New Funko POPs for 'The Office', 'The Simpsons', 'Community', 'Jaws', & More Coming Soon

The 2019 New York Toy Fair is in full swing, and that means we’ll be hearing a ton of new announcements regarding toys and collectibles inspired by your favorite films and TV shows. It should come as no surprise that the folks at Funko have churned out a bunch of new announcements expanding their endless line of Funko POP figures. And some long-awaited franchises will finally be making their vinyl figure debut.

Funko has announced a new wave of The Simpsons POPS, a line that will likely become one of the biggest the company has ever released. The Office fans will be happy to see that the employees of Dunder-Mifflin are also getting a whole like of Funko POPs. And those who still like The Big Bang Theory can finally add more POPs to their collections. But there’s so much more than that from the 2019 Funko POP announcements.

The Simpsons

The first wave of The Simpsons Funko POP figures arrived back in 2011. They line only included Homer, Bart, Marge and Krusty the Clown. Since then, Funko hasn’t touched The Simpsons. But that changes with the announcement of a whole new wave of The Simpsons figures. However, the more obsessive collectors out there might be annoyed at the design adjustments to characters’ eyes.

The Simpsons Funko POPs will be adding Homer Simpson as Radioactive Man, Lisa Simpson with her saxophone, Bart Simpson as Bartman, Maggie, Grampa, Moe and Mr. Burns. There will also be a version of Homer Simpson in a Muumuu available only at Hot Topic.

You’ll notice that the eyes are in the more traditional Funko POP shape rather than the smaller eyes of the initial Simpsons collection. That’s a little annoying since The Simpsons family won’t look exactly alike, but maybe they’ll re-release the original four in a new design. After all, those first four Funko POPs are extremely rare now, and you can’t get ahold of them without paying a hefty price.

The Office

Collectors have been waiting patiently for The Office Funko POPs to join the vinyl figure line-up for awhile, and this first wave of characters should do the trick. There’s the classic Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley, but there’s also Kevin Malone carrying that ill-fated pot of chili and Daryl Philbin with his warehouse clipboard.

Keep an eye out for a a two-pack of poor Toby Flenderson and Michael Scott from the episode where Toby is leaving Dunder-Mifflin. You’ll notice the rock in his hand that has the loving note that says “Suck on this.” Meanwhile, there will be a Chase variant of Jim wearing his lazy “Facebook” Halloween costume.

This line will undoubtedly have more characters to add. Surely there will be an Angela with her cats, maybe a Meredith with her hair on fire, and Stanley with a pretzel. Perhaps Phyllis will have one with an oven mitt she’s knitting. A two-pack of Ryan and Kelly is a no-brainer too. The possibilities are endless.


Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster is bringing the ocean’s deadliest monster to your shelves. Jaws is getting a line of Funko POPs, including two different versions of the shark as 6-inch super-sized POPs. As for the shark hunters, Quint, Hooper and Chief Brody are coming too. Now if we could just get a Steven Spielberg POP to direct them…


A new line-up of Ghostbusters Funko POP products have been announced. These are the first new figures based on the original movie in awhile. They include new versions of the main team, one of the new Funko POP Town sets with Peter Venkman and the Ghostbusters firehouse, and a Funko POP Movie Moment of Peter and Egon trying to trap Slimer.

Speaking of Slimer, there are two new versions of the ugly little spud eating a mouthful of hot dogs. The Walmart exclusive version will be translucent. Plus, there’s also a new giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that stands 10-inches tall. The biggest version previously was the 6-inch POP. The ghost from the opening library scene also gets her own figure now too.

The Big Bang Theory

On the nerdier side of things, The Big Bang Theory is finally adding some new figures to the collection. There haven’t been any new Funko POPs from the hit series since Sheldon Cooper got his own figure in 2011. But now the collection will add a new version of Sheldon, as well as Leonard, Penny, Howard, Rajesh, Amy, Bernadette and Stuart, each with varying looks and items in their hands referencing specific episodes.


