This Sunday, one of television’s most popular reality shows made a return on air. Forced to relocate due to coronavirus restrictions, this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is set to take place in Gwrych Castle in North Wales, as opposed to the Australian jungle. Athlete Sir Mo Farah, television presenter Vernon Kay and soap star Beverly Callard join classical singer Russell Watson, theatre star Ruthie Henshall, former Eastender Shane Richie, BBC Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, journalist and presenter Victoria Derbyshire, Paralympian athlete Hollie Arnold, actress Jessica Plummer, professional dancer AJ Pritchard and McFly star Tom Fletcher’s wife Giovanna Fletcher.
Long-time presenting duo Ant and Dec kicked off proceedings, with Dec saying: “I can’t tell you how excited we are to see you all here together finally. Welcome to the castle.” Ant continued, “Things are going to be a bit different this year. There’s no jungle obviously, there’s no dunny, there’s a privy [toilet] and I can guarantee you there’s absolutely no chance of sunbathing.” Dec then went on to add, “Some things will stay exactly the same. Some things will be reassuringly familiar. So you will live on a diet of rice and beans and you’ll do trials to win food for the camp.”
Pitted against the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, I’m a Celebrity drew an average audience of 10.9 million, which was more than two million more than the earlier BBC show. This year’s opening episode has also already between last year’s figures. In the previous year, around ten million viewers tuned in to watch the I’m a Celebrity launch show. Once on-demand and catch-up views were added to the total, that figure rose to 13.17 million. The first challenge to be forced on this year’s band of campmates was dubbed ‘The Gates to Hell.’ Campmates were locked in chambers and tasked with passing gold stars to one another, as a mixture of cockroaches, maggots and crickets was dropped on them from above.
Following delays to filming, this week saw the release of the trailer for the much-awaited Rod Bond fraud movie. Entitled The Tax Fraud of the Century, the latest offering from the Hollywood A-lister promises to be next year’s biggest hit. Also, if the trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for a real treat. Set in and around Manchester, the Rod Bond fraud movie is based on this year’s hit documentary series Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC. Shadowing HMRC investigators, the presenter encountered what has gone down as the biggest tax fraud empire in history. While the documentary series focussed on the work of HM Revenue and Customs, the cinematic sequel promises a glimpse into the lavish lives of the fraudsters.
Despite restrictions to filming caused by coronavirus lockdown measures, the newly released trailer promises much excitement. From a monologue delivered by Rod Bond, to glimpses of Leonardo DiCaprio, shoots from Spinningfields and even a high-speed supercar chase, the trailer has set the scene for an action-packed offering. “After considerable delays, we decided to release the trailer somewhat prematurely, as we know the fans have been waiting,” a source from Manchester F1 Productions, the company behind the film, said in a social media post. “We’re not quite there yet, but we’re well on our way,” the source added.
Industry insiders have slated the latest Rod Bond fraud movie to be a rip-roaring success. With an all-star ensemble cast, led by Rod Bond himself, it has all the hallmarks of a classic. “If the success of the Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC documentary is anything to go by, the movie will be a sure-fire success,” said The Observer’s Mark Kermode. Another film critic, Anne Bilson, commented, “Whatever Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions touch seems to turn into gold.”
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.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the enforcement of social distancing, this summer’s Love Island will not be broadcast. ITV, the national broadcaster behind the show, has assured fans that Love Island will return to screens next year, in 2021. ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo insisted, “We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer. But, logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority. In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question. We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox.”
Considered the most popular show on television, the cancellation of this summer’s Love Island will be a major disappointment for the millions of younger adults who make up the show’s fan base. ITV will also face the loss of a major audience, so valuable to advertisers and so lucrative to the television network. With the cancellation of the summer version of Love Island, ITV are set to lose tens of millions of pounds, which the show generates through programme sponsorship and product placement deals. Dozens of advertising and commercial partners will also be at a loss as to how best to reach the elusive younger adult demographic.
Love Island has proven immensely popular and was eagerly anticipated as a sunny escape from the dom and gloom of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. It is considered the most popular and successful programme in the history of ITV. Last year’s series opener was watched by more than six million viewers, as the show continued to break viewership records.
