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‘Indian Summers’ Season 2 begins filming

Production has begun on the second season of Channel 4’s Indian Summers. Ten new episodes of the epic period drama about the final years of British colonial rule in India were commissioned in February. Season 2 will feature “political intrigue, terrorism, treachery, adultery and murder”, Channel 4 has revealed. Julie Walters, who plays Cynthia, commented: “I...

CITV begins filming ‘Horrible Science’ series

Production has started on a new TV series based on the popular Horrible Science children’s books. The ten-part series is produced by Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller’s production company, Toff, and aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 12. Featuring “on-screen chaos, blazing backstage rows and gooey slapstick” with “comedy sketches, experiments, and...

‘Doctor Who’ panel line-up confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Doctor Who will return to Comic-Con in San Diego in July. Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Michelle Gomez (Missy), showrunner Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin have all been confirmed to appear in a panel in Hall H on Thursday 9 July. The panel will be Capaldi’s first ever appearance at the...

Michael Gambon to play Winston Churchill in new ITV drama

ITV has commissioned a new one-off drama about Sir Winston Churchill set in the 1950s. Churchill’s Secret will star Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Churchill and Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) as Clementine Churchill. The feature-length film is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: KBO, and adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Treasure Island). ITV’s...

‘Count Arthur Strong’ to return for Season 3

BBC One has commissioned a third season of Count Arthur Strong. The BAFTA-nominated comedy series launched on BBC Two in 2013, moving to BBC One for its second season earlier this year. Seven new 30-minute episodes will begin filming next year , written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and the central character’s creator, Steve Delaney....

‘Merlin’ director joins ‘Doctor Who’ Season 9

Justin Molotnikov is directing an upcoming two-parter in the new season of Doctor Who. It is not yet known if the story is Episodes 9-10 (believed to be written by Mark Gatiss) or Season 9’s two-part finale (written by Steven Moffat). The news was confirmed on his online CV. Molotnikov has previously directed episodes of...

‘Orphan Black’ Season 4 confirmed

BBC America has renewed Orphan Black for a fourth season. Season 3 began in the US last month and is expected to air in the UK on BBC Three this summer. The conspiracy thriller will return for ten new episodes in 2016, Deadline reports. BBC America president Sarah Barnett commented: “Orphan Black is an entirely...

BBC One orders Bronte sisters drama by ‘Happy Valley’ writer

Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright will return to BBC One with a new one-off drama about the Bronte sisters. The Happy Valley writer will also direct the 120-minute film. To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters revolves around the three sisters’ increasingly difficult relationship with their brother Branwell, who in the last three years...

Catherine Tate’s ‘Nan’ will return to BBC One in 2016

Doctor Who star Catherine Tate is bringing Britain’s best-loved OAP back to BBC One, following the success of last year’s one-off special. Two new half-hour episodes, written by Catherine Tate, Brett Goldstein and Dan Swimer, will be filmed later this year and will air on BBC One in 2016. The character originally appeared in BBC One’s...