A Cinderella story is unfolding as golf’s rowdiest players assmble for a series of Funko POPs. The comedy classic Caddyshack is coming to the vinyl figure collection, including Carl Spackler, Judge Elihu Smalls (including one with a different hat), Ty Webb, and Al Czervik. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Caddyshack collection without the famous gopher.

Dawson’s Creek

The show that captivated teen audiences on The WB in the ’90s is getting what has to be their first ever set of figures. The Capeside lovers Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen are becoming Funko POPs. It’s a shame the faces of these vinyl figures aren’t more expressive, because then we’d get a crying Dawson.

Forrest Gump

Life is like a box of chocolates. And soon Forrest Gump will be in a Funko POP box. Get Greenbow, Alabama’s favorite son in his ping pong player mode or with that famous box of chocolates that he likes to nibble on before giving it to Jenny.


Attention, Greendale students! School is back in session, and all your favorite community college students are ready to learn. Troy and Abed have their morning show mugs in hand,, Annie is ready to take notes, Jeff looks smug even without a mouth, Shirley is ready to cook and Ben Chang has his deadly paintball gun in hand. Presumably Britta and Pierce will be coming at some point, but the collection wouldn’t be complete without a Dean Pelton. Hopefully more are on the way.

Pretty Woman

One of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time has never received collectible figures, but that’s about to change. Julia Roberts gets three different Funko POPs here, one of which is a Chase variant with her blonde wig. But the best part of this set is the Julia Roberts in that fancy red gown that pairs perfectly with Richard Gere holding the necklace box that he playful snaps at her fingers. That’s just adorable.

Men in Black

There will likely be Funko POPs coming for the upcoming Men in Black International, but before that the original Men in Black are getting their own figures. Agent J and Agent K come with Frank the pug and Neeble the worm respectively, but that Edgar figure with deteriorating skin and creepy bug mouth is the best. Give it sugar. In water.


Funko is also going where everybody knows your name. The whole bar gang from Cheers is getting a POP makeover. Sam, Cliff, Diane, Norm and Woody will make a fine addition to your collection. Surely, Dr. Frasier Crane is on the way too, but maybe Frasier will be getting its own line of Funko POPs at some point too.

The Addams Family

The creepiest and kookiest sitcom family is coming to toy shelves. However, these aren’t figures based on the movie versions of The Addams Family. Instead, these are based on the classic TV series. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Cousin Itt are all on the way, but sadly none of them come with a little Thing.

On the exclusive side of things, Gomez and Morticia will be getting a black and white two-pack variant at Entertainment Earth, and Uncle Fester will have a variant with a light bulb in his mouth, available only at Walgreens.

Beverly Hills Cop

Axel Foley is one of LA’s finest. In fact, he’s so good that he’s getting two different Funko POPs from Beverly Hills Cop. One features Eddie Murphy in that comfortable gray sweatshirt while the other has him holding two bananas that are perfect for stuffing into tailpipes.

Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules

For all you fans of cheap fantasy shows from network television, you’ll be happy to see that the titular characters from Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys are each getting their own figures. Xena is wielding her sword and signature Chakram while Hercules is ready to rumble with his mitts.

Sanford and Son

Here comes the big one! Sanford and Son is releasing two Funko POP figures to commemorate the classic television characters Fred Sanford and his son Lamont. Appropriately, Fred Sanford is in the middle of one of his signature fake heart attacks.


A new wave of Alien Funko POPs give us two new versions of Ripley from the original Alien. One puts her in the white spacesuit, albeit without her helmet, and the other holds the adorable cat Jonesy. But that last one will be harder to get since it’ll be an online exclusive.

Garfield and Friends

Finally, everyone’s favorite comic strip cat is coming to Funko. Garfield and his dog pal Odie are on the way, though there’s no Jon Arbucke in sight yet. It’s a little disappointing that there isn’t a Garfield that comes with lasagna, but at least the Funko Shop exclusive version has a mug that says “I Hate Mondays.”

