BBC Children in Need

Sir Terry Wogan and Tess Daly kick off the BBC Children in Need Appeal show extravaganza, live from the BBC.

Call the Midwife will get a glittering make-over as four of its stars take to the dancefloor to compete in the Strictly Come Dancing special for BBC Children in Need. Later in the evening the cast of EastEnders will travel back in time for a vintage Hollywood-style musical performance.

Sky News Available on Apple News App

Sky News has joined with Apple to be part of its UK launch of Apple News today. The app, already available in the US, will enable millions of Apple News customers in the UK to access and customise Sky News’ feed directly on their mobile devices further extending Sky News’ digital reach.
From today, if you've updated to iOS 9.1 you'll see the Apple News icon on your home page. Tap on it to find all of Sky News’ stories in one place. You can customise them based on what you like - technology, fashion, business etc. You can save articles to read later, search for stories that interest you, share articles with friends - or post them on social media.
Andrew Hawken, Director of Products, Sky News, commented: “Sky News is always interested in embracing technology that lets us reach our customers wherever they want to access our content. I’m thrilled that our world-class journalism is now being showcased to millions of Apple News customers both in the UK and the US. This is an exciting time for Sky News’ digital development.”

Channel 4 launches Shorts series with Samsung Home Appliances

Channel 4 today announces new short form series My Pop-up Restaurant in partnership with Samsung Home Appliances – presented by supper club aficionados Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine and TV presenter Laura Jackson.

The six part series, produced by Atomized Entertainment, launches on 2nd November exclusively on All 4 for Channel 4’s unique digital Shorts platform.

My Pop-up Restaurant follows six aspirational home cooks from across the UK, who dream of becoming professionals as they open up their very own supper clubs. The passionate amateur cooks will as part of the programme be creating a menu and charging guests to attend their supper club, putting their culinary skills to the ultimate test.

The show’s ambitious chefs include Matt Adlard AKA “The Bare Chest Baker” who, inspired by his father’s Michelin star success, is looking to launch his own culinary career; Arshad Damree who is keen to promote his native Mauritian cuisine and health and food blogger Pamela Bustard.

Rufus Sewell to join Jenna Coleman in major new ITV drama Victoria

BAFTA-nominated actor Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End, The Pillars of the Earth) has been cast alongside Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley, Dancing on the Edge) in ITV’s major new drama series Victoria. 
The ambitious 8-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accesion to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was our longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September this year.
Rufus Sewell stars as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister. The two immediately connected and their intimate friendship became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government – angering both Tory and Whigs alike.
Jenna and Rufus are joined by a stellar ensemble cast including Paul Rhys (The Assets, Borgia, Being Human) as Sir John Conroy, the ambitious controller of the Duchess of Kent’s household, who controlled Victoria’s upbringing, hoping to rule through her, when she came to the throne. Peter Firth (Spooks, Undeniable, World Without End) is the Queen’s conniving uncle the Duke of Cumberland and Catherine Flemming (Simones Labyrinth, No Place to Go) plays the Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria’s mother.

Inside No 9 returns to BBC Two

The BBC has today confirmed that the award-winning Inside No 9, written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, is set to return for a third series.

The first series of Inside No 9 was garlanded with praise and won two major prizes at the Banff World Media Festival and another from the Royal Television Society. It was also nominated for a BAFTA award for its screenplays, as well as for two British Comedy Awards. The second series made a similar impact with widespread acclaim.

Guest stars in previous films have included Gemma Arterton, Denis Lawson, Sheridan Smith, Timothy West, Anna Chancellor, David Warner, Alison Steadman, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Jack Whitehall and many others and the third series promises to raise the bar ever higher.