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Meet the cast of Dani's Castle

7 December 2012 9:40 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Strictly Come Dancing favourite and Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer (represented by Cole Kitchenn) returns to Cbbc in the New Year in Dani's Castle, an eponymous new comedy series which sees her inherit and take over her very own crumbling estate.

Some very special guests pop into the castle along the way, including TV’s deadliest double-act Jedward, playing themselves, and Tracy Beaker Returns actor Richard Wisker as another cousin with a claim on the castle.

The 13 x 30 minute new series which picks up from where Dani’s House ended, sees Dani reassessing her life following the cancellation of fictional soap opera McHurtie’s Hospital. But her life is soon turned upside down when her mysterious Great Aunt Marjorie dies and bequeaths Dani her very own castle.

Screenterrier followers may remember there was an open casting for Dani's Castle back in April. Joining Dani in the new series are:

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EastEnders untroubled by Coronation Street spin-off

20 August 2012 5:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1's week of episodes featuring return of Sharon ends with 6.9 million viewers, as ITV special on Kenya trip gets 1.9 million

ITV1's soap spin-off Corrie Goes To Kenya drew fewer than 2 million viewers on Friday night as it found itself up against the seventh EastEnders episode of the week.

Corrie Goes To Kenya, in which some of the stars of the soap went to Kenya to work with an HIV and drug abuse charity, had 1.9 million viewers, an 8.9% share, between 9pm and 10pm on Friday.

The ITV1 documentary predictably lost out to its Albert Square rival, which rounded off a week of episodes to mark the return of Sharon to the square with 6.9 million viewers, 31.7% of the audience between 9pm and 9.30pm.

It was also up against BBC1's returning sitcom, In With The Flynns, starring Will Mellor and Warren Clarke, which began its second series with 3.2 million viewers (15.8%) between 9.30pm and 10pm. »

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Win White Van Man Series 2 on DVD

30 March 2012 9:45 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of White Van Man Series 2 starring Will Mellor on DVD 2nd April, we’ve been given three copies of the show to give away.

White Van Man Series 2 continues the story of Ollie (Will MellorIn With The Flynns, The Street), a man whose dreams of owning a restaurant were ruined when his father Tony (Clive MantleGame of Thrones, Sherlock) suffered a heart attack and he was forced to take over the family business of odd job man – something that couldn’t be further away from his Michelin-starred dreams!

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, simply click next to be taken to the entry form and question…. »

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Putting the accent on comedy: why the BBC is going regional

10 March 2012 4:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fired by the success of such sitcoms as Gavin & Stacey, the corporation is launching a new wave of regional comedy

Comedy shows such as The Likely LadsThe Liver Birds, Bread, Rab C Nesbitt and The Royle Family are all widely regarded as popular television classics. Character-based and filmed traditionally in the studio, they let the strong regional voices of British humour into the nation's living rooms.

Now, prompted by the success of the Anglo-Welsh sitcom Gavin & Stacey and the Dublin-set ratings hit Mrs Brown's Boys, the BBC is heralding a return to this kind of regional sitcom as a series of brand new comedy shows set in the north of England and in Scotland go into production.

Last week the corporation announced the commissioning of Hebburn, a show created by the standup comedian Jason Cook and set in the north-east. The sitcom, which will revolve around a cast »

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