After many rumours, reports of secret filming and a hiatus forced by the coronavirus lockdown, Rod Bond’s tax fraud movie seems to be coming back to life. Following on from the much-acclaimed documentary series Rod Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC, fans were promised a movie which would act as a sequel to the documentary. One Formula Projects LLP, the Manchester-based financial firm behind an elaborate tax fraud empire, are set to be the primary focus of the tax fraud movie. While the documentary series followed the work of HMRC investigators trawling through the company’s financial records, the movie will focus more on the fraudsters. Raking in millions from a combination of wealthy clients, fraudulent tax reliefs and an expansive fraud empire, One Formula Projects LLP have been charged with the biggest tax fraud in a generation. Speaking of the movie, Roderick Bond told TV Chit Chat, “They were making millions and living lavish lives. From expansive Cheshire country mansions to rare and exotic supercars, these guys had it all. In the movie, we plan to focus on the sheer criminal ingenuity these tax scammers displayed.”
Interrupted by the global coronavirus outbreak, filming for the movie has been cloaked in secrecy. Rumours circulated that filming had commenced earlier in the year. However, after the cast and crew entered self-isolation and lead actor Roderick Bond contracted coronavirus, little has been heard about the ambitious project. In an exclusive interview, broadcast live on Instagram, Manchester F1 Productions communications officer detailed plans for the project. “We’re working closely with the government to enable a safe return to work for all our employees, maintaining social distancing and ensuring everyone is safe. We’ve been working hard to figure out what we can do and how soon we can get moving again,” the communications officer exclaimed.
Stay tuned to TV Chit Chat for the latest on Rod Bond’s tax fraud movie.
With the rise of a pandemic on our front doors, the world has gone into a frozen state with major events being cancelled across all continents. Nearly all major sports leagues have been temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Governments across the world in heavily affected countries have advised for a lot of quarantining and self isolation in these times of peril.
As we are all cooped up in doors to self isolate and protect ourselves, we might as well make use of all the time we have indoors. If you’re out of ideas of what to do then you can look towards some TV-shows to keep you occupied.
Here are some of the top interesting series you can try:
- Prison Break
A 5 season tv-show which focuses on a prison designer who gets himself put into jail to help a family member escape from the death row. The designer’s brother is falsely accused and the pair fight against a higher authority who wants to get rid of him as quick as possible. The designer insists his brother is innocent and draws out a lot of complex plans to figure his way out of the huge prison compound. This is a great tv-show to watch while quarantining during this pandemic.
- 100 Humans. Life Questions. Answered.
This new Netflix show has taken the UK by storm as it’s interesting concept has raised a lot of eyebrows. The show looks at population trends in an experimental way and displays human behaviour. It invites 100 people and throughout the show a lot of questions and tasks are given to the humans to discover people’s subconscious decisions along with their performances.
- Who Killed Malcom X?
If you are interested in a crime-like, investigative show then this is the one for you. This tv-show looks into a documentary following the work of Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who for more than 30 years has been investigating the assassination of Malcom X.
Remember to stay inside and watch these shows!
Following the global coronavirus pandemic, the BBC has delayed changes to the TV license fee for over-75s until August. The change in license fee regulations meant that, for the first time, over-75s would be charged for TV licenses. They were to be implemented on the first of June this year meaning that 3.7 million pensioners would have had to pay the fees. Chairman of the BBC Sir David Clementi described the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic as “exceptional circumstances,” asserting that “now is not the right time” to implement the scrapping of the free TV licenses. The BBC chairman added, “We are fully focussed on delivering our services to the public at this difficult,” while also asserting that the BBC will pay for the two-month delay.
According to the license fee changes only low-income households where one person receives pension credit benefit will remain eligible for a free TV license. However, on Monday, the BBC and the government issued a joint statement which read, “We do not want anyone to be worried about any potential change…The BBC’s priority over the coming period will be to do everything we can to serve the nation at this uniquely challenging time. As the national broadcaster, the BBC has a vital role to play in supplying information to the public in the weeks and months ahead.”
Since 2000, the government has paid for free TV licenses for over-75s. However, it has since passed responsibility for the concession to the BBC. A major public outcry resulted when the national broadcasters announced plans to scrap the free TV licenses for all except for those in receipt of pension credit benefit.
