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Jodie Whittaker to star in two Doctor Who specials for Timelord swansong

Jodie Whittaker will star in two specials in her swansong as Doctor Who, to be filmed back-to-back with the upcoming series.

They will air on BBC1 next year and extend her run as the Time Lord into 2022, even though she’ll actually hang up her sonic screwdriver when filming ends in the next couple of months.

And that will be it for the 13th Doc.

Which means the second special must contain the all-important regeneration scene, in which she morphs into the 14th Doctor, whoever that may be.

It’s likely that the extra stories are the two episodes that got shaved off the end of the upcoming run this autumn, which went from 10 to eight instalments due to Covid regulations slowing things down.

Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who

So while Jodie will be free to take on other roles pretty soon, she’ll still officially be the Doctor on screen until at least next Easter next year, those in the know say.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall doesn’t like to be rushed, so BBC bosses might string things out by holding a special back for next summer or beyond.

However this makes the chance of a full series in 2022 with Jodie’s successor seem slim. Only time – and space – will tell.

Nadiya Hussain lands new series

Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has landed a new six-part show called Nadiya’s Fast Flavours.

The BBC2 series will encourage viewers to use flavours in easy but innovative ways and shed light on how combinations work – including some surprising ones.

Nadiya Hussain has landed herself a new series
Nadiya Hussain has landed herself a new series

Recipes include Custard French Toast with Pistachio Crumb; Bombay Mix Burgers and Lemon and Basil Shortbread.

Nadiya Hussain said: “I’m going to be bringing a whole host of new everyday recipes to the table, that are easily achievable but fizzing with flavour.”

The series airs later this year.

The Morning Show returns

Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell will all return to Apple TV+’s flagship drama The Morning Show for the second series which will launch on September 17.

All 10 episodes of the second season will stream weekly, released on Fridays.

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will return in The Morning Show
Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will return in The Morning Show

Aniston (right) and Witherspoon played breakfast TV host Alex Levy and co-anchor Bradley Jackson in the hit first series.

Apple says the second season is set in “a world in flux, where identity is everything and the chasm between who we present as and who we really are comes into play”.

Lara Pulver joins The Split

Lara Pulver is joining BBC drama The Split as it starts filming series three.

Pulver – known for Spooks and Sherlock, will be playing Kate – a child psychologist whose arrival adds a whole new layer of complexity to Morgan’s multi-layered examination of modern marriage and divorce.

Lara Pulver as Erin Watts in Spooks
Lara Pulver as Erin Watts in Spooks

Also back are the three Defoe sisters (Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey and Fiona Button), their formidable mother Ruth (Deborah Findlay) and Hannah’s husband Nathan (Stephen Mangan).

The second series averaged 6 million viewers to become the third most watched drama series on BBC iPlayer in 2020.

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