ITV will broadcast a special Olivier Awards with Mastercard programme on 5 April 2020 at 10:15pm, in place of the 2020 Royal Albert Hall awards show which was cancelled due to coronavirus.
Sooty is a television legend, so to be able to see him with his pals – Sweep and Soo on stage was a treat for not only me, my husband and the other adults in the audience who have also grown up with the little yellow bear during his 70 year career.
The 2017 Olivier Awards with Mastercard can be seen on ITV this year: the two-hour primetime broadcast of highlights from the event airs two days after the ceremony, on Tuesday 11 April 2017 from 8 to 10pm.
There is always a huge pressure on producers when recreating a beloved television programme or film for the stage and it is very evident that Heartbeat really feels this pressure. Set for the majority of the time in the Aidensfield Arms, the production sees many of the beloved characters from the show given new life in an entirely new story written by original cast member David Lonsdale.
He’s well known as David in Heartbeat, the popular Sixties-based television series which ran on ITV from 1992 until 2010, spanning 18 series in total. Actor David Lonsdale is reprising his role as the simple side-kick for a stage version of Heartbeat, which is at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre until 2 April 2016 and then touring until 2 July. I caught up with him to find out all about this new production.
If you enjoyed the ITV Sound of Music ‘live’ – or even if like me you thought Kara Tointon wasn’t really up to it and the whole production felt a bit clunky – you may have been struck by how both literally and metaphorically Alexander Armstrong as Max stood head and shoulders above the rest of the cast and therefore what a wonderful Professor Higgins he might make.