian history. Folk dancing is so popular in Georgia that one in three children takes lessons.
     
    Joanna says: “I adore watching rehearsals, I adore watching the muscles and the energy and the dedication and the brilliance. And at the heart of it is Georgia, keeping Georgia’s identity alive. Every part of it was ravishing…In my next incarnation I shall be a dancer.”
     
    From Tbilisi, Joanna heads into the magnificent, snow-crested peaks of the High Caucasus to Svaneti, one of the most remote regions in Georgia. Because of its isolation, the Georgian kings of the Middle Ages would send their treasure here for safekeeping, and a unique culture developed, untouched by the outside world. In the village of Langami Joanna meets Rezo Kholejani who shows her the tiny Church of Christ, which has stood here for over 1000 years. 
     
    In the region, Joanna discovers how the old trading pathways are being restored – she walks a part of the Transcaucasian trail, a walking route that allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the original Silk Road traders and see the mountains for themselves. She ends her visit to Svaneti by staying overnight with the only remaining residents of Kichkuldashi, Valeri and Maro Vibliani, who decided to remain in the village after a devastating avalanche in 1987.
     
    Joanna says: “My Grandmother said you can’t live on views alone, but there’s something about this place that restores the soul.”
     
    Next, Joanna travels to Khaketi, Georgia’s most famous wine region. The tradition of making wine there goes back even further than the Georgian nation itself. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of people making wine here 8000 years ago.  Joanna meets Shota Lagazidze, who, at just 28, is one of Georgia’s most talked about wine growers, whose methods have changed little from that of thousands of years ago, grapes are fermented with the skin on, and in pots buried underground. 
     
    Khaketi is also home to Lamara Beshshvili, a young woman who is reviving the silk trade in the village of Magaro, she harvests silk from silk worms. Joanna sees her small operation in action, from silk worms eating mulberry leaves to the finished product, silk thread. 
     
    Joanna is very taken with the silkworms: “These little darlings have made people richer than a King’s ransom…just by producing what’s natural to them and to us is desired, silk. I’m wearing one as a brooch because I’ve become very attached.”
     
    Over the border in Azerbaijan, a country of nearly 10 million people between Russia and Iran, Joanna discovers a lush and green land. Her first stop is Sheki, where artisan crafts and the renowned silk industry attracted huge merchant caravans from Europe and across central Asia. Joanna visits a caravanserai here and the grand palace of the Khans, the 18th century Persian rulers of Azerbaijan.
     
    Moving further eastward, Joanna stops in the village of Kelagayi, for some silk scarf shopping. The scarves produced here are unique to Azerbaijan. Finally Joanna arrives in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, the last port of call on her adventure through Georgia and Azerbaijan. The glittering skyline and ambitious new architecture have given it the moniker ‘The Dubai of the Caucasus.’ Joanna is shown around the $7000 a night Royal Suite in the Fairmont Hotel, at the top of Baku’s iconic Flame Towers, undergoes a bizarre folk ritual and overcomes her fear of heights to walk on the roof of Baku’s latest construction marvel, the $300 million Caspian waterfront complex.
     
    Produced by Burning Bright for ITV.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • Bad Move

    Ep 1/6

    In this second series of Bad Move, the rose-tinted fantasy of an idyllic country lifestyle proves to be further away than ever from Nicky and Steve. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 19 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Series overview
     
    In this second series of Bad Move, the rose-tinted fantasy of an idyllic country lifestyle proves to be further away than ever from Nicky (Kerry Godliman) and Steve (Jack Dee). Their crumbling wreck of a house continues to throw problems at them - they have to deal with everything from an infestation of moths to a septic tank that's 'backing up' as Ken charmingly puts it.
     
    Episode 1: Country Pile
     
    Nicky and Steve's dream of an idyllic country life is proving further away than ever as they struggle to find a builder willing to fix the gaping hole in their roof.
     

  • £10k Holiday Home

    Ep 6/6

    In this new six-part series for ITV, Julia Bradbury finds out if it’s possible to buy and renovate a home abroad for just £10,000.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 18 Sep
    Time: 7.30pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Series overview
     
    In this new six-part series for ITV, Julia Bradbury finds out if it’s possible to buy and renovate a home abroad for just £10,000. Some savvy sun worshippers claim to have paid just twice the £5,000 that an average family reportedly spends on their annual break away - to have their very own holiday home.
     
    From Spain to France, and Italy to Bulgaria, some properties are up for grabs at unbelievably low prices. This series features Julia finding out whether the dream of a holiday home in the sun can really be achievable for the price of a second-hand car - by taking on her own fixer-upper in Portugal. Along the way she meets people who have done just that - using shepherds’ huts, troglodyte caves and even river boats to make their dream homes in the sun on a budget. Julia is helped by her friend, designer and salvage expert Max McMurdo, who uses his DIY skills to help Julia renovate her Portuguese retreat and takes on a challenge of creating his own holiday home on wheels in the UK for less than £5,000. But can they really achieve their goals on such tight budgets?
     
    Episode 6
     
    In the sixth and final programme of the series, Julia’s Little Blue House is nearly finished, but has she managed to make her dream of a £10K holiday home into a reality?
     
    She visits Porto, Portugal’s second city, to shop for the final touches for the property and finds some well-priced linen in a traditional textile store where she proves to be a dab hand at haggling. 
     
    Max on the other hand is no match for the stall holders in the local market but he goes away happy with his haul of hand crafted baskets and stools.
     
    The pair take time out to visit a thermal spring and buy some local wine so they can celebrate the big reveal with their new friends and neighbours in the village.
     
    In just three months Julia and Max have transformed the house and now it’s the moment of truth – has Julia come in on budget and what will the locals think?
     
     
     
     

  • The Frankenstein Chronicles

    Series 2 Ep 3/6

    Marlott is convinced that Billy Oates and the origin of the fever killing local families will lead him to Lord Daniel Hervey.  

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 18 Sep
    Time: 11.15pm - 12.00am
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Episode 3 - Seeing the dead
     
    Written by Noel Farragher and Paul Tomalin
     
    Marlott is convinced that Billy Oates and the origin of the fever killing local families will lead him to Lord Daniel Hervey.  
     
    Long Synopsis
     
    As the Pye Street plague intensifies, Marlott is moved by the plight of the poor, left to die in abject poverty without assistance from Church or state. He tenderly conveys the bodies of the young and old to the Communal Burial Pit along with Spence, marking the doors of the dead with a cross.   
     
    Marlott runs into an old foe - the child catcher Billy Oates (ROBBIE GEE), just back in London and working for a travelling show.). Marlott goes to the sideshow’s grounds and threatens Oates.  He covered for Hervey when Marlott was framed for Flora’s murder. He must know Hervey's whereabouts. Oates protests he did his time, he’s been away at sea and hasn’t seen Hervey. The proprietor of the sideshow, Mrs Wild (CLAIRE BENEDICT) has a wary eye on Marlott.
     
    Public pressure over the clergy murders mounts on Peel, the public whipped up by lies printed in the Evening Chronicle. Peel warns Inspector Treadaway (PAUL KENNEDY) to make progress or else they’re all out of a job...
     
    Another church murder victim is discovered in Westminster and this time the police are first on the scene. Sergeant Nightingale has the foresight to remove the body for autopsy before the Parish Watchmen arrive.
     
    Esther works day and night to complete the embroidery on the dress for Frederick’s party, accompanied by a young Ada Lovelace (LILY LESSER).
     
    As Esther and Frederick grow closer, her unspoken grief rises to the surface. Being a widow has made her afraid to live. 
     
     
    CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
     
    John Marlott SEAN BEAN
    Spence FRANCIS MAGEE
    Mrs Flynn CLAIRE RAFFERTY
    Mrs Wild CLAIRE BENEDICT
    Thomas Garlick PHILL MARTIN
    Billy Oates ROBBIE GEE
    Renquist MARTIN McCANN
    Sir Robert Peel TOM WARD
    Jane Smith ROMA TOMELTY
    Constable Pip Bircher FRANK BLAKE
    Sergeant Nightingale RICHIE CAMPBELL
    Whitlock TERENCE KEELEY
    Inspector Treadaway PAUL KENNEDY
    Ada Byron LILY LESSER
    Esther Rose MAEVE DERMODY
    Frederick Dipple LAURENCE FOX
    Sam AARON KELLY
    Doctor Lennox IAN McELHINNEY
    Boz RYAN SAMPSON
    Automaton VICTORIA EMSLIE
     
     

     

  • Moped Muggers: Caught on Camera

    Ep 1/

    Moped Muggings: Caught on Camera features some of the most shocking footage of crimes on two wheels.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 18 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Moped Muggers: Caught on Camera
     
    Moped Muggings: Caught on Camera features some of the most shocking footage of crimes on two wheels.
     
    The number of crimes carried out by moped riders has soared. In this programme we’ll not only hear from people caught up in the drama - but watch it unfold.
     
    Featuring a courier brutally attacked for his bike, a jeweller who fought back against thieves riding a moped, plus astonishing video of police pursuits. The show also offers insights from former officers and moped crime experts, including advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. 
     

  • The Real Housewives of Cheshire

    Forty Five On The Inside Ep 2/

    It’s never quiet in Cheshire; The Real Housewives are back with a bang… and two new faces.

    ITVBe
    Transmission date: Mon 17 Sep
    Time: 10.00pm - 11.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Series overview
     
    It’s never quiet in Cheshire; The Real Housewives are back with a bang… and two new faces.
     
    The Real Housewives of Cheshire and their glamorous lifestyles are returning for a brand new series filled with highs, lows and a lot of champagne. The 10x60 series, plus the famous reunion show, will launch in the Autumn on ITVBe.
     
    Dawn Ward, Tanya Bardsley, Lauren Simon, Rachel Lugo, Ester Dohnalová and Seema Malhotra will all return to the show as Housewives, with Stacey Forsey, Nermina Pieters-Mekic and Christine McGuiness featuring as guests Housewives. Two new Housewives will also join the Cheshire clique: Perla Barton and Hanna Miraftab.
     
