Monday, January 28, 2008

Little Dorrit – A Dickensian Drama For BBC One

BBC Drama Productions have announced the commission of a large-scale, ambitious adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Little Dorrit, to be written by acclaimed writer Andrew Davies for BBC One.

Following in the triumphant footsteps of Cranford and Sense And Sensibility, Little Dorrit tells the story of the Dorrit family and the rich array of characters they encounter on their way from rags to riches and back again.

BBC Two Drama Event Marks 10 Days To War

A leading cast including Kenneth Branagh, Harriet Walter, Art Malik and Toby Jones feature in an innovative series of short dramas to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq – in the first collaboration of its kind between BBC Vision and BBC News

Alex Kingston And Colin Salmon To Guest Star In Two Episodes Of Doctor Who

Alex Kingston, best known for roles in ER and Moll Flanders will appear in a Steven Moffat penned two-parter as River Song – a mysterious character who meets The Doctor on an expedition to uncover the secrets of an abandoned library. She is joined by James Bond regular, Colin Salmon who also stars in the two episodes.

LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD GETS SECOND SEASON

The BBC has announced a second series of the long-running Sunday night drama Lark Rise To Candleford. The series stars Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Dawn French, Brendan Coyle, Olivia Grant, Mark Heap, Ben Miles and Liz Smith in Bill Gallagher's adaptation of Flora Thompson's magical memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood.

TAMSIN EGERTON AND VINCENT REGAN FOR TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION

Filming has just begun on the latest Trial And Retribution. DCI Roisin Connor and DCS Mike Walker arrive at the site of a horrific crash involving an ambulance to find two dead paramedics, and the man they were treating shot in the head. His fiancĂ©e, celebrity heiress and paparazzi fodder, Imogen Buller-Turi is distressed, but alive – the innocent victim in what appears to be a shocking case of road rage.

WATERLOO ROAD SEASON TWO ON DVD THIS MARCH

Trouble is brewing in both the classroom and playground. Ex-pupil and private investor Roger Aspinall has promised the money that will secure the school's future, in return for a seat on the governing body. Could Aspinall's charm and sharp suits hide a more duplicitous purpose?

Maintaining the all star cast from the first series, including Jason Merrells and Angela Griffin, Waterloo Road The Complete Series 2 is released on DVD from 10th March 2008.

NEW ITV COMMISSIONS

Director of Drama for ITV, Laura Mackie, has just announced three new drama commissions for ITV1; they will form part of the Autumn season, alongside powerful single dramas and original new series.

Whitechapel stars Rupert Penry Jones in a crime drama with a difference. The Children stars Kevin Whately, Geraldine Somerville and Lesley Sharp in Lucy Gannon’s new domestic thriller. And Sharpe starring Sean Bean is back for a brand new adventure set in India.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

WHAT'S NEW SCOOBY DOO SEASON THREE

With season three of this classic animation just released we have three copies to give away.

Once again the guys better known as the Mystery Inc. gang are busy fighting crimes and solving mysteries as they travel the world and find themselves in a number of exciting, sports-themed settings. In Diamonds are a Ghouls Best Friend, the gang travels to Russia for the International World Cup hockey event and come face-to-face with the ghost of a Russian hockey player who does his best to ruin the event. Block-Long Hong Kong Terror finds the gang on a trip to Hong Kong where they encounter a giant Chinese New Year’s dragon that has mysteriously come to life. In Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma find themselves in a haunted stock car race.

What's New Scooby Doo Season Three

BE MY VALENTINE CHARLIE BROWN

We have three copies of this classic animation for you to win.

Having made its original television debut in 1975, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, which stars the lovable Peanuts clan, focuses on the gang’s preparations for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Everyone has high hopes of having their dreams of love and friendship fulfilled. Charlie Brown wants to get a Valentine from anyone and patiently waits by his mailbox. Linus is on a mission to find a perfect Valentine’s gift for his favorite teacher, Miss Othmar. Lucy wants Schroeder to finally notice her. Will they be satisfied to their heart’s content or are they headed for heartbreak?

Be My Valentine Charlie Brown

ALL NEW SUPER FRIENDS HOUR VOLUME ONE

Originally airing on ABC, the All-New Super Friends Hour was a huge ratings success for the network and an instant fan favorite. Featuring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, the show also introduced a slew of new characters including Zan and Jayna (aka The Wonder Twins), and their space monkey Gleek. With their iconic exclamation “Wonder Twin Powers Activate!,” the twins would touch fists in a burst of light transforming Jayna into the shape of any animal and Zan into any form of water imaginable.

Just released by Warner we have three copies for you to win here
All New Superfriends Hour Volume One

FAIRPORT CONVENTION - BEYOND THE LEDGE

This classic Cropredy concert from 1998 sees Fairport perform almost two hours of classic material (“Matty Groves”, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”, “Meet on the Ledge”), along with newer songs including “Dangerous”, “John Gaudie” and “The Hiring Fair”. Capturing the warmth and magic of the Fairport’s annual music extravaganza, this DVD also features interviews with the band along with the fans enjoying this fabled Brit-folk festival.

