PUBLISHED: 00:00 28 December 2017 Stacia Briggs One of the highlights from ITV's 2018 schedule is Vanity Fair (C) ITV ITV Christmas is so 2017. Let’s look forward to 2018 and see what the small screen has in store for us. TV Editor Stacia Briggs looks ahead to a new year on the box with a host of delights from Vanity Fair to A Very English Scandal. Vanity Fair, ITV: Just how many shows are prefaced by the words ‘filling the Downton Abbey-sized hole in the TV schedules’? Lots, let me tell you. Vanity Fair is a splendid bodice, bonnet and breeches romp which was originally published in serial form from January 1847 to June 1848 and is set in Regency England during the Napoleonic wars. It also includes a character called George Osborne, who comes to a sticky end. No comment. The classic 19th-century English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray is being adapted for a new seven-part drama, with Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke as the heroine Becky Sharp, who … [Read more...] about Seven TV shows to look forward to in 2018
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PREPARE to be entertained - because 2018 has a licence to thrill.From must-see TV to hotly anticipated movie sequels, it promises to be a bumper year of fun.Some of our favourite popstars are back with new music, while fashion promises to be sexier than ever.And there’s a fair few mega sporting events that you won’t want to miss from your calendar either.Here our experts round up exactly what we’ll be watching, cheering, eating, wearing and dancing to in 2018.Clean breakSheridan Smith makes a return to TV in this gripping six-part ITV series.She plays Sam, a cleaner in the City who gets involved in the darker side of insider trading after her online gambling addiction leaves her with spiralling debts.KiriSarah Lancashire plays social worker Miriam who gets caught up in a police investigation when a young girl called Kiri goes missing on an unsupervised visit arranged by her in this four-part drama.On Channel 4 in mid-January.Troy: The fall of a cityThe BBC and Netflix … [Read more...] about The film, TV, music, fashion and sport you need to look out for in 2018
NEW BBC drama Gunpowder is set to have us gripped this autumn.But just who is in this historical show? We take a look....This new BBC show has an all-star cast:Kit Harington plays Robert CatesbyKit is well known for playing Jon Snow in Game of thrones.But there is a special reason why the actor has chosen to be in Gunpowder.Kit has revealed he is a descendant of his character Robert Catesby, the man who was ultimately responsible for the Gunpowder Plot, and he plays him in the show.What's even more interesting is that while Kit is descended from Catesby on his mother's side, a 17th century relative on his father's side actually made a comment about Catesby's head after the plot was foiled.Kit has explained: "When [Catesby's] head was marched past the houses of Parliament on a pike, John Harington on my father's side, who was in the houses of Parliament at the time, looked at him and is quoted as saying, 'He's an ugly fellow, isn't he?'. Isn't that brilliant?"Liv Tyler … [Read more...] about Who’s in the Gunpowder cast? Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, Tom Cullen, Peter Mullan, Edward Holcroft and Mark Gatiss star in BBC drama
DOWNTON Abbey fans have been sent wild by a cryptic Facebook post which led them to believe the film's release date could be revealed soon.Fans have been begging to see their beloved characters on the big screen ever since the show came to an end in 2015.And their wish came true in May when The Sun confirmed that a full length feature film edition was being made.Now a new post on the official Facebook page told fans to keep their eyes peeled as they wrote: "Big news is on its way! Check back soon for a special announcement."The picture also read: "Something big is happened at Downton!"One fan mused: "I think they will be announcing a Downton movie date. This is the pattern of hit shows. Hollywood has come calling."While many others pondered if it could be an announcement about a new mini series to lead on from the film.Back in July, Joanne Froggatt promised Downton fans to expect a "wonderful" script for the highly-anticipated movie version.Fans are already excited at the … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey fans convinced the film is about to be announced after cryptic Facebook post
LIAR viewers are convinced they already know the truth about the show as they shared a shocking theory about how the story will end.The TV drama starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd kicked off tonight and viewers have been attempting to guess who is telling the truth about a brutal rape.In Liar, Downton Abbey star Joanne plays Laura, a women who accuses a man called Andrew, played by Ioan, of sexually assaulting her.He denies it, and viewers have to work out which one of them is telling the truth.But many fans were convinced they had already worked it out by the end of the first episode.They flocked to Twitter to share their theories about who is the liar - and many pointed out that it could be neither of them.Several tweeted that Andrew really didn't do it and Laura could have been attacked by someone else, but the shock has muddled up her memories.One wrote: "I dont believe she is lying as she really thinks something happened, but I also dont think he raped her. … [Read more...] about Liar viewers are convinced they already know the truth as they share shocking theory about how the show will end