    Latino vegan guru Perla, is married to self-made millionaire Jonathan. The pair, along with their children from previous relationships and their twelve year-old daughter together, live in a bespoke Wilmslow mansion where Perla tutors the Cheshire gliteratti in Yoga. Perla isn’t afraid of being brutal with the truth,  believing the best way to deliver it is with a smile on your face… but how will that go down with the other Housewives?
     
    Hanna, who describes herself as an alpha female, grew up in Bolton where she has carved a career as a successful dentist. Her fiancé Martin is part of the Cheshire elite and is a cosmetic surgeon with clinics in Hale and Palma; he also performed fellow Housewife Lauren’s thread facial lift in Series 7. The Iranian beauty prides herself on being successful, self-sufficient and isn’t impressed with women marrying for money.
     
    It’s never quiet in Cheshire and with the two new arrivals, new relationships are formed, tensions arise and there are laughs aplenty.
     
    Episode 2 – Forty Five On The Inside
     
    It’s Dawn’s 45th birthday and Cheshire is in full on party mode. Rachel is reeling from the shock of John’s secret yoga classes with Perla. Ester finds herself in the firing line for some typically outrageous behaviour. After the fire, Tanya moves into a new house, and the fireworks go off in style at Warford Hall.
     
     
     
     

  • Coronation Street

    Ep 9 562/9 567

    Coronation Street is the story of the everyday lives of ordinary folk living in a northern town called Weatherfield.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 17 Sep
    Time: 7.30pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Soaps
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
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    Coronation Street is the story of the everyday lives of ordinary folk living in a northern town called Weatherfield. The show’s unique blend of heartwarming comedy and powerful drama always remaining at the forefront of its programming since 1960.
     
    The information provided here is just a brief taster of the full content of the episode. If you are a member of the press and require a fuller synopsis of the episode, please send an email stating your name, who you write for and you will be added to a database of journalists sent the fuller information.
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9562: Monday 17th September at 7.30pm 
     
    Sally makes a sensational discovery about Imran. 
    Peter confronts Tyler’s mother on Simon’s behalf. 
    A face from Adam’s past seeks a favour.
     
    Writer – Simon Crowther
    Director – Vicky Thomas
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9563: Monday 17th September at 8.30pm
     
    Leanne and Toyah teach Imran a lesson. 
    Peter is outraged when Carla employs Vicky at the factory. 
    Ryan reunites with an old friend.
     
    Writer – Simon Crowther
    Director – Vicky Thomas
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9564: Wednesday 19th September at 7.30pm
     
    Sally learns the truth about Sophie and Paula. 
    A humiliated Imran gives Leanne the sack. 
    Carla ignores Peter’s wishes regarding Vicky.
    Writer – Susan Oudot
    Director – John Anderson
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9565: Wednesday 19th September at 8.30pm
     
    Imran and Sally engage in a war of words in court. 
    Simon convinces Peter to change tactics with Vicky. 
    Geoff resorts to sabotaging Brian.
     
    Writer – Ian Kershaw
    Director – John Anderson
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9566: Friday 21st September at 7.30pm
     
    Tim looks for someone to blame for Sally’s predicament. 
    Tracy’s fairytale wedding goes up in smoke. 
    Claudia comes to Ken’s rescue.
     
    Writer – David Isaac
    Director – John Anderson
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9567: Friday 21st September at 8.30pm
     
    Jim and Hannah begin to doubt each other. 
    Gina praises Tim for defending Sally’s honour. 
    Abi persuades Steve to be her private dancer.
     
    Writer – Mark Wadlow
    Director – John Anderson
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     

     

  • Emmerdale

    Ep 8 261/8 266

    Emmerdale is the small village with big drama.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 17 Sep
    Time: 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    Genre: Soaps
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emily.ogden@itv.com janine.goodall@itv.com
    Picture contact: david.crook@itv.com

    Emmerdale is the small village with big drama. Set against the stunningly beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale has been successfully running for 44 years. Entertaining more than seven million viewers six times a week with its mix of dramatic storylines. 
     
    The information provided here is just a brief taster of the full content of the episode. If you are a member of the press and require a fuller synopsis of the episode, please send an email stating your name and who you write for. 
     
    8261 - Monday 17th September 2018: 7pm - 7.30pm
    • A discovery leads to desperate measures.
    • One resident feels the pressure.
    • Will a secret be revealed?
     
    8262 – Tuesday 18th September 2018: 7pm - 7.30pm
    • Graham is relieved.
    • Jessie reveals a shocking secret. 
    • Cain is riled by Ross’ presence. 
     
    8263 – Wednesday 19th September 2018: 7pm - 7.30pm
    • Ross’ addiction intensifies. 
    • Ross spirals out of control. 
    • Jessie tries to salvage a relationship. 
     
    8264 – Thursday 20th September 2018: 7pm - 7.30pm
    • Ross struggles to function. 
    • A life hangs in the balance. 
    • Jessie fears for the future. 
     
    8265 – Thursday 20th September 2018: 8pm - 8.30pm
    • Moses is placed in danger.
    • Jessie and Ellis are divided.
    • Matty’s suspicions are roused. 
     
    8266 – Friday 21st September 2018: 7pm - 7.30pm
    • Matty interrogates Cain. 
    • Charity receives some home truths. 
    • Bernice is urged to take action. 
     
    Omnibus 8261 – 8266 
    A life hangs in the balance, Moses is in danger, a secret is revealed. 
     

     

  • Strangers

    Ep 2/8

    British Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down after his wife, Megan Harris, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Wracked with grief, Jonah has no choice but to cross the ocean to bring home the woman he loved.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 17 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: thom@ijpr.co.uk
    Picture contact:

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 11 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    British Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down after his wife, Megan Harris, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Wracked with grief, Jonah has no choice but to cross the ocean to bring home the woman he loved.
     
    When Jonah arrives, he is immediately overwhelmed by the neon-saturated hyper-modern island of Hong Kong, a place in constant motion, and a world away from the halls of academia. It’s a city divided, with one foot still in its colonial past and another in its Chinese future. A world where we’re unsure if we can ever really know anyone at all - least of all Megan…
     
    When Jonah discovers that Megan led a secret life, it seems to completely destroy everything they built together in London. With Megan’s death leaving so many unanswered questions, Jonah struggles to make sense of it. Did their relationship amount to anything more than a lie?
     
    John Simm, Anthony Wong, Emilia Fox and Katie Leung star in an ambitious, eight-part emotional conspiracy thriller for Amazon and ITV.
     
    Strangers is written by newcomers Mark Denton & Jonny Stockwood, and directed by the award-winning and critically acclaimed Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton, Murdered by My Boyfriend, Broadchurch). This first series is commissioned for ITV from Two Brothers Pictures, the drama indie established by award-winning writers and executive producers, Harry & Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag, One of Us).  
     
    Episode 2
     
    After Megan’s final heartbreaking phone message, Jonah tries to convince David that she was killed. But his search for proof uncovers further secrets that force him to question whether he ever truly knew his wife at all. 
     
     
     

  • The X Factor

    Ep 6/

    The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 16 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: xfactorpress@thames.tv
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The search for a new music superstar heats up as The X Factor continues. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show is a new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.
     
    They are joined by Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
     
    This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. 
     
    Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.
     

     

  • The Imitation Game

    Ep 3/7

    The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced gam

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 16 Sep
    Time: 10.05pm - 10.45pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: chynna@ijpr.co.uk
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

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    One Word Impressions 

    Special guest Jan Ravens has to complete the ultimate test where, against the clock, she has to perform celebrity impressions in a single word (or sometimes less!) for their team captain Rory Bremner to guess. 
     
    Episode 3
     
    The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced games and challenges.
     
    Each week, both teams go head-to-head as they re-enact iconic movie scenes, re-voice news footage, blast out some surprising cover versions and put unlikely words in the mouths of all kinds of celebrities.
     
    Host Alexander Armstrong and regulars Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson are joined by special guests Jan Ravens and Anil Desai to perform a series of comedy games. Featuring a dazzling array of voices, show-stopping musical impersonations, a side to Prince Charles never seen before and The Terminator as reimagined by primary school kids.
     

     

  • 5 Gold Rings

    Ep 3/6

    Phillip Schofield is back with a second series of the worldwide hit 5 Gold Rings. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 16 Sep
    Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: britt.allott@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 11 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    Phillip Schofield is back with a second series of the worldwide hit 5 Gold Rings. 
     
    In a new and even more exciting format, viewers will see two teams go head to head as they battle it out to answer a host of visual questions against the clock by placing ever smaller gold rings onto a supersized image displayed on an LED floor beneath their feet. The smaller the ring the bigger the money and the harder to pinpoint the answer.
     
    Phillip Schofield said: “I love the whole concept of this game, it’s a great family show that allows the viewers to take part and join in – whether that’s through the app or just pointing at their TV sets.  The new twists also make for some really tense and exciting battles amongst the contestants.”   
     
    For the teams the stakes are even higher as the they will now have just one chance to answer each question: if they answer the question correctly they will win the cash.  But if they are incorrect, the opposing team will have the chance to steal that question – and the cash. This means they could now win DOUBLE the jackpot – over £50,000!
     
    To help the teams they will also be given the two ‘5 Gold Rings lifelines’. They can flip the floor revealing a new question and they can use their team of five, made up of family and friends sat in the audience who, using a digital tablet, will be able to place a virtual ring where they think the correct answer is.   
     
    For the contestants, every pixel really does count as state of the art software, specially crafted for this game detects – down to just one pixel - exactly where each ring is placed on the floor.  
     
    Each round gets decidedly more difficult as the gold rings decrease in size, making it even tougher to encircle the correct answer. As each ring decreases in size so the money increases. 
     
    5 Gold Rings is a Possessed (part of ITV studios) and Talpa production for ITV.  It was commissioned by Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment for ITV.  Executive Producers are Glenn Hugill and Ed de Burgh for Possessed, the Series Producer is Anna Dunkley for Possessed.
     
    Episode 3
     
    In tonight’s show, couple Danny (26) and Kat (26) are hoping they can walk away with the top prize so they can start saving towards getting a place together.
     
    Competing against Danny and Kat is married couple Paula (61) and Steven (56) from Manchester who, if they win, would like to go on safari and give some money to their children.
       
     
     
     
     

  • Vanity Fair

    Ep 4/7

    In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no-one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 16 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.05pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: natasha.bayford@itv.com jo.blanket@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 11 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no-one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp. 
     
    Episode 4
     
    When George (Charlie Rowe) refuses to apologise for his marriage to Amelia (Claudia Jessie), his father sends him a letter, cutting him off from the family and denying him his inheritance. 
     
    All the friends set sail for Belgium, where Becky makes use of every opportunity to advance in society, laying on the charm with the great and the good. Even George is captivated by Becky’s new glamour, as Amelia notices with mounting dread.
     
    The cream of society attends a grand ball, where George hands Becky a letter declaring his feelings for her. Dobbin tries to comfort Amelia, but the band stops playing as General Tufto announces that Napoleon is marching on Brussels. The battle begins.
     
     
     
     
     

     

  • The X Factor

    Ep 5/

    The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 15 Sep
    Time: 8.25pm - 9.40pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: xfactorpress@thames.tv
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The search for a new music superstar heats up as The X Factor continues. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show is a new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.
     
    They are joined by Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
     
    This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. 
     
    Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.
     

     

  • James Martin's Saturday Morning

    Ep 3/

    James Martin's Saturday Morning sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 15 Sep
    Time: 9.30am - 11.40am
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 11 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    James Martin’s Saturday Morning returns with everyone’s favourite chef sharing his love of good food, his cars and his dogs, Cooper and Ralph. 
     
    James will be cooking up more fabulous, seasonal dishes, welcoming a range of great celebrity guests and his best friends from the world of food.  Oz Clarke will be out and about around the country conducting wine tastings, Jason Plato returns for more Fast Food challenges in the Ariel Nomad racing car and there’ll be more visits to the kitchens of some of Britain’s best chefs.  Plus there’ll be recipes filmed on the road during James’ recent trip to the USA.
     
    Episode 3
     
    James is joined by singer and Steps legend Claire Richards and chef Paul Rankin. On the menu today are steak diane and chips, chicken sautéed with Thai spices and lamb burgers. 
     

     

  • WOS Wrestling

    Ep 8/10

    WOS Wrestling makes its triumphant return to ITV this month. The high-octane series promises an hour’s worth of heart-pumping action on Saturday evenings.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 15 Sep
    Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 11 September 2018.
     
    Episode 8
     
    Join the action in the WOS arena with Stu Bennett, SoCal Val and Alex Shane plus all the drama backstage with Rachel Stringer. More of the UK’s top wrestling talent takes their turn in the ring, who will come out on top?   
     

     

  • The Jonathan Ross Show

    Ep 3/12

    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series this autumn on ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 15 Sep
    Time: 9.40pm - 10.45pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 38 2018 : Sat 15 Sep - Fri 21 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: victoria.shires@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 11 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series this autumn on ITV.
     
    Jonathan will present the new series which will feature even more entertaining, open and exclusive interviews with stars from stage, screen, comedy and sport. There will also be performances from popular, current talent from the UK and across the pond.
     
    The last series uncovered a host of exclusives from the world of showbiz and sport including interviews with Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Grace Jones, Sheridan Smith, Tina Turner, Peter Kay and Jeremy Clarkson.
     
    Previous series have also seen rare and exclusive interviews with the likes of pop icon, Britney Spears. Plus Hollywood stars such as Michael Douglas, Amy Schumer, Renee Zellweger, and John Malkovich who all appeared on the show and were joined by some of the greatest music stars around; Little Mix and Robbie Williams to name a few.
     
    Episode 3
     
    This week on The Jonathan Ross Show, the host is joined by actor and comic David Mitchell, the breakthrough athlete of 2018 and fastest woman in Britain, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, multi-platinum selling singer and heart-throb Josh Groban and the irrepressible and unpredictable Keith Lemon. Plus, multi award-winning musician Hozier will be performing for the first time on British TV since 2015.
     
    JOSH GROBAN speaks to Jonathan about his big break with Celine Dion, singing with Aretha Franklin and the ‘Grobanites’ who campaign for him to shave his beard
     
    KEITH LEMON speaks about nearly getting mugged, celebrating a decade of Celebrity Juice and tries to recruit Jonathan for his shows
     
    DINA ASHER-SMITH speaks to Jonathan about enjoying off season, taking her sport seriously and the real reason she wanted to compete at the Olympics
     
    DAVID MITCHELL speaks to Jonathan about taking to fatherhood
     
    PLUS HOZIER PERFORMS
     
    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series. On the third episode, which airs on Saturday at 9.40pm on ITV, Jonathan is joined by multi-platinum music artist, Josh Groban; British Sprinting Champion, Dina Asher-Smith; Comedian, actor and writer, David Mitchell and comedy character, Keith Lemon.
     
    US singer, songwriter and actor, Josh Groban, joined the show and spoke to Jonathan about his unexpected big break, singing with Aretha Franklin and his fans petitioning for him to shave his beard.
     
    On his hit, ‘You Raise Me Up’ Josh admitted that he can tire of singing it.
     
    Josh said: “It’s the kind of song that backstage, I might be thinking ‘Oh God, I have to sing this song again’ but once you’re on stage and you hear the chords again and people start to get their lighters in the air, people go nuts.”
     
    Josh - who sang with Celine Dion aged 16 - spoke to Jonathan about his unexpected big break: “I was 16 and a half. I’ll never forget. I was plucked out of history class, I had been taking voice lessons from somebody who was the father of somebody who I went to school with and David Foster, a wonderful twenty time Grammy winning producer said ‘Who have you got who can sing?’ He plucked me out, brought me to the Grammy rehearsals in 1999, he said ‘Andrea Bocelli is stuck on an aeroplane, would you mind singing this with Celine? We need an unknown to come and do this for free…’ I wasn’t expecting it to be a big break, I just wanted to do a good job, I didn’t want to muck it up too bad. I was such a huge fan of Celine’s and of Andrea’s, I was terrified, I was shaking. Celine was so cool. She took my hand and I realised we were going to walk out to the front together. I didn’t realise that would be a moment that changed my life.”
     
    Josh admits he wasn’t very popular at school and said: “I couldn’t find a date to the Prom and so my English teacher and my Biology teacher, they said they would go with me… I have been [in touch with them] in the past, they have come to shows.”
     
    Josh talks about his beard and admits to Jonathan that not all of his followers are fans: “I ended up growing it for [a broadway show I was doing] so I didn’t have to stick one on every night. I felt like a grown man for the first time in my life… I felt like I looked like my singing for the first time ever. It is like contour for men!... [My fans, the Grobanites] they were very divided about the beard. When you do something that drastic to your look some people love it, some people hate it. There are still to this day some fans on Twitter who petition every day to shave the beard. If that’s how you want to spend your day, good for you… They have no legal jurisdiction over my face.”
     
    On the gifts he receives from fans, Josh said: “Every so often I’ll get a gift and I just don’t know what to make of it. Somebody painted Jesus with my eyes. I just say ‘Thank you’ and walk away. I don’t know where that painting is. I think my mum has it. Sometimes I’ll see a tattoo of my face or my name.”
     
    Josh also speaks about performing with the late, Aretha Franklin: “I was just totally bowled over by the fact that she wanted to sing together. We were celebrating that night Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert. Whenever you get to stand next to somebody of that legend that has meant so much to the history of music you just try and take in as much as you can, view it as a masterclass… We rehearsed in her dressing room, she had the song on her stereo and we were working on it. When you were out there and when she was just performing her instincts would just take over and so my job as a duet partner was just not to get in the way. When her microphone went up to her mouth, mine went down… She was the kindest person and in the short amount of time we got to spend together, it was a moment I’ll remember.”
     
    Jonathan asked: “Did she have a feeling of what she meant to people do you think?”
     
    Josh replied: “I certainly hope so. I didn’t know her well enough to know precisely but I think that she obviously, like all great legends who have stood the test of time and whose voices go on forever, she understood what her voice and what her history in music would mean for people. She took it very seriously. She never stopped learning, she never stopped growing.”
     
    And on rehearsing in her dressing room with her, he said: “I was pretty shy, I was pretty scared so if anything she would have said ‘you can sing a little.’”
     
    Josh also spoke about hosting The Tony Awards and explained how the evening took an unexpected turn…
     
    Josh said: “You never know when you host something, the wave of the night can go in any different direction no matter what you’ve rehearsed. Sara Bareilles, my co-host, we leaned on each other so much that night because we were both just so respectful of that room and were such theatre nerds growing up. We were just about to do a bit. I was changing into one of her waitress costumes… I was wearing a beard but dressed as a woman and she put on a beard. It was a dumb gag that we were ready to do and suddenly we hear the audience make a noise that they had not previously made the rest of the night… we were going ‘What just happened?’ And all of a sudden we hear De Niro going ‘F*** Trump.’ We said ‘Oh, this changes things.’ Here we are in our outfits, I’m in a dress… It was a fantastic night. Obviously there was high drama but it was a great night.”
     
    Celebrity Juice host, Keith Lemon, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about the tenth anniversary of his hit series, nearly getting mugged and why he wants Jonathan Ross on his shows.
     
    On the weird and wonderful games Celebrity Juice is famed for, Keith admitted: “I don’t do the things, the guests do the things. I always say, I wouldn’t come on this show!” He laughs and later adds, “I always get fun out of people.”
     
    Keith also talked about his BAFTA Award winning shows and admitted: “Every time I’ve been to the BAFTAs, I always think I’m going to get kicked out.”
     
