Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced 'Bouquet') has become a true icon among viewers on both sides of the Atlantic. First and foremost she is an average middle class woman, married to a local public official, Richard, of a director's assistant in the department of finance. They have a son at 'university' – actually a polytechnic – but he is never seen and only referred to second hand. Yet despite these common facts, she is anything but common. She inflates everything around her, distorting it for all and making them more grandiose than it actually is. More than anything she is ambitious and longing to climb the social ladder and become one of the aristocracy, or ‘connected’ as she has put it. To that end, she often makes the lives of those around her unbearable with her constant insistence on any and all things wholesome, prim, and proper. The thorn in her side, the 阴 (yin) to her 阳 (yang), and the source of our entertainment is her family. Hardcore 'white trash', complete with unemployment and the ubiquitous wrecked car in the front garden, her family – including her two sisters Rose and Daisy, Daisy’s husband Onslow, and their father, simply known as ‘Daddy’ – really aren't too keen on interacting with Hyacinth as much as Hyacinth isn't too keen on crossing paths with them; however, necessity and happenstance often lead to this clash of social statuses. Due to the absurdity of her manner, and the unwillingness of those she knows to meet her, people are most often seen avoiding her at all costs, resulting in her need to strong-arm everyone into following her lead. Although all of this goes on right under her nose, she is oblivious, or pretends to be, to the discomfort of those around her. Please check out the new 'Minor Character Guide'. Opening Theme
Twinning is an arc'd competition series in which twelve sets of twins will go head to head for a grand prize of $222,222.22. But getting there won't be easy. Viewers will experience double the meltdowns, double the hook-ups, and, of course, double the twists when twin teams are pushed to their limits in unexpected ways.
DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) is back but he's no longer the self-styled "Sheriff of Manchester". Flanked by his faithful sidekicks, DS Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) and DC Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster), and drawn to the action and intrigue of the London Met, Gene turns his attentions to taking on the "southern nancy" criminal scum. However, Gene does not expect to be thrown together with sexy, intelligent, DI Alex Drake. Single mother to daughter Molly, Alex has rapidly risen through the ranks of the Met and, in the modern world of 2008, skilfully uses psychological profiling to capture suspects. When Alex and her daughter are kidnapped she makes a daring attempt at escape, resulting in a horrific accident. Alex suddenly finds herself in 1981 interacting with familiar characters, not just from her own life-time, but also from the detailed reports logged by none other than Sam Tyler, which Alex has previously spent months pouring over. Alex is ripped from her current world of sexual equality and respect in 2008 and finds herself opposite an arrogant fellow DCI in a Two Tone, New Romantic Eighties London with a soundtrack of Adam Ant, Roxy Music and The Human League ringing in her ears. Alex finds some of Gene's team has dispersed yet others, loyal as ever, are still in tow. Now a technological whizz-kid in the squad's surveillance team, DC Chris Skelton has clearly moved with the times, along with a tight-permed DS Ray Carling who's keen to experience London's nightlife. (Source: BBC Press Office)
A Night In With Olly Murs features the popular singer performing some of his best known hits, including Dear Darlin’ and Heart Skips A Beat, as well as more recent material from his new album. Olly is also joined on the show by Nicole Scherzinger, John Bishop and Caroline Flack.
Newcomer Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens head up an all-star cast in a passionate new version of the much-adored classic Jane Eyre. The four-part serial also stars Francesca Annis as Lady Ingram, Christina Cole as Blanche Ingram, Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs Fairfax, Pam Ferris as Grace Poole and Tara Fitzgerald as Mrs Reed. Georgie Henley, who recently starred in the Christmas blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia plays young Jane while Aidan McArdle plays the visionary John Eshton. The drama is currently filming entirely on location in Derbyshire. The sustainability and appeal of Jane Eyre lies in her universality and the audience's appetite for a well-told romantic tale. Orphaned at a young age, Jane is placed with her wealthy aunt Mrs Reed who neglects Jane in favour of her own three spoiled children. Mrs Reed's spitefulness leads her to withhold news that could change Jane's life for the better. Instead she brands her a liar and sends Jane to Lowood School where she remains until the age of 19. When she finally leaves the dark memories of Lowood behind, she embarks on a career as a governess and her first position is at Thornfield Hall, the home of the alluring and unpredictable Edward Rochester. Jane's journey into the world and as a woman begins.
The show is a sketch series which takes a look at contemporary multicultural Britain and questions who we are, what our attitudes are and why we have them. Javone Prince and guests dissect 21st century Britain with a series of insightful, relevant, and downright hilarious takes on everyday life.
