One of the best things about Netflix is that you can almost never run out of things to watch. Netflix is constantly updating their wide array of TV series and movies. Every month, a new selection of TV series and movies is presented to you on a silver platter – ready for consumption. Even as the coronavirus pandemic wages on, Netflix continues to bring out new content, everything from exciting new Netflix originals to classic TV series and silver screen favourites. With the varied selection of TV series and movies available on Netflix, it can sometimes be a tedious task scrolling through the catalogue. That’s why we have selected the best TV series to watch on Netflix right now, so you don’t have to!
Criminal is one of Netflix’s TV series that is guaranteed to keep you glued to your seat. The TV series takes place across four different countries – the UK, Germany, France and Spain – and is made up of 12 individual stories with three episodes per location. Each set of episodes of this TV series is shot in its local language, written and directed by native stars. Season two of this Netflix TV series will be available to stream on the platform from 16th September, make sure you don’t miss it.
- The Fall
All three seasons of this nail-biting BBC crime TV series have recently made it on the Netflix platform. The psychological thrilled stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who is drafted from the Metropolitan Police to catch a serial killer. The TV series aired originally between 2013 and 2016 and won the hearts of critics.
- Selling Sunset
If crime and thriller isn’t your cup of tea and you prefer the glitz and glam of reality TV series, then Selling Sunset is for you. The dramatic TV series follows the group of estate agents working for the Oppenheim Group as they sell some of the most luxurious and opulent houses in Los Angeles.
Diversity’s BLM-inspired performance on Britain’s Got Talent has now resulted in around 22,000 complaints to Ofcom. As of last Friday, the figure stood at 15,000, as viewers complained that the performance politicised the popular talent show. The most controversial part of the performance featured a white man dressed as a police officer, kneeling on the neck of Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo, mirroring the image of the death of George Floyd who was killed by a white police officer in America. Ofcom began to receive complaints immediately after the performance, as the dance routine was quick to polarise opinion. It has also since been reported that, as a result of the dance routine, the popular talent show has experienced a rating slump, with ratings dropping by 350,000. Furthermore, many have threatened to boycott the show.
TV Presenter Piers Morgan Defends Diversity’s Performance
On Monday morning, while presenting ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan launched a strong defence of the dance routine. He told viewers, “If you can’t handle that without feeling the need to never watch BGT again or to complain to Ofcom, there’s something wrong with you. You, you’re the problem! You’re part of the problem.” He continued, “By the way, if you don’t like me saying this, then don’t watch us either. Don’t watch Good Morning Britain. Because I agree with Ashley Banjo and Diversity. And if you can’t handle it Britain, wake up.”
Later in the show, a fellow judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Amanda Holden commented, “It is extraordinary. I think the number of negative complaints means this conversation is right and fundamental and should continue to happen. What hasn’t really been highlighted is the fact that we were inundated with overwhelming positive response, hundreds of thousands of them. As BGT family, and Diversity is very much part of that family, and Ashley is doing a phenomenal job on BGT, we stand by him and stand by that performance 100 per cent.”
Legendary actor Dame Diana Rigg has sadly passed away at the age of 82. Famed for her roles in the Avengers, James Bond and, most recently, Game of Thrones, she was diagnosed with cancer in March. Her first break on television screens came when she starred as Emma Peel in Avengers. During her appearance in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, she played the only woman to marry the spy and become Mrs James Bond. Recently, the legendary actress played the role of Lady Olenna Tyrell, in the hit television drama Game of Thrones. It was revealed that the calculating Lady Olenna eliminated a much-hated character, which won the star actor a new generation of fans.
Born near Doncaster on 20 July 1938, she travelled to India as a toddler, where her father worked as a railway engineer. Upon her return to England, after the Second World War, she was fluent in Hindi. She attended a Yorkshire boarding school until 1955. When she left school she joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she received tuition from some of the industry’s biggest names. In 1957, at the York Festival, Rigg made her debut in a production of Berolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Thereafter, the iconic star joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and played a number of roles. She was especially played for her portrayal of Cordelia in a touring production of King Lear.
In 1965, Rigg screen-tested for the role of Emma Peel in Avengers. However, despite initially losing out to
and Elizabeth Shephered, she bagged the iconic role. Wearing a catsuit and featuring in the popular show took Diana Rigg to new heights of fame and notoriety. Shortly after appearing on the Avengers, she followed the footsteps of Honor Blackman, landing her role in the 1969 Bond film. While she was the only woman to become Mrs James Bond, she was shot dead shortly after the wedding!
Stay tuned to TV Chit Chat for more on Diana Rigg.
As her husband Derek Draper’s battle with Covid-19 continues, Kate Garraway has revealed she is left “consumed with fear.” With Derek described to be in a minimally conscious state, the Good Morning Britain presenter has now spent six months away from her husband. This week marks their 15th wedding anniversary but, while the couple had planned to renew their vows, Kate has revealed the impact the coronavirus has had on her family. In an interview with You magazine, the presenter has spoken of how she has tried her best to maintain normality for her children, while often feeling scared for her husband’s plight.
