FIRST LOOK: HOLLYOAKS COMMENCE FILMING CHANNEL 4 COMMISSIONED SPECIAL HOUR LONG EPISODE, DIRECTED BY PATRICK ROBINSON TO AIR ON FRIDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

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Location filming for the special episode with Richard Blackwood and Kelle Bryan begins.

‘Overstanding other people’s cultures, I believe, is one giant step towards an inclusive society and drama is one of the best tools to do that.’ – Patrick Robinson

‘Once cultural differences are understood, this can often dissipate hatred, racism or bigotry simply, by telling truthful stories we can all relate to.’ – Kelle Bryan

Filming has commenced on an hour-long special that will play a pivotal part in Channel 4’s Black to Front, the ground-breaking diversity project culminating in a special day of content on Friday September 10th.

Across the day Channel 4 will broadcast programming fronted by Black talent and featuring Black contributors, to champion Black voices and stories, and the incredible Black talent that make, shape and star in British TV.

Planned over a year, and working with numerous production partners, Black to Front is part of Channel 4’s on-going commitment to improve Black representation on and off screen. From breakfast right through to late night, some of Channel 4’most iconic shows will have Black talent at the forefront, offering viewers a new perspective of much-loved programmes.

Hollyoaks will air a special episode - written by Hollyoaks core team writer Thabo Mhlatshwa - anchored around the pivotal Black Deveraux family and joined by characters past, present and future, played by Black and of Black heritage talent.

It will be directed by Patrick Robinson, whom fans of continuing drama will know from his early acting career playing consultant Martin ‘Ash’ Ashford in Casualty for a number of years. He first began directing in 1998 on the short film, Monument, also playing the lead character. This will be his first major directorial debut for a continuing drama.

Patrick said: “I’m very excited to be directing this hour long special of Hollyoaks, featuring characters who share my background and heritage.

“Overstanding other people’s cultures, I believe is one giant step towards an inclusive society and Drama is one of the best tools to do that. Music, Dance and Art also play a vital part in giving greater insight basically because we feel it…Heart, body and soul.

“Love is the theme of the episode, which I hope we can all relate to. And my litmus test for any good work? Did I feel…”

 Patrick is directing the hour-long special, while acclaimed director Paulette Randall will direct the four episodes preceding.

Randall, who was given an MBE in 2015 for services to drama, is the first Black woman to direct in the West End and has a long history of championing stories that portray the Black experience. Other professional credits include associate director for the 2021 London Olympics opening ceremony, as well as cult British drama including The Desmond’s, The Real McCoy, Death in Paradise and Casualty. 

The setting for the episode is a family party for Reverend Walter Deveraux’s birthday. Many costumes for the event were sourced from local black retailers and the concept for traditional dress was worked on collaboratively with cast members including Trevor Toussaint, who plays Walter.

The episode features an original score by acclaimed London-based composer Bankey Ojo, who has previously supervised high-profile dramas and commercials for the likes of BET, Channel 4, Adidas and Beats by Dre. His unique approach to sound and the relationship between music and storytelling is used fully throughout, adding yet another layer of nuance and power to a number of key storylines.

As  well as writing the episode, Thabo Mhlatshwa has also contributed to the overall soundtrack by selecting a number of tracks to feature in the episode, celebrating Black British artistry by the likes of Arlo Parks and YXUNG Bane, adding energy and giving a real sense of urgency to the overall narrative Thabo has written.

Actress Kelle Bryan said: “This Black to Front episode is a celebration of family traditions, which have historically held Black families and Black communities together since migration. Our purpose is to make a meaningful contribution to the Black to Front tapestry aptly curated by Channel 4.

 “Capitalising on Hollyoaks' youthful viewership, hopefully this will allow our audience to come on a journey with us, understanding our culture and realising the fundamentals that make us all the same. 

“Once cultural differences are understood, this can often dissipate hatred, racism or bigotry, simply by telling truthful stories we can all relate to.” 

Hollyoaks is produced by a range of staff and freelancers. Key Black talent, who have joined for the hour-long special will continue to work on future episodes.

As a result of Black to Front, the production has opened up traineeships in departments including sound, cameras, costume and digital, leading to either a retained, paid, role or qualification in that area of expertise.

Five new cast members in the episode will stay on as series regulars. There are two Black guest stars who have joined for the one-off episode. More information will be revealed in the run up to September.

