Keira Knightley, Kit Harington and Emeli Sande sign on for Channel 4 documentary to follow family’s war stories

From Atonement to The Imitation Game, Keira Knightley’s war movies have helped her win countless plaudits.

Now, the actress will reveal how the wartime affected her personal life as she topped Channel 4’s second season of My Grandparents’ War.


In the upcoming quartet, she will look at her relatives’ experiences in conflicts around the worldCredit: Andrew Sims – The Times
Kyra will appear on the show alongside Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington


Kyra will appear on the show alongside Game of Thrones hunk Kit HaringtonCredit: Getty
Knightley rose to fame in hit WWII film The Imitation Game


Knightley rose to fame in hit WWII film The Imitation GameCredit: The Weinstein Company

Kyra will appear on the show alongside Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington, Detective actor Toby Jones and singer Emily Sander.

In the upcoming quartet, they will all explore the experiences of their relatives in conflicts around the world and how those experiences shaped their families.

A TV insider said: “C4 are currently keeping all the details of their story under wraps, but have confirmed filming locations from Kenya’s Killing Fields to Italy’s Mount Cassino.

“The producers say the series will deal with the most controversial espionage of the 20th century and Africa’s struggle for independence.

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“But if their story is similar to that of the celebrity in the first season, then that should be fascinating.”

The first series, starring four other famous faces, aired in 2019 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

All the stories in the first round take place during that conflict. They include Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance, whose grandfather spent four years as a prisoner of war, and Crown actress Helena Bonham Carter, whose grandfather was in the Holocaust During the period to help Jews escape the Nazis.

Meanwhile, four weddings and a funeral favorite Kristin Scott Thomas discovers how her grandfather steered a boat to protect a convoy bound for Russia, ‘The Great Gatsby’ Carrie Mulligan learns to how her grandfather survived the kamikaze attack.

They are difficult stories to follow, but given that the second series has been in the works for three years, expectations are high.

Beware of MP Counterfeiters

The man behind BBC1’s tech drama The Capture says convincing digital TV interviews with politicians could be months away.

The conspiracy series revealed that MP Isaac Turner, played by Paapa Essiedu, was replaced by a “deep-learning” clone who expressed the views of hostile forces on TV news night.

Digital fakes of TV interviews with politicians could be only months away


Digital fakes of TV interviews with politicians could be only months awayCredit: BBC

Capture author Ben Chanan said deepfake technology — which uses artificial intelligence-generated replicas of videos to mislead the public — is improving every day.

He said: “How fast can you hack a camera feed, destroy it with a different source, and show viewers a deepfake on live TV?

The technology is so convincing that what we’re portraying is probably only a few months away. “

The Queen’s “Great Love”

CORRIE star Maureen Lipman is a fan of the Queen – because she thinks Her Majesty is a great actress.

Maureen points out that our monarch has been in the same role for 70 years, and after meeting her many times, found her to have great timing and an incredible memory.

The star, who has played Evelyn Plummer on the ITV soap since 2018, told the Tough Women podcast: “I had lunch with (The Queen) at The Ivy and she said, ‘I believe You will soon come to the palace.’.

“I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, if I can find something to wear’.

“It was November and then in February (in the palace) she said to me, ‘I see you found something to wear’.”

Maybe Maureen could get her a cameo on the cobblestones.

New documentary by Asif Kapadia

Asif Kapadia, who produced the Oscar-winning documentary Amy, about Amy Winehouse, is working on a documentary for Disney+ about the history of music in Camden.

“It celebrates the evolving music scene in a unique place, with a musical heritage that rivals anywhere in the world,” said Asif.

My Keely dream in the ashes

It’s a scientific fact that most men love Keeley Hawes.

The line-up of those carrying the torch for the “Line of Duty” and “Bodyguard” stars includes England cricket legend David Gower.

It's a scientific fact that most men love Keeley Hawes


It’s a scientific fact that most men love Keeley HawesCredit: Getty

He recalls appearing in the 2010 Sports Relief parody TV crime series Ashes to Ashes, where he saw Keeley’s character, policewoman Alex Drake.

David revealed that one of his favourite shows was Drells, also starring Keeley, saying: “I’m the accused across the table and I go ‘instead of pleading guilty, let’s share a bottle of champagne and I’ll take you Out? type of thing.

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“Actually I did it on purpose, but it never happened.”

I think Keeley’s husband, Matthew McFadyen, might object.

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