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The railroaders are returning for a last swansong as Hell on Wheels season five part two comes to DVD on April 17th.
Hell on Wheels tells the explosive story of the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States in the late nineteenth century, a period known for corruption, greed, violence and murder in the Wild West. It follows the lives of the labourers, mercenaries, prostitutes, surveyors and all those who lived in the mobile encampment of workers known as ‘Hell on Wheels’.
In one thrilling last ride, series hero Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) is hired by Central Pacific Railroad to continue the transcontinental railroad eastward over the Sierra Nevada Mountains and across the Utah Desert. Enigmatic new characters and dangerous terrain awaits him and the railroaders – can they survive this final push?
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ITV’s virtual reality Grand National coverage: Is VR the future of sport?
Last Saturday, a crowd of 50,000 racegoers watched as One For Arthur claimed victory at the Grand National at Aintree. 8.2 million watched the race as it took place live on ITV. It is estimated that 600 million watch coverage of British racing’s biggest day worldwide.
It seems only fitting then that ITV has teamed up with virtual reality outfit VR City and media agency Goodstuff to create a virtual reality highlights video, allowing fans to get a 360-degree insight into the weekend’s biggest moments.
Available to watch now on ITV’s official YouTube, the new highlights video allows people at home the chance to step inside Aintree Racecourse during racing’s most famous day. Ed Ross, head of marketing and media at ITV, said one the aim of the coverage was “to give viewers ‘the best seat in the house'”.
The decision to make highlights coverage virtual reality is a step towards a future for sports broadcasting that looks increasingly VR-oriented.
We strapped on our cardboard virtual reality glasses to check out the footage that might be leading the way in the future of sports broadcasting.
Our first thoughts are that we’re still a long way from where VR sports coverage has to go next. The three-minute video is dizzying, skips between highlights too quickly and is far too brief to allow anyone to immerse themselves fully in the events of the day. It is a sad stand-in for actually being part of the buzz of the day, or even watching the race from the comfort of one’s sofa.
That said, it’s still an interesting glimpse into the future. Virtual reality might become the closest one can get to being inside the stadium and examining exactly what one wants to examine and when. When entire stadiums can be explored via VR, and entire games watched from the viewpoint of ‘the best seat in the house’, it’s going to revolutionise how fans watch sport. And that is incredibly exciting.
Watch the virtual reality Grand National 2017 highlights on YouTube.
John Simm is returning to Doctor Who to portray The Master in series ten.
Simm last played the Doctor’s nemesis in 2010 alongside David Tennant as the Doctor. The character has since regenerated into a female form, who calls herself Missy and is played by Michelle Gomez.
The reintroduction of Simms creates a little confusion as this means there could be two versions of The Master trotting around, but the world of time travel can allow for lots of Masters. Watch out Doctor!
The BBC were planning to keep Simm’s involvement in season ten a secret, but were forced to bring forward their announcement after gossip got out.
Simm said: “I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back.
“It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series.”
Showrunner Steven Moffat added: “”Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who. But you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what The Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor.
“It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash.”
Doctor Who returns on Saturday, April 15 at 7.20pm on BBC One.
Ant and Dec tease Saturday Night Takeaway’s biggest giveaway ever
Ant and Dec have teased details about Saturday Night Takeaway‘s biggest giveaway yet – a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The lucky winners will board a specially chartered Virgin Atlantic plane to Florida, where they’ll get accommodation, tickets to all six Disney parks and a $2500 Disney gift card to spend. They’ll also be special guests on the Saturday Night Takeaway series finale, which will broadcast live from the world’s most magical holiday destination.
Talking about the decision to visit Walt Disney World for the finale, Dec said: “Last series, we took the final show overseas for the first time ever and broadcast live from Barcelona. So for this series we thought – what next?
“We feel like this is the ultimate holiday destination, so it felt like the perfect fit, and that’s where the idea came about to collaborate with Walt Disney World Resort in Florida Disney and be the first British TV show to broadcast an entire finale live from Magic Kingdom.”
