Kate Garraway’s Husband Struggles with Covid-19

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.

Gossip Girl Reboot to Begin Production Next Month

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.

New and returning TV show in 2020

Over 500 series is aired across all networks, cable and streaming services in 2019 – which is a pretty massive number. However, that does not even include the large amount of reality shows which are constantly releasing episodes periodically.

With the number of quality shows as a proportion decreasing, there has never been such variety in the selection of series. What new shows are noticeable and which non-complete shows do you want to keep following? Follow this to have a list of some of the hottest shows to come.

30 Rock Upfront Special

NBC’s new streaming service Peacock is basically one big 20 Rock sketch, as is this one-off special from the beloved sitcom. The reunion brings the cast together, similar to what Parks and Recreation did earlier this year, but the new episode is more of an advertisement for NBC than anything else.

The House of Ho

A new reality TV family is joining the loop as HBO are bringing a focus on the wealthy Vietnamese-American Ho family based in Texas in their episodes. Not only are the Kardashians the ones to watch, but these guys bring entertaining drama to follow in their series.

Absentia

This show is going international. In the third season of this insane thriller, special agent Emily Bryne is on a case and that has close ties to her family which takes her overseas. There is a good mix of action, drama and incredible acting from the cast and is a definite must-watch.

Street Food: Latin America

If you are into your food docuseries, then you will love this. The first instalment of this food show explored the street vendors in Asia and now its episodes air the host travelling across the globe to Latin America. It indulges into the chefs and cuisines based there, giving us a good look on all the culture dishes.

Rod Bond Fraud Movie Trailer Released

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.”

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.

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.

The Best Sitcoms of the 2000s

Friends (1994 – 2004)

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends holds a legendary status of its own. Now enjoyed by a new generation, Friends has entered the realms of timeless classics.

Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)

Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms of all time, Jerry Seinfeld enlisted the help of Larry David to come up with the story.

Scrubs (2001 – 2010)

Based at the fictional Sacred Heart hospital. Scrubs used the unique perspective of daydreams to follow the lives of medical interns at the Teaching Hospital.

Modern Family (2009 – 2020)

Bringing together an ensemble cast, the sitcom followed the life of a Los Angeles family headed by Jay Pritchett. The sitcom adopted the perspective of a mockumentary, following two others families associated with the Pritchett family.

 

The Office (2005 – 2013)

The original mockumentary sitcom based on the idea devised by Ricky Gervais, the US version resembled its British cousin’s success and popularity, attracting a massive following worldwide.

Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2020)

The American political satire sitcom was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, originally airing between April 2009 and February 2015. A reunion was episode was created earlier this year, raising $2.8 million for Feedin America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

The Big Bang Theory (2007 – 2019)

Created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the combination of geeky scientists and haplessness contained the perfect recipe for the hugely successful sitcom.

How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

Devised by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, the sitcom ran between 2005 and 2014. Told from the perspective of Ted in 2030, the sitcom is framed as him recounting events of the past back to his children.

Happy Endings (2011 – 2013)

Created by David Caspe, Happy Endings was cancelled by ABC after just three seasons. With poor ratings attributed to ABC’s erratic scheduling, hindsight has supported critics of the decision to cancel the show, with some claiming it to be one of the “worst TV decisions.”