SEXY BEASTS DATING SERIES FROM LION TV IS UNLEASHED ON NETFLIX

 

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Sexy Beasts, produced by All3Media’s Lion TV, have announced two brand-new seasons coming to Netflix this year. The first series, comprising of 6x30 minute episodes, is available on the streaming platform from today, with six further episodes arriving later this year.  

Sexy Beasts offers an extraordinarily unique dating experience, when looks are taken out of the equation using Hollywood movie prosthetics. Single men and women are brought together with their real looks completely hidden, as they’re transformed into all manner of animals and fantastical creatures before their romantic adventures begin. 

The show is filled with a cast of vivacious, funny and loveable characters - from a party-loving Panda in search of a husband to a Rhino who has recently taken up Sex Kung Fu - with plenty of real, genuine love matches discovered along the way.

Each episode features a new single “picker” searching for true love based purely on personality. They will date three potential love matches - all in full prosthetic makeup. Only when the dating is over and our picker has chosen their love match will everyone’s real faces be revealed.

Over the two series, 48 unique makeup designs were created. Each were designed specifically for the show’s contributors by prosthetic artist Kristyan Mallet, renowned as one of Film and TV’s leading FX artists, having worked on Hollywood films from ‘Mission Impossible’ to ‘The Theory of Everything’.

Simon Welton, Creator and Executive Producer for Lion TV said: “Making Sexy Beasts for Netflix has been an incredibly exciting process. With an international cast featuring some truly brilliant characters, a host of prosthetics which look extraordinary in 4K, the viewers are in for a real treat. I hope the show puts a smile on peoples’ faces as they play along to discover who'll fall in love with who, and what our cast all really look like.”

Nick Catliff, Lion TV’s Chief Content Officer and Richard Bradley, Lion TV’s Chief Creative Officer, said: "Sexy Beasts is a big step in the evolution of Lion's relationship with Netflix. Last year we made the global hit feature documentary "Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb" and this year it's "Sexy Beasts" which is fun, frivolous and totally original which is just what we all need during these strange times. It's great to be working with a streamer that supports genuine creativity and risk-taking across the genres. Making an ambitious transatlantic dating show through the pandemic was a massive challenge for us all at Lion but we are thrilled with the way it’s turned out.”

Sexy Beasts is available to stream on Netflix now.

 

BRITAIN’S BIGGEST FAMILY TO RETURN TO CHANNEL 5 FOR A NEW SERIES OF 22 KIDS AND COUNTING

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Lion Television today announced that filming has commenced with Britain’s biggest family, The Radfords, for a brand-new series of their show 22 Kids and Counting. Following the ratings success of the previous series, Channel 5 have now commissioned a bumper 10 x 60 minutes of the family focused documentary. Cameras will once again follow the busy lives of Noel and Sue Radford, plus their 22 children, six grandchildren… and four dogs!

Since we last saw the Radfords, life in their 10-bedroom home in Morecambe has been as hectic as ever for the family. Eldest daughter, Chloe, has flown the nest and set up home with her boyfriend, Millie’s baby Ophelia is growing up fast, Daniel has come back home from the RAF and Noel is run off his feet with the family pie business. He is now taking on new staff and planning to move into new premises. Elsewhere, the family’s French Bulldogs are becoming a handful and are about to get a big shock when Sue takes them to puppy classes. Best of all, Noel and Sue have booked two camper vans and are taking everyone on a trip through the Highlands. Watch out Scotland!

On the recommission of their series, Noel and Sue Radford say: “We’re really pleased to be letting the cameras back into our everyday family lives and are looking forward to sharing more fun and mayhem with everyone over the coming months.”

Nick Catliff, Executive Producer and Chief Content Officer, Lion TV says: “We have been making films with Sue and Noel for eight years and watched their family grow and grow so it’s just great to be back with them again as they take on new challenges and adventures in the way that only the Radfords can”.

Dan Louw, VP Commissioning Editor for Channel 5, says: 22 Kids and Counting was a much loved addition to the Channel 5 family last year, and we can’t wait to welcome another series of good, old-fashioned family fun.”

22 Kids and Counting is a 10 x 60-minute series commissioned by Dan Louw, VP Commissioning Editor for Channel 5 and executive produced by Nick Catliff, Lion TV. Series Director is Steph Anderson.

