New Channel 5 documentary The Highland Midwife sees one woman help 2000 women give birth
Brand new documentary series The Highland Midwife airs tonight (Wednesday, July 5) and showcases the important work midwives are doing in the Scottish countryside.
Labour can be a scary prospect for pregnant mums in rural Scotland, as maternity wards can often be miles away and difficult to access. This Channel 5 documentary series highlights the various obstacles faced by expecting parents and the importance of the midwife in facilitating a safe and comfortable birth.
Tonight, viewers will get an insight into the job as the series focuses in on certain midwifes in the area.
Morven Fioretti, for instance, has been a midwife for 23 years and estimates she must have helped more than 2000 women.
She said: “I don’t keep count of how many babies I’ve delivered. In my mind, you’re just catching the baby when it comes out. I’ve got a wee sticker on the back of my car which says, ‘Midwives help people out.’
“I remember all the ladies who have had their babies at home but I don’t keep a tally. Most of our ladies have their babies in the hospital but we have a few home births.”
Morven continued: “It’s an amazing job. You’re seeing someone through a very exciting time in their life but also quite a daunting time.
“You’re there to guide them through pregnancy and to maintain their health and preparation for the baby coming.
“It’s a privileged time to be part of their lives. And it’s nice to watch communities’ families growing as well.”
The Highland Midwife airs tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm on Channel 5.
The Windsors returns for a second hilarious series tonight on Channel 4
The hilariously funny royal comedy, The Windsors, premieres with its second series tonight (Wednesday, July 5) at 10pm on Channel 4.
The programme returns for more Royal Family satire this evening and stars Harry Enfield, Haydn Gwynne, Morgana Robinson, Louise Ford, Hugh Skinner, Richard Goulding, Katy Wix, Ellie White, Celeste Dring, Tim Wallers and Matthew Cottle.
Alongside the usual Royal favourites, there are also a couple of exciting character additions to the show this year. Theresa May and Donald Trump are to set appear in the storyline this time around, and we’re sure they will be more than favourable portrayals…
When asked to describe the show, Gwynne (who plays Camilla) recently explained: “I would call it sublimely daft, I suppose. It’s spoofing not so much the royal family as media portrayals of the royal family. It’s spoofing a particular brand of American TV soap opera. And there are also lots of references to famous films and so on – there was Rebecca in the first series, and you get a bit of The Man in the Iron Mask. But it’s a particularly British sort of comedy.”
She also spoke about what it is like to work so closely alongside Harry Enfield: “I love working with Harry. Apart from anything else, he’s a really sweet, gentle man. It’s a really lovely cast, we really enjoy each other. Working with Harry, when we’re rehearsing, I never know what he’s going to come up with. We do just laugh a lot.
“Actually, we didn’t have a lot to do together in the Christmas Special, my storyline took me off in a different direction – so when we were having meetings about what was going to happen in the second series, I did actually check that I’d have a lot to do with Harry.”
If you cannot wait until 10pm to watch the series, Channel 4 has released a trailer, which you can watch below:
The Windsors returns tonight (Wednesday) at 10pm on Channel 4
“In short, it’s nothing like real life, which frankly is a relief.”
Friday’s show will be followed by more all-star specials, as well as a full brand new civilian series. And it looks as though the revival will be sticking to the format that made it a British TV favourite back in the 90s.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of the show, the main objective is to amass as many crystals as possible by playing a number of games in different zones. The crystals will earn contestants time in the famous Crystal Dome, in which they have to get their hands on as many golden tickets as possible in order to win a prize.
The original series was hosted by Richard O’Brien between 1990-1993, followed by Edward Tudor-Pole who presented two series and two specials.
The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special airs Friday (June, 23) at 9pm on Channel 4.
Richard Osman will host new quiz show House of Games on BBC Two
The BBC has commissioned Richard Osman’s House of Games, which will air later this year on BBC Two.
The much-loved Richard Osman is best know for co-hosting popular quiz series Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong. However, the presenter will now begin a new venture solo as he fronts his own celebrity teatime quiz on BBC Two.
The new show will see celebrities battle one another in the ultimate test of quiz knowledge. The programme will be made up of a succession of fast-paced rounds as the famous faces compete in knowledge-based games.
Each show will culminate with an intense quick-fire round, which will not only decide the daily winner but will build up to the eventual week’s champion each Friday.
Of course, Richard will be on hand to cross-examine the opposing celebs as they showcase their quizzing talents.
“The show is going to be great fun,” Richard said.
“Lots of great rounds, lots of competitive celebs, lots of surprises, and, most importantly, so much to play along with at home.”
Richard Hague, Head of Entertainment at Remarkable Television, added: “Richard Osman’s House of Games is a unique collection of innovative, clever play-along trivia rounds.
“In the very capable hands of Richard, each game is a proper test of knowledge – and with a returning cast of celebrity contestants building warmth and camaraderie throughout the week, this entertaining new format is the ultimate feel good quiz for BBC Two.”
Richard Osman’s House of Games will air on BBC Two later this year.
Wife Swap returns for a one-off, Brexit special tonight
Wife Swap: Brexit Special airs tonight (Thursday, June 15) on Channel 4 and we’re sure this politically charged episode will be full of fireworks.
The original Wife Swap series began back in 2003, but was axed six years later in 2009. However, Channel 4 is revamping the show for a one-off, Brexit edition.
The show will return “for an intimate look at the nation’s biggest talking point – Brexit.” Brexit and Remain households will trade spouses, as Ukip supporter Pauline Edwards and Green Party Remainer Kat Boettge switch lives for one whole week.
Oh, boy. This is going to be interesting.
Daniel Fromm, Executive Producer at RDF Television said: ““With the Brexit debate dominated by politicians and journalists it will be fascinating to hear the voices of two ordinary families grappling with the issue.”
