It’s been a quiet week in the world of television, but here’s a roundup of what you might have missed…
– Saturday night saw the final of BBC One’s The Voice with Andrea Begley being crowned this year’s winner. The twenty seven year old from County Tyrone, mentored by The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, has won herself a recording contract. Although rival singer Leah McFall was the bookmakers’ favourite, Begley claimed victory and said she “never, ever, ever could have imagined” winning.
– BBC One and Michael McIntyre are teaming up to bring us a new Saturday night entertainment show inspired by the popular 90s hit, Noel’s House Party. McIntyre’s programme, titled Mac Factor, is said to include stand up, audience challenges and celebrity guests and it is hoped it will fill the tricky Saturday night slot, usually filled by The Voice and Strictly Come Dancing. Rehearsals are expected to take place over the summer, with an eye for it to be on our screens sometime this autumn.
– The third series of the hit AMC zombie drama, The Walking Dead, will be shown in the UK from 11pm on Saturday 29th June on Channel 5. This is a major programming coup for the channel as it will be the first time that the third season has been shown on non-subscription channel.
– Kay Mellor, creator of the hit show, The Syndicate, has had a new programme commissioned by the BBC. In the Club is a new six part drama series about a group of different couples who meet at a local parenting class as they each enter the last trimester of their pregnancies. It will look at how an imminent birth can change a relationship and the friendships that are forged at such a pivotal moment. Mellor commented that, “it’s a special time in your life, a time when you need people that understand what you’re going through and a close bond can be formed that can result in a lifelong friendship”. It will be produced by Rollem Productions with Kay Mellor and Polly Hill serving as executive producers and it is set to be shown sometime next year.