Rick and Morty

Finally a new wave of Rick and Morty POPs are on the way. Get Rick and Morty in their Purge suits, the berserker version of Squanchy, a Resistance version of Goldenfold, the exoskeleton suit version of Snowball, and Dr. Xenon Bloom from Anatomy Park.

On the exclusive side, you’ll be able to get your hands on some Get Schwifty versions of Rick and Morty, as well as a glow in the dark version of Pickle Rick.

Surely there will be plenty more Funko POP announcements coming throughout the rest of the year. Hopefully they include some more Saturday Night Live characters. Check out the Funko blog for a rundown of all the big Toy Fair announcements this year.

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'Say Yes to the Dress': TLC Is Giving Brides a Free Wedding, But There's a Catch

The average American wedding costs more than $33,000, according to data from wedding website The Knot. With the price tag of a dress, ceremony, and reception close to the cost of a new car, it’s no wonder that many couples are looking to save any way they can. And now, TLC is helping a few brides and grooms get married for less – a lot less.

The network is giving 52 lucky couples a free wedding. The no-cost nuptials will be filmed for a new 10-part series, Say Yes to the Dress America, which will air in January 2020. But there’s a catch. You won’t be the only people getting hitched.

What we know so far about Say Yes to the Dress America

Say Yes to the Dress
is a spin-off of TLC’s wildly popular show Say Yes to the Dress. Producers will choose one bride from each
state (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico) to appear in the series.

Each bride will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New
York City sometime this summer, where she’ll enjoy a private shopping event at
Kleinfeld Bridal, the bridal boutique featured on SYTTD. Kleinfeld consultants will help each bride select her
perfect (and free!) wedding dress from a curated collection.

After choosing their dress, brides will attend a pre-wedding reception hosted by TLC. Then, each bride and her partner will get married in a group wedding officiated by Randy Fenoli of Say Yes to the Dress. The big event will take place at an “iconic” location in NYC, according to TLC.

“When viewers need their bridal fix, they turn to Say Yes to the Dress,” said Howard Lee, president and general manager for TLC, in a statement. “We are beyond excited to expand this beloved franchise and give superfans across the country the chance to be a part of the biggest and most buzzworthy wedding event of the year.”

How to get a free wedding from Say Yes to the Dress

If the idea of getting married with dozens of complete strangers sounds like fun to you, you can apply to be part of Say Yes to the Dress America. Producers are currently on the hunt “for brides who represent each of their states unique traits.”

To be considered, you need to record a video no longer than 3 minutes that showcases your creativity, personality, and state pride. Producers suggest you show how you stand out from others in your state, and also explain how you would demonstrate your state pride in NYC and why you want to get married with the rest of America.

You’ll also need to fill out an application explaining what
kind of wedding dress you want, why you think you should be on TV, and why you
want SYTTD’s Fenoli to marry you.
You’ll also need to answer several questions about your state pride, including
how you’d incorporate your state pride into your final wedding day look.

Brides-to-be can visit Half Yard Productions to submit your video and complete the application.

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Leaked Game Of Thrones cast list for episode one of season eight reveals Tormund and Beric SURVIVED the fall of the Wall

One of the shows fan sites, Watchers On The Wall, claims that they have got their hands on an unconfirmed cast list for the first episode.

Notable names from the list include those of the main stars, such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).

However, there are a few names on the list that may come as a surprise to fans, particularly Richard Dormer (Lord Beric Dondarrion) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane).

The two characters were last seen running away from the wall as it began to crumble at the end of season seven.

The site also revealed that the super fans had figured out that the episode was set to be exactly 60 minutes long and their cast list discovery featured a few familiar names that hadn't been seen on screen for a few series.

There has been many fan theories about the upcoming series floating around recently too, with fans predicting Jamie Lannister's death, Cersei's pregnancy, Jon Snow's sacrifice and many more.

However, speculation aside, fans of the show won't have to wait for too long to find out whether their favourite characters have made it onto the final series of the show, as it's set to return on April 14.

Yesterday it was revealed that in the first review of Game of Thrones season 8 that the show’s conclusion will be both dramatic and emotionally charged.

