Mr Selfridge has added cast for the fourth season, which is expected to return next year. The ITV period drama stars Jeremy Piven as the titular department store impresario with Katherine Kelly, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ron Cook, Amanda Abbington, Amy Beth Hayes, Trystan Gravelle, Sacha Parkinson and Samuel West all coming back. New cast members include Sacha Dhawan (Line Of Duty), Lottie Tolhurst and Mimi Ndiweni (Cinderella). Joining them are Emma Hamilton (The Tudors) and Zoe Richards (How To Become A Criminal Mastermind) as the Dolly Sisters. Harry Selfridge became besotted with the Dollys, groundbreaking performers of their era who were contributors to his fall from grace. The fourth season focuses on that dramatic fall as he loses hold of the empire and social status that he worked so hard to create.
BBC Four’s Detectorists has begun shooting its second season with Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones reprising their roles as friends who share a passion for metal detecting. The six-part series and Christmas special are being filmed during the next six weeks in Suffolk, Essex and London. The comedy’s first season won a Bafta TV Craft Award for writing as well as the Best Scripted Comedy BAFTA. From Treasure Trove Productions, Channel X North and Lola Entertainment, it’s due to air later this year. The show picks up with Lance (Jones) lovelorn after the departure of his ex-wife, while Andy (Crook) and his wife are new parents. The cast also includes Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle) and Aimee Ffion-Edwards (Being Human, Luther). Crook wrote and directs the series.
All3Media’s Objective Productions has appointed Layla Smith as CEO. With the announcement, Andrew Newman is moving on from the role after six years. Smith previously was Managing Director at John Stanley Productions and Controller of Entertainment at ITV. She will lead the comedy and entertainment indie in both the UK and the U.S. Part of the All3Media group, Objective’s credits include Toast Of London (Channel 4), The Cube (ITV), Peep Show (Channel 4), Bad Robots (e4), Fresh Meat (Channel 4), and Breaking Magic and The Mind Control Freaks (Discovery).