A brand-new documentary taking a look back over 30 years of iconic boyband Take That has just been released.
Aptly-titled 30 Years in the Making, and now available to watch exclusively on streaming platform ITVX, the new documentary has been dubbed a “joyous celebration” that takes a deep dive and a retrospective look at the three-decade long success of the beloved boyband that formed in Manchester all the way back in 1990.
The new 72-minute documentary is ultimately all about the relationship between the now trio, once five-piece boyband, and their thousands of loyal fans across the UK.
ITV says it’s been created as a “companion piece” to the new feature film Greatest Days – which is set to hit cinemas nationwide this Friday (16 June).
The new documentary not only features the challenges the band, directors, and creative team faced to bring Greatest Days to the big screen, but also “shines a light on the mutual dedication built over three decades between the band and its fans”, and even sees band members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Donald Howard touch on topics they’ve either never or rarely discussed publicly before.
The lads apparently talk openly about their 2012 tax evasion scandal, regrets over how former bandmate Robbie Williams left the group to launch his solo career, and will finally discuss the reason for Jason Orange’s departure in 2014.
Gary, Mark, and Howard are joined by a “massive ensemble cast” for the documentary – including famous Take That enthusiasts Alesha Dixon, Mel and Sue, Calum Scott, and more.
Producers say the new Greatest Days film “captures the joy of being a lifelong music fan”, and ITV adds in a description on its website: “From Take That’s 90s boy band fame, to its shocking breakup, its triumphant comeback in the 00s, and beyond, the band’s highs and lows are reflected in evolving friendships.”
The new documentary, on the other hand, “juxtaposes the story of the production, pandemic lockdowns, challenging shooting locations, and critical casting decisions, with the story of how Take That fans have followed the band throughout the years.”
Take That: 30 Years in the Making is now available to stream across the UK, and you can head over to the ITVX website to watch it here.
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Jason Manford blasts theatre-goers after showing the ‘shocking’ state of litter on the Opera House floor
Comedian and performer Jason Manford has criticised theatre-goers for leaving the floor of one of Manchester’s most beloved venues covered in litter and in a “shocking” state following one of his recent performances.
Currently part of the ongoing Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime run, Manford shared a social media post revealing the amount of rubbish left on the floor of the Manchester Opera House following the cast’s show to the general public.
Opening the video by stating, “Look at the bloody tip people leave”, the Salford-born stand-up, singer, actor and presenter asked, “Why do people do this?”
Posting the short clip on Instagram along with the caption, “What’s your take on litter inside a theatre? Is it [the] audience or staff’s responsibility? What d’ya reckon?”, the video itself has comments turned off but has already sparked plenty of discussion online.
The 42-year-old went on to urge people attending the show, or any theatre production for that matter to clean up after themselves, noting that there was rubbish of some form on “every single row”.
Manford, who is starring as Jack, labelled the behaviour unbelievable and argued, “You wouldn’t treat you’re own home like that, would you?”
Citing that his days working front-of-house in cinemas might have coloured his opinion on the matter, he said it takes very little effort to simply pick up your refuse and find the nearest bin on the way out and the majority of people reacting online are in overwhelming agreement.
One commenter underneath his post on X said, “People’s responsibility. Why can’t people just do the right thing and take their litter home with them ?? Or use a bin nearby??”, while most agreed at the very least that aside from accidental spillages, it’s just “common courtesy”.
Another person went so far as to say: “People are disgusting. Personally, I’d ban food and drink in theatres and cinemas.
“It totally ruins the experience for me, listening to people chomping and slurping their way through the performance.”
Jason’s turn in Jack and The Beanstalk began on Thursday and is set to run until the end of the year — here’s hoping this public callout will mean the theatre staff have less mess to clean up going forward.
It isn’t Manford’s only big stage production here in Manchester city centre either, as the local legend is also hosting The Big Night of Musicals in 2024.
First images of new ITV drama starring Happy Valley’s James Norton released
The first images of a brand-new ITV drama series starring Happy Valley’s James Norton have just been released, and it already looks like a must-watch.
I think it’s fair to say that we all fell in love with James Norton when he depicted the evil villain of Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley over recent years, right? So, if like us, you’ve missed tuning in to watch an absolute masterclass in acting from the Yorkshire-born actor on Sunday evenings, then you’ll be chuffed to know he’s set to be back on our TV screens soon.
The 38-year-old has a starring role in a new ITV drama named ‘Playing Nice’.
The new psychological thriller – which is based on JP Delaney’s 2020 novel – follows two couples who devastatingly discover that their toddlers were switched at birth in a hospital mix-up, and we can already predict it will send shivers down our spine.
The two couples then face a horrifying dilemma of either keeping their sons that they raised, or reclaiming their biological kids, and while a solution is agreed upon, it soon becomes clear that there are hidden motives at play – with the couples unsure about how much they can trust each other.
Set in Cornwall, James Norton will play the role of Pete, and will star alongside Niamh Algar, James McArdle, and Jessica Brown Findlay.
Speaking on the new series ahead of it airing, Helen Perry – who is ITV’s Drama Commissioner – commented: “Playing Nice is an enthralling thriller with a knotty moral dilemma at its heart. Not only will viewers be hooked, they’ll be left questioning ‘What would I do?’. As Grace Ofori-Attah’s superb script raises questions about the nature of parenting and how far we’ll go for those we love.”
Writer Grace Ofori-Attah added: “It has been an absolute privilege to adapt JP Delaney’s gripping novel for the screen.
“I am thrilled to be working with Rabbit Track and Studiocanal, as well as our incredible cast and production team, and I’m also excited to be partnering with ITV again on my second drama series, and can’t wait for Playing Nice to hit TV screens next year.”
‘Playing Nice’ is set to air in 2024, and we’ll be binging it in no time.