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Wednesday’s best TV: Ackley Bridge, Eat Well for Less, Horizon: Antarctica Ice Station Rescue

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An all-white school merges with an all-Asian school in a soapy new drama, as Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin help families eat healthily. Plus: the Antarctic survey team attempts to save its research station

A sort of Brexit Britain cross between Shameless and Waterloo Road, this soapy but serious drama takes place in a Yorkshire town where the new academy is a merger of two schools: one all-white, one all-Asian. That rather stark portrayal of multiculturalism as an inescapable, all-encompassing issue rubs up against stuff about teachers’ and students’ personal crises. A uniformly strong cast (Jo Joyner, Adil Ray, Arsher Ali, Paul Nicholls) makes it work. Jack Seale

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Exploring the world of live TV episodes

David Baldwin Jun 22, 2017

From ER to 30 Rock, EastEnders to The Simpsons, live TV drama and comedy episodes are here to stay...

In 1997, the Us TV network NBC gave permission for its highest rated show, the global medical drama hit ER, to produce an episode that would be broadcast to audiences completely live.

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It’s hard to explain just how completely out of nowhere that decision was at the time. Live broadcasts began as a cornerstone of television, but once videotape came into use in the late 1950s, it was gradually confined to news bulletins and talent contests. By the 1990s, any comedy or drama that produced a live episode was usually perceived as a show suffering from flagging ratings or creative jaundice, one in dire need of an attention grabbing gimmick.

Let’s be clear – ER was none of those things.
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Marley's Ghosts: Season Two Renewal for UKTV Comedy Series

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UKTV has commissioned a second series of the Marley's Ghosts TV programme for its Gold comedy channel. Translation: UKTV has renewed its Marley's Ghosts TV series for a second season on Gold. Marley's Ghosts, season two, will contain six 40-minutes episodes, including a Christmas special.

The cast of Marley's Ghosts include John Hannah, Sarah Alexander, Jo Joyner, and Nicholas Burns. The comedy is co-produced by Objective Fiction, part of Objective Media Group, and John Stanley Productions. Daniel Peacock writes Marley's Ghosts, with James Dean series producing and Jonathan Gershfield directing. Executive Producers are Simon Lupton for UKTV, Objective Fiction's Ben Farrell, and Objective Media Group's Layla Smith.

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Ordinary Lies to return for second series

'Ordinary Lies' has been commissioned for a second series. The BBC One drama proved such a huge hit with viewers when it arrived on screens earlier this year starring Jo Joyner, Shaun Dooley, Jason Manford and Michelle Keegan that it's been given the go-ahead to return for another series. Writer and executive producer Danny Brocklehurst said: ''The audience response to the first series of 'Ordinary Lies' was truly overwhelming so I'm delighted that we can bring it back for a second series. ''We were incredibly lucky with a stellar cast for series one - all of whom gave gripping performances which
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A Touch of Cloth is dead, but Charlie Brooker wanted to do more, says John Hannah

Charlie Brooker's blink-and-you-miss-it comedy A Touch of Cloth is unlikely to come back for a fourth series, according to lead star John Hannah.

The Scottish actor told Digital Spy and others that the Sky1 cop drama piss-take is "dead", but he wanted to return as Jack Cloth.

"I imagine that's dead," he said. "I think it's been too long. I loved that show. Charlie wanted to do more, everyone did. It was Sky I guess. There might have been something to do with the negotiations, I don't know.

"We did the first one, then they wanted a lot more and Charlie wasn't sure he could sustain it over 12 episodes. So we did two more and then by the third one, they had figured out what they were doing. I think it's dead, it's a couple of years since we did that now."

He added: "Normally when these things go,
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Ordinary Lies: Tell us why you loved the hit BBC One series

BBC One's Ordinary Lies drew to a close tonight, with a dramatic, high-emotion episode which saw Beth (Jo Joyner) reunited with missing husband Dave (Shaun Dooley).

Danny Brocklehurst's six-part drama about the 'ordinary' lives - and lies - of the staff at Js Motors has drawn solid ratings and strong critical reviews - and it's been a top trend on Twitter every week it's aired.

Now Digital Spy wants your thoughts on the series - did you love it, and what about the show appealed to you?

Which episode stood out as the strongest? Some episodes drew controversy - particularly Rick and Ruby's romance in episode four - so did Danny Brocklehurst ever go too far?

Looking to the future - would you tune in for a second series? Or has Ordinary Lies run its course? Have your say in the comments section:

Michelle Keegan "really nervous" about
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Jo Joyner felt 'horrendous' after EastEnders gaffe

Jo Joyner felt ''horrendous'' after fluffing her lines during the 30th anniversary live episode of 'EastEnders'. The 37-year-old actress - who played Tanya Branning in the BBC soap - mistakenly called co-star Adam Woodyatt by his actual name instead of his character name, Ian Beale, during the episode which aired in February. Jo told 'Loose Women': ''I called Adam Woodyatt by his real name, rather than by his character name, and do you know the irony is? When you start there a long time ago - seven years ago when I first started there - you spend a lot of time trying
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Ordinary Lies: Shaun Dooley talks hit BBC One drama's storming finale

Ordinary Lies has become one of BBC One's most talked-about new drama series of 2015, with viewers hooked as writer Danny Brocklehurst weaved in-and-out of the lives of the staff at Js car dealership.

