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Channel 4 gets political with Make Me Prime Minister (w/t)

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We all have opinions on what our politicians should be doing with their time in office but how many of us actually have the skills to run the country? What does it take to fight for what you believe in and convince others to back your ascent to power?

Channel 4 has commissioned a new competitive format, Make Me Prime Minister (w/t) from Twofour, AOP, and Motion Content Group. The six-part series will follow 12 ordinary yet opinionated Brits with views from across the political spectrum, in a contest to see what it really takes to operate in the cutthroat world of politics.

Make Me Prime Minister (w/t) will follow the ambitious candidates on the campaign trail. They will be put through their paces in a series of prime ministerial style tasks designed to test their leadership skills, resilience, and integrity. These weekly group challenges will be set and adjudicated by Alastair Campbell and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, two political heavyweights who know exactly what it takes to succeed in office.

During the competition, candidates will face the pressures, challenges, and accountability of being in power. From handling diplomatic crises to avoiding domestic gaffes, every move will be scrutinised by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Alastair Campbell, and the watching media. Can candidates avert triggering an international crisis by carefully negotiating with an enemy of the country? Will they be able to explain their new education policy to a group of 5-year-olds? How will they cope with being grilled by one of the country’s top journalists with only minutes to prepare?

In order to keep their campaign hopes alive and make it through the weekly vote, each candidate will need to persuade and convince former politicians, experienced journalists and most importantly the public, that they have the charisma, vision, and political acumen to lead. Across the series the candidates will be whittled down until just one secures victory to be crowned Channel 4’s Alternative Prime Minister.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said, “Serving as Chairman of the Conservative Party and a Cabinet minister in a coalition government, I was convinced values and ethics matter as much as political ideology. So Alastair Campbell and I are putting aside our political differences to focus on what it takes to lead. I hope we can inspire a new generation of passionate voters and politicians.”

Alastair Campbell said, “Done properly, being Prime Minister is about a tough a job as anyone can do. It is great that so many people think they can do it and I am looking forward to working with Sayeeda Warsi to guide and challenge them to see if they really have what it takes. Fair to say politics is in a bit of a mess right now and I hope not only that some genuine political talent emerges through the series but also that it might inspire the watching public to get more engaged in politics and get properly involved.”

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events at Channel 4 said, “We usually tackle politics through our studio-based satire. Now we are injecting some of that attitude to an innovative new competition series that has purpose, scale and humour. Make Me Prime Minister will give real people the chance to prove their leadership credentials. We’re excited to be jumping on the political bandwagon with Twofour, Motion Content Group and AOP.”

Dan Adamson, Managing Director, Twofour said, “We’re delighted to be partnering on this ambitious, audacious and mischievous series – everyone’s got a view on what they’d do if they were in charge…but our candidates are about to find out just how hard is it to run the country…”

Matt Edmondson, Creative Director of AOP said, “I love it when a big bold idea we’ve dreamt up comes to life, and I’m thrilled Channel 4 have shared in our huge ambition for this show. I’m sure we’ve all imagined what it might be like to be in the Prime Minister’s shoes at Number 10, and I can’t wait to discover what big ideas for Britain our alternative PMs bring to the table.”

Martin Oxley, Head of Formats at Motion said, “Recent events have given us all an even greater view of the machinations of British politics. We are thrilled to be partnering with Channel 4, Twofour and AOP to see if the nation’s political wannabes have been paying attention to the all-important dos and don’ts of leading the country.”

Make Me Prime Minister (w/t) was commissioned by Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events and Commissioning Editors for Entertainment, Cimran Shah and Genna Gibson. The 6×60’ series is co-produced by Twofour and AOP, in co-production with Motion Content Group and comes from an idea devised by Matt Edmondson and Rees Howell.

The Executive Producers are Louise Hutchinson, David Clews, and Chloe Court for Twofour with Martin Oxley for Motion and Matt Edmondson and Francis Ridley for AOP. The Production Executive is Francesca Kybert, the Series Producer is Charlie McLean and the Series Director is Josh Jacobs. Twofour is part of ITV Studios.

