Popular Channel 4 show First Dates has revealed it will be filming its next series up here at a restaurant in Manchester.
The dating show is usually shot at the Paternoster Chop House in London, but will be moving Up North for its next outing.
That means maître d’ Fred Sirieix and his much-loved team will be in our city for series 16 – it’s not the first time Fred has filmed in Manchester, as he shot the last two series of BBC Two show My Million Pound Menu up here.
The Paternoster Chop House is owned by restaurant group D&D, and while they also own 20 Stories in Spinningfields and considered it as a location for the series, apparently there’s not enough room in the back for the show’s production team.
According to the MEN, producers are thought to have checked out potential sites in St Peter’s Square and the Corn Exchange too.
Leanne Klein, managing director of the production company Twenty Twenty, said: “We are very excited to be taking our flagship dating series to the regions. With the move of the First Dates restaurant we will have the chance to expose our daters to a brand new experience with a few exciting new tweaks to the much loved format.”
While First Dates is returning to our screens in the next few months with some episodes filmed in London, filming will soon begin on the new Mancunian series.
There will be thirty of the newly-commissioned episodes, and they’ll all be filmed at the new Manchester location.
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Rugby League star Rob Burrow to read CBeebies Bedtime Story
What a legend!
Rob Burrow, the former Rugby League star who lives with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), is going to be reading a bedtime story on CBeebies.
Rob is set to read the CBeebies Bedtime Story on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is this weekend.
The former Leeds Rhinos player will be using an eye-controlled computer to read the story, with the device delivering the words in his native Yorkshire accent.
Rob says he’s ‘excited and honoured’ and that he used to enjoy reading to his own kids, Maya, 7, and Jackson, 3, who joined him in the CBeebies studio with his wife Lindsey.
He told the BBC: “Reading and literacy are so important. It doesn’t matter what your disability is, reading is accessible to everyone.
“Anyone can enjoy reading and develop a love of books and bedtime stories, just like me and my family.”
Rob will be reading Tilda Tries Again by Tom Percival, which tells the story of a young girl who finds her world turned upside-down – causing her to find a new way to solve problems.
Rob is going to be reading his CBeebies Bedtime Story at 6.50pm this Saturday, December 3rd – you can see it either on CBeebies or the BBC iPlayer.
Happy Valley to return for third and final season this Christmas
It’ll explore the growing relationship between a teenage Ryan and his dad Tommy Lee Royce…
There’s very good news for fans of Happy Valley, as the BBC has confirmed the third and final season will be released this Christmas as part of its festive schedule.
Fans were delighted when it was announced last year that the drama, created by Sally Wainwright, would be returning for a third season – with Sarah Lancashire reprising her role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood for the last time.
The BBC recently gave us our first look at the upcoming season of Happy Valley ahead of its highly-anticipated release, with new images giving fans an idea of what to expect from the upcoming six-part series.
Catherine is pictured with a bloodied nose in the aftermath of a police raid, while the notorious Tommy Lee Royce – played by James Norton – is seen sporting a radically different look in his prison cell.
The broadcaster also gave first-look glimpses of Catherine’s sister Clare (Siobhan Finneran) and teenage grandson Ryan (Rhys Connah).
The third season will see Catherine discover the remains of a gangland murder victim, which sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce, Ryan’s biological father and the man responsible for her daughter’s suicide.
Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen, and has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father.
Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement.
It was clear at the end of the second season – released in 2016 – that Catherine was worried Ryan may have too much of his father in him, and season three is set to explore the pair’s relationship.
The BBC also announced who will be joining the cast for the BAFTA-winning six-part drama, including familiar faces Ishia Bennison as Joyce, Shane Zaza as Shafiq, Chord Melodic as Sledge, and Mete Dursun as Gorkem.
There will be some new faces for the third instalment too, specifically The Rising’s Oliver Huntingdon, Sex Education’s Jack Bandeira, God’s Own Country’s Alec Secareanu and Gentleman Jack’s Anthony Flanagan.
Happy Valley will form part of the BBC’s Christmas TV lineup, but the season three premiere will be held in Halifax on December 14th – fans can now apply for tickets here to see it first.
An exact start date for season three is yet to be confirmed.
Olivia Attwood ‘forced to quit’ I’m A Celebrity after just 24 hours
Olivia Attwood has reportedly quit I’m A Celebrity just hours after the new series made its debut.
According to ITV, the Love Island star has been forced to withdraw from the reality show due to a ‘medical matter’.
An ITV spokesperson told The Independent: “As a precautionary measure Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks.
“Unfortunately, the medical team has advised it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be further investigation.
“She has been absolutely brilliant and she’ll be very much missed on the show.”
According to The Sun, the reality TV star is currently flying back to the UK to reunite with her fiancee Bradley Dack.
Last night, viewers watched as Attwood began her journey into the Australian jungle as a VIP alongside radio DJ Chris Moyles.
The pair later found out that VIP actually stood for ‘Very Isolated People’, and would have to spend the night in a separate camp before undergoing a Bush Tucker Trial the following day.
Before she entered the jungle by jumping out of a helicopter, Attwood joked that her ex-boyfriends watching the show – including former Love Island co-star Chris Hughes – would probably want to see her get stuck into the trials.
She said: “I don’t really have that many exes who I’m bad terms with, but all exes will probably want to see me choke on camel’s anus.”