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Silent Witness renewed for further two series

The series 23 finale saw the shock departure of fan favourites Clarissa Mullery (Liz Carr) and Dr Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern), with the latter giving his life to save his team in an explosive conclusion.

Liz Carr explained: "After eight years of getting to play the fabulous character Clarissa Mullery, I’ve decided it’s time to leave Silent Witness.

“To quote Clarissa, 'I just know, deep down - that it’s time for me to move on, to focus less on the dead and more on the living. On life.

The Syndicate returns to BBC One for a fourth series

Writer Kay Mellor has penned another six episodes of the drama, which will follow the fortunes of staff at a dog kennels in Leeds.

Facing potential redundancy after the owners announce a takeover by a larger company, the team turns to the weekly lottery as a last resort, and win.

But will the syndicate receive their rightful winnings? Set between Leeds and Las Vegas, the kennel workers will be forced to spend every last penny in pursuit of them.

Nadiya Hussain to front two new BBC shows

Nadiya’s American Melting Pot

The former winner of The Great British Bake Off will travel to North America for her two-part documentary series Nadiya’s American Melting Pot.

Travelling to two of North America’s most diverse vibrant hubs, California and Louisiana, she hopes to discover how generations of immigrant communities have cultivated and adapted American cuisine.

First images released of Jenna Coleman in The Serpent

Jenna Coleman as Marie-Andrée Leclerc and Tahir Rahim as Charles Sobhraj (credit: BBC)

The eight-part series stars Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) as murderer Charles Sobhraj alongside Jenna Coleman (Victoria) as his partner Marie-Andrée Leclerc.

Inspired by true events, The Serpent follows the capture of Sobhraj (Rahim), a man who became Interpol’s most wanted man in the seventies. As the lead suspect in numerous unsolved murders of Western tourists across India, Thailand and Nepal, Sobhraj continually eluded imprisonment despite arrest warrants in three different continents.

BBC One announces new Stephen Merchant series The Offenders

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The six-part comedy crime thriller set in Bristol will follow a group of seven complete strangers brought together to complete a Community Payback sentence.

The group of misfits from different walks of life form unlikely friendships, and each character’s complicated life is brought into play. As the initial façades begin to slip, The Offenders delves into what made each character the complex people they are today.

When one falls into trouble, the group must unite to protect them from Bristol’s most dangerous gang.

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight discusses upcoming project A Christmas Carol in drama masterclass

Steven Knight (right) (Credit: Teresa Bogan)

The early December event – organised by BBC Birmingham in partnership with RTS Midlands – celebrated the writer’s latest project, a three-part adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a highlight of BBC One’s festive schedule.

The Dickens classic has been adapted countless times, which is why Knight said he undertook a detailed study of the original text in search of a fresh take on a familiar story.