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

Mother of God!

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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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Gordon, Gino and Fred are returning with a ‘big fat Greek adventure’ Road Trip special this autumn

The boys are back on possibly their biggest adventure yet

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Everyone’s favourite cooking trio are making a much-needed comeback with an epic road trip across Greece set to air this autumn. 

The unlikely pals have travelled across various parts of the globe together as a part of their hugely successful ITV show – America, France and Italy, to name a few – and have experienced many weird and wonderful customs along the way.

And now, they are set to add the beautiful country of Greece to their growing list.

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In Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek, the stars will be heading out to the country’s capital city of Athens and its many stunning islands – including the largest, Crete, which is where their journey will begin.

The trio will then move on in their trademark RV to other must-see Greek locations such as Santorini, Mykonos and Meteora, breaking up the driving with jet ski racing, shipwreck diving and fresh lobster hunting along the way.

ITV announced the show as part of its autumn programming, saying: This time their RV is hitting the beautiful Greek islands and historical city of Athens, for a big fat Greek adventure, together again behind the wheel on an epic odyssey like no other.

From island hopping on a catamaran, to jet ski racing and shipwreck diving, there will be bromance and bickering in equal measure.

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Thanks to an abundance of fantastic food, including the freshest lobster, chefs Gordon and Gino will be looking to prove that Greece’s culinary credentials are up there with the very best of Europe.

The guys will begin their adventure in Crete, Greece’s largest island, before navigating their way to stunning Santorini, making their way to the party island of Mykonos and finishing their trip in the Greek capital Athens and the monasteries of Meteora.

Travelling together in the birthplace of civilisation, what could possibly go wrong?”

An official air date is yet to be announced. 

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Love Island contestant from Wigan hit with more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints

Viewers of the show aren’t too impressed with the Wigan plumber’s antics…

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Despite only entering the Love Island villa mere days ago, Wigan contestant Danny Bibby has caused quite the stir already.

The antics of Danny, a twenty-five-year old plumber and clothing brand owner from the Greater Manchester town, is already ruffling feathers among both the contestants on the ITV reality show and the viewers watching from home. 

And this week, Ofcom revealed it had been hit with more than 1,500 complaints regarding his behaviour in the villa.

The regulator confirmed that precisely 1,507 complaints were made in regards to the casting, after it was revealed Danny used a racial slur on social media in 2019.

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Viewers of the show have been calling for Danny to be axed after finding a racially-motivated comment on his Instagram, which has since been deleted.

The plumber quickly issued an apology on Friday, via ITV. His statement said: “I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark.

“I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant.

“I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again.

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“I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.”

There were red flags surrounding Danny before he entered the Villa, however, when he gave his thoughts on the current dynamic among contestants, saying: “The guys need an alpha male and I feel like that’s me.”

Love Island airs tonight on ITV2 at 9pm.

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Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps to make TV return after 10 years

That’s something we’ll raise a glass to…

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Over a decade on from its last episode, the hit BBC sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps is set to make its grand return to our screens.

The comedy followed the antics of a group of friends in their twenties and, though it was never a big hit with critics, it was consistently popular with viewers and ultimately ran for nine seasons, coming to an end in 2011.

And now, ten years on from the finale, it’s set to make a comeback.

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The show’s creator Susan Nickson revealed recently that she is currently in talks with the BBC and explained that Will Mellor and Ralf Little, who played Gaz Wilkinson and Jonny Keogh, are also on board for the reboot.

Speaking on the Drama School Dropout podcast, she explained that the cogs of the BBC machine are moving ‘extremely slowly,’

She said: “So basically what you’ve got, it’s me, Will, Ralf and all three of us are just going ‘yeah, we’re here, we’ll do it’ and the BBC are going ‘ah brilliant, yeah let’s do it’ and I’m sort of sat here going ‘okay, when?’ and they go ‘well, we don’t know.’

“So what we’ve got is a corporation that has no idea.”

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Susan did acknowledge that with a reboot would come a drastic script change to accommodate modern topics and issues such as the ‘Me Too’ movement which calls out toxic masculinity. She said that she pictures the ‘two ageing working-class geezers’ not fully understanding that some men treat women badly.

She said: “I want to see the comforting story of people like Gaz and Jonny, who live in a world where bad guys don’t exist. I want them to acknowledge the bad guys are out there though, but I don’t want Gaz and Jonny to be them.”

However, Susan did admit that she is unsure whether Sheridan Smith would return to reprise her role of Janet Keogh.

The BBC are yet to formally announce the reboot. 

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