Time, a new prison drama from the BBC, has started filming in Liverpool. The three part series will star Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. The series is written by Jimmy McGovern for BBC ONE and produced by BBC Studios. The series follows two different men in the British penal system. Mark Hebden (Bean) is a teacher in prison for the death of a man in an accident. Eric Reid (Graham) is a prison officer working in a understaffed prison trying to protect and care for those in his charge.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has given a speech to outline the solution found to retain a soft boarder on the island of Ireland. This was one of three major issues preventing the UK and the EU continuing to phase 2 of the negotiations on the exit of the UK from the EU, AKA Brexit. Citizen Rights and a financial settlement are the 2 other issues. The negotiators can now move on to work out the detail of what has been agreed and to talk about transition phase, free trade and the new relationship between the EU and the UK.
Channel 4's decision to pick up the Great British Back Off seems to be paying off as it has retained over 8million viewers each week. The latest viewing figures from BARB show the 3rd episode had 8.1 million viewers, rising to 8.6 million when their time-shift channel is included. The series moved to Channel 4 from BBC in August. Channel 4 entered a multimillion pound 3 year deal with Love, the series producers. The hosts of the show Sue and Mel choose to stay with the BBC, and are expected to return with a new updated version of The Generation Game.
Emma De Souza holds and Irish Password. Originally from Magherafelt in County Derry Ms. De Souza holds an Irish passport. County Derry is part of the 6 counties that comprise Northern Ireland, which is a member of the UK. British Authorities have refused to provide Ms. De Souza husband with a visa granting him the ability to remain and work in Northern Ireland.