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Filming begins on series two of World On Fire

Filming begins on series two of World On Fire

Telling the story of World War Two through the eyes of ordinary people whose lives have been thrown into chaos, the six new episodes are written by series creator Peter Bowker, Rachel Bennette and Matt Jones, and made by Mammoth Screen for the BBC and Masterpiece.

October 1940. Lone pilots are sent to destroy German bombers prowling the skies above Manchester as the Northern Blitz begins. The true reality of war has arrived in Britain.

World On Fire series two will take viewers from the streets of Britain into occupied France, Nazi Germany, and to the sands of the North African desert, where British troops struggle alongside Indian Sappers and Australian Diggers to adapt to a very different kind of combat.

Returning cast include Lesley Manville as Robina, Jonah Hauer-King as Harry, Julia Brown as Lois, and Zofia Wichlacz as Kasia, with Blake Harrison as Stan, Eugénie Derouand as Henriette, Eryk Biedunkiewicz as Jan, and Cel Spellman as Joe.

Joining the World On Fire cast for series two are Mark Bonnar (Guilt, Line Of Duty) as Sir James Danemere, Ahad Raza Mir (Resident Evil, Hum Tum) as Rajib, and Gregg Sulkin (Runaways, Pretty Smart) as David. Further new and returning cast will be announced in due course.

Lesley Manville says: “It’s wonderful to be bringing Peter Bowler’s epic scripts to life again. Rich characters telling great, human stories set against the backdrop of World War Two. It’s a feast!”

World On Fire creator and writer Peter Bowker says: “The second season of World On Fire has been a long wait due to a certain pandemic and this makes the beginning of filming especially exciting. It has been a real joy to pick up the story with our inspirational cast, both our established regulars and new and exciting talent who have embraced the show’s scale and ambition.

“How the conflict played out in North Africa is a fascinating and little-explored history and we are aiming to redress that balance with stories of struggle and friendship. Our diverse cast will continue to reflect the global nature of the conflict.”

Helen Ziegler, Director of Television at Mammoth Screen, says: “Peter Bowker gives us an extraordinary insight into the second year of World War II with his unique humanity, humour and pathos. This is a drama which poses the question: how do you survive when everything around you has changed unimaginably? We are absolutely thrilled to be returning for this epic and adrenalized series two of World On Fire, with our wonderful returning cast joined by a host of new characters!”

Ben Irving, Acting Director of BBC Drama, says: “With a range of intriguing, untold stories that put ordinary people at the centre of history, and a first-rate ensemble of both new and returning characters, it’s a real pleasure to see filming on World On Fire series two now underway.”

Susanne Simpson, executive producer for Masterpiece, says: “World On Fire captivated our Masterpiece audience and we’re thrilled to bring them another season of this ambitious World War II drama. With Peter Bowker’s riveting scripts, a talented returning cast plus some intriguing new characters, season two will definitely be worth the wait.”

Commissioned by the BBC, World On Fire (6×60’) is a Mammoth Screen production co-produced with Masterpiece for the BBC. It is created and written by Peter Bowker, Rachel Bennette and Matt Jones, produced by Amanda Black and Angie Daniell, and directed by Drew Casson, Barney Cokeliss and Meenu Gaur. Executive producers are Peter Bowker, Sheena Bucktowonsing, Damien Timmer, and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen in association with ITV Studios, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and Susanne Simpson and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. Mammoth Screen is an ITV Studios company. The series will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

Filming on series two is currently underway in Northern Ireland. World On Fire series one aired on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in autumn 2019, where it averaged 6.7 million viewers (30-day consolidated data). The second series will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023.

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ITV commissions new Olivia Attwood series

ITV and Tall Story Pictures announce filming has commenced on

Olivia Attwood will make a full-bodied dive into the world of cosmetic surgery for a brand-new ITV series, Olivia Attwood’s Perfect…(w/t).

Following the success of her current ITV show, Olivia Attwood: Getting Filthy Rich, which explores online sex, Olivia will now immerse herself in an even more eye-boggling and cash-crazed industry – and one which she, herself, is no stranger to.

In the hands-on style viewers of Getting Filthy Rich will be familiar with, Olivia will not flinch as she delves into the extreme lengths people go to in order to achieve the ‘perfect look.’

Olivia will investigate the high-risk nature of going under the knife and the jeopardy that comes with any procedure, as well as the eye-watering amount of money some are willing to spend on their dream appearance.

Olivia asks beyond the price tag what are the potential human costs of surgery and gets up close and personal with cosmetic surgery’s winners and losers.

As a veteran of two boob jobs, a thread lift and multiple injectables, Olivia Attwood is not entirely new to cosmetic surgery. But, in this fresh and immersive series, Olivia wants to go way beyond her previous experience to find out how science and social media are redefining beauty as we all chase the perfect selfie.

In the age of the “tweakment”, the self-scrutiny of the Zoom Boom and the ubiquity of social media, Britain’s cosmetic surgeons have never been busier as one in three of us say we’d be up for a nip and tuck.