GET ready to row with your other half and bicker with your besties – a controversial new drama is set to divide telly viewers everywhere.Tonight sees the start of Liar, a dark, twisting ITV show that’s sure to get everyone talking.Like Broadchurch before it, the disturbing thriller — penned by the writers of The Missing — revolves around an alleged rape.But who is telling the truth?Joanne Froggatt stars as school teacher Laura who, after splitting from her long-term lover, goes on a date with hunky widowed surgeon and single dad Andrew, played by Ioan Gruffudd.The drinks flow and the evening ends with the two of them in bed together.But there is no happy ending for the couple: Laura claims she was date raped, while Andrew insists the sex was consensual.As the six-part series unfolds, the two lead characters present a very different version of events.And the modern-day whodunnit — penned by brothers Jack and Harry Williams — is sure to become water … [Read more...] about Controversial ITV drama Liar looks set to divide telly fans – as viewers to be torn between a hunky widowed surgeon and a single school teacher over an alleged rape
“Every truth has two sides,” as the saying goes, “it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either…”And over the course of six episodes, a captivating new ITV drama will challenge you to draw your own conclusion after schoolteacher Laura and surgeon Andrew, the father of one of her pupils, enjoy a first date; the next morning, Laura insists she was raped, while Andrew insists they had a great time together.But whose side of the story will you believe?“Laura has just broken up with her long-term boyfriend and gets asked out on a date by Andrew, a very charming single dad, and they have what seems to be an amazing time together, but then the story unfolds that the evening didn’t turn out as we imagined,” says Joanne Froggatt, 37, who plays Laura.“Both their lives change dramatically after that night – and they have very differing views of their experiences of the evening…”Given the sensitive … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt talks about the rape storyline in new series Liar
When you’re making a show like Victoria,” says its star Jenna Coleman, “it’s very hard to know whether it’s any good or not.But when the first series was on air, people would come up to talk to you and everyone was really effusive,” she grins. “I got a feeling then…”The viewing figures told their own story – the ITV drama averaged over seven million viewers per episode.In fact, so good was the show, it’s thought the most recent series of BBC1’s Poldark was moved to summer partly to avoid facing another ratings defeat to its Sunday-night rival.With series one ending with the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s first child Victoria, the eight-part second series begins with her christening, and the new mum in no better mood about the restrictions having a child has put on her as both a wife and monarch.“Victoria’s been in confinement – they believed that once women had babies, they … [Read more...] about Victoria’s Jenna Coleman says she hit co-star Tom Hughes with a hairbrush and broke it!
THERE's nothing like a good crime drama on a cold autumn evening, and ITV have the perfect offering.Dark Angel, a two-part drama about the Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, concludes tonight after last week's dramatic opening episode – here are all the important details:The second and final episode of Dark Angel is on ITV tonight from 9.00-10.30pm.Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt takes the lead as Mary Ann Cotton in the ITV drama.She is joined by Jonas Armstrong (from the Edge of Tomorrow), screen legend Alun Armstrong, The Legend of Tarzan's John Hollingworth and Sam Hoare, who recently starred in National Treasure.A period crime drama about Victorian murderer Mary Ann Cotton, who raised herself socially and financially through adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder.It is based on a true story of Britain's first female serial killer.Nicknamed The Black Widow, Mary Ann murdered as many as 21 people before being sent to the gallows in 1873.It is believed … [Read more...] about What time is Dark Angel on ITV tonight, what’s it about and who’s in the cast?
THE nights are drawing in and we are settling down for cosy nights at home in front of the box.But this autumn's TV and film premieres include some fabulous locations across the UK that should inspire us to turn off the telly and do something more interesting.From dramatic coastal delights in Cornwall to the magnificence of the Scottish Highlands, shows such as Poldark and Outlander can get us exploring the great outdoors.Here, LISA MINOT looks at some of the big shows hitting our screens in the coming months - and how you can visit the locations. POLDARK- CornwallTHE smash-hit period drama returns tonight for a second series - and so does gorgeous Aidan Turner, who plays the lead.But Cornwall is very much the star of the show, with highlights including the rugged backdrops of Charlestown Harbour, Lizard Point, Porthgwarra, Constantine Bay and Porthcothan.Experience some of the best horse riding you can get on Bodmin Moor, courtesy of a new Poldark Trail with Hallagenna. Or explore … [Read more...] about Top 10 UK film and telly location vacations