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A new Doctor Foster spin-off series set in Manchester is coming this Autumn

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The first trailer for the BBC’s Doctor Foster spin-off, which is coming this Autumn, has been released. 

The trailer for the new six-part series set in Manchester, which is linked to the drama Doctor Foster – which first aired on the BBC in 2015 – has now dropped. 

The new show, called ‘Life’ has a star-studded cast including Alison Steadman, Peter Davison, Adrian Lester, Victoria Hamilton, Melissa Johns, Rachael Stirling, Saira Choudhry, Erin Kellyman, Calvin Demba and Joshua James.

Neil and Anna who live opposite The Fosters in the original series will be reprising their roles from Doctor Foster. However, Anna will now be going by the name Belle as she tries to rebuild her life. 

The synopsis of the series states: “Set in Manchester, Life follows the stories of the residents of a large house divided into four flats.

“As each of the four stories unfold and intertwine in surprising ways, they tell a larger story about what happens when we step out of our personal space and take a closer look into other people’s lives.

“Life explores love, loss, birth, death, the ordinary, the extraordinary and everything in between.”

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The BBC revealed more about the characters: “Gail, married to Henry, is about to celebrate her 70th birthday when a chance encounter throws her whole life into question.

“David is happily married to Kelly, but is conflicted by temptation when he meets the impulsive Saira on holiday.

“Pilates teacher Belle’s neatly ordered life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of her chaotic 15 year-old niece Maya.

“Heavily pregnant Hannah – who is happily coupled up with safe and stable Liam – has her plans upended by the return of Andy, with whom she had a passionate one-night stand nine months previously.”

Earlier this year the show’s creators explained the link between the two series: “In the last series of Doctor Foster, Anna split up with Neil and moved away, but I loved her as a character and suspected that was really the start of her story, rather than the end.”

The exact release date is expected to be announced over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

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First look at ITV crime drama produced by Line of Duty creator and starring Vicky McClure

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Are you still questioning your existence following the dramatic season 6 finale of Line of Duty?

Well, I may have a little bit of good news for you: HTM Television, Jed Mercurio’s production company and the brains behind all 6 seasons of Line of Duty, has made the mother of all comebacks for a brand new crime drama, Trigger Point.

Trigger Point is the debut series by upcoming screenwriter Daniel Brierley, mentored by Mercurio himself. On the project, Brierley said he’s excited to share the ‘unknown story of the brave EXPO officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe,’ as per Bustle.

And, even more excitingly, AC-12’s very own Vicky McClure will be returning to the screen to take on one of the leading roles.

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The new crime drama will focus on counter terrorism policing and the ‘extraordinary’ work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

McClure will be taking on the role as frontline officer Lana Washington, and Adrian Lester as her colleague, Joel Nutkins. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan.

When a terrorist campaign threatens London over the summer, the duo are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before the number of deaths increase.

On her new role, McClure said last year: “I’m so grateful to be working with Jed again. I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington. 

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“Daniel Brierley has produced a brilliant and nail-biting script. I can’t wait to get started later this year.”

And, more recently, after teasing a picture of the script in April, McClure shared some behind the scenes shots from filming on her Instagram account, writing: “Meet Lana Washington & Joel Nutkins! We’re off to an explosive start!! Can’t wait to reveal more as we go along…We’ve got an incredible cast!! And the crew are creating absolute gold!”

Filming is currently underway for Trigger Point, and a release date is yet to be released.

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Stephen Graham and Shane Meadows offered to adopt Thomas Turgoose after his mum died

‘Shane Meadows and Steven Graham were going to adopt me if things didn’t work out with my dad’

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Thomas Turgoose has revealed that This is England director Shane Meadows and costar Stephen Graham offered to adopt him after his mum passed away.

The actor’s mum died from lung cancer shortly after filming for the 2006 This is England film had finished, leaving the then-thirteen year old with no other choice but to move in with his dad, who he didn’t know very well. 

Speaking on the Private Parts podcast, Turgoose explained: “My mum passed away from lung cancer after I finished filming This Is England. She never got to see the finished film.

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“Shane Meadows dedicated the film to my mum.”

He went on to detail his close relationship with the two men, noting that Graham in particular had vowed to always look out for him.

He said: “Stephen Graham promised my mum he’d look out for me. Everyone involved in This is England are family to me.”

Turgoose then revealed that the pair had even promised to adopt him if things didn’t work out with his dad.

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He said: “When my mum died I moved in with my dad and I didn’t know him so Shane Meadows and Steven Graham were going to adopt me if things didn’t work out with my dad.”

He also credited the This is England cast for preventing him from ending up in prison, admitting that he was ‘destined for prison’ before landing his breakout role in Meadows’ film.

He said: “I was destined for prison. Shoplifting things I didn’t need. There was a hardware store in Grimsby that I used to steal spray paint from for no reason.”

Thankfully, Turgoose has gone on to enjoy huge success, with him landing roles in several more This is England projects, Game of Thrones, and the new TV series Intergalactic.

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Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins looking for contestants from Manchester for new series

Do you think you have what it takes?

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Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins is on the lookout for brave new contestants from Greater Manchester.

The hit series, which first aired back in 2015, sees five ex-Special Forces soldiers recreating the SAS’s secret selection process and putting a group of contestants through it in the ‘ultimate test’ of their physical and – more importantly – psychological resilience.

The sixth season, which concluded on Sunday night, saw twenty-one men and women leave the comfort of their homes and head to Scotland for a gruelling selection course including tasks built around abseiling, swimming through freezing water and bracing for chemical weapon attacks.

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Only two contestants were crowned as the winners – that’s how laborious this show really is.

Ant Middleton has always hosted the show but, following his public falling out with Channel 4 and a string of misconduct allegations, he won’t be returning for the seventh season.

Anyway, not one to waste any time, Channel 4 have got the wheels turning for the seventh season and are now accepting applications from those who think they’re tough enough to endure an SAS selection process.

Filming is set to take place between September 9th and September 26th 2021, so applicants need to be available for these dates.

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There’s also a list of criteria SAS hopefuls need to meet – you must be between the ages of eighteen and forty-four, you must be a British citizen, an Irish Republic Citizen, British Commonwealth Citizen or hold dual nationality, and you must be at least 158cm (5.1”) tall and weigh at least 50kg (8 stone). 

Oh, and you must not be currently serving in the armed forces – you know, for obvious reasons.

You must also be able to adhere to a certain fitness standard – you must be able to complete a minimum of forty-four push ups in two minutes, a minimum of fifty sit ups in two minutes, be able to carry two 20kg weights over a distance of 120m in two minutes and complete a Beep test with the level of 10.1 – this is the equivalent of a 1.5 mile run in nine minutes and thirty seconds.

Has that still not put you off? If so, you can fill out your application here.

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