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Richard Blackwood Joins the Cast of EastEnders

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Reposted from Digital Spy

EastEnders bosses have cast Richard Blackwood to play a new villainous character on the BBC soap. The actor and TV personality will make his first appearance on the show next month, featuring in one of the first live scenes in the highly-anticipated 30th anniversary 'live week'.

With secrecy surrounding many of the anniversary storylines, show chiefs are keeping tight-lipped about the character that Blackwood will be playing. However, insiders have promised an "explosive" and "thrilling" debut for his new alter ego, who will be shaking up life on Albert Square.

In a statement, Blackwood thanked EastEnders' executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins and the show's casting director Julia Crampsie for trusting him with the role. He commented: "I wanna thank Dominic and Julia for giving me this amazing opportunity. EastEnders is a show I've grown up watching, so to film on Albert Square is something I'll never get used to! To know my first-ever scene will be a live one hopefully means the team believe in me and I won't let them down!"

Treadwell-Collins added: "Richard Blackwood has always been on our EastEnders wish list – and now the perfect part has come along. Richard's an authentic Londoner and a terrific actor, bringing with him warmth, humour and energy which will add so many layers to this 21st century EastEnders villain. The status quo in the Square is about to be well and truly shaken…"

Blackwood's previous acting work includes appearances in a number of TV and theatre productions. He is also known for his stand-up comedy, presenting and music work.
 

Congrats Richard!

 

Trailer| South Side Story – BBC Three

South Side Story is a brand new structured reality show focusing on the real lives of a group of 18-25 year-old South Londoners. They're all striving to make a name forthemselves in the world of entertainment, but more often than not their personal lives are far more dramatic than their professional ones. Our real-life cast will sometimes express themselves in song – bursting into some of the UK’s best-loved commercial tracks. This is in many ways the real-life Glee.

Click here to meet the cast and see after the break for preview clips. 

South Side Story, coming soon to BBC Three. 

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Trailer| Desi Rascals – Sky Living

From award-winning director Gurinder Chadha known for Bend it Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice and the creator of TOWIE, Tony Wood, comes Sky Living's first real-life drama series.

Chronicling the lives of a multi-generational cast within the British-Asian community, the series will be filmed in West London in suburbs such as Southall, Harrow and Gerrards Cross, which are home to rich and diverse populations. Shot just days before transmission, Desi Rascals tells the stories of a modern, dynamic and aspirational group of characters across a range of ages as they navigate their social, professional and family lives in a fast changing community. 

The series will be rooted in the social media landscape, shot in real time and using social networks so the cast can interact with Sky Living customers as their lives unfold on screen. It will be shown twice a week at 8pm, with each episode directly influenced by how the characters and audience react to what's just happened.

Antonia Hurford-Jones, Director, Sky Living said: "I am so excited to be bringing our customers a genuinely authentic and warm approach to the non-scripted drama genre with Desi Rascals. It has exactly the tone and sensibilities we look for in a Living show and I loved the idea from the minute I heard it. I am so excited to be working with the supremely talented Gurinder and Tony, telling the stories of a charming, smart, funny and previously untapped cast of characters."

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Trailer| Cucumber, Banana, Tofu on Channel 4, E4 & 4oD

Check out the trailer for Cucumber, an original drama series from Russell T Davies exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. It's part of a trio of interconnecting programmes with Banana and Tofu making up the mix. Banana is a series of witty interlinked stories covering different aspects of LGBT life while in Tofu, Benjamin Cook explores modern sex in all its variety in an exclusive 4oD series. See below for the trailer for Banana and click here for more info on all three. 

Starts 22nd January. 

Youngers Actress Shavani Seth Lands Role in Homeland

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Congratualtions to actress Shivani Seth (of Identitiy Drama School) who has landed recurring role in US series Homeland. The actress will appear alongside Clare Danes in series 4 of the hit show. Seth currently appears in in series 2 of E4's music themed drama Youngers

The new series of Homeland is set to premiere in the US in Autumn 2014.

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Marianne Baptiste to Join Cast of ITV’s Broadchurch

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Reposted from The Guardian 

Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominated actor Marianne Jean-Baptiste is joining the second series of hit ITV drama Broadchurch.

Jean-Baptiste, who starred in CBS television series Without a Trace, Mike Leigh's Secrets and Lies, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and this year's remake of the film RoboCop, is to play a role written especially for her by Broadchurch writer and creator Chris Chibnall.

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E4’s Youngers Returns for a Second Series

Check out the promo for the brand new series of Youngers. The E4 hit show set in south-east London follows a group of friends – Jay, Yemi and Davina – as they negotiate their way through teenage life in a world that's more about swagger than straight A's. 

The series returns on Wednesday 7th May at 7.30pm on E4. 

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Michael Underwood to Host New ITV Entertainment Show

Reposted from ITV Press Centre

Michael Underwood will host ITV’s brand new entertainment show Let Me Entertain You, a six-part series showcasing extraordinary and hilarious all singing, all dancing performances from the Great British public. The first episode is on Saturday  26th April at 6pm.
 
Anyone at home could be the star on Let Me Entertain You as it showcases the viewers' own singing and dancing clips alongside the funniest and most astonishing videos the internet has to offer; from bad dancing dads and body popping zoo keepers to cute toddlers giving it their best Beyonce, to the craziest homemade Lady Gaga parodies out there. 
 
With hilarious VT packages, hidden camera surprises, lip sync showdowns, there’s only one star in this show – the ITV viewer.
 
Contributors are invited to submit their funny, entertaining and down right ridiculous videos a twww.itv.com/letmeentertainyou, and whether you’re a true talent or a toe curling try hard, you could have families across Britain clapping or cringing along.
 
Each week, Michael Underwood will preside over viewer entries and the best in online user generated content.
 
Michael said "Nowadays, anyone with a smart phone can record their singing and dancing talents at any time. No longer do these moments of genius need to be hidden away on phones and computers, as we're going to give the viewers a chance to share their performing skills with the world. I cannot wait to see the incredible videos and the slightly strange ones too. Let Me Entertain You is all about making the viewers the stars."
 

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