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Tom Allen to celebrate equal marriage with new BBC special My Big Gay Wedding

As well as organising the wedding, Allen will look back on the years spent fighting for marriage rights, and his own years growing up gay.  He will meet the LGBTQIA+ activists who made equal marriage possible and reflect on how far gay rights have come over the last decade.

In pursuit of the most spectacular wedding, the couple will be introduced to Allen’s famous friends who will help out with everything from the entertainment to the wedding outfits.

New emotional one-off documentary Matt Willis: Addiction and Me announced for BBC One

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The no holds barred, raw and open documentary will uncover the struggles the musician, actor and dad of three has experienced with drug and alcohol addiction. 

It was a battle that pushed him to the brink, and despite reaching dizzying heights of success as part of the band Busted, Willis was finding it hard to cope behind closed doors. 

Willis will look at the potential reasons behind his addiction and speak to other families, experts, counsellors and support groups to try and understand why some people become alcohol and drug dependent. 

BBC announces third and final series of Ladhood

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In the final series of Ladhood, Liam (Oscar Kennedy) finds himself on the precipice of adulthood as he comes to the end of his time at sixth form.

The six-part series will see Liam look to the future as he contemplates a place at a top university. 

However, to get there he has to excel at his interview, ace his exams and not get distracted by the more fun activities his friends Ralph (Samuel Bottomley), Addy (Aquib Khan) and Craggy (Shaun Thomas) are taking part in.

Louis Theroux interviews Stormzy for new BBC series

The Louis Theroux Interviews (w/t) will see the filmmaker talk to celebrities for one-on-one interviews and behind the scenes conversations, painting intimate portraits of some of entertainment’s biggest names.

The first episode will see Theroux accompany British musician Stormzy on tour and at home for unique and in depth conversations, allowing viewers to see him like they never have before.

Louis Theroux said: “I’m so excited to be embarking on this new series - something very different to the kind of TV I normally make.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy heads to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

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The six-part series will follow Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci as he travels across Italy, learning about and tasting the culinary delights each region has to offer. 

Each episode will see Tucci discover the unique cuisines of a different Italian region or city, highlighting the diversity of Italian cooking and delving into Italy’s culture and history. 

From the creamy carbonara Rome is known for, the simple but delightful pasta alla Norma of Sicily, the luxurious saffron infused risotto of Milan and the best possible pizza in Naples.

BBC Factual announces new Natural History slate

The announcement comes amid the landmark COP26 conference and, said the BBC, will reinforce the broadcaster’s commitment to highlighting the science of life on earth and the state of the natural world.


In Asia, BBC One visits the biggest continent on Earth to showcase the extraordinary variety of its landscapes and wildlife.

Inside King Gary series two

It’s been a year since we saw “geezer diva” Gary King (played by co-creator and co-writer Tom Davis) attempt to take over his father’s building business and stay a doting father and loving partner, all the while appointing himself as the central figure of Butterchurn Crescent.

Centred on an alpha male who lacks the alpha-ness the role requires, the layered sitcom spoke volumes about modern-day masculinity, the working class, new money and family dynamics.

New Gossip Girl reboot heading to the BBC

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Based on the novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, the original series, which aired between 2007-2012, will also be able to watch in full on BBC iPlayer.

Developed by Joshua Safran, Gossip Girl follows a group of teenage New York socialites at an exclusive private school in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The new series will explore how social media, social surveillance and the New York landscape itself has changed in the nine years since the original gossip blog went dark.

The future of online viewing measurement

After years of refusal by the global streaming companies to share their viewing data, new light will soon be shed on the performance of Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ – and PSB streaming services such as All 4 and BBC iPlayer – by the industry ratings body Barb.

From the late summer, Barb expects to publish regular viewing figures for SVoD services on the same basis as those for broadcast television. This will allow meaningful comparisons to be made for the first time.