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Created and written by Heidi Thomas and based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, Call The Midwife returns for a Christmas special in December 2012 and a second series early in 2013.

Christmas is coming and in Poplar the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever. When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent, the whole community rallies round to provide food and clothing and to try and trace his mother.

Nurse Jenny Lee, meanwhile, gets caught up in the heart-breaking mystery which surrounds an elderly, semi-vagrant local woman, Mrs Jenkins, played by Sheila Reid. For newly married Chummy, other challenges await, as she pulls out all the stops to mount a truly memorable children’s nativity play. Continue reading »

The epic fifth series of Merlin sees Camelot at the height of its golden age. With Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table at his side, Arthur has never felt stronger.

But even as Camelot flowers, the seeds of her destruction are being sown. As the forces of darkness gather, only Merlin stands between Arthur and a fate that has been written since the dawn of time.

Three years on from where series four ended, Morgana is more powerful than ever and still hell bent on destroying Arthur and claiming the Throne of Camelot as her own. Old friends and new enemies threaten to switch sides as we see the return of Mordred (Alex Vlahos), Princess Mithian (Janet Montgomery) and even King Uther (Anthony Head). Continue reading »

Peaky Blinders, an epic gangster family saga, has started shooting in Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool, boasting a distinguished cast that includes Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, 28 Days Later), Sam Neill (The Tudors, The Piano, Jurassic Park), Helen McCrory (Hugo, Harry Potter, The Queen), Annabelle Wallis (Snow White And The Huntsman, The Tudors), Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) and Charlie Creed-Miles (Nil By Mouth, Wild Bill).

The story begins in 1919 in the lawless slum neighbourhoods of post war Birmingham. Returning soldiers, newly-minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval. Guns smuggled home from the trenches find their way onto the streets and become lethal currency. Continue reading »

Colin Salmon

One of the UK’s leading actors, Colin Salmon has found fame alongside stars such as Pierce Brosnan and Dame Judi Dench. He has starred in three Bond films as Charles Robinson; Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough alongside numerous other TV and film roles including blockbuster Resident Evil and Doctor Who. An avid football supporter and once ranked in People magazine’s poll of 50 Most Beautiful People in the world, Colin could be set to thrill on the Strictly dance floor. Continue reading »

During his Controller session at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival today, Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, announced a wealth of new commissions for the channel, including a season of programmes around the subject of birth, as well as new comedy, entertainment and drama series.

BBC Three is currently the MGEITF’s Digital Channel of the Year and is nominated again this year.

Zai said: “At BBC Three we’re never afraid to try new things and we’re the only channel that brings such a rich and diverse offering specifically to young audiences in the UK. Continue reading »

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, today announced a raft of new factual, current affairs, comedy and entertainment commissions on the channel for the autumn season and beyond.

Zai said: “We’re experiencing an historic moment on BBC Three right now – transmitting all hours to co-host the biggest sporting event on earth. With this raft of new commissions, alongside all the fantastic new shows which are launching straight off the back of the Olympics, viewers will see what a rich, diverse, surprising and engaging channel BBC Three is. It’s no accident that we’re currently digital channel of the year and won two Baftas this year and these engaging new shows will build on this success.” Continue reading »

With an increased number of Premier League games now played on a Sunday, the BBC will bring all of the weekend’s football action to its audiences via the nation’s favourite channel.

Match Of The Day 2 will air on BBC One at 10.25pm on Sundays from the start of the 2012/13 season while Match Of The Day will continue to air in its regular Saturday night slot.

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, says: “As a huge fan of Match Of The Day I’m thrilled that MOTD2 is moving to a regular home on BBC One. The audience response to the BBC’s coverage of Euro 2012 has been fantastic, meaning that this is the perfect moment to make this move.”

Mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling are set to star side by side in BBC One’s Doctor Who in an episode airing next year, the first time the pair have worked together on screen.

Character details remain under wraps, but the episode penned by Mark Gatiss will see Dame Diana and Rachael recreate their off-screen relationship on-screen, playing a mother and daughter with a dark secret.

Starring alongside the Doctor, Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, the episode will air in 2013 and is directed by Saul Metzstein.

Filming begins this week (2 July) at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff.

Dame Diana Rigg, who will play a Yorkshire local, says: “The first time Rachie and I will be working together is on an episode of Doctor Who specially written for us by Mark Gatiss. How lucky is that?”

Rachael Stirling, on working on Doctor Who, said: “What joy. I am looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously. Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come.”

Steven Moffat, executive producer and head writer on Doctor Who, says: “Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling and a Mark Gatiss script – a combination of talents you could only get in Doctor Who. Frankly, I’m terrified already!”

The BBC Wales drama returns to BBC One this autumn with five standalone epic episodes and the Christmas special, with a further eight episodes next year.

Following the success of the channel’s award-winning series Our War and Small Teen Big World, BBC Three unveils a new season of documentaries for 2012.