Make Me Prime Minister (w/t) is funded by Channel 4’s Contestable Pot, a ring-fenced fund for new innovative, channel-defining formats, financed by Motion Content Group.

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Dame Mary Berry in brand new BBC series on sharing food

Dame Mary Berry in brand new BBC series on sharing

Dame Mary Berry returns with Mary Berry Cook And Share, a brand new series celebrating what drives her lifelong passion of cooking – the joy of sharing her food, her knowledge and her love of company.

Commissioned from Sidney Street, part of BanijayUK, this joyous new BBC Two and BBC iPlayer series will be guided by the nation’s much loved cook as she shows us how to whip up her very best recipes – perfect to share at big gatherings, with small groups or even something special for two.

Mary will travel to some of her favourite locations across the UK to meet others who come together over food, as part of family celebrations, to bring communities and generations together, and as the pinnacle of summer festivals and events.

Dame Mary Berry says: “Sharing recipes is always an utter joy for me and this series is the ultimate guide, whether you are cooking for a crowd or just for two. I’m loving visiting some spectacular parts of the country at extraordinary events, gatherings and beautiful locations for this new series. I have always believed there is no better way to spend time with family and friends than over fresh home cooked food – and now more than ever that feels so important.”

Co-executive producer and MD of Sidney Street, Karen Ross, said: “We are so excited to be filming Mary doing what she does best! Inspiring the country to cook from scratch, sharing both her delicious recipes and incredible knowledge. This delightful series will please anyone wanting to get into the kitchen, from the most experienced to a whole new generation of home cooks.”

Ricky Cooper, Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment for the BBC, says: “Mary has spent her life sharing her knowledge, her passion and of course her recipes with audiences all over the UK and beyond. So we’re delighted she’s returning to the BBC to share her love of cooking – and the impact it has on our lives and communities – in what promises to be a truly spectacular series.”

Across six episodes, Mary will inspire and delight with her sharing recipes, from a hearty Minted Lamb Casserole, perfect for a crowd, or a delicious Tear And Share Bread that will please everyone, to a Roasting Tin Spiced Chicken that’s easy no matter the number, and a quick as a flash Eggy Bread Avocado & Ham Toastie that’s tasty for one but will keep several hungry mouths happy too.

Mary’s Salted Caramel Cake, Honeycomb Chocolate Rocky Road and Chocolate Truffle Cake are just a few of her sweet treats that are made to bring people together to enjoy.

Mary returns to cook her recipes in her mother’s homeland of Scotland during the excitement of a summer weekend in Edinburgh, explores the incredible ingredients to be found on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, and enjoys the buzz of Birmingham’s city centre.

Whether she is joined by family or meeting new friends, passing on her skills or learning from others, this heartwarming series sees Mary Berry delight in adventure and relish the joy of being able to cook and share with others once again.

Mary Berry Cook and Share is a 6 x 30’ series made by Sidney Street for BBC Two and iPlayer. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, and the Commissioning Editor is Ricky Cooper. Karen Ross and Kelly Sparks are Executive Producers, with Sarah Myland as Series Director.

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EastEnders weekly box sets to return to BBC iPlayer this summer

EastEnders weekly box sets to return to BBC iPlayer this

With a busy summer of sport ahead on BBC One, EastEnders will once again premiere each week’s episodes on BBC iPlayer, with all four episodes dropping every Monday from 27th June and continuing over the summer until mid-August.

The move allows audiences to watch the programme whenever or wherever it suits them on BBC iPlayer, or to tune in as the episodes air on BBC One.

The Mitchells will be at the heart of the drama this summer as Phil makes a lethal enemy in prison leaving him wondering if this is the end. Meanwhile, Sam is settling back nicely into the Square but her true intentions will soon come into play with big consequences… Ben will also be struggling in the wake of his attack and despite Kathy’s support, his behaviour is set to spiral out of control.

