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Friday’s best TV: Shed of the Year; BBC Proms 2016 David Bowie; Lynn Barber Meets John Lydon

28 July 2016 10:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There’s an eccentric celebration of huts, Bowie’s music given a contemporary classical makeover at the Proms and a sparky interview with the former Sex Pistol. Plus the day’s best films and sporting action

Celebrating the “splendour of all things shed”, George Clarke and cohorts head off to visit outbuildings shortlisted for Shed of the Year. They begin with the Unique and Historic categories, with the former particularly fun, what with it featuring a rotating room and a road-legal “fastest shed in the world”. In the Historic category, the restored hut where Dylan Thomas wrote much great work is especially evocative. “Sheddie” heaven. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Hannah J Davies, Jack Seale, Ben Arnold, Mark Gibbing-Jones, John Robinson, Phil Harrison and Paul Howlett

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Wednesday’s best TV: Wild Animal Reunions, The Three Day Nanny

26 July 2016 10:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Long-lost carers meet their animals again. Plus: a third series of domestic bootcamps

What is it like to re-encounter an orphan elephant that you helped raise but that was subsequently returned to the wild? Is there still a bond? Seemingly keyed off by the huge popularity on YouTube of footage featuring Christian the lion, purchased from Harrods as a cub in 1969, emerging from the wild to hug those who once cared for him, here’s a documentary that captures scenes of cross-species understanding. Black bears and chimps feature, too. Caroline Quentin narrates. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Paul Howlett

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Thursday’s best TV: Inside Out Homes, The Investigator – A British Crime Story

13 July 2016 10:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A glossy new home makeover show investigates the joys of open-plan living, and Mark Williams-Thomas brings juicy real-life crime to ITV

8pm, Channel 4

For this glossy new property series, architect Zac Monro extols the virtues of blurring the boundaries between house and garden, and of open-plan living. He begins with a makeover of an 18th-century barn that’s atmospheric but gloomy. Time to cover a courtyard with a bespoke glass roof overseen by engineer Monty Ravenscroft, and build a garden office. Cameras also follow a project to remodel a Manchester semi so that it offers two separate living areas. Jonathan Wright

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Thursday’s best TV: New Blood, The New Gypsy Kings, Marx: Genius of the Modern World

15 June 2016 10:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bromance burgeons in this Spooks-meets-Starsky and Hutch show; a documentary on musicians from the remoter regions of Romania; Bettany Hughes investigates the life and times of Marx. Plus: England v Wales

Combining the visual style of Spooks with the mutually maverick buddy-cop dynamic of Starsky and Hutch, Anthony Horowitz’s new series has some familiar antecedents. No matter, this second episode is hugely entertaining (albeit credulity-stretching) as we watch young investigators Stefan and Rash probing dark dealing within the pharmaceutical industry. With a bromance burgeoning between the leads, this looks like a series to stick with. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett

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Saturday's best TV: The Disappearance; The Musketeers; UEFA Champions League

27 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A French series follows the Broadchurch template, buckles are swashed in the BBC drama, and Real and Atletico clash in the Champions League final

9pm, BBC4

When bright and bubbly Léa Morel goes out to celebrate her 17th birthday at a local music festival in Lyon, it should be a fabulous and fun evening. Instead, she goes missing. A taut, well-crafted French police procedural begins with a double bill that introduces us to its principals – most of whom, following the international noir template of The Killing and Broadchurch, seem to have secrets, even the cop leading the hunt for the teenager. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Ben Arnold, John Robinson, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue, Paul Howlett

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Saturday's best TV: The Hollow Crown; Attenborough's Passion Project; Miranda

6 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Shakespeare’s history plays get a star-studded adaptation, the naturalist’s most personal films get another airing and there’s a weekend binge of the slapstick-filled sitcom

9pm, BBC2

A second series of adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays begins with the story of an ineffectual young king (Tom Sturridge) and a nation about to descend into civil war. The famous faces (Hugh Bonneville, Adrian Dunbar, Sally Hawkins and more) can be distracting and this isn’t one of the Bard’s best works, but there’s power enough to carry you along – and Sophie Okonedo is terrific as Margaret of Anjou. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Julia Raeside, Paul Howlett, Phil Harrison

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Casting: West, Comer, Adams, Rockwell, Higson

17 April 2016 11:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Z

Shane West will star opposite Leslie Bibb in Jonathan Wright's thriller "Z" for Sony Pictures. Michael Baker and Jeff Sackman will produce.