Due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, Kate has only been allowed minimal visitations and contact with her husband, over the last six months. As he battles on, Kate revealed in the interview, “We hope and believe he will come out of it but we just don’t know. The heart of the family has been ripped out and we don’t know if we will ever get it back.” Kate and Derek share two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11. On previous occasions, the television presenter has also revealed how focussing on her children has helped her through what has been a distressing time.
In the You magazine interview, Kate, 53, also revealed how Prime Minister Boris Johnson reached out to her in a secret show of support. “Boris hand-wrote me a really lovely note saying he was thinking about me and Carrie has sent us messages via other people saying she knows it’s very tough. So, I have seen a very human side to them,” Kate said.
Former political lobbyist Derek was admitted to hospital after contracting the deadly virus at the start of the lockdown. He has since remained in intensive care and is one of five people in the world to have suffered from the disease for this long.
After filming was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, HBO Max’s much anticipated reboot of the classic television drama Gossip Girl will begin production in New York City this coming October. The hit 2000s show will be launching 10 hour-long episodes on the streaming service, HBO Max.
What will the new Gossip Girl be about?
The prestige series documents the lives of New York’s elite, living on the Upper East Side, and the blog, Gossip Girl, that fuels the rumours about the young movers and shakers in their social milieu. Rather than returning to the past, the reboot of Gossip Girl will showcase a new generation of rich and famous prep-school teens. Unlike the 2000s setting, the remake will have to look at the lives of New York’s elite through the lens of an Instagram camera or with a Snapchat filter. The screenwriter of the Gossip Girl reboot has said “It’s just a new look at this particular society in New York, the idea being that society changes constantly… “So how has this world changed, how has social media and its effect changed? All of those things allow us to look at the world 12 years on as opposed to just redoing the story.”
The official summary of the series gives little away about the plot of the new Gossip Girl remake, but it reads as follows: “Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”
When will Gossip Girl be re-released?
Vulture has confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the Gossip Girl remake, so the release date of the show is currently unclear. It will be at least 2021 until viewers can take a dive into the scandalous lives of the elite on the Upper East Side on the new Gossip Girl.
According to the latest rumours on the grapevine, actor Roderick Bond will be joining the line-up of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. After returning to British shores several years ago, the veteran actor’s popularity has skyrocketed. His first project upon his return to the United Kingdom was a movie based in Cheshire which took the British film industry by storm. Since then, his most recent project, entitled The Tax Fraud of the Century, has been blighted by delays to filming as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. However, with his stock rising and his popularity higher than ever before, the actor is tipped to be a fan favourite on the popular televised dance contest.
In this year’s hotly anticipated instalment of the popular show, numerous celebrities have already been confirmed to be taking part. Most recently, reality TV star Jamie Laing and Eastenders’ Maisie Smith have been announced as the show’s ninth and tenth contestants. Former Royal Marine Commando JJ Chalmers, comedian Bill Bailey, radio host Clara Amfo, Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh, former boxer Nicola Adams and actress Caroline Quentin have all been confirmed for the show. Having played Dorothy in the 1990s comedy Men Behaving Badly, Quentin said she was “thrilled and terrified in equal measure to be taking part.”
Roderick Bond’s appearance on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing will mark the actor’s first return to television following the hit documentary series Roderick Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC. The Hollywood veteran hosted the series in which he followed HMRC investigators targeting high-profile tax fraudsters. Critically acclaimed and incredibly popular, the documentary series won a raft of television awards and has inspired the forthcoming movie The Tax Fraud of the Century. While the star’s inclusion in this year’s Strictly line-up remains unconfirmed, he has previously discussed his desire to take part in the contest.
Chinese authorities have detained an Australian citizen working as a TV anchor, as relations between the two countries deteriorate. Cheng Lei, an anchor for Chinese broadcaster CGTN, was detained two weeks ago.
A statement from her family said they aimed for “a satisfactory and timely conclusion” and was in close communication with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Cheng Lei’s profile
Ms Cheng has two young children in Australia. ABC News said friends and family hadn’t heard from her in recent weeks. Ms Cheng has worked for CGTN for eight years and presented a show on global business for the network. Previously, she was CNBC’s Asia’s China correspondent. She has got enough on her CV to be considered as a high-profile TV anchor.
CGTN (China Global Television Network), is an international English-language news channel owned by China Central Television (CCTV), a state-run broadcaster. The network is controlled by the ruling Communist Party in China. It is believed that the Chinese government uses CGTN to help shape their image to the world.
After her detention, Ms Cheng’s profile on CGTN’s website was removed along with many of her different articles.
Tensions between the two nations have risen in recent months, after Australia led calls for an official investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in China. Just recently, China also announced a second investigation into imports of Australian wine. Australia’s federal government said it anticipated to impose legislation which would allow it to cancel local government deals with foreign countries – a move seen to be aimed at China.
