According to his website Ben Willbond has several features in development, and Larry Rickard confirmed in October 2023 that the two of them are currently writing something together, but that’s all under wraps for now. When he’s not involved in derring-do charity challenges, Willbond is sticking to his CBBC roots with a second series of children’s drama A Kind of Spark. It’s the story of a child with autism who wants to honour the women who were tried as witches in their village, and Willbond plays 16th century witch hunter Adam Quinn.
When Netflix serial murderer drama You comes back for its fifth and final series, Ritchie (above, centre) is expected to return opposite lead Penn Badgley in her series four role of Kate. Ritchie will also be back in the role of Grantchester’s Bonnie in its eighth series, which has already aired in the US but is due to arrive in the UK 2024 and will be Tom Brittney’s last in the lead role.
The Taskmaster star is following in Joe Lycett and Sara Pascoe’s footsteps by presenting the new episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC Two. He’ll also be seen in British sci-fi feature film The Unreason, alongside a great cast including Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Mark Heap and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tom Lenk. At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Smith-Bynoe co-created and starred in stage play String v SPITTA, about two rival children’s party entertainers that’s being rumoured for a BBC pilot.
After playing Barbara on the final series of Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso, Katy Wix will soon be seen in Industry writer Matthew Barry’s new BBC series Men Up, a story about the first ever drug trial for Viagra in Wales in 1994, which is produced by Russell T Davies and stars Aneurin Barnard, Iwan Rheon and Alexandra Roach. There’s also the return of Channel 4 comedy Big Boys, for which Wix received a Bafta Cymru Award nomination this year. And following the success of her excellent 2021 memoir Delicacy, hopefully there’ll be much more writing on the way.
On TV, Adefope will be in exciting new series The Franchise, which is about “the dysfunctional hell of creating franchise superhero movies” and comes from Succession and Dead Pixels’ Jon Brown, and produced by Armando Iannucci and Sam Mendes.
Film-wise, look out for Adefope in November 2023’s psychological class drama Saltburn, the second film by director Emerald Fennell after Promising Young Woman. She’s also in British historical comedy film Seize Them!, opposite a great cast including Aimee Lou-Wood, Nicola Coughlan, Nick Frost, Jessica Hynes and James Acaster. In February 2024, Adefope appears alongside Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley in 1920s-set comedy Wicked Little Letters, a true story with a script by Jonny Sweet about a mysterious scandal involving a series of obscene letters.