Reposted from Digital Spy
Hollyoaks bosses are bringing back Sonny Valentine with a new actor in the part. Aaron Fontaine, who starred in the web series Venus vs Mars, has been cast in the role of Sonny and has already started filming with the Channel 4 soap. Viewers will see Sonny arrive back in the village in January, shaking up life for the McQueen family. Long-time fans will know that Sonny is the brother of Carmel's late husband Calvin Valentine. As Calvin was killed by Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) in 2010, the return of Sonny could bring back bad memories for all concerned. Show chiefs have a dramatic storyline on the way for Sonny, but full details of what's in store are being kept under wraps.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Fontaine commented: "Joining Hollyoaks has been a great experience. There are lovely people here and everyone has been really welcoming."
Hollyoaks is Fontaine's first TV job but he has previously worked in a number of theatre and short film projects.
Sonny was previously played by Devon Anderson between 2006 and 2007, who then on went on to play Billy Jackson in EastEnders.
Congrats and good luck to Aaron!
SceneProfiles| Letitia Hector – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Web Series Actress Nominee0
As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. To grab one of the limited tickets to the event, click here.
First up is Letitia Hector, who has been nominated for the Favourite Web Series Actress Award.
The opportunity of playing the leading lady in the popular web series came about after Letitia applied for a role in the theatre production ‘Love is a Losing Game’. Now while the audition was unsuccessful, she obviously did something right as six months later she received a very interesting call. Babi Isako, the writer of the play shared plans to create a web series called 'Venus vs Mars' and she had Letitia in mind for the star role. Speaking of that moment and how her web series career began Letitia said: “I wasn't totally taken with the proposition at first but after we met, read through the script, met the cast…it felt right!”
One year on, 'Venus vs Mars' has a successful series one under its belt with season two launching very soon. Some people in the industry can be a bit sceptical about the world of the web series but this has proved to be a great move for Letitia’s career.
“I’ve managed to do so many things off the back of 'Venus vs Mars' and for that, this project has been my biggest achievement to date. It's so nice to be a part of something that started off as such a small vision and managed to cause the MAJOR waves it has. That's just amazing to me. I feel real blessed to be a part of Venus vs Mars because I truly believe as a team we have the power to exceed the skies.”
Everyone knows that the life of an actor is a hard one but Letitia clearly has her eyes on the prize. So what’s next for this determined lady?
“My plan is to continue working hard because I believe you get what you put in. I believe I have places to go, people to see and I know I won't achieve this if I'm twiddling my thumbs. I woke up this morning for a reason, so I want to show God he made the right choice.”
Finally, when asked why people should vote for her, Letitia put her case forward.
“Because I'm just a girl who decided to go for it!! Please support my dream and the dreams of many of those who believe they can't.”
To vote for Letitia to win the Favourite Web Series Actress Award, click here.
To find out more about Letitia and see her in action in Venus vs Mars, see the links below:
Instagram: LetitiaHector VenusvsMarsShow
Great news for singer/songwriter/TV personality Jamelia – she has only gone and secured a seat on ITV’s panel show Loose Women! Her first show will be Wednesday 27th November so be sure to tune in and show your support.
Jamelia said: "I’m absolutely chuffed to become a Loose Woman! I'm really looking forward to sharing my thoughts and feisty opinions with the other women and the viewers and can't wait to get my teeth into some great debates and to discuss issues that really matter."
Jamelia secured her first recording contract at the age of 15 and has enjoyed a series of hit singles and albums. She has presented an array of television shows and documentaries including BBC Three’s Whose Hair is it Anyway and appeared as a coach on The Voice of Ireland.
Sunday 17th November, 10pm, BBC Two
A special 30 minute programme celebrating the life in comedy of the much-loved and respected actor, Felix Dexter. Charting his influence as a pioneer of black comedy, from his early days in stand-up, then the landmark Real McCoy, The Fast Show, Down the Line, Absolutely Fabulous, Bellamy's People and Citizen Khan. Friends and colleagues gather to remember Felix, including Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and Adil Ray.
Paul Whitehouse said: "It's great that the BBC are showing this tribute to Felix. He was brilliant, funny and challenging and deserves to be remembered as such, even though he was a Gooner."
Mark Freeland, Controller, UK Comedy Production, added: “We're proud at the BBC that we will be able to gather up all the love and goodwill towards Felix in this special and show what a fantastic comedy actor he was.”
Tuesday 5th November, 11.10pm, Channel 4
Be sure to stay up and catch a special Random Acts featuring UK hit-maker Tinie Tempah. The short performance film produced by Question Media sees Tinie demonstrate what it means to be a child of the sun.
