Q&A and TV PREVIEW: His Dark Materials featuring Ruth Wilson, Dafne Keen & Sir Philip Pullman at the BFI

WHERE? BFI IMAX RUNTIME: 60 minutes (episode 1 to air on BBC1 3/11 and HBO 4/11/19)

WHEN? 15/10

Piers Wenger is BBC’s controller of drama and describes this eight-part first season of Sir Philip Pullman’s renowned literature trilogy as ‘the most ambitious drama the BBC has ever made’.

  • Read on for reasons including what to expect from episode 1 which airs on BBC1 Sunday 3 November 2019

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Q&A: Line Of Duty featuring Jed Mercurio at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHERE? BFI IMAX

WHEN? 13/4/19, series 5 concludes on BBC1 5/5/19

monstagigz guarantee: There are no spoilers in the Q&A that follows if you’re up to date with the show

‘Do I know who ‘H’ is? Oh yes,’ says Line Of Duty creator and writer Jed Mercurio who is speaking at the 2nd annual BFI & Radio Times Television Festival at the BFI IMAX in London.

  • Read on for reasons including which character suggested her own demise in series 5

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PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Semi 1 starring Hatari & Tamta

55782416_700862010310626_2634417005314179072_nWHEN?: 14/5/2019 (screened live on BBC4 at 8pm)

WHERE?: Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2, Israel

Last year’s winner Netta performed Toy 7th in Semi 1 and countries including pre-qualifiers Spain, France and hosts Israel vote here in a show dominated by the controversial Icelandic entry (pictured).

  • Who’s through and who’s on the 1st plane out of Tel Aviv? Read on for our semi 1 predictions 

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PREDICTIONS: Andra Chansen starring Anna Bergendahl, Lisa Ajax & Nano

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 2/3/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE: Nyköping

Anna Bergendahl (pictured) is Melodifestivalen’s least successful winner and so her appearance in Andra Chansen seems inevitable but will her redemption be realised by making it through to the 9 March final in Stockholm?

  • Read on for reasons including how we’re calling the 4 Andra Chansen duels this year

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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 4 starring Bishara, Anton Hagman & Lisa Ajax

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 23/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE:  Lidköping

Last week’s Heat 3 was a real return to form with a song we really love in Lina Hedlund’s Victorious winning through to the final and so we enter Heat 4 with a spring in our step and well-placed hope in our heart.

  • Read on for reasons including who we think will be joining Lina in the 9 March final from this heat

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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 3 starring Lina Hedlund, Martin Stenmarck & Jon Henrik Fjällgren

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 16/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE: Leksand

Last week’s Heat 2 had the disappointing double whammy of songs far less good than its predecessor and its best song finishing last but the good news is Heat 3 is a return to form.

  • Read on for reasons including how we think this week’s 7 songs will fare on Saturday night

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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 2 starring Margaret, Andreas Johnson & LIAMOO

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 9/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE:  Malmö

Melodifestivalen got off to a joyous start last weekend with Wiktoria’s glorious rain-soaked ballad Not With Me becoming our early favourite but what do we think of Heat 2’s snippets (listen and watch below)?

  • Read on for reasons including who we think will make the final on 9 March from this heat

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