WW2 Treasure Hunters follows the work of detectorist Steven Taylor and Madness frontman as they team up to uncover historical artefacts across the UK. While expert Steven unearths hidden treasures, Suggs meets with survivors and historians to learn exactly what these items were used for during the war.
Steven Taylor is a detectorist who has spent twenty years searching for Second World War artefacts, building an impressive personal collection and a remarkable knowledge of the period. He is also chairman of the WW2 Relic Retrieval & Preservation Group, which organises digs around the UK.
Suggs is best known as the frontman of English pop band Madness, who rose to prominence in the late 1970s. Madness has sold over 10 million albums and 15 million singles. They still perform all over the world to this day.
How many episodes are there?
The full series is eight episodes long and is currently airing on HISTORY.
When and where can I watch WW2 Treasure Hunters ?
WW2 Treasure Hunters airs Mondays on HISTORY (Sky 529, Virgin 270, BT 327) at 9pm.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Disney stars Booboo Stewart and Thomas Doherty on Descendants 2
The hottest Disney franchise since High School Musical is finally back on our screens this Friday, December 20.
Descendants, the musical drama where the children of Disney’s villains take centre stage, returns this week with a vengeance. When Mal (Dove Cameron) starts to struggle with the perfect life in Auradon with Ben (Mitchell Hope), she seeks the comfort of home. Little does she know that her old nemesis Uma (China Anne McClain) and henchmen Harry Hook (Thomas Doherty) and Gil (Dylan Playfair) have a wicked plan in store.
It’s up to her friends Ben, Evie (Sofia Carson), Jay (Booboo Stewart) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce) to bring Mal home and convince her of the importance of staying true to one’s identity in this touching, all-singing, all-dancing sequel.
We were lucky enough to sit down with the stars of Disney’s Descendants 2, Booboo Stewart and Thomas Doherty, about what’s changed since the first Descendants film, their characters and some crazy new stunts.
Starting off with their characters, Booboo tells us that Jay, the son of Aladdin villain Jafar, has been through a lot of changes since the first film. While he used to follow in Jafar’s lead, Jay’s now evolved into his own person – and a completely different one to his father.
“In the first movie, there’s a lot of similarities. He works for his father. He’s stealing things. He’s a thief, he goes around stealing things.”
On the subject of heartthrob new bad boy Harry Hook, Thomas admits basing the son of Harry Hook on a number of interesting real-life characters.
“[Descendants director Kenny Ortega] wanted Harry to have the swagger of Mick Jagger and the cheekiness of Harry Styles and I had Heath Ledger as the Joker – I kind of added that to the mix.”
Harry is the son of Captain Hook and a friend of Uma, the daughter of Ursula and enemy of Mal from her childhood in the Isle of the Lost. The teenagers who remained on the Isle harbour a lot of resentment towards Mal and her friends.
On the bad blood between Mal’s group and Uma’s, Thomas adds: “I think the difference between our characters is you got off the Isle. I’m still on the Isle of the Lost. I want to get off and have the life these guys have had. So there’s a lot of frustration and anger towards the injustice of it all. That’s my own journey.”
It’s a journey that resonates throughout the new film. Uma is driven by the anger she feels about the select few kids allowed to live in Auradon. She lives and works at her mother’s fish and chip shop, where the musical number “What’s My Name?” is set. The video, which was released in June this year on YouTube, has accumulated nearly 80 million hits.
The song was the first time Thomas has ever rapped, though he jokingly describes it as a “piece of cake”.
“I’d never done it before. If anything, I had to get over the wall of embarrassment.”
It’s not the only new skill Thomas and the other actors have had to acquire. The new Descendants film is bigger and better than ever before, featuring a huge extended fight sequence aboard a pirate ship where all the characters engage in sword fighting.
There’s one stunt he wasn’t particularly keen on, however. In the midst of the action-packed battle scene, Harry is forced to jump overboard.
“I jumped into the water from the crane,” says Thomas, “It was so scary. Everything was so heavy that I just went right back under.”
He and Booboo laugh. Thomas jokes: “Near death experience.”