Mitch Baker is in for a shock when his estranged brother, Avery, and two sons, Finlay and Felix turn-up in the Square. It doesn’t take Mitch long to realise his brother is keeping a secret from him but as always in Walford, things never stay secret for long… Avery isn’t the only person keeping secrets and the Panesar family will face one of their toughest times yet as their loyalty is tested to the limit. With secrets set to explode, tensions simmering away and families close to breaking point, this summer in Albert Square will be anything but a quiet one…

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer says: “With such a big summer of sport ahead, box setting all four episodes again this year feels like the perfect solution to enable EastEnders viewers to choose when and where they want to get their weekly fix from Albert Square. We have a big summer ahead so this is the perfect way to ensure that no one has to miss out.”

EastEnders is one of the most popular programmes on BBC iPlayer and was streamed over 285 million times in 2021.

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The world’s biggest cooking contest, Next Level Chef, comes to ITV and ITVX

The world’s biggest cooking contest, Next Level Chef, comes to

The ultimate TV cooking competition is coming to ITV and ITVX, as Gordon Ramsay’s internationally acclaimed Next Level Chef makes its debut on UK TV screens.

Produced by Studio Ramsay Global, Next Level Chef is a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet challenge, billed as the toughest and most epic cooking contest on TV.

The eight-part series, broadcasting in 2023, is set in an iconic and trailblazing TV studio like no other, with three unique kitchen spaces set across three storeys and almost 50ft high.

Each floor will test the contestants’ culinary creativity, agility, flare, and expertise, as they vie to progress to the Next Level. From the top-level state of the art kitchen utopia to the gloomy basement level ‘scraps only’ surroundings, Next Level Chef will task its chefs to prove they can thrive in any environment.

In a quest to unearth the culinary world’s next sensation, Gordon Ramsay will be joined by two of the most elite names in food, as the three judges preside over and mentor a group of talented chefs who will compete against each other to prove they can handle the heat in any kitchen space that is thrown at them.

The contestants will be under the watchful eyes of the panel across all three floors as they battle it out to produce the most mouth-watering dishes and avoid elimination. Ultimately, only one can be named Next Level Chef, and the winner will receive a life changing cash prize of £100k and a one-year mentorship under all three mentors.

Casting is currently underway in a bid to find the UK’s very best in cookery, from home chefs to social media stars, with budding chefs urged to apply via www.nextlevelchef.co.uk

A true test of skill and aptitude, the high octane, high adrenaline competition challenges the chefs to determine not only how they fare in the best of circumstances, but what kind of cookery magic they can create in the worst.

Next Level Chef was commissioned for ITV by Head of Entertainment Commissioning Katie Rawcliffe and Commissioning Editors Lily Wilson and Paula Thomas Gallie.

For Studio Ramsay Global, Executive Producers are Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, and Iain Peckham. Series Editor Lyndon Tovey and Production Executives Sarah Needham and Ben Flower.

Katie Rawcliffe said; “Next Level Chef is a dynamic, edge of your seat cooking competition in a league of its own. We’re so excited to welcome Gordon back to the UK and get started on perhaps the most ambitious TV studio the world has to offer!”

Gordon Ramsay said; “Next Level Chef is off the chart Next Level everything! A culinary competition that is epic on every level. From the size of the enormous structure to every challenge, every moment of jeopardy is huge. I want to see our chefs, social media stars, home cooks whatever their level, whatever their experience, show me what they can do. Whether they’re at the top cooking in the dream kitchen with every gadget and the finest ingredients or in the middle kitchen, good equipment, good ingredients but nothing fancy or, and this is where it gets really interesting, down in the basement kitchen. Super basic, minimal ingredients and left-over scraps then show me what you’re really made of! Talent and tenacity will absolutely shine through, and someone will walk away with an equally Next Level prize, I can’t wait to get started!”

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