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Naughty dogs wanted for brand new Channel 4 show

The new series will feature some of the countries best dog trainers

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If you have an unruly mutt at home, Channel 4’s new series could be the answer to your woes.

Producers from The Dog House, a reality series which pairs families with rescue dogs, are now on the lookout for ‘problematic pooches’ to take part in a brand new show, The Dog Academy.

The show will bring together some of the best dog trainers from across the country, who will offer advice and guidance to the owners of badly-behaved pets using methods taking a focus on ‘positive reinforcement’.

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Posting across a number of local community groups on Facebook, the producers poised the questions: “Do you have a problematic pooch? Are you struggling with your dog’s behaviour?

“The producers of Channel 4’s The Dog House are making a brand new prime time Channel 4 series and are looking for misbehaving dogs and their owners.

“From small quirks to life impacting behaviour, we’ve assembled a team of the very best trainers in Britain to help you transform your dog once and for all.”

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So, do you think your dog is naughty enough to take part?

If so, you’ll need to drop an email over to dogacademy@fivemilefilms.co.uk, detailing who you are, what kind of dog you have and the problems you’re experiencing. 

If successful, one of the producers will be in touch to begin the next stages of the application.

Happy training!

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Sir David Attenborough is back to present major new BBC documentary series

Attenborough is back!

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TV legend Sir David Attenborough returns to present BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s new series.

The national treasure will revisit an extraordinary group of animals in the new BBC One and iPlayer wildlife show: Mammals. 

The series promises to be full of new, never- before-seen behaviours, offering ‘fascinating insights into the most successful animal group in the world’. 

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From the tiny Etruscan shrew to the giant blue whale, Mammals will reveal the secrets of their success, and how their winning design, incredible adaptability, unrivalled intelligence and unique sociability have all contributed to their remarkable rise.

Less than 6% of today’s mammals are wild animals and many species have become endangered and are facing extinction. 

This new show will give viewers an exciting new perspective on a remarkable group of animals as well as highlighting the many problems they face in today’s rapidly changing world.

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Each episode explores a different environment; Dark, Cold, Heat, Water, Forest and The New Wild – an episode which explores the ingenious ways mammals are adapting to a world dominated by humans, arguably the most successful mammal of all. 

Episodes will also take a look at a range of remarkable mammals – from the miniature tenrecs of Madagascar to the humpback whales of the Indian ocean.

Roger Webb, Executive Producer says: “Being mammals ourselves, the animals featured in the series and the stories told about them are instantly relatable. 

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“It’s impossible not to admire a mother capuchin monkey who’s able to provide her baby with a drink in a dry, sun baked forest or a chimpanzee father giving his family a lesson in finding honey buried underground. 

“This connection to us, makes Mammals an incredibly engaging and compelling piece of television – one that will also lead us to question our role in the lives of the wild mammals we share the planet with.”

Scott Alexander, Series Producer says: “Mammals includes animals like the great apes, the big cats, dolphins, whales as well as the mythical wolverine and adorable tenrec – who wouldn’t want to make a series with such a wonderful cast of animals.”

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Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, adds: “Following the enormous success of Wild Isles and Planet Earth III last year, I’m delighted Sir David is returning to the BBC to present this fascinating new series. 

“Mammals are the most adaptable and – for my money – adorable animals on earth, and I can’t wait for viewers to learn more about the remarkable strategies they use to survive in every corner of the planet.”

 

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Spin-off series to hit drama The Split set in Manchester announced by BBC

Viewers can enter the world of Manchester’s divorce law circuit

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The BBC has announced a new divorce court drama which will be set in Manchester.

The new series, called The Split Up, will be a spin-off to Abi Morgan’s hit legal drama, The Split.

Last time, the show followed a family of divorce lawyers set in London, which came to a dramatic ending with a third and final series.

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Two years after The Split – which starred Nicola Walker and Stephen Mangan – the BBC have announced a new show which will focus on a single family of lawyers, the Kishans, who run a ‘British Asian high net worth family law firm’, according to a synopsis.

Noted for its clientele and its reputation, Kishan Law are the ‘go-to firm’ for Manchester’s elite, who come to them for not only their excellence but also for discretion. 

And like the Defoe’s before them, the Kishan family firm’s future will hang in the balance after a family secret comes back to haunt them, throwing their lives into a rollercoaster journey.

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The series will be made up of six one-hour episodes which explore the weight of parental expectation, the forces that keep families together, and the truths that tear them apart.

