It’s been a big week in the world of TV, what with the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview AND Piers Morgan storming off Good Morning Britain in the aftermath.
And what better way to reflect on this than with all your favourite Goggleboxers (if that’s even a word), as the show will be covering both incidents tonight.
Gogglebox will be on at its usual time on Channel 4 tonight, and Guardian TV critic Scott Bryan has confirmed that both of these big events will be covered.
The drama began at the start of the week, when Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the US on Sunday, and then in the UK on Monday night.
In it Meghan revealed some bombshell claims, including that the Royal Family were concerned about her baby Archie’s skin colour prior to his birth.
She also revealed that she had experienced suicidal thoughts.
Piers Morgan, who had already taken it upon himself to call out everything Meghan did, wasn’t impressed with the interview, saying that he didn’t believe her on Good Morning Britain.
He said: “I’m angry to the point of boiling over today, I’m sickened by what I’ve just had to watch.
“This is a two-hour trashathon of our Royal Family, of the monarchy, of everything the Queen has worked so hard for, and it’s all being done as Prince Philip lies in hospital. They trash everybody.”
He continued: “They basically make out the entire Royal Family are a bunch of white supremacists, by dropping this race bombshell… They didn’t name which one it was, they just throw it out there, so it could be any member of the Royal Family.
“And Harry says, ‘I’ll never say who it was.’ Well, you better say it fast.”
But it was Piers’ dismissal of Meghan’s suicidal thoughts that caused the biggest backlash, with viewers and mental health charities calling him out, as well as his colleague Alex Beresford.
Alex said: “This is absolutely diabolical behaviour.
“Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit and listen. Six thirty to seven o’clock yesterday was incredibly hard to watch – incredibly hard to watch.”
After Alex called him out on his behaviour, Piers then chose to storm off set, and it was confirmed by ITV later in the day that the presenter would no longer be co-hosting GMB.
If you want to relive the drama, Gogglebox will air tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.
Married At First Sight is looking for single Mancunians for a brand new UK series
Fancy finding the one?
Channel 4’s hit dating reality show Married At First Sight is on the look out for keen singletons from Manchester to take part in its next series.
The show sees contestants tie the knot with strangers who are deemed ‘compatible’ by a team of psychologists following personality tests. Following a full blown wedding ceremony, the couples are then tasked with giving married life a good go for six weeks, with them even enjoying a honeymoon and moving in together.
Throughout the six weeks, the married couples also meet up with the other paired-off contestants for weekly commitment ceremonies and dinner dates, which is where most of the drama kicks off – anyone who watched the latest season will know about this all too well.
For those out of the loop; Durham-born contestant Nikita Jasmine was booted off the show after an altercation with other contestants during one of the weekly dinner dates.
Channel 4 announced in a statement that Nikita’s ‘aggression’ had been ‘unacceptable and breached our agreed code of conduct on behaviour’, adding: “The wellbeing of cast and crew is our utmost priority at all times throughout production and beyond.”
But, putting all the drama to one side for a second, Channel 4 is officially on the hunt for singletons to take part in its next series.
Sharing a call-out on social media, Channel 4 appealed: “Married At First Sight UK Is Calling All Singles… Are you ready to find The One?”
To be in with a chance of appearing on the show, you will have to tell producers a little bit about yourself, your ideal first date and how long you’ve been single, all alongside a video message.
The series is set to start filming in Spring 2022, so you have to be available then and must not have any current TV connections.
You can apply by clicking here, or emailing email@example.com.
First look at new Channel 4 prison drama written by Killing Eve creator
The series will be based upon Williams’ real-life experience from working in prisons
Channel 4 has given viewers the first glimpse at their upcoming new prison drama Screw, written by BAFTA nominated writer Rob Williams, one of the masterminds behind Killing Eve.
The new series will throw viewers into grisly mens prison Long Marsh, a place tinged with humour, emotional high stakes and an overwhelming danger for prisoners and officers alike.
Nina Sosanya will take on the role of Leigh, the head of the group of Long Marshes prison officers, who having devoted most of her adult life to the prison appears to have her fair share of dark secrets.
Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell will also play an integral part in the show as street-wise copper Rose.
Making up the team of ‘screws’, there will also be Line of Duty’s Faraz Ayub as Ali, I May Destroy You’s Stephen Wright as Gary, Game of Thrones’ Ron Donachie as Don and King Gary’s Laura Checkley as Jackie.
The series, which is said to have been inspired by writer Rob Williams’ real-life experience from working in prisons, will offer an insight into incarceration rarely seen before on British TV, according to producers.
The series is also said to tackle contemporary stories ‘head-on with through a vibrant and multi layered cast of characters’.
Williams said on his new project: “Screw is a real passion for me; I’ve wanted to write about prisons ever since teaching in that environment in a former life.
“I’ve maintained close links since then and the idea has grown. After the experience of working with Sarah Brown and her team at STV Studios on The Victim, I wouldn’t want to pursue a project that means so much to me with anybody else.
“I feel very lucky to be working with Channel 4 on the show and I can’t wait to introduce the world of Screw to as wide an audience as possible.”
Screw will air on Channel 4 and E4 in early 2022.
Corrie teams up with Eastenders and Emmerdale for first ever soap crossover
For the first time ever, characters from Corrie, Emmerdale and Eastenders will be on the same screen…
British soaps will be teaming up in a series of crossover episodes for the first time ever, it has been announced today.
Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Doctors, Holby City and Casualty will all be joining forces in a new week-long storyline that aims to tackle climate change.
The news, that is bound to ruffle the feathers of many die-hard soap fans, was revealed today by TV journalist Sharon Marshall, who appeared on ITV’s This Morning to discuss what the new episodes may look like.
Talking to hosts Phil and Holly, Sharon explained that the soaps will be coming together to all tell the same story at the same time about climate change. Each soap will film a scene with a climate change reference and then nod to the other, and characters will start to pop up from one soap in another on screen.
For example; a social media video featuring two of Emmerdale’s residents will be shown to Coronation Street characters.Casualty will also be discussed in The Woolpack, and a social media clip from Weatherfield will be chatted about Eastender’s The Queen Vic.
Jane Hudson on behalf of Emmerdale and ITV Studios, said: “Never before have all five soaps and both continuing dramas come together and united in telling one story. And we certainly haven’t seen characters pop up in other shows before.
“This is a real treat for our audience, whilst also allowing us to get across a very important message.”
Similarly, the head of continuing drama at BBC Studios Kate Oates added: “I’m thrilled that our soaps and serial dramas have all come together to help highlight the issue of climate change amongst our millions of viewers.
“We’re grateful to the teams that made this happen, and hugely look forward to seeing the talent from our own shows popping up in other iconic programmes.”
The new crossover storyline will begin on Monday November 1st.