Rod Bond Fraud Documentary Syndication

Manchester F1 Productions have announced that their Rod Bond fraud documentary series will be entering off-network syndication next year. According to the filming company’s chief executive, the documentary series was originally produced for broadcast on BBC One. However, as a result of its popularity, networks the world over grew interested in the Rod Bond fraud documentary. Additionally, the source mentioned that within the United States, competition was fierce. All three of America’s biggest broadcasting networks, including CBS, NBC and ABC, were outbid by Fox Broadcasting Company. Similarly, the source added, competition was fierce in Australia, where off-network syndication rights were eventually secured by WIN Television.

Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC

Entitled Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC, the BBC One documentary was presented by Hollywood A-list actor Rod Bond. The fraud documentary represented the actor’s return to British television after an absence of almost thirty years. Produced by Manchester film company F1 Productions, the documentary series was a major hit, winning a BAFTA Award for Best Documentary. Since then, the Manchester-based production company have been in the process of filming a cinematic sequel to the series. However, after lead actor Rod Bond succumbed to coronavirus and following the imposition of lockdown, filming had all but ceased.

The Tax Fraud of the Century

Beset by delays and stop-starts, it was recently announced that filming for the anticipated Rod Bond fraud movie has commenced. While it remains unclear whether Leonardo DiCaprio and other American actors involved in the production have returned to the UK, F1 Productions have declared a provisional release date for the movie. Although it was scheduled for cinema release this summer, the production company announced it may be ready by the New Year.

Stay tuned to TV Chit Chat for all the updates on the highly anticipated Rod Bond fraud movie.

X Factor Star Alexandra Burke Opens Up About Racism

The former winner of X Factor, Alexandra Burke, has opened up about the racism she has faced in the music industry in order to appeal to a white audience. Alexandra Burke went on to achieve three UK Number 1 singles and fame on the show Strictly Come Dancing. Despite her success, Burke has experienced racism from the music industry as a dark-skin black woman.

Instagram Post on Racism  

In a passionate Instagram post, Alexandra Burke expressed the various race related issues she has had to face since she was 16 and just starting out in the music industry. The X Factor winner detailed some of the demands of the music industry. These racist demands included that she have her skin bleached, not wear braided hair and to tailor her music to a white audience. Further, she was also told to keep quiet during attacks on her that were being made in the press during Strictly Come Dancing. Alexandra was also told by an unnamed person told her she ‘already [had] one black artist’ and did not need another. This was a traumatizing experience for someone new to the music industry at the young age of 16.

Alexandra Burke also opened up about the time she was told that she would have to work 10 times harder than a white artist because of her skin colour. She was essentially told to erase all of her identity in order to appeal to a white audience. The absurd, racist demands have followed her throughout her career in the music industry. In 2017, at a promotional event for Strictly Come Dancing, a journalist told her ‘so you’re not doing press. Being a diva today are we?’. This highlights the negative and racist views on black women, particularly successful black women being painted as ‘diva’s’ or ‘aggressive’ for being real, successful women. Racism is prevalent in the music industry and affects successful artists as well as those that are up and coming. By speaking out, Alexandra Burke has shed light upon the systemic racism that black artists must face every day.

Big Brother’s Best Housemates

It’s now been twenty years since the iconic and ground-breaking reality television series Big Brother was first broadcast in the United Kingdom. After premiering on Channel 4 in July 2000, the reality show became an instant success. Named after a character from George Orwell dystopian future-based novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Big Brother was cast as a unique social experiment. In what eventually became an all too familiar format, housemates were kept in the Big Brother House, isolated from the outside world. Over the eighteen years the show ran for, a colourful array of housemates entered the Big Brother House.

Counting Down Big Brother’s Best Contestants

Craig Phillips – Series 1 – 28-year-old Craig stole the nation’s heart and became the inaugural winner of Big Brother during the very first series in 2000. With his £70,000 prize money, he funded a heart and lung transplant operation for his friend who suffers from Down syndrome.

Kinga – Series 6 – Bold and hardly bashful, Kinga made a huge impression during her time in the house. Despite entering as a late replacement, Kinga’s inappropriate antics ignited shock from audiences nationwide. Her infamous incident involving a wine bottle has gone down as one of the most shocking moments of the show’s entire run!

Makosi Musambasi – Series 6 – The highlight of Makosi’s time in the Big Brother House came during a moment of underwater fun with fellow housemate Anthony. Despite her partner’s insistence that nothing had actually happened, Makosi’s concerns of being pregnant have gone down in Big Brother history.

Alison Hammond – Series 3 – Now known for her various roles on daytime television, where she has become a fan favourite. Larger-than-life Alison Hammond’s star moment came when her dancing atop the garden table led to its breaking under her weight. With that, she earned her place as one of the show’s most memorable contestants.

