Emerald City is coming to 5STAR

You can banish the thoughts of jovial sing-songs and green-faced witches. This is Oz imagined like never before! Emerald City, The brand new fantasy-epic, directed by Tarsem Singh and produced by Universal Television, will be making its way to 5STAR in the New Year.

Emerald City is the story of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona), who is swept up into the eye of a tornado and transported to another world – a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful Wizard has forbidden magic and rules over many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before – where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows, and a young girl from Kansas becomes a headstrong heroine who holds the fate of their world in her hands.

Emerald City takes a fresh look at the legendary story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz with a dramatic re-imagining of the classic story, bringing it up to date with spectacular costumes, high production values and detailed sets. Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim 2, True Detective) stars as Dorothy and Vincent D’Onofrio (The Magnificent Seven, Daredevil, Jurassic World) stars as the Wizard. They are joined by a large British cast including Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven), Stefani Martini (Tennison, Dr. Thorne), Jordan Loughran (The Evermoor Chronicles), Gerran Howell (Young Dracula) and Gina Bellman (Coupling, Blackeyes). Additional cast includes Isabel Lucas (Home & Away), Ana Ularu (The Borgias), Florence Kasumba (Dominion), Mido Hamada (American Sniper), amongst others.

Director Tarsem Singh brings powerful photography to the series, which was shot in Spain, Budapest and Croatia last summer. His artistic flair for directing is evident in everything from his Grammy®-winning music video for R.E.M, “Losing My Religion,” to the box office hit, Mirror Mirror.

Produced by Universal Television, Emerald City is based on the characters created by L. Frank Baum. David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, who also serves as executive producer.

The Secret Life of Puppies – A Dog’s-Eye View of Its First Year of Life

A puppy is born every minute in the UK, and we are a nation of self-confessed puppy lovers. Puppies are cute, fun, loving and intelligent – but they can also be frustrating, mischievous and the greatest time-wasters on earth! Dogs pee, poo, bark, chew, dig, run, jump, chase and bite. They can behave in ways that most humans find hard to understand – or even totally baffling!

In this first book from the highly successful Channel 5 Show, The Secret Life of Puppies, we discover what takes place in the first year of a puppy’s life. Through their eyes we witness that beneath their cute appearance lies a world full of drama, love, learning and courage.

Meet some of the stars of the show and find out more about those particular breeds. Also featuring training exercises, healthcare checks and troubleshooting tips for those times when things aren’t quite going to plan, this book will have you swooning over padded paws, floppy ears and adorable faces.

The Secret Life of Puppies is out now! Available from all good book stores and online book retailers.

Find out more about the book here: http://bit.ly/Puppies1


The Wright Stuff Christmas Cake Off

For this year’s Wright Stuff Christmas competition, we’re asking you to bake and decorate a Christmas cake.

Bake any cake you choose and decorate it with any Christmassy scene you like; Santa’s grotto, elves, presents, ice skating penguins, frolicking polar bears, snow people, frozen landscapes, traditional nativities, anything festive,  all rendered in icing, marzipan, frosting or other goo. Then just snap a pic of your cake- and the baking process- and email them both to us.

Email your photos, name, address and phone number to twsxmas@channel5.com and you may be in line to win a sackful of prizes, including an Xbox, a bike, an Apple watch, top Christmas toys and much more. The closing date for entries is 14:00 GMT on Thursday 15th December 2016. First entry per email address only eligible.

The Wright Stuff elves will pick their 10 favourite cakes based on artistic merit, creativity, festiveness and originality. Then the panel on the final show of the series on 16th December 2016 will choose the ultimate winner. You must be 18 or over to submit an entry, so while children can take part, their entries need to be submitted by a parent or guardian.


Full terms: http://www.channel5.com/competition-terms-and-conditions





  1. A) LG LED 43 inch TV, Nvidea shield 8-inch tablet and HP255G laptop (Ebuyer.com)
  2. B) Sindy doll (Sindy), Barbie RC Flying Hoverboard (Barbie), Harry Potter Chess Set, Game of Thrones Monopoly, Dr Who Lego (ForbiddenPlanet.com), Star Wars Lego (Lego)
  3. C) The Top 12 Toys for Christmas, as chosen by the Toy Retailers Association

http://www.toyretailersassociation.co.uk/dreamtoys/2016/top12 (Dream Toys)

  1. D) Smartphone Controlled Grind and Brew Filter Coffee Machine, iKettle2.0, Drop Scale, Smart Light Bulb, plug and LED lights (Lakeland), Gtech AirRam MK2+Multi (Gtech)
  2. E) Whiskey advent calendar, gin crackers, whiskey crackers (Drinks by the Dram), Walkers shortbread Fiddich and Festive giftboxes (Walkers Shortbread), Hotel Chocolat 12 month subscription (Hotel Chocolat), Happy Christmas Hamper (The British Hamper Company)
  3. F) Voodoo mountain bike (Halfords), Gold Chrome Bluefin Swegway Hoverboard (Bluefin Hoverboards), Theatre ticket vouchers-£250 worth of shows (Today Tix)
  4. G) Apple Watch Series 1 (Very.co.uk), Camera Drone (Maplin), Sphero BB-8, Immerse Virtual Reality Goggles, Powerup 3.0 smartphone controlled paper airplane kit (TheDiscoveryStore.co.uk), Animal speakers (Firebox)
  5. H) Luxury Champneys Overnight Escape for Two (BuyAGift.co.uk), The Whole Glam Lot Soap and Glory bundle (Soap and Glory), Perfume shop bundle (The Perfume Shop)
  6. I) Single Seater Race Car Driving Experience (Virgin Experience Days), Toy race car set- Anki Overdrive starter kit, Anki Overdrive NUKE Expansion Car, Anki Overdrive Expansion Track Speed Kit (Anki)
  7. J) Pets at Home bundle (Pets at Home)
  8. K) Xbox One Console FIFA 17, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Game)