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BBC broadcasts season of content celebrating 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio

A man portraying William Shakespeare walks down a period-appropriate street

The programming is being broadcast across TV, radio, iPlayer and BBC Sounds, and features both archival and original content.

The First Folio compiles 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, 18 of which had never been published prior, including such major works as Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night. As such, it is often credited with preventing these works from becoming lost to time.

Brian Cox to control new James Bond-inspired adventure reality series for Prime Video

Brian Cox sits at a desk in an opulent office, ready to speak into a microphone

Cox, best known for his star turn in Succession as Waystar Royco CEO Logan Roy, will play The Controller, the enigma who determines the fate of the teams of two competing in a global adventure.

From the Scottish Highlands to Venice and Jamaica, the series will visit many iconic locations from the Bond franchise as it tests the intelligence, endurance and heroism of the contestants. As well as conquering all the obstacles in their path, they will have to answer the questions hidden in the different locations to progress to the next challenge.

"This is a chessboard, and every move is crucial": Succession series four gets new trailer and release date

The series three finale saw the squabbling siblings Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) finally settle their differences to unite against their tyrannical patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox). Although, they were unable to stop the sale of the family's media conglomerate to tech magnate Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård).

The trailer sees it edge ever closer, provoking existential angst and more familial division among the Roys as they try to anticipate what their lives will look like if and when the deal is completed.

What's On TV This Week: 21st November - 27th November

David Baddiel: Jews Don’t Count


Channel 4, 9pm

David Baddiel (credit: Channel 4)

Comedian David Baddiel, author of the eye-opening book Jews Don’t Count, explores the modern-day rise of anti-semitism in this one-off special documentary. In Baddiel’s opinion, anti-Semitism is often seen as a lesser form of racism.

Succession series four teaser: the Roy siblings form a rebel alliance

Captioned "The rebel alliance," the teaser sees Logan Roy, the patriarch of the toxic media mogul family, face up to what could be the biggest threat to his reign yet. 

After some major betrayals in series three, the siblings - or the "new gen Roys" - look to be uniting against their tyrannical father in a bid to take over Waystar Royco. Among them are Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck, and Sarah Snook as Roman, Kendall, Connor and Shiv.

Brian Cox explores the possibility of life on Mars

Brian Cox: Seven Days on Mars (credit: BBC)

In 1980, the 12-year-old Brian Cox wrote to Nasa asking for photographs of its space missions, including shots from the mid-1970s Viking programme to land a spacecraft on Mars.  

Speaking from Seattle at an online RTS London event in June, the physicist and TV presenter recalled: “I was so excited when this package came back.” 

He continued: “It’s one of the most wonderful things that Nasa does. It doesn’t only… attempt to answer some of the biggest questions that we can ask, in this case, ‘Are we alone in the universe?’… but also, it engages with the next generation.”  

Succession renewed for fourth series

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Created by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show), the series follows ageing media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his children Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Connor (Alan Ruck) as they jockey for position in the race to be named successor of the family media empire Waystar Royco.

Succession’s third series is currently airing on Sky and NOW in the UK, with the Roy family entering a full-blown civil war after son Kendall’s whistle-blowing about the conglomerate’s historical sex offences sending the company into a tailspin.

Sky releases teaser for Succession series three

Following Kendall’s (Jeremy Strong) public betrayal of his father, Logan (Brian Cox), in series two’s explosive finale, the trailer sees the Roy family forced to take sides.

The number one criterion for the Roys has always been personal gain, and true to form, Shiv (Sarah Snook) is seen to be negotiating for the better deal.

Series favourites Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) also feature, and it seems the latter’s part in Kendall’s stunt has soured their already toxic friendship.