Celebrity Coach Trip returns to E4 with a new line-up of VIP travellers
Pack your budgie smugglers as E4’s Coach Trip is hitting the road again! Legendary international tour guide Brendan Sheerin will be welcoming a new set of celebrity sun-seekers for an action-packed tour around the Mediterranean.
The six pairs joining the coach on Day 1 of the latest tour are Queen of the Jungle Vicky Pattison and her pal, one-third of TV’s Thomas brothers Scott Thomas; radio presenter Kate Lawler and viral video sensation Arron Crascall; Love Island friends Georgia Steel and Alexandra Cane; Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle and his friend, comedian Sarah Keyworth; sisters Cleopatra and Yonah Higgins from iconic 90s pop group Cleopatra; and Brendan pairs up solo travellers, former EastEnders bad boy Harry Reid and ex-The Apprentice candidate James Hill.
This 10-day tour will see the pairs enjoy exhilarating excursions and cultural outings. But as ever, at the end of each day, the pairs will vote face to face to decide who they no longer wish to travel with. The pair who receives the most votes will receive a yellow card; two yellow cards will see them take home a red card and wave goodbye to the trip to be replaced by a new celebrity pair waiting to fill their seats. And for the first time, the new series will see double the action as each episode will be a full hour of sun, sea and scandal on E4 five nights a week.
Celebrity Coach Trip returns this autumn on E4. The 10 x 60 series is produced by 12 Yard Productions, the ITV Studios’ owned indie, with Executive Producers Matt Walton and Ben Stevens. The series is commissioned for E4 Jonny Rothery, Commissioning Editor for Features and Formats. (E4)
Love Island goes to two series a year in 2020
Viewers will no longer have to wait a year for their next instalment of TV’s most talked about summer series, as ITV today confirmed that during 2020 there will be two series of Love Island on ITV2.
Love Island is the most watched programme of the year for adults aged 16-34, across any channel.
The show has hit new heights in its fifth series this summer, breaking the 6 million viewers mark for the first time, in terms of four-screen consolidated viewing.
There have been over 2 billion impressions on Twitter so far this series, and the Love Island account has over 3 million instagram followers.
In early 2020 Love Island will be back in an all new location, with the first series of the year bringing the sunshine to viewers at home from a brand new villa in South Africa.
The summer series will then return to Europe for a summer of love closer to home.
Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions at ITV said:
“Off the back of a record-breaking year, we’re delighted to be bringing an extra series of our biggest and sunniest show to the 2020 schedule. Love Island has proven yet again to be the perfect format that engages younger audiences. In response to this viewer appetite, a new batch of young singletons will deliver some highly anticipated post-Christmas romance and drama from our new and luxurious location.”
Love Island UK is produced by ITV Studios Entertainment and Motion Content Group.
Angela Jain, Managing Director ITV Studios Entertainment said:
“We love making Love Island for ITV2. The show’s success is testament to the magnificent production team that decamp to Mallorca every year to deliver the award-winning show with its trademark warmth, wit and wide-ranging appeal. And now 2020 is going to have even more love than before.”
Love Island has also proved a great success in terms of how commercial partners work with editorial to forge partnerships that are a great fit for the show, and with this new series comes lots of new commercial opportunities.
Love Island is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group Ltd and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Full stream ahead for BritBox in UK as ITV and BBC sign agreement
ITV and the BBC have now signed an agreement to launch BritBox in the UK in the fourth quarter of this year. This is a bold, new step for ITV and BBC as they seek to work together to offer something fresh and distinctive to the public.
