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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win
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


 To Enter the Competition

Tell us which famous actor plays Lord Mountbatten in Viceroy's House? Then send in your
answer, together with your full name, postal address and telephone number by clicking on the Sixtyplusurfers link below:
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* This competition is open to
our UK readers only

 

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?

No.

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.
 

Entertainment

Sennheiser Redefines
TV Listening


Sennheiser redefines TV listening

Demand more from your TV experience when your hearing needs change, great sound can still be enjoyed at home thanks to Sennheiser’s new RS 5000 smart listening solution. 

The audio specialist is putting the clarity into the TV experience by adding crystal clear, high-quality sound and the freedom of digital wireless technology, so users can continue to enjoy their favourite entertainment at its very best.

Sennheiser’s new ergonomically-designed TV headphones bring a new way to improve TV audio by adding exceptional sound performance, attractive modern designs and excellent quality and durability

Sennheiser’s new ergonomically-designed TV headphones bring a new way to improve TV audio by adding exceptional sound performance, attractive modern designs and excellent quality and durability.

“These next generation devices focus on giving listeners an intensified TV sound experience. They offer excellent audio quality and clearer speech, plus wireless flexibility and greater comfort, all in an elegant and ease-to-use solution,” says Irene Strüber, Head of Portfolio Management Audiology at Sennheiser.

“Those who love to enjoy life to the fullest can now continue to demand more – even as their personal hearing needs change.”

The + of intuitive, cable free sound

The next generation listening device from the leader in the European TV headphone market, the RS 5000 has been created to be supremely easy to set up and intuitive to use


The next generation listening device from the leader in the European TV headphone market, the RS 5000 has been created to be supremely easy to set up and intuitive to use. Users can tailor the sound to meet their individual needs using the easy-to-operate volume and balance controls. Clear LED indicators for battery status and operating state on the receiver and base station add further to a system that is effortlessly simple to set up and use.

Ease of use is increased by the freedom and flexibility of these wireless solutions. Leading-edge digital wireless technology ensures that you get great sound. The RS 5000 offers an impressive 70 metres range.

The RS 5000 features durable, integrated batteries which allow for up to 9 hours of consecutive use and even offers 12 hours of battery life

The RS 5000 features durable, integrated batteries which allow for up to 9 hours of consecutive use and even offers 12 hours of battery life.

The RS 5000 provides a choice of three hearing profiles to enhance TV, movies or music to further tailor the sound to personal listening requirements. It also features a unique Speech Intelligibility function that makes speech clearer and easier to understand by dynamically reducing TV background noise that may interfere with dialogue.

The RS 5000 provides a choice of three hearing profiles to enhance TV, movies or music to further tailor the sound to personal listening requirements

This impressive new model has been designed to offer elegant, practical simplicity. The slim below-the-chin design provides comfortable ear bow pressure for any head size. Meanwhile, the base station has a sleek, high-end appearance, which makes a stylish yet subtle addition to one’s home entertainment system.

When charging the durable integrated batteries, this unit serves as a smart docking station that lets the headset lie in a compact and tidy horizontal position.

RS 5000 is part of Sennheiser’s new range of smart listening products which also includes the Flex 5000, a digital wireless audio system for headphones

RS 5000 is part of Sennheiser’s new range of smart listening products which also includes the Flex 5000, a digital wireless audio system for headphones.


RS 5000 headphones are available to buy now from http://en-uk.sennheiser.com

Inside London
Fire Brigade


25 year old Rookie Darren  has just completed his training and faces his first real fire

Watch it in August on ITV1

In June London suffered its most devastating fire since the blitz. The Grenfell Tower tragedy shook Britain to the core and on the front line of the disaster were the heroic firefighters of the London Fire Brigade. It brought to the fore an emergency service who risk everything to help those in need.

This documentary follows the fire brigade as they responded to a staggering range of emergencies. It provides an insight into their work, with firefighters filming themselves on the dangerous front line using special fire cameras. It's an access to incidents across the whole of London.

In the second programme of the series, one hundred firefighters are mobilised to a massive fire at a garden centre near Heathrow. Things take a dramatic turn when it’s discovered there is a large quantity of highly explosive gas canisters on site, directly in the path of the spreading fire. And things go from bad to worse as the brigade realise they don’t have enough water to keep the canisters cool and fight the fire.

At another incident, the fire brigade have too much water as they tackle a massive flood in Stoke Newington where the high street resembles a river. A rescue crew is sent into a flooded basement where water levels are rising and it’s feared that someone might be trapped.

In Shoreditch we meet borough commander Steve who joined the brigade in 1987. He is called to a road traffic accident where a woman is trapped with suspected spinal injuries. She needs to be cut free from the car but the firefighters can’t do anything until the ambulance arrives. In a sign of how stretched all the emergency services are, it takes nearly four hours for an ambulance to arrive – the longest delay Steve has witnessed in his 30 years in the brigade.

Steve is also called to a fire at a building site where building materials are ablaze. The firefighters struggle to find the seat of the fire as the flames spread to the insulation material in the ceiling. Firefighting in an enclosed space, with thick smoke and facing extreme temperatures, the conditions are ripe for a backdraft – a deadly development where a rush of air can create a devastating explosion.

The picture shows 25 year old Rookie Darren,  who has just completed his training, and faces his first real fire in the programme.

Easy Jet Inside
the Cockpit


easyJet Inside the Cockpit

Watch it on 7th August, ITV1

Brits took more flights than ever before last year, and with air travel increasing there's now a worldwide shortage of pilots. This year easyJet, the UK?'s biggest airline, launched its largest ever pilot recruitment drive.

This primetime series opens the door into the cockpit with unprecedented fixed rig camera access and follows rookie pilots as they take their first steps from the flight school classroom, into the flight simulator, and finally flying with hundreds of paying passengers on board.

easyJet planes

Becoming a pilot involves dedication and determination and the trainees come from every walk of life. But does the reality live up to the dream of flying high?

With unique access to easyJets new recruits we see what a pilots life is really like six miles up.

easyJet pilots

easyJet Inside The Cockpit is on ITV1 on Monday 7th August.

Reflections

Westminster

Listen to it on BBC Radio 4, 10th August

Peter Hennessy invites senior politicians to reflect on their life and times. His first guest is Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister who gave his name to an era following a meteoric rise to power and his energetic leadership at home and abroad during ten years in Downing Street. Like other leaders whose personality creates an aura and whose name creates an ‘ism’, few people are neutral about Tony Blair and his legacy.

Tony Blair reflects on his early enthusiasm for acting, the ‘performance element’ in his character, and the experiences that shaped his political and religious beliefs. Recalling his journey from left-wing politics to mainstream Labour and his meteoric rise to power, he tells of his dealings with Gordon Brown.

On his premiership, Blair recalls having to battle against Whitehall’s resistance to reform and reflects ruefully on his relations with the media. The conversation focuses on two of the most momentous challenges during his premiership - negotiating the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement and the controversial decision to invade Iraq. On politics today, Blair reaffirms his commitment to re-making the centre-left in British politics and shaping a policy agenda that meets the challenge of globalisation.

Listen to Reflections on BBC Radio 4.

          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.

Trust Me, starring Jodie Whittaker is coming soon to 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


         Starts 11 August, 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.
 

     Catchphrase

Stephen Mulhern presents Catchphrase


        Presenter, Stephen Mulhern

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

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 it on ITV1 in August.