HBO president Casey Blows has seen the final series and although his opinion may be a little biased, he is confident fans will be satisfied with the ending.

“Everything I have seen makes me very, very confident that this is a [season] fans are going to be very happy with,” HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine.

“It is a dramatically and emotionally thrilling way to end the series. I believe it will live up to the very high expectations.”

Although the show may be coming to an end, the creator George R.R. Martin revealed he would have liked the show to continue for several more years.

“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons," he told Variety.

“David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go.

"We got them to go to eight but not any more than that.

"There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it.”

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What time is the Shipwrecked final on E4 tonight, what's the prize and how does the survival show work?

But now that it's coming to an end, here's all you need to know about the 2019 finale.

What time is the Shipwrecked final on E4 tonight?

Shipwrecked 2019 finale is on E4 TONIGHT (Friday, February 15, 2019) at 9pm.

This will be the 15th instalment of the series and sees the Tigers and Sharks face a final emotional beach party.

And, of course, we will finally find out who the winner of Shipwrecked 2019 will be.

The series was filmed over last summer on two small islands in the lagoon at Aitutaki, one of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

The Sun had exclusively revealed back on April 16, 2018, that Channel 4 Bosses earmarked Shipwrecked for a "supercharged" return in 2019 after being inspired by the success of Love Island.

A TV insider had said: “Lots of people have fond memories of watching Shipwrecked in their youth and dreaming about joining the fun in paradise.

“Now Channel 4 have decided to give millennials the same experience, after Love Island proved sun-kissed hunks and beauties frolicking in a tropical setting can result in huge ratings.

“While there have been similar shows recently, like The Island and Mission Survive, they are all about making people miserable by forcing them to fight for their lives in the wild.

“On Shipwrecked, the biggest hardship the castaways faced was getting tan lines. It should go down well with the snowflake generation.”

Filming for the reality show took place last summer.

What's the prize?

The tribe that wins the show will get to sail away with £50,000 in their pocket.

Sharing is caring, so they'll be splitting the cash among themselves.

How does Shipwreck work?

The show saw a group of 18 to 24-year-olds shipwrecked on a desert island.

They had to battle it out for survival with basic rations.

The show saw the group of castaways struggle to survive on the tropical island as they competed against each other to win a cash prize.

The revamped show will follow the format of the more recent series, with two separate islands, Shark and Tiger, attempted to win over new arrivals with their living facilities, personalities and team necklaces.

The largest tribe at the end will be crowned winners.

The “supercharged” element of the new series seems to be that “this time the islands will hold secrets, hidden treasures and tempting traps that could change the islanders’ winning hopes”.

Was Andrew Lincoln narrating Shipwrecked?

Strictly star Vick Hope narrated the show this year.

Andrew narrated the show from when it started in 2000 through to 2001.

He's since gone on to become a TV megastar thanks to his role on The Walking Dead.

From 2006 the show was voiced by Queer as Folk and Corrie star Craig Kelly.

What is the history behind Shipwrecked?

Shipwrecked was one of the earliest reality shows, launching on Channel 4 way back in 2000.

It ran for three series before going off air in late 2001.

In 2006, it came back with a new “battle of the islands” format where rival tribes competed to recruit newcomers in a bid to be the largest group and take home up to £100,000 in prize money.

In total, Shipwrecked ran for eight series, with a final “back to basics” edition on E4 in 2012.

The show marked the first TV appearances of Jeff Brazier and Sarah-Jane Crawford, as well as Celebrity Big Brother winner Stephen Bear.


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Do you remember watching these iconic BRITs moments with your mates?

All this excitement has got us reminiscing about BRITs gone by and how great it used to feel watching the iconic awards show with your mates, witnessing the amazing performances, celeb gossip and surprise wins live.

To celebrate, we’re counting down some of the most infamous moments from previous BRIT Awards ceremonies.

From Joss Stone’s weird accents to Geri’s Union Jack dress becoming viral before viral was a thing, these are our favourite moments from The BRIT Awards since 1997.