The Best British Actors of All Time: Rickman, Firth and Oldman

Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Alan Rickman first emerged on the cinematic scene as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988). Shortly after, he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Furthermore, featuring in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and the Harry Potter series, Rickman proved to be a mainstay in British cinema. Additionally, Rickman featured equally prominently on television, with many performances earning him a raft of awards. For his leading role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), Rickman received an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Colin Firth (1960-)

Despite being a precocious talent, Colin Firth’s meteoric rise to stardom was signalled by his role as Mr Darcey in widely acclaimed television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Following on from his portrayal of Mr Darcey, Firth appeared in chart-topping hits such as The English Patient, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Shakespeare in Love. In 2009, Firth achieved new heights of stardom, recognition and critical acclaim with a BAFTA Award winning performance in Tom Ford’s A Single Man. The appearance also resulted in Firth’s first ever Academy Award nomination. With a raft of Golden Globe Awards, Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards, Colin Firth is up there with the very best actors of his generation.

Gary Oldman (1958-)

With an Academy Award, three British Academy Film Awards, two Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Gary Oldman has an enviable list of accomplishments. One of the most versatile and adept actors of his generation, Oldman’s films have grossed more than $11 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest grossing actors of all time. From a successful career in theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oldman’s cinematic break came as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986).

Rachel Adedeji: Hollyoaks Cast Torn Apart by Racism Row

Rachel Adedeji is best known for her appearances on the X Factor and Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. Earlier this month, as the racism debate sparked by the murder of George Floyd in America began to grow, Rachel Adedeji spoke about her experiences. During her time on the show, she mentioned several incidents underpinned by racism towards black actresses. While describing her time on the show as “mostly positive,” she described certain experiences as “a constant reminder of how difficult it is being a black woman in the industry.” Citing an incident in which a make-up artist declared all black women to be the same, and black women being forced to drastically change their hairstyles in order to be distinguishable from one another, Adedeji proclaimed, “I’m no longer standing for it.”

Since the actress’ revelations, a major racism row has torn apart the Hollyoaks cast. In a bitter exchange which played out on Twitter, Adedeji called out co-star Lysette Anthony. In a private WhatsApp group comprised of Hollyoaks cast members, Anthony described fellow actors who supported Adedeji as having a “traitor vibe going on.” The excerpt was shared by Charlie Clapham, a former Hollyoaks cast member. 56-year-old Lysette Anthony who has played Marnie Nightingale since 2016 quit the show in the wake of the highly public and bitter race row.

In a written statement, Lime Pictures, who produce the show declared: “Hollyoaks has been deeply shocked and saddened by issues that have been brought to our attention over the weekend. Lime Pictures strives to have zero tolerance of racism or any form of discrimination across all of its shows but it is clear we have further work to do. We must stamp out implicit bias which means calling out racism wherever and whenever we see it. We will continue to add to our action plan as we continue and broaden our dialogue with cast and staff.”

Actor Rod Bond Discusses Formula One Donation on The One Show

Last night, actor Rod Bond appeared on BBC One’s The One Show to discuss his £50,000 donation to Formula One. An avid fan of F1, the Hollywood icon’s move comes after Formula One bosses confirmed plans for a revised 2020 F1 World Championship season. Beleaguered by delays and cancellations, the high-octane motorsport has been severely disrupted by the global coronavirus pandemic. As part of a revised schedule, announced at the beginning of this month by Formula One chief executive Chase Carey, two races will be held at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. During his appearance on The One Show, Rod Bond spoke of his fondness for Formula One and his desire to “take the battle to coronavirus.”

Rod Bond, Formula One and Silverstone

Speaking to The One Show’s Alex Jones, Rod Bond said: “I’ve followed Formula One since I was young. Not long ago, I did a behind the scenes documentary where I got to meet the racing drivers, the various F1 teams and their bosses. Since then, we’ve become good friends and they’ve been kind enough to help me out whenever I’ve called upon them. My donation to help support the two races at Silverstone this year is the least I can do.” After falling victim to coronavirus several months ago, the actor also spoke of his desire to confront coronavirus and help things return to a semblance of normality.

Rod Bond vs Coronavirus

“I wanted to help ensure the smooth running of the two F1 races at Silverstone this year. As someone who has suffered from coronavirus, I wanted to help ensure all participants remain safe from Covid-19. I spoke to the British Racing Drivers’ Club, F1 bosses and government officials, to see how best I could support the cause,” Rod Bond told Alex Jones.

What’s on TV tonight: Free view Special

Sitting in Limbo – 8:30pm, BBC One

The Windrush Scandal, in which hundreds of long-standing but undocumented British citizens of Caribbean origin were detained, losing their jobs alongside access to benefits and healthcare, some being deported, is brought powerfully to life by the brother of one victim, Anthony Bryan. The writer, Stephen Thompson tells the story of his sibling in this series, who came to the UK in 1965, aged eight.

Subjected to the government’s policies, Bryan’s troubles began when he applies for a passport and his traumatic journey through the hatchet-faced system is told with impressive restraint.

Broadchurch – 9pm, ITV

ITV reaches into the back catalogue again and comes out with Chris Chibnall’s hit whodunit from 2013 – the first series, in which detectives played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman investigated the strange death of a teenage boy in a Dorset coastal town.

