Reckon you’ve got what it takes to outrun the government?
Well, Channel 4’s smash-hit reality competition series Hunted is back for another series, and the show’s producers are looking for “fugitives” from Greater Manchester to take part.
It’s fair to say that the show – which has drawn in millions of viewers over five series and three celebrity spin-offs since 2015 – is unlike anything else on TV at the moment, as it challenges contestants to go on the run for 25 days across the UK, all while avoiding a team of ‘Hunters’.
The ‘Hunters’ are a group of the country’s best former military figures, police officers, detectives and intelligence operatives.
Throughout the run, the Hunters have access to contestants’ personal information and use “powers of the state” to locate contestants, as well as social media and monetary rewards to gather information that can lead to a successful capture.
Contestants that manage to battle their way through the final day and reach a designated “extraction” point before being captured will share a whopping £100,000 prize.
It’s no easy task, but Greater Manchester residents are being encouraged to give it a go.
If you think you stand a chance at beating the Hunters, then applications are now open for the 2021 series which is set to begin filming in October.
Producers are on the look-out for people of “all ages, backgrounds and professions to try and evade capture from a team of expert trackers.”
To apply, all you’ll need to do is upload a short video – a maximum of three minutes long -introducing yourself and explaining why you’d like to go on the run.
If you are applying with a friend or family member, it’s fine to just submit one application for one member of the group, but all members of the group should ideally be in the video you submit, and you must have their permission to apply on their behalf and disclose their personal details.
The deadline is 12 June 2021, and you must be aged 18 or older – so if you fancy it, you can stick your application in here.
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Eurovision 2023 grand final to be screened live in cinemas across the UK
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be screened live in cinemas across the UK for the first time ever.
With fans from across the globe set to descend on Liverpool in a couple of months time as the UK hosts the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine, those who weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets will instead by able to head to their nearest cinema to experience the action on the big screen.
Distributor CinemaLive has announced it will be broadcasting the Eurovision grand final show live in cinemas nationwide for the first time ever.
It means that Eurovision fans up and down the country who missed out on grabbing tickets to the final – which sold out in under 40 minutes after going on sale earlier this month – will be able to come together to celebrate what is set to be the “biggest, brightest, boldest music party of the year”.
500 cinemas across the UK, including several here in Greater Manchester, will be screening the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, and Everyman are just some of the cinema chains taking part.
Vue Manchester Printworks, Odeon Great Northern, and Everyman Manchester are the Manchester city centre venues lined-up to screen the event – with cinemas in the The Lowry Outlet Mall, Trafford Centre, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, and more also set to welcome Eurovision fans through their doors.
Event organisers say the screenings will encourage singalongs and fancy dress.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring Eurovision’s grand final live into cinemas across the UK for the first time ever,” said John Travers from CinemaLive.
“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, so get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen.”
With an illustrious entertainment career spanning over four decades, O’Grady may have been most well-known and loved by British audiences as a comedian, presenter, broadcaster, actor, writer, and the former drag queen Lily Savage – but he was also one of the nation’s most-famous dog lovers and animal rights advocates.
O’Grady was a longtime supporter and Ambassador of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and helped raise the profile of the shelter to millions around the world through the hugely-popular ITV series Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs.
Battersea says there’s “no doubting” that O’Grady’s influence has helped thousands of rescue animals find new homes over the years.
Over several series of the show, O’Grady would make an effort to spend quality time with these animals and show-off all of their quirks and loveable qualities, which went a long way to proving that rescue animals “really are the best pets”.
Paying an emotional tribute to O’Grady following his passing today, Peter Laurie – Chief Executive of Battersea – said: “To many, Paul O’Grady was the immensely popular TV and radio presenter and comedian who lit up their screens with his razor-sharp humour and perpetual generosity and warmth [but] Battersea will forever remember Paul as a devoted animal lover with the biggest heart, who fell head over heels in love with every dog he met at our centres.
“Paul will always be associated with Battersea and we are truly saddened to have lost such a true friend and huge part of our charity.
“Paul had an extremely hands on approach as a Battersea Ambassador and has been fundamental in helping our charity to communicate important campaign messages.
“He was a champion for the underdog and would do anything to ensure all animals live a healthy and happy life.
“He will be dearly missed.”
Since the news of O’Grady’s passing was announced, touching tributes have been pouring in in their hundreds from right across the world of entertainment and on social media.
Countless famous names have shared supportive messages and memories.
Emotional tributes to O’Grady have been flooding in all morning, both from those who knew and had worked with him in the past, and from those who admired his work and all that he achieved and had stood for throughout his respected career.