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Inside No. 9 returns for live Halloween special

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (Credit: BBC)

The live episode is the twenty-fifth story to come out of the RTS award-winning series. The comedy duo, who will write and perform in the live special, will be joined by guest star Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours).

Dead Line focuses on the unfortunate Arthur Flitwick (Steve Pemberton), as he discovers a mysterious old mobile phone in a local graveyard.

Unknown to him, the phone is tied to dark mystical forces and when Flitwick attempts to contact the owner, his good deed goes punished and he is forced into his own living nightmare.

BBC Two reveals cast for new drama The Luminaries

Eve Hewson as Lucy Elkins in The Knick (Credit: Sky)

Set in New Zealand during the 1860s gold rush, The Luminaires follows British adventurer Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson) as she searches for a new beginning across the globe.

When she falls for fortune hunter Emery Staines during an encounter on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the star-crossed lovers become entangled in a world of murder, revenge and tragedy. Especially with the not-so-pleasant Lydia Wells (Eva Green) and rich boy Francis Carver (Marton Csokas) causing trouble for the couple.

Watch the trailer for BBC Two's new thriller Black Earth Rising

RTS award-winner Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) stars as Kate Ashby, a legal investigator who was rescued as a child during the Rwandan genocide and adopted by British international criminal law prosecutor Eve (Harriet Walter - The Crown).

The eight-part series will follow Kate as she is thrown into the middle of a case prosecuting an African militia leader that Eve takes on at the International Criminal Court. 

BBC Two announces first British virtual reality property show

Watch This Space, presented by Angela Scanlon, will see ordinary homes transformed by architects Laura Clark and Robert Jamison into extraordinary spaces.

The episodes will follow two couples with conflicting ideas about the design of their homes as Clark and Jamison work with their different visions to create a unique design.

The homeowners will be able to explore the architects' designs using cutting-edge VR technology which will allow them to see rooms in their house transform, giving them a chance to decide on which design comes out on top.

Who's who in Versailles S1-3? A guide to the French court

So what has happened over the past two series?

Written and created by David Wolstencroft , the mind behind BBC drama Spooks, and Simon Mirren (Waking the Dead), the first series followed King Louis XIV’s political machinations as he shifted the French court away from Paris to Versailles.

Then in series two literally anything could have happened. But it didn’t. Instead the French went to war with the Dutch, to bed with each other and to prison for murder.