News From the BBC and BBC America’s “Doctor Who” Comic-Con@Home Panel





News From the BBC and BBC America’s “Doctor Who” Comic-Con@Home Panel
New character Vinder, played by Jacob Anderson, will make his debut in the upcoming season joining Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.
[via press release from BBC America]
***MEDIA ALERT***

BBC and BBC AMERICA presented a virtual panel for Doctor Who at Comic-Con@Home earlier today. Series news and a link to the new promo debuted during the panel are below:

Doctor Who Season 13

Moderated by Salon.com’s Melanie McFarland, today’s panel featured Showrunner Chris Chibnall and cast members Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.

· Doctor Who Season 13 promo

· New character Vinder, played by Jacob Anderson, will make his debut in the upcoming season joining Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.

All AMC Networks panels will post to AMC+ on Thursday, July 29 in a dedicated AMC+ Fan Experience collection, along with memorable sessions from prior years.



BBC Announces Two Further Series of Award-Winning Drama “Call the Midwife”





BBC Announces Two Further Series of Award-Winning Drama “Call the Midwife”
Series 12 and 13, commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, will consist of two eight-episode series and two Christmas specials.
[via press release from BBC]
BBC announces two further series of award-winning drama Call The Midwife

Two more series of multiple award-winning Call The Midwife have been commissioned for BBC One.

It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over. – Heidi Thomas

With series ten due to launch on Sunday 18 April at 8pm and series 11 about to commence filming, Call The Midwife will now be on air until 2024. Series 12 and 13, commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, will consist of two 8×60′ series and two Christmas specials.

Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Call The Midwife is celebrating its tenth anniversary series this year and continues to be one of Britain’s most popular and most watched drama series since it launched in 2012. The series attracts an enormous audience for BBC One, with its Christmas Specials achieving over 9 million viewers. Series nine was also the fourth biggest drama across all channels in 2020. The drama has won multiple awards across the decade for its depiction of challenging medical stories which are tackled by the nuns and midwives of Poplar.

Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, says: “It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over. We are thrilled to be going on for a few more years! Like Nonnatus House itself, we have a proud past but an even more exciting future – full of old favourites, fresh faces, higher hemlines, new ideas. The stories we tell are like babies – they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one.”

Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions, says: “We are all delighted by this vote of confidence from the BBC, and are looking forward to delivering more laughter, tears and babies for our loyal fans. Over the past ten years it has been an honour to see how warmly the show has been embraced by audiences around the world, thanks to the skilful writing of Heidi Thomas and the brilliant work of our cast and crew.”

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: “The enduring popularity of Call The Midwife is a testament to the extraordinary love and creativity from its creator Heidi Thomas and its producers Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank. We are delighted to have secured the future of Call The Midwife for two further series beyond those which are currently in production, and look forward to enjoying more adventures for the inhabitants of Nonnatus House for years to come.”

Series creator Heidi Thomas continues to lead the writing team and serve as Executive Producer alongside Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank. Executive Producer for the BBC is Mona Qureshi with Ann Tricklebank as Producer.

Call The Midwife returns this Sunday at 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

JN



“Bloodlands” to Return for a Second Series on the BBC





“Bloodlands” to Return for a Second Series on the BBC After Biggest BBC Drama Launch in Northern Ireland on Record
The cat-and-mouse thriller is rooted in Northern Ireland, and filming will take place once again in Belfast and the surrounding areas, including Strangford Lough.
[via press release from BBC]
Bloodlands to return for a second series on the BBC after biggest BBC drama launch in Northern Ireland on record

HTM Television’s ratings-hit Bloodlands, starring James Nesbitt, will return for a second series on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Bloodlands launched with an average of 8.2 million viewers, making it the biggest new BBC drama launch since last June. In Northern Ireland, the premiere episode had a 52 percent consolidated audience share (live and time-shifted viewing), making it the highest BBC drama to launch locally on record. Following this success, the BBC have ordered a second series from writer Chris Brandon, who had his first original drama commission in Bloodlands.

The critically acclaimed ‘Irish-noir’ drama which has kept the nation hooked for the past four weeks concluded tonight, as audiences were shocked by the revelations about the complex character of DCI Tom Brannick and what his future might entail.

The cat-and-mouse thriller is rooted in Northern Ireland, and filming will take place once again in Belfast and the surrounding areas, including Strangford Lough. This is the latest commission to be announced as part of the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen partnership agreement. The successful partnership, which is soon to be renewed for its third term, continues to support the screen industry in Northern Ireland and help ensure that content filmed and set in Northern Ireland is brought to audiences across the UK and internationally.

Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the audience response to Bloodlands and are thrilled to announce that the series is returning. Chris’ scripts shine a light on to tensions in Northern Ireland, both historic and present day, and it’s a testament to his skills as a dramatist, to a virtuoso performance from Jimmy Nesbitt and the care taken by all at HTM Television, that the series has been so beloved by audiences in Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.”

Jed Mercurio, Executive Producer, HTM Television, says: “Everyone at HTM Television is thrilled our debut production has been recommissioned. It’s a tribute to the quality of Chris Brandon’s writing, the hard work of our crew and the brilliant performance of our cast led by James Nesbitt. We’re grateful for the outstanding support we’ve received from the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen and can’t wait to reward Bloodlands fans with another twisty case for Brannick and co.”

James Nesbitt, says: “I’m thrilled that viewers responded to Bloodlands so positively and that we will be returning for a second series. I’m always happy to be back in Northern Ireland and to reveal even more about Tom Brannick.”

Writer Chris Brandon says: “I’m absolutely delighted that Tom Brannick’s story will continue with a new series of Bloodlands. It has been phenomenal to get such a positive response to James Nesbitt’s astounding performance, and the excellent work of his fellow cast and crew. What a privilege to begin another adventure with HTM Television and the BBC, in Northern Ireland – I can’t wait.”

Richard Williams, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Screen, says: “It gives us a great sense of pride to see millions of viewers across the UK tune into a drama not just made, but set in Northern Ireland. We are delighted that Bloodlands has been renewed, I’m sure HTM Television, Chris Brandon and our incredibly talented local crew will deliver another fantastic series. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Brannick.”

Bloodlands is the first drama from Jed Mercurio’s Production Company and he will continue to serve as an Executive Producer alongside Mark Redhead and Jimmy Mulville for HTM Television and Tommy Bulfin and Tom Lazenby for the BBC. Bloodlands was recommissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer.

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