BBC One commissions new music game show I Can See Your Voice

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Offering a fresh take on the music game show genre, I Can See Your Voice will provide music, comedy and play-along fun for the whole family.

The aim of the game involves two players attempting to guess who can and can’t sing from a group of mystery singers before them, in order to win a cash prize.

Through a series of amusing lip sync challenges, the competitors must weed out those masquerading as music maestros and whittle down the group to the one they believe truly has the gift of song.

Watch the trailer for new BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings

The Salisbury Poisonings follows the true events surrounding the poisonings of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in 2018. The drama looks at the impact the poisonings had on the Salisbury community and the extraordinary acts of heroism from ordinary people that followed the event, and the tragedy that followed.

David Tennant and Michael Sheen to star in new BBC comedy series

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The six-part series is based on an original idea by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, with the series written and directed by Evans.

Staged follows the cast of a play forced to halt their upcoming West End Production and sent home on furlough.

Classed as some of the best British actors of their generation, the cast try to keep up rehearsals at home during lockdown.

The series finds the comedy and challenges of creating a drama in lockdown both on and off stage.

Steven Knight to adapt Great Expectations for BBC One

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The six-part limited series is the second Dickens novel Knight has adapted, following A Christmas Carol last year.

Knight will once again be partnering up with producers Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy to bring the novel to life.

Great Expectations tells the coming-of-age story of orphan Pip, who dreams of being a gentleman and winning the heart of the beautiful but cold Estella.

Initially the story was released by Dickens as weekly chapters starting in December 1860, before it was published as a complete novel.

Michaela Coel’s new drama I May Destroy You heads to BBC One

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Created by, executive produced and starring Coel, I May Destroy You explores sexual consent and the minefield that is dating and relationships.

The 12-part series brings into question the fine line between liberation and exploitation in the modern landscape.

Arabella Essiuedu (Coel) finds herself hailed as the ‘voice of her generation’ when a piece of her writing receives critical acclaim.

Carefree, non-attached and easily distracted, Essiuedu lands an agent and a book commission, along with the pressure to live up to her so-called 'literary genius'.

BBC announces month of programming to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

The curation includes several brand new productions and a range of documentaries from the last two years all chosen to provide support to those struggling.

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, said: “Mental health is important - and during this pandemic more important than ever. Many people may be struggling alone, they may be worried about maintaining their own well-being or want to better equip themselves to help loved ones.

“That’s why bringing mental health issues out into the open is so important. Our programmes aim to do just that.”

BBC announces remake of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads

Left to right: Jodie Comer, Monica Dolan, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Sarah Lancashire, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton and Harriet Walter (Credit: BBC)

Ten of the original monologues will be remade and two new ones, written by Bennett last year, will also be showcased.

Produced by Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Company and Kevin Loader, filming will take place at the BBC Elstree Studios using current sets.

The monologues tell stories that are important and timely, all while allowing the actors to perform despite the coronavirus lockdown.

BBC commissions a series of new factual programmes

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Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army

These uncertain times have seen the nation come together to help one another, and this generosity and kindness is celebrated in Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army.

The five-part series goes up and down the country to meet those volunteering as part of large and small initiatives.

Ross meets the volunteers who are supporting the most vulnerable in society, even if it means putting their own personal safety at risk.

The Real Marigold Hotel returns to BBC One

This year’s four-part series will feature actress Britt Ekland, Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, Chuckle Brother Paul Chuckle, cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, EastEnders actor John Altman, actress Susie Blake, and singer Barbara Dickson.

The travel documentary series was inspired and named after the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and follows elderly celebrities as they test out retirement in India.