    He also speaks about his series, Through The Keyhole. Keith said: “We were in Su Pollard’s house and we accidentally set fire to her curtains and that wasn’t for the show, it was because we put the lights too close to the curtains then we had to tell her we’d burnt the curtains down. She was a lovely woman. She got some new curtains.”
     
    He tells Jonathan: “A lot of people ask me whose house would I like to do and I always say your name. I like seeing all your magic tricks. You collect such interesting things.”
     
    Jonathan says: “You wouldn’t let people in your house?”
     
    Keith replied: “I wouldn’t go on Celebrity Juice and I wouldn’t let anyone in my house.”
     
    “You wouldn’t go on Celebrity Juice?” Jonathan asks.
     
    “No! I’m not making an a**e sandwich!” he jokes, referencing one of the games they have played on the panel show recently.
     
    Keith talked about Celebrity Juice team captain, Holly Willoughby, missing episodes of Celebrity Juice whilst she co-hosts I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in Australia and Jonathan asked who might sit on the panel in her place.
     
    Keith joked: “What are you doing on Wednesdays? We could put a wig on you?”
     
    Keith also told Jonathan about when he nearly got mugged. He said: “I almost got mugged. I was with Melvin O’Doom, we were driving home, it was sunny, I had my arm hanging out [of the window.] Someone was pulling my arm. I thought it was someone asking for a photograph… You do get people asking for pictures. I was ready to [pose for the photo.] It was a man trying to steal my watch.”
     
    Later in the show, the guests and Jonathan play their own version of Celebrity Juice game, ‘Wibbly Wobbly.’ [Pictures available via Rex]
     
    Fresh from winning gold at the European Championships, renowned sprinter Dina Asher-Smith joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about how she celebrated her wins and why she really wanted to compete in the Olympics.
     
    Dina told Jonathan that she was too tired after becoming ‘Britain’s Fastest Woman’ that she didn’t go out and celebrate after the European Championships: “After the 100m, I had the 200m, after the 200m I had the relay and after the relay I was tired! There was no [celebrating.]”
     
    On how she is treating herself after her recent wins, she said: “I have eaten a lot of food that I wouldn’t normally have… This is off season. One of my favourite times of year when I can go on holiday, I can eat, I can go out, I can do all the things that ten months of the year I really can’t do… I was ordering Domino's pizza in bed [this morning]... They only deliver from 11.30 in the morning. At 8am, I was really hungry. I thought ‘Can I be bothered to cook? No it’s off season.’ I fancied pizza.”
     
    She says she went back to sleep until the pizza chain opened for delivery at 11.30am.
     
    Dina also admitted that she only started taking her sport seriously after nine years of running, when she was nominated for a BBC Young Sportsperson of the Year award. Dina - who was running at International level at the time - said: “I was nominated and I was nominated with career sports women and I thought, if the BBC and all these people think I should be on a platform with these ladies I should probably take it a bit more seriously.”
     
    On the sacrifices she has made for her sport, Dina admitted: “For me, I get to spend more time with my friends and family [during off season.] That is one of the sacrifices. You want to spend those important moments with your friends. Recently my friend got engaged and I missed her engagement party because I was racing, that was something that really hurt.” 
     
    And on moving out to her own home, she said: “I’m an only child, [my parents] are there every day. A few days ago, I arrived back in the country after my last competition and by the time I got home, [my parents] were there cooking dinner for me.”
     
    Dina also admitted: “I’m always being asked to race in public by men. Commonly, people say ‘I can totally beat you.’ And I think ‘I don’t think you can’ in the nicest way. It is my job to be really fast. I don’t race people in public. I’m competitive so I’d have to win!”
     
    She also admitted that she can be quite clumsy: “I am one of those people that trip over my own feet all of the time, sometimes I do silly things.”
     
    Dina also admitted the real reason she had ambitions to compete at the Olympics from a young age. She said she looked up to her idol, Kelly Holmes, who won Olympic Gold in Athens: “Kelly Holmes [inspired me] because she won two golds. Obviously winning two Olympic golds was incredible and I was like, I really want to do that. But I have always loved history, Greek Goddesses. What I really liked [at Athens] was that the winners got a crown or wreath and I thought, if you win the Olympics you get to be a Greek God and that’s what hooked me. But the next Olympics was Beijing and they didn’t have them. And I remember asking my mum ‘Why haven’t they got wreaths?’ and she was like ‘It was because it was in Athens.’ I was already trying to be an athlete by then so I thought I may as well keep going,” she laughed.
     
    TV host, writer and comedian, David Mitchell, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about taking to fatherhood.
     
    Speaking about his young daughter, he said: “To speak objectively, she is the best human being that has ever been born. I feel lucky to know her. She is three. Unfortunately, there is nothing like having a tiny child who’s safety you are responsible for to make you worry. You really don’t want the world to spin into the sun and explode. You thought you didn’t want it before but you really don’t want it [after having a child.] That is the real downside of parenthood, and I suppose any form of love, is it makes you fear more.”
     
    He joked: “I would say love is not a stress reduction exercise is it? What you want is a long period of bland contentment… I’m a family man. I’ve made bad choices and I am constantly worried.”
     
    ENDS
     
    Please note the above is all taken from the recording of The Jonathan Ross Show and is subject to the show edit.

     

  • The Island Strait

    Island Strait Ep 1/4

    This series brings you a year in the life of this Island Strait – capturing the beauty of 4 glorious seasons and the life cycle of the men and women who live here.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Fri 14 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact:
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    Series overview
     
    The Menai Strait – a magical stretch of sea that separates the isle of Anglesey from mainland Wales.
     
    This series brings you a year in the life of this Island Strait – capturing the beauty of 4 glorious seasons and the life cycle of the men and women who live here.
     
    The beauty and challenges of life on the most incredible saltwater river in Britain. 
     
    Episode 1
     
    In this first episode we get to know the Island Strait cast – from boatmen Stan & Emrys, conservationist Frankie, scientist Mike, mussle producer John, outdoor instructors Jamie & Ali and Glyn the award winning landscape photographer who draws inspiration from the beauty of the Menai Strait.
     
     
     

  • Serial Killer with Piers Morgan

    Ep 1/1

    In this new documentary which is part of ITV’s Crime & Punishment season, Piers Morgan goes behind bars to find the truth from Alex Henriquez, a serial killer convicted of three murders in New York City. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Thu 13 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: sarah.stevens@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

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    Serial Killer with Piers Morgan
     
    “Listen, I’m here because, first of all, you’re not paying me for the interview, I’m not here because I want to meet you. I’m here because I need to present the evidence because , again, let’s go back to the fact that I conned, liar, cheat, whatever you want to call me, fine. That has nothing to do with taking three innocent lives.” - Convicted serial killer Alex Henriquez
     
    In this new documentary which is part of ITV’s Crime & Punishment season, Piers Morgan goes behind bars to find the truth from Alex Henriquez, a serial killer convicted of three murders in New York City. 
     
    Henriquez, convicted nearly 30 years ago for murdering two girls aged 10 and 14, and a 21-year-old woman in the Bronx, has never spoken publicly about his crimes.  Now Piers aims to get beneath his lies and deceit to uncover the truth.
     
    Alex Henriquez is serving 75 years but continues to maintain his innocence.
     
    The programme explores how a national outcry followed the death of 10-year-old Jessica Guzman in 1990 prompting NYPD to put together a task force to investigate the string of murders that had haunted the Bronx for two years. 
     
    No one suspected that Alex Henriquez, a successful local businessman, would be the police’s prime suspect but, as the investigation began, Henriquez came to the attention of NYPD.  He was the last person to have been seen with young Jessica and was well known to the other victims. 
     
    Piers: “See I have to decide, Alex, are you just a guy in prison now as an innocent man or am I looking at somebody who did do that? In which case you’re one of the worst people I’ve ever met in my life.”
     
    As Piers explores the case, James Fitzgerald - a legend in the FBI and the man who caught the Unabomber, a 1990s US terrorist - becomes involved. 
     
    With James’s help Piers discovers psychological clues in Alex’s behaviour which expose the real man behind the lies, and brings Piers closer to the truth. 
     
    James Fitzgerald: “Psychopaths like control. They don’t want to be controlled, they want to control others and they’ll do anything within their power, through lies, through manipulation, through even violence to get those points across. To them it just makes sense because it’s what got them this far in life in a sort of successful method of surviving.”
     
    Alex Henriquez was eventually found guilty of Jessica’s murder and of two others. He maintains he was made a scapegoat by the NYPD and is an innocent man. 
     
    Juror: “I keep calling him a gentleman, I don’t know why but that’s the way I was brought up, but this piece of garbage...he was always there; he was always around where things happen. You know, you say coincidence, coincidence happens every once in a while. Everybody in that jury room knows that he did it and he knows that he did it. There was no other person that could have done it but him.”  
     
     
     
     

  • Celebrity Juice

    Ep 1/

    Celebrity Juice is back for a brand new series and celebrating its 10th birthday.

    ITV2
    Transmission date: Thu 13 Sep
    Time: 10.00pm - 10.50pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: Amy.Huson@fremantlemediauk.com
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    Celebrity Juice is back for a brand new series and we are celebrating our 10th birthday! So Join host Keith Lemon and team captains Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby for an incredible birthday bonanza. 
     
    Joining our panel for the 10th Birthday Special is EastEnder’s Star Danny Dyer, Love Island winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, the lovely Ashley Roberts plus friend of the show Paddy McGuinness. 

     

  • Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes

    Ep 6/6

    In this heart-warming six-part series, Paul O’Grady visits Great Ormond Street Hospital to spend time with the remarkable and brave children being treated there and the inspiring staff who care for them.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 12 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: lyndsey.large@itv.com hannah.green@itv.com
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    Series overview
     
    “We can learn a lot from these children, we really can. It doesn’t matter what life throws at these kids, they won’t let it stand in their way.” Paul O’Grady
     
    In this heart-warming six-part series, Paul O’Grady visits Great Ormond Street Hospital to spend time with the remarkable and brave children being treated there and the inspiring staff who care for them.
     
