Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hayate the Combat Butler Creator Kenjirou Hata Teases New Manga Series in 2017

Manga creator Kenjirou Hata wrote in the first 2017 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on Wednesday that he wants to start a new series next year. A reader asked Shonen Sunday's manga creators what they would like to try out in 2017, and Hata answered, "New series."
Hata resumed his Hayate the Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku!) manga in the magazine on November 16 after a short hiatus. The manga is now in its final arc. Hata is also launched the Ad Astra per Aspera manga series in the same magazine in September 2015.
Hata launched the Hayate the Combat Butler manga in Shonen Sunday in 2004. Shogakukan published the manga's 49th compiled book volume (seen right) on October 18. Viz Media published the manga's 28th volume in North America on September 13. The manga has inspired four television anime seasons in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013, as well as a three-episode OVA in 2014. It also inspired the Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth anime film in 2011. Synergy SP animated the first television anime season, while J.C. Staff animated the second. Now-defunct studio Manglobe animated the third and fourth seasons, as well as the OVA and anime film.
Crunchyroll streamed all four series. Bandai Entertainment licensed the first series and released it on DVD in 2009. Sentai Filmworks licensed all four seasons and the film, and released all of them throughout 2015

Pokémon Sun & Moon Starters Star in Animated Shorts

owlet, Litten, Popplio, and of course Pikachu are shown playing together in a series of animated shorts. The starters from Pokémon Sun & Moon are taking over Twitter thanks in part to a hugely successful game launch. Nintendo is continuing the campaign with these shorts showing the Pokémon interact with their corresponding elemental attributes.
If you haven't made a decision as to which starter is right for you, these videos might help solidify your choice.

Nintendo has shipped 10 million copies of Pokémon Sun & Moon worldwide as the games' initial shipment. The games set a new record for most copies shipped for the Nintendo 3DS in their initial shipment. The games are available on the Nintendo 3DS worldwide in Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, and — unlike in the previous generation — Chinese (Traditional and Simplified). Players can choose their preferred language when they launch each game. The two versions are set 12 hours apart

Early Anime Screenings in London

The London International Animation Festival will hold a screening of Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors (left), a World War II propaganda film which was the first Japanese animated feature ever made. The screening will be at the Barbican (Cinema 2) on Sunday December 4 at 7 p.m. This screening will also include a 1943 short film, Spider and Tulip.
There will also be a screening of recent Japanese short films, entitled 'Beyond Anime.' It is also on December 4, at 9 p.m.

'The File of Young Kindaichi Returns' Manga Returns With New Arc in December

This year's 53rd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Seimaru Amagi and Fumiya Sato's Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo R (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns) manga is returning in the magazine's first 2017 issue on December 12. It will introduce a new arc titled "Seiren-tō Satsujin Jiken" (The Seiren Island Murder Case).
The manga had entered a hiatus on September 7 after completing its "Shirohebi Kura Satsujin Jiken" arc, which started on June 15, right after the manga came out of another hiatus earlier this year.
The story centers around a high school boy named Hajime Kindaichi who usually seems dull — but when there is a case, he demonstrates remarkable deductive skills inherited from his famous detective grandfather.
The manga is a sequel to Yōzaburō Kanari and Fumiya Sato's original Kindaichi Case Files manga. Amagi and Sato launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in March 2012. Kodansha published the manga's eleventh compiled book volume on November 17.
The sequel manga inspired a television anime. The anime's first season premiered in Japan in April 2014, and the second season premiered in Japan in October 2015, and ended in March. Crunchyroll streamed the first and second seasons as they aired in Japan.
The original manga is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year


The BBC have confirmed that this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:45pm.

BBC Synopsis:

This Christmas sees The Doctor join forces with a masked Superhero for an epic New York adventure.

With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwin (Grant), Charity Wakefield (Lucy), Tomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim) and Logan Huffman.

