Popular UK TV hosts Ant and Dec have extended their relationship with ITV under a new contract that puts them exclusively on the channel until at least the end of 2019. The three-year deal includes further cycles of reality series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, which returned Sunday night with an average 10.7M; Britain’s Got Talent; and Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which launched in February with 8.7M, the show’s biggest audience in more than a decade. An NBC version, Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, ran in the U.S. from September 15- November 3, 2015 before being cancelled. Ant and Dec joined ITV in 1998, presenting the Saturday morning shows SM:tv LIVE and CD:UK. The award-winning duo has a record-breaking 30 National Television Awards (including Most Popular Entertainment Presenters for 15 consecutive years), 12 BAFTAs, 8 RTS Awards and several TV Choice Awards. The pair will continue on the three main shows and explore further opportunities both in front of and behind the camera.
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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child worked its magic at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday, scooping the Best Play prize at a star-studded ceremony. Best Actor was Ralph Fiennes for his work in The Master Builder and Richard III. Best Actress went to Billie Piper for Yerma and Best Musical Performance was won by Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum. John Malkovich scored the Best Director award for Good Canary at the Rose Theatre. Sean Mathias’s production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land at Wyndham’s theatre, and starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, was named best revival. The ceremony concluded with Kenneth Branagh receiving the special Lebedev award for his season of plays — including Romeo And Juliet and The Entertainer — at the Garrick Theatre. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child opened this summer to rave reviews at the Palace Theatre. Written by Jack Thorne and based on an original new story by Thorne, Potter creator JK Rowling, and John Tiffany, the production meets up with The Boy Who Lived after the events in the coda of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and spawned a bestselling book of the play’s script.
BBC Two has ordered a new six-part cooking series starring Mary Berry. The former Great British Bake Off judge will celebrate some of the recipes that have formed the cornerstone of her cooking in Mary Berry’s Everyday, to be produced by Sidney Street. Venison, beekeeping and the great British pie are all on the menu. Broadcast is due in 2017. Executive producer is Tom Edwards, with Sidney Street’s Karen Ross. BBC Books will publish the accompanying book in January, following on from previous bestsellers Mary Berry: Foolproof Cooking, Mary Berry: Absolute Favourites and Mary Berry Cooks. Berry and BBC One recently said they were reteaming for another series, this one about Britain’s stately homes, after Bake Off was poached by ITV.
France’s prestigious Louis-Delluc Prize has set its shortlist of seven features. Hailing from such fests as Cannes, Berlin and Venice, the films will be judged by a jury led by former Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob. Staying Vertical by Alain Guiraudie and La Mort De Louis XIV from Albert Serra are on the list. So are Things To Come from Mia Hansen-Love, which won the Silver Bear for directing in Berlin, and The Son Of Joseph helmed by Eugene Green. François Ozon’s Venice premiere Frantz; Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama; and Claire Simon’s documentary Le Bois Dont Les Rêves Sont Faits round out the shortlist. Films vying for the feature debut Delluc have yet to be revealed. Prizes are to be handed out on December 14.
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