UPDATE: If you missed it, don't worry we've got you. Check out the video below:
Starts Thursday 31st October, 9pm on Channel 4
Bedlam is a brand new four-part series that boldly challenges the myths and taboos about mental illness. With unprecedented access to the patients and staff of the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) – the world’s oldest psychiatric institution – each episode shines a spotlight on a different condition: Anxiety, Crisis, Psychosis and Breakdown.
In the first episode on anxiety, we see how this condition has has become the mental illness of our time. The NHS issues around seven million tranquiliser prescriptions every year. At the Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital in South London, a specialist anxiety unit treats some of the most extreme cases in Britain: the top one per cent. Most suffer with extreme OCD.
James, who's 23, has an unusual anxiety: a profound fear that he'll lose control of his bowel movements in public. Consequently he spends up to seven hours a day in the loo, too scared to leave in case he has an accident. He's been in and out of psychiatric institutions since he was a teenager and had to drop out of university because his OCD got so bad.
Helen is a librarian at the British Museum. She has an irrational fear of harming strangers: she believes that somehow she's responsible for killing them in road traffic accidents or putting them in rubbish bins. For two years she's lived the life of a recluse, too worried to leave the house or go to work.
Aaron is a middle manager with an oil company who struggles with perfectionism. He can spend hours opening and closing drawers or switching lights off and on, unable to stop until he's carried out the task a certain number of times. He's hidden his OCD from everyone, worried the world will think he's crazy.
They're all on an intensive 12-week therapy programme at the Bethlem, which has a three in four success rate. Simon Darnley, the Head of the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU), says some patients can be completely 'cured'.
To find out more about the series, go to www.channel4.com/bedlam
Reposted from Channel 4 website
Date: Thursday 24th October
Time: 11.05pm on Channel 4
Debbie, who's 25, and Holly, who's 19, are each immersed in or passionate about Jamaican culture, from X-rated bashment styles to food, patois or having a family with a Jamaican-born man.
Debbie has three children with Jamaican-born Variel. But when she discovers that Variel is about to have a child with another woman, she questions the conventions of the family structure that he expects.
Criminology student Holly lives in a predominantly white suburb in Kent. Turned off by the prospect of the local social and club scene, Holly dreams of acceptance in the alluring, expressive world of Jamaican bashment and begins going to club nights, often as the only white girl on the dance floor.
Vanessa Van-Yeboah's documentary is part of First Cut, the critically acclaimed, eclectic documentary strand that showcases distinctive new films by up and coming directors.
Reposted from Broadcast
The London Evening Standard backed broadcaster London Live will launch the 6 x 30-minute comedy as part of its first tranche of programming when it debuts in the spring of 2014 after striking a deal with creator Samuell Benta.
Benta originally created the sitcom as a YouTube short and has now produced an entire series. It is set in London and follows the adventures of Samuell McKenzie, played by Benta, and his family. London Live launch programming director Jane Mote said she was impressed that Benta had made his own way in TV comedy.
“I’ve watched a lot of things on YouTube – TV execs all spend hours watching YouTube – but trying to find something good is a nightmare. This is a gem,” she added. In working with emerging talent, the series is a good example of what London Live will be seeking to commission.
“For a network to believe in an individual as opposed to a production company takes a lot of courage,” said Benta.
However, Mote added that London Live is also in talks with established production companies and, since receiving its licence to air on Freeview channel 8, both herself and programming director Jonathan Boseley have had meetings with more than 300 indies.
“For commissions, we’re not going to put the same money in that a terrestrial would, but we will be hugely flexible on rights,” she emphasised. “We’re also going to commission quickly.”
Congrats to Samuell and the AATM team!
Check out BBC1's new Autumn 2013 drama trailer featuring The Paradise, Last Tango in Halifax, Truckers, The 7.39, Call the Midwife, Death Comes to Pemberley and Common. Ashley Walters, Sheridan Smith and Olivia Colman are just some of the talent that will be appearing.
Looks like good company for the cold autumn nights right?!
Take that London Fashion Week models – these ladies are amazing! Check out the trailer above for upcoming Channel 4 documentary Fabulous Fashionistas.
With an average age of 80, Bridget, Daphne, Jean, Gillian, Sue and Lady Trumpington have something inspirational in common: a determination to keep going, to look fabulous and to have fun. Without botox or plastic surgery, these women are redefining old age, in style. Not one of them feels like an 'old person' and, in their own ways, they are defying expectations of the ageing process.This Cutting Edge documentary features uplifting, often poignant personal stories and insights into how staying young and dressing with style is about more than following the latest trends; it's about an attitude to life itself.
Fabulous Fashionistas is on Tuesday 17th September at 10pm