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BBC reveals when Manchester crime series ‘The Detectives’ will be back on our screens and why it stopped

Here’s when it’ll be back on our screens

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The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime is arguably one of the best BBC docuseries to air in years: So why did it stop airing after just 2 episodes?

The series, which first hit screens across the UK back in March, gave viewers a rare glimpse into Manchester’s world of crime.

Real-life investigations led by Greater Manchester Police into criminal activity and organised crime gangs spanning across two years were shown in a startlingly candid manner, as were the gang members behind the heinous crimes happening across the city. 

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The first episode, which aired on March 23rd, saw police officers called out to a hostage situation in central Manchester, where a man had been taken by an armed gang in front of his wife and children and only released after a £34,000 ransom was paid.

It also introduced the nation to the slightly terrifying Paris Bostock, who was eventually convicted and sent down for kidnap and torture. 

Episode two, which aired the following week, followed Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team as they launched a murder investigation into the murder of a known drug dealer, with officers meticulously piecing together CCTV evidence and information from phone records to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

Both episodes proved to be hugely successful, with millions of people tuning in from all across the country. 

However, despite the anticipation surrounding the next episode, it was never aired.

Quite bizarrely, BBC 2 never broadcasted the third instalment of the series, and it was nowhere to be found on the TV guide. 

Fans of the show quickly implored the BBC for a reason as to why the programme had been seemingly discontinued, but they didn’t receive an answer.

But now, nearly two months on, it has become apparent that the show’s creators are simply waiting to unleash a three-part episode on a single investigation this summer. 

Replying to someone’s inquisitive tweet, BBC iPlayer explained: “The first two episodes were self-contained narratives.

“There are three remaining episodes that are planned later in the summer which follow one complete story.”

Though there are rumours of the show’s second run focusing on Rochdale grooming gangs, the BBC are yet to confirm what the series will follow and when exactly it will air, with them simply asking people to ‘keep an eye on the programme page for dates nearer the time.’

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BBC News apologises for saying ‘Manchester United are rubbish’ on live TV

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The BBC has apologised for saying that ‘Manchester United are rubbish’ on live TV this morning.

BBC News issued the apology after the words were spotted on its rolling news ticker for a few seconds earlier today, Tuesday May 24th.

Viewers watching BBC News spotted the ‘blunder’ – although after last season even United fans would have a hard time arguing with it.

During the morning sports bulletin, the ticker at the bottom of the screen read: “Manchester United are rubbish”.

The sequence was played over a report on the French Open, and also informed viewers that: “Weather rain everywhere” – which sounds about right.

The broadcaster was quick to apologise, with a presenter addressing the moment on-screen to say they hoped they had not ‘offended’ any Manchester United fans.

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She said: “Just while we’re on the subject of football, a little earlier, some of you may have noticed something pretty unusual on the ticker, that runs along the bottom of the screen with news, making a comment about Manchester United.

“I hope that Manchester United fans weren’t offended by it, let me just explain what was happening.”

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She added: “Behind the scenes, someone was training how to use the ticker and how to put text on the ticker. They were just writing random things, not in earnest, that comment appeared.

“So apologies if you saw that and you were offended and you are a fan of Manchester United.

“But certainly, that was a mistake and it wasn’t meant to be on the screen, that was what happened. We just thought we better explain that to you.”

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The Bill set for huge TV return after 12 years

Some of the original cast are also expected to be reprising their roles…

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Former ITV series The Bill is set for a huge TV comeback with two reboots and plans to ‘attract a whole new generation’.

The police series, set in the fictional Sun Hill, made its debut in 1983 but was sadly axed in 2010 after twenty-six series on ITV. 

But now, twelve years after the final episode aired, The Bill is set for a huge television comeback with two new reboots reportedly in the pipeline.

According to The Sun, UKTV are ‘in the early stages of developing a new version’ of the fan favourite.

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The newspaper states that two reboots are in the works, and that it will be a new show entirely to ‘attract a new generation’ of viewers.

The insider said: “In the minds of many producers and execs, The Bill is a drama which is just sitting, waiting, to be rebooted.

“It’s a simple format but one which attracted a loyal army of followers who would be delighted to see it return.

“No doubt any new incarnation would be tweaked to make it attract a whole new generation to the show.”

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And some of the original cast members could be making a comeback for the new series, with some reportedly collaborating with writer Simon Sansome for a reboot last year.

A source told The Sun at the time: “The project started picking up pace last year after the cast got together to mark ten years since the show last aired.”

Actors rumoured to be reprising their roles include Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin and Mark Wingett, who played fan favourites PC Tony Stamp, Sgt June Ackland and DC Jim Carver.

Stars who have previously featured on the series include Keira Knightley, David Tennant, James McAvoy and Sean Bean.

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Gogglebox’s Jenny missed last episode as she was in hospital, co-star and friend Lee confirms

Fans of the pair were worried by their absence during Friday night’s episode

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Gogglebox favourite Jenny Newby ‘isn’t very well’ and is in hospital following an operation, her co-star and friend Lee Riley has confirmed. 

Jenny and Lee have been a staple part of the Channel 4 show since 2014, and have gained a loyal fanbase thanks to their antics and comical television commentaries from their caravan in Hull.

However, fans were concerned on Friday (May 6th) when the pair were absent from the evening’s episode, with many taking to social media to ask where the beloved duo where.

And on Sunday, Lee then appeared alone at the Bafta awards, where he gave an explanation for Jenny’s absence from the show.

Speaking to the Daily Star from the red carpet, Lee confirmed that his friend ‘isn’t very well’ having recently undergone an operation in hospital.

He explained: “She is not very well, she is having an operation, a mini one, but she is recovering well though.

“She was invited but the appointment was in Bafta week. You can’t turn down an NHS operation down can you? But she is doing well.”

Lee also told The Sun that Jenny’s operation was ‘minor’ and that ‘she’ll be watching [the Bafta Awards] from her hospital bed’.

Gogglebox went on to win the prize for Best Reality and Constructed Factual show at the Bafta Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Following the win, Lee took to the stage with a number of other cast members to give a speech, where he paid tribute to those who lost their lives, saying the award was for the ‘past and present families who have been on Gogglebox… it is an honour to get it for them’.

Following Gogglebox’s win, Stephen Lambert, chief executive of Studio Lambert, then addressed the UK government’s plan to privatise Channel 4.

He said: “Gogglebox might have ended when it started nine years ago as it got modest ratings, but a publicly owned risk-taking Channel 4 believed in it and they stuck with it.

“If the government go ahead with its destructive plan to end Channel 4, these kinds of risks will not be taken and a big part will have ended for no good reason.”

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