 

WISE OWL'S FIRST CHANNEL 4 COMMISSION, SECOND HAND FOR FIFTY GRAND, TO AIR ON WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL

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Leeds based Wise Owl Films today announced its first Channel 4 commission, Second-Hand For 50 Grand, following the staff and customers of one of Britain’s leading companies in pre-owned luxury.

The 1x60 minute documentary, goes behind the scenes at Xupes, exploring how second-hand chic is the latest growing trend in the luxury goods industry – from Chanel handbags to rare Rolex watches.

Run by 33-year-old CEO Joe McKenzie, Xupes is a 35-strong team based at the company HQ in Hertfordshire. The documentary follows Joe and his dedicated team as they buy, sell, fix and find the rarest pieces of luxury items on the planet – for clients each with their own special personal reasons for owning, or wanting to own them.

Joe bought his first watch for £500, sold it for £1000 and was hooked. Today the business deals in watches, handbags and jewellery - turning over a neat £15m a year.

Wise Owl Films’ Creative Director Mark Robinson said: “In 2021, second-hand chic is the latest must-have for luxury lovers who want something that no one else has got. It was fascinating to see how much expertise and detective work went into finding – and putting a value on – these incredible rare items. It was a privilege to hear the often emotional stories behind why clients fall in love with them”.

Second-Hand For 50 Grand will air on Channel 4 on Wednesday 21 April at 10pm. It is a 1 x 60 minute film commissioned for Channel 4 by Will Rowson, Commissioning Editor, Factual. The documentary is filmed, produced and directed by Tom Green and executive produced by Matt Drury for Wise Owl Films.

Second-Hand For 50 Grand is the latest commission for the Leeds-based Lime Pictures factual label Wise Owl Films, whose other recent commissions include the BBC2 documentary When Bob Marley Came To Britain, the More4 series David Jason’s Great British Inventions; Sky Arts’ Guy Garvey: From The Vaults and the upcoming BBC2 series Firefighters.

 

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About Wise Owl Films:
Wise Owl Films was launched in November 2018 as a new, non-scripted label of Lime Pictures.  Based in Leeds and headed up by Creative Director Mark Robinson who founded ITV Studios label Shiver in the 2007. 

During his time at Shiver/ITV Studios Robinson created over 200 different series and specials for ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and UKTV Gold, including May The Best House Win, Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green, David Jason: My Life On Screen, Last Laugh In Vegas and The Nations Favouritemusic series.

About Lime Pictures:

Lime Pictures is a multi-award-winning independent production company with more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences.  From network programming to streaming and digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships, Lime is at the forefront of some of today's most popular entertainment. 

Lime’s programming includes the double Emmy award-winning drama Free Rein for Netflix worldwide, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore, the multi award-winning Hollyoaks for Channel 4 in the UK (now in its 24th year) and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITV.  Previous credits include the Emmy award-winning Singles Project and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey for Bravo, Disney’s Evermoor and Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis.

 Lime Pictures is an All3Media company.

THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX RETURNS

BRAND NEW TOWIE COMING TO ITVBe

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It’s time for another visit to the gossip and glamour capital of the UK, as The Only Way Is Essex returns for its 28th series. Lifting the lid on the lives of Essex’s most colourful characters, the brand-new 11-part series will give viewers a chance to catch up on all the latest goings on from the glamorous cast.

Last series saw Essex more action-packed than ever, and since the cameras left them behind last year, Georgia and Tommy announced that they were expecting a baby boy, some of Essex’s closest friends are almost at breaking point, there are potential rekindling of controversial relationships, secret kisses and an Essex Queen deciding it's time to De-Essex…

So, what will the state of play look like now? Will the continued uncertainty faced by an international pandemic improve the harmony in Essex, or will there be more beef than ever…?

This series promises to bring lots of TOWIE sparkle to your screens, and whilst the cast are still living under the UK’s third lockdown restrictions, drama has been brewing amongst this glamorous crowd. There will be some new faces popping up along the way, alongside the iconic Harry Derbidge returning.

The Only Way Is Essex has been recommissioned by ITV’s Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions and Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, ITV. The series is made by Lime Pictures and is executive produced by Cheryl Price and Luke McFarlane.

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Series 28 of The Only Way is Essex will be filmed by Lime Pictures following strict COVID-19 protocols, ensuring that cast and crew are safe throughout.

