Scheduled to air on BBC-1 this Easter is an all new, highly anticipated episode of Jonathan Creek called The Clue of the Savant’s Thumb.
Currently filming in various parts of southern Britain the episode sees both Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith returning as Jonathan Creek and Joey Ross and investigating apparently supernatural events at an all girls boarding school.
The guest cast has just been announced by the BBC and is pretty high profile being led by Joanna Lumley, Sarah Alexander and Nigel Planer.
The episode is written by series creator David Renwick (who is also directing!)
She had high hopes of making it through to the final but for the injured Charlotte Jackson it just wasn’t to be as ITV’s latest celebrity reality series Splash! moves closer to it’s grand final.
Jackson did battle with comedian Omid Djalili and actor Jake Canuso after interior designer Linda Barker and all round legend Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards made it through to the final after the public vote.
Jackson’s injuries, two fractures to her big toe, pretty much cost her the chance to compete in the final as she simply wasn’t able to pull off the dives she wanted to perform. In the end she scored only 20 points for her dive but Djalili scored little better managing only 22 points.
Jake Canuso did well enough to stay in front meaning that Jackson and Djalili were out.
Definitely a case of power to the people with this one we think, critics worship at the feet of Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith but it is Merlin’s Colin Morgan who has won one of the key awards at this years National Television Awards (which are voted for by the public) taking out the Best Drama Performance gong.
The BBC will be ecstatic either way, the only non BBC player nominated was Daniel Mays for his superb performance as Ronnie Biggs in ITV’s Mrs Biggs.
Morgan, who plays the young Merlin on the BBC’s just finished fantasy show said of the award “I’d just like to thank everyone who voted for me, I just want to thank you for your support.”
He has been with the show for over fifty episodes but Jason Hughes who plays Detective Sergeant Jones on ITV crime drama Midsomer Murder has decided that Schooled in Murder (which airs at the end of January) will be his last appearance on the show.
Hughes said of his time on the show ‘It was a tough decision for me to go, as I have had a great time working on the show, both with John Nettles and now Neil Dudgeon, and the crew are like a second family. I feel it is the right time for me to leave, and after spending seven happy years on Midsomer I am now looking at other projects, and my first one will be the pilot season in the US. It’s a new year for me career wise which I am looking forward to, and though I am sorry to say goodbye to Midsomer, I hope to be able to come back if there is a ‘special episode’ in the pipeline!’
Meanwhile Bentley Productions, who make the show for ITV, have yet to annouce a replacement. Given the fact that now no original members of the cast remain on the show it does remind us of the classic Trigger/Only Fools And Horses joke about how long the road sweeper has had his brush even though it’s had five new heads and six new handles!
Ever since ITV announce their important sounding Transformation Plan we have been waiting for full details of just what this actually means – the first step for the plan though is the complete rebranding of all ITV channels with, significantly, the dropping of the number one from the main ITV channel. A wonderful return to a classic style in our opinion.
The rebrand, which was produced in house by ITV Creative, went live today and features a new fluid “colour picking” logo with each of the extra channels having their own colour and ITV itself featuring a nice combination of all of them.
Phil Lind, who is creative director of ITV Creative said of the re-design “Idents play an important role in navigating viewers to the next show as well as providing a clear brand positioning across the network. Rather than having a small range of idents we are going to have a much broader, more eclectic range. We have cast the British public to find magic moments of life. These idents will update throughout the year, and better reflect the mood of the day, the season or time of the year.”
ITV-1′s Mr Selfridge got off to a wonderfully Downton-esque start last week and things look to be hotting up a little in episode 2 too at least according to these just released preview pics. In the first Jeremy Piven who plays Harry Selfridge is seen getting close to show girl Ellen Love (played by Zoe Tapper).
Meanwhile Harry’s wife Rose also seems to be getting friendly with an up and coming artist.
And in the third pic Harry has hit on the publicity stunt of placing a full size aeroplane in his store.
Mr Selfridge continues on Sundays @ 9.00pm on ITV-1
Model Caprice Bourret went head to head with presenter Charlotte Jackson in the second episode of ITV-1′s Splash! It wasn’t all about diving techniques as both girls sought to outdoor the other in the swimsuit stakes with both wearing glamourous cutaway ooutfits.
Jackson did her dives with a broken toe and managed to impress the judges with her toughness even though her dive was less technically accomplished than some of the others.
Caprice ended up going for a less challenging dive that she planned after a few issues during training and it was this that led to her being eliminated.
It’s the news we were all Luther fans were hoping for, the gorgeously mesmerising Ruth Wilson will be reprising her role as psychotic Alice in the hard hitting crime drama’s third season.
The show’s official twitter page @bbcluther posted a teaser publicity of the back of Wilson’s head with the phrase Guess who… across the bottom before a short while later giving us the full reveal.
Luther Series 3 which of course stars Idris Elba in the main role of troubled cop John Luther is set to be one of the major TV highlights of 2013.
The fabulous Danish drama Borgen returns to BBC-2 for a second series (5 Jan @ 9.00pm) and for Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg it has been a long year following her seperation from Philip but she is still reluctant to sign off on a divorce.
Meanwhile whilst on a troop visit to Afghanistan she is caught in the middle of a Taliban strike which leaves a number of Danish soldiers dead.
Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg Christensen
Soren Malling as Torben Friis
Bjarne Henriksen as Hans Christian Thorsen
Lars Knutzon as Bent Sejro
Peter Mygind as Michael Laugesen
Benedikte Hansen as Hanne Holm
Birgitte Hjort Sorensen as Katrine Fonsmark
Pilou Asbaek as Kasper Juul
Mikael Birkkjaer as Philip Christensen
Freja Riemann as Laura Christensen
Kicking off at 9.00pm on Channel 4 is the fifteenth series of property show Location Location Location and Kirstie and Phil are back once more giving house buyers advice.
It’s a short run series (only five episodes) but as always entertains nicely, in this opening episode Phil Spencer helps Sam Taylor and Krystle Maher who are looking to move into their own home after a period renting a flat in Deptford.
Meanwhile Kirstie Allsopp joins identical twins Chris and Matt Wickham who have £350,000 to buy their first home in London.