If some of these moments ignite some magical music memories for you, scroll down to enter our competition and find out how you can make some more memories with your pals.

Geri’s dress, 1997

Name a more iconic dress, we’ll wait.

Legend has it that Geri made the dress herself, using a tea towel.

Adele flipping the bird, 2012

When Adele won the coveted Mastercard Album of the Year award in 2012, host James Corden tried to rush her acceptance speech along so as not to run into Blur’s performance. Let’s just say this didn’t go down too well with the star.

Joss Stone, 2007

Joss Stone certainly raised a few eyebrows when she graced the stage of The BRIT Awards 2007 with Mastercard to present the Best British Male Award.

Between her jokes about host Russell Brand’s stint in rehab and the variety of accents she spoke in it’s certainly a moment that’s going to go down in BRITs history.

Alex Turner’s, erm, mic drop, 2014.

It seems Arctic Monkeys front man, Alex Turner, wanted to use his acceptance speech for Mastercard Album of the Year in 2014 as a chance to get some things off his chest.

His speech left viewers baffled, particularly when he dropped the microphone on the floor when walking off the stage.

Russell Brand’s hosting, 2007

Russell Brand hosted The BRIT Awards 2007 with Mastercard and he certainly divided viewers.

Fans of his comedy loved his appearance, however others found his risqué jokes to be a bit too controversial, resulting in 300 OFCOM complaints.

Bjork’s very Bjork-ish speech, 1998

Bjork was awarded the Best International Female award by the late Alexander McQueen in 1998, and didn’t shock anyone with her very Bjork statement that she was a “grateful grapefruit”.

Harry styles nearly misses accepting an award, 2013

When One Direction were given the Global Success Award at the 2013 show most of their acceptance speech was conducted without him, as he was in the loos.



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Simon Cowell developing two new versions of X Factor and BGT champions edition

Simon Cowell has revealed that he will launch two new series of The X Factor this year, as well as an additional version of Britain’s Got Talent.

The TV and music mogul said his “exciting” plans for the ITV programmes are still in the works and that he needs to settle on dates, but that he intends to introduce a celebrity version of The X Factor along with an all-star edition with former contestants.

Cowell also endeavours to create a second series of Britain’s Got Talent with past winners of the show competing against each other, along with the main series, which is currently in production.

We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this yearSimon Cowell

His announcement comes after The X Factor dwindled in the ratings for the latest series, with overnight audience figures plummeting to some of their lowest in its 15-year history while rival show Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One continued to flourish.

Cowell told The Sun newspaper: “I’ve had a meeting with ITV, I’ve told them what I think we’d like to do with X Factor because we’ve been waiting to have this opportunity.

“The time feels right, and it will be a huge change.

“We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year.”

He said he thinks it will be “huge” and that it is “the best I’ve felt about this show in years”.

According to the newspaper, Cowell intends to run two versions of The X Factor back-to-back later this year, the celebrity show followed by the all-star format.

He said he is “waiting for confirmation” on dates and details on the second show, but that they are trying to “upgrade and glamorise” it.

Cowell said he has been offered a five-year deal on both formats, but that he has not yet agreed to them, and that The X Factor will be different again next year.

“I would never want to sit and watch a show like The X Factor slowly fade away and fail but there is only one risk and that’s doing nothing,” he said.

“That is what I call a risk.”

He suggested that Robbie Williams, who joined the show as a judge last year, is in his sights for the overhauled show.

However, he said that nothing has yet been agreed.

The TV judge and show creator has also proposed a companion show for Britain’s Got Talent, following the success of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which is currently airing in the US.

Past winners of the talent show include dance troupe Diversity, pianist Tokio Myers and stand-up comedian Lost Voice Guy.

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Is Katy Perry engaged to Orlando Bloom, what’s her net worth and what’s her feud with Taylor Swift about?

The American star has been ruling the charts since the middle of the noughties – and won over fans with her naughty sense of humour.

How old is Katy Perry? What's her background?

