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Stars call for I’m A Celeb boycott after Nigel Farage joins camp

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Showbiz stars have called for viewers to boycott I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! after Nigel Farage joins the jungle camp line-up.

Fans have been left outraged after the official line-up for the hit ITV show was announced and included former UKIP member and controversial politician Nigel Farage.

To make matters worse, he’s set to be the highest paid person in the history of the show when he enters the camp.

The reality programme, which has been going since 2002, has been no stranger to controversy. Just last year, the public were left outraged that Conservative MP Matt Hancock was a contestant on the show after the scandal of MPs having parties during the Covid lockdowns.

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The disgraced former Health Secretary joined the series after being sacked for breaking Covid restrictions. It was reported that he was paid £400,000 to be on the show.

This year’s line-up includes the sister of Brittany Spears, Jamie-Lynn Spears, This Morning presenter Jodie Gibson and First Dates’ star Fred Siriex.

In response to Farage joining the camp, a number of TV stars have called for a mass boycott of the show, which is due to air on November 19th.

Comedian Laura Hughes has spoken out to say that if she were included in the line-up, she would immediately quit the show and sue ITV.

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She said: “If I went on I’m A Celebrity and found out I was on the show with Nigel Farage, I’d leave and sue for racial negligence… but that’s just me.

“I’d say that I’m quite shocked that ITV is platforming a racist as a form of entertainment, but nothing really surprises me anymore.”

Kathy Burke also didn’t mince her words as she said: “Quick, there’s another hate baiting c**t available.”

Journalist Bella Mackie took to Instagram to share that she would not be tuning in to watch the series. “He’s apparently being paid £1.5 million,” she said, before listing all the reprehensible comments Farage has made over the years.

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She included him taking specific aim at Romanian people, people with HIV and the Aids virus, and saying women are ‘worth less’ to employers.

Calling for her followers to take action, she said: “I sincerely hope people don’t watch I’m A Celebrity if he’s on it this year. For real. How is this entertainment?”

Conservative MP Edwina Currie said last week that Farage’s involvement in I’m A Celebrity could change the face of politics forever.

Meanwhile, the show’s presenters Ant and Dec have been put under pressure by viewers and other celebrities to address the controversy of Farage’s appointment.

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Netflix launch first trailer for new Harlan Coben thriller with Michelle Keegan

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The official trailer for the new crime thriller from Harlan Coben has landed on Netflix and it looks incredible.

Fool Me Once, the eighth adaptation of the author’s novels, will arrive on TV screens on New Year’s Day, ready for viewers to hibernate and enjoy a binge fest after a hectic party season.

The new series follows the success of its predecessors including Safe, Stay Close, and The Stranger and is expected to be yet another suspenseful hit to add to the collection.

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The cast sees the familiar face of fellow Mancunian Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street, Our Girl and Brassic), as well as Richard Armitage, Adeel Akhtar, and Joanna Lumley – some of whom are Coben thriller veterans. 

The plot follows Maya Stern, played by Keegan, a former special ops pilot who’s struggling to come to terms with the tragic murder of her husband, Joe, played by Armitage.

But after installing a nanny-cam to watch over her daughter, Maya sees a man in her house she recognises – her dead husband.

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Detective Sergeant Sami Kierce is leading the homicide investigation into Joe’s death, whilst also battling secrets of his own.

Meanwhile, Maya’s niece and nephew are dealing with their own mother’s murder, which occurred a few months earlier, and they’re on the hunt for answers – could the two cases be connected?

Coben, who is executive producer on the series and has seen a number of his works adapted for the streaming service in the past, said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to once again be collaborating with my uber-talented partners.

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“Fool Me Once will be our fourth Netflix series together, and man, it never gets old! Fool Me Once is a pulse-pounder – a shocking story of how secrets and deceit have the power to bring people together while simultaneously tearing them apart. I can’t wait to see how this dream cast brings these characters to life.”

Danny Brocklehurst, who has written and directed the series adaptation, said: “Following on from our smash hits The Stranger and Stay Close, Fool Me Once does not disappoint.

“Harlan’s books are storytelling genius and it’s great to be entrusted once more in bringing his gripping stories of life. As always with our thrillers, expect twist upon twist and an emotional roller-coaster. Plus, the cast is phenomenal – audiences are in for a treat!”

Fool Me Once will be released on Netflix on January 1st, 2024 at 8am.

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BBC confirms The Traitors series two launches on January 3rd

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The BBC has confirmed the launch date for the second series of the reality game show The Traitors.

Fans of the show will be pleased to hear the nail-biting reality game show set in the Scottish Highlands and hosted by Claudia Winkleman is set to land on TV screens very soon.

The tense game sees 22 strangers move into a castle to play the ‘ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust’ by completing a series of challenges together as a team in the hope of winning up to £120,000.

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Among the ‘Faithful’ contestants are ‘Traitors’ hiding in plain sight secretly looking to sabotage the game and eliminate their fellow players one by one.