The first series draws to a close tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 21) - with Beth (Jo Joyner) taking centre stage for a painful reunion with her long-lost husband Dave (Shaun Dooley).

Dooley spoke to Digital Spy about what to expect from the dramatic climax... and whether Ordinary Lies come could back for a second series.

The response to Ordinary Lies so far has been hugely positive - have you been following the reaction?

"I have, yeah - the reaction around Michelle Keegan's episode, and Sally Lindsay's… and what was interesting was the reaction to Holly [Earl] and Shazid [Latif's] episode [which depicted a relationship between an adult male and 15-year-old girl]... that was really interesting.

"I think what Danny does brilliantly is he creates things that get people
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Paul O'Grady rules out Strictly Come Dancing: 'I'd smash Craig's face in'

Paul O'Grady has promised that we won't be seeing him on Strictly Come Dancing any time soon.

The TV personality told The Sun that he has seen the effect the show has on people - and admitted he might end up getting violent with the judges if they were mean.

"I have mates that have done it, big healthy fellas have gone in and they've come out complete wrecks," he said.

"If I had done eight hours a day for five days and nearly killed myself and Craig Revel Horwood said, 'Well, frankly darling...', I'd smash his face in."

O'Grady isn't alone, as EastEnders star Jo Joyner recently ruled out an appearance on the show, saying: "I'd be rubbish - and clearly live is not my forte! They did ask - they've asked a couple of times and I would love to learn to dance, but... I'm a bit
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Jo Joyner 'hid' after making live EastEnders blunder

Jo Joyner ''hid'' after messing up her lines on 'EastEnders' live episode. The 37-year-old actress - who reprised her role as Tanya Branning for the soap's recent anniversary celebrations and felt she had ''let everyone down'' when she accidentally referred to Adam Woodyatt's character Ian Beale by the actor's name. She said: ''It was brilliant to be back. I had such a giggle - up until the 'How's Adam' moment. It's not a line fluff, you can't talk your way out of it. ''In my head I was going, 'You just said Adam' but I had to do another two scenes. ''Afterwards, I went
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Jo Joyner ''hid'' after messing up her lines on 'EastEnders' live episode. The 37-year-old actress - who reprised her role as Tanya Branning for the soap's recent anniversary celebrations and felt she had ''let everyone down'' when she accidentally referred to Adam Woodyatt's character Ian Beale by the actor's name. She said: ''It was brilliant to be back. I had such a giggle - up until the 'How's Adam' moment. It's not a line fluff, you can't talk your way out of it. ''In my head I was going, 'You just said Adam' but I had to do another two scenes. ''Afterwards, I went
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Ordinary Lies, Critical

Ordinary Lies: BBC One, 9pm

In a car showroom, each character in this brand new drama has secrets and lies that have the potential to spiral out of control.

When Marty (Jason Manford) misses another day at work because of his drinking, he panics and tells everyone his wife died. Everyone feels sympathy and he even forms new bonds with a few female co-workers, but it soon becomes clear he can't keep the lie up for long. Michelle Keegan and Jo Joyner also star.

Critical: Sky 1, 9pm

Lesions and lacerations are just the beginning in this week's instalment of Jed Mercurio's medical drama, set in a major trauma centre.

The doctors realise they're dealing with something much more dangerous and the centre is forced to go into lockdown.

The 100: E4, 9pm

The CW's post-apocalyptic teen drama set on a barren Earth teeming with reapers, grounders, and mountain men continues.
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Michelle Keegan "really nervous" about Ordinary Lies: 'People will judge me'

Michelle Keegan has said that she is "really nervous" about being seen in her first television role since leaving Coronation Street.

The actress, whose role in BBC drama Ordinary Lies is her first since her exit from the ITV soap last summer, told the Daily Star that she feels a huge amount of pressure to have her role well received.

"I felt there was so much pressure after leaving Corrie," said Keegan. "I knew I had to make the right decision about my first role. Everyone was waiting to see what I did and getting ready to judge me if I made a mistake.

"I am really nervous about how it does in the ratings. I do feel a lot of pressure, but I just hope it does well. I know the producers and BBC are very happy with the outcome so hopefully the viewers will like it too."

The actress,
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Jo Joyner: 'Jason Manford is a brilliant actor - I was surprised'

Jo Joyner has admitted that she was "surprised" by co-star Jason Manford's performance in BBC One's Ordinary Lies.

