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

This looks amazing!

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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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ITV’s new series ‘Des’ hit with Ofcom complaints due to ‘horrifying’ scenes

Have you watched it yet?

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Des, a new three-part series on ITV, has been hit with Ofcom complaints as viewers were left ‘horrified’ from the scenes detailing gruesome murders.

Des features the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 men in the space of five years, between 1978 and 1983 in London.

Played by David Tennant, Des’s talk of boiled heads, dismemberment and necrophilia, plus extensive chain-smoking on the series, has prompted viewers to complain to Ofcom.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Oh it’s time to scare myself silly again watching @itv #Des I’m hoping @TwiningsUK is going to help this evening #scared #itv #itvdes #tea #twinings #sleep.”

Another tweeted David’s co-star, Daniel Mays, who plays DCI Jay, the detective in charge of the case: “@DanielMays9 Just watched Des, scared to go to sleep now!”

The killer was found out when a workman found chunks of human remains in the drain of Nilsen’s home in Muswell Hill. More remains were found before Des confessed to the murders.

There are chilling scenes which sees Nilsen defend carrying out despicable acts on the corpses.

Nilsen’s biographer, Brian Masters, asked him about having sex with the victims to which Nilsen replied ‘it wasn’t about sex’, adding that Brian was trying to find ‘simple answers.

Brian replies: “I’m not trying to simplify anything but you did have sex with these young men after they died.”

Nilsen creepily replied: “No, I did not. Did I enjoy them? Yes.

“Did I gain some sort of satisfaction from looking at their naked bodies next to mine in the mirror? I didn’t penetrate them.

“The only thing I did was squeeze the life out of a human being, that was wrong, that was unforgivable. I’ll be properly punished for it.”

He continued: “What I did with a corpse was neither here nor there. If you’re more disgusted by what I did to a corpse than what I did to a living man, then your moral system is upside down.”

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TV Channel that plays Christmas films 24/7 is launching this month

The saviour of 2020.

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For everyone who’s ready to put this year behind them and look forward to Christmas, you need to know about this TV Channel. 

Sony Movies Christmas is a new pop-up channel that will be playing Christmas films all day for the next three months right up until the big day.

The channel is set to launch this month and will be showing films 24 hours of the day so you can get in the festive spirit whenever you want. 

Viewers will be treated to the likes of A Beauty and the Beast Christmas, Marrying Father Christmas, and The Christmas Cabin.

Other new films on the channel include A Christmas Eve Miracle, Christmas Cruise, Lucky Christmas, The Christmas Contract, and Magic Stocking.

The channels states they will be airing Christmas classics as well as ‘indulgent treats to get you in the holiday mood from September to January’.

Adding: “Santa and his elves aren’t the only people working its stockings off to ensure there’s enough Christmas content to keep you in a seasonal mood right until the big day and beyond.”

“Because really, when isn’t a good time to give yourself a little festive cheer?”

Not only will there be exclusive new Christmas films as well as old favourites, there is also set to be special weekend themes including ‘Christmas comedies’, ‘Naughty vs nice’, ‘Wicked Christmas’ and even a ‘Singing for Christmas’ for the ultimate binge-watching weekend. 

Personally we can’t wait!! 

Sony Movies Christmas will be available from 24th September all day, every day. You can find the channel on Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 or Freesat 303.

If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, a radio station has launched that is playing 100% Christmas bangers all day every day. Find out more here

Some people are already in the spirit but it’s okay because studies show you’re probably happier… 

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Sir David Attenborough warns of another pandemic if we don’t tackle the climate crisis

This is terrifying…

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The nation’s favourite TV host has issued his starkest warning ever to the drastic effects that could happen if we don’t tackle climate change as an eighth of the planet’s species risk dying out.

The nature expert has made a desperate plea for people to change their ways or the effects of global warming and climate change will be dire. 

His latest BBC programme, Extinction: The Facts, is slightly different from the usual euphoric and beautiful scenes found in his previous programmes. This one depicts imagery of monkeys escaping forest fires, corpses of killer whales and a lost baby bear stuck in a smoking landscape.

It highlights the threat of extinction of one million different species through coronavirus, explaining that ‘our destructive relationship with nature’ is linked to the emergence of Covid-19′ which both blames and threatens humans. 

In a final speech on a new BBC programme, Sir David said: “One thing we do know, if nature is given the chance it can bounce back.

He took us back to 1992 where he met a group of mountain gorillas, one named Poppy. Thanks to conservation efforts the family is still thriving, offering a glimmer of hope. 

He added: “To see Poppy’s daughter and granddaughter thriving is thrilling. It just shows what we can achieve when we put our minds to it.

“I do truly believe that together we can create a better future.”

Pausing for a moment, Sir David landed a statement that has shaken viewers to their core. 

He said: “I might not be here to see it but if we make the right decision at this critical moment we can save our planet’s ecosystem, it’s extraordinary biodiversity and all its inhabitance.”

“What happens next is up to every one of us” he explained. 

From then, Twitter was full of very teary-eyed watchers who explained how important the programme is. 

One user wrote: “I can’t imagine a world without Sir David Attenborough in it. Such an important programme once again. We can all do more. #ExtinctionTheFacts #Extinction”.

The programme also explains that deadly viruses such as Sars, Ebola and Aides have effected us via wildlife and through the intrusion of humans into natural habitats to rear cattle, grow soya, or produce palm oil.

It goes on to point out that there is no reason why a new virus that is deadlier than coronavirus could easily appear, and possibly even ‘wipe out’ humans. 

In his new book, A Life on Our Planet, Sir David explained that we could face a lifetime of floods, drought and an acidic ocean if we don’t act now to save our planet. 

He added that by 2030, just ten years from now, the world’s biggest rainforest could be reduced by 75% due to illegal burning and deforestation.

“Reduced rainfall would cause water shortages in cities and droughts in the farmlands created by the deforestation. Food production would be radically affected,” he writes.

“The biodiversity loss would be catastrophic. Species that may have given us drugs, new foodstuffs and industrial applications may be gone.”

Sir David also explained that the polar bear may also begin to die off, writing: “As the ice-free period lengthened, scientists detected a worrying trend.

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“Pregnant females, drained of their reserves, were now giving birth to smaller cubs.

“It is quite possible that one year, the summer would be just that little bit longer, and the cubs born that year will be so small that they cannot survive their first polar winter. That whole population of polar bears would then crash.”

He also further explained that by 2080 another pandemic might hit due to a vast crop failure and that food production will hit a point of crisis worsening the effects of a pandemic. 

Attenborough does explain that solutions are ‘within our grasp’, adding that there are ‘steps we can take and goals we must achieve to avert the coming catastrophe’.

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