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PACT TRIBUTE AWARD Congrats!

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/PRODUCER: BARBARA EMILE
27 June 2022

Producers trade body, PACT, honoured a clutch of indie legends and unsung heroes as it marked its 30th anniversary. Congrats to Executive Producer/Producer, Barbara Emile - one of 14 game-changers and unsung heroes honoured on Friday night. The indie legends were nominated by their peers and judged by a panel of 23 experts.


EMMERDALE

WRITTEN BY JANE PEARSON
15 June 2022

Catch Jane Pearson's latest episode of EMMERDALE as part of a hour-long special at 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd June on ITV. Jane's is the second half starting at 8pm. And congrats to Jane and the team on their success at the Soap Awards on Sunday - a bumper night!


123 NUMBER SQUAD

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: SALLY MARCHANT
08 June 2022

We're delighted to announce that Sky Kids and NOW have pre-bought new children's animation series, 123 NUMBER SQUAD. Sally Marchant is Executive Producer on the 52 x 11' show which is due to air in February 2023. For more info, check out this link: https://www.anbmedia.com/news/2022/06/omens-studios-lands-123-number-squad-with-sky-kids/


123 NUMBER SQUAD snapped up by Sky Kids/NOW

WRITERS: CARMEN HARRIS, DARREN JONES, SALLY MARCHANT & HELENA SMEE
08 June 2022

We're delighted that scriptwriters Carmen Harris, Darren Jones, Sally Marchant and Helena Smee are part of the writing team on new animation series, 123 NUMBER SQUAD! Exciting news on the show announced today: Award-winning animation company Omens Studios has secured a key deal with Sky Kids for its brand new preschool series 123 Number Squad!. The UK broadcaster has pre-bought two seasons of the show (52 x 11’) for its on demand channel Sky Kids and streaming service NOW. Aimed at children aged 3-6, the first season will start airing in Feb 2023.


A MATTER OF FACTS by SHAUN WILLIAMSON

Published in Paperback on 2nd June
23 May 2022

Shaun Williamson's debut non-fiction title, A MATTER OF FACTS: ONE MAN'S JOURNEY INTO THE NATION'S QUIZ OBSESSION is published in paperback on 2nd June. It's available in all good bookstores and on-line retailers. A journey into the obsessive world of quizzing. Includes stories from Shaun's past such as tales from his time playing Barry in Eastenders; the discovery of a long-lost son; hiding from an angry Mike Reid in a broom cupboard; acting with Ricky Gervais and David Bowie, and the loss of his boyhood friend in 9/11. Actor and celebrity quizzer Shaun Williamson lifts the lid on a National drug that everyone hooked on: quizzing. A Matter of Facts is a personal journey into the world of quizzes. At the start Shaun enters the World Quiz Grand Prix, pitching his knowledge against the Nation's finest minds, including Eggheads and Chasers... he fails. Unperturbed, he sets out to improve his skills through memory training, practice and even hypnosis in an attempt to move himself up the rankings of the quizzing elite. Shaun's adventure sees him get his old quizzing 'band' back together to see if he can triumph in the leagues. As he does so, he meets many characters and experiences the wonderful vagaries of the pub quiz - discovering its place, not just in communities, but in people's lives. He also reminisces about his life before acting as an alcoholic postman, a stalled naval career,a Pontins blue coat and his journey to becoming Barry in EastEnders. Over the course of year Shaun aims to end his journey at a victorious return to the Grand Prix... can his experiences and new-found knowledge end in victory? A Matter of Facts is a fun, fascinating and heart-warming read that will be adored by those who enjoy a regular meeting of alcohol and trivia.


EASTENDERS

WRITTEN BY KIM REVILL
05 May 2022

Start the week with Kim Revill's latest episode of Eastenders which broadcasts at 7.30pm on Monday 9th May on BBC1 and iPlayer. Janine feels dejected when Mick has to put his family first while. Meanwhile, Sam has a business proposal for Phil.


EMMERDALE

WRITTEN BY JANE PEARSON
28 April 2022

Jane Pearson's latest ep of EMMERDALE is a big one! Catch it at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th May on ITV. It's Radio Times Choice of the day. Noah's warped feelings result in him stalking Chloe, swipes her keys and lets himself into her house. But as he snoops around her room, she returns unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Rhona is heartbroken when Marlon takes a step backwards. Faith convinces Cain to let her take Kyle to the allotment.


EDGE OF CIVILISATION by TONY McHALE

Tony's gripping new crime novel published today!
26 April 2022

Tony McHale's exciting new thriller, EDGE OF CIVILISATION is published today (26th April) and available in all good bookstores, Amazon and on-line outlets. Detective Inspector Wordsworth has been called in for an interview with the Internal Investigation Unit. They are making enquiries into his handling of Operation Clayton, an extensive operation originally sparked into life by the disappearance of fifteen-year-old Jodie Kinsella. The case, while at first seemingly run-of-the-mill involving a runaway teenager, soon became so much more. It was immediately evident to Wordsworth and his partner DS Redhead that Jodie was just one of a number of teenage girls that are missing. If it hadn't been for Jodie's disappearance, then there would have been little chance that anybody would have ever seriously looked into the other missing girls. Their detective work leads them eventually to three boys from wealthy, influential families who all attend a local private school and all had a connection with Jodie and the other missing girls. Do they have a teenage serial killer on their hands? And more importantly: if he can find the culprit, can Wordsworth even make a conviction stick in the face of institutional discrimination?


CASUALTY: "Burning Love"

WRITTEN BY DAVID BOWKER
20 April 2022

David Bowker's new episode of CASUALTY, "Burning Love", broadcasts at 8.35pm on Saturday 23rd April on BBC1. It's judgement day for Stevie as the investigation into her alleged sexual harassment of Matthew concludes. The episode is Radio Times Choice of the day.


ONE MOONLIT NIGHT by CARADOG PRICHARD

THE BIG JUBILEE READ
19 April 2022

We're delighted that classic novel, UN NOS OLA LEUAD/ONE MOONLIT NIGHT by Caradog Prichard, features in The Big Jubilee Read. First published in 1961, it was voted Greatest Welsh Novel by a panel of literary experts and readers of Wales Arts Review. The Welsh edition is published by Y Lolfa and the English translation by Canongate. To mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee, The Reading Agency have compiled a list of seventy novels, short story anthologies and poetry collections published in the Commonwealth since 1952. An expert panel of librarians, booksellers and literature specialists has chosen seventy titles from a “readers’ choice” longlist with ten books for each decade of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. The list offers brilliant, beautiful and thrilling writing produced by authors from a wide range of Commonwealth countries over the last seventy years to engage all readers in the discovery and celebration of great books. Spanning 31 countries and six continents, this truly international collection is a fitting tribute to the most widely travelled monarch in history.


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