If only the director could see their Narrator Three now. The snub marked the beginning of Baynton’s steady rise to Brit-com stardom, from comic turns like the innocent but inane Deano in Gavin and Stacey (2008-2010), to creating and starring in several dearly beloved sitcoms, the most recent being BBC One’s Ghosts (2019-).
The television series Poldark was a huge hit, peaking with nearly 10 million viewers and sparking an unlikely national debate about topless scything. The eagerly awaited next series will be airing later this year, this time with 10 episodes.
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The four-part miniseries will follow the unexpectedly intersecting paths of a prisoner on death row in the US, a Vicar in a quiet English town, and a maths teacher trapped in a cellar.
Leading the star-studded cast will be David Tennant (Des), Dolly Wells (The Pursuit of Love) and Lydia West (It’s A Sin) alongside Stanley Tucci (Feud) in the titular role of the Inside Man.
Following an introduction from BBC Commissioning Editor Emma Loach, joining host Rhianna Dhillon are director Julian Farino, executive producer Melanie Archer and contributors Oliver, Gemma, and Orala, as they discuss the return of the landmark generation-spanning BBC documentary series “Up” - which has followed the lives of the same group of contributors every seven years since they were 7 years old.
The Goes Wrong Show
BBC One, 8.30pm
Am dram group The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on another series of doomed performances.
Davies will return in time for the 60th Anniversary of the sci-fi series in 2023, and continue writing for series beyond.
From his relaunch of the show in 2005 to his departure in 2009, Davies is widely credited with turning the British drama into a global icon.
Davies said: “I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show. But we’re time-travelling too fast, there’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm - I’m still a viewer for now.”
The new series will be set and made in Greater Manchester and co-produced by Wall To Wall and Rope Ladder Fiction.
Waterloo Road originally aired on the BBC from 2006 to 2015, during which time it became one of the UK’s most popular and longest-running TV dramas.
With the pandemic came greater awareness of the challenges teachers, parents and pupils face that have become even more pronounced due to lockdown restrictions. The new series will explore these important issues and more.
Take a Hike
BBC Two, 6.30pm
Take a Hike, a new series in which five hikers compete for the title of ultimate guide, could just as easily have been called Come Hike With Me. Each week sees a different hiker take the lead, judged by the others on their route, picnic, views and fun.
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will see the children of the Queen and the Duke, as well as their adult grandchildren and other members of the family, all contribute to the portrait.
Originally conceived to celebrate Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, the documentary will feature interviews filmed before and after his death in April 2021.
The filmmakers were invited inside Buckingham Palace to meet his staff and capture his study, office and library, just as he kept them.
Based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole fictionalises the remarkable true story of the biggest fraud in British history, conducted by the enigmatic David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners in 18th century Yorkshire. Set against the backdrop of the incoming industrial revolution, David Hartley assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy.