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2 Tone: The Sound of Coventry on BBC Two Saturday 21 May

2 Tone: The Sound of Coventry on BBC Two Saturday

A BBC documentary telling the extraordinary story of a global music sensation born out of Coventry, comes to BBC Two, next weekend.

2 Tone: The Sound of Coventry has been commissioned by BBC England and is a co-production between Coventry UK City of Culture Trust and Full Fat Television, as part of the BBC’s commitment to the cultural celebrations in Coventry this year.

It will air on BBC Two across the UK on Saturday 21 May at 10.45pm. The documentary tells the story of 2 Tone, the musical phenomenon that exploded out of Coventry in 1979 and went on to storm the charts around the world.

This special hour long documentary takes a deep dive into the history of 2 Tone, the whirlwind genre which saw the inspired fusion of Jamaican ska with the attitude of punk and threw in social comment with a large helping of humour . It features a rare interview with Jerry Dammers, founder of 2 Tone and The Specials, revealing why he launched this “DIY” independent record label from Coventry and how he came up with the ideas for the sound and the style. It’s a programme celebrating the sense of hope and pride felt in the city of Coventry at a time when there was growing racial tension across the UK. It blends personal testimonies with photos and archive footage – revealing the social and cultural significance of the music as well as the energy and fun of the live gigs and the fashion.

In the film, audiences also hear from The Specials’ Neville Staple; Pauline Black and Neol Davies of the Selecter as well as special interviews with proud Coventrian and music mogul Pete Waterman, writer, producer and performer Christine Sugary Staple and 2 Tone fan and film director Gurinder Chadha.

The film also charts the story of how 2 Tone went on to have a global impact and a unique place in popular music discovering bands and launching the careers of Madness and The Beat to name a few.

Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England comments: “I am a huge fan of 2 Tone and I grew up listening to The Specials. So I’m incredibly excited BBC England is part of telling this story. 2 Tone brought together black and white musicians and fans in a truly inspiring way. I’m proud that this programme allowed us to play our part in portraying the multiculturalism, diversity and culture of Coventry.”

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director for Coventry UK City of Culture Trust comments: “As we celebrate all that’s been achieved over the last 12 months in Coventry, it’s fitting that the iconic Coventry creation – 2 Tone – is being showcased. 2 Tone music promoted unity at a time of industrial decline and when racism was rife. It brought black and white artists together in wonderful harmony, expressing the vitality and energy of youth at the time, creating great anthems that spoke to the concerns of the young generation of the time. 2 Tone came to represent our need for unity, peace and respect, promoting freedom and speaking up for injustice; joyful music, but with a strong social conscience. It successfully rallied to bring freedom for Nelson Mandela and to put an end to apartheid, and even today 2 Tone continues to inspire a new generation.”

Colette Foster, CEO of Full Fat Television comments: “With a rare and exclusive interview with 2 Tone’s founder Jerry Dammers and a soundtrack featuring The Specials, The Selecter, Madness and more, this film entertainingly charts how a record label that became a musical and cultural phenomenon, uniting black and white, began the conversation about multiculturalism whilst filling dancefloors around the world. Jerry’s brilliantly witty lyrics about society’s inequalities, wrapped up in classic tunes, evoke a specific moment in time and remain just as relevant today.”

You can watch 2 Tone: The Sound of Coventry on BBC Two across the UK on Saturday 21 May at 10.45pm

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Who Cares Wins returns to Channel 4

Who Cares Wins returns to Channel 4

The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards, which honour everyday heroes who really make a difference, will return to Channel 4 in a 1 x 90’ entertainment show produced by Thames (a Fremantle label).

Davina McCall will again host the awards and the star-studded, red-carpet ceremony will take place in London later this year.

Channel 4 is partnering with The Sun and NHS Charities Together to televise the awards ceremony for the second year running.

The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards were set up in 2017 to celebrate and thank the NHS and healthcare heroes, key workers and ordinary people who care for us.

Who Cares Wins was commissioned for Channel 4 by Phil Harris, head of entertainment and Tom Beck, head of live events and commissioning editor, Entertainment. The executive producers for Thames are Charlie Irwin and Lee Smithurst.

Davina McCall said: “I’m enormously proud to host these awards, which recognise some of the most amazing people on the planet. It’s a privilege to meet these everyday heroes and celebrate their truly inspirational stories.”

Tom Beck, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “We’re thrilled to be broadcasting The Sun’s Who Cares Win awards for the second year, bringing the amazing and inspiring stories of the nominees and winners to Channel 4 viewers.”

Charlie Irwin, director of programmes, Thames, said: “Last year’s event was incredibly moving and the team at Thames were honoured to be a part of it. We are looking forward to partnering with The Sun and Channel 4 again to celebrate the UK’s healthcare heroes and bring their remarkable stories of courage and dedication to TV screens.”

Victoria Newton, Sun Editor-in-Chief says “The Sun’s Who Cares Wins health awards are one of the most important nights in our calendar. Every year I am moved by the stories we hear from our brilliant NHS, healthcare workers and unsung heroes. Last year saw us bring these inspirational stories to a whole new audience through our partnerships with Channel 4, Thames and NHS Charities Together and I’m very much looking forward to celebrating them once again.”

The categories being awarded are:

Best Doctor
Best Midwife
Best Team
Best Nurse
Best Health Charity
Unsung Hero
Young Hero
The Caroline Flack Mental Health Hero
999 Hero
Christina Newbury Memorial Award
The National Lottery Local Health Hero Award

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Filming starts on series 4 of BBC Three Comedy Bad Education

Filming starts on series 4 of BBC Three Comedy Bad

It’s lights, camera, action on the eagerly awaited fourth series of popular BBC Three comedy Bad Education as filming begins shooting on location in London. Released today is a first-look image from the forthcoming new series, showing the new leads – former Class K students, fabulous diva Stephen (Layton Williams), and lovable geezer Mitchell (Charlie Wernham) – return as Drama and PE teachers, to ‘educate’ a new gaggle of rebellious misfits.