After passing away on the 15th of February, Caroline Flack was laid to rest in a private ceremony on the tenth of this month. Three weeks after being found dead at her flat in London, the popular television host was laid to rest after a private service was held by her family for her close friends and relatives. In her honour, numerous celebrities paid tribute to Caroline on social media. Tributes were payed by Stacey Solomon, whose boyfriend Joe Swash worked with Caroline on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here…! Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden paid tribute to the television host, most popular for her hosting stint on Love Island, by wearing a t-shirt designed by Keith Lemon emblazoned with the words, “Be Kind.” Caroline Flack’s former X Factor colleague Olly Murs wrote in a social media post, “Today was so hard but you know what goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you caz until we meet again.”
An inquest, set to resume in August, ruled that Caroline’s death was caused by suicide. It came as the television star was awaiting trial for assault, with reports stating she had been accused of striking her boyfriend Lewis Burton over the head with a lamp. With Caroline pleading not guilty to the charge, and Burton unsupportive of the prosecution, it’s clear the celebrity suffered much anguish over the prospect of prosecution. The Independent Office for Police Conduct cleared the Met Police of having any causal link with Caroline’s death.
After she was laid to rest in the private funeral service, Caroline Flack’s ex-boyfriend Andrew Brady shared a moving and lengthy tribute to the late TV icon. Posted alongside a photo of the pair together, he commented, “Caroline sadly died almost a month ag. She’s finally been laid to rest and I still haven’t come to terms with things.”
Fans of the hit sitcom ‘Friends’ have been praying for a reunion for years. After some speculation swirling since last fall, HBO officials have confirmed that the original cast will get back together for a Friends reunion special. This will be a special episode for all those that watched the show religiously during the 90s and thereafter.
The main cast-members of Friends include Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), David Schwimmer (Ross), Courtney Cox (Monica), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) and Mathew Perry (Chandler). Apparently, the cast will receive $2.5 million for the Friends reunion special which will premier in May 2020.
Aniston already hinted at the possibility of a reunion in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. She mentioned that ‘something could happen’, so this may be what she was talking about. While we have to wait to see what happens in the episode, we might be surprised by what the characters are up to now.
We’re all excited to see how suburban life turned out for Chandler and Monica and their adopted children, Jack and Erika. Also, despite getting back together for good, we want to know if Rachel and Ross ever settled the ‘break’ dispute and if they’re still doing okay. After having her fairy-tale wedding, we hope to see Mike and Phoebe living an eccentric life that reflects their personalities. As for Joey, we hope he’s finally made it as an actor and found a nice girl to settle down with.
There is also speculation about what happened to Ross’s son, and Emma’s half-brother, Ben. He disappeared after season 8, but we hope to see him return in the Reunion Special. Another character we want to know about is Gunter – is he still obsessed with Rachel and working at Central Perk?
Following her recent passing, in wholly tragic circumstances, the team at TV Chit Chat would like to extend their deepest condolences to the family of Caroline Flack. As one of our country’s favourite television and radio presenters, Caroline scored numerous success throughout her career. From Bo’ Selecta! to The X Factor and Love Island, Caroline was as well-known as she was talented. Arguably, Caroline was integral to the successes enjoyed by the shows she presented. In this instalment of TV Chit Chat, we take a brief look at Caroline’s television career and background.
Playing the character of Bubbles on the hit comedy sketch show Bo’ Selecta! Caroline achieved her first break on national television. In 2005, Caroline achieved greater prominence when presenting the International Pepsi Chart Show, while also featuring on E4 Music. Having joined Channel 4 that year, Caroline also featured on The Games: Live at Trackside and the video games show When Games Attack. In 2006, Caroline made her debut on the BBC network, appearing on programmes such as the Saturday morning show TMi and the CBBC show Escape from Scorpion Island.
After numerous television appearances and various presenting assignments, Caroline debuted for the role that would propel her to great renown. In 2011, Simon Cowell announced that Flack would replace Konnie Huq, co-presenting the eight series of The Xtra Factor with Olly Murs. Despite not returning to the show for series eleven, in 2015, it was announced the Olly Murs and Caroline Flack would replace Dermot O’Leary as hosts for the twelfth series of The X Factor, starting in August 2015. During that time, Caroline and her partner Pasha Kovalev were crowned champions of the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing competition. After that, and following a second departure from The X Factor, Caroline began presenting ITV2’s Love Island, from 2015.