Watch our full Descendants 2 coverage here:
Descendants 2 premieres on Friday 20th October at 5.30pm on Disney Channel
Strictly Come Dancing faces fix claims AGAIN after it’s revealed Craig Revel Horwood used to mentor Alexandra Burke
BBC show Strictly Come Dancing has been accused of being fixed after contestant Alexandra Burke’s former professional relationship with Craig Revel Horwood is revealed. The singer received an impressive… read more
Strictly Come Dancing faces fix claims AGAIN after it’s revealed Craig Revel Horwood used to mentor Alexandra Burke
BBC show Strictly Come Dancing has been accused of being fixed after contestant Alexandra Burke’s former professional relationship with Craig Revel Horwood is revealed.
The singer received an impressive 39/40 for her dance performance over the weekend, but now it has been revealed that she may have had a distinct advantage before entering the competition. Reports claim Alexandra was previously coached by the Strictly judge for her role in the musical Sister Act.
Fans of the show were left outraged by the news, with one Twitter user posting: ”Should Judge Craig b telling everyone what brilliant dancer Alexandra Burke is given he choreographed her for a year in Sister Act.”
”Didn’t Craig choreograph the musical Sister Act not long ago? With Alexandra Burke in role? So another clear dancer. #scd #Strictly”, a second wrote.
Another viewer said: ”I wonder if Alexandra, who starred in a West End show choreographed by Craig, will make it through. *mugs to camera*.”
Alexandra and her partner Gorka Marquez impressed the panel of judges with their jive routine to Proud Mary on Saturday night, with Craig commenting: ”I have no idea where all that came from darling.
”You were out there dancing to split the atom, my goodness you created a nuclear reaction. Incredible.”
The singer later broke down in tears as she remembered her mother, Soul II Soul singer, Melissa Bell, who passed away at the end of August and would have loved to see her daughter perform.
The X Factor winner cried: “I just wish my mum was here, I really do.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6:35pm on BBC One.
The comic – who was best known for being team captain on BBC Two’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his role on Coronation Street in 2007 and for his own sitcom Sean’s Show – passed away at the age of 51 on Monday (16.10.17). Hughes had suffered a cardiac arrest at London’s Whittington Hospital, where he was being treated for cirrhosis of the liver.
Sean last tweeted on October 8, writing: “In hospital.”
His former promoter, Richard Bucknall, paid tribute to the Irish stand-up star.
He said: “He was a pioneering, groundbreaking comedian who changed comedy with that live show.”
A number of stars have also paid tribute to Hughes on Twitter.
Jason Manford wrote: “Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP.”
Al Murray posted: “Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes.”
Jarlath Regan shared: “Seàn Hughes has died and I’m fucking heartbroken. So funny on stage, so infuriating to know and so sad he’s gone. #RIPSeanHughes”
David Schneider tweeted: “So sad about Sean Hughes. Such an engagingly funny man.”
And Richard Herring simply wrote: “Sean Hughes. What a punch in the soul that is.”
REVIEW: A detective-turned-author shares his story on Written In Blood episode 7
Episode seven of Written In Blood sees fact and fiction become even further intertwined as Simon Toyne meets with a detective-turned-author who used his own life experiences to create a bestselling novel.
The new CBS Reality series sees host Simon Toyne meet the best fiction authors face to face to discover the true crimes that inspired their works. In tonight’s episode, we travel to Scholar Green to meet writing duo Robert and Carol Bridgestock, and learn about the murder that affected their lives forever.
So far, the innovative new series has featured authors who used real-life cases they often stumbled across online or in the media as a starting point for creating their own crime stories. However, in a first for the series, the seventh episode introduces viewers to a writer who was himself heavily caught up in the crime that inspired his novel.
Robert Bridgestock worked as a detective in the 1970s, when he was called to work on a horrific murder that took place in Scholar Green. Two young women had been passing through the area, when the house they were staying in was broken into and they were both tied up and brutally murdered. The incident threw the local community into a state of fear and disarray, and motivated Robert and his wife to later write about what they went through.
Tonight’s episode is particularly thought-provoking as it really delves into what the writing experience is like for authors who were personally affected by the events that inspired their popular work. Robert details the difficulties of retelling his tale, but also how the process soon became cathartic for him, as he began to channel emotions into fiction. Creating the novel with his wife Carol, it was also really interesting to see what the writing process looks like when a story is co-written by a duo.
