BBC announces remake of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads

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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.

BBC announces charity special ‘The Big Night In’

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The BBC’s biggest charitable partners, Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need, are coming together for the first time ever for The Big Night In to celebrate those going the extra mile to help their communities throughout these difficult times.   

The live show aims to provide some light relief and entertainment, with some famous faces joining from home for some live music performances, big surprises and ‘money can’t buy’ prizes in an effort to support and cheer up whoever they can.

BBC launches new daytime series HealthCheck UK Live

TV presenter Michelle Ackerley, Dr Xand van Tulleken, broadcaster Angela Rippon, and fitness instructor Mr Motivator will be keeping their audience company, as well as offering their expertise on how to keep healthy and happy while homebound.

The list of topics so far includes how best to boost your immunity, how to beat boredom and stay active.

Dr Xand van Tullekan said: “During this uncertain period it is essential that viewers feel connected and positive.

Sue Perkins heads to the US-Mexico border for new BBC One series

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The two-part series will see Perkins embark on a 2000-mile journey from coast to coast across one of the most contentious borders in the world.  Starting in the Mexican city of Tijuana on the Pacific Coast, Perkins will travel across the continent, ending in Matamoros, a city on the north-eastern border.

On the Central American side, Perkins helps build a hostel with Honduran volunteers for refugees fleeing violence, while on the US side she shadows an Arizona sheriff to uncover the fight against Mexican criminal drug cartels.

Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby are back with BBC series Take Off

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Each week members of the studio audience will see their names appear on the Take Off departure board and compete against each other in a series of games in order to win seats on a plane, which will whisk them off on an extraordinary holiday.

Created by Hungry Bear Media, the show will include entertaining challenges, captivating stories, celebrity appearances and more.

MasterChef returns for 16th series

Another 60 contestants will battle it out with their utensils over the space of eight gruelling weeks, as judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace search for the UK’s best amateur cook.

The competition begins with five weeks of heats featuring two brand new challenges. The contestants will need to bring ingredients from home to cook their Signature Dish in the first round, with the best two heading straight through to the third.