It’s understood none of the original cast will feature in the new drama. The Split Up’s creator, Ursula Rani Sarma will introduce new characters for the new series based on The Split.

Speaking about the new spin-off series, The Split creator Abi Morgan said: “After the success of The Split, it’s been great to see The Split Up take shape in lead writer Ursula Rani Sarma’s capable hands, reinvigorating all that audiences love.

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“A new legal family, grabbing at life in a new city, battling new legal cases, as the professional and personal deliciously collide.

“A brilliant new cast of characters caught in the messiness of love, marriage, deception and divorce, make it their own. It is ripe to be taken into the hearts of anyone who loved the show.”

Ursula added: “I watched The Split with admiration over the years and I was honoured to be asked to create The Split Up: a spin off which introduces a whole new family and city while still holding on to the warmth, humour and heartbreak of Abi Morgan’s original series.

“To be able to place a contemporary British Asian family, helmed by brilliant women, at the heart of a primetime drama series is a dream come true for me as a writer who believes strongly in the importance of representation on our screens.

“It has been a joy to work alongside Abi as well as Lucy Dyke, Jane Featherstone and Sumrah Mohammed at SISTER to bring it to glorious life.”

Filming will take place in Manchester but no exact locations or start date have yet been announced.

The Split Up will be available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. For further announcements, watch this space.

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Netflix viewers say new true crime documentary about stalker is ‘craziest and scariest’ ever

‘It’s absolutely terrifying, I’m only one episode in but it’s CRAZY’

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Viewers of a new crime documentary on Netflix about Britain’s most prolific cyber stalker have called it the ‘craziest and scariest’ they have seen.

If you’ve finished binge-watching one Netflix series and are looking for something new to watch, you might want to give this one a try.

There’s several new additions to the streaming platform that viewers are jumping on at the moment, including the emotional, tear-jerking romance One Day and the plot-twisting dating series Love Is Blind.

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But if you’re into true crime then this could be the one you can sink your teeth into – called Can I Tell You A Secret?, the brand new true crime documentary is about the life-shattering realities of cyberstalking.

The docu-series follows the harrowing story of Matthew James Hardy, from Cheshire, who was sentenced to nine years in prison for five counts of stalking, the longest custodial term in British history for online stalking.

For those unfamiliar with the concept; cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, group, or organisation. 

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It may include false accusations, defamation, slander and libel. It may also include monitoring, identity theft, threats, vandalism, solicitation for sex, doxing, or blackmail. 

Cyberstalking is considered a serious crime in the UK and a conviction can result in a restraining order, probation, or criminal penalties against the assailant, including jail time.

Between 2016 and 2021, Hardy infiltrated the social media accounts of a number of women, using fake profiles so he could befriend his victims online.

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Targeting mostly young women, he would then terrify and spread lies about them to create rifts among their families and friends, forcing some of them to sleep with a weapon under their pillow.

The series also hears the terrifying personal accounts from the victims, who were each approached by a mysterious social media profile which appeared to be used by another woman. This mysterious user introduced themselves by asking those six dreaded words – ‘Can I tell you a secret?’

One of the victims, Gina Martin, recalls: “He would use the same picture as my actual account. He would strike up conversations with people, spreading rumours and lies.”

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“He has caused such damage to people, relationships have been completely severed. He said one of his other victims was sleeping with her mum’s brother,” she continued.

The two-part miniseries explores three of the women’s experiences, discussions with his former school friends, the police investigation, and how Hardy was ultimately brought to justice. It is also produced by legendary documentarian Louis Theroux.

Since landing on Netflix last week, hundreds of viewers have since taken to social media to express the profound effect it has had on them.

One fan wrote: “Can I tell you a secret on Netflix I can say is one of the craziest and scariest documentaries I’ve watched. It’s literally about stalkers and their victims, I recommend y’all to watch especially women.”

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Another said: “Watching Can I Tell You A Secret on Netflix and realising it’s about the same person who made fake profiles of me and literally every single one of friends from home in Cheshire – This is wild.”

Someone else wrote: “I have a new Netflix recommendation for all the true crime documentary lovers. Can I Tell You A Secret? On Netflix. It’s absolutely terrifying, I’m only one episode in but it’s CRAZY.”

And a fourth added: “Watching ‘Can I Tell You a Secret?’ @netflix A superb documentary that perfectly evokes the horror of cyberstalking. Much of our life & many of our vulnerabilities end up on social media & there ‘s no telling who is at the other end.”

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