CHANNEL 5 ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN NEIGHBOURS EPISODES AS NEW DEAL SIGNED 152

Britain’s Channel 5 has inked a new and expanded deal for “Neighbours” that will see more episodes of the long-running Australian soap produced, plus several new specials planned for primetime.

The agreement follows lengthy talks between the Viacom-owned channel and FremantleMedia, which had sparked concern that “Neighbours” could disappear from British screens after having been a programming fixture for more than 30 years. Negotiations were reported to have stalled and then resumed, with the two companies finally agreeing on a new deal to secure the show’s future and expand the number of episodes aired.

Currently there are 240 episodes of the show produced a year. That will increase to 258, plus the new specials, the final number of which is not yet known. The extended episodes order means that from 2018 the show will run year-round and through the winter holiday period.

“Just as our characters span generations, so do the people that watch ‘Neighbours,’” series executive producer Jason Herbision said. “We value our global audiences and are delighted to stay on this journey together. Come the end of 2018 we will also make history by becoming the first Australian drama series to screen all year round.”

The series has iconic status in the U.K. It first hit British shores in 1986, and went on to launch the careers of Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, and Jason Donovan. The daily soap has been on Channel 5 since 2008 after transferring from the BBC.

It remains a ratings winner for the free-to-air network and is its top daytime show in 2017, with a peak audience of 1.2 million. The broadcaster strips it through the week at 1.45pm and 5.30pm.

The series is produced by FremantleMedia Australia for Channel 5 and for Network Ten’s digital channel Eleven in Australia. “From small beginnings over 30 years ago, ‘Neighbours’ has grown to become one of the most iconic shows on television, a mainstay of the FremantleMedia drama catalog and, with the possible exception of Kylie herself, Australia’s No. 1 export,” FremantleMedia CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said.

“I’m delighted ‘Neighbours’ will continue to air across the Channel 5 portfolio,” added Channel 5’s acquisition boss Katie Keenan. “’Neighbours’ is an important part of our schedule and is held in great affection by British viewers.”

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BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT 2018: SEMI FINALISTS REVEALED 34

The final 40 acts going through to next week’s Britain’s Got Talent semi finals have been revealed.

The Golden Buzzers
Marc Spelmann:
Ant & Dec’s golden buzzer. 46-year-old magician from London, performed a mind reading routine involving the judges and his daughter.

Donchez Dacres
David Walliams’ golden buzzer. Donchez Dacres is a 60-year-old AA man who got everyone on their feet with his original song ‘Wiggle Wine.

Gruffydd Wyn Roberts
Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer. Gruffydd Wyn Roberts is a 22-Year-old singer from Amlwch on the Isle-of-Anglesey in North Wales.

Lifford Shillingford
Alesha Dixon’s golden buzzer. He is a 42-year-old singer from South London, who previously performed with Artful Dodger on their hit Please Don’t Turn Me On.
Tim and Jack Goodacre. Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer. 43-year-old Dad, Tim and 12-year-old Jack are from Norwich.

THE SEMI FINALISTS

DVJ aka Diversity Juniors.
A dance group of 10 school children, aged 10-18 years old.

B-Positive Choir
Official choir of the NHS Blood and Transplant, made up of 48 members from all over the UK. They sang Andra Day’s Rise Up

Robert White
41-year-old music teacher and comedian from West Sussex. Robert performed a comedy song about the judges.

Calum Courtney
10-year-old singer from Essex. Callum performed Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Lovin’ You”.

Andrew Lancaster
Impressed with celebrities including Donald Trump, Brian Cox, Nigel Farage and Russel Brand.

RISE Unbroken
A group of 11 dancers aged between 10 -24 years old. The group performed a dance with wheelchairs to help one of the members, Hollie Booth, get back into dancing following injuries she sustained during the Manchester terror attack in 2017.

Amy Marie Borg
Amy Marie Borg is a 16-year-old student and singer from Malta. Amy performed Nella Fantasia.

The Ratpackers
Dennis DeMille (51) and Marvin Muoneke (22) are modern day Rat Pack singers from Weston Supermare. ​

Baba Yega
Baba Yega are a dance group made up of five mysterious dancers.

Mandy Muden
Mandy Muden is a full-time comedy magician from London.

Jenny Darren
68-year-old singing retiree from Birmingham, living in the Cotswolds.

Father Ray Kelly
64-year-old Parish Priest, from Oldcastle, Co. Meath in Ireland. He sang ‘Everybody Hurts’ by R.E.M.

Cali Swing
A group of 10 dancers aged 9-14 years old, living in London. All of the children are from a Latin American background and danced to a salsa song.