    GOSH is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals and sees 600 children a day come through the doors. Paul rolls up his sleeves to join the 4000 members of staff and offer a helping hand, even if it’s just to keep a smile on the faces of the children and their families. Paul experiences everything from cutting edge ear reconstruction surgery to swapping his scrubs for a hairnet to help out the dinner ladies on the lunch round.  
     
    Episode 6
     
    In the final episode of the series, Paul meets nine-year-old Ocean who was in perfect health until she woke up one morning with a headache and a mysterious swelling on her forehead. Following tests, Ocean was diagnosed with Pott’s Puffy Tumour, a very rare life-threatening bone infection. Ocean bravely says, “I wasn’t scared or worried, I was just wondering what it was.”
     
    Paul also meets four-year-old Rosey who is back at Great Ormond Street for her 17th operation to help her with her Vacterl Syndrome, which occurs in fewer than 1 in 10,000 newborns. She has spent the last four years of her life in and out of hospital. Rosey’s dad, Paul, explains: “With every operation our lives get a little bit better, her life gets a little bit better.”
     
    Also this week, Paul meets with the parents of 14-month-old Amelie, who was born with Laryngeal Cleft, and has spent the last year of her life permanently living at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
     
     
     
     
     

     

  • Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

    Ep 1/4

    This epic new four-part series is Joanna Lumley’s grandest and most challenging journey yet, a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 12 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
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    Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure
     
    Series overview
     
    “I’m embarking on a 7000-mile journey following the route of the legendary Silk Road, that throughout history helped spread all manner of foods, inventions and cultures across Asia and Europe...my most adventurous and exotic journey yet.” Joanna Lumley 
     
    This epic new four-part series is Joanna Lumley’s grandest and most challenging journey yet, a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road.
     
    A perilous network of paths, the Silk Road shaped the modern world, bringing silk, printing, spices, gunpowder, and many other things, to the West. Joanna’s adventure will see her travel through a breath-taking array of fabulous landscapes as she crosses continents, deserts, mountains and steppe, boldly following in the footsteps of the merchants, conquerors, kings and pilgrims who once lived and died along this route.
     
    Episode 1
     
    In episode one, Joanna starts her adventure in Venice, the European terminus of the Silk Road where she discovers how the Silk Road helped the merchants of Venice and the city state itself grow rich and powerful. Joanna witnesses first hand evidence of Marco Polo’s silk road booty, and sees how that all-important commodity, silk, cemented Venice’s reputation as a centre of luxury and conspicuous wealth. 
     
    Joanna visits a fabric workshop using silk thread to make some of the finest velvet in the world, costing 5000 euros per metre and supplying The White House, the Kremlin and many world-renowned fashion houses. Watching the highly skilled workers weaving the fabric by hand on looms, Joanna says: “I think that your forefathers, they understood what silk was…today we are ravished by silk but in those days, it must have been like a gift from heaven.”
     
    Her journey then takes her to the Balkan country of Albania, home to the Via Egnatia, which goes from Durres in Albania to Istanbul.
     
    Joanna then travels on to Turkey, starting in Istanbul, a pivotal Silk Road city on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and then moving on to Cappadocia, where the amazing rock formations create a unique landscape that became both a sanctuary for travellers and the early Christian communities which grew up here. 
     
    Joanna travels by overnight train on a 14-hour journey to the far east of Turkey. In the mountains Joanna visits a village famous for making cheese and as a self-confessed cheese-addict, can’t resist donning a hairnet and rolling up her sleeves to help with production. 
     
    Joanna says: “I just adore cheese. If I didn’t love cheese so much I’d be so thin people would go, ‘Who is that unbelievably thin, old woman?’ But because I eat cheese, they go, ‘Oh there’s Joanna, moving about again’. That’s because I eat cheese. Would I give it up? No!”
     
    Also this week, Joanna heads into the cool, lush highlands close to the Georgian and Armenian borders to meet a local family and see how the traditional herding way of life continues.  
     
    Produced by Burning Bright for ITV.
     
     
     
     
     

  • The Big Audition

    Ep 2/6

    The Big Audition is a brand new factual entertainment series goes behind the scenes of the casting world.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Wed 12 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: No
    Press contact: sarah.stevens@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

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    Series overview
     
    The Big Audition is a brand new factual entertainment series goes behind the scenes of the casting world.
     
    We will witness real people being cast for real jobs, which have the potential to be life-changing. The casting panels will be searching to fill all sorts of roles and anyone can audition, from seasoned professionals to first-timers. This fixed rig programme will uncover the decision-making process of the panels and will transport us through each audition to reveal what really goes on in the casting studio. 
     
    Through intimate interviews, we’ll hear heart-warming, funny and touching backstories. There will be highs and lows along the way, but who will have what it takes to land the job of their dreams?
     
    Episode 2
     
    This week, real panels of employers are casting for a hand model, a children’s TV presenter and a John Lennon for a top Beatles tribute band.
     
    Kids’ TV channel CITV are searching for a new presenter for their flagship show ‘Scrambled’. It’s the audition of a lifetime for hopefuls including seasoned presenter Tinea, inexperienced Huddersfield lass Alyce and Kerry, a former professional dancer whose dancing career ended suddenly when she broke her leg running for a tube. To succeed, the auditionees must remember their lines, deliver their best jokes and, in their biggest challenge, deal with Mr Cuddle Monster, the cheeky ‘Scrambled’ puppet.
     
    Top cosmetics brand ‘Barry M’ are auditioning for a hand model to show off their cosmetic range. Among those hoping to grab the coveted contract are veteran hand model Nicki and waitress Ruby, who’s at her first ever audition. The fascinating world of hand modelling is revealed, a world of sleeping in gloves, soaking hands in moisturiser and never doing the washing up.
     
    The Upbeat Beatles, one of the world’s most successful Beatles tribute bands, are casting for a new John Lennon. It’s a full time gig and the job spec calls for musical skill, stage presence and an authentic Liverpudlian accent. Those saying ‘Please Please Me’ include Gary, a Brummie postie, and Gaz, who’s such a fan of the Upbeat Beatles he booked them for his wedding. This is a Magical Mystery Tour of an audition that ends with the Johns joining the rest of the band for a joyful singalong of ‘Twist and Shout’.
     
    All the auditionees face a nail biting wait until the end of the day, when they’ll find out if they’re leaving with a life-changing new job.  
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • The Frankenstein Chronicles

    Series 2 Ep 2/6

    John Marlott adopts a new identity and gains employment.  He believes someone is lying about the recent murders of local clergymen and he is determined to uncover the truth in his search for justice.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 11 Sep
    Time: 12.00am - 12.50am
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: jo.blanket@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

     
    Episode 2 - Not John Marlott
     
    John Marlott adopts a new identity and gains employment.  He believes someone is lying about the recent murders of local clergymen and he is determined to uncover the truth in his search for justice.
     
    Long Synopsis
     
    Journalist Boz (RYAN SAMPSON), working for the Evening Chronicle, is on the scene for this second clergy murder. In an effort to get the inside track, he meets Mr Renquist (MARTIN McCANN), the Dean of Westminster’s coroner, who hands him autopsy reports confirming that both murdered bodies were eviscerated. 
     
    Hunted by the police, Marlott takes cover in the Pye Street slum. Using the alias Jack Martins, he secures a job removing the plague dead.  Alongside him on his death cart is roguish Spence (FRANCIS MAGEE), a man with a past who drinks to forget. 
     
    Newspapers report the vile chopping up of the clergy victims' bodies. Marlott knows otherwise. Father Ambrose was not torn limb from limb. He saw him with his own eyes. The newspapers are deliberately misreporting the facts. 
     
    Certain Hervey is behind the murders and taking the hearts for his awful work, Marlott needs help finding him. No longer a policeman and now a fugitive, he must operate outside the law. The only person he can turn to is former friend Joseph Nightingale.   
     
    Nightingale will have nothing to do with Marlott and still blames him for Flora’s death.
     
    Marlott is badly injured while working in the graveyard and Esther Rose stitches him up. She offers him better lodgings in her shop.  We learn that Frederick Dipple has commissioned her embroidery for a dress for a clockwork automaton due to be unveiled to the great and the good of London at a party in one week’s time.
     
    To prove his suspicions, correct, Marlott goes to the church vault under cover of darkness, and together with Spence, and uncovers the body of the Archdeacon.  In the darkness of the burial vault it is revealed that, as he suspected, the Archdeacon’s heart is missing. 
     
    CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
     
    John Marlott SEAN BEAN
    Lord Daniel Hervey ED STOPPARD
    Jane Smith ROMA TOMELTY
    Constable Pip Bircher FRANK BLAKE
    Sergeant Nightingale RICHIE CAMPBELL
    Reverend Ambrose ANDREW HAVILL
    Whiltlock TERENCE KEELEY
    Boz RYAN SAMPSON
    Inspector Treadaway PAUL KENNEDY
    Esther Rose MAEVE DERMODY
    Ada Byron LILY LESSER
    Queenie KERRIE HAYES
    Tatty LOUISE PARKER
    Frederick Dipple LAURENCE FOX
    Spence FRANCIS MAGEE
    Blackwood CHRIS COGHILL
    Mrs Flynn CLAIRE RAFFERTY
    Sam AARON KELLY
    Constable Westbrook GERARD JORDAN
    Flora ELOISE SMYTH
     

     

  • Love Your Garden

    Ep 8/8

    Alan Titchmarsh and his team of gardening experts, Katie Rushworth, Frances Tophill and David Domoney return, sharing even more inspirational ideas and tips as they transform the backyards of some of the nation’s most deserving people.   

    ITV
    Transmission date: Tue 11 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Genre: Factual
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: grant.cunningham@itv.com
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    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 4 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    Alan Titchmarsh and his team of gardening experts, Katie Rushworth, Frances Tophill and David Domoney return, sharing even more inspirational ideas and tips as they transform the backyards of some of the nation’s most deserving people.   
     
