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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.

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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.

Cillian Murphy to narrate new documentary series on esports scene for BBC Three

Narrated by Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), the series follows the multimillion pound esports organisation EXCEL ESPORTS and its League of Legends team as they compete in The League of Legends European Championships in Berlin.

The team finished in tenth place in 2019, but given the new blood, huge financial backing and world class coaches, they are looking to make their mark on the global LoL scene.

New Michael Palin Christmas special heads to BBC Two

Last month’s Travels Of A Lifetime saw Sir Michael tell the personal side of his travel stories and discuss the making of his most iconic shows, including Around The World In 80 Days and Pole To Pole.

In this new special, Palin will revisit his journey of discovery in the Himalayas.

In Himalaya, Michael tested himself against the mountains that have long represented one of the ultimate challenges of exploration, passing through India, Pakistan, the Tibetan Plateau and Bhutan.

Lance Armstrong documentary heads to BBC iPlayer

Directed by Marina Zenovich, the documentary retraces the remarkable rise and rapid fall of Armstrong, from the cycling hall of fame to the hall of infamy.

In candid interviews, Armstrong, his family, friends and former teammates recount his battle with cancer, his extraordinarily successful comeback to the sport, his multiple Tour de France victories, and the doping scandal that stripped him of them all.

The film also examines the wider problem of performance enhancing drugs in the sport.