BBC Two and BBC Music announce new Amy Winehouse film

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Primarily told through the eyes of Amy’s mother Janis, the film will offer a new, personal insight into aspects of the singer’s life that have been as yet unknown to the public.

Janis lives with the Multiple Sclerosis, a condition that affects her memory. In order to preserve her memories of Amy, she has been motivated to make this timely documentary combining never-before-seen personal family footage of Amy and features from the BBC archive.

BBC Two announces documentary exploring Britney Spears conservatorship

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A conservatorship is a legal arrangement in the US that sees an adult placed under the legal guardianship of another adult. 

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, has been her legal guardian since 2008 due to worries about her mental health, and Spears has not been in control of her finances or career since then. 

Azhar travels from Spears’ hometown Kentwood in Louisiana to Los Angeles, speaking to the people who are fighting to give Spears her freedom back and the people closest to her to discover who she really is behind the headlines. 

Cast announced for sixth series of Inside No. 9

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The cast for the upcoming six-part anthology series will include Sian Clifford (Fleabag), Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty), Paterson Joseph (Peep Show), Lindsay Duncan (A Discovery of Witches), Kevin Bishop (Porridge), Nick Mohammed (Intelligence), Bhavna Limbachia (Coronation Street), Sarah Parish (W1A), and Gemma Whelan (The End of the F***ing World), with more names to be confirmed.

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

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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.