Katy Perry, 34, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actress from Santa Barbara, California.

Born on October 25, 1984, she was named Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson – but goes by the stage name Katy Perry to avoid confusion from the Oscar-nominated actress Kate Hudson.

She was raised in a Christian environment with her parents Mary and Maurice being Pentecostal pastors.

Is Katy engaged to Orlando Bloom?

In February  2019 Katy revealed that she had got engaged after a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal.

The singer took to Instagram to confirm the news after fans shared pictures from her engagement party.

"In bloom," she commented, sharing a picture of her pink diamond engagement ring.

The couple have been dating on and off since 2016 but rekindled their romance in 2018.

What are Katy Perry's biggest hits and how much is she worth?

Katy’s first ever album was her self-titled Christian-rock debut, Katy Hudson, and was released on 6 March 2001 under a record label called Red Hill.

By 2008, she had reinvented herself as Katy Perry and released her debut album under that name – One Of The Boys.

The album was led by saucy track I Kissed a Girl and included further hits Hot n Cold, Thinking of You, and Waking Up in Vegas.

Subsequent albums Teenage Dream and Prism were UK number 1’s and her fifth studio album, Witness, was released in June 2017.

Some of her biggest hits include UK number 1’s California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg), Part of Me, and Roar.

Katy was named as one of the highest paid female celebrities in 2018 and is reportedly worth $83 million.

Does Katy Perry act as well as sing?

Katy Perry has appeared in both TV and big screen productions.

She played a character named Honey in US comedy How I Met Your Mother and voiced the character Smurfette in two film outings of The Smurfs.

She has also appeared as herself in Zoolander 2, and also released a big screen documentary of herself titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012.

What is Katy Perry's feud with Taylor Swift?

A bitter rivalry developed between Katy Perry and fellow pop star Taylor Swift in 2014 after the former took a swipe at an unnamed female musician that many identified as Katy.

The feud seemingly is over backing dancers and Taylor released a song called Bad Blood which many believe to be about the fall out.

Katy appeared to hit back with a song of her own called Swish Swish in 2017 – however offered an olive branch saying she would happily bury the hatchet.

"I tried to do the right thing, the good thing, and you know, she shut me down and wrote a song," Katy said in May 2017, offering hope of the feud ending, saying: "When women unite, the world is going to heal."

When did Katy Perry marry Russell Brand?

Katy Perry was married to British comedian Russell Brand on 23 October 2010 in a lavish ceremony in India.

The pair first started dating in 2009 after appearing together at the MTV Video Music Awards and became engaged on 31 December that same year.

By 30 December 2011, however, the marriage had crumbled and Katy filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, with the divorce being finalised in July 2012.


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Holby City and Casualty will merge for TV special for the first time in 14 years

The BBC One medi-dramas will join forces for a two-part show after the emergency departments are hit by a cyber attack.

Staff and the wards will be hit by the attack, with the crossover kicking off during Casualty on 2nd March, and concluding during 5th March's episode of Holby City.

The hospital will be thrown into chaos when the cyber attack triggers a blackout and disables vital equipment.

Producer Simon Harper shared: "We’ve known for some time there’s been major audience appetite for a mega crossover between these sister shows, so that’s exactly what we are serving up!

"You’ll see both the Casualty and Holby teams striving heroically against the odds in two episodes of pure, taut, emotional medical drama.

"There’s so much to relish… an especially poignant thematic resonance between two regulars, Connie [Beauchamp] and Jac [Naylor] in delicious conflict.

"And, perhaps most vitally, who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby?"

Both Casualty and Holby City are set in Holby City Hospital in the fictional county of Wyvern, in the south-west of England.

The two shows previously merged for a special episode in 2005.

The latest crossover is in honour of Holby City's 20th anniversary, with the programme set to mark the special occasion throughout 2019 with various guest appearances from past characters and fan favourites.

Producers have previously teased that a huge episode is already planned for November, with a Bonfire Night special marking the show's 1000th episode.

