Alma’s Not Normal returning to BBC Two for second series

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Written, created and executive produced by Sophie Willan, Alma’s Not Normal follows Boltonian wild-child Alma Nuthall and her family of disorderly, eccentric women. The series stars Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley) as Alma’s mother Lin, Lorraine Ashbourne (Bridgerton) as Alma’s grandmother Joan, and Jayde Adams (The Outlaws) as Alma’s best friend Leanne.

Louis Theroux interviews Stormzy for new BBC series

The Louis Theroux Interviews (w/t) will see the filmmaker talk to celebrities for one-on-one interviews and behind the scenes conversations, painting intimate portraits of some of entertainment’s biggest names.

The first episode will see Theroux accompany British musician Stormzy on tour and at home for unique and in depth conversations, allowing viewers to see him like they never have before.

Louis Theroux said: “I’m so excited to be embarking on this new series - something very different to the kind of TV I normally make.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy heads to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

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The six-part series will follow Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci as he travels across Italy, learning about and tasting the culinary delights each region has to offer. 

Each episode will see Tucci discover the unique cuisines of a different Italian region or city, highlighting the diversity of Italian cooking and delving into Italy’s culture and history. 

From the creamy carbonara Rome is known for, the simple but delightful pasta alla Norma of Sicily, the luxurious saffron infused risotto of Milan and the best possible pizza in Naples.

The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk, a comedy of the absurd

The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk is a weird and wonderful place to be, as the first BBC Two series in 2019 demonstrated to the nation. Each of the 15-minute episodes saw comedian Spencer Jones’s alter ego navigate the basic tasks of adulting while distracted by his own imagination as conveyed through surreal sketches and musical mayhem.

Ahead of its second series, last month, an RTS event gave a preview of the action to come – and insight into the psyche of Jones, a Bafta and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee.

Dylan Moran writes and stars in new comedy series Stuck for BBC Two

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Starring Moran and Morgana Robinson (Intelligence) as Dan and Carla, the darkly funny and occasionally surreal sitcom follows the couple as they find themselves at a crossroads. Dan has recently been made redundant, while Carla is beginning to question whether this is all she can expect from life.

When Carla’s ex-girlfriend Maya re-emerges on the scene, the age gap between Dan and Carla is brought into sharper focus.

Philomena Cunk to return to BBC Two with new series Cunk On Earth

Cunk on Earth will see Cunk (played by comedian Diane Morgan) attempt to demystify human civilisation and discover humankind’s greatest achievements.

Cunk will explore the arts and sciences that have enriched the world from the beginning of recorded history: from great inventions like the wheel to masterpieces of art like the Mona Lisa and mind-altering concepts like enlightenment and nuclear power.

She will also be visiting significant sights and asking experts big questions about society’s progress.

David Baddiel to present documentary on the effects of social media

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Writer, comedian and self-confessed Twitter addict David Baddiel is exploring the impact social media has on people’s behaviour both on and offline. 

Baddiel recognises that there are positive reasons to use social media such as revolutionising communication, pushing social change forward and highlighting important issues.

However, there are also negatives to these platforms and areas where outrage and angry exchanges dominate.