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Free TV channel showing nothing but Christmas films launches this month

‘Tis the season for non-stop Christmas films…

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Scrooges, look away now: A free TV channel showing constant Christmas films around the clock will be launching later this month.

Despite the festive season being three whole months away, GREAT! Movies Christmas has decided to get into the spirit of things a bit early with their constant showing of all the Christmas classics, such as Home Alone and Elf.

According to The Liverpool Echo, the channel’s very Christmasy line-up will also include exclusive premieres such as A Christmas Melody, Just In Time For Christmas, Call Me Claus, and Crazy For Christmas.

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Themed collections such as ‘Christmas Presents’ and ‘Christmas Comedy Capers’ are also set to be showcased on the channel.

And, even better for all you Christmas lovers out there, the channel will be completely free to watch as long as you have access to Freeview: 51, Sky: 319, Virgin: 424, and Freesat: 303.

If you’re still convinced that September is too early for Yuletide festivities, a pyschologist recently revealed that watching Christmas films is actually good for your health.

The unnamed psychologist studied the impact festive films such as Christmas Carol, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life and Home Alone had on people’s health, and said that the movies can help people live ‘longer and healthier’ lives.

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They said: “It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness.

“I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out, signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not. Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone.”

GREAT! Movies Christmas will be available on Thursday, September 23rd. 

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Tiger King sequel confirmed by Netflix

Tiger King is back for more murder, mayhem and madness…

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It’s official: Tiger King, the Netflix docuseries that captivated millions of viewers during the early days of the pandemic, is getting a sequel. 

The streaming service confirmed the exciting news today, revealing that Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, the duo who directed the original Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, will be returning for the second instalment.

A synopsis for Tiger King 2 reads: “The global hit Tiger King, which attracted 64 million households in the first four weeks after its March 2020 premiere, will return to Netflix for more madness and mayhem.”

Further details surrounding the new docuseries, including the involvement of certain Tiger King favourites such as ‘that b***h Carole Baskin’ have remained tightly under wraps – though a single shot of protagonist Joe Exotic on the phone in prison was flashed in the trailer, leading many to believe Netflix may have secured never-before-seen footage of the eccentric former zoo owner.

And Tiger King 2 isn’t the only thing on Netflix’s extensive bill: in their announcement, they also unveiled a number of exciting projects set for release, including The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman – a three-part series launching in January 2022, telling the ‘jaw-dropping story of one of the world’s most audacious conmen who was convicted in 2005 for stealing fortunes and destroying multiple lives’.

Film The Tinder Swindler will be premiering in February 2022, while documentary film Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King and series Bad Vegan will also be released at some point next year.

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A release date hasn’t yet been announced for Tiger King 2, though it can be expected to premier at some point next year.

Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, shot to viral fame following the release of the original Tiger King in 2020, which followed his exploits and antics as the owner of Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.

However, shortly after the documentary series aired, he was sentenced to serve twenty-two years in prison on charges of murder for hire and animal abuse. 

Exotic has continued to maintain his innocence and appealed to a higher court, even imploring to former President Donald Trump for a pardon.

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Waterloo Road is returning as a long-running series, BBC confirms

Waterloo Road is back!

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The hit noughties drama Waterloo Road is officially coming back as a long-running drama series, the BBC has confirmed today.

The series, which made its debut on BBC One in 2006, became a staple week night watch for millions of people across the UK, but sadly came to an end in 2015 when producers announced it had ‘reached the end of its lifecycle’.

But evidently, they’ve had a change of heart because it has been announced today that the show will be making its long awaited comeback. 

The official Waterloo Road Twitter page shared a cryptic post this morning, writing: “Psst. We’ve heard a rumour going around school” alongside a snap of a piece of paper with the words “Brand new Waterloo Road coming soon!”.

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, then confirmed the news, saying: “Waterloo Road is the perfect lens through which to explore post-Covid Britain, from the perspective of those who have arguably been affected most: young people in education.

“We are thrilled to be returning to this brilliant format – its thrills and spills, unmissable characters and high drama – at a time when audiences across Britain need it most – and to be collaborating with the brilliant Cameron Roach and Wall To Wall on its return.”

The BBC say that the revival of the series will be filmed here in Greater Manchester, and will boost drama production skills in the North of England and help to reshape the BBC’s drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.

Further information about the series including casting and release dates are yet to be revealed.

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First look at twisted new BBC psychological thriller from Killing Eve director

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The BBC has given viewers the first glimpse at its upcoming psychological thriller series, which has been co-directed by the brains behind Killing Eve.

The channel, which has dished out some seriously good (and bingeable) series such as The Bodyguard, Line of Duty and Vigil is back at it with a brand new thriller offering, The Girl Before.

The series, which will be split into four episodes, is based on the novel of the same name by JP Delaney, and tells the tale of Jane, a young woman who comes across the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ when searching for a house to rent.

Jane is given the chance to move into a luxurious, ultra-minimalist house known as ‘One Folgate Street’, just so long as she abides by a long list of peculiar rules laid out by her landlord, an ‘enigmatic architect’.

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However, after moving into the property, a series of sinister happenings begin to occur as Jane learns of the fate of the house’s previous tenant. 

The official synopsis reads: “Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways, but when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities.

“As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…”.

The lead role of Jane has been taken on by actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in Black Mirror’s San Junipero & Nosedive, while David Oyelowo, known for his roles in Selma and Les Misérables, will play Edward Monkford, the ‘enigmatic architect’ who takes Jane into his home.

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Other cast members include Eastenders’ Jessica Plummer, who will play Emma, a ‘fun-loving and confident’ young woman working in marketing who is ‘less than satisfied’ with her partner.  X-Men: Apocalypse star Ben Hardy will also be joining the cast as Simon, Jane’s boyfriend.

Behind the scenes, JP Delaney will create, write and executive produce the series alongside Lisa Brühlmann, who is responsible for the masterpiece that is Killing Eve, and Marissa Lestrade, who will direct and co-write, respectively.

The Girl Before will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, though an exact release date is yet to be announced.

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