This year sees the return of Our War, BBC Three’s Bafta-winning and critically acclaimed documentary series. This time the programme makers are taking viewers closer than ever to the defining moments of the Afghanistan war.

New series We Call It Home and New Kids on the Block capture life for Britain’s young, visiting Britain’s estates and following first-time parents.

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three says: “BBC Three is the only digital channel commissioning award-winning factual for young adults. We are delighted to be adding two new and innovative documentary series to the channel.

“We Call It Home (w/t) will capture what life is really like on one of Britain’s toughest estates – not only the highs and lows, but importantly the honesty and humour of some of our audience in their own words. New Kids on The Block (w/t) will give our audience an insight to the first fraught months of bringing a new baby in to the world, with young parents learning how to cope from each other and their families and friends as they live together in the apartment block.”

We Call It Home (w/t)

We Call It Home looks at the story of British estates, meeting some of the lively, engaging and charming characters who capture the truth of life on Britain’s estates. Set entirely on a housing estate in North Manchester, the documentary tells the stories of young people growing up at the sharp end of life in Britain in 2012 – in their own words.

Life changing stories of teenage pregnancies, looming jail sentences, drug addicted parents and dreams of escaping to become a world famous rap star are mixed with fleeting snapshots of every day young life that are shocking, hilarious, outrageous and profound.

This series is immersed in the world of the estate. From the launderette beleaguered by local burglars to the beauticians where a ‘wow brow’ is the current fashion statement of the summer; from the impromptu riding stables on a patch of wasteland to the disused council property that has been turned into an illegal party house, the everyday activities of the estate provide a rich backdrop to the extraordinary highs and lows of young life in this vibrant and often contradictory world.

We Call It Home (6×60) will be executive produced by Simon Dickson for Dragonfly Productions and Samantha Anstiss for the BBC.

New Kids on the Block (w/t)

New Kids on the Block (4×60) is a fascinating new series that follows four new sets of parents as they face the most pressurised experience of their lives: the challenge of becoming first-time parents. The couples will head straight from the hospital to an apartment block, where they will spend the first months of their parental lives living alongside one another.

The couples will face the highs and lows of becoming new parents, dealing with breastfeeding, nappy changing and a serious lack of sleep in the same — all in the same building.

BBC Three will follow as each couple must face their own unique challenges and experiences of first-time parenting.

New Kids on the Block (4×60) will be executive produced by Jes Wilkins for Firecracker Films and Fiona Campbell for the BBC.

The BBC will bring all the action from the 126th Wimbledon Championships to audiences from Monday 25 June – Sunday 8 July.

Sue Barker presents the BBC’s daily television coverage on BBC One, BBC One HD, BBC Two and the BBC HD Channel, with this year’s programming starting at 11.30am for the first seven days (Mon-Mon) to accommodate the earlier start of play on outside courts. John Inverdale presents Today At Wimbledon on BBC Two and HD from 8.00pm each weekday.

The BBC’s television team features a host of top names including: John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Tim Henman, Lindsay Davenport, Pat Cash, John Lloyd, Greg Rusedski, Andrew Castle, Tracy Austin, Virginia Wade, Mark Petchey, David Mercer, Barry Davies, Mark Cox, Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam, Matt Chilton, Liz Smylie, Sam Smith, Jason Goodall, Andrew Cotter, Jo Durie, Paul Hand, Ronald McIntosh, Nick Mullins and Louise Pleming. The reporters onsite are Garry Richardson, Rishi Persad, Sonali Shah and Phil Jones.

The BBC will continue its two year trial experimenting with 3D production and broadcast, with full re-runs of the Men’s Singles semi-finals in 3D (one on Sat 7 July and one on Sun 8 July), and selective live coverage of the 2012 Ladies’ (Sat 7 July) and Men’s (Sun 8 July) Singles finals in 3D – free to air – on the BBC HD Channel.*

Viewers will be able to watch the entire Championships via the BBC Sport website with up to six live match streams. As well as news, interviews, live text commentaries and video highlights, the website will also run columns from Andy Murray after each of the British No.1’s matches.

And this year, for the first time the new BBC Sport app for connected TVs will give audiences access to the BBC’s interactive coverage during the Championship, including live and on-demand content. Viewers with mobile and tablets will also be able to watch the action on the go, as for the first time they will have access to live feeds from the courts, as well as highlights clips, features and interviews.

The BBC Red Button will offer an alternative match on Freeview, up to four streams on Satellite, Cable and Freesat, plus a highlights service and replays of Today At Wimbledon.

Two full matches every day of the tournament will be offered on the BBC iPlayer plus Today At Wimbledon with John Inverdale.

There will also be extensive coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra throughout the two weeks. The 1996 Men’s Singles Champion Richard Krajicek joins the 5 live team for 2012 and other pundits include Pat Cash, Jana Novotna and Nick Bollettieri. See full BBC Radio 5 live at Wimbledon release for details.

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