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Vic & Bob's Big Night Out

19 May, 2017

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are returning to BBC2 for a special one-off stage show.

Vic & Bob's Big Night Out is described as a reimagining of their original - and hugely popular - parody of variety shows, Vic Reeves' Big Night Out in 1990. The one-off half-hour show will feature both old and new characters, with sketches, songs, skits and stunts. There will also be some surprise cameo appearances

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Film in Production

Aquaman

Prod Comp:
  Warner Bros. Pictures
Date:
  May 2017
Status:
  Production

Starring Jason Momoa, and taking place after the events of Justice League (2017), this film will focus on the story of Aquaman - the king of Atlantis, born Arthur Curry; half-human and half-Atlantean.

Night in Hatton Garden

Prod Comp:
  StudioCanal
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

Based on a true story and a Vanity Fair article by Mark Seal headlined "The Over The Hill Mob"; this film follows the story of the unlikely gang of retirees that pulled off the daring Hatton Garden jewelry heist of 2015.

Avatar 2

Prod Comp:
  20th Century Fox
Date:
  April 2017
Status:
  Production

Avatar 2 will be set three years after the first film and focus on the lives of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Zaldana) as they explore the other moons of Polyphemus.

A Star is Born

Prod Comp:
  Warner Bros. Pictures
Date:
  April 17, 2017
Status:
  Production

Follows Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Stefani Germanotta).

Mary Poppins Returns

Prod Comp:
  Walt Disney
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

Set in 1930s London, Mary Poppins Returns sees Michael & Jane Banks now grown up. After Michael suffers a loss, Mary Poppins re-enters their lives & uses her magical skills to help them rediscover the wonder missing in their lives.

Star Wars: Han Solo

Prod Comp:
  Walt Disney
Date:
  February 20th, 2017
Status:
  Production

Prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, this film will explore the adventures of a young Han Solo and Chewbacca, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian

Tomb Raider

Prod Comp:
  Warner Bros.
Date:
  January 23rd, 2017
Status:
  Production

Starring Alicia Vikander. This reboot follows Lara Croft as she sets out on her first expedition to finish her father's research and clear his name.

Paddington 2

Prod Comp:
  Heyday Films
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

The continuing comic misadventures of a young marmalade-loving Peruvian bear who travels to London, and the kindly Brown family who give him a home.

Recent TV Commissions

A Very English Scandal

Title:
  A Very English Scandal
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Drama
Prod Comp:
  Blueprint Pictures
Description:
  True story of the conspiracy behind Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe to kill his ex-lover.
Duration:
  3x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Giri/Haji

Title:
  Giri/Haji
Channel:
  BBC 1/Netflix
Genre:
  Drama
Prod Comp:
  Sister Pictures
Description:
  Follows Japanese protagonist coming to terms the London life his brother leads.
Duration:
  8x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Ross Noble: All Torque

Title:
  Ross Noble: All Torque
Channel:
  Dave
Genre:
  Factual Ents
Prod Comp:
  Grain Media
Description:
  Comedian Ross Noble takes part in legendary motorcycle challenge, the Scottish Six Days Trial
Duration:
  3x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Down the Garden Path with Dee Hart

Title:
  Down the Garden Path with Dee Hart
Channel:
  More 4
Genre:
  Popular Factual
Prod Comp:
  King Bert
Description:
  Miranda Hart fronts a gardening show with her mother.
Duration:
  3x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Armchair Detectives

Title:
  Armchair Detectives
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Daytime
Prod Comp:
  Tiger Aspect
Description:
  Combined quiz and gameshow that transports three players and viewers at home to a fictional town.
Duration:
  20x45mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Playing God: Butcher Breast Surgeon

Title:
  Playing God: Butcher Breast Surgeon
Channel:
  Channel 5
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Elephant House Studios
Description:
  Follows the case around breast surgeon Ian Paterson and his decade performing unnecessary operations.
Duration:
  1x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

The Truth About Sleep

Title:
  The Truth About Sleep
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Lion Television
Description:
  Explores why Britain is one of the most sleep-deprived countries in the world.
Duration:
  TBC
Status:
  Pre-production

Edith

Title:
  Edith
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Comedy
Prod Comp:
  BBC Studios
Description:
  Sitcom which follows a widow as she prepares to marry and move abroad with her elderly neighbour.
Duration:
  6x30mins
Status:
  Pre-production

The Commanders

Title:
  The Commanders
Channel:
  History UK
Genre:
  Specialist Factual
Prod Comp:
  Bad Wolf
Description:
  The anthology strand will delve into the lives of past US leaders such as Bill Clinton and Thomas Jefferson.
Duration:
  TBC
Status:
  Pre-production

One Born Every Minute Series 8

Title:
  One Born Every Minute Series 8
Channel:
  Channel 4
Genre:
  Factual Ents
Prod Comp:
  Dragonfly
Description:
  The documentary series returns to the Liverpool hospital for women for series 8.
Duration:
  TBC
Status:
  Pre-production

The Investigator Series 2 & 3

Title:
  The Investigator Series 2 & 3
Channel:
  ITV
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Shiver
Description:
  Series returns to focus on links between an unsolved murder case and a convicted killer.
Duration:
  TBC
Status:
  Pre-production

Partners In Rhyme

Title:
  Partners In Rhyme
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Entertainment
Prod Comp:
  Panda Television
Description:
  Gameshow, hosted by Len Goodman, in which contestants solve a series of rhyming charades.
Duration:
  6x30mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Taxi to Training

Title:
  Taxi to Training
Channel:
  BBC 3
Genre:
  Sport
Prod Comp:
  Goalhanger Films
Description:
  Lloyd Griffith chats with Premier League footballers while he drives them to training in a taxi.
Duration:
  8x30mins
Status:
  Pre-production

The Secret Life of The Hospital Bed

Title:
  The Secret Life of The Hospital Bed
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Crackit Productions
Description:
  Series using fixed-rig cameras to tell the story of patients in different NHS hospitals across the UK.
Duration:
  10x45mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Events

CMC Sheffield

Sheffield

Date:
  4-6 July

Join over 1,100 professionals - from every sphere of children's content creation and delivery - to hear from 200 speakers across 60 sessions and workshops at The Children's Media Conference.

Contact:
  www.bit.ly/2r3aJM1

Sky Arts 50

N/A

Date:
  Apply by Monday 29 May

Sky Arts is launching Art 50 to invite artists - from all walks of life, from all genres - to create a piece of work which says something important and passionate about what it will mean to be British when we leave the EU.

Contact:
  www.bit.ly/2phcEhY

Modern Tales Short Courses

Various

Date:
  Various Dates

Encouraging innovative story development and creative production, these new courses from Modern Tales will tackle the key areas to provide an essential broad and accessible set of skills.

Contact:
  www.bit.ly/2q5qd59

RTS Futures - VFX Meet The Experts

Curzon Soho

Date:
  Tuesday 23 May

Dive into the world of VFX and animation with experienced panellists including Alex Donne-Johnson, Creative Director at Dazzle Ship, and Pete Allinson, Head of Design at UKTV.

Contact:
  www.bit.ly/2r4JotT