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!


ITV and Lime Pictures announced today that, in honour of ten years of The Only Way is Essex, the county of Essex has been turned gold – by making a one-off image of the county in association with Ordnance Survey data and maps.

The move is to celebrate the tenth birthday of The Only Way is Essex, which turned the county of Essex into a global phenomenon, attracting tourism worldwide and racking up celebrity fans such as Kate Middleton, Chris Pratt and Ed Sheeran.

A series of geographical stats gathered from OS data has been given the TOWIE treatment to celebrate the birthday

Did you know…

  • The journey from Sheesh to Sugarhut is the same length as 1,266,000 fake eyelashes, 119,000 stilettos or 63,000 bottles of prosecco
  • The distance from Brentwood to the beach at Southend, is equivalent to 45,900 of Bobby’s Mankinis
  • It would take 1,436,000,000 Vajazzle gems from Amy’s salon to makeover the whole of Brentwood high street
  • Yazmin Oukhellou goes from her clothing boutique ‘Yaz’ to the nail salon once a week, which means in a year it’s the same as walking to the end of Southend Pier (reported to be the longest pier in the world) and back 459 times

Fans can view the map at the official @TOWIE Instagram page where they will also be able to take a virtual tour of some of the iconic Essex locations made famous by the hit show.

These include Faces Nightclub, King’s Oak High Beach, the Old Regent Ballroom and, of course, SugarHut.

Sarah Tykeiff, Head of Unscripted at Lime Pictures, said: “As we celebrate 10 amazing years of TOWIE, it seems only right to give the official Ordnance Survey map of Essex a bit of TOWIE pizzazz, by turning the iconic British county gold. It is definitely, ‘reem’.”

TOWIE continues every Sunday and Wednesday evening on ITVBe at 9pm. Lifting the lid on the lives of Essex’s most colorful characters, the brand-new 18 part series will give viewers a chance to catch up on all the latest goings on from the glamorous cast with surprise visits from some of our favourite TOWIE faces from the past decade, who are returning to our screens to join in the celebrations of this anniversary series. 

Don’t Filter Feelings: Racism and My Children

In the latest Don’t Filter Feelings podcast episode, Brenda Edwards, Kelle Bryan and Chelsee Healey discuss their personal experiences of racism, and how it has impacted on their children.


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”.

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