27th April, 2021
Screen Glue, the independent producer of high-end factual and kids’ content, founded by the multi-award-winning Jasper James, has announced its latest commission for CBBC, Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain.
Children’s channel CBBC has commissioned factual series, Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain from Jasper James’ UK indie Screen Glue, which previously made Hey You, What If…? for the network.
Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain is a science-meets-comedy hybrid for CBBC - in each episode, comedians Leila Navabi and Ken Cheng wrestle with another ridiculous science question that comes out of Ken’s brain. Ken’s brain won’t give up until it gets an answer and so while Ken tries to get help from some famous friends and experts, Leila undertakes her own very individual experiments - but they never quite go to plan.
The 10×11’ series for children aged 7-11 sets out to answer burning and ridiculous questions such as, can we talk with dogs?, what would happen if we never went to sleep? and could we catapult ourselves to the moon?
Jasper James, Screen Glue founder and the series’ executive producer comments: “Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain shows just what can happen when you don’t actually overthink things! Our brains quickly came up with the series concept when CBBC was looking for new ideas, and it was commissioned equally quickly. The result is a pacey, funny and alternative edutainment show, presented by exciting new talent. We are thrilled the BBC has once again supported our unique approach to delivering rigorous science in surprising packages.’’
Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain is due to premiere on CBBC and BBC iPlayer on 28th April at 5.15pm and will be scheduled weekly thereafter.
12th April, 2021
From the creators of Rogue, MJ Bassett brings a new and fierce thriller for Lionsgate.
Endangered Species is an intense, action packed survival-adventure about a wealthy American family who travel to the vast African wilderness of Kenya hoping for a dream vacation filled with excitement, bonding and a chance to fix the growing rifts within their family.
While enjoying the safari, their vehicle is attacked by a rhino protecting her calf, the family is left stranded miles from help and their dream vacation turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival in a world where they are the bottom of the food chain.
Through her work, Bassett is hoping to raise awareness for the state of the planet and humans’ impact on the natural world. This, she says, is especially timely during the global COVID-19 pandemic. MJ Basset is keen to wrap her projects into a genre, whether it’s a horror thing or an action or a combination of both.
Writer and director, MJ Basset with writer Isabel Bassett, producer Jay Taylor Kwesi Dickson, Molly Hassell, MJ Bassett and Cinematographer Brendan Barnes.
The project is set and beautifully shot in Kenya and includes a strong cast from Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester, Isabel Bassett, Michael Johnston, Chris Fisher and Jerry O'Connell.
10th March, 2021
'I’ve been a huge fan of OnSight for many years and have always admired their work which is why they had to be the post house for my debut feature ‘When The Mist Clears’. The team were an absolute pleasure to work with and the completed film looks and sounds absolutely beautiful.' - Cengiz Dervis
"When The Mist Clears'', is a romantic drama written and directed by Cengiz Dervis. The UK production features Christian Howard, Gena Miller, Maddalena Ischiale, Silvia Busuioc, Cengiz Dervis and Victor Ptak.
A romantic drama set in Italy, Isabella is a disconnected, damaged and angry young woman whose life was shattered at 13 when her Italian mother died of cancer. Her successful British father Frank who harbors a painful secret, chose to lose himself with work and outsource her care and upbringing to nanny's, tutors and eventually therapists. Many years later Frank had remarried to a wonderful Italian woman named Claudia, who manages to convince Frank that they all need to get away from work, the city, internet and spend a month close to nature on a remote Italian country estate and hopefully disconnect to reconnect.
WHEN THE MIST CLEARS is an ambitious film with a strong story outline and carefully crafted scenes. The story is driven by strong characters, naturalism, outstanding breathtaking Italian locations, a beautiful score and a great team to support the vision and direction of Actor, Writer, Producer and Director Cengiz Dervis.
03rd March, 2021
''All is amazing and Jess has been fabulous so thank you!’ - Emma Fernando
Elliott from Earth is an upcoming British-French-American science fiction comedy animated television series. The show centers on a human boy named Elliott who finds himself living on a spaceship packed with aliens from all corners of the universe.
A Four Part introductory special will premiere on March 1st, 10AM EST. The main series will premiere on Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom on March 6th 2021 and Africa in late 2021 and on HBO Max in the United States sometime in 2021.
The show’s production was green-lighted by Cartoon Network and had started in September 2018, consisting mostly of members from the production of The Amazing World of Gumball. The introductory special will consist of four episodes. The show's first season will consist of twenty 11-minute episodes.
01st March, 2021
David Tennant will be one of the hosts of this year's Comic Relief Red Nose Day television special for Friday 19th March. He will co-present the BBC One fundraising extravaganza along with Alesha Dixon, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Lenny Henry.
In addition, fans of David and Michael's recent series, Staged will be delighted to hear that they will be reuniting for an exclusive mini-episode of the hit lockdown comedy, to be shown on the night.
The event seeks to raise funds through comedy, entertainment and music to support projects in the UK and abroad, and this year particularly donations will be used to tackle issues including homelessness, hunger, domestic abuse, and mental health problems, all of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The journey of Staged has been great fun with producers Phin and Victor Glynn and director Simon Evans and we’re so happy to share the wonderful work they have done for Comic Relief