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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Viceroy's House DVD and Freedom
at Midnight Book

Win Viceroy's House DVD and Freedom at Midnight Book

Based on the true story of the final months of British rule in India, Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy's House was released in the UK on Digital Download 24th July and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 7th August. To celebrate, Sixtyplusurfers is offering three lucky readers the chance to win Vicerory's House on DVD, together with Freedom At Midnight, the novel on which the film is based.

The release coincides with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan. After 300 years of British rulers, the last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was charged with handing India back to its people. It is a story that is deeply personal to Gurinder, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the Raj came to an end.

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

The film’s story unfolds within the great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten, his wife, Lady Mountbatten and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim, Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

The British cast is led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) as Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson (The X Files, The Fall) as his wife, Lady Mountbatten; Lily Travers (Kingsman) as their daughter, Pamela; and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Quartet) and Simon Callow (A Room With A View, Four Weddings and a Funeral) as key civil servants. The Indian and Pakistani cast is led by Manish Dayal (The Hundred Foot Journey), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur) and Om Puri (The Hundred Foot Journey, East Is East).

Viceroy's House is available on Digital Download now, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 7th August.

 For Your Chance to Win

Tell us which famous actor plays Lord Mountbatten in Viceroy's House?

 a) Colin Firth
 b) Nigel Havers
 c) Aidan Turner
 d) Hugh Bonneville

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Introducing Jodie Whittaker, the Thirteenth Doctor

Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker is the Doctor

We were all delighted to hear that Jodie Whittaker will play the thirteenth Doctor in BBC One's iconic show, Doctor Who.

Jodie will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and takes over from Peter Capaldi, who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series, made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.

Jodie Whittaker says, “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor.

“It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

Chris Chibnall, New Head Writer and Executive Producer says, “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

"I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

Peter Capaldi says, “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

Jodie Whittaker answers thirteen need-to-know questions about the new Doctor Who

1. What does it feel like to be the Thirteenth Doctor?

It’s very nerve-racking, as it’s been so secret!

2. Why did you want the role?

To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place.

To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings - what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.

3. Was it hard to keep the secret?

Yes. Very hard! I’ve told a lot of lies! I’ve embroiled myself in a whole world of lies which is going to come back at me when this is announced!

4. Who was the first person you told when you got the role?

My husband. Because I was allowed to!

5. Did you have a codename and if so what was it?

In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney. Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought, what’s a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting.

6. What does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor?

It feels completely overwhelming; as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.

7. What do you want to tell the fans?

I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change.

“The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.

8. What are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about becoming part of a family I didn’t even know existed. I was born in 1982 - it’s been around longer than me, and it’s a family I couldn’t ever have dreamed I’d be part of.

9. How did Chris sell you the part?

We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about Broadchurch. And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie! And he quickly diverted the conversation to suggest I should consider auditioning to be the 13th Clooney.

It was the most incredible chat because I asked every question under the sun, and I said I’d take a few weeks to decide whether I was going to audition. He got a phone call within 24 hours. He would’ve got a phone call sooner, but my husband was away and there was a time difference!

10. Did he persuade you?

No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you.

I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.

11. What are you going to wear?

I don’t know yet.

12. Is that your costume in the filmed sequence which introduced you as the new Doctor?


13. Have any of the other Doctors given you advice?

Well they can’t because they haven’t known until now, but I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls - I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors.

I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice.

About Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 with a gold medal in Acting. Since then she has worked continually in Film, Television and Theatre. Her TV credits include the critically acclaimed ITV drama Broadchurch (for which she was nominated for Best Actress for the RTS Television Awards), Emmy award-winning Black Mirror, Sky 1’s The Smoke, BBC’s Cranford, in which she starred opposite Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton, The Night Watch (BBC), The Accused (BBC), and Tess of the D'Urbervilles (BBC).

Jodie has recently finished shooting Journeyman, written and directed by Paddy Considine, as is the lead in the new BBC drama series Trust Me. Her other film credits include Venus, (which earned her nominations for Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards; Best British Newcomer at the Critics' Circle Awards and Best Actress In A Motion Picture at the Satellite Awards); Attack The Block, One Day, Black Sea, Good Vibrations, St.Trinian's, Get Santa and most recently Adult Life Skills, which she Executive Produced as well as starred in which received a number of BIFA nominations.

Jodie made her professional theatrical debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in The Storm. Other theatre credits include playing the title role in Antigone at the Royal National Theatre, Bash at the Trafalgar Studios, Awake And Sing and Enemies at the Almeida, both directed by the then Artistic Director Michael Attenborough.