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Lana Condor Is Worried About 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' Sequel Backlash

Warning: Deadly Class spoilers ahead.

FYI, if you’re not watching Deadly Class, you’re pretty much missing out on some of the most badass women on TV. First, you’ve got Saya, the angsty assassin played by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (and Cosmo March cover!) star Lana Condor. She loves three things: her sword, her motorcycle, and her BFF Maria.

Maria (played by Venezuelan actress María Gabriela de Faría), BTW, just ended her abusive relationship with Chico (Michel Duval), the heir to a drug cartel…by slitting his throat with her weapon of choice.

And these are just two of the teens from Kings Dominion, a school for the deadly arts. Think Harry Potter, but less magic and a lot more blood.

At an advanced screening of DC at The Wing, I caught up with Condor and de Faría to talk all things Deadly Class, their close friendship, and (of course) the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel.

On what “a strong woman” even is in 2019:

Lana: Saya’s strength is in her independence. She’s always in control of the situation she puts herself in….to the point where she gets called a control freak. She’s in control of everyone around her, herself, and her emotions. That’s not necessarily healthy.

How Saya grows and learns to be a woman is to be strong, but also deeply empathetic. Throughout the show she’s striving to kind of break that mold by letting other people in. True strength, I think, is knowing that you don’t have to do life alone.

María: You can invite other people into your life and have a support system. You don’t have to face all this stuff by yourself.

On finding your way out of abusive relationships:

María: It’s funny because for Maria at the beginning, she really isn’t a very independent woman because she’s tied up with Chico. Which, I’ve been there before, I’ve been in an abusive relationship and I think there’s strength in getting out of it, and she was constantly looking for a way out. Sometimes you find yourself in situations that you really don’t know how you got into and for Maria, that’s definitely consuming. She was kidnapped, she doesn’t really belong there and, as the show develops, I have to say that she starts finding strength in being alone.

On (possibly sexual) chemistry between Saya and Maria:

Lana: That was actually a choice that I made…it was very small, but I did think about this and I did bring this in because I think Saya so deeply cares about Maria. There is a love story in that because friendship is love, right? True friendship is love. Something that we definitely thought of shooting season one was that Saya would do anything to protect Maria, and she loves her—

María: She does.

Lana: She wants the best for Maria and when Maria is hurting, it hurts Saya as well. I think you’re absolutely right in thinking that you might have picked something up on that.

“Seeing Lana being successful just gives me hope that we are all in this together and she’s opening doors for us.”

On To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Mania and Lana’s Come-Up:

María: Because life changed so much for her overnight, she was exhausted. We didn’t work weekends but she did. She went out, she would fly to L.A. every single weekend to do press for TATBILB. She was exhausted and she needed a support system and we really made sure that we were there for her.

Lana: They really did. They were incredible, truly. That’s what friends are for, they’re there to take care of you when you can’t take care of yourself.

María: Seeing Lana being successful just gives me hope that we are all in this together and she’s opening doors for us.

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When you find a friend like her, you hold her close! Life is better with you @thefaria ❤️ (this was taken hour 5 into a stunt scene. We are sore, delirious, and incredibly happy) @deadlyclasssyfy

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On the new love interest for the TATBILB sequel…and fanatical fans:

Lana: I don’t know who’s going to play John Ambrose, but I do know that we’re looking long and hard into someone who can match Noah’s charm and amazingness, which is very difficult.

“I think people are a lot more supportive of Anthony and my relationship than they were in the beginning, because they know Noah and I are just friends.”

It’s happened with my personal life. When the movie first came out, the fans weren’t happy about my relationship. Fans, of course, wanted me to be with Noah. You watch it, you fall in love with these characters and you’re like, “They need to be in love in real life.” When that first kind of happens, my boyfriend has always been so supportive, and he gets the industry and he understands the work but that was really challenging for the both of us, but particularly because I felt so bad for him and he got a lot of flack.

