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BBC announces major new series of LGBTQ programming, Gay Britannia

Gay Britannia will feature bold stories that celebrate the LGBTQ community and highlight what it means to be gay in Britain today, whilst challenging existing preconceptions and prejudices.

The season of programming will mark 50 years since The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.

Foreign dramas head to Channel 4, More4 and BBC Four

Locked Up - Channel 4

Walter Presents is also bringing back successful Spanish prison drama Locked Up.

The first series proved popular last year, with Walter Iuzzolino of Walter Presents telling the RTS that the day after the show launched online, “something like 11 000 people had already burned through the entire [series]”

The show, he said, “is “really different. It’s really Hispanic. It’s very technicolour. It’s fun. It’s very sweaty. It is Spanish exuberance!”

BBC Four comedy Detectorists returns for a third series

Written, directed and starring Mackenzie Crook (Andy), Detectorists will return this year with six new episodes.

Also starring Toby Jones (Lance) and Rachael Stirling as Becky, Andy’s wife, the new series continues on from the Christmas Special that saw Lance battling the ‘curse of the gold’ after finding an Anglo-Saxon treasure.

Kim Cattrall joins the cast of Swedish crime series Modus

The first season of the Swedish crime series followed psychologist Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman) who, along with her autistic daughter, become involved in an investigation surrounding a series of disturbing deaths.

The psychologist meets detective Ingvar Nymann (Henrik Norlen) and the two team up to uncover clues in the sinister case and find the serial killer committing these brutal crimes.

Gritty Canadian drama Cardinal heads to BBC Four

Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, The Killing) is the eponymous star of the series, who joins forces with Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, Revenge) to hunt down a vicious serial killer in the icy wastes of a small Northern Ontario town.

Adapted from Giles Blunt’s award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first in the John Cardinal series, the six-part drama will air later this year.

BBC announces slow TV Yorkshire special

This special follows a number of other successful slow TV programmes on the channel including All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride and Slow Week.

All Aboard! The Country Bus will take viewers on a peaceful and idyllic ride along one of the most spectacularly scenic bus routes in Britain.

Filmed in real time, the camera capture the road ahead and passing scenery, as well as the occasional chatter from the regular riders.