And the good news is fans don’t have much longer to wait for the new series, with the BBC announcing the hugely anticipated show will launch on Wednesday, January 3rd at 9.00pm on BBC One and iPlayer. Episodes will air weekly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

Confirming the news on Twitter, the BBC tweeted alongside a sneak peek trailer: “#TheTraitors Series 2, coming to #BBCOne & #iPlayer on 3 Jan 2023.”

Episodes two and three will be available to watch on iPlayer immediately after and the show will air on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. The contestants are yet to be announced, but according to the BBC, ‘all will be revealed in due course…’.

The broadcaster has also confirmed that we can expect a third season in the future, with casting now open for anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to deceive their fellow contestants and claim the winning prize. To apply click HERE

The debut series had us all hooked when it landed on screens last year. Since then The Traitors has scooped a host of awards including a Bafta TV Award for best reality and constructed factual, and a National Television Award for best reality competition.

It also won the Royal Television Society (RTS) award for entertainment as well as the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for best entertainment programme.

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With series two dropping soon and casting open for a third instalment, the BBC website says about the show: “The Traitors is a competition series built on strategy and suspicion, filmed in the Scottish Highlands. A team of players will compete in a series of missions, the more missions they win, the bigger the prize pot.

“However, amongst the players lie the ‘Traitors’. The Traitors will meet in secret and decide who to eliminate from their fellow players known as the ‘Faithfuls’.

“The aim for the Traitors is to stay undetected until the end, the aim for the Faithful is the banish all of the Traitors before the game ends. Throughout the series, there will be twists, turns, shocks and surprises for the players.

“A game of trust and treachery… do you have what it takes to play?”

Taking to Instagram to share the announcement with her followers, host Claudia Winkleman teased: “Watch your back. The Traitors starts 9pm on January 3rd, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer (everything crossed you like it).” 

Fans went wild and jumped in the comments section with one person typing: “I’m so ready to make this my whole personality once again.” 

Another wrote: “Yasssss! I can’t wait.” And a third tagged their mate saying: “We need to watch this together!!! Traitors sleepover pending?”

The Traitors series two will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9.00pm on January 3rd 2024.

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Caroline Aherne’s life to be celebrated in Christmas special on BBC

The special will celebrate the late star’s life

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Writer and actor Craig Cash says a Christmas special celebrating Caroline Aherne’s life will air over the festive period.

Good friends Aherne and Cash worked together on The Royle Family and a number of other comedies over the years, until Aherne sadly died of cancer in 2016.

Cash said the late star asked him to cover for her and record the voiceover on Gogglebox after her diagnosis.

Aherne was the first presenter for the Channel 4 programme, providing the commentary for it since the show began in 2013 until shortly before she passed away.

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Cash said it was during her treatment for the disease that she turned to him for help to cover for her when she was too sick.

“She just asked me if I’d do the show for her if she was poorly and when she had to go for chemo, so of course I said yes just to help out, because I couldn’t help in any other way,” he told the BBC.

He said he still feels her ‘presence’ when he records the voiceover for the show in the studio and said the work was like ‘a gift that she left me’.

He said: “It was really lovely, because it feels like a gift she has left me and I’m very grateful.

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“It felt like only natural I should keep doing it and I feel like she’s with me sometimes.

“When I go in the studio where we used to record it, I can feel her presence sometimes.

“That feels a bit weird but true.”

A Gogglebox 10 Year Anniversary Special aired this March to celebrate a great decade of TV, showing some of it best stand-out moments.

Cash and Aherne worked together on many projects over the years, including The Mrs Merton Show and The Fast Show, after they met in the 1980s.

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Their work in both writing and acting on The Royle Family became their best known and loved.

Cash said the idea for The Royle Family, which was first broadcast on BBC One in 1998, was born out of an idea Aherne had while she was still working on The Mrs Merton Show.

The Stockport-born star said: “We wanted to write something that we knew and the likes of which we grew up in, as opposed to the posh middle-class families that you got on TV at that time.

“The working title was the Wythenshawe Project, because Caroline was from Wythenshawe and we set it in Wythenshawe.

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“We just wanted it to be about a family like our family really and that’s what it ended up being, just sat there watching telly.”

The show went on to become a British classic and is often repeated over the festive season where families sit together and laugh at the relatable humour.

But Cash admitted that when it was first developed, ‘nobody wanted to make it, because it was just about people sat around talking drivel’.

Cash said he and Aherne ‘had to convince them’.

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He continued: ” Caroline actually threatened not to do any more Mrs Merton shows if they didn’t commission it. She meant it as well.”

Though he said some executives were still not convinced. 

“When we’d made it, they [still] didn’t really want to put it out,” he said.

“They were looking at and saying, ‘people will be climbing the walls’, because it’s people just sat round talking.”

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Cash said he was delighted when the show found success but was shocked at how wide an audience it reached.

He said: “I thought it would only be popular in Manchester or the North-West. But I get in taxis in London and [the drivers] say, ‘it’s just like my house’.

“It turns out to be a lot of people’s real lives.”

The star said he speaks about how he still feels his friend Aherne’s presence with him in the new documentary about her life, which is due to come out this Christmas.

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