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A new smart listening device from the leader in the European TV headphone market, the Flex 5000 brings Sennheiser's renowned audio quality and leading-edge digital wireless technology to an elegant solution for enhanced TV viewing.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly present Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Watch it in the Autumn on BBC ONE

Dust off your sequins and put on your dancing shoes as Strictly Come Dancing returns for a sparkling new series in the Autumn on BBC ONE.

This year's show includes a stunning line-up with Mollie King, Davood Ghadami, Ruth Langsford, Gemma Atkinson, Reverend Richard Coles, Joe McFadden, Simon Rimmer, Aston Merrygold, Susan Calman, Brian Conley, Chizzy Akudolu, Jonnie Peacock, Debbie McGee, and Charlotte Hawkins.

Mollie King is best known as one-fifth of leading girl group, The Saturdays. The multi-platinum selling band has sold over five million singles worldwide, scored 13 Top 10 singles and five Top 10 albums.

Mollie says, “I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can't actually believe I'm lucky enough to be taking part in it this year! I'm literally so excited to learn latin and ballroom dancing, and of course I can’t wait to get into the sequins too! It’s going to be a lot of hard work but I'm ready for the challenge.”

Davood Ghadami Davood is best known for his role as Kush Kazemi in EastEnders for which he won Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards.

Davood says, “Having the opportunity to take part in this year’s Strictly is such an honour. It’s going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance. See you under the Glitterball!"

Ruth Langsford is a host on two of ITV’s popular daytime shows Loose Women and This Morning - the latter she presents with her husband Eamonn Holmes. Ruth is an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and she and Eamonn live in London with their son Jack and beloved dog, Maggie.

Ruth says, “I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can't quite believe my dream has come true! The sum of my dance experience is throwing a few shapes at a party, I've never had a dance lesson in my life. Without doubt it will be the scariest yet most exciting thing I've ever done. It'll be a welcome change worrying about my next hot move instead of my next hot flush!”

Gemma Atkinson is best known for playing Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks between 2001 and 2005. She has since played series regular Tamzin Bayle in BBC One’s Casualty and was most recently seen in ITV’s Emmerdale playing Carly Hope.

Gemma says, “I am honoured to be asked and so thrilled to be joining Strictly Come Dancing 2017! I'm beyond excited and incredibly nervous but I am looking forward to learning a new skill in ballroom and latin dancing and taking on this new challenge.”

Reverend Richard Coles is a writer, broadcaster and Church of England priest. Originally a singer with pop band The Communards, they had a hit single with Don't Leave Me This Way in 1986.

Reverend Richard Coles says, “Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees.”

Joe McFadden is a Scottish actor, born in Glasgow and best-known for playing the role of Raffaello ‘Raf’ di Lucca in BBC One’s medical drama, Holby City.

Joe says, “Strictly is one of the biggest, most entertaining shows on TV and being asked to be part of it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m thrilled and terrified about in equal measures!”

Simon Rimmer is best-known for being the chef and co-presenter on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

Simon says, “I am so excited, terrified and proud to be invited to be part of Strictly 2017. I've always been a HUUUUGE fan of the show. When I put on my sequins and hit the floor it will genuinely be my very first time dancing ballroom and latin. Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me. I can't wait.”

Aston Merrygold is a singer and songwriter, and is best-known for being a member of the successful British band JLS.

Aston says, “I’m so happy to be joining Strictly 2017, it is such a brilliant show and I’ve followed it for years. I’m both nervous and excited to learn from the professionals about a whole new way of dancing!”

Susan Calman is a Scottish comedian, broadcaster and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4.

Susan says, “Being on Strictly is a dream come true. Finally I can reveal all the moves I've been practising in my kitchen to the nation. I am an enthusiastic home dancer and now on Saturday nights I'll be dancing in other people’s homes in a (hopefully) entertaining way. I am terrified but excited to start my Strictly journey.”

Brian Conley is a comedian, actor and television presenter with a career spanning over 40 years.

Brian says, “I'm delighted and honoured to be asked to strut my stuff on this year’s Strictly. My family all love the show and can't wait to see me do my Dad dancing on national television. I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work but I'm up for the challenge, so bring on the spray tan and sequins."

Andrea Chizoba ‘Chizzy’ Akudolu is best known for her role as heart surgeon Mo Effanga, in Holby City. Chizzy joined the cast in 2012 and hung up her stethoscope in June after five years. During her time on the show, Chizzy won the award for Best Newcomer at the Black International Film Festival and Music Video and Screen Awards as well as Best Actress in the same year at the BEFFTA Awards.