The show will still be bringing you the cast’s real lives and stories, but to keep everyone safe TOWIE have had to create its own little world to film in. So, although you may see cast in pubs and restaurants, don’t worry because they've opened just for the show and have put in lots of extra measures, so Lime Pictures and ITV can still bring you the TOWIE you love safely. 

 

LIME PICTURES TO STAND UP AND DELIVER FOR CHANNEL 4

Channel 4 have confirmed that five plucky celebrities will be taking to the stage and performing comedy routines in a new format that sees them attempting to master the art of stand-up.

Stand Up and Deliver will follow famous faces as they are paired up with established comics who’ll mentor them and train them on their journey to have audiences rolling in the aisles. 

Each celebrity will have to perfect their routine and to perform in a special gala performance. It’s a nerve-shredding, rib-tickling experience that forces our famous faces firmly out of their comfort zone and into a whole new world of performance pain. But only one star will be crowned Stand Up & Deliver Champion 2020. So who’ll have the last laugh?

 

Stand Up and Deliver has been commissioned by Head of Factual Entertainment, Alf Lawrie and Commissioning Editor Becky Cadman for Channel 4. Produced by Lime Pictures under Sarah Tyekiff, Head of Unscripted, with Andrew Jackman as Executive Producer and Claudine Parrish, Series Producer. 

 

Stand Up & Deliver will air as part of Stand Up To Cancer 2020.

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About Stand Up To Cancer (UK) 

 

 

  • Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research
  • Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research, turning academic breakthroughs in the labs into new treatments that make a real difference for people with cancer
  • More than £62 million has been raised in the UK to date, funding 52 clinical trials and projects involving 11,000 cancer patients across the country
  • Research projects include the development of pioneering technology to detect super low levels of cancerous DNA in blood to improve the way we diagnose ovarian cancer, developing a new immunotherapy drug to boost the power of the immune system against cancer, exploring an entirely new approach to treating bowel cancer, and much more
  • Stars such as Naomi Campbell, Noel Gallagher, Tom Hardy, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Andy Murray, James Corden, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Richard Ayoade, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy, Danny Dyer, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Lily James, Rosamund Pike, Sophie Turner, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Maya Jama, Joe Lycett and Roman Kemp are just some of the talent who have supported Stand Up To Cancer  To find out more about fundraising activities visit channel4.co.uk/SU2C or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram  

     

CELEBS GO DATING: THE MANSION

JOIN CHLOE FERRY, CURTIS PRITCHARD, KARIM ZEROUAL, KIMBERLY HART-SIMPSON, SOPHIE HERMANN, TOM ZANETTI & WAYNE LINEKER ON THEIR JOURNEY TO FIND LOVE

 

THIS SERIES VERY SINGLE CELEBS AND A WHOLE HOST OF POTENTIAL MATCHES ARE SET TO GET COSY IN A LUXURIOUS COUNTRY MANSION ON A QUEST TO FIND ‘THE ONE'

Just when you thought it was safe to re-enter the dating pool, think again, as Celebs Go Dating is back and supercharged for 2021, it’s bigger, bolder and sexier than ever. For the very first time, the celebs and their potential matches will all bed down together in one very plush mansion. There’ll be dates, drinks and drama, and most importantly, there’ll be nowhere to hide!

In this brand-new series, our single and unlucky-in-love celebrities will be heading off on a luxurious UK dating retreat where they will spend four weeks looking for love. But that’s not all – for the first time in Celebs Go Dating history, our cameras will be following our celebs 24/7 as they try to navigate the choppy waters of modern dating.

Joining this supersized series will be Geordie lass Chloe Ferry, Love Island fave and dancing pro Curtis Pritchard, actor and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Karim Zeroual, Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor Kimberly Hart-Simpson, socialite with razor sharp wit, Made In Chelsea’s Sophie Hermann, Internationally renowned DJ Tom Zanetti and Ibiza’s King of Ocean Beach Wayne Lineker. 

As always, they’ll be under the ever-watchful eyes of dating experts Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson, ably assisted by Junior Client Coordinator and celeb confidante, Tom Read Wilson. Rob Beckett will also be back delivering his trademark humour as voiceover. Every hang up and hook up will be scrutinised like never before, as our celebs embark on this immersive search for true love.

Living with our lucky celebs will be a group of potential matches with whom the celebrities will go on a series of dates. But this time, whether they want to continue the romance, or cut all ties, avoidance won’t be an option because face to face communication is the order of the day. But will the close proximity lead to committed couples, or romantic rivalry? If our celebs find themselves in any illicit liaisons, they certainly won’t stay secret for long!

