Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour will be returning to itv in the second series of hit comedy Vicious. Filming is now finished on the new 6 part series that focuses on the boisterous world of Freddie Thornhill (played by Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (played by Derek Jacobi) as we follow more of their adventures and mishaps.

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This time, we are going out and about even more with the couple, as they strive for health, happiness and maybe a little more social interaction than ever before.

The loving (and bickering) couple of over 50 years soon discover it’s all change amongst their close circle of friends as we catch up with Violet (Frances de la Tour), Ash (Iwan Rheon), Penelope (Marcia Warren) and Mason (Philip Voss).

The superb writing talent of Kay Mellor returns to our screens in spring, with the third series of her lottery winning drams The Syndicate.

With a distinct “Upstairs Downstairs” feel to the show, the initial setting is Hazelwood Manor in Scarborough, which has now fallen into disrepair, with some members of the family intent on spending their inheritance as quickly as possible, downstairs has seen a reduction in staff from the original 30 to just 5.

Lenny Henry stars as Godfrey, who started the syndicate years ago, convinced his mathematical strategy would work, somehow, it actually does, and so 14 million pound is heading their way.

Meanwhile, itv will treat us to yet another glimpse of reality as they have announced the commissioning of BBQ Champ, a brand new five-part series for the summer which will feature Adam Richman.

Star of Man v. Food Adam will be joined by a team of contenders who will compete against each other to become the first BBQ Champ.

With the UK BBQ market being worth upwards of £7 billion (2013 figures) and with the UK being named Europe’s leading BBQ nation for the fifth year running, BBQ and alfresco eating is big business.  18.5 million British adults own a BBQ and we held 125 million BBQs in the last year alone.  BBQ Champ aims to tap into that BBQ talent and find Britain’s best barbecuers.

As part of its plans to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the bbc announced that acclaimed actor Richard E Grant will play the Duke of Wellington in a revealing biographical drama documentary, Wellington: The Iron Duke Unmasked for bbc Two.

Richard E Grant says: “This is a part of European history that I’ve always wanted to know more about. It’s been an honour to be able to play the Duke of Wellington in this dramatic retelling of his personal accounts. I’m thrilled the bbc is commemorating this important part of our history and that I could be a part of it.”

Bringing together the campness and drama from Europe´s annual singing vote, The Eurovision Song Contest, one of the longest-running and most-watched non-sporting events in the world returns this May from Vienna, which will host the competition for the second time in the contest’s history following Conchita Wurst’s victory in Denmark last year when she won the 59th contest with her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the competition, with a total of 40 countries competing in the contest, which includes two semi-finals that will be broadcast on bbc Three, and the grand final, which will be broadcast on bbc One and BBC Radio 2.

The televisual delight begins on Tuesday the 19th of May with Semi Final One broadcast live on BBC Three, the second semi final on Thursday 21 May, the Jury Final on Friday the 22nd, culminating in the live Grand Final of Eurovision 205 on Saturday the 23rd of May on BBC One. Brace yourselves.

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