Chizzy says, “When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this amazing girl who exploded onto the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere… I knew it was game over for me. That was then, this is now and this is my chance to have even more sequins!”

Jonnie Peacock is a double Paralympic, World and European T44 100m Champion. He won his first Paralympic Gold medal in London 2012 and has gone onto to win every major event that he’s entered, including the 2016 Paralympic Games and the 2017 World Championships in London this summer.

Jonnie says, “The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly’s main show was too good to turn down. I’ve got no previous dance history outside of the occasional ‘worm’ at a mate’s party and I know this will be a challenge and a new experience. I can’t wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can push myself.”

Alexandra Burke is a singer and West End performer currently starring in Sister Act in the lead role of Doloris Van Cartier.  Alexandra first shot to fame after winning ITV’s The X Factor in 2008 and her debut single Hallellujah sold over one million copies.

Alexandra says, “I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly cast! I love this show and have followed it from the beginning, so being able to be a part of it is just a dream come true for me - I still can’t believe it! I am very nervous as I am a singer not a dancer, but I am going to give this my absolute everything and try my best to make everyone proud.”

Debbie McGee is a TV personality, presenter and the widow of magician Paul Daniels. Debbie achieved international fame through television appearances with Paul and appeared alongside him in the BBC One series The Paul Daniels Magic Show.

Debbie says, “There are no words to describe how I feel about performing on Strictly Come Dancing. The excitement is overwhelming. I can’t stop smiling. It’s been the hardest secret I have ever had to keep!”

Charlotte Hawkins is a newsreader, journalist and one of the anchors on ITV's breakfast show Good Morning Britain. Before joining ITV, Charlotte worked at Sky News for seven years on Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes and also hosted her own daily show of breaking news and interviews.

Charlotte says, "I am so thrilled to be one of the contestants on Strictly this year! I've always been a big fan of the show. It is a dream come true to be taking part and I'll be following in the footsteps of my Good Morning Britain colleagues. I'm looking forward to stepping out from behind the news desk to cha-cha-cha my way across the dancefloor!"

          Trust Me

Jodie Whittaker stars in Trust Me on BBC ONE

With Jodie Whittaker on BBC ONE

Look out for Jodie Whittaker (the new Doctor in Doctor Who) in a brand new drama, Trust Me, coming soon to BBC ONE.

Cath Hardacre is a good nurse. Caring and hard-working, she does her best for everyone in the cardiology ward she works in. However, when she raises her concerns about the standards slipping in the hospital, Cath’s world takes a turn for the worse.

After being sacked for whistle-blowing, Cath turns to her best friend Dr. Ally Sutton, who is leaving her life as an A&E doctor and emigrating to New Zealand with her new husband. At a drunken party Cath finds Ally’s discarded paperwork and makes the desperate decision to take a second chance at life - by stealing her best friend’s identity.

Cath, now calling herself Ally, accepts a job at a failing emergency department in Edinburgh and embarks upon a new life with her young daughter Molly. However, with her good-for-nothing ex-partner Karl trying to spend time with them and a journalist chasing her about the issues at her former hospital, how will Ally cope with leading a double life?

Jodie Whittaker stars in Trust Me on BBC ONE

Cath Hardacre is played by Jodie Whittaker, Dr Andy Bennett is played by Emun Elliott, Dr Brigitte McAdams by Sharon Small and Karl is played by Blake Harrison.

Watch Trust Me, starring Jodie Whittaker on BBC ONE.


     Teach My Pet
       To Do That

Alexander Armstrong presents Teach My Pet To Do That

      Presenter, Alexander Armstrong

Animal lovers will enjoy Teach My Pet To Do That, a fun new programme presented by Alexander Armstrong from Plimsoll Productions.

Starting in August on ITV1, animal lover, comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong opens the doors of his multi-species pet training school, to welcome Eric, a Datsun Labrador Cross and Aslan, a miniature horse.

 Fizz a Malinois and Nando Jo with Nada, owners of the Pet Training School in Sussex

          Jo and Nando, owners of the
         Pet Training School in Sussex

We'll be seeing if trainers Jo-Rosie Haffenden and Nando Brown can train them to answer a door to the cue of a doorbell.