With plenty of new challenges, memorable dating excursions and more chances than ever to find the perfect connection, all-new Celebs Go Dating is sure to be its most dramatic series yet.

Upon joining the virtual dating agency Geordie Shore lass Chloe Ferry said

“I am absolutely buzzing to join the agency for the second time this year! I did the virtual series and loved the whole process but am now really ready for the agents to find me a proper match. Hopefully meeting face to face will help with feeling a real connection.”

Love Island fave and dancing pro, Curtis Pritchard said:

“I’m so excited to join the celebs go dating agency. I’m really looking forward to learning more about myself. I can’t wait to see who the agents set me up with. I have not been on many dates in my life, so I’m super exited to explore the dating scene, hopefully I’ll find my version of the perfect woman” 

Actor and Strictly Come Dancing runner up, Karim Zeroual said:

“Sadly, this year I came out of a long-term relationship, but I feel ready now to start dating again and throw myself in the deep end. Hopefully the agents are going to help me find the girl of my dreams!” 

Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor, Kimberly Hart-Simpson said:

“I’ve joined the agency because I’m 33, still live with my mum and don’t know why I’m still single. I’ve been putting myself out there, and joined pretty much every dating app going, so not sure what I’m doing wrong. Hoping Anna and Paul will help me figure that out and find my perfect match (whatever gender!)”

Made in Chelsea’s Sophie Hermann said:

“2020 has definitely been a bleak year for dating, how many socially distanced park walks can one go on?! I’ve joined the agency to hopefully find love and not have to spend another lockdown alone. I think the agency will have their work cut out for them, mainly due to my lack of filter and pickiness, but I am putting all of my trust into their hands.”

Internationally renowned DJ, Tom Zanetti said:

“I don’t have a girlfriend; all my businesses have shut down and I’ve been asked to live in a mansion full of gorgeous women and crazy characters for a month. ERMMM, SIGN ME UP!”

Ibiza’s King of Ocean Beach, Wayne Lineker said:

“After being single for over 2 years, I am so ready to meet somebody I can hopefully spark a romance with. I’ve heard great things about the agency, and that Anna, Paul and Tom give sound advice. I’m excited to see the potential dates that the agents bring to the table, and hopefully learn a few things about myself along the way.”

Vivienne Molokwu, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 said:

“Dating has been pretty dire in 2020 and the love lives of lots of us have been on ice, so for 2021 we want to help heat things up for our single celebs by supercharging their search for the one. With our celebs surrounded by potential matches 24/7 who knows whether we’ll get love, lust or a good dose of both - one things for sure - it’ll be unmissable.”

Sarah Tyekiff, Head of Unscripted Programming, Lime Pictures said:

“After a very date free 2020 we’re turning up the heat as we move The Agency and our single Celebs into a luxurious country house. Our celebs will live together 24/7 without the distractions from their normal lives, so that they can really focus on finding The One. And the best way to do that…the datees are moving in! Get ready for awkward first dates, bathroom bump ins and some unfiltered romance.”

The health and safety of cast and crew is a top priority. Strict COVID-19 protocols and industry guidelines will be adhered to throughout filming in order to maintain a safe working environment.

Celebs Go Dating will return to E4 in early 2021.

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Celebs Go Dating is produced by Lime Pictures.

 

BRAND NEW TEEN ICE SKATING DRAMA, ZERO CHILL, FROM LIME PICTURES COMING TO NETFLIX ON 15TH MARCH 2021

Netflix today announced that its new original series figure-skating and ice hockey drama, Zero Chill, will launch on 15th March 2021. 

The live action kids and family series follows 15-year-old figure skater Kayla as her life is up-ended from Canada to the UK, when her twin brother Mac gets a place at a prestigious ice hockey academy. Distraught at her parents’ decision to put her brother’s ambitions before her own, Kayla must find her place on the ice again and step out from the shadow of her superstar twin.

  • Cast includes:
    • Newcomers Grace Beedie and Dakota Benjamin Taylor as Kayla and Mac
    • Jade Ma (Black Widow, Surviving Christmas
    • Sarah Jane Potts (Gracepoint, Kinky Boots)
    • Oscar Skagerberg (The Last Kingdom, Midnight Sun)
    • Doug Rao (NCIS:Los Angeles, Ransom)
    • Christina Tam (Transformers: The Last Knight, The Limehouse Golem)
    • Stanislaus Steinbichler (Vienna Blood)

 

  • Zero Chill is the latest Netflix project from Lime Pictures, the team behind double Emmy award-winning Free Rein.
  • The 10 x 30-minute series is created by Kirstie Falkous and John Regier, and is Executive Produced by Angelo Abela and Tim Compton.
  • The young and talented writing room has been led by Head Writer Adam Usden (Ackley Bridge)
  • Quote from Angelo Abela and Tim Compton: “When you collide the two worlds of ice hockey and figure skating, the stories and the visuals are incredible. And with Zero Chill the audience are right there in the arena, amidst all the conflict and spectacle. We’ve assembled the best in fresh writing talent and after an extensive search we’ve found a truly international cast, who are as exceptional on screen as they are on the ice. The result is a uniquely exciting drama for the family audience.”

About the production:

Set in the fictional Hammarström Ice Hockey Academy, the show features a fully skating cast, with a fluid camera style giving the audience the feel of actually being on the ice with the characters. Casting took place across Europe and Canada, with the English-speaking cast hailing from Sweden, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, France, Canada and the UK, giving the show a uniquely diverse feel. Filming has taken place in and around Sheffield, one of the great hubs of ice skating in the UK. The cast were trained on the ice for several months prior to filming starting, with some of the best coaches in the country.

About Netflix:

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 204 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

About Lime Pictures:

Lime Pictures, with bases in Liverpool, London and Los Angeles, produces world class, cutting edge programming, covering a wide range of genres from reality drama, through to children’s scripted to Channel 4’s multi-award-winning daily soap, Hollyoaks, that celebrated its 25thyear in 2020.  With more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences, it produces for all platforms, both linear and VOD, and has played a pioneering role in the launch of new formats as well as in using television as a way of on-screen storytelling, and as an off-screen platform, to communicate with a younger audience.   

Lime’s programming includes the double Emmy award-winning drama Free Rein for Netflix worldwide, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America Geordie Shore, Geordie OGs, the multi award-winning Hollyoaks for Channel 4 in the UK and the BAFTA award-winning reality series The Only Way Is Essex for ITV.  It also produces E4’s highly successful Celeb’s Go Dating and  Gemma Collins:  Diva Forever Previous credits include Educating Joey Essex, Life on Marbs,  the Emmy award-winning Singles Project and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffeyfor Bravo, Disney’s Evermoor and Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis.

CHANNEL 4 CONFIRMS STAND UP AND DELIVER CELEBRITY LINE UP

Channel 4 has confirmed the five plucky celebrities who are set to be thrust into the often unforgiving world of stand-up comedy for Stand Up and Deliver, an entertaining new two-part series in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

Broadcaster and Reverend Richard Coles, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, former Conservative Party co-Chairwoman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard and former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn will each be paired up with an established comic who’ll mentor and train them in their attempt to master the art of stand-up comedy.

David Baddiel will coach Reverend Richard Coles, Jason Manford will be tasked with shepherding Shaun Ryder, Nick Helm will guide Baroness Warsi, Judi Love will be in charge of Curtis Pritchard and Zoe Lyons will champion Katie McGlynn.

Dating #NoFilter returns to E!

Comedy blind dating series, Dating #NoFilter season two, will continue this November on E! Be prepared for some of the most hilarious and outrageous episodes ever, as the show returns to our screens, with its fresh and hilariously honest take on the modern dating scene for the socially savvy, right-swiping generation.

In each buzzy half-hour episode, three pairs of outspoken comedians will serve up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on the most outrageous, intimate, and surprising first dates.  Throughout the blind dates, the comedians will offer their candid and unique point of views as they weigh in on every accidental love story pulling at viewers’ heart strings and the “OMG-no!” cringe-worthy moments, with real and unfiltered commentary. And expect to see equally wild date spots this season, from a booty facial spa to a circus tightrope class!

Dating #NoFilter season two’s line-up of hilarious comedians includes: Cara ConnorsKelsey DarraghSteve FureyShapel LaceyZach Noe Towers and Nina Parker.

The second half of Lime Pictures’ Dating #NoFilter season two returns on Wednesday 18 November with two back to back episodes beginning at 10pm ET/PT on E!

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