Speaking about what to expect from the special finale episode, Dec promised plenty of surprises and some big musical numbers.
Ant added: “We have a few special items up our sleeves and an End Of The Show Show that everyone will be able to singalong to. Plus we’ll have a few American special guests, and there will be the final episode of Missing Crown Jewels where MaskFace will finally be revealed.”
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway comes live from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida with Virgin Holidays on Saturday 8th April at 7pm on ITV.
Will The Walking Dead season eight include a huge time jump?
The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple has suggested that there could be a big time jump in the show’s future.
As comic fans will know, The Walking Dead‘s comic-counterpart skipped forward a few years after the defeat of Negan and the Saviours. In that time away, the survivor communities known as Alexandria, The Hilltop, The Kingdom and The Sanctuary have all rebuilt themselves and regularly work together.
Of course, harmony doesn’t last forever, because that’s when the infamous Whisperers get involved.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple said: “For the people who read the comics, they’re going to be expecting this. We’re doing the book, we do all sorts of variations on it, and then we do things that are inspired by it and then we change things up with a remix.
“But I will say there are things that happen in that time jump that are referred to that are super interesting. And thus we might see some of that stuff.
“It might not be the same sort of jump, or we’ll do that two to five years in real time.”
Kirkman continued to clarify what he meant by adding that he wants to explore on-screen some of the events that were only referred after the time skip in the comics.
He added: “In general, I think there’s going to be a little bit more content that [creator Robert Kirkman] actually refers to.”
“There’s stuff in there that I was reading that I wondered about, and when I wonder about stuff that I like, I like getting into that stuff.
“We’re definitely going to honour it and do it, but we’re definitely going to have either more of it or possibly do it in a different way.”
Charlie Cotton lined up for shock EastEnders return
EastEnders is lining up Charlie Cotton for another shock 2017 return. Charlie Cotton, portrayed by Declan Bennett, has not appeared on-screen since 2015 when ex-wife Ronnie (Samantha Womack) scared… read more
Charlie Cotton lined up for shock EastEnders return
EastEnders is lining up Charlie Cotton for another shock 2017 return.
Charlie Cotton, portrayed by Declan Bennett, has not appeared on-screen since 2015 when ex-wife Ronnie (Samantha Womack) scared him away from Walford and custody of their son, Matthew. It was heavily implied the devious Ronnie sorted him out using nefarious means, but later Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simmons) discovered he was alive and hiding out abroad.
However, given that Ronnie and Roxy both died a shocking swimming pool death on New Year’s Day, leaving stepdad Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) in charge of Matthew, we’ve suspected it was only a matter of time before Charlie returned to the picture.
New pictures taken by paparrazi reveal that Bennett is currently filming scenes with Jake Wood, who plays Jack’s conniving brother Max in the London soap.
Max returned to Walford late last year with seemingly little fanfare, despite the fact that he was supposed to be mad at his family for knowingly allowing him to be incarcerated for a crime he was innocent of. It was later revealed that Max is plotting to bring them all down, but not exactly what evil plans he has in store.
Bringing Charlie back into the mix could easily be a way to further manipulate his grieving brother Jack. Could the pair be in cohorts to retrieve baby Matthew?
Despite the pictures of Bennett on set, an EastEnders spokesperson refused to confirm Charlie’s return and what might be the reason for it.
Responding to Digital Spy, they said: “We never comment on speculative stories, as we don’t want to ruin it for the audience.”
Freddie Flintoff to front new ITV game show ‘Cannonball’
Former cricketer Freddie Flintoff is set to front ITV’s newest game show, titled ‘Cannonball‘.
Flintoff is best known for being part of the 2005 Ashes-winning cricket team and later captaining England. Since retiring from the sport he’s had a number of television appearances, including a regular role on Sky 1 panel show A League of Their Own, where he has proven a hit with viewers.
According to the Sun, a source said: “ITV bosses were chuffed to get Freddie on board. He’s hugely popular with everyday people and he comes across well on telly, as has been seen on A League Of Their Own and his other media work. As an ex-sportsman who played at the top of his game, he knows about being competitive too, which will hopefully rub off on the contestants.”
