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 . 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.”

A List of Every New Movie, Show and Animes Coming to Netflix from April 30

There is going be a whole lot of brand-new shows, movies and animes coming to Netflix in the coming week. We are all using the lockdown downtime to catch up on our favourite shows and Netflix and chill, but if you are looking for something new to watch, keep reading!

Thursday, April 30:

Dangerous Lies – Netflix Movie

A young girl loses her waitressing job, but is soon whisked away to an empty Chicago estate to take a job as a caretaker to a wealthy, elderly man. Katie Franklin, played by Camila Mendes, grows close to the man but when he unexpectedly passes away, Katie is named as the sole heir of his vast estate. Katie and her husband Adam, played by Jessie T. Usher, are drawn into a dangerous web of lies, betrayal and murder. This Netflix movie is definitely one to watch.

Drifting Dragons – Netflix Anime

Netflix has enticed us with a new and exciting anime show that is set to bring your next Netflix and chill session to life. The Netflix Anime follows the adventurous hunt of airship Quin Zaza.

Friday, May 1:

Almost Happy – Netflix Original

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Netflix original show? This new Netflix show follows the life of a radio show host, Sebastian, and his life after a painful divorce. The Netflix original shows Sebastian trying to find his way in the world while dealing with his ex-wife and two kids.

Mrs. Serial Killer – Netflix Movie

For another creepy crime movie, tune into Netflix’s new Mrs. Serial Killer. The story follows a doctor who is recently jailed for a string of shocking homicides and his wife who sets out on copycat crimes to prove her husband’s innocence. Talk about twisted love.

From Television Documentary to Movie: The Tax Fraud of The Century with Roderick Bond

Roderick Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC

The critically acclaimed and hugely popular television documentary series Roderick Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC took the country by storm. With presenter and Hollywood star Roderick Bond accompanying HMRC investigators on what was called ‘the tax fraud of the century,’ audiences were soon gripped. Trawling through the financial records of One Formula Projects LLP, a massive tax fraud empire was uncovered. The television documentary signalled Roderick Bond’s return to British TV after an absence of around thirty years. Having appeared as a child actor in Coronation Street, Roderick made a move to America to pursue his dreams of working in the world’s biggest film industry.

The Tax Fraud of The Century

Whereas the Rod Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC documentary series focussed on the work of investigators pursuing the One Project Formula LLP tax fraudsters, the movie follows a different course. Offering a look into the lives of the tax crooks, The Tax Fraud of The Century shows the lavish lives enjoyed by the scammers at the expense of the public purse.

A dramatic portrayal, based on greed, lust and unwavering criminality is promised by filming company Manchester F1 Productions. Set, based and filmed across Cheshire and Manchester, the film is scheduled for release around Christmas time, after considerable delays to production.

Roderick Bond: From Hollywood Icon to Television Star

Having appeared in a litany of blockbuster successes, alongside Hollywood’s past and present greats, Roderick Bond moved back home after decades in America. Joining forces with Manchester F1 Productions, a once small UK-based filming company, he has put the British film industry back on the map. With such titles as The Deception at Deansgreen Hall (2019) and Independent Financial Advisor Rod Bond (2018), the pairing has achieved staggering success in recent years. “We’re looking forward to getting back to work with the latest project,” said Rod Bond in a brief interview with TV Chit Chat.

Binge-worthy Television: Grey’s Anatomy Season 1 Review

If you are in need of a good old-fashioned soap opera with tons of seasons already available to binge-watch during this lockdown, look no further than Grey’s Anatomy. This American television show stars Ellen Pompeo, as Dr Meredith Grey, Sandra Oh, as the tenacious Dr Cristina Yang, T.R. Knight as the insecure Dr George O’Malley, Katherine Heigl as the emotional ex-model Dr Izzie Stevens, and Justin Chambers as the arrogant Dr Alex Karev. They all work as interns at the Seattle Grace Hospital, under their resident Dr Miranda Bailey.

McDreamy’s Love Affair with Meredith Grey

The main storyline of Season 1 of Grey’s Anatomy is the dramatic love affair between first year intern and the show’s narrator, Meredith Grey, and the world-renowned surgeon Dr Derek Shephard aka McDreamy, played by Patrick Dempsey. The romantic love affair starts before Grey even knows that McDreamy turns out to be her boss! But this love affair isn’t the only one that makes this television show the most binge-worthy show to watch on television right now. Without giving away too much, there is a shocking twist in this whirlwind love affair that makes this show even more binge-worthy and will leave you glued to your sofa for hours and hours.

Surgeries, Stitches, and Fun Times on Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy isn’t just about the many love affairs between doctors, nurses and sometimes even patients! The television show is littered with moments of happiness, hope and health. But Grey’s Anatomy isn’t just about fun times and interesting open-heart surgeries, this binge-worthy show is also filled with heartbreak, drama, and death. The balance between these emotions makes Grey’s Anatomy the best television show to watch right now. It makes you cry one moment, smile the next and then want to throw your box of chocolates at the TV the next!

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Coronavirus Statement Watched by 27 Million

Dated the 23rd of March, Boris Johnson’s firmest statement to the nation regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak was watched by a total of twenty-seven million people. Making clear the strict new coronavirus restrictions, Boris Johnson’s statement was watched across BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, the BBC News Channel and Sky News. While the vast majority tuned in to the PM’s statement on BBC One, with viewership numbering at 15.4 million, the next highest audience figure was ITV’s with 5.7 million. The broadcast statement has smashed all viewership records and has become the most watched television broadcast in recent times. Prior to the PM’s coronavirus statement, the most-watched broadcast of recent years was the London Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012, which attracted an audience numbering 24.5 million. Boris Johnson’s statement has strict measures aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, placing stringent restrictions on individuals’ lives.

The statement broadcast on the 23rd of March announced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people. The Prime Minister also insisted that people must stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Under the new rules, people are allowed to leave once to exercise, accompanied only by members of their household, while maintaining a distance of two metres from others. Travel to and from work is only permitted where “absolutely necessary” and shopping is only permitted for essential items and medical needs. All retail shops, other than those stocking essentials, were ordered to close following the statement with immediate effect.

With many people already off work, and major businesses shutting their doors, the vast majority of the public is now condemned to their homes for a three-week period. With little else to do, twenty-seven million of us happily tuned in to the PM’s address which declared a “moment of national emergency,” describing the pandemic as “the biggest threat this country has faced for decades.”