Back To The Future

SCORCHING July. So, naturally, it’s time for the BBC to unveil their autumn programmes.
Today it’s the turn of BBC2, who just this minute have released their new season of shows, including a second series of the award-winning Extras. It’s just one example of how the TV world operates on a different timescale to most of us.

Ricky Gervais and Ashley Jensen co-star this time with David Bowie, Orlando Bloom, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ronnie Corbett, Sir Ian McKellen and Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.
The new series sees Ricky’s character Andy Millman move from background artist to TV face as he begins to film his sitcom.
Other highlights include two “frank and revealing” films, in which Stephen Fry investigates the reality of living with manic depression.
Stephen, himself a manic depressive, speaks to celebrities and others not in the public eye who live with the condition. The programmes show how it can affect anyone – accountants, Hollywood actors, famous comedians, a journalist, a former naval commander, a superstar singer, single mums and a sportsman.
BBC1 launched their autumn season earlier this week. There are more details here – including Jane Horrocks as prime minister in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard

Hermione Norris joins the Spooks team and Lancashire-raised Jonas Armstrong stars as Robin Hood in a new Saturday evening series which hopes to repeat the success of the Doctor Who revival.

Talking about that different timescale, ITV1’s Manchester filmed Jane Hall, starring Sarah Smart and currently being screened on Wednesday nights, was actually made two years ago. And I’m already organising interviews for programmes which won’t be broadcast until 2007.

* At 36C (97F), it turned out to be the hottest July day on record as I ventured out to a boiling Buckinghamshire yesterday for those Midsomer Murders location interviews with executive producer Brian True-May, leading man John Nettles (sweltering in suit and tie for filming) and other cast members. Lots of news to report, including stories about Roger Moore, Elvis Presley, a sex scandal, a wedding and a slight problem with soon to be seen daytime repeats. The first feature is due to run in the M.E.N. – and online – soon, when all will be revealed.