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Hollyoaks to celebrate 25th birthday with new series Hollyoaks@25

Hollyoaks@25 will showcase one week for every five years, each chosen for the significance and popularity of its storylines.

The first era will look at the years 1995-2000, specifically the year 1999, when the soap’s first ever major stunt was performed.

A young Tony, Lewis, Ruth and Lucy are desperate to escape the water tank in which they are being held captive by a vengeful Rob Hawthorne, the soap’s first ever villain.

Mel Giedroyc to front new woodwork competition series on Channel 4

Comedian Mel Giedroyc will present the competition, introducing the demanding briefs to the contestants and overseeing their completion of the builds in the woodlands.

Giedroyc said: “In the words of Ian Faith, the manager of Spinal Tap, ‘... in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful.’

“I would add to that by saying that in the topsy-turvy world of 2020 IN GENERAL, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is pretty much ESSENTIAL.

Jamie Oliver returns to Channel 4 with new family cooking series

Filmed in his garden at home, Jamie Oliver will be sharing his new culinary creations perfect for family meals.

As Oliver will be taking inspiration from your average weekly shopping trolley, the dishes will be simple, affordable, but above all, delicious.

The series will also be showcasing some of the new recipes in his upcoming book 7 Ways, the first cook book to be based on real consumer data as to what people buy on a weekly basis.

Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 with a new live stunt and retrospective

The two hour special, Derren Brown, 20 Years of Mind Control: Live, will showcase some of the illusionist’s most hair-raising stunts, revealing the stories and logistical secrets behind each one.

Brown said: “Twenty years! That was quick. And what a treat to be given this night by the broadcaster that have been so very supportive and nurturing over that time.

“I can’t imagine two decades with anyone else. It’s going to be a fun night.”

Channel 4 commissions new Spice Girls documentary

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With hundreds of hours of archive footage and some revealing interviews, the series will tell the complete story of the best-selling girl band of all time.

From the RTS-Award winning team behind the documentary Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, the series will look at the group’s transformation from first forming during the ‘ladette’ backdrop of the mid 90s through to their most recent world tour during the #MeToo movement.  

Channel 4 announces Damilola Taylor documentary

DJ, writer and childhood friend of Damilola, Yinka Bokinni will present the film, entitled Damilola: The Boy Next Door, recounting the incident and its destructive aftermath.

On 27 November 2000, ten-year-old Damilola was attacked as he approached his home on North Peckham Estate. He died in hospital from the wounds, and two brothers were eventually convicted of manslaughter in 2006.

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan returns for a second series

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The series is produced by Gilligan’s production company Mono G and Expectation and will return with six brand new episodes.

Series one delighted viewers with a mix of games, fun sketches, music and light-hearted chat with famous faces such as Tyson Fury, Riz Ahmed, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Kelis. 

Gilligan called the news “incredible”, he commented: “This was always a really bold, ambiguous project and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved as a team.

Channel 4 announces new factual series Take Your Knee Off My Neck

The five-part series explores race in contemporary Britain and why the need to challenge racism is a matter of urgency.

The films look at the systemic racism and injustice black people continue to face in Britain through testimony from comedians, politicians, nurses and doctors in the NHS, and members of the public who have experienced racial abuse.

Channel 4 has announced a third series of The Circle and spin-off The Celebrity Circle

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Once again participants will get the opportunity to be anyone they want to be in order to gain popularity.

Emma Willis will return to host and comedian Sophie Willan will continue to voiceover the reality series.

To follow covid-19 filming guidelines, there will be no studio audience or live shows and the format will change to a pre-recorded set-up.  

Players will move into their own separate apartments in the same apartment block and the only way they can communicate is through a social media platform called The Circle.