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Meet the queens of Canada’s Drag Race

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The ten-part series will introduce viewers to the drag scenes across Canada, with plenty of shade being thrown between the Montreal and Quebec queens.

Each week, RuPaul will deliver challenges by Rumail and the competing queens will need to prove they have what it takes to deliver showstopping looks and stay in the competition.

If the queens want to hear the words “shantay you stay”, they will need to be able to sing, dance, act, improv, sew, beat, throw shade, death drop and lip sync, all with their own unique spin.

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan returns for a second series

Mo Gilligan (Credit: Channel 4)

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.

Harry and Jamie Redknapp partner with Tom Davis for new entertainment series

Harry and Jamie Redknapp (Credit: Sky)

The six-part series, produced by Expectation, will allow sporting fans to continue to get their fix, with some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment joining the trio from their own homes.

Each week viewers can expect celebrity and sports chat, plus Harry Redknapp’s infamous anecdotes.

The first episode will see Premiere League teams Watford and West Ham compete against each other in a way that’s never been seen before.

Netflix releases Love Is Blind Reunion teaser

Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton (Credit: Netflix)

Described as a dating show with a difference, it sees a group of single men date a group of single women, but the twist comes in that they are only allowed to talk to each other in special pods that prevent them from seeing what the other person looks like.

This tests if they can form a strong emotional connection before a physical connection is made.

The couples who fall in love then get within the first ten days and only then do they get to see their fiancé for the first time.

Taskmaster: Top ten tasks

Greg Davies and Alex Horne (Credit: UKTV)

Created and written by comedian Alex Horne, the series stars Greg Davies as the Taskmasterwith Horne acting as Davies’ assistant and umpire during the tasks.

Each series, five contestants compete each week to score the highest mark on the bizarre tasks set by the Taskmaster.

Taskmaster originally aired on Dave, but will make the move to Channel 4 in 2020 following a new six series deal. 

With over 200 tasks to date so far, here is a roundup of some of our favourites.

Channel managers and exec producers call for more diverse talent in TV at RTS Futures event

Iain Coyle, Baileigh Walsh, Rick Edwards, Maxine Watson and Sohail Shah (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

“We need more voices on telly – there’s not enough working-class people in telly and not enough diversity,” said UKTV head of comedy entertainment Iain Coyle.

“All the different voices that make up this country need to be working in television – not just the poshos who’ve been to Cambridge and Oxford,” said Sohail Shah, the MD of new indie King of Sunshine Productions.

He added: “Without new talent you don’t get any kind of progression in TV.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series two is confirmed by BBC Three

RuPaul (Credit: BBC)

Series one was met with critical acclaim, gaining 6.5 million iPlayer requests just over halfway through the series.

BBC Three has opened applications for the next series, ready to find another group of queens who will show off their talents and slay the competition.

During series one, the queens faced several challenges to test all elements of their drag ability, from forming standout girl bands, to strutting down the runway in a regal creation.

Host RuPaul thanked the BBC and fans for the “overwhelming” support for the UK series.

Rylan Clark-Neal to host new Buy It Now at Christmas series

Rylan Clark-Neal (Credit: Channel 4)

The studio entertainment series gives sellers and inventors the opportunity to showcase their innovations and sell them to an audience of real shoppers.

In the new four-part series the stakes are even higher, as the innovators will be given the opportunity to pitch to some of the UK’s biggest national retailers right before the most crucial shopping period of the year.

Sellers have only 90 seconds to showcase their products and impress an audience of 100 potential customers, who then vote if they like the product or not.

Danny Dyer presents new gameshow The Wall

Danny Dyer (Credit: BBC)

The Wall sees pairs of contestants answer questions that combine knowledge, strategy and luck that can either lead to colossal wins or heart breaking losses.

Legendary broadcaster Angela Rippon will read the questions for the six-part series.

With life-changing prizes on display, contestants won’t just require the correct answers, but also the right bounces and unflinching trust in one another.

8 Out of 10 Cats returns to E4

8 Out of 10 Cats (Credit: Channel 4)

The panel show will see Rob Beckett resuming his role as team captain, along with rotating guest captains including Aisling Bea, Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe and Kerry Godliman.

Panellists will compete against each other in guessing the results of numerous public polls and surveys on popular topics.

“I’m really excited that 8 Out of 10 Cats is returning to E4,” said Jimmy Carr.

“What Britain needs now more than ever, is a panel show about surveys and statistics. Well, that and six months’ supply of food and medicine.”