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Married at First Sight is looking for single Mancunians for the new UK series

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Married at First Sight UK is looking for single Mancunians for the new series!

The Australian version of the show has been providing much entertainment for many throughout lockdown with shocking reveals and endless drama.

Now, the series is returning to the UK – and you can apply! 

Normally, in the past five series of Married at First Sight UK, the programme follows the couples separately on their journey to meeting each other. Then, we follow their first meeting on the aisle, their honeymoon and finally if they decide to stay married. 

However, the sixth season is set to be a little different. 

Leaning more towards the Australian format, the couples will no longer take part in a legally binding marriage and instead have a commitment ceremony. 

The new series will also move to E4 from Channel 4 and undergo a huge makeover. 

A statement by E4 explained: “Following the Australian format, rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.

“After the ceremony and celebrations are over, true love is well and truly put to the test, as they embark on a luxurious honeymoon, before moving in with each other AND their fellow couples.

“Relationships will be put under the microscope, by fellow brides and grooms at weekly dinner parties – as well as by the experts, at recurring commitment ceremonies, where couples choose whether they want to stay in or leave the process.

“All this and more will build to a dramatic series finale: glossy, high-stakes vow renewals, in which each couple must decide if they will recommit to their partner or go their separate ways.”

Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, said: “I’m thrilled to be refreshing one of the portfolio’s most popular brands for E4, bringing extra scale and ambition to what is already one of the most audacious and provocative experiments on television, and delivering what we hope will be the most exciting series yet.”

If you’re single and willing to take on the thorough application process which includes a headshot and video, you can apply here.

Applications are closing soon so be quick!

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Steve Coogan to play Jimmy Savile in new BBC drama

Coogan said the decision to portray Savile was not one he took lightly

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Actor and comedian Steve Coogan will be taking on the role of disgraced paedophile Jimmy Saville in a new BBC drama.

The Reckoning, which was announced in October last year, will recount the early years of Savile’s career as a DJ in the North of England and his rise to fame as a television host for the BBC, right up to his twilight years and his tactics to use fame and money to cover up his heinous crimes. 

It will also take a focus on the impact Saville had upon his victims, most of whom were just children at the time of the abuse.

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Middleton-born Coogan, who is best known for his role as the comedic Alan Partridge, has since spoken out about the controversial casting, noting that he ‘didn’t take the decision lightly’.

He told BBC News: “To play Jimmy Savile was not a decision I took lightly. Neil McKay has written an intelligent script tackling sensitively an horrific story which – however harrowing – needs to be told.

The Reckoning is a unique opportunity to give Savile’s survivors, the people who inspired this project, a voice. I feel sure that Steve Coogan’s powerful performance as Savile will create a debate around how the cult of celebrity cloaked him from scrutiny.”

Executive producer Jeff Pope also stressed that the role is being approached with the ‘greatest care and integrity’, saying: The purpose of this drama is to explore how Savile’s offending went unchecked for so long, and in shining a light on this, to ensure such crimes never happen again. Steve Coogan has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the greatest care and integrity.”

Yet despite these claims of authenticity, the drama has still been met with a wave of criticism, with many branding the decision to make a drama on Savile as ‘disgusting’.

One Twitter user wrote: “Could go my whole life without seeing a drama series on this. Given the Savile victims were vulnerable children & I have no doubt this still affects them now also probably many who didn’t speak out, who needs to see this misery.”

Others have also accused the BBC of hypocrisy for commissioning the programme: Jim’ll Fix It was aired on the channel and a 2016 report into his abuse found that several senior members of staff at the BBC missed numerous opportunities to stop him.

A release date for The Reckoning has yet to be announced.

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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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