Bad Education’s fourth season, due to air in early 2023, is set to return to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer and is made by award-winning Tiger Aspect Productions (part of Banijay UK) and Jackpot Productions.

The new series will be directed by Freddy Syborn and executive produced by Jack Whitehall, with a new team of breakthrough writers led by Nathan Bryon, and including Laura Smyth, Leila Navabi, Priya Hall, Ciaran Bartlett, Rhys Taylor and Layton Williams.

Series 4 will see Stephen and Mitchell get to grips with their new career and wayward students, all whilst new headteacher and control freak Ms Hoburn (Vicki Pepperdine) looms large. Meanwhile, recently departed head Mr Fraser (Mathew Horne) and his questionable ‘bants’ continues to hang around the school kitchen, as HR struggle to fire him. We welcome new classmates to the school; glamorous gossip Usma (Asha Hassan), wannabe roadman Inchez (Anthony J Abraham), himbo Harrison (Bobby Johnson), clueless slacktivist Jinx (Laura Marcus), eccentric Warren (Ali Hadji-Heshmati) and energetic hustler, Blessing (Francesca Amewudah-Rivers).

In addition to the new series, a one-off Christmas special will air this year, which sees the familiar faces of Abbey Grove return for a careers day, led by hopeless teacher Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall). This will mark the end of Alfie’s teaching career at Abbey Grove as audiences bid farewell to him.

Layton Williams says: “Stephen’s quest for stardom didn’t quite go as planned, and he’s back at Abbey Grove ‘teaching’ drama! I’m so excited for audiences to experience the madness of Mr Carmichael, the new Class K! We’re having so much fun on set, I think you’re all in for a treat!”

Charlie Wernham says: “It feels amazing to be back on set and having so many talented new individuals alongside to work with. A lot has changed for Mitchell since we last checked in on him. He’s grown up, found a missus and has a kid on the way, but in some ways he’s still a loveable big kid himself. The script this series is laugh-out-loud funny, and I can’t wait for audiences to return to Abbey Grove to laugh along with us.”

Freddy Syborn, Executive Producer, says: “It’s been such a joy to work with Charlie and Layton again, as well as our room of new writers. Jack and I really hope that everyone will fall in love with our brilliant Class K 2.0, and we’re excited for a whole new generation to discover the show for the first time.”

Bad Education series (6×30) is a co-production between Tiger Aspect (part of Banijay UK) and Jackpot Productions for the BBC, commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Tanya Qureshi.

Bad Education special (1×45) is co-written and co-executive produced by Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall and was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. Freddy Syborn will direct both commissions, The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Tanya Qureshi. Banijay Rights will distribute the series internationally.

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Jamie Oliver to cook up a double helping of new series on Channel 4

Jamie Oliver to cook up a double helping of new

Jamie Oliver Productions has been commissioned to make two new series for Channel 4, to air across 2022 and 2023.

In Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders (8×30’), Jamie Oliver cooks one-pan recipes that offer the perfect solutions for busy lives, it is the ultimate solutions-based guide to brilliantly easy and delicious meals all cooked in just one pan, pot or dish. From brunches to lunches, dinners to desserts, the easy-to-follow recipes are solutions for Jamie’s own family that we can use for ours.

Featuring recipes from Jamie’s new book ONE: Simple One-Pan Wonders, available in September 2022, this new series presents an innovative array of never-seen-before techniques, tricks and hacks to create simple and delicious meals, and cut down on the washing up – even the pasta dishes don’t require a second pan to boil water in.

Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is packed full of dishes that deliver big on flavour with minimum fuss. From speedy 15-minute meals to low and slow dishes that let the oven do all the hard work, there are brilliant ideas for batch cooking and clever shortcuts to family favourites we all love to eat but don’t always have the time to make. Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is the solution for anyone who loves delicious food but hates washing up.

For 2023, Jamie’s Seasons (w/t) is an epic, extended series split into four parts to take us through the year, through the year – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – as each season Jamie goes on a delicious journey through the kitchen calendar to showcase the British produce available at the time. Beginning with Spring, Jamie will celebrate the joy of the time of year, as he creates inspiring recipes using ingredients that are in season and can be grown at home. This series is all about eating British seasonal fruit and veg and celebrating the best our country has to offer so we can eat well for ourselves and the planet.

Tim Hancock, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “These are two series giving viewers what Jamie does best: no-nonsense, brilliantly conceived recipes. After a run of successful and helpful recipe shows over lockdown and beyond, we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Jamie and his very talented production team.”

Samantha Beddoes, Executive Producer at Jamie Oliver Productions, comments: “We are delighted to be bringing two very distinctive new series to Channel 4 this year and next. Whilst they offer very different concepts, both series will bring Jamie’s energy, joy and innovative approach to cooking to viewers, offering inspiring solutions to everyday problems. Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is Jamie at his best, turning traditional dishes on their head by offering the simplest yet most delicious ways to streamline cooking, while Jamie’s Seasons will take us through the year, offering delicious recipes that are good for us, for our pockets and for the planet by celebrating the possibilities that each season brings.”

Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders is an 8×30’ series and Jamie’s Seasons (w/t) will be split into four parts: Spring (4×30’), Summer (4×30’), Autumn (4×30’) and Winter (2×60’). All were commissioned for Channel 4 by Tim Hancock, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment. The series will be made by Jamie Oliver Productions, with Samantha Beddoes as Executive Producer and Katie Millard as Series Producer.

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