"Narcos", the series will chronicle the life and death of drug lord Pablo Escobar the ruthless boss of the Medellin Cartel and a known terrorist who was also a congressman, a family man and revered by the poor as a new Robin Hood. (Source: Deadline.com)
Billions is a fictional drama that focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)
Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) was a co-star on Spectrum, a sci-fi series which was canceled too soon yet became a cult classic. Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events. The show will feature all the weird and crazy things that happen to Wray along the way to these events. (Source: Vimeo)
The CNN Original Series "The Hunt with John Walsh", produced by Zero Point Featuring Walsh, a passionate victim’s rights activist, television personality and a spokesperson for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Hunt will expose stories of ongoing criminal investigations of fugitives, expand the search internationally, and employ the documentary, visual style of the Peabody and Emmy award winning ZPZ. Through interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement, coupled with new leads, The Hunt will provide the public with salient information to facilitate the capture of fugitives profiled in the series. The July 13 series premiere episode “Shane Miller,” tells the story of Miller’s wife Sandy and daughters Shelby (age eight) and Shasta (age five), who were murdered in their Northern California home in May 2013, following accusations of habitual abuse. Sandy's husband Shane Miller, a convicted felon and the only suspect in the case, is currently on the U.S. Marshal’s most wanted list. Viewers are invited to follow, engage and interact on Twitter (@CNNOrigSeries) and at Facebook.com/TheHuntCNN. Additionally, users can access original videos of Walsh, learn more about the fugitives through case profiles, mugshots, evidence photos, maps of their most recent locations, and artist renderings at CNN.com/TheHunt. (Source: CNN)
Exile is a drama series created by Paul Abbott and written by Danny Brocklehurst. The show is a psychological thriller that tells an intimate story of prodigal redemption. Tom Ronstadt lives in London where he works as a journalist who discovers his world falling apart and it's all his own fault. He decides to return to his hometown of Lancashire, having left there 18 years ago. After returning home, he finds out that his father is suffering from Alzheimer's and being cared for by his sister. Tom looks back at the reasons that caused him to leave home 18 years ago.
Airplane Repo, from Dirty Jobs controlling ambassador Craig Piligian, centers on repossessor Nick Popovich as he re-acquires jets and helicopters from behind owners. Each adventure shows the aggregation planning the best access for abduction a plane, again follows the accumulation as they attack the high-risk acquisition. (Source: Discovery Channel)
Dr. Jeff's sharp surgical skills and philosophy of always putting animals first make him one of the busiest and most respected veterinarians in the country, and this powerfully poignant series captures some of the riveting real-life cases that come through his doors. Cameras reveal the often tense and chaotic atmosphere at Planned Pethood Plus with its continuous flow of urgent emergencies on top of scheduled appointments. Fortunately, Dr. Jeff's presence provides calm to his anxious patients and their human companions. His 25-plus years of veterinary experience guide an exceptionally skilled team of more than 30 veterinary experts as they respond to the frenetic energy with unflappable precision, compassion and speed. The staff works alongside and occasionally on top of each other as they juggle routine pet visits with several dozen daily crucial surgeries and emergencies. (Source: Animal Planet)
Off the southeastern coast of Brazil, an elite team of treasure hunters follows a radical new theory to uncover the resting place of a legendary treasure estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. And the evidence they have gathered leads them to the one place no one dares to go, a remote, treacherous island teeming with thousands of deadly vipers. Its name: Queimada Grande, known to locals as Snake Island. The legendary bounty that launched this quest, known as the "Treasure of the Trinity," has eluded all who have sought it for almost 500 years. In the 16th century, Portuguese conquistadors cut their way through uncharted Brazilian jungles and reportedly stole a vast horde of Incan gold. Ever since, people have spilled blood, burned villages, and evaded marauding pirates to hold on to this treasure, but it vanished into history. Now, armed with advanced technology, our team of explorers will have to unearth and solve a number of complex clues that have protected the treasure for centuries. But most of all, they'll need nerves of steel as they brave modern-day pirates, perilous weather, and one of the most dangerous places in the world, where one misstep could cost them not just incredible riches, but ultimately their lives. (Source: The Discovery Channel)
Re-make of the 1945 Warner Brothers classic about a single mother's struggles to raise her two daughters, support herself, and find love in 1930's Los Angeles. Kate Winslet plays the title role which won Joan Crawford an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1945. Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pearce co-star in this adaptation of James M. Cain's classic novel which airs in five parts on HBO.