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BBC Christmas: It’s Showtime!

ADVENT DAY TWO: Christmas. It’s not long away. And to celebrate advent, new content will be added to this blog every day in the countdown to the big day. You’ll see reviews, opinion pieces, links to some of my other work, videos – maybe even a short story! Remember to check back every day (in between the mad rush of packing presents, getting the freezer stocked up and watching Home Alone on repeat).

The BBC has released their trailer for their upcoming Christmas showcase, featuring a whole host of stars, some extremely popular programmes – and a surprise kiss!

Most notably, there’s Doctor Who, of course. The Snowmen (a title revealed on this year’s Children in Need) will introduce the Doctor to a new (ish) face: Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara. She appeared in Asylum of the Daleks as Oswin Oswald, but what links these two characters (after all, the latter is now a dead Dalek!)? We won’t find out until the series returns next year… but Christmas is sure to be amazing.

Starring alongside the ever-brilliant Matt Smith and Jenna is Richard E. Grant (who you can see with the dreaded Snowmen), and Tom Ward, best-known for playing Dr. Harry Cunningham in Silent Witness.

The Snowmen

Call The Midwife will also be back at Christmas, starring Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart (the latter of whom will have two Christmas shows of her own hit comedy played this year). It’s not a surprise; the show has been the hit programme of the year, with the series finale attracting a huuuuge 11.41 million viewers! Call The Midwife’s second series will air next year too.

There’s also something for the kids with the half-hour animated Room on the Broom, based on the 2001 book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheiffler. Their past two shows, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, have been big hits of the last two Christmases, and with stars like Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead; Paul), Gillian Anderson (Great Expectations; The X-Files) and Martin Clunes (Doc Martin; Men Behaving Badly), Room on the Broom is sure to be another success.

Room on the Broom

Other shows coming up this Christmas on BBCOne include Mrs. Brown’s Boys, The Graham Norton Show (with Matt Smith!), and Restless, starring Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger; Any Human Heart).

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Blog Advent - 2012, Television

 

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Did Titanic sink Wild at Heart?

ITV’s Wild At Heart has been axed after seven series, and – according to The Daily Mirror – the cast are blaming the Julian Fellowes-penned drama, Titanic.

An undisclosed ‘source’ supposedly told the paper:

“The feeling is that they sunk so much money into Titanic that they are having to make savings elsewhere and we are bearing the brunt of that. We’re all gutted that it has come to this. There are shows that would kill for 7.5million viewers.”

The show has been rumoured for the chop since February, and I can’t really see how this is a valid argument. Titanic was a lavish, costly production, obviously, but Wild at Heart is a popular family show that has run its course.

Jenna-Louise Coleman in 'Titanic.'

Wild at Heart – created by the fantastic Ashley Pharaoh (Life on Mars; Ashes to Ashes) – tells the story of the Bristol-born Trevanions adjusting to a new life in South Africa. The show’s strengths lay in its beautiful vistas and animals, strong characters and insight into another life.

The show has remained a firm favourite of many families since its initial transmission in 2006, returning to screens every January, and running into March. However, the average number of viewers has dropped, with series one getting an average of 9.67 million and has wavered around the 8 million mark ever since. Last series, though, dropped to an average of 6.73 million – a rating that still dented BBC’s Upstairs, Downstairs – taking a hit opposite the immensely popular Call the Midwife and Sherlock.

ITV's 'Titanic.'

As the ‘source’ says, though, the ratings are still competitive… but surely it’s best to end it on a high than let it dwindle away into obscurity.

The series will be given a 2-hour finale, to be filmed in September, and broadcast next year; something that many cancelled shows don’t get the privilege of.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Television, Unpublished work

 

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