A lot of people were like, “She needs to be with Noah.” Now, it’s calmed down a lot and people are a lot more supportive of Anthony and I’s relationship than they were in the beginning, because they know Noah and I are just friends. Whoever we bring in is going to do a great job and I think people are going to be very conflicted.

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6 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at

THE FUTURE OF FILM IS FEMALE, PART 2 at the Museum of Modern Art (through Feb. 21). This sequel survey of female filmmakers — a follow-up to one in the summer — brings together recent work by women working behind the camera, including Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods” (screening on Friday), shown at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James as desperate sisters in a North Dakota fracking town, and Josephine Decker’s “Madeline’s Madeline” (on Sunday and Tuesday), an experimental and aggressively subjective portrait of adolescence. If the film “is sometimes unconvincing and frequently unnerving,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times, “it is never uninteresting.”

‘I AM CUBA’ at Film Forum (Feb. 15-21). First shown in 1964, this Soviet-Cuban agitprop spectacle, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (“The Cranes Are Flying”), celebrates the ostensible glories of Castro’s revolution. Employing a collective protagonist, the film mirrors its ideas about the masses in its structure: It moves from one character to another to illustrate life in Cuba under Fulgencio Batista, capturing the political awakenings of men who become full-throated soldiers for the rebel forces. As with many Soviet films of the 1920s, a central influence for Kalatozov, “I Am Cuba” requires viewers to swallow a deluge of ham-handed and frequently troubling propaganda as the price for its formal brilliance. But the director’s impossible camera moves look especially impressive in this restoration.

JONAS MEKAS’S ‘WALDEN: DIARIES, NOTES AND SKETCHES’ at Light Industry (Feb. 16, 7 p.m.). The microcinema Light Industry honors the writer, filmmaker and experimental-cinema godfather Jonas Mekas, who died last month at 96, with this 16-millimeter screening of an extraordinary diary film. Compiling footage that Mekas shot with a Bolex camera from 1965 to 1969, “Walden” is at once a time capsule, a poetic treatise on the changing seasons in New York and a candid chronicle of major figures in that decade’s avant-garde scene. Mekas seems as delighted with the wedding of P. Adams Sitney and a visit to the filmmaker Stan Brakhage’s family as he is with the fantastic color swirl of a circus show or a performance by the Velvet Underground. Doors open for this free screening at 6:30 p.m. Be warned that getting a seat at Light Industry can be a cutthroat affair, and B.Y.O. lumbar support.

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PROGRAMMERS’ NOTEBOOK: ON LOVE at BAM Rose Cinemas (Feb. 14-21) and VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE 2019 at Anthology Film Archives (Feb. 14-21). Two straggler series in the Valentine’s Day repertory cinema sweepstakes both construe love more broadly than simple romance. At BAM, Yasujiro Ozu and John Cassavetes explore the difficulties of parental and sibling relationships, while Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” (showing on Tuesday) reworks Douglas Sirk’s “All That Heaven Allows,” imagining a forbidden bond between a Moroccan man (El Hedi ben Salem) and a much older West German widow (Brigitte Mira). Anthology adds two Paul Thomas Anderson movies, “Punch-Drunk Love” (on Saturday, Sunday and Thursday) and “Phantom Thread” (on Saturday and Sunday, and separately at BAM on Thursday), to its annual “massacre” docket, which once again features films by Albert Brooks, Elaine May, Maurice Pialat and Andrzej Zulawski.

‘WAR AND PEACE’ at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Feb. 15-21). The space and arms races between the United States and the Soviet Union get most of the attention, but the Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1968 Tolstoy adaptation represents a landmark in the Cold War film race. To say the movie pulls out all the stops is severely understating the matter. Designed to beat the cinematic epics of the 1960s at their own game, the film contains enough battlefield extras to populate a Baltic city, a duel to rival “Barry Lyndon” (before “Barry Lyndon”), snowfall that upstages “Doctor Zhivago,” a ballroom sequence that makes “The Leopard” look cheap — and that’s just in the first three hours. Given that the film runs longer than seven, the stun factor is relentless. The Film Society will screen the movie in four parts; a ticket package is available.

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