The episode is narrated very much like a novel itself, as the viewer is carried along the detective’s story, denied the knowledge of who the killer or killers were until the very end. You really feel like you were there 40 years ago, living alongside the local community who were burning for answers.
The highlight of the episode arrives when a new thread of evidence lends the police the break they had been praying for, and the murderer in Scholar Green is finally exposed. The climatic conclusion has all the tension of a crime drama series, with the added thrill of knowing it actually happened.
Once again, Written In Blood succeeds in being as informative as it is gripping and, if you haven’t already, is definitely worth tuning into.
Written In Blood continues tonight (Sunday 15 October) at 10pm on CBS Reality.
Emma Willis confirms new job with X Factor’s Simon Cowell
Emma Willis has confirmed her new presenting gig with Simon Cowell.
There has already been much speculation over a collaboration between the two TV stars, with many fans wondering if Simon had managed to steal Emma from The Voice UK to host The X Factor instead.
However, it turns out that the Celebrity Big Brother presenter will be fronting Simon Cowell’s brand new music show: Your Song. And don’t worry, she’s assured fans she won’t be leaving The Voice!
The series tells the stories of extraordinary individuals, nominated by friends or families to receive once in a lifetime performances from their all-time favourite artists.
Talking about her new role on ITV’s Lorraine, Emma said: “Music means so much to people. Obviously, there are various reasons that made me want to do this show but the fact that it focuses on human interest stories is everything.
“I mean, I love people, that’s why I do Big Brother and The Voice. This show brings people and music together so it’s just brilliant.”
Emma may have teamed up with Simon for the new series, but the presenter admitted she has never actually met him.
“I couldn’t tell you what he’s like,” she confessed. I’ve not met him but I have been in the same room with him at the National Television Awards. Years ago when I first started out, I was on a red carpet and managed to grab one question with him, but that was it. And it was about 15 years ago!”
Olly Murs has also been confirmed as a judge on the show’s new panel. Talking about joining Olly on the programme, Emma remarked: “He is going to be fantastic!
“He is such a lovely bloke and will bring a brilliant energy. He knows the UK music industry inside and out so he will be perfect.”
Stranger Things releases new Friday 13th trailer ahead of season 2
It’s Friday 13th and Stranger Things will be marking the deadly day with a new spooky trailer, ahead of the show’s return this month.
The date may be unlucky for some, but we’re feeling pretty blessed after Netflix promised to treat us to a brand new trailer for Stranger Things 2 yesterday evening. It has been confirmed this will be the final trailer released before the season two premiere on October 27 and it’s sure to give fans the heebie jeebies.
A teaser preview of the trailer has already been released, which features 13 second-long clips from the upcoming season:
Finn Wolfhard (who plays Mike Wheeler) recently said the new season “will be a lot more dark, a lot more horror-orientated. I think people are going to like it better than the first season”.
Dustin actor Gaten Matarazzo added: “You’re going to see a lot more into the lives of how the characters are coping with what’s been going on… they’re all very emotionally scarred.
“They feel alone because their best friend is back and he’s not acting like their best friend anymore. He’s changed.”
“I am so excited for you all to see this season. It’s so fun and dark and complex,” actor David Harbour said.
Megan McKenna is back on with ex-boyfriend Harry Eden after splitting from Pete Wicks
The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna has reportedly rekindled her relationship with ex Harry Eden, following her recent split from Pete Wicks.
Megan used to date Harry before her career exploded on reality television, but now it seems the two might be back on. Sources have claimed that the pair of lovebirds have been meeting in secret, just three months after Megan’s relationship with her TOWIE co-star ended.
The Apprentice: Breakdancing bankers, cheeky innuendos and other hilarious GIFs from last night’s episode
The second challenge commenced on The Apprentice last night and there were some moments just too good not to capture! A banker showcased some breakdancing, Elizabeth got a bit saucy and one contestant even told Sugar to hush up. So, without further ado, here are some of the funniest GIFs from from the episode…
Lord Alan Sugar made an understated entrance before announcing this week’s task