Murder in the Outback: The Falconio and Lees Mystery – 9pm, Channel 4

For those preferring real-crime documentaries, the series re-examining the perplexing case of murdered British backpacker Peter Falconio continues. The episode for today looks at how sole eyewitness Joanne Lees came under immense pressure from both British and Australian press as they hounded her non-stop for an interview, while certain detectives were also sceptical of her version of events.

I May Destroy You – 10:45pm, BBC One

Pithily written by Michaela Coel, her new creation is more of a drama than a comedy like her award-winning debut, Chewing Gum. Coel plays literary wunderkind Arabella Essiedu, whose first novel, titled Chronicles of a Fed-Up Millennial, and was a big seller but who is struggling to complete her second. But then Arabella decides to have a huge night out friends instead of staying in to complete the book – a decision that changes her life for good.

Netflix: 13th Documentary Preview

Ava DuVernay’s shocking documentary 13th hit like a raging storm when she first revealed it in the autumn 2016 film festivals. Donald Trump had not yet been “elected” President of the United States, but already, the shock of him ascending to the status of Republican nominee was unsettling.

With the recent homicidal police violence against black Americans, there has a been a huge increase in the support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The most recent death of George Floyd has flicked a spark across the nation and globe in regard to the mistreatment of black people. Protests have occurred all across the world in regard to this movement and people are properly starting to educate themselves now.

This film, 13th, is a primer on one essential basic of Black American History and of understanding America: this is about how America didn’t really abolish slavery at all. It shows how it was transformed into a form that allowed for deniability and the soothing of the collective white conscience.

Documentary’s ability to draw emotion

The show makes you feel uncomfortable as it makes you want to deny the fact that some of these actions were carried out. This is for those who want to deny that the construct of society in America derives from a lot of these deeply engrained issues. The film’s name refers to the 13th amendment to the US Constitution, ratified by the nation in 1865, which states:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

A fast forward to the 21st century shows America having the highest rate of incarceration in the world. And whilst America only has 5 percent of the world’s population, it has 25 percent of its prisoners. And take a wild guess at who the ethnic majority is in those cells.

Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway Emotional during Final ‘Clap for Carers’

Good Morning Britain present Kate Garraway, 53, was emotional during what appears to be the final weekly ‘Clap for Carers.’ With husband Derek Draper in a comatose state, Garraway wiped away tears during nationwide applause in honour o the NHS. In an extended Instagram post, Kate lamented her husband’s ‘ordeal’ while also expressing difficulty while trying to ‘stay strong.’ In the extended Instagram post, the Good Morning Britain presenter wrote, “hear this might be the last clap for carers so Billy thought we should get the drums out to go out in style!. Its been such a source of weekly comfort for them & me & I must admit I felt the tears come tonight to think it’s coming to an end while our fear for Derek goes on. But even if we don’t clap next Thursday it won’t diminish my eternal thanks to all in the #nhs .

They are keeping Derek alive & everyone of them is fighting as hard as Derek is to give us the chance to be reunited. Hope has to keep us all going doesn’t it ? I am having to find new ways of staying strong everyday for Darcey & Billy , as I know Derek would want me to. It’s not easy but when I think of how hard Derek is fighting & the bravery of all in the #nhs it helps . Thanks so much for all your messages & thanks for sharing on club Garraway.com . Standing together & learning from each other has to get us all through. #hope #love #clapthecarers #wherethereslifethereshope.”

Kate’s husband, Derek Draper, was taken to hospital on March 30, one week into the coronavirus lockdown. Since being admitted to hospital, Derek has been in an unresponsive condition and remains in a critical care unit.

Netflix Series Review: Never Have I Ever

Netflix released yet another coming-of-age series called ‘Never Have I Ever’ and has raised eyebrows with this show created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. The Netflix show stars a teenage Indian girl as the main character (Devi), played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, and follows her as she starts her sophomore year of high school. Never Have I Ever deals with the same old teenage dilemmas, boy drama, friend drama, while also dealing with the grief of the death of Devi’s dad just months before. It does all this through the lens of an Indian girl.

Problematic – Never Have I Ever

There are quite a few problematic moments on this Netflix show, and it has brought many to question whether Never Have I Ever is doing an Indian lead justice. Early on in the show Devi has a fantasy where her boy crush tells her that she looks like Priyanka Chopra. While many South Asians might get told they look like Chopra as a compliment, it’s just another way of saying all South Asian women look alike. Which just isn’t true. Also, Priyanka Chopra has proved to be a very problematic person – not the best person to be compared to on a Netflix show.

The show has also made interesting comments about the topic of arranged marriage and how an Indian woman would be shunned for marrying a Muslim man. Instead of trying to mention that this is Islamophobic, the Never Have I Ever writers just left the comment at that. This kind of representation serves only to solidify divides within South Asian communities in the eyes of the Western media. It doesn’t help anybody, and it should certainly not be featured on Netflix as a ‘progressive’ show. Representing Indian main characters is a great progression in the Western entertainment industry and for Netflix, but this should not be at the cost of the integrity of South Asians or anyone’s religion.