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ITV announces celebrity line-up for The Games

ITV to show inaugural Arnold Clark Cup featuring England Women

The twelve celebrities preparing to strap on their trainers, pull on their swimsuits and get on their bikes for ITV’s new live series The Games have been revealed today as:

TV presenter Olivia Attwood, influencer and model Phoenix Brown, ex-Strictly pro and leading man Kevin Clifton, pop star Max George, song writer Chelcee Grimes, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman, author, model and autism ambassador Christine McGuinness, Coronation Street actor Colson Smith, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, musician and TV star Wes Nelson, Emmerdale actor Rebecca Sarker and actor Ryan Thomas, will go head-to-head in a range of sporting challenges for the new series.

Initial (part of Banijay UK) have been commissioned by ITV to produce the show that sees the celebrities step out of their comfort zones to be coached, trained and then compete, hoping to be crowned top of the medals table this Spring.

Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, The Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator.

The six male and six female competitors will battle it out in the athletics arena, the swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome. Each will put their sporting prowess to the test in events from the 100-meter sprint to diving, racking up points on the medals table.

As well as live coverage of the events, each episode will feature the celebrities’ preparation as they’re taught the sports from scratch by some of the UK’s top coaches. Following their gruelling training programme leading up to the competition, as they aim to reach their peak physical condition.

As the leader board takes shape with each night, the series will culminate in an exhilarating final showdown in which one male champion and one female champion will be crowned.

The Games is commissioned for ITV by Nicola Lloyd, Commissioning Editor, and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.

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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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