We have five copies available to win at Fairport Convention - Beyond The Ledge

THE DORIS DAY SHOW SEASON FIVE

Classic sitcom from the golden age of TV, five copies to win of its final season.
The fifth and final series sees Doris continue as a reporter for Today’s World magazine with editor Cy Bennett (John Dehner) and mischievous secretary Jackie Parker. Her love life is heating up with both Dr. Peter Lawrence (Peter Lawford) and political candidate Jonathan Rusk (Patrick O’Neal); while her home life is never dull thanks to fussy landlord, Mr. Jarvis. Among the stellar role of guest stars are Andy Griffith, Lee Meriwether, Ed Begley Jr., Julie Adams, Dick Van Patten and Bernie Kopell.

The Doris Day Show

ATTACK FORCE Z

5 copies of this classic aussie movie to win.

Directed by the legendary Tim Burstall (after replacing original director Philip Noyce) the movie sees Mel in charge of an elite military team dispatched during WW II to locate and rescue the survivors of a crashed plane shot down over a South Pacific island occupied by the Japanese. One of the castaways, a defecting Japanese official, holds the secret to ending the war, and must be saved at all costs.

Attack Force Z

Sunday, January 13, 2008

NEW YEAR... MORE GOOD STUFF

A belated Happy New Year to everyone after our extended and very relaxed New Years holidays, in fact we can still hear the beach calling to us right now, but back to work unfortunately but that does mean more excellent competitions for you to get your hands on.

Today we bring you Next a tense thriller starring Nicolas Cage and the sexy Jessica Biel.
And Highlander The Source A revival of the Adrian Paul starring TV series.

Stay tuned for more very soon...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

ITV'S NEW SCHEDULE FOR 2008 AND THE RETURN OF NEWS AT TEN

ITV today unveiled a new look schedule for its flagship channel, ITV1, with increased focus on week day peak time hours and a revitalised weekend line up.

The main revisions to the ITV1 Winter 2008 schedule include:

• The return of News at Ten
• More 60 minute dramas at 21.00
• More comedy, drama and entertainment Friday to Sunday
• Coronation Street and Emmerdale move from Sunday evenings
• Dancing On Ice moves to Sunday night
• More investment in acquired programming post 22.30

It has been confirmed today that News At Ten will return to ITV1 from Monday 14th January. As well as returning an iconic and much loved ITV brand to the heart of peak, this move allows ITV to invest further in original, hour long drama at 9pm. This month sees the launch of a number of new titles in this slot including The Palace, a contemporary drama set in a fictional Buckingham Palace; interlinked comedy and soap Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach, and Honest, a new six part comedy drama starring Amanda Redman.

As part of wider changes to a revamped weekend line up designed to be distinct from the week day schedule, there will be a later evening news bulletin Friday to Sunday to allow comedy, entertainment, drama and feature films to be played uninterrupted.

Weekends on ITV1 will be given a noticeably different look and feel with a renewed focus on new comedy, entertainment and drama. The reinvigorated Friday to Sunday schedule allows greater freedom and a broader programme mix, with hit entertainment shows like Dancing On Ice moving into Sunday night and remodelled Friday nights featuring more comedy and entertainment, starting with the new series of Al Murray’s Happy Hour at 10pm from Friday 11 January.

Saturday nights retain their place as the centrepiece of ITV’s weekend entertainment line up, with brand new prime time quiz show Duel launching this month. January also sees the return of family drama to Saturday evenings with the second series of Primeval and fresh new comedy as Paul Merton makes a welcome return to ITV1 in improvisation show Thank God You’re Here.

As entertainment moves into Sunday evenings from mid-January, Coronation Street moves from Sunday nights to a second episode at on 8.30pm on Fridays and Emmerdale also moves from Sunday night, meaning a reduction in the number of nights ITV soaps are broadcast without reducing the number of episodes. Drama still plays an important part in the Sunday night line up, however, with the return of last year’s highest rating new drama, Kingdom and a new series of Wild At Heart this month.

The move of the news also opens up a window for more factual programming, films and acquired programming on ITV1 at 10.30pm.

The new schedule will be supported by extensive off-air marketing activity, with campaigns created by ITV’s newly appointed agency BBH launching this week for Moving Wallpaper/Echo Beach, Honest and Primeval.

ITV Director of Television, Simon Shaps said: “One of the principal ideas behind these changes is to make the weekends on ITV1 feel special. We have always been the home of Saturday night entertainment and we want to broaden that out to make the whole weekend on ITV1 something to look forward to. This has meant a wholesale spring clean for Friday nights with new comedy, drama and feature films to get the weekend started, and a much fresher look to Sunday evenings with entertainment shaking up the historically drama-led schedule.

“The restructuring of the peak time schedule and the return of News at Ten means that we’ve got a great opportunity to recapture some lost ground at 9pm and we’ve responded to viewer feedback on Coronation Street and Emmerdale so that fans can catch up with their favourite soaps over fewer nights.

“The new shape allows greater freedom and flexibility to create new hits within the schedule. In all, these changes make for a more streamlined, user friendly schedule that plays to ITV1’s strengths as an entertainment powerhouse and the home of original drama.”