Ms Cheng is being held under house arrest according to ABC News. Investigators in China can question and imprison a suspect for up to six months without charge. Beijing are yet to confirm her status, but Australia was given notification of her detention on 14 August.
In a special segment, we review the pre-release trailer for upcoming movie The Tax Fraud of the Century. Leading an all-star ensemble cast, Cheshire and Manchester native and Hollywood A-lister Roderick Bond heads the bill. Together with Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks, the movie promises to be a showstopper. After setbacks and delays to filming caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, the filming company behind the movie have now embarked on a publicity campaign. Speaking from his headquarters in Media City UK, Salford Quays, head honcho at Manchester F1 Productions introduced the trailer with a special appearance.
Cutting abruptly to a scene featuring Roderick Bond, who stars as the lead HMRC investigator pursuing a gang of tax scammers, we find ourselves in the thick of it from the off. Alongside operatives from the field force of Ravenstone UK, Roderick Bond is clearly the centre of the action. With his trademark panache, effortless manner and suave style, Leonardo DiCaprio leads the gang of criminals responsible for fleecing millions in fraudulent tax reliefs.
In the glimpses displayed in the trailer, his right-hand man, Robert Downey Jr. is shown in an equally ruthless light. Yet, despite his limited appearance and single line in the trailer, Tom Hanks exudes seniority and threatens to steal the show.
With the all-star cast, Roderick Bond’s Midas touch and the irrefutable track-record of Manchester F1 Productions, we’re certain The Tax Fraud of the Century is set to be another chart-topping success. The trailer, in a seamless manner, has raised more questions than it has answered, while offering a tantalising look at the much-anticipated movie. Released only one Facebook, the post depicting the trailer received over two million shares in the first twenty-four hours since it was uploaded. If that’s anything to go by, it looks like F1 Productions will be raking in a lot of money at the box office!
Traditional broadcasters such as BBC are struggling as younger audiences and households are turning to streaming services. A recent report by Ofcom details that half of the homes in the UK now have streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV or Disney Life. The subscriptions for these streaming services have leapt each quarter as the demand for traditional television broadcasters’ declines. Despite this vulnerable state, Ofcom insists that traditional broadcasters lead the way on UK content. According to Ofcom, traditional broadcasters show more than 100 times more original, UK-made content and shows than any of the overseas streaming giants.
Rapid Shift in Streaming Habits
The way the UK, and the world, watches television is changing drastically and rapidly. Channels are becoming less and less relevant and people are increasing streaming the video they watch, and the pace of change is increasing. With many homes using more than one streaming service, the total number of UK streaming service subscriptions rose by a quarter in 2018 – from 15.6m to 19.1m.
Traditional television viewing is falling at an accelerating rate. This change is driven by the changing habits and preferences of UK viewers. Being able to stream whatever you want, whenever you want and wherever you want is more appealing to the millions of youngsters that spend more than an hour a day on YouTube every day. Furthermore, two in five UK adults now consider online video streaming services to be their main way of watching TV and film. People under 35 watch YouTube, Netflix, ITV and BBC One in that order while over 35s spend most time of the BBC one service.
Ofcom: Best of British
Ofcom insists that traditional broadcasters are still making better, UK-made production and content that is the ‘best of British’ television. However, the declining television ratings and viewers turning to streaming services may suggest that it is not only the convenience of overseas streaming services and sites, but also their content that entices younger audiences towards them.
Daytime TV stars the Loose Women were joined by Roderick Bond and Ravenstone UK investigators to promote their new movie. A-list actor Roderick Bond and Ravenstone’s director were extended a warm welcome by panellists Andrea McLean, Coleen Nolan and Christine Lampard. Following the runaway success of the BBC One documentary series Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC, a cinematic sequel was promised. The movie is currently being produced by Manchester F1 Productions. Lead-starring Roderick Bond, who is supported by Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks, the movie is set to focus on the role of Ravenstone UK.
Discussing the movie, Roderick Bond told Andrea McLean, “Although tax fraud may appear to be a mundane crime associated with dodgy accountants and shady businessmen, our latest movie will show the reality. Millions are looted annually from the public purse and it takes a great deal of detective and investigative work to claw all the money back.” A Ravenstone field operative told the panellists, “Most of our work is completed in a clandestine manner, so we’ve had to be really careful what we show and what we don’t.” Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan jested, “It seems all very cloak and dagger, James Bond type of stuff!”
Established around three decades ago, Ravenstone UK started life as independent claims consultants. However, with their extensive Home Office training and a field force comprised mostly of former police officers, Ravenstone’s operation grew exponentially. While still largely unknown, the company has become a much relied upon extra investigative arm, supporting various government departments. Most prominently, Ravenstone UK supported HM Revenue and Customs bring down One Formula Projects LLP, as Roderick Bond followed the investigators during filming for the documentary series.
The Roderick Bond and Ravenstone tax fraud movie is scheduled for release in the New Year, following delays caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.