The 60-minute Doctor Who Christmas Special is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock.Studios.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio: known first broadcast details
United KingdomBBC OneSun 25 Dec 20155:45pm GMT
Australia (online)ABC iViewSat 26 Dec 20155:45am AEDT(6:45pm GMT)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSun 25 Dec 20159:00pm EST tbc(2:00am GMT)
CanadaSPACESun 25 Dec 20159:00pm EST tbc(2:00am GMT)
AustraliaABCSat 26 Dec 20157:30pm AEDT(8:30am GMT) also on ABC ME
South AfricaBBC FirstWed 28 Dec 20158:00pm SAST tbc(6:00pm GMT)


The fourth doctor, in the form of Tom Baker, is to battle the Vashta Nerada in an new audio play from Big Finish.

The Fourth Doctor has joined the line-up for the new series Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, where he will be battle a foe that will one day fight his Tenth incarnation.

The new story, recorded on 16 November, finds the Doctor in a futuristic funfair on an alien world where he comes across the flesh eating shadows, created by Steven Moffat for the David Tennant story Silence in the Library.

Producer David Richardson said
Our first volume of Classic Doctors, New Monsters really captured the imaginations of our listeners. They loved the fusion of two different eras of the TV series. And I’m sure they are going to equally love John Dorney’s brilliant Night of the Vashta Nerada, in which the shadowy predators create mayhem in a story straight out of the Philip Hinchcliffe era.
With the Fourth Doctor travelling alone, director Barnaby Edwards has assembled a fine guest cast. Pam Ferris (Call the Midwife, Rosemary and Thyme) plays professional hunter Amanda Steele, Lorelei King (Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy) is Georgia Donnelly, Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey, Cranford) plays Phelan, Matt Devitt (Campus, Down to Earth) plays Bernnetto.

Doctor Who - Classic Doctors, New Monsters Volume 2 is out in 2017 and can be pre-ordered now at £20 on either Download or a CD set (which unlocks digital access).


The BBC have released a new set of pictures from the final episode of Class, The Lost.

The episode is released on BBC Three next Saturday, after which it will be released around the world. Full Details
Class Episode Eight - The Lost

Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price?

Unable to recover from the truths they have faced, the gang has splintered. Liberated from enslavement, Quill prepares to take her revenge.But they must reunite when the Shadow Kin return, raging a ruthless, unrelenting war.

Resolute to claim April's heart and Charlie's weapon, Corakinus threatens to kill their families until he has what he desires - and the friends must fight to prevent him.

This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Funimation Licenses The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Film

North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed on Monday that it has licensed Kyoto Animation's The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya anime film. It will release the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in the first half of 2017.
The 163-minute film is based on the fourth volume in the light novel series by Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito. In the story, it is mid-December, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi start preparing for the party, but a couple of days later, Kyon arrives at school to find that Haruhi is missing. Not only that, but Mikuru claims she has never known Kyon before, Koizumi is also missing, and Yuki has become the sole member of the literature club...
The film opened in Japan in 2010. Bandai Entertainment previously released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America in 2011.
The first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime premiered in 2006 in a non-linear order, and was rebroadcast in 2009 with new episodes and a new chronological order. The story adapts Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novels. Bandai Entertainment previously held the license both series. Kyoto Animation animated the show's first and second seasons.
The series centers on the titular Haruhi Suzumiya, a girl who is bored of her regular life, but unknowingly changes the world through her thoughts and emotions. She befriends her cynical classmate Kyon, who founds the "SOS Brigade" club in their school, which proceeds to attract three seemingly normal people, but in reality are an alien, a time traveler, and an esper. Together with Kyon, they continue to indulge Haruhi's wild fantasies, while trying to prevent her from destabilizing reality.
Funimation licensed the series, and began offering it on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on September 13 to commemorate the anime's 10th anniversary. The release includes all the television anime episodes (including the "season 2" episodes that appeared in the 2009 re-broadcast). It also released the The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya, Nyorōn Churuya-san, and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan anime

Stage Kiki's Delivery Service in Southwark December and January

Tickets are still available for most performances of Kiki's Delivery Service at London's Southwark Playhouse (directions). This is the stage version of the Japanese children's book by Eiko Kadono, which was previously