Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate returns for its third season next month and the BBC have released a first look trailer. The new series is set at Hazlewood Manor, a country estate in financial ruin with only five staff still on the payroll. The lives of the staff are forever changed however when they win the lottery jackpot. It stars Lenny Henry (Hope and Glory), Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges), Cara Theobold (Last Tango In Halifax), Anthony Andrews (The King’s Speech), Melanie Hill (Cilla) and Richard Rankin (The Crimson Field).
ITV has released the trailer for Vicious ahead of its season two premiere on Monday 1st June. The comedy series features Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings) and Derek Jacobi (Last Tango In Halifax) as an ageing couple who have been together for nearly fifty years. The second series sees their friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) marry a mysterious man, whilst Ash (Iwan Rheon) occupies himself with a new girlfriend.
David Lynch has announced that he has returned to the Twin Peaks revival, with Showtime confirming that he was back on board to executive produce and direct all episodes. President of Entertainment, David Nevins, also hinted that the series would be upped from its original nine-episode order.
Jude Law has been cast in HBO’s upcoming mini-series The Young Pope about the first American pope. Written by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), it tells the story of Pius XIII, an extremely conservative pope who proves to be extremely compassionate towards the poor and needy.
Fifteen years after it last aired, childhood classic Morph is set to return to the BBC. Produced by Aardman, the fifteen one-minute shorts were produced last year thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, but CBBC has now picked up the rights to broadcast the episodes.
BBC has unveiled its newest comedy series SunTrap starring Kayvan Novak (Cuban Fury) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order:UK). Set on a fictional Spanish island, it follows an undercover newspaper reporter who decides to track down his old mentor, now living as an ex-pat, when he’s forced to go on the run.
ITV has ordered a new eight-part drama about the life of Queen Victoria from TV producer and novelist Daisy Goodwin and Mammoth Screen (Poldark).
Hulu have confirmed that they have picked up the recently cancelled The Mindy Project, with a twenty-six-episode order expected to be split over two seasons.