    Episode 8
     
    The garden make-over team are in bustling Hackney, East London this week as Alan Titchmarsh surprises the Cariazo family. 
     
    Nurses Jeroume and Onessa are the utterly devoted parents of nine year old Elijah. The wheelchair-bound only child suffers from Myotubular Myopathy, a rare genetic condition that weakens the muscles to such a degree that even breathing and swallowing are a constant challenge.
     
    Alan discovers how Onessa and Jeroume see every day that they share with their severely disabled son as a miracle and that despite his challenges, Elijah has the the playful curiosity of any typical nine year old.  Because he requires so much technology and equipment to travel, taking Elijah anywhere far is a real challenge - so Alan and his team of gardening experts, Katie Rushworth, Frances Tophill and David Domoney decide to give the family a world tour on their doorstep.
     
    Longing to give Elijah the sensory stimulation he  craves, they transform the family's uneven overgrown urban courtyard into an accessible paradise complete with tropical water-feature, a sensory beach and Asian-style dining zone complete with a breathtaking mural. The family are blown away in one of the most moving reveals ever.
     
     

     

  • Strangers

    Ep 1/8

    British Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down after his wife, Megan Harris, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Wracked with grief, Jonah has no choice but to cross the ocean to bring home the woman he loved.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 10 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: thom@ijpr.co.uk
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    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 4 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    British Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down after his wife, Megan Harris, is killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Wracked with grief, Jonah has no choice but to cross the ocean to bring home the woman he loved.
     
    When Jonah arrives, he is immediately overwhelmed by the neon-saturated hyper-modern island of Hong Kong, a place in constant motion, and a world away from the halls of academia. It’s a city divided, with one foot still in its colonial past and another in its Chinese future. A world where we’re unsure if we can ever really know anyone at all - least of all Megan…
     
    When Jonah discovers that Megan led a secret life, it seems to completely destroy everything they built together in London. With Megan’s death leaving so many unanswered questions, Jonah struggles to make sense of it. Did their relationship amount to anything more than a lie?
     
    John Simm, Anthony Wong, Emilia Fox and Katie Leung star in an ambitious, eight-part emotional conspiracy thriller for Amazon and ITV.
     
    Strangers is written by newcomers Mark Denton & Jonny Stockwood, and directed by the award-winning and critically acclaimed Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton, Murdered by My Boyfriend, Broadchurch). This first series is commissioned for ITV from Two Brothers Pictures, the drama indie established by award-winning writers and executive producers, Harry & Jack Williams (The Missing, Fleabag, One of Us).  
     
    Episode 1
     
    Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside down when he discovers his wife, Megan Harris, has been killed in a car-crash in Hong Kong. Now he must conquer his fears and cross oceans to identify the body of the woman he loved. 
     
     
     

  • The Real Housewives of Cheshire

    The Downward Dog Ep 1/

    It’s never quiet in Cheshire; The Real Housewives are back with a bang… and two new faces.

    ITVBe
    Transmission date: Mon 10 Sep
    Time: 10.00pm - 11.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: sarah.stevens@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 4 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    It’s never quiet in Cheshire; The Real Housewives are back with a bang… and two new faces.
     
    The Real Housewives of Cheshire and their glamorous lifestyles are returning for a brand new series filled with highs, lows and a lot of champagne. The 10x60 series, plus the famous reunion show, will launch in the Autumn on ITVBe.
     
    Dawn Ward, Tanya Bardsley, Lauren Simon, Rachel Lugo, Ester Dohnalová and Seema Malhotra will all return to the show as Housewives, with Stacey Forsey, Nermina Pieters-Mekic and Christine McGuiness featuring as guests Housewives. Two new Housewives will also join the Cheshire clique: Perla Barton and Hanna Miraftab.
     
    Latino vegan guru Perla, is married to self-made millionaire Jonathan. The pair, along with their children from previous relationships and their twelve year-old daughter together, live in a bespoke Wilmslow mansion where Perla tutors the Cheshire gliteratti in Yoga. Perla isn’t afraid of being brutal with the truth,  believing the best way to deliver it is with a smile on your face… but how will that go down with the other Housewives?
     
    Hanna, who describes herself as an alpha female, grew up in Bolton where she has carved a career as a successful dentist. Her fiancé Martin is part of the Cheshire elite and is a cosmetic surgeon with clinics in Hale and Palma; he also performed fellow Housewife Lauren’s thread facial lift in Series 7. The Iranian beauty prides herself on being successful, self-sufficient and isn’t impressed with women marrying for money.
     
    It’s never quiet in Cheshire and with the two new arrivals, new relationships are formed, tensions arise and there are laughs aplenty.
     
    Episode 1 - The Downward Dog
     
    The Housewives are back and Cheshire is on fire, literally! Rachel’s trust in husband John is dented when she discovers he’s been living a secret life. Tanya’s on the move after disaster strikes, whilst Dawn struggles with some difficult family news and new housewife Perla finds herself in a sticky situation. 
     
     
     

  • Emmerdale

    Ep 8 254/8 260

    Emmerdale is the small village with big drama.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 10 Sep
    Time: 7.00pm - 7.30pm
    Genre: Soaps
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emily.ogden@itv.com janine.goodall@itv.com
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    Emmerdale is the small village with big drama. Set against the stunningly beautiful backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales Emmerdale has been successfully running for 44 years. Entertaining more than seven million viewers six times a week with its mix of dramatic storylines. 
     
    The information provided here is just a brief taster of the full content of the episode. If you are a member of the press and require a fuller synopsis of the episode, please send an email stating your name and who you write for. 
     
    8254 – Monday 10th September - 7pm - 7.30pm
    • Bails shows his true colours.
    • Charity worries about the trial.
    • Ryan lashes out.
     
    8255/56 – Tuesday 11th September - 7pm - 8pm
    • Bails takes to the stand.
    • Charity fears she’s blown it.
    • Marlon’s frustrated over Jessie.
     
    8257 – Wednesday 12th September - 7pm - 7.30pm
    • The verdict is announced.
    • Robert lashes out.
    • Ross struggles to cope.
     
    8258 – Thursday 13th September - 7pm - 7.30pm
    • Vanessa worries about Charity.
    • Robert pushes himself.
    • Debbie’s bitter.
     
    8259 – Thursday 13th September - 8pm - 8.30pm
    • Ross feels lonely.
    • Charity despairs. 
    • Debbie confronts Joe.
     
    8260 – Friday 14th September - 7pm - 7.30pm
    • The truth is revealed
    • Ross opens up to Tracy.
    • Joe is furious.
     
    Omnibus 8254 – 8260 
    Charity worries about the trial. The verdict is announced. Robert lashes out.  
     
     
     

     

  • Coronation Street

    Ep 9 556/9 561

    Coronation Street is the story of the everyday lives of ordinary folk living in a northern town called Weatherfield.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Mon 10 Sep
    Time: 7.30pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Soaps
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: alison.sinclair@itv.com rachel.newton@itv.com francesca.evans@itv.com
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    Coronation Street is the story of the everyday lives of ordinary folk living in a northern town called Weatherfield. The show’s unique blend of heartwarming comedy and powerful drama always remaining at the forefront of its programming since 1960.
     
    The information provided here is just a brief taster of the full content of the episode. If you are a member of the press and require a fuller synopsis of the episode, please send an email stating your name, who you write for and you will be added to a database of journalists sent the fuller information.
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9556: Monday 10th September at 7.30pm 
     
    Jim delivers life-changing news to Liz. 
    Carla dupes Peter into meeting Toyah for lunch. 
    Billy resolves to stop visiting Josh.
     
    Writer – Joe Turner
    Director – Mickey Jones
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9557: Monday 10th September at 8.30pm
     
    Liz is stunned as Jim produces proof of Hannah’s identity. 
    Imran offers Toyah more than comfort. 
    Ryan’s fortunes take an upward turn.
     
    Writer – Joe Turner
    Director – Mickey Jones
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9558: Wednesday 12th September at 7.30pm
     
    Tyrone tracks down his grandmother. 
    Liz has an emotional reunion with her daughter. 
    Ryan’s memory blank could cost him dearly.
     
    Writer – Chris Fewtrell
    Director – Mickey Jones
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9559: Wednesday 12th September at 8.30pm
     
    Evelyn is reluctant to answer Tyrone’s questions. 
    Liz turns to Michelle for advice. 
    Ryan and Ali embark on a wild goose chase.
     
    Writer – Chris Fewtrell
    Director – Mickey Jones
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9560: Friday 14th September at 7.30pm
     
    Steve and Tracy do some digging on Hannah. 
    Leanne and Toyah hide the same secret from one another. 
    Sally intervenes to keep Gina and Kevin apart.
     
    Writer – Sam Holdsworth
    Director – Vicky Thomas
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     
    Episode 9561: Friday 14th September at 8.30pm
     
    Evelyn declines Tyrone’s offer of hospitality. 
    Toyah inadvertently gives Imran the wrong impression. 
    Kevin goes on a date with Paula.
     
    Writer – Cameron McAllister
    Director – Vicky Thomas
    Producer – Kate Oates
     
    ***
     

     

  • Vanity Fair

    Ep 3/7

    In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no-one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 09 Sep
    Time: 9.00pm - 10.05pm
    Genre: Drama
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: natasha.bayford@itv.com jo.blanket@itv.com
    Picture contact: patrick.smith@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 4 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no-one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp. 
     
    Episode 3
     
    Becky (Olivia Cooke) lives with rich Aunt Matilda (Frances de la Tour), and her future is looking bright. But as war clouds gather, everyone's fortunes take a tumble… 
     
    ***
     
    Becky (Olivia Cooke) has settled into life as Matilda Crawley’s (Frances de la Tour) favourite companion. But at Queen’s Crawley, Sir Pitt (Martin Clunes) cannot cope without her. When Lady Crawley tumbles down the stairs to her death, Sir Pitt heads straight to London to see Becky. He wants her back but Becky refuses and reveals some shocking news. 
     