- BritBox will be competitively priced at £5.99 per month in HD and across multiple screens and devices, which is less than other streaming services
- BritBox will be full of the nation’s favourite programmes and the home of the largest collection of British boxsets. In addition to this storehouse, BritBox is commissioning a broad range of original series made exclusively for BritBox
- The brand-new streaming service will be co-branded by ITV and the BBC and will showcase the depth and breadth of British creativity, on demand, ad free and all in one place
- Mainstream audiences are moving to SVOD in large numbers and research shows that there is a real appetite among British viewers for a new British streaming service – in addition to their current subscriptions
- BritBox will be the place to view shows recently broadcast on ITV and BBC including Love Island, Famalam, Cleaning Up and Gentleman Jack as well as bringing home iconic shows such as Gavin And Stacey, Victoria, Happy Valley, Broadchurch, Les Miserables, The Office and Benidorm which will be on the service at launch or come onto the service shortly after when licences with other SVODs end
- Carolyn McCall, CEO of ITV, says: “The agreement to launch BritBox is a milestone moment. Subscription video on demand is increasingly popular with consumers who love being able to watch what they want when they want to watch it. They are also happy to pay for this ease of access to quality content and so BritBox is tapping into this, and a new revenue stream for UK public service broadcasters.
“ITV and BBC have made, and continue to make, the programmes that both reflect and shape British culture and creativity. We now look forward to working together to launch the largest collection of British boxsets ever – bringing the very best in past, present and future British programming and award-winning content to viewers all in one place.
“We are already working together on BritBox in the US and Canada and this is proving to be very successful, exceeding its targets.
“We are committed to making BritBox UK a great success. Discussions continue with other content and distribution partners and we are looking forward to making further announcements in the coming months.”
BBC Director General, Tony Hall, says: “We have a world beating TV industry with outstanding content. The BBC and ITV are at the centre of that. Together, we have been responsible for delivering the majority of “must see” moments on British TV over the last decade. That ‘must see’ content will now be on BritBox.
“But this service isn’t just about the past. I am really excited about the new shows it will commission. With a remit to be daring and different, many future classics will be commissioned and live on BritBox for the future. These are exciting times for people who love quality TV. Importantly, these shows will be truly British, showcasing our culture and telling distinctive stories. It’s what makes real British TV so special.”
BritBox will tap into the demand for a new British streaming service and the innovative new service will have thousands of hours of the nation’s favourite content from ITV and the BBC (as well as from other British broadcasters and production companies) across a variety of genres, including critically acclaimed drama, crime thrillers, classic comedy and powerful documentaries alongside reality hits and entertainment.
ITV and the BBC will open up their archive of owned content to BritBox viewers. BritBox will be a multi-genre service, with a strong focus on multi series drama boxsets, and from launch thousands of hours of much-loved British television will be available. BritBox will curate this unique store of award-winning television to enable viewers to reconnect with favourite shows and to discover classic programmes they missed first time.
Both ITV and the BBC will also provide a new and regular flow of fresh programmes as soon as they come out of their broadcast and catch-up windows. This will provide viewers with hundreds of hours of new ITV and BBC content every year. Many of these shows will be exclusive to UK viewers through BritBox and the flow of programmes will ensure that the content on BritBox is refreshed every week.
BritBox is also commissioning original content from British production companies specifically created for BritBox. The first new show is expected to be commissioned soon and will be available to BritBox viewers from 2020.
Governance and equity structure
BritBox will be an ITV-controlled venture, but as a founding partner, the BBC will contribute to the development of the core purposes and strategic direction of the venture. ITV initially holds 90% and the BBC holds 10% of the equity. The BBC has an option to acquire additional shares over time up to 25% in total and ITV will have the ability to bring additional investors on board. ITV will be able to appoint a majority of the BritBox board while the BBC’s equity stake provides it with board representation from the outset.
BritBox will have its own dedicated management team led by Reemah Sakaan, Group Director ITV SVOD, responsible for making editorial decisions about the service content while also ensuring alignment with ITV’s and the BBC’s branding and editorial policies. Reemah reports to Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television, who has overall commissioning responsibility for BritBox.
BritBox will pay market rate fees for all content provided by ITV, BBC and other rights owners.