The story follow a down-on-their-luck blue-collar couple young who discover a serial killer's film reels and take a chance to capture him for the major reward - they soon end up in his crosshairs. Filming begins in Ottowa in late May. [Source: Deadline]

The White Princess

Jodie Comer ("Doctor Foster") has scored the title role in Starz's "The White Princess," the sequel to the acclaimed historical TV drama "The White Queen". Based on Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War novels, this continues the story of the beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville – the White Queen – the young princess Elizabeth.

Forced into marriage with Henry VII, she must reconcile her slowly growing love for him with her loyalty to the House of York, and choose between her »

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Shane West and Leslie Bibb Face a Serial Killer in Z

15 April 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

More psychological, serial killer-fueled horror is on its way from Sony with their new project, Z. Deadline is reporting that “Salem’s” Shane West is set to star opposite Leslie Bibb in writer-director Jonathan Wright’s thriller about a couple that gets… Continue Reading →

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Shane West Boards Sony’s Serial-Killer Creeper ‘Z’

15 April 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Shane West is set to star opposite Leslie Bibb in Z, writer-director Jonathan Wright’s thriller about a couple that gets in over their heads with a serial killer. The project is set up at Sony Pictures Worldwide and is being produced by Michael Baker and Jeff Sackman. The story follow a down-on-their-luck couple young who discover a serial killer’s film reels. They decide to take the law into their own hands, risking everything for the chance at a… »

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Wednesday’s best TV: Dunblane – Our Story; Famous, Rich and Homeless

8 March 2016 10:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Twenty years on, some of those affected by the notorious primary-school massacre share their stories. Meanwhile, celebrities sleep rough in aid of Sport Relief, plus Caitlin Moran’s childhood sitcom Raised by Wolves continues

On 13 March 1996, Thomas Hamilton murdered 16 pupils and their teacher in a gym class in the small Scottish town of Dunblane. Twenty years on, some of those affected – including Ron Taylor, the former headmaster of Dunblane Primary School, and survivor Amy Hutchinson (“I just remember my leg turning to jelly and falling to the floor”) – recall events on a day that irrevocably changed their lives. A dignified tribute to those who were lost; everything you’d want such a bleakly necessary documentary to be. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Jack Seale, Hannah J Davies, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Ben Arnold

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Friday’s best TV: Shetland, Celebrity Big Brother, The Last Leg Goes Down Under, The Most Dangerous Band in the World: the Story of Guns N’ Roses

4 February 2016 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Perez and Tosh head to Glasgow to investigate a witness-protection case; the weirdest CBB comes to an end; Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker feel the heat. Plus, excess all areas with legendary La rockers

The police procedural takes another twist as Perez and Tosh head to Glasgow, trying to discover why the now late Michael Maguire – real surname Thompson and the victim of a professional hit – was on Shetland and in a witness-protection programme. Turns out the authorities in the city may have a leak. The trip also brings Perez face to face with gangster Arthur McCall, who may hold the key to what’s happening. Taggart before it got rubbish meets Scandi-noir, and thus compelling stuff. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, Ali Catterall, Paul Howlett

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Thursday’s best TV: Room 101; Jericho; Busting the Drugs Millions: Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll; The Venture Bros; Scandal

13 January 2016 10:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

More Yorkshire navvy larks; David Tennant on sushi; a real-life drugs bust; and superior prog mockumentary; plus Adult Swim cartoon fun and the White House soap returns

Episode two of writer Steve Thompson’s navvy lark drama, and schoolmaster’s widow Annie (Jessica Raine) and her family continue to adjust to their reduced circumstances in a frontier Yorkshire shanty town. In this, they’re not helped by the unwelcome presence of railway detective Bamford (Mark Addy), who’s investigating the explosion at the viaduct at the behest of landowner Charles Blackwood (Daniel Rigby). Can Annie and enigmatic Johnny Jackson (Hans Matheson) keep their dark secret? Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, Graeme Virtue, Hannah J Davies, Paul Howlett, Ali Catterall, John Robinson

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Monday’s best TV: The Undateables; Silent Witness; When Ant and Dec Met the Prince

4 January 2016 8:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The charming dating documentary returns; a suspicious death makes Nikki question the result of a recent investigation; and Newcastle’s finest entertainers have a pow-wow with Prince Charles

Since 1976, the Prince’s Trust has offered assistance to more than 800,000 young people. A good excuse, then, for Britain’s favourite cheeky chappies to hang with Britain’s favourite lugubrious and tetchy royal sexagenarian. The duo accompany the Prince of Wales as he views some of the charity’s projects, and hear his reflections on the Trust’s future: “You can’t just sit back and say, ‘Done a marvellous job,’ because that’s how all sorts of organisations fold.” Jonathan Wright

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