Comedy this month sees Russell Howard geared up to make two new series for Comedy Central, Hoff the Record is a Spoof documentary starring Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff as he tries to get his life and career back on track and pilot I live With Models is about an unlikely man who is suddenly thrust into the world of modelling. Bradley Walsh and Kayvan Novak will star in Woody, about an undercover reporter forced to go on the run and seeks advice from his old mentor in Spain. The second series of Inside No 9 is gearing up for an autumn shoot and age-gap comedy You, Me and Them returns for a second series on Gold. Alan Carr will host light hearted singing competition The Singer Takes It All and In And Out Of The Kitchen make the transition from radio to the small screen.
Features for July include Piano Tuner based on the excellent book by Daniel Mason about a piano tuner living in London at the end of the 19th century who is sent to Burma by British Intelligence, Genius depicts the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe and editor Max Perkins and romantic drama Maudie is to be directed by Aisling Walsh. Bride Or Groom puts a matrimonial twist on the body swap comedy format, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has confirmed a UK shoot for next year and Pinewood Studios will play host to fantasy sequel Through the Looking Glass. Lots more interesting stuff in the pipeline including Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, A Song Of Granite, The Wish List and The Trouble With You about a washed-up actor who unexpectedly finds love on a reality television show.
Factual and documentary include a new Untitled Mining Series following the exploits of a team of miners as they hope to strike it rich with mineral resources in Asia, a new documentary on the naturist movement is ready to roll and lots more on our two favourite subjects, immigration and people living on benefits. Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! Gets a second outing, The Hotel returns for a new series following the staff and guests of an independent hotel in Torquay and Autopsy - The Last Hours Of, will again take a look at the unexpected deaths of famous faces.
So we come to drama with US pilot Gallivant, a comedy musical fantasy coming to shoot in the UK, Jambusters is a drama series about a group of women seeing out the conflict in a sleepy rural environment and Moving On is back for a sixth series. The Cut follows a group of civil servants forced to relocate from London to Northampton, Wallander is set to make an English-language return and Sherlock is set to be back in production early next year.
Finally following on from the successful revamps of Fifteen To One and Celebrity Squares, the powers that be are hedging their bets with a new take on classic gameshow Name That Tune. If this trend continues it’s only a matter of time before the “quiz of the week” Sale Of The Century is back on our screens.
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