Emily Jones, Commissioning Editor, Education, for Channel 4, added: “Wife Swap was largely about how people chose to run their homes, but it always had political undertones.
“Now the world has changed and recent events have brought political issues into the heart of every household.
“What better time to bring back this much loved format to explore Brexit and hear firsthand the conversations happening in every home.”
You can watch the trailer for Wife Swap: Brexit Special below:
Wife Swap: Brexit Special airs tonight (Thursday, June 15) at 9pm on Channel 4.
New crime drama Fearless premieres on ITV this evening at 9pm. The exciting six-part series begins tonight (Monday June 12) and stars Peaky Blinders‘ Helen McCrory. The crime drama follows a… read more
New crime drama Fearless premieres on ITV this evening at 9pm.
The exciting six-part series begins tonight (Monday June 12) and stars Peaky Blinders‘ Helen McCrory.
The crime drama follows a hard-working lawyer named Emma Banville (McCrory) as she fights to prove the innocence of her client, who she believes has been wrongly accused of murdering a young Suffolk schoolgirl.
Fearless jumps from Emma’s present city life in London to her earlier days growing up in Suffolk, where she began establishing her law career.
McCrory spoke about her character Emma, describing her as: “A vulnerable hero, a pioneer, a reaction to her own damaged past and someone who cares so much about what’s happening to the world about her.”
Speaking to the Express, she continued: “We’ve seen some strong female leads on TV, but (writer) Patrick Harbinson created a character I’ve never seen before.”
The Suffolk setting plays a prominent role in the new series, with much of the famous countryside featuring throughout the six episodes.
Assistant location manager Chloe Misson said: “Suffolk looks amazing. It features from the opening episode all the way through, in a series of flashbacks, as well as current-day action.
“We filmed at Bentwaters Parks and the countryside around it. The way those hills roll – the way they look if you are out on them – we captured something very rural, very isolated.”
Fearless begins tonight (Monday, June 12) at 9pm on ITV.
Channel 5 launching new show to rival ITV2’s Love Island
Channel 5 is set to launch a new show to rival popular ITV2 dating series Love Island.
The new programme, reportedly entitled We’re On A Break, will feature a group of loved up couples who are jetted off to sunny Mexico for the ultimate relationship test. Landing in party central and presented with numerous opportunities to flirt with other people, the duos will find out whether their relationship has what it takes to go the distance.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “These couples are in that situation where you just don’t know how you feel about the relationship until you’ve broken up, tested the water with a new date or seen your ex with someone else.
“What everyone in the show would agree on is they want a better relationship than what they’ve been having.
“Some might sink, some might swim. It’s being tipped as Love Island in reverse – they’re not singles looking for love – these people are in established relationships potentially looking to become single again.
“Who comes home with who on the flight back to Blighty is anyone’s guess.”
Love Island is set to return very soon for a third series and it is rumoured that former contestant Katie Salmon might be making a comeback to the show this year.
WATCH: Trailer for GLOW, a new comedy drama about female wrestling arriving on Netflix
An exciting new comedy drama is landing on Netflix this June and if you’re all about female power then we’d definitely recommend giving this series a go.
Netflix introduces GLOW to its audiences next month, a brand new series about women’s wrestling in the late 1980s. The show gives viewers and insight into the obstacles women faced during a period when female fighting was seen as unconventional.
The initials standing for “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling”, GLOW is named after the 1986-1992 women’s wrestling organisation.
Set in Los Angeles, the drama centres around Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress whose lack of cash leads her to a rather unusual audition for a fledgling professional wrestling promotion.
As she progresses in her new-found career, Ruth finds herself rising to fame just how she had always wanted and, more importantly, helping in the fight towards equality for women in the sport.
From the makers of Orange is the New Black, GLOW will run for 10 episodes for the first series and will be available to watch on Netflix from June 23, 2017. The show is based on the professional women’s wrestling syndicated TV series that existed in the ’80s and, like the original, will feature “big hair and body slams”.
GLOW will be available to view on Netflix June 23, 2017.
WATCH: Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit trailer as it returns tonight on Dave
Get ready to delve into the virtual world of gaming for a second time, because Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit returns tonight at 10pm on Dave.
Based on the smash hit live Edinburgh show, Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit airs tonight (Monday, May 15) and will see celebrities battle each other at a host of classic and contemporary games. You can watch the trailer for the exciting new series below:
Guests this series include Vernon Kay, Russell Kane, Sara Cox, Lolly Adefope, Richard Osman, Rob Beckett, Edith Bowman, Gemma Cairney, Bec Hill, Elis James, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe, Jon Richardson, Daniel Sloss, Ellie Taylor and Robert Webb.
And they will be playing a varied selection of games, with everything from classics Mega Man 2 and Lemmings, to cult titles such as Octodad and Goat Simulator, up to contemporary bestsellers like Angry Birds and Uncharted 4 featuring on the show.
Oh, and the good news doesn’t stop there! The main show will be followed by a brand new games review programme: Go 8 Bit DLC. So we hope you’re prepared for a whole hour and a half of the ultimate gaming experience.
Go 8 Bit’s resident games expert Ellie Gibson will be on hand beside team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon. Gibson said: “I’m hoping it will offer an extended and enhanced user experience, so it’s just like regular DLC, except we’re not asking anyone to pay £7.99 for some new hats.”
UKTV senior commissioning editor Iain Coyle added: “After the great success of Go 8 Bit, it’s a logical move for us to further engage with the gaming audience. Go 8 Bit DLC is a great fun show on its own terms and I’m delighted that we’re also extending our relationship with Ellie, Steve and Sam.”
Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit returns tonight (Monday, May 15) at 10pm on Dave.