Hannah with her 8 month old Bengal cat, River

           Hannah with her 8 month old
                      Bengal cat, River

Star pet is Ziggy Tricks, the skateboarding dog and trainers hit the road and attempt to train River, the cat to, not only ride Moss the dog, but to also be the star attraction at the opening of a doggy daycare centre.

      In The Dark 

In the Dark starring MyAnna Buring

                Watch it on BBC ONE

In The Dark is a brand-new, four-part drama by Bafta-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst (Ordinary Lies, The Driver, Exile).

Adapted from books by bestselling novelist Mark Billingham, In the Dark stars MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Downton Abbey, The Twilight Saga) as Helen Weeks, a strong-willed detective and Ben Batt (The Go Between, Shameless, From Darkness) as Paul Hopkins, her partner and a fellow Detective Inspector.

Characterful, darkly funny and with themes relevant to our times, In The Dark is an incredibly personal and engaging crime series.

MyAnna Buring

MyAnna Buring plays Detective Helen Weeks

MyAnna Buring talks about her character Detective Helen Weeks

Tell us about your character, Detective Helen Weeks

Helen is a detective and is very driven by her work. She is doggedly dedicated to unearthing the truth for a living, yet like all good heroines she has her own dark secret buried deep in her past.

The series is very much a tale in two parts - in the first two episodes Helen's secret resurfaces to haunt her, and she must confront and face the demons from her past. Then in the last two episodes we join her as she wrangles with her present and her future.

There’s a toughness to her, and a maverick quality. I think Danny has brought that sense of maverick-ness out in a lot of the characters - they don’t always follow the rules but they have a strong moral code. Characters are always so much more fun that way.

Helen is witty, determined, and, compassionate. A woman who left the small town she grew up in as soon as she could to carve out a new life for herself in the city. Danny's scripts allow us to follow her and her loved ones as they navigate incredibly difficult, emotional territory. She definitely goes on a journey.

What do you hope the audience takes from In The Dark?

What I hope we have been able to achieve is a plethora of characters that audiences can really invest in - that they can go on a journey with, care for, be moved by. In this series, we are dealing with so many different issues and crises; it's a roller coaster ride of a thriller.

I feel very much that all the characters are real human beings - they are flawed, they’re not perfect and that is what makes them interesting - not only to play but also to watch. Mark Billingham has created this sprawling universe that is so suspenseful and he’s managed to create this across so many books.

With In The Dark, Danny Brocklehurst has taken just a few of these stories and beautifully distilled them into four cracking high octane episodes.

Helen has very much been highlighted from the books and she's a character that for me was really interesting and fun to invest in, and I hope, will be interesting to invest in for the audience too.

How did you prepare for the role?

As always, I get most of my information from the script. It was Danny’s script that informed the structure that I hung Helen’s coat on (so to speak). Then I went to Mark’s books to add in more layers. There were certain elements that had changed in Danny’s interpretation of Mark’s books and in this instance it felt good for me to know that difference and find a truth between the two.

I also researched what pregnancy was like for different women. And then cherry-picked for myself what possible aspects fitted best with Helen's experience and what we needed her to be able to do: how pregnancy affected her physically and emotionally, how she would feel about being pregnant.

I did some research into abuse and grief, particularly looking into what that might mean for somebody working in the police force.

I found interesting a sort of gallows’ humour that exists within the police force. It seems characteristic of working in a job that isn’t always pleasant or easy. In order to deal with the horror, humour and sarcasm can be useful tools. I think this comes through in the script too - Helen has a wry sense of humour.

    Cash Trapped with
      Bradley Walsh

Bradley Walsh presents Cash Trapped

If you love quiz shows, don't forget to tune into Cash Trapped with Bradley Walsh.

Bradley Walsh welcomes six contestants to a brand new series of TV's most strategic quiz show.

The contestant who has amassed the most money over the show gets a chance to escape with their individual prize pot.

If the other five contestants succeed in blocking him, they all return the following day to play again, with the escapee starting on zero in this rollover show.

If the escapee cash traps all five of his opponents they all leave with nothing, and he leaves with his winnings.

The show broadcasts on Monday to Friday at 5pm - 6pm on ITV1.


Stephen Mulhern presents Catchphrase

        Presenter, Stephen Mulhern

Popular host Stephen Mulhern returns to ITV1 invite players to ‘say what they see’, joined by his animated sidekick, Mr Chips in Catchphrase.

In the first round, the first two contestants to guess three phrases each correctly go through to the second round where they then play for money.

The contestant who wins the most money goes through to the final round where they have the chance to win the £50K jackpot as well as a holiday prize.

Watch Catchphrase on ITV1.