Red Dwarf X Clip: Lister's Lost Starbug!Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 30 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
With Red Dwarf blasting back on to our TV screens in just four days' time, the final teaser clip heralding the sci-fi comedy's return has been released by digital channel Dave.

In the clip, Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) discovers that Lister (Craig Charles) has lost Starbug in a card game - but there is an upside to it!

The six-part series - the cult show's tenth - begins on Dave on Thursday 4th October at 9pm with the episode Trojan and ends on Thursday 8th November with The Beginning. Each episode will also be available via catch-up on the Dave website for seven days following its transmission but only to people in the UK.




Wizards Vs Aliens' Nekross Are RevealedBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC today released pictures showing what the Nekross in the forthcoming CBBC action adventure drama Wizards Vs Aliens look like.

In the 12-part show, the Nekross are an alien race bent on devouring all the magic on Earth, with 16-year-old wizard Tom Clarke (Scott Haran), helped by his friend Benny Sherwood (Percelle Ascott), standing in their way.

A start date for the series, created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford, is yet to be announced, although a preview screening of the first two episodes takes place at the BFI in London next Friday.



Guest stars will include Annette Badland, Brian Blessed, Michael Higgs, Jefferson Hall, Gwendoline Christie, and Ruthie Henshall, with Don Gilet and Nina Sosanya making guest appearances as Benny's parents. The series' writers include Clayton Hickman, Joseph Lidster, and Gareth Roberts.




Merlin Series 5 Start Date ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The fifth series of Merlin will start on BBC One on Saturday 6th October at 7.45pm, it was confirmed today.

Comprising 13 episodes, it once again stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as King Arthur, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Richard Wilson as Gaius, and John Hurt as the voice of the Great Dragon.

Tom Hopper, Rupert Young, Eoin Macken, and Adetomiwa Edun return as The Knights of the Round Table, and special guest stars will include Liam Cunningham as Ruadan, Lindsay Duncan as Queen Annis, and Sophie Rundle as Sefa. In addition, Anthony Head will return for one episode as Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon.

The epic fifth series of Merlin returns to a Camelot basking in the halcyon days of a new Golden Age. Three years on from the end of series four, Arthur has never felt stronger, with Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table at his side.

But even as Camelot flowers, so the dark seeds of her destruction are being sown. For in the frozen wastelands of the North, men are disappearing without trace. In search of answers, King Arthur and his Knights must undertake a dangerous mission to the unknown.

UPDATE (4pm): BBC One has been running trailers for Merlin this afternoon with the voiceover announcing that the series is beginning on "Saturday 8th October" and the caption card also stating "8th October". A phone call to BBC TV Centre to point out that 8th October is, in fact, a Monday and to seek clarification over the start date resulted in the admission that a mistake had been made by the production team and that they were seeking to remedy the matter as soon as possible. The spokeswoman confirmed that the series would be starting on Saturday 6th October.





Primeval Spin-Off's First Episode Air Date Announced For CanadaBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Canadian broadcaster SPACE has announced that it will be showing the first episode of Primeval spin-off Primeval: New World on Monday 29th October at 10pm ET.

The show stars Niall Matter as enterprising inventor and visionary hero Evan Cross (seen right) and Sara Canning as predator-attack expert and animal-behaviour specialist Dylan Weir. Also appearing in the series, which comprises 13 one-hour episodes, will be Danny Rahim as security specialist Mac Rendell, Miranda Frigon as Ange Finch - Cross's oldest friend and business partner, Crystal Lowe as physics prodigy Toby Nance, and Geoff Gustafson as Lieutenant Ken Leeds, head of the government's decommissioned department for investigating alien life and other mysteries. Andrew-Lee Potts will be guest-starring in the opening episode as Connor Temple from the parent series.

The North American spin-off follows a specialised team of animal experts and scientists who discover dinosaurs and other dangerous predators emerging onto the streets of modern-day Vancouver through anomalies in time. It will feature more than 70 visual effects shots in each episode and will also include 16 land, sea, sky, and sand creatures created by Atmosphere Visual Effects, supervised by Mark Savela.

An official website is to be launched soon that will feature an episode guide, cast biographies, and behind-the-scenes content. Users will also be able to download high-quality visual effects from the series and put themselves into the dino-action via green screen.

Primeval: New World is based on the original series produced by Impossible Pictures. It is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd and developed in association with Bell Media, German broadcaster ProSieben, and UKTV channel Watch. The executive producers are Martin Wood and Gillian Horvath, the creators Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, the writers Gillian Horvath, Peter Hume, Jon Cooksey, Sarah Dodd, Katherine Collins, Dennis Heaton, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and it is directed by Amanda Tapping, Andy Mikita , Martin Wood, and Mike Rohl.

The programme will be airing in the UK on Watch at some point later this year.




Wolfblood Episodes 11 and 12 StorylinesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Story details for episodes 11 and 12 of the CBBC series Wolfblood have been released by the BBC.

Rhydian starts dabbling with his Eolas powers in school and showing off to his friends. Maddy can't understand how he is doing it, as the tricks go far beyond his wolfblood senses and speed. He shares the secret with Maddy, who runs off joyously using her new skills without hearing the downside he shouts after her: you can't cross electrical fields while using it or it causes immense pain – something she finds out the hard way.

When Rhydian takes Maddy home her mum is furious at what she's been doing, but her dad is far more understanding and later Maddy finds him trying to access Eolas himself. Emma ends up forbidding a defiant Maddy from seeing Rhydian outside school, but when she storms off using her new powers once again she lands herself in trouble and needs her parents' help.
Once again it is the day of the full moon and Maddy and Rhydian aren't looking forward to a night in the den. They trick her parents and lock them in, running off to the woods to change under the full moon.

Meanwhile, Shannon has been trying to forget about the beast by throwing herself into other interests, but when handsome beast-hunter Kyle Weathers arrives in town looking for her she is soon back on side.

Out in the woods, Maddy and Rhydian are drawn by Kyle's bait and he shoots them with a tranquilliser gun, captures them, and plans to sell them. Shannon realises too late that Kyle isn't her soul mate, and she and Tom race after him to try to rescue the wolves.

Episode 11 of the 13-part fantasy action drama will air on Monday 15th October and episode 12 on Tuesday 16th October, with both instalments going out at 5.15pm.




Red Dwarf X Clip: Annoying, Whiny SoundBookmark and Share

Sunday, 23 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The latest in a series of teaser clips from the forthcoming tenth series of Red Dwarf has been released by TV channel Dave.

In the excerpt, which can be seen below, Rimmer (Chris Barrie) finds himself afflicted by an auditory problem but gets little sympathy from Lister (Craig Charles).

Next weekend will see the final teaser clip released by Dave before the new, six-part series of the cult sci-fi comedy starts on the digital channel on Thursday 4th October at 9pm.

In addition, as part of the publicity drive, posters - as seen beneath the clip - promoting the return of the show have started appearing on hoardings across the UK.