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The BAFTA and RTS winning family hit, Dodger, is back for an action-packed special, which is set to air over the festive season on BBC iPlayer, BBC One and CBBC.

Written by the award-winning Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, the 55-minute special, titled ‘Coronation’, will see Fagin and the gang’s biggest heist yet – getting their hands on Queen Victoria’s crown from her Coronation ceremony.

Christopher Eccleston reprises his role as Fagin and will be joined by cast favourites Billy Jenkins (Dodger), Ellie-May Sheridan (Polly), Connor Curren (Tom), Mila Lieu (Tang), BAFTA-winning Lenny Rush (Morgan), Javone Prince (PC Blathers), Tony Way (Jon The News) and Ed Kear (Neville).Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery also return to play PC Duff and Minnie Bilge respectively.

Guest stars and legends from the world of comedy and drama include Simon Callow (The Archbishop of Canterbury), Nicola Coughlan (Queen Victoria), Toby Stephens (US President Martin Van Buren), Paul Whitehouse (Royston, Chief of the Yeoman Guard), Dan Renton Skinner (Maurice The Beefeater) and Alex Macqueen (John Bridge, The Crown Jeweller).

Hollywood star Nicola Coughlan has been seen for the first time filming scenes for her role in the Doctor Who special.

In exclusive pictures obtained by Mirror online, Nicola, 36, who first shot to fame playing Clare Devlin in the Irish comedy Derry Girls, was spotted arriving at a hotel in the pouring rain in a black taxi. Dressed in a fitted patterned green and black empire line dress, Nicola completed her character’s look with a red beret and matching leather jacket. Smiling for the camera, Nicola is seen in Cardiff to film upcoming scenes that are likely to delight Doctor Who fans.

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Bridgerton First Look


The Queen Charlotte/Bridgerton segment starts around 27:35.


First, in a now deleted tweet, Netflix Portugal revealed that Bridgerton season 3 will be released on December 14th. Second, with the release of several photos from season 3, it is now rumored that there will be 10 episodes instead of 8.

Nicola will be playing Diplomat Barbie.

It’s official, they’re back and better than ever! Here’s your very first look at the final series of Derry Girls, starting Tuesday 12th April on Channel 4.

Principal photography commenced Monday at U.K. locations on historical comedy “Seize Them!,” directed by Curtis Vowell (“Baby Done”).

The cast includes BAFTA winner, Aimee Lou Wood (“Sex Education”), Lolly Adefope (“Shrill”), Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton,” “Derry Girls”), Nick Frost (“Hot Fuzz”) and Jessica Hynes (“W1A”).

Written by Andy Riley (“Ron’s Gone Wrong”), “Seize Them!” is a female led comedy set in dark ages Britain where Queen Dagan (Wood) is toppled by a revolution led by Humble Joan (Coughlan). The Queen becomes a fugitive in her own land, a hefty bounty on her head. With the help of Shulmay (Adefope), a former servant with a lot of secrets and Bobik (Frost), a shit-shoveller who wants more out of life, Queen Dagan must face hardship and danger as she embarks on a voyage to win back her throne.

The film is produced by Damian Jones (“Absolutely Fabulous The Movie”) and Matthew James Wilkinson (“Yesterday”) and executive produced by Nigel Green, Jack Webb, Sophie Meyer, Paul Grindey and Andy Riley. The film is financed by Entertainment Film Distributors (EFD) who are also releasing the film in the U.K. and Ireland.

Jones said: “We are very excited to be working with the funniest young actresses around today in Aimee, Lolly and Nicola as well as the epic Nick Frost and Jess Hynes. Backed by one of the best distributors in the U.K. in Nigel Green and EFD we feel privileged to be bringing this project to the big screen.”

“Seize Them!” will shoot over six weeks in Kent and Wales.

Frost added: “The chance to shoot in Wales, the land of my fathers, with Aimee and Lolly saying the terrific words, out loud, that Andy Riley has written, was a sweet temptation I found hard to resist.”


Nicola also revealed that she will be filming a movie soon!

Nicola shared on her twitter a goodbye to Derry Girls as she wraps filming:

As a Christmas present, Lisa McGee (creator of Derry Girls) released a clip from season 3.

With concurrent roles on two hit Netflix series, Coughlan went straight from shooting the second season of Bridgerton to the third season of Derry Girls with barely a weekend in between. Starring in a 19th century romance and 1990s-set coming-of-age comedy is something she never thought she’d do, because of some puzzling feedback she got in drama school: “I was told, categorically, I would never do period drama,” Coughlan recalls. “They told me, ‘Your face is too modern.’ I have no idea to this day what that means.” The Galway-born actress has learned never to rule anything out, and when she’s not on set she’s working on a soon-to-be-released Apple podcast called Whistle Through the Shamrocks that started as “this really weird running joke about Irish plays” with co-writer Camilla Whitehill. The six-episode series features a host of talent including Coughlan’s Netflix co-stars Jamie Beamish and Louisa Harland, as well as Stephanie Beatriz and Jonathan Van Ness.

The person I am dying to work with … Judi Dench

My pandemic binge-watch was … Euphoria

I’d love to star in a remake of … “Not a remake of [Parks and Recreation], but Leslie Knope: The Early Years. I feel like I could play Leslie Knope in college.”

If I had to live in a world from a movie or TV show, I would choose … Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

If a superhero franchise was based on my life, my superpower would be … “Probably Nap Girl. That’s just what I’m known as at work. If I have a spare 10 minutes, I’ll just fall asleep.”

The social cause I am passionate about is … “LGBTQ rights. I play a gay character in Derry Girls and I realized the responsibility of taking that on at a time when, in Northern Ireland, gay marriage still wasn’t legal.”