Comedy veteran John Cleese will be taking on the topic of cancel culture in his upcoming new documentary series, set to be aired on Channel 4.
John Cleese: Cancel Me will explore ‘why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.’
In the series, the eighty-one year old comedian and actor will meet various public figures and celebrities who claim to have been ‘cancelled’ for their actions or statements, and activists who have led opposition to various public figures.
In a statement, Cleese said: “I’m delighted to have a chance to find out, on camera, about all the aspects of so-called political correctness. There’s so much I really don’t understand, like: how the impeccable idea of ‘Let’s all be kind to people’ has been developed in some cases ad absurdum.
“I want to bring the various reasonings right out in the open so that people can be clearer in their minds what they agree with, what they don’t agree with, and what they still can’t make their mind up about.”
Cleese himself has also been dangerously close to being cancelled – his previous work on Fawlty Towers and Monty Python has landed the actor in hot water on a number of occasions.
Last year, Cleese responded angrily to a UKTV decision to remove an episode of Fawlty Towers that allegedly contained ‘racial slurs.’
The episode, titled ‘The Germans’, featured a scene in which a character used racist language in an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.
Speaking about the decision at the time, Cleese had said: “If you put nonsense words into the mouth of someone you want to make fun of, you’re not broadcasting their views, you’re making fun of them. The major was an old fossil left over from decades before.
“We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them. If they can’t see that – if people are too stupid to see that – what can one say?”
John Cleese: Cancel Me will be aired on Channel 4, though it is yet to have an official release date.
Tiger King sequel confirmed by Netflix
Tiger King is back for more murder, mayhem and madness…
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.
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.
Waterloo Road is returning as a long-running series, BBC confirms
Waterloo Road is back!
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.
First look at twisted new BBC psychological thriller from Killing Eve director
Who’s excited for this?
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’.
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.
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.