BBC’s new show Master Of Ceremonies will see wedding planners help couples plan the big day
FROM MasterChef to Design Masters, Beebs love a good show challenge to bring out the best of their competition.
Now they’re giving us another one, Master Of Ceremonies, which is based on planning weddings.
The new BBC2 series pits two rookie planners against each other in an effort to deliver the ultimate big day for a bride and groom.
And the timing couldn’t be better as it will help some couples whose wedding plans have been left in tatters by the lockdown.
A spokesperson said: “At the heart of every episode are our couple and their families. It is up to the planners to work together to achieve the couple’s dream wedding in just a few days.
“Planners will be talented, creative and have great organizational skills, but they will try the impossible as they go out of their way to throw amazing weddings against the clock.
“They know that if they fail, they could be excluded from the competition at any time by the pragmatic judges.”
The six-part show is expected to be presented by a renowned presenter as well as expert judges at the top of this multi-billion pound industry.
BBC2 has a knack for encouraging contests that become big hits.
They were behind the MasterChef reboot in 2005 with John Torode and Gregg Wallace, and they started The Great British Sewing Bee with Claudia Winkleman in 2013.
The two proved to be so popular that they then moved on to BBC1 and became two of the channel’s most beloved midweek shows.
Meanwhile, BBC2’s most recent success is Design Masters, which sees comic book host Alan Carr pitting interior designers against each other in a series of challenges.
Like The Repair Shop swap last year, it won’t be long before Alan takes the big step too.
PHIL: OUR COVID DUTY
THEY have maintained millions of viewers for 15 months of pandemic fear and lockdown.
And balancing the fun with the facts, This Morning’s Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby tried to make sure no one felt lonely.
Now, speaking about their roles on the box during the health crisis, Phil said he was watching ex-hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan’s coverage of Princess Diana’s death in 1997 which made him direct the prominent role. that This Morning is playing to reassure viewers during tough times.
He explained, “When Diana passed away in that tunnel and This Morning was the next day, Richard and Judy held the nation’s hands with a dear [late agony aunt] Denise Robertson and had a great open phone conversation and took the absolute pulse of the nation – the feeling and the heartache.
“They weren’t afraid to show their grief. That is, in a microcosm, what This Morning is and can be.
“And then you just blow that up and do it for a year.” I think you suddenly realize, “That’s exactly what we’re here for, that’s what we do. “”
This Morning is enjoying its best marks in 19 years, with more than 10 million viewers tipping in in the first week of lockdown.
Holly, who has three young children with her husband and TV producer Dan Baldwin, added, “I knew we were doing something big.
“I have the kids at home, I was really the only one in and out of this house and I was worried because I thought I had a responsibility to my own kids.
“Having said that, I knew what we were doing was important, so I wanted to keep doing it. “
GILLIAN: THE FALL MAY BE BACK
FANS of The Fall will be happy to hear Gillian Anderson confirm that there have been talks to bring the blockbuster crime drama back to our screens.
The BBC cult series, which ended in October 2016 after three series, saw Gillian as DSI Stella Gibson alongside Jamie Dornan’s serial killer Paul Spector.
Gillian, who recently played Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, said, “The Fall is something we are discussing.
“Even when we finished those three seasons, we talked about it one day, maybe – the same way Prime Suspect did – we’ll come back.
“There were huge breaks between their seasons.
“This is sort of the first time that our writer / creator-director Allan Cubitt has been ready to dive again.”
Speaking about her television career, Gillian also revealed that she returned from the US to the UK in 2002 because she struggled to find the right roles.
She said: “No A-List actor was on TV and we forget that. Here, there has never been any stigma about it.
“Judi Dench’s world stars move between theater, television and cinema.
“My preference is to do all three. The fact that I get there, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
THE TOOTH HURTS FOR GRAEME
IF anyone thinks football is coming home, it’s Frank Skinner, who wrote the famous Three Lions anthem with his comedic colleague David Baddiel in 1996.
That’s why, when TV specialist Graeme Souness said of England’s soft performance against Scotland on Friday, “If you keep playing like this it won’t make it home,” the joker Brummie couldn’t help but strike back – mocking former Liverpool and the Scottish captain’s sparkling pearly whites.
Speaking on his latest podcast, Frank said, “It’s okay, but we won’t keep playing like this, don’t worry Graeme. . . with your big white teeth!
“Oh, I mean come on. . . We were told when I started on TV that you can’t wear white on the screen because it blazes.
“Well, you sure can’t bring those teeth to a studio. They were blazing like there was no tomorrow.
“It was like watching a Vangelis concert.”
SCHOOL drama Ackley Bridge – starring Jo Joyner, Liz White and Sunetra Sarker – returns for a fifth series on Channel 4 and is now in “active development,” according to insiders.
The last series saw a format change, the show being broadcast on weekdays at 6 p.m. for a fortnight and all episodes available on All4
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David Walliams and Danny Dyer will appear on Michael Mcintyre’s Christmas special The Wheel.
The Saturday night show, in which celebrities help contestants make big bucks, will return to BBC1 later this year for a second series.
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Earlier this month, The Sun revealed how the filming of the new series was plunged into chaos when a member of the crew caught Covid, forcing guest Harry Redknapp to self-isolate.
Anton Du Beke, Lady Leshurr, Nick Grimshaw, Carol Vorderman and Mr Motivator are among those expected to star in the new 16-part series as well.
The comic host said he was “delighted” with the success of the show.