Cannonball is a new game show which will see contestants test their physical strength in a variety of entertaining water-based challenges. Challenges will include high and long jumps on water slides while wearing fancy dress.
The new series was first reported in February, when a source said: “Cannonball is a wacky idea for a show but it promises to be funny. It involves people throwing themselves around in a swimming pool and making fools of themselves.”
According to the source, ITV are hoping to emulate the success of popular Saturday night challenge show Ninja Warrior with the new series.
It is not known when the new series will launch, but applications to take part in Cannonball closed last month.
REVIEW: The Walking Dead S7 E16 ‘The First Day of the Rest Of Your Life’ is glorious yet flawed
After a season of slow and deliberate and sometimes painful buildup, The Walking Dead finally delivered the confrontation we’ve been waiting for in ‘The First Day of the Rest Of Your Life’. It was glorious.
‘The First Day of the Rest Of Your Life’ really had everything one could ask for in a season finale. There was an important death, ample action and twists a-plenty. Great strides were made in the plot. Finally Rick and Alexandria, for the first time all season, have survived an encounter with the Saviours on top. Put short, the season finale was a spectacle and showcase for how to make a season finale.
Of course, it was clear The Walking Dead was heading for a kind of positive conclusion after the horror and brutality of ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’ all the way back in October. This season has had a clear, if sometimes frustrating, arc that came to a close beautifully in the season finale. Some individual character arcs have also been on a long and powerful journey – none more so than Rick, who has gone from defiant, to broken, to hopeful, to defiant once more. Rick’s journey, played by an exemplary Andrew Lincoln, has been a sure highlight of the season.
That’s not to say ‘The First Day of the Rest Of Your Life’ was a perfect finale, because there were numerous flaws. In The Walking Dead‘s eagerness to conclude Sasha’s arc in the same way as Holly’s – yet not the same way as Holly’s – we got this bizarre decision to carry Sasha in a coffin from the Sanctuary to Alexandria. This kept it a surprise for the audience when Sasha emerged as a walker, but doesn’t really make any sense from Negan’s point of view. Elsewhere, some very convenient timing from the Kingdom and the Hill Top is the only reason Carl still has his skull and brain intact. We won’t even talk about the likelihood of King Ezekiel training Shiva to only take out enemies on the battlefield, like some sort of Game of Thrones-esque Direwolf.
It also feels like cheating that the only major character we have lost in the first battle in a war is Sasha, whom most suspected would kick the bucket by the season finale. Sasha’s death was for many a foregone conclusion, so the lack of an unexpected death feels a bit like The Walking Dead playing it safe after the backlash to the season premiere.
‘The First Day of the Rest Of Your Life’ did a lot to ask for forgiveness for that brutal season premiere and the dreary tone of part 7A. It offered the closure we never expected for Abraham and Glenn, brought our heroes out on top and maintained a sense of victory and optimism that felt nearly impossible back last year.
Abraham was right, the world has to keep turning. And The Walking Dead keeps getting better.
REVIEW: ‘Teens Who Kill’ S1 E3 is a valuable and insightful look into the minds of killer kids
In January 2015, the 18-year-old Ben Moynihan was found guilty of the attempted murder of three women in Portsmouth and sentenced to 21 years in prison.
The teenager, who was seventeen at the time of the attacks, lurked in secluded alleyways and stabbed three different women in the breast in broad daylight during a three-week reign of terror.
He wrote in his personal diary that he was “planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me” and that he attacked women because “I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed”.
In the third episode of CBS Reality’s thought-provoking Teens Who Kill series, Moynihan’s case is examined from all angles. Why did he commit these atrocious crimes – and could he have been helped?
As usual, Teens Who Kill presents a balanced and interesting case study using the words of people who knew Moyniham, examined Moyniham and worked on the case. It’s left to the viewer to make up their minds on the case based on the facts, but regardless of which way you swing on the correct crime or punishment, the discussion of Moyniham’s culpability is powerful television.
