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Dating show Eating With My Ex will return for a third series

Sam Bird with his ex (Credit: BBC)

The series sees ex-couples come together over a make or break meal to answer some awkward questions about their relationship in a bid to find out where it all went wrong.

The new ten-part series, made by Thames (part of Fremantle), will also feature four celebrity specials, where famous faces will reunite with their exes.

At the end of the meal, the exes will decide if they want to give things another go, or part ways for good.

BBC commissions adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends

Sally Rooney (Credit BBC)

The new series follows the adaptation of her second novel, Normal People, which airs this spring.

The series will be produced by Element Pictures, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald, with several episodes written by Alice Birch.

Conversations With Friends follows two college students who make an unexpected and life changing connection with a married couple.

Guz Khan: The real deal role model

When he’s not in the jungle penning quips for Ant and Dec, Andy Milligan is the co-writer of Man Like Mobeen and has a running joke with the sitcom’s creator and star, Guz Khan. As they work on the hit BBC Three series together, Milligan asks him, “Can you tell me what every Muslim in Britain will think of this joke?”

This is because Khan has been dubbed “the face of British Muslims” – a result, Milligan points out, of it being far more likely for a bearded, practising Muslim to appear on our screens as a suicide bomber than as a character like Mobeen.

BBC Three acquires second series of US comedy Shrill

Lolly Adefope and Aidy Bryant in Shrill (credit: BBC)

The eight-part series will re-join Annie, played by Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant, after she’s quit her miserable job and confronted her demons: her boss (John Cameron Mitchell), her mother (Julia Sweeney) and her troll.

With her best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope) and boyfriend Ryan (Luka Jones) by her side, she’s ready to begin a path of self-discovery to figure out what she truly wants in life.

US comedy series Shrill heads to BBC Three

Aidy Bryant (Credit:BBC)

The six-part series will become available on BBC iPlayer from the 15th December.

Executive produced by Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, Shrill stars Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Changing her life won’t be easy though.

As Annie tries to start her career in journalism, she is also dealing with bad boyfriends, a sick parent and a perfectionist boss.

Dark comedy Back To Life will return for second series

Daisy Haggard in Back to Life (credit: BBC)

Co-created by and starring Daisy Haggard, the first series of Back To Life follows Miri Matterson as she returned to her quiet seaside town after a lengthy spell in prison.

Having entered prison during her formative years as a young adult, the series comically traverses her naïve attempts to fit into the modern world that has changed significantly in the 18 years she has spent away from it.

Over the course of the six-part series, her community’s refusal to accept her catalyses the reveal of the truth behind her crime.

Documentary masterclass with Arthur Cary

Arthur Cary (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

From comedy to docs, via reality TV: “With my writing partner from university, I was writing script-based comedy… we got close a few times to getting things away but it wasn’t quite working,” recalled Cary.

He landed a job as a runner at Endemol, working on BBC Three show Celebrity Scissorhands and then Big Brother: “I exploited every connection I had at Endemol and got a job at North One, which used to make a lot of Cutting Edge [documentaries] for Channel 4.”

RuPaul's Drag Race UK creators discuss bringing drag to screens at RTS Futures event

Sally Miles, Fenton Bailey, Ruby Kuraishe, Scott Bryan, Navi Lamba and Bruce McCoy (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Drag queens and TV are like peanut butter and jelly – the perfect combination,” added the show’s creator Fenton Bailey.

McCoy and Bailey – executive producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, both here and in the US – were talking at a lively RTS Futures event in November that looked at how the show was brought to the UK.