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Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Stockport to film a new crime drama

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If you’re already missing Line of Duty, which finished last Sunday with a final episode that divided opinion among viewers, then we’ve got some good news.

Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Greater Manchester to film a new crime drama on Monday.

Compston is coming to Stockport to film the new series of Traces, a show following the team behind SIFA (the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy) as they investigate a bomb plot.

As well as Compston, the series will also star Molly Windsor and Laura Fraser – who played Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul.

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Traces producers, in a letter sent to local residents and businesses, said: “As part of the economic recovery, filming on location is allowed to proceed, provided government guidance surrounding work activities is observed and industry guidelines are adhered to.

“We want to reassure you that our work is in line with the government guidance and has been approved in consultation with all relevant authorities.”

Filming for the second series of the BBC show will happen around Stockport town centre, beginning at The Arden Arms on Millgate at 8am on Monday.

Next the action will head to Great Underbank, followed by Freedmans clothes hire on Little Underbank, before heading to The Angel Inn at Market Place later in the day.

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While the first series of Traces told the story of Emma, a young forensic lab assistant who discovered the truth behind a fictitious case study with links to her past, the second promises to ramp up the stakes with the bomb storyline.

The letter says: “While Emma and Daniel anxiously await Phil McAfee’s murder trial, a series of homemade bombs go off in Dundee.

“The targets make no sense. The only clues they have about the bomber are the bombs themselves.”

The new series is set to be released later this year, and you can catch the first series on BBC iPlayer now.

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Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek to air later this month, ITV confirms

The boys are back on what could be their biggest adventure yet

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Everyone’s favourite cooking trio are making a much-needed comeback later this month with an epic road trip across Greece, ITV has announced.

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.

Yesterday, ITV announced that the new series will be airing this month, with the broadcaster writing on Twitter: “Confirmed: Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek! Starts Monday 27 September at 9pm on ITV.”

In Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek, the stars will be first 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 back in July, 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.

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.

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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?”

Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek starts on ITV at 9pm on Monday 27 September.

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New Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer drama shines light on ‘undervalued’ care workers during pandemic

The film will follow a young care home worker throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

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A new Channel 4 drama airing tonight will be shining a light on the undervalued carers who worked valiantly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Help, written by Jack Thorne, will be telling the tale of Sarah, played by Jodie Comer, a newly appointed carer who strives to protect her patients in a fictional Liverpool care home throughout the 2020 lockdowns. This is England star Stephen Graham plays one of the care home’s residents who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s.

An official synopsis reads: “A determined Sarah goes to extraordinary lengths to protect those in her care, whose conditions make their suffering and isolation all the more traumatic. But the staff’s unwavering commitment, compassion and heroic efforts can only do so much, and Sarah is pushed into a dark corner and desperately looks for a way out.”

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A large part of the film will focus on a daunting night shift in which Sarah is left to run the care home alone and tend to patients struggling with the side effects of Covid, something that many care workers across the country will have had to endure.

Speaking of the particular scene at the show’s BFI launch, Comer said: “I think that big sequence was probably the most difficult for us all.

And Marc [Munden, the director] really pushed me on that, I remember there was a moment, we’d done this whole take and I was so in my own head and I was like, ‘I think we’ve got it,’ and Marc was like, ‘No, we’re going to do one more,’ and I was like, ‘Uhh, okay.’

“And we did it again, and the moments we got in that second take we never would have got in the first. And I think Marc was phenomenal at that, knowing when to push you that little bit more. That was probably the most difficult for all of us, because we had to huddle together and act as a team.”

Graham also noted that his role helped him to see carers in a different light, with him saying: “It takes a special kind of human being to be a carer. I’ve had children, had to change my children, wash and bathe them, that’s one thing. But to do that for an older person, someone who’s coming maybe towards the end of their life, you’re trying to make their days as comfortable as can be.

“For someone to do that day in, day out, and not just the practical but the humane aspect… You’re their source of the outside world, their communication. And this is what’s so beautiful about our story, we see [Sarah] come alive. Maybe she wasn’t the most gifted academically, maybe she wasn’t going to change the world with her brain, but she’s changing somebody’s life.”

Help airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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Married At First Sight is looking for single Mancunians for new UK series

Fancy finding the one?

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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 and give married life a good go for six weeks, by enjoying a honeymoon and even moving in together.

Throughout the six weeks, the married couples also meet up with the other paired-off contestants for weekly ‘dinner dates’, which is where most of the drama kicks off – anyone watching the current season will know about this all too well. 

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Just last week, 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.”

And now, for those of you wanting to get in on a bit of the action, Channel 4 is officially on the hunt for singletons to take part in its next series.

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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 marriedatfirstsight@cplproductions.co.uk.

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