    Becky hatches a plan. She writes a letter to Matilda, laying bare the news to her beloved benefactress that the mystery husband is none other than the lady's favourite nephew, Rawdon (Tom Bateman). Matilda is horrified and cuts them both off. 
     
    The Sedleys' bankruptcy leaves them no choice but to sell their house and all its contents. At the auction, Becky attempts to buy Amelia’s (Claudia Jessie) piano, but she is outbid by Dobbin (Johnny Flynn). Mr Sedley (Simon Russell Beale) is furious with Mr Osborne (Robert Pugh), and orders Amelia to call off her engagement with George (Charlie Rowe), severing all ties between the families. 
     
    With Napoleon on the loose, the young officers receive their marching orders for war. And Amelia and George finally take a stand for love over duty, and marry against their parents' wishes.
     
     
     

     

  • The Imitation Game

    Ep 2/7

    The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced gam

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 09 Sep
    Time: 10.05pm - 10.45pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: chynna@ijpr.co.uk
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    Watch and embed this video on your website. Simply play and click on the embed icon upper right to copy the embed code.
     
    Random Numbers - In this round, we test the voices of our guests as they pick a song to sing. Then we choose what voice they should sing it in. This week’s guest panellist, Christina Bianco takes to the stage to perform the classic Mary Poppins’ track, Spoonful of Sugar in the voice of singer Christina Aguilera 
     
    Episode 2
     
    The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced games and challenges.
     
    Each week, both teams go head-to-head as they re-enact iconic movie scenes, re-voice news footage, blast out some surprising cover versions and put unlikely words in the mouths of all kinds of celebrities.
     
    This week Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson are joined by special guests Christina Bianco and Jon Culshaw to perform a series of comedy games. With guest star Julian Clary.

     

  • 5 Gold Rings

    Ep 2/6

    Phillip Schofield is back with a second series of the worldwide hit 5 Gold Rings. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 09 Sep
    Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: britt.allott@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 4 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    Phillip Schofield is back with a second series of the worldwide hit 5 Gold Rings. 
     
    In a new and even more exciting format, viewers will see two teams go head to head as they battle it out to answer a host of visual questions against the clock by placing ever smaller gold rings onto a supersized image displayed on an LED floor beneath their feet. The smaller the ring the bigger the money and the harder to pinpoint the answer.
     
    Phillip Schofield said: “I love the whole concept of this game, it’s a great family show that allows the viewers to take part and join in – whether that’s through the app or just pointing at their TV sets.  The new twists also make for some really tense and exciting battles amongst the contestants.”   
     
    For the teams the stakes are even higher as the they will now have just one chance to answer each question: if they answer the question correctly they will win the cash.  But if they are incorrect, the opposing team will have the chance to steal that question – and the cash. This means they could now win DOUBLE the jackpot – over £50,000!
     
    To help the teams they will also be given the two ‘5 Gold Rings lifelines’. They can flip the floor revealing a new question and they can use their team of five, made up of family and friends sat in the audience who, using a digital tablet, will be able to place a virtual ring where they think the correct answer is.   
     
    For the contestants, every pixel really does count as state of the art software, specially crafted for this game detects – down to just one pixel - exactly where each ring is placed on the floor.  
     
    Each round gets decidedly more difficult as the gold rings decrease in size, making it even tougher to encircle the correct answer. As each ring decreases in size so the money increases. 
     
    5 Gold Rings is a Possessed (part of ITV studios) and Talpa production for ITV.  It was commissioned by Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment for ITV.  Executive Producers are Glenn Hugill and Ed de Burgh for Possessed, the Series Producer is Anna Dunkley for Possessed.
     
    Episode 2
     
    In the second show of the series, married couple Kelly (43) and Tony (41) from Wigan are hoping they can walk away with the top prize so they can take their son to see the Northern Lights and to meet Santa in Lapland.
     
    Competing against Kelly and Tony is sisters Randeep (24) and Navkiran (20) from London who, if they win, would love to do something with the whole family.
       
     
     
     
     

  • The X Factor

    Ep 4/

    The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 09 Sep
    Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: xfactorpress@thames.tv
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The search for a new music superstar continues as The X Factor returns to ITV. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show, is a brand-new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.
     
    They are joined by Mr Saturday Night, Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
     
    This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. This is all before the competition really heats up and culminates with the live shows later in the year.
     
    Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.
     
     

     

  • Zoe Ball on Sunday

    Ep 44/

    Zoe Ball presents an entertainment packed, hour long talk show every Saturday and Sunday morning.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sun 09 Sep
    Time: 8.30am - 9.25am
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: jo.farrelly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 4 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    Zoe Ball presents an entertainment packed, hour long talk show every Saturday and Sunday morning.
     
    The one hour studio based series will feature live music in every show from established and breakthrough artists, plus star guests and topical chat.
     
    Zoe and her celebrity guests will relax viewers into the weekend with content ranging from unmissable films and TV shows to the best in books, leisure and comedy.  
     
    Episode 44
     
    Zoe Ball eases us into our Sunday morning with the final episode of the series! Comedians Julian Clary, Alex Horne, London Hughes, David Morgan and Stephen Bailey all join Zoe…along with live music from The Manic Street Preachers.
     

  • The Jonathan Ross Show

    Ep 2/12

    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series this autumn on ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 08 Sep
    Time: 9.45pm - 10.50pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: victoria.shires@itv.com
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

     

    Watch and embed this video on your website. Simply play and click on the embed icon upper right to copy the embed code.
     
    In the clip, screen legends Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone join the sofa and speak to Jonathan about their roles in new film King of Thieves. They also share a story about meeting Prince Philip during filming. 
     
    Paul says: “Prince Philip came to visit us on set one day. We were filming in Windsor.”
     
    Ray says: “He pulled up in a car and the window went down on the Range Rover and he said ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘We’re making a film, Sir.’ I said, ‘Yes, with Sir Tom Courtenay and Sir Michael Caine, would you like to meet them?’ And he went, ‘No.’” They laugh.
     
    Series overview
     
    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series this autumn on ITV.
     
    Jonathan will present the new series which will feature even more entertaining, open and exclusive interviews with stars from stage, screen, comedy and sport. There will also be performances from popular, current talent from the UK and across the pond.
     
    The last series uncovered a host of exclusives from the world of showbiz and sport including interviews with Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Grace Jones, Sheridan Smith, Tina Turner, Peter Kay and Jeremy Clarkson.
     
    Previous series have also seen rare and exclusive interviews with the likes of pop icon, Britney Spears. Plus Hollywood stars such as Michael Douglas, Amy Schumer, Renee Zellweger, and John Malkovich who all appeared on the show and were joined by some of the greatest music stars around; Little Mix and Robbie Williams to name a few.
     
    Episode 2
     
    CATE BLANCHETT AND JACK BLACK speak about their shared love for the UK, turning 50 and Cate Blanchett speaks about fixing Prince Phillip’s DVD player...
     
    JOANNA LUMLEY speaks about whether Absolutely Fabulous could ever make a return
     
    RAY WINSTONE AND PAUL WHITEHOUSE speak about meeting Prince Philip and share their interesting links to the roles they play in new film, King of Thieves
     
    ASHLEY BANJO teaches the guests to Floss and explains why he’ll never be a ‘Dad Dancer’
     
    Plus JOHN LEGEND performs
     
    The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series. On the second show, which airs on Saturday at 9.45pm on ITV, Jonathan will be joined by award winning actress, Cate Blanchett; Actor, comedian and musician, Jack Black; British national treasure, Joanna Lumley; Screen legends, Ray Winstone and Paul Whitehouse and star of Diversity and TV judge, Ashley Banjo. Plus, Jonathan is joined by multi award winning singer, songwriter and actor, John Legend.
     
    Cate Blanchett and Jack Black joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about their kids’ reactions to their movies.
     
    Cate - who has four children - shared her son’s thoughts on her films. 
     
    She said: “They do and they don’t [watch my films.] My son have me some great career advice a few years ago, he said ‘Mum, when are you going to make a blockbuster?’”
     
    She continued: “I said, ‘I was in Lord of the Rings! And he said, ‘Yeah for about 30 seconds.’ So it didn’t really count. I had no brownie points with my children.”
     
    Jack adds: “My boys, they actually prefer the work of Will Ferrell. I think it’s natural that kids think that their parents are really uncool and embarrassing.” 
     
    Cate and Jack - who are both going to turn 50 next year - spoke about whether they will celebrate their milestone birthdays.
     
    Cate says: “We are going to be 100 together!”
     
    On partying, Jack says: “I don’t really like throwing parties for myself… My favourite birthday I ever had was my fortieth birthday and I just did a concert with my pal, Kyle [Gass], a Tenacious D concert. I would much prefer to put on a show rather than throw a party. Parties make me anxious, I get nervous and I feel all worried, ‘Are people going to have fun at my party?’ If I just put on a show it takes care of all that. I put all my friends and family in the show, they are on stage with me feeling the energy and the adrenalin, that was the best birthday. Maybe we should put on a show?”
     
    Cate says: “Maybe we should have a Tenacious D concert for my birthday? I would love that. Would you sing at my party?”
     
    Jack says: “Yes, what do you want to hear?”
     
    They agree that Jack will sing their classic, Tribute.
     
    Cate also speaks to Jonathan about living in the UK and why she has chosen home in London to from her native, Australia.
     
    She jokes: “I came back just in time for Brexit. It’s all my fault!” 
     
    On the real reason she has moved to the UK, she says: “I just think that in my country you walk into a field and you’re going to be killed by some kind of snake or accosted by a huge [animal.] It’s much more benign here… pigs, chickens.”
     
