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Swansea restaurants to take part in Come Dine With Me: The Professionals

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The hit Channel 4 cooking show, Come Dine With Me is back with an exciting twist on the much loved original format: Come Dine With Me – The Professionals.

Local restaurants in Swansea are being urged to apply for the second series with their winning menu to go head-to-head with other eateries in the area!

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Are you a chef? A restaurant owner? A maître d’? A waiter? Want to showcase your restaurant? Think the food you serve and the service you provide could trump that of other restaurants in the area?

The show want restaurants to apply by nominating at least one chef and one other staff member to represent them in a battle against two other restaurant duos in a bid to host the best dining experience and walk away with £1000 and the prestigious CDWM – The Professionals Award. The evening will be marked on food/drink, service, atmosphere and overall experience.

Bianca Clayton, Casting Producer for the show said: “Considering the amazing variety of unique and delicious restaurants all over Swansea, there will be some hot competition in this show. We are looking for restaurant duos with bags of personality who are up for the challenge of winning £1,000 for their restaurant”.

The only criteria is that you are over 18 and work as a chef or member of staff in the restaurant you’re representing.

Filming will take place in the restaurant during service and we will need permission from the owner for the restaurant to feature.

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The shoot will take place between 29th to the 31st August.

To apply, head to https://itv.etribez.com/ag/itvmultistory/cdwmprofessionalsseries2/welcome.html

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Paralympian Ellie Simmonds OBE confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

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Paralympian and former Olchfa Comprehensive School pupil, Ellie Simmonds OBE has been named as a contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The five-time Paralympic champion and broadcaster joins previously announced contestants Will Mellor, Kym Marsh, Richie Anderson, Kaye Adams, Jayde Adams and Tyler West.

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Ellie Simmonds OBE said: “Oh my gosh!! I’m literally bursting with excitement!! It’s been soooo hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone. I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!! I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified!

“To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to be so much fun. I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, it’s going to be a blast.

“I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”

Ellie is best known as a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer. At the age of thirteen, while a pupil at Olchfa Comprehensive School in Swansea, she was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.

In 2012 she achieved gold in the 400m freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley at the Summer Paralympics in London and won a further gold in the 200m Individual Medley at Rio 2016. In addition she has won ten gold World Championship titles.

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At the age of 13 she won BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and a year later, at just 14 years old, she became the youngest person ever receive an MBE. She was elevated to OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Paralympic sport.

After retiring from competitive swimming in 2020, Ellie has gone on to present for BBC Sport, most recently for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as making documentaries such as Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. She is set to explore disability and adoption in a recently announced ITV film.

(Lead image: BBC)

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S4C to make Welsh language version of Gogglebox

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Welsh language broadcaster S4C has announced that it’s looking for a production company to make Gogglebocs Cymru – a Welsh language version of the hit Channel 4 TV reaction show, Gogglebox.

The programme, to be made under licence from Studio Lambert, will be broadcast in late Autumn 2022.

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S4C say Gogglebocs Cymru will play an important role in its provision, and the winning company will work together with S4C, Channel 4 and Studio Lambert to ensure the success of the production in the Welsh language.

They add that the casting will need to reflect modern Wales in its entirety and the series will play a key commissioning role in the year of the Channel’s 40th birthday.

It adds that its aim with the casting process will be to celebrate Welsh characters around Wales and Welsh speakers in and around the rest of the UK.

S4C’S Chief Content Officer, LLinos Griffin-Williams, said: “I am thrilled that Channel 4 has, for the first time, made an exception with one of their most valued formats, by agreeing to release exclusivity of Gogglebox in the UK to S4C.

“As two public service broadcasters, with a close and collaborative working relationship, we are delighted to be entrusted with such an important brand.”

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(Lead image: S4C / Channel 4 / Studio Lambert)

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Russia bans Huw Edwards: Newsreader one of 39 Brits on new blacklist

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Bridgend-born BBC newsreader, Huw Edwards has been named as one of 39 high-profile Brits that Russia’s foreign ministry has blacklisted in retaliation for the UK’s support of Ukraine.

The Welsh TV veteran, who was brought up in Llangennech in Carmarthenshire, joins other politicians and journalists to be banned from Russia, including former Prime Minister David Cameron and TV host and journalist, Piers Morgan.

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Other names listed as being blacklisted include ITV’s political editor, Robert Peston and Labour Party Leader, Kier Starmer.

Russia said those listed ‘”contribute to the hostile course of London aimed at the demonisation of our country and its international isolation.”

Tensions between Russia and the West continue to rise as the six-month anniversary of its Ukraine invasion draws nearer.

The Russian Foreign Ministry have said that this latest list will be expanded further.

Moscow has banned dozens of UK citizens, primarily politicians and journalists from the country since the start of its hostilities.

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