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Peaky Blinders is looking for extras in Manchester for the new season

You might have to shave your head!

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Filming of season six of Peaky Blinders is due to begin next year, and they’ll be heading back to Manchester for some scenes and need extras.

Filming of the smash-hit BBC drama was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic but the cameras are set to start rolling again in the New Year after fans spotted heavy hints in a casting advert.

The post from talent agency LB Casting Ltd says it’s recruiting extras for ‘a very well-known BBC period drama shooting early 2021 in Manchester’.

The advert features a silhouette of a man with a newsboy cap famously worn by Tommy Shelby and his Peaky Blinder associates.

The biggest hint on the advert comes via the wording. It states that male actors ‘must be willing to shave hair if required’ and ‘by order of LB casting’.

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The agency based in Leeds has previously provided talent for Peaky Blinders.

This time around, they are casting men and women of all ethnicities with ‘natural looks that can portray a true reflection of the time period being told’.

This means you need to have no piercings, visible tattoos, false nails, tattooed or drawn eyebrows, or eyelash extensions.

Women must have mid to shoulder length hair that isn’t dyed with no obvious highlights and around a dress size of 12. 

For the blokes, there must be no ‘modern’ hair cuts including fades, dye or obvious highlights and you must be willing to have their head shaved if required.

The men must have chest measurements no bigger than 44 inches and have no modern beards or facial hair.

Extras are set to be paid at PACT Equity rates, however, travel and accommodation expenses will not be included.

The advert states: “Ideally we are looking for people who drive due to early call times and late finishes. Please ensure you can independently get to and from Manchester outside of peak times”.

If you fit the description and are over 16 you can send your details along with photos to apply@lbcastingltd.co.uk by January 3rd 2021.

You can see the Facebook post from LB Casting here.

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BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death receives more than 100,000 complaints

‘We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance’

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The BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death has received a ‘record number’ of complaints, according to reports.

It’s been reported that the broadcaster has been hit with more than 100,000 complaints in regards to its coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

This would be a record in British television history, with the BBC creating a dedicated form online for viewers to voice their dissatisfaction.

The broadcaster cleared its schedules to cover Prince Philip’s death on Friday, and according to The Sun it has now received more than 100,000 complaints.

This is a record breaking number, beating the previous high of 63,000, which was again from the BBC when they screened Jerry Springer: The Musical back in 2005.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance.”

The broadcaster wiped its schedules on both BBC One and BBC Two to run mirrored programmes about the Duke following his death, while BBC Four displayed a message urging people to switch over for a ‘major news report’.

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Line of Duty fans will love ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close

Did anyone catch it last night?

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If you’re not sure what to do with yourself while waiting for the next episode of Line of Duty, then ITV has got you covered.

The broadcaster’s new three-part drama series Too Close began last night, with episode two airing tonight.

Starring Emily Watson and Denise Gough, ITV’s gripping psychological thriller was written by author and actress Clara Salaman and directed by Sue Tully (Line of Duty).

The series was inspired by the novel of the same name, which was published under Clara’s pseudonym Natalie Daniels.

The mini-series premiered last night, Monday April 12th, and it focuses on the dangerous relationship between a forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson), and her patient.

Dr Robertson is assigned to work with Connie Mortenson (Denise Gough), a woman accused of an awful crime connected to the death of two young children – however, she claims she can’t remember a thing.

While the two women find themselves becoming dangerously close, it appears Dr Robertson might be ‘destroyed’ in the process of uncovering the truth.

Besides Watson and Gough, the series also stars Thalissa Teixeira, James Sives, Risteard Cooper, Chizzy Akudolu, Eileen Davies and Nina Wadia.

Too Close began last night on ITV, with the next episode airing tonight at 9pm and the following episode at the same time on Wednesday.

You can catch up on episode one here.

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Tipping Point is looking for Mancunians for the new series

Who’s up for it?

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Tipping Point is on the hunt for Mancunians to star in the new series.

The ITV game show is looking for contestants for series 12, so if you know anyone who’d be perfect for it then let them know.

Hosted by Ben Shephard, Tipping Point gives people the chance to win thousands of pounds.

ITV says: “We are searching for fun, confident people who enjoy quizzing and would like the opportunity to win thousands of pounds using a combination of ​skill, judgement and chance.”

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The hit show airs between 4pm and 5pm every weekday, and sees contestants answer questions on general knowledge, films, politics and other subjects before taking on the ‘tipping point’ machine.

Just like the coin pusher machines seen in the arcades of Blackpool and other seaside towns across the North West, contestants drop counters to win money.

People earn money from the silver counters which are worth £50, while ‘mystery counters’ and the £10,000 jackpot counter can also boost their cash pile.

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Applicants must be 18 or over, and the deadline for applying is Friday May 7th – the last date for postal applications is Monday May 3rd.

To apply, either use ITV’s online application form here or email apply@rdftelevision.com for postal entries.

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