The series, from BAFTA-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst, follows the employees of a motor showroom and explores how lies can cause lives to unravel.

"Each episode is its own little entity," Joyner told press including Digital Spy. "I love that premise, like Clocking Off and The Street, where you meet all these people and each week, you dip in and learn a little bit about each of them.

"Genuinely when I read the first two episodes of this for the audition, I loved it and I wanted to see it immediately - I couldn't wait to watch it. I'd be watching this even if I wasn't in it!"

Joyner plays Beth, the head of sales still reeling from the disappearance of her husband.

"Beth's story really comes alive in episode six,
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Jo Joyner rules out an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing

Jo Joyner has said she would not appear as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, as she would be "rubbish".

The EastEnders actress won't be following in the footsteps of her co-star Jake Wood, who competed in the 2014 series.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other reporters, she said: "No - I'd be rubbish - and clearly live is not my forte! They did ask - they've asked a couple of times and I would love to learn to dance, but… I'm a bit competitive and if I wasn't going to win it, what's the point in doing it?"

The actress recently made a slip-up during the live shows marking EastEnders' 30th anniversary.

During a scene with Jane Beale (Laurie Brett), she referred to the character Ian Beale using the first name of the actor (Adam Woodyatt) who plays him.

The actress spoke out after the mistake, saying she was "upset" she had made it.
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Watch Michelle Keegan in first trailer for BBC One drama Ordinary Lies

The first trailer for BBC One's Ordinary Lies has been released.

Michelle Keegan faces a dilemma as secrets threaten to distort the lives at the centre of the six stories in the clip.

Keegan, Jason Manford, Jo Joyner, Mackenzie Crook and Max Beesley star in the new six-part drama series coming soon to BBC One.

Ordinary Lies comes from Red Production Company - the creators of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax - and Shameless director Danny Brocklehurst.

Sally Lindsay, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Shazad Latif, George Bukhari, Cherrelle Skeet, Shaun Dooley and Fisayo Akinade also appear in the dark thriller with comedic undertones.

The series, which was commissioned by the BBC back in September 2014, will be set on the shopfloor of a motor showroom, and follows each character's lies and secrets leading to life-changing consequences.

Ordinary Lies' first one-hour episode airs on BBC One at 9pm on March
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EastEnders live week and Bake Off prove a winning recipe for BBC1

Wolf Hall continues to shed viewers while Midsomer Murders racks up an audience despite a low body count

Viewing figures for the second instalment of EastEnders’ “live week” dipped slightly after Tuesday’s two-year high, but still hovered just below the 9 million mark.

The episode, which featured a gaffe from actor Jo Joyner, was watched by 8.9 million viewers for a 38% audience share in its 8pm slot on BBC1. And the channel retained most of these viewers for its subsequent flour-and-fun extravaganza The Great Comic Relief Bake Off, which attracted 7 million armchair cooks (a 30% share).

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Can you Adam and Eve it?! EastEnders star fluffs line in live episode

Jo Joyner, who plays Tanya Branning, uses Ian Beale’s real name during live scene for BBC soap’s 30th anniversary

Live soap episodes may be gimmicky, but fans like them because it injects that sense of jeopardy into traditionally slick and polished TV. You can almost see the fear in the actors’ eyes.

This week’s EastEnders live specials are living up to the hype. Following Tuesday night’s muffled line that left fans wondering who on earth did kill Lucy Beale, there was an even more prominent gaffe on Wednesday night.

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Doctor Who and Eastenders: a history of soap and space

From the Queen Vic to the Tardis. As Eastenders prepares to mark its 30th anniversary, we look back at its encounters with Doctor Who...

Back in the mid-eighties an actor who played "Third Assistant" in a Doctor Who story called The Savages (1966) and the director of another Doctor Who adventure, The Underwater Menace (1967), came together to create one of the BBC’s most successful television shows.

And when they got together, it was murder. Well, not quite. (Though the first episode did feature a victim who would later die, fact fans.) But what they did create was Eastenders.

Broadcast on February the 19th 1985 (in between episodes one and two of The Two Doctors), this creation of Who alumni would go on to share numerous links with the long-running science-fiction for years to come. Even its time-slot owes much to the adventures of everyone’s favourite Gallifreyan.

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Jo Joyner returning for EastEnders' 30th anniversary

Former 'EastEnders' actress Jo Joyner is to return for the soap's upcoming 30th anniversary. The 37-year-old star - who plays Max Branning's (Jake Wood) ex-wife Tanya Cross - will return to Albert Square for her best friend Jane Clarke's (Laurie Brett) wedding to Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). And while she's excited about her upcoming appearance, Jo has confessed she's worried she will be unveiled as Ian's daughter Lucy Beale's (Hetti Bywater) killer during the live flashback episode. She said: ''I'm thrilled to be a part of the 30 year celebrations of a show that I am proud to have been a part of.
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