In each episode of Olivia Attwood’s Perfect…(w/t), Olivia will investigate a different part of the body, as she sets out to be the perfect guide to Olivia’s Perfect Vagina, Olivia’s Perfect Bottom, Olivia’s Perfect Penis, Olivia’s Perfect Boobs and Olivia’s Perfect Face.

Olivia will embed herself with patients and practitioners, discovering the astonishing range of procedures now available and why so many people are so keen to undergo them – she will even try out some of the treatments herself and perhaps sample the other side of the syringe by administering treatments.

Frank, funny and relatable, this series will lift the lid on our search for the perfect body.

Olivia said; “I am completely fascinated by cosmetic surgery and I’ve always been open about the treatments I’ve had done. This is an opportunity for me to get under the skin of the industry, meet key players, find out what’s happening – the good, the bad and the ugly – and what direction we’re heading in. I can’t wait to get started.”

Olivia Attwood’s Perfect Body is commissioned for ITV and ITVX by Kate Teckman, Commissioner and Head of Development for Factual Entertainment.

Kate said; “We are delighted that Olivia is fronting another series for us at ITV. I can’t think of a better guide for viewers to give them a genuinely revealing insight into the reality of an extraordinary multi billion pound industry. She will throw herself into this subject with real honesty, curiosity and humour.”

The series is produced by Optomen Television. Executive Producers are Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby.

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ITV commissions Rolf Harris documentary

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A unique access documentary examining the shocking truth behind how former national treasure Rolf Harris betrayed the trust of the nation and hid in plain sight whilst sexually abusing children and young women for years, has been commissioned by ITV for ITVX.

Made by Optomen, Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight (w/t) will speak to Harris’ victims, the police who investigated him and colleagues who worked alongside him to tell the story of his rise and fall.

Harris led a toxic double-life, molesting contributors and crew on the shows he worked on for years. Almost a decade on from his arrest, the films speak directly to Harris’ accusers, telling the story of how his assaults became gradually more serious throughout his excelling television career in the 70s and 80s.

A 2×60, the films will document Harris’ public persona of a non-threatening eccentric who was devoted to his wife whilst revealing that actually, within the industry, Harris was increasingly known as a creep. Police began investigating him in the wake of the Saville scandal, and discovered that the truth was even darker than that – he had abused his daughter’s friend when she was just 13.

The films explore Harris’ remorseless attitude in court and his wife and daughter’s decision to stand by him. What does his story say about the nature of historical child abuse, and would he have been uncovered were it not for Saville?

Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight (w/t) is commissioned for ITV and ITVX by Kate Teckman, Commissioner and Head of Development for Factual Entertainment.

Kate said: “There are few stories as shocking as Rolf Harris. These films give a voice to Harris’ accusers, and will reveal just how the seemingly wholesome ‘national treasure’ was able to molest and abuse his victims in plain sight.”

The series is produced by Optomen Television, an All3Media Company. Executive Producers are Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby.

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Record-breaking Women’s Euro 2022 on the BBC

Record-breaking Women’s Euro 2022 on the BBC

Millions of viewers across the UK have been gripped by all of the action this July in the Women’s Euro 2022 tournament hosted in England. Many memories have been created as Northern Ireland featured in their first-ever major finals, extra-time winners and stunning goals took over social media and England finally got their hands on a major trophy for the first time since 1966.

The tournament overall saw total TV reach of 27.4m (15mins or more) and was streamed 18m times across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app.

England clinched a major tournament trophy for the first time since 1966 as the Lionesses faced Germany at a sold-out Wembley Stadium yesterday – this game attracted a peak TV audience of 17.4m on BBC One and was streamed 5.9m times across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app.

BBC Director-General, Tim Davie says: “We are incredibly proud to have championed women’s football and are thrilled we were able to bring such a special sporting event to the public. The final was the most-watched women’s football game on UK television of all-time and the most-watched programme in 2022 so far – and deservedly so. Everyone at the BBC is delighted with how successful this tournament has been.”

Women’s Euro 2022 coverage on the BBC:

After 31 games, BBC reach (15 mins or more) has been 27.4mStreamed 18m times across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app – this is more than the 14.7m streams during the Women’s World Cup in 2019Total visits to BBC Sport website for Women’s Euro 2022 content was 15.5mTotal number of Women’s Euros 2022 content plays on BBC Sounds was 424k, a new record for a women’s football competition on 5 LiveEngland v Germany was the most-watched game of the tournament with a peak TV audience of 17.4m and peak share of 78.4%

The top five most-watched matches on TV (peak):

England v Germany (17.4m)England v Sweden (9.3m)England v Spain (7.6m)England v Norway (4m)England v Austria (3.6m)

This year, BBC audiences will have continued access to women’s football with a match shown each round from the Women’s Super League on BBC One or BBC Two, the Women’s Football Show, live women’s FA Cup football including the semi-finals and final, and other international fixtures.

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