Directed by Sheridan De Myers (Thinking Out Loud, Money and Grime) and conceived by Kojo (star of MTV 2's Wild N Out), The Weekend is a British urban comedy starring Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kaate (AKA Mandem on the Wall).
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Sixteen indies have been selected to receive business development training to help unlock up to £2m each in angel investment through the Indielab scheme. Production companies including Gary Lineker’s Goalhanger Films and Sundog, the indie owned by Richard Branson’s son Sam Branson, will take part in the inaugural project, which is backed by the mayor of London Boris Johnson.
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BBC Three has announced new documentary series commissions from two of the channel’s original and highly acclaimed investigative presenters – Stacey Dooley and Reggie Yates – which will see them embark on their most immersive experiences yet.
- Brainwashing Stacey Dooley will see Stacey Dooley immerse herself among different groups with extreme ideologies and beliefs, including the sports hunting community.
- Reggie Yates: Worst Weeks will see Reggie Yates spend time behind bars in a Texan jail and go on patrol with the Mexican army.
(Right to left: Kevin Lygo, Polly Hill, Angela Jain, Peter Davey, Siobhan Greene)
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ITV has confirmed the appointment of the BBC’s drama chief Polly Hill as its new head of drama along with a much-changed senior management team including Sue Murphy, the former Channel 4 executive responsible for My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Hill will head the broadcaster’s drama department succeeding Steve November, whose departure was announced last week. Murphy joins from independent production company Optomen, maker of various Gordon Ramsay shows, in the newly created role of head of factual entertainment.
Identity School of Acting and Talent Agency, led by Femi Oguns MBE, has announced that they will be launching Identity Theatre Company.
The successful part-time drama school’s alumni includes John Boyega (who is also a patron), Sophie Hopkins (Doctor Who spin-off Class), Ashley Thomas (set to star in the upcoming series of 24), Letitia Wright (E4’s Banana and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2015) Malachi Kirby (who is appearing in History’s Roots remake), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), Duran Fulton (ITV1s Jekyll & Hyde) and many more who have achieved global success.
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BBC Three today announce the stars of the Doctor Who spin-off series Class – exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.
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Former X Factor star Rachel Adedeji has joined the cast of Hollyoaks – and she'll be arriving with a bang.
The actress and singer has landed the role of the real Lisa Loveday and has already started filming at the show's set in Liverpool. Hollyoaks fans have already been introduced to Sonia Albright – an impostor who is pretending to be Lisa. But if you thought Sonia was troublesome, wait until you see what the real Lisa has in store for the village.
The stars turned out for the 2016 Screen Nation Awards which took place on Saturday 19th March at the Hilton London Metropole. The event, now in its 11th year, aims to celebrate the best in black British and global talent and the outstanding work produced over the last twelve months. John Boyega, Alison Hammond, Sinnita, Charlene White, Malachi Kirby and OT Fagbenle were just some of the TV and film personalities in attendance. See below for the full list of winners as well as interviews hosted by SceneTV's presenter Ria Hebden.
The annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards popularly known as ‘the black Baftas' returns once again to the West End of London as the UK’s only international celebration of black British achievement in film and TV.
Now in its second decade, the star studded ceremony hosted by Brenda Emmanus (BBC London News Arts Correspondent) and Kojo (comedian and ITV2 Love Fix presenter) will pay homage to some of the finest British talent and globally established film & TV stars working in the UK and around the world today.
The faces of Bafta award nominees are placed on chairs inside The Royal Opera House ahead of the Bafta Awards during a photocall in London, Britain, 11 February 2016. The ceremony will be hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on 14 February. EPA/ANDY RAIN
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The Baftas, the flagship event in the British film industry calendar, does not feature enough black and ethnic minority nominees, the head of the awards body has admitted.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, said that she was backing a protest by black performers that will be held outside tomorrow’s event, as she heaped blame on the film industry for failing to create enough opportunities for ethnic minority actors. Idris Elba is the only black star out of twenty performers who feature in the four main acting categories at tomorrow’s Baftas, and Ms Berry told the Telegraph: “Not enough films are being made with diverse talent in front of the camera. Our industry isn’t diverse enough, so the pool of people to draw award winners from isn’t diverse enough. I want the awards to be as diverse as they possibly can be. But people can only vote on what they’ve seen.