Promotion and marketing
Both ITV and the BBC will support the launch of BritBox with a high-profile marketing and promotional campaign and will also look at how best to connect viewers between BritBox, ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer as they search for the content they wish to view.
With ITV’s and BBC’s commitment to BritBox they will be building a distinctive library of content, as existing licence agreements with other players expire.
Grantchester will return to ITV for a fifth season
Grantchester, starring Robson Green and Tom Brittney, will return to ITV for a fifth series.
In series four, which aired on ITV earlier this year, young, new parish priest Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) became DI Geordie Keating’s (Robson Green) new crime-fighting partner.
Series five picks up a year later, in Cambridge in 1957, the year Prime Minister Harold Macmillan told the British people that they had ‘never had it so good’. For many of the residents of Grantchester, it really will feel like they’re in a delightful new Eden, but for all the talk of paradise on earth and faith-in-action, Geordie Keating knows that trouble is never far away.
Kudos Executive Producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd says:
“We are very excited that Grantchester is returning for a fifth series. The audience has taken the pairing of Robson Green and Tom Brittney to their hearts and we are delighted to be able to continue the story of Geordie and Will with Masterpiece and ITV. ”
Grantchester will start shooting this summer in Cambridgeshire, with further casting news set to be announced in due course. The series will be Executive Produced for Kudos by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd and by writer/creator Daisy Coulam. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton at WGBH Boston. Series five will be produced by Richard Cookson and directed by Gordon Anderson, Christiana Ebohon-Green and Rob Evans. Adapted from the Grantchester Mysteries novels by James Runcie, the series was developed for television by Daisy Coulam and written by Daisy Coulam and John Jackson, Carey Andrews, Jake Riddell and Joshua St Johnston.
A co-production between Kudos, part of Endemol Shine UK, and MASTERPIECE for ITV, Grantchester is distributed by Endemol Shine International and has sold across 176 countries.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show returns to BBC One this Autumn
The Bafta award-winning Michael McIntyre will bring his Big Show back to BBC One for a fifth series later this year from a new home. The 6×60′ show will be filmed in front of a live audience from the world famous home of British entertainment, the London Palladium in the heart of Theatreland.
Michael will host the Saturday night entertainment extravaganza which will be packed with superstar celebrity guests, amazing musical performances and a few extra surprises along the way. The show will also see the return of series favourites such as the hilarious Send To All which will see nervous celebrities handing over their mobile phone to Michael. More unsuspecting members of the public will be woken up in the middle of the night to play the Midnight Gameshow and more amazing surprises for the Unexpected Star as they will get the opportunity to perform live in front of 2000 people on stage at the Palladium.
Michael McIntyre says: “The BBC have once again asked me to steal celebrities’ mobile phones and break in to people’s houses in the middle of the night, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
“The Big Show is back with all the audience’s favourites, Send To All, The Midnight Gameshow and Unexpected Star Of The Show, plus big new ideas. I can’t wait!”
Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning, says: “It’s great to have Michael’s Big Show back containing even more big laughs and big surprises. It really is several shows in one sending treat after treat to all who watch!”.
Dan Baldwin, Managing Director of Hungry McBear Media, says: “We’re delighted to be coming back for a new series of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. This year we have some exciting brand new ideas to reveal to the audience. Plus we record every show from the historic London Palladium which will only add to the atmosphere and top quality entertainment.
“Families up and down the country are going to be glued to their TV’s for the Big Show, on BBC One, on Saturday nights”.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show series five was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning. Michael McIntyre’s Big Show is produced by Hungry McBear Media. The Executive Producers for Hungry McBear Media are Dan Baldwin and Diego Rincon. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.
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Michael McIntyre’s Big Show will air on BBC One later this year.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show will be filmed in front a live audience at the London Palladium whilst the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is closed for refurbishment.
Series four was the most successful series to date with the show regularly pulling in an average of 7.3million viewers. Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show was the highest overnight rated show on Christmas Day 2018 with an average of 6.1 million viewers.