Wizards Vs Aliens Filming StartsBookmark and Share

Friday, 27 April 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
WizardsFilming on CBBC's new drama series Wizards Vs Aliens has started at the BBC's Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and around the area.

Created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford, it stars Scott Haran as Tom Clarke and Percelle Ascott as Benny Sherwood, pictured right, who join forces to fight the alien Nekross race.

The series of 12 half-hour episodes, which combine magic and sci-fi, will air on CBBC in the autumn and will also feature Annette Badland, Michael Higgs, Jefferson Hall, and Gwendoline Christie. Don Gilet and Nina Sosanya make guest appearances as Benny's parents.
Tom Clarke is a seemingly ordinary boy who loves football. He lives with his dad, Michael, and grandmother, Ursula, in an ordinary house in an ordinary street - but there's something different about Tom. He has an astonishing secret - his family are wizards! When the alien Nekross arrive on Earth hungry for magic there's big, big trouble in store for all wizardkind.

With the help of his friend and science super-brain Benny, Tom must stop them - but will these two unlikely heroes succeed or will the Nekross devour all the magic on Earth, with disastrous results for the whole planet?
The show underwent a change of name before filming. During an interview on 20th March by BBC Radio Wales's Roy Noble, Davies said somewhat disparagingly:
It was called Aliens Vs Wizards until a lawyer stepped in, but there we go. By Easter it will probably be called Chickens Vs Rabbits or something.
It fills a gap in children's TV left by the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures and is produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with FremantleMedia Enterprises. The executive producers are Russell T Davies, Bethan Jones, and Gina Cronk for the BBC, and Bob Higgins and Sander Schwartz for FremantleMedia Enterprises. The producer is Brian Minchin and co-producer Phil Ford.

(newslink: BBC Media Centre)




Sherlock And Twenty Twelve In Line For AwardsBookmark and Share

Monday, 2 April 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Sherlock is in the running for a gong at this year's South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The BBC One show, co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, has been shortlisted for Best TV Drama, alongside This Is England '88 and Top Boy, both from Channel 4.

Meanwhile, "mockumentary" series Twenty Twelve, starring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, and Olivia Colman, with a narration by David Tennant, which has just started its second series on BBC Two, has been nominated for Best Comedy. It faces competition in the form of Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (BBC Two).

The awards ceremony will take place at The Dorchester in London on Tuesday 1st May, to be televised on Sky Arts 1 HD at 9pm. Melvyn Bragg - who fronted the 1977 BBC2 documentary Whose Doctor Who - will be the master of ceremonies. He said:
Although this is a celebration of British arts by British artists, we have a world-class list of nominees. The South Bank Sky Arts Awards are the only one of their kind in the world, and we very much look forward to a great day, where we'll recognise and honour the best talent in this country.
The awards take their name from The South Bank Show - an arts magazine series for ITV that Bragg presented and which ran for 32 series between 1978 and 2010. It is being revived by Sky Arts from Sunday 27th May.
(newslink: Sky Arts)