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FIRST LOOK Trailers: Bear Grylls, Bounty Hunters, Gordon Ramsay, Louis Theroux, Stranger Things

This week’s new telly trailers include the highly anticipated return of Stranger Things.

Here are the latest telly trailers to have hit the internet this week…


Bear’s Mission with Anthony Joshua | ITV, Friday 27 October at 9pm

In this new one-off, unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua takes on all that mother nature has to offer after being dropped on one of the UK’s wildest and most iconic coastlines.

The show sees Anthony embrace the great British outdoors, taking on the mission’s challenges which are unlike anything he has had to conquer before. The pair camp out under the stars and Bear has plenty of surprises in store for the Olympic hero.


Bounty Hunters | Sky One, Wednesday 25th October at 9pm

Jack Whitehall and Rosie Perez star in this new comedy thriller for Sky One. Whitehall stars at the posh, uptight Brit Barnaby Walker who is sorting out his family’s cash-strapped antiques business after his father is hospitalised following a mysterious accident. However, when he unwittingly buys a blood antiquity looted from the war-torn Middle East, he sets off a chain of events that nothing could prepare him for.

Cue help in the shape of tough New Yorker and bounty hunter Rita Morales (Perez), whose own world is also in turmoil: she’s on the run, having killed a member of a Mexican cartel. As the dynamic duo team up viewers will be taken on a comedy journey stretching from New York to London to Mexico.


Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine  | ITV, Thursday 19th October at 9pm

This brand new two-part documentary, as part of ITV’s Crime & punishment series, sees Gordon Ramsay explore the criminal business behind the global cocaine trade.

Once the exclusive drug of millionaires and celebrities, cocaine is now Britain’s favourite Class A drug. The UK consumes 30 tonnes of cocaine a year, more than any other country in Europe and in Gordon’s own industry, the restaurant trade, it’s rife.

With UK cocaine-related deaths at an all-time high, Gordon is determined to strip away the drug’s glamorous image, so he’s teaming up with the police and military, both here and abroad, who are battling to stop the lucrative trade in this deadly drug.


Louis Theroux: Trafficking Sex  | BBC Two, Sunday 15th October at 9pm

Last night I was totally engrossed by Louis Theroux’s latest series on BBC Two, Dark States. The first episode focussed on the rise in the use of heroin in the US. In the second episode, Louis Theroux turns his attention to sex trafficking.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, is widely considered to be the number one hub for human trafficking in North America. The US Department of Justice estimates that at least one in five of all the country’s victims are trafficked through the city, and most of these people will be forced to work in the sex industry.


Louis Theroux: Murder in Milwaukee  | BBC Two, Sunday 22nd October at 9pm

In the final episode of Louis Theroux’s Dark States series, Louis spends time with the Milwaukee Police Department as they patrol District 5, home to some of the nation’s deadliest streets and with a homicide rate more than 12 times the national average – and follows the Homicide division as they investigate one of the city’s many killings.

Milwaukee is said to be one of the most racially divided and impoverished cities in the US. With spiralling gun crime and homicide rates, this Midwestern city encapsulates America’s complex and troubled relationship with guns and the increasing disharmony between African American communities and the police.

On the streets of Milwaukee, Louis discovers a community often misunderstood by, and mistrustful of, the police. Arriving at a time of heightened tension between the police and the African American community due to a recent police shooting, Louis hears from both sides of the debate and uncovers hope in a desperate city.


Release The Hounds: Halloween Special |

Release The Hounds is back and this time Matt Edmondson has taken over from Reggie Yates as host.

Release the Hounds: Famous & Freaked, which will air on ITV2 later this year, is filmed in a remote forest from dusk through to the dead of night. Each episode sees a team of three celebrities experience some of the scariest challenges ever on TV. As the darkness falls, they must face horror themed mental and physical challenges aimed to truly push them to their limits and culminates in the participants being chased by dogs in the hope of winning a large cash prize. If they manage to escape the hounds, the money belongs to them.

Matt Edmondson (Radio 1, The Xtra Factor) will join the celebrated show, now in its fourth series, taking over from Reggie Yates. Matt will be the master of ceremonies from the ‘control centre’, and guide contestants along in the terrifying challenges that aim to push them to the very edge.

Matt Edmondson said: “Having spent much of last year in the presence of Simon Cowell, I’m used to finding myself in terrifying situations, so I feel fully prepared to be taking on the challenge of hosting Release The Hounds. I love the show, and have enjoyed watching it both on and behind my sofa in the last few years. I can’t wait to scare the living quinoa out of a load of celebrities, and I’m currently in the process of trying to convince the producers to cast my West Highland Terrier, Oscar, as one of the ‘Hounds’.”

Asif Zubairy, ITV’s Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment said: “I’m delighted to say that the scariest gameshow on television is back where none of the contestants in the forest are safe. Hooray.”

Release the Hounds: Famous and Freaked, commissioned for a 5 x 60 minute series and a 1 x 120 minute Halloween Special, has been commissioned by Asif Zubairy, ITV’s Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment. The Executive Producers are Mat Steiner and Adam Wood; the series producer is Ben Wilson.


Stranger Things | Netflix, Friday 27th October

As Stranger Things returns, it’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.


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