Lost Voice Guy
Lee Ridley, a 37-year-old comedian from Newcastle, Lee has cerebral palsy which has left him unable to speak, so used his iPad to deliver a unique comedy routine.

The D-Day Darlings
The D-Day Darlings are a wartime themed choir made up of nine girls aged 27-39.

Micky P Kerr
Micky P Kerr is a 36-year-old part-time Primary School Teacher who performs original comedy songs.

Maddox Dixon
Magician who performed a number of magic tricks with a Rubik’s Cube

Olena UUTAi
31-year-old musician Olena UUTAi from Russia.

Sarah Llewellyn
Opera singer who performs stripping, doing contortion and eating cake.

Bring It North (formerly Made Up North)
Made Up North are a group of singers made up of five schoolchildren aged 10-11 from the North of England.

Ronan Busfield
A 33-year-old singer and HR worker for Tesco.

Aleksandar Mileusnic
Aleksandar Mileusnic is a 23-year-old council worker and singer from Stevenage.

Matt Johnson
43-year-old from Rotherham, living in Canada. Matt performed an escapology trick, locked and chained inside a tank filled with water.

Acrocadabra (Spotlight Stage School)
Spotlight Stage School are a dance group aged between 9-17 from Birmingham. The group perform a dance and acrobatics routine together with some magic tricks.

Futunity
Futunity are a dance group aged between from 8-24 years-old. who freak out the judges when they appear appear dressed as zombies.

Shameer Rayes
19 years old Shameer Rayes from Manchester follows his older brother Shaquille’s performance. Shameer performs a dance routine as a doll that comes alive.

DMU Gospel Choir
Gospel choir from Leicester. They sang a medley of “I Will Follow Him/ Oh Happy Day”.

Mr Uekusa
30-year-old comedian from Japan. Kazuhisa Uekusa performed table cloth tricks – whilst naked.

Nick Page
Nick is a Comedian from Gloucestershire who performs a stand-up routine after revealing hopes of starting a family with his wife.

Ellie and Jeki
Performers Ellie (34) and Jeki (29) are a married couple from South Korea who perform a quick-change act.

Giang Brothers
Quoc Co (33) and Quoc Nghiep (29) are brother from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. They performed an acrobatic balancing routine.

Marty Putz
55-year-old inventor and comedian from Canada, living in Los Angeles. He showcased his wacky inventions.

Noel James
Noel James is a 52-year-old exam invigilator and comedian from Wales.

Magus Utopia
Magus Utopia is a group of fantasy illusionists from the Netherlands who freak out everyone with their performance.

Lexie and Christopher.
School children Lexie (10) and Christopher (10) are a Latin ballroom duo from Manchester and Sheffield.

The Britain’s Got Talent 2018 live shows air from Monday, May 28 until Friday, June 1.

The semi-finals will air from 7:30PM on ITV with a group contestants performing each evening and two acts will make it through.

The ten finalists will then go head to head in the grand finale next Sunday night, June 3.

JAMES CORDEN TO BRING LATE LATE SHOW TO LONDON NEXT MONTH 33

The Emmy® award-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden will return to London to broadcast four special episodes from the historic Central Hall Westminster, from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June 2018, to air exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK.

Corden will host a star-studded lineup for the show’s second UK adventure, including Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters, with additional guests to be announced.

The episodes, produced by CBS Productions and Fulwell 73, will air in the US on the CBS Television Network and share highlights of James’s time in the UK. The Late Late Show’s signature musical and comedy segments, such as Crosswalk: The Musical and Take a Break, will be given a British twist.

Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden, said: “Broadcasting The Late Late Show from James’s hometown of London last year was such a thrill. Thanks to CBS and our partners at Sky One, we are back for a second year. We are looking forward to a fun week in London, putting a UK spin on our nightly show.”

Philip Edgar-Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: “James Corden is one of Sky One’s brightest stars and we are delighted to welcome him home for his London recordings of The Late Late Show. And with such a stellar lineup of guests, it’s going to make British summer time even hotter.”

Sky One will broadcast the homegrown episodes from 19-22 June at 10.00pm, and they will also be available on TV streaming service NOW TV.

James has been a firm favourite on Sky One and NOW TV for a number of years, presenting A League of Their Own and appearing in two successful series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip.

The Late Late Show with James Cordon is available daily via Sky’s on demand service and NOW TV. The show regularly features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show holds the YouTube record for the most-watched late-night clip with Adele Carpool Karaoke, which has more than 180 million views. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.