    Jack also shares his favourite things about the UK. He says: “I have always had great experiences here… There’s a great music scene, look at the bands you have. You’ve got Radiohead, you’ve got Blur, Gorillaz. You’ve got fish and chips, mushy peas. You’ve got that angry chef, who’s that angry chef you’ve got?”
     
    Jonathan says: “The number one angry guy would be Gordon Ramsay?”
     
    Jack jokes: “Yes, with the 25 television shows! I went to one of his restaurants and they had pigeon on the menu. I was like, ‘that disgusting bird in the park?’ Guess what? It was delicious. You’ve got those mushy peas, we don’t have those in the States, we just have regular peas. It’s just a magical country.”
     
    Joanna Lumley OBE joins the sofa and speaks to Jonathan about, Ab Fab, her travels and leaving technology behind.
     
    Jonathan speaks about Joanna as being a national treasure, and asks her if she always felt the love of her fans throughout her career. 
     
    She says: “I’m blinded to what people think of me… What was great was doing The Avengers where suddenly my name could be remembered… Trying to be an actress and having your name remembered when you’ve got one line in one tiny sitcom, it’s terribly difficult… I’ve had a happy life I think.”
     
    On whether she always knew that Absolutely Fabulous would be such a success, she says: “It’s the brilliance of the writing. We all know in this business, you can’t do anything if the writing is not there. You can’t make bricks without straw and Jennifer Saunders is a genius. I knew that. I’d never met her but I knew her work with French and Saunders and when that script plopped through the post, first of all I thought ‘they’ll never be able to do this’ because it was at a time when families were sweet and cosy and nice… Suddenly this vile bunch of people, really revolting and ridiculous and funny, and the chance of just being funny and vile is very nice.”
     
    On whether it would ever come back, Joanna says: “I don’t know. Jennifer Saunders wrote it. It belongs to her. If she says she’ll do more, she shall and if she won’t - and she has said she won’t - then she won’t. I have a funny feeling that we made this lovely show last year about going to the Champagne region. Somebody had to! Just Jennifer and I went. Of course Edina and Patsy were lurking behind us all the time. Everything we did had them as shadows and we thought ‘We haven’t let go of them yet. They haven’t been buried like old carcasses in their sarcophagy.’”
     
    Jack admits: “I’ve always wanted to do another Nacho Libre.”
     
    Cate says: “I’d play Blanche Dubois, I could play her for a while.”
     
    Joanna adds: “Some of these people are so beautifully made that when you have invested yourself into them you’ve kind of merged into them and you can’t really shake them off. They come with you.”
     
    Joanna also spoke about her extensive world travels. On whether she stays in touch with home whilst she is away, she says that she doesn’t phone home to her husband: “We are both independent. I love being on my own. When I’m away, I don’t even phone home. Incidentally I come from a different generation where we couldn’t usually afford to phone home, so I’ve never been used to it. I like to write a postcard. I won’t phone, that takes your travelling head away from you… You don’t want people keep phoning. If you’re on the other side of the world it’s always the wrong time.”
     
    Screen legends, Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone, join the sofa and speak to Jonathan about their roles in new film, King of Thieves, which is a true story based on the 2015 Hatton Garden heist.
     
    Ray explains an interesting link to his character, Daniel Jones: “I went to school with him. I sat next to him at school. We actually sat next to one another at school. I wanted to go and visit him before we did the film, not to find out anything about him because I knew about him. But out of respect really, to let him know I was playing him and find out how he felt about me playing him. Physically, we are not the same. He’s a very fit boy. I went to visit him a couple of times.”
     
    Jonathan speaks about Ray and Daniel having come from the same place, but how their paths have lead them to very different outcomes.
     
    Ray says: “I think Dan had a really tough life at home, a tough upbringing. I was very lucky, I had a great home life as a kid and it just wasn’t in me. Some things are in you, some things aren’t… When you grow up around people that you know have been criminals or been brutes in their life. I’ve seen that first hand and I chose to take that to the screen.”
     
    Jonathan asks Ray about some people’s perception that he can be as much of as hard man as the characters he plays. On whether he is really anything like his characters in real life, Ray says: “My wife said to me years ago, I think it’s a shyness. Something you learn through boxing, when you walk into a room and you’re quite shy you put on a persona in the way you hold yourself so you can walk in a room for the first time. And you get used to that in the end… Over the years I’ve learnt hopefully not to [come across as aggressive.]”
     
    Paul also shares a story about meeting Prince Philip during filming. He says: “Prince Philip came to visit us on set one day. We were filming in Windsor.”
     
    Ray says: “He pulled up in a car and the window went down on the Range Rover and he said ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘We’re making a film, Sir.’ I said, ‘Yes, with Sir Tom Courtenay and Sir Michael Caine, would you like to meet them?’ And he went, ‘No.’” They laugh.
     
    Cate Blanchett also recalls a story about when she met Prince Philip. She says: “I went to their house once for lunch. There were 12 of us and I couldn’t work out for the life of me why I’d been invited. Playing Queen Elizabeth and sitting next to her, I thought, maybe she’s seen the movie and wants to ask me about my interpretation. I sat next to him and he said, ‘I hear you’re an actor? I was given a DVD player for Christmas and I can’t work out whether I put the green cord in or the red cord...’”
     
    She laughs: “I thought, he’s invited me to lunch to tell me about his DVD player!”
     
    Star of Diversity, Ashley Banjo, joins the sofa and speaks to Jonathan about the success the dance troupe have had over the past decade since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.
     
    On how winning the TV talent show has changed their lives, Ashley says: “We were standing opposite Susan Boyle and we thought, ‘No chance.’ We were happy to come second. Then they said ‘Diversity.’ We were shocked, completely bowled over and from that point onwards we’ve just been trying to prove to people that it wasn’t a fluke and we’ve just worked as hard as we can to stay where we are.”
     
    On plans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their win, Ashley says: “We’ve got all sorts of projects planned. For us it’s a huge achievement personally to be able to say to people we are still doing what everyone told us we couldn’t.”
     
    He speaks about their upcoming show, Ignite: “What we normally do is go to theatres and arenas and create productions that people might expect. This year, believe it or not, is the 250th anniversary of the circus. I thought to myself, why don’t we do something a little bit different… We’ve got a 2000 seater circus tent… It is a circus! I am learning all sorts of new skills. I’ve been really pushing myself. I think the most dangerous one is being shackled in a cube of water not much bigger than my body and I’m handcuffed and it’s at that moment that I say to myself, ‘What are you doing?’ I get put in this cube, the lid gets shut and padlocked, you genuinely can’t breathe and you have to escape. I like to take things in new directions!”
     
    And later says: “In rehearsals I’ve nearly died a couple of times. I’m serious. It’s seriously dangerous. But because I love what I do so much, I’m always just looking to push to the next level and try new things and this show is great.”
     
    Jonathan quizzes Ashley on how he feels about getting older and perhaps becoming a ‘Dad Dancer.’
     
    Jonathan says: “The thing that seems tricky as gentleman in particular get older, something happens to the way we dance and it no longer looks youthful and exuberant and joyful. The term is ‘Dad Dancing.’ Something does happen.”
     
    Ashley says he is adamant he will never become a ‘Dad Dancer’: “Something does happen but I think it’s all [in the mind.] I think if you want to do it, you can do it… That’s the day I’m most scared of. [It won’t happen.] I’m going to fight it off.”
     
    At the end of the show, Ashley teaches the other guests some moves… namely, Flossing! [Pictures available from Rex.]
     
    ENDS
     
    Please note the above is all taken from the recording of The Jonathan Ross Show and is subject to the show edit.

     

  • James Martin's Saturday Morning

    Ep 2/

    James Martin's Saturday Morning sees the hugely popular chef returning to Saturday mornings, with a two-hour show from his very own home. 

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 08 Sep
    Time: 9.25am - 11.35am
    Genre: Daytime
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: emma.daly@itv.com
    Picture contact: peter.gray@itv.com

    The information contained herein is embargoed from all Press, online, social media, non-commercial publication or syndication - in the public domain - until Tuesday 4 September 2018.
     
    Series overview
     
    James Martin’s Saturday Morning returns with everyone’s favourite chef sharing his love of good food, his cars and his dogs, Cooper and Ralph. 
     
    James will be cooking up more fabulous, seasonal dishes, welcoming a range of great celebrity guests and his best friends from the world of food.  Oz Clarke will be out and about around the country conducting wine tastings, Jason Plato returns for more Fast Food challenges in the Ariel Nomad racing car and there’ll be more visits to the kitchens of some of Britain’s best chefs.  Plus there’ll be recipes filmed on the road during James’ recent trip to the USA.
     
    Episode 2
     
    James is joined by comedian Dave Gorman and chef Tony Tobin. On the menu today: Monkfish Tandoori, Fillet Steak with Tortellini and Cola Cake.  
     


     

     

  • The X Factor

    Ep 3/

    The search for a new music superstar gets underway as The X Factor returns to ITV.

    ITV
    Transmission date: Sat 08 Sep
    Time: 8.30pm - 9.45pm
    Genre: Entertainment
    Week: Week 37 2018 : Sat 08 Sep - Fri 14 Sep
    Transmission confirmed: Yes
    Press contact: xfactorpress@thames.tv
    Picture contact: james.hilder@itv.com

    The search for a new music superstar continues as The X Factor returns to ITV. Heralding the start of a new era for the nation’s most talked about entertainment show, is a brand-new panel with Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson joining music mogul Simon Cowell as judges.
     
    They are joined by Mr Saturday Night, Dermot O’Leary, who will be on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much-needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.
     
    This series sees the return of the arena auditions at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the hopefuls will have to perform not only for the judges but live in front of members of the public, making it the biggest audition of their lives. Should they impress and secure three or more ‘yeses’ they will go through to the judge’s deliberation, where the judges will review and decide who gets to perform in the Six Chair Challenge. This is all before the competition really heats up and culminates with the live shows later in the year.
     
    Expect outstanding vocals and sensational performances, as the judges and contestants go all out in a bid to be crowned The X Factor Champion 2018.