There’s no escaping Moyniham’s emotional immaturity, suggests a psychologist who worked on the case. There’s an honest and desperate desire to be acknowledged and validated by committing these crimes, and a history of unhappiness from the perpetrator. There’s a lot of talk about the horrible acts Moyniham wanted to commit – in his letters to the police, his diaries and his videos – but a lack of evidence for psychopathy. Could Moyniham be another victim of a system that failed to identify and help him? If he is, is a 21-year prison sentence the answer?
One particular highlight is a heartbreaking testimony from a former classmate suggesting Moyniham lacked the support he needed at school and could not fully comprehend the weight of his actions.
Once more, Teens Who Kill is a much-needed and valuable insight into the minds and lives of those teenagers who commit some of the country’s most horrific crimes. Is a nationwide lack of sympathy and resources devoted to mental health a contributing factor in these crimes? It’s worth thinking about.
Teens Who Kill airs Sundays on CBS Reality at 10pm.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Phineas and Ferb creators Dan and Swampy on new show Milo Murphy’s Law
It’s not uncommon to feel like you’re the unluckiest person in the world, but what if you actually were?
That’s the premise behind the absolutely hilarious new Disney series Milo Murphy’s Law, which is created by Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh.
The series follows a young boy called Milo Murphy, who is fittingly a descendant of Murphy’s Law namesake Edward Murphy, as he approaches having the worst luck in the world with endearing optimism.
Even trips as mundane as the school run become an adventure when you’re Milo Murphy. Catastrophes such as out-of-control vehicles, nuclear spills and alien abductions quickly become a regular occurrence. And let’s not even talk about attending a football game…
We chatted to Dan and Swampy about what inspired Milo Murphy’s Law, choosing parody legend Weird Al Yankovic to voice him, and throwbacks to cult favourite Phineas and Ferb.
“We wanted a show that would be funnier than absolutely hilarious,” says Dan, “We were working together on Phineas and Ferb and finishing that show and looking at what we should do after that. I was drawing some stuff for another pitch, and I had this secondary character that I had drawn that was sort of a caricature of a friend of ours. He’s super positive. I had this voice in my head of this super positive kid.
“Every time I looked at the drawing, I always thought ‘I think this kid should have his own show. I feel like this is the lead of an entirely different show.’
“So I went in to Swampy and I said ‘you know this character I put into this’ and he said ‘I always felt this character should have his own show.’ ‘Yes! We should do it together. What should it be?’ And he was like ‘What have you got?’ and I said “I just think of him as super positive’ and he said ‘What if he’s positive in the face of everything going wrong?'”
It turned out to be a golden idea – but how did they find the perfect voice actor to portray the world’s most positive kid?
“We were looking for somebody that sounded naturally positive,” Dan tells us. “We auditioned a whole bunch of really great actors but when they would try to put on that positivity it would sound just a little bit put on. […] It sounded like it was compensating for something. We needed to find somebody who just sounds positive.”
“You meet Al, that’s him!” laughs Swampy, “He’s the most positive guy you’re ever gonna meet.”
Dan and Swampy have worked on some of the biggest names in animation, including The Simpsons and Family Guy – but they’re best known for creating Phineas and Ferb, a comedy series about two stepbrothers who get up to trouble during their summer vacation. The show ran from 2007 to 2015 on Disney Channel, collecting records, praise and fans throughout its run.
Dan and Swampy are hoping those same fans will stick around for Milo Murphy’s Law, with Swampy saying: “If you like Phineas and Ferb, you’ll like this because it’s still our sense of humour.
Dan adds: “We think of it as existing in the same universe, the way the Marvel universe is all connected. […] There’s lots of little Easter Eggs in the background for kids who are watching, which they all find and they immediately start talking about on Twitter.”
“My favourite one is we put a periodic table on and at the bottom we created a fictitious element called Pizzazium Infinionite and we put it on a chart,” says Swampy, “A day later, someone leapt on and said ‘I FOUND THE PIZZAZIUM!'”
Milo Murphy’s Law will air on Disney Channel at 5pm every Monday and on DisneyLife from 3 April.