Lime Pictures’ non-scripted label Wise Owl Films has landed its first Sky Arts commission with the six-part music documentary series, Guy Garvey: From The Vaults as part of Sky Arts move to free-to-air. The series will air from Friday 18 September at 9pm on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey has curated six hours of his favourite artistes and songs from the Seventies and Eighties, with the series uncovering previously unseen performances by rock music icons like Kate Bush. The documentaries will also unearth studio performances, out-takes and revealing interviews that have stayed hidden on the shelves for decades. 

The series is centred around shows which were made by ITV companies around the country – from Tony Wilson and Granada TV’s So It Goes to Tyne Tees’ ground-breaking Channel 4 series The Tube and LWT’s The London Weekend Show - chronicling not just changing musical tastes but evolution in the UK’s social and cultural history too.  The series travels from Punk and New Wave to the birth of ‘Madchester’.

Wise Owl Lands Music Documentary Commission for BBC Two with 'When Bob Marley Came to Britain'

Wise Owl Films has landed its first BBC Two commission with a 1 x 60-minute documentary that explores Bob Marley’s influence on the UK.

In the 1970s, Bob Marley rose from humble beginnings in his homeland of Jamaica to become a global superstar. It was a journey that took him to Britain - the place he came to regard as his second home.

When Bob Marley Came to Britain, narrated by Obaro Ejimiwe, features rarely seen archive footage and interviews with people who met and knew him, and looks at Marley’s special relationship with Britain.  It reveals how his presence helped influence British politics, culture and identity, during a time of massive social and civil unrest in the UK - and how his universal message of One Love and unity helped inspire a generation of Black British youth.

Gemma Collins is a Diva on Lockdown

Lime Pictures are delighted to announce the return of Diva Forever to ITVBe, with new title Diva on Lockdown.

The brand new series will follow the nation's favourite diva and Queen of memes, Gemma Collins, as she deals with the Coronavirus lockdown and finds new ways of sharing her lifestyle with the nation.

Viewers will see how the icon of Essex has adapted to the UK being in lockdown. As working from home becomes the norm and with schools, restaurants and shops closed across the country, the GC says farewell to her film crew and instead, fixed-rig cameras will capture the nation’s favourite diva at home.

Before the lockdown, successful business woman Gemma Collins was searching for her new dream home and not only rubbing shoulders with famous faces, she was also mixing in Royal circles.

With Gemma closing the doors to her Brentwood shop, will the lockdown put her dream home and future in jeopardy?

Celebrity Groupchat featuring Tina Daheley, Russell Kane, Jodie Kidd and Laura Whitmore

We’re all in social media group chats, sharing a stream of our private thoughts, updates and lols. But are the group chats of the stars just like ours?

As part of BBC Radio 2’s Funny Fortnight, Celebrity Groupchat is a new comedy show that finds out just what celebrities chat about in private. Bringing together the station’s Breakfast Show news presenter and group chat admin Tina Daheley, stand-up royalty Russell Kane, supermodel and presenter Jodie Kidd, and DJ, presenter and Love Island ring leader of romance Laura Whitmore, in their very own celebrity group chat to shoot the breeze, share their lives and let the hilarity ensue.

In this episode, we see our four celebs discuss all the current goings on in the world; whether its coronavirus, cancelled jobs or the state of their fridges. There’s even a make do and mend toilet roll tutorial from Jodie’s 90-year-old friend, ahead of the country going into self-isolation.

Talking on the show, Russell Kane said “get ready for oversharing within minutes, I felt so comfortable in the group, like being in a family group chat, I totally forgot that some of it would be shared with the public!”

Since filming the episode, Tina Daheley said: “this was such a great celebrity “experiment” to be a part of. As group admin, I delved deep to find out what on earth these celebs actually talk about in their group chats. Tune in to see if it was just as glamourous as we all think. With a brilliant line up of celeb guests, I was really and truly sad to leave the group chat at the end!"

Funny Fortnight returns, comprising of six, 30-minute shows, plus two specials with Patrick Kielty interviewing Mel Brooks, and Steve Martin with Martin Short. These will be broadcast across Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 March, and Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 March, and will also be available on BBC Sounds.


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.


Hollyoaks Wins Best Soap or Continuing Drama at the Broadcast Awards 2020 For ‘Communicating the Dangerous Impact...of Racism’

Hollyoaks was recognised at the Broadcast Awards last night in London, winning the award for Best Soap or Continuing Drama.

Submitted episodes featured a story about Far Right Radicalisation with judges saying calling the C4 flagship soap: “The soap most willing to take on challenging issues and do them justice, with clever character development”.

Celebs Go Dating Couples Counselling is Back!

E4’s Celebs Go Dating is opening its doors again to couples counselling as TV personality Charlotte Dawson and boyfriend Matt Sarsfield sign up. 

Paul C Brunson and Anna Williamson already have their hands full with eight single celebrities, and the dating agents will now work with Charlotte and Matt on where they think their relationship is going wrong. 

Charlotte says, “I’ve learned a lot about myself when I was at the agency last time, but I know that  I’ve found the man of my dreams. We’ve got a house together, we’ve got a mortgage, but it has been a bumpy ride so we hope Anna and Paul can help us!” 

Agents Anna Williamson and Paul C Brunson say, “Couples therapy is without a doubt one of our favourite elements to the agency so we are delighted that we have a new couple joining us this series. From what we understand so far, Charlotte and Matt could be our most challenging couple yet....’’

Charlotte and Matt will join Celebs Go Dating alongside singletons James Lock, Malique Thompson Dwyer, Dean Gaffney, Amy Hart, Joshua Ritchie, Amy Childs, Alison Hammond and Olivia Bentley. 

Hollyoaks Releases Latest Seasonal Trailer

Hollyoaks have released their latest seasonal trailer showcasing the show’s biggest stories for the start of 2020.

Hollyoaks Script Writer Roanne Bardsley Wins Writer’s Guild Award

Hollyoaks script writer Roanne Bardsley has won the writer’s award for Best Long Running TV Series for Hollyoaks at the Writers’ Guild Awards 2020. She has previously been nominated for another Hollyoaks episode, but this is her first win. The award was presented to her by Mount Pleasant actress Sally Lindsey.

Leeds Based Wise Owl Films Land More4 Commission With Sir David Jason As He Explores The History Of Britain's Greatest Inventions

Sir David Jason’s passion for finding out how things work has secured Lime Pictures’ non-scripted label, Wise Owl Films, a new factual series: David Jason’s Great British Inventions.  The four-part series for More4 will see the much-loved actor take his life-long interest in engineering and mechanics on a journey to discover the nation’s greatest inventions. 

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