I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m rather glad to have reached Friday, it’s been a long old week. Annoyingly, my relief was tempered by the weather forecast this morning which is prophesying a miserable, damp weekend.

Here’s just the thing to take our minds off the negatives, and remind us that we have two days of fun and excitement ahead if we so choose. Ignore the cleaning, throw off your apron and get out in that rain!

This is the trailer for the first season of Black Sails which will burst onto our screens in darkest January, propelling us into the mad world of pirates and swashbuckling heroes, with Toby Stephens fighting at the helm.

Right, I’m off to find a cutlass …



I’m off on my holidays to the seaside, so I’m leaving you with something sea-themed to keep you occupied until I return.

tobyComic-Con in San Diego was a-buzz this week with the new adventure series from Starz called Black Sails.

Starring UA client Toby Stephens, and with Clara Paget in glamorous support, it follows the fortunes of the most feared pirate captain of his day Captain Flint (Toby), and is set twenty years before Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island.

Flint takes on a young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with death from all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers.

We won’t be able to watch this until the beginning of 2014, but I had to share the trailer so you can get a flavour of the swashbuckling mayhem caused by Toby in action:

How on earth are we going to wait until January??


Did anyone watch the first programme in Simon Reeve’s new 6-part series last night?

Simon is what I can only describe as an adventurer with a conscience, travelling the globe in search of thought-provoking stories and it is always great to see him on his occasional visits to the office when I listen increasingly wide-eyed, to his latest exploits.

His current series is epic in scale, and in his own words: Travelling around the Indian Ocean was an extreme and extraordinary adventure that took me from the horrors of Mogadishu to the beauty of the Maldives. I went to some of the most incredible places on the planet and got my feet onto picture-postcard beaches I previously only imagined in my dreams. But the journey wasn’t just about sunny beaches. I’m really keen for viewers to understand more about the lives of people who live around the Indian Ocean, so the team and I delved into stories of poverty, conflict, drugs, smuggling, and piracy. We filmed amazing sights and dark issues, along with wildlife, history, current affairs and culture. It was fascinating to explore this incredible region, on a journey that showed me there’s so much more to the Indian Ocean than just gorgeous holiday islands. The Indian Ocean is a vast, stunning and tantalising area of our world.

Some of his encounters are shocking, from political to ecological, in stark contrast to the backdrop of breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

You can watch episode one on BBC i-player and see the first leg of Simon’s journey as it takes him from South Africa, through Mozambique, and on to the tropical island of Zanzibar.

Episode two is on BBC2 at 8pm next Sunday (29th April).