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BBC Two renews The Ranganation for third series

Ranganathan will this time set foot in a studio, but his focus group of 20 characters representative of modern Britain will continue joining him virtually.

Each week two celebrity guests will also be beamed into the show to help mull over lighter current affairs. Previous guests include Katherine Ryan, Danny Dyer, Aisling Bea, Jo Brand and Richard Osman.

Like the Ranganation itself, the discussions are diverse, with the likes of Technophobe, Gen Z and Never Voted covering anything from paranormal activity to washing your legs in the shower.

BBC Two commissions Horizon special Vaccine: The Inside Story

Given extensive access to leading research teams, including that of Pfizer/BioNTech, the Horizon special follows the global efforts at developing, trialling, manufacturing and distributing effective vaccines to fight the pandemic.

When news of the novel virus broke, elite scientists around the world sprung into action to tackle the biggest threat in the history of modern medicine. It required scope and speed never-before-seen, and the use of multiple new technologies.

Industry renewed for a second series

Myha'la Herrold as Harper in Industry (credit: BBC)

The series, which aired on BBC Two in the UK and HBO in America, follows a group of young graduates vying for a permanent position at the cut-throat investment bank, Pierpoint & Co.

Industry’s first series centres around Harper (Myha’la Herrold, an American fish-out-of-water struggling to find her feet in London’s fast-paced financial district. She is forced to go above and beyond to prove her mettle among a cohort of hyper-competitive graduates.

BBC Two commissions new documentary series on celebrity culture

Driven by dramatic technological and cultural advancements, the celebrity industry has seen seismic growth in recent times.

The series will chart the rise from the early days of reality television, through the emergence of social media stars and celebrity politicians, to our present day obsession with fame, which now impacts every aspect of our lives.

New cast confirmed for Guilt as series two begins filming

Neil Forsyth has written another twisting thriller that picks up where the first series left off, with brothers Max (Mark Bonnar) and Jake (Jamie Sives) facing the consequences of their accidental killing of an old man.

Sara Vickers, Phyllis Logan, Stuart Bowman and Ian Pirie will join returning cast Bonnar, Sives and Emun Elliott.

Bonnar said: “I’m completely overjoyed that Guilt is getting a second series! Neil has crafted four amazing scripts with some cracking new characters and an immensely involving plot, full of twists and turns.

BBC Two commissions new documentary on the Maxwell family

As an impoverished survivor of the Holocaust, Robert Maxwell came from humble beginnings.

After serving the British Army in World War II he started working in publishing, building up Pergamon Press to a major publishing house before buying multiple competitors.

Robert’s alleged accidental death in 1991 triggered the collapse of his publishing empire and led to revelations of fraud on a grand scale.

New Michael Palin Christmas special heads to BBC Two

Last month’s Travels Of A Lifetime saw Sir Michael tell the personal side of his travel stories and discuss the making of his most iconic shows, including Around The World In 80 Days and Pole To Pole.

In this new special, Palin will revisit his journey of discovery in the Himalayas.

In Himalaya, Michael tested himself against the mountains that have long represented one of the ultimate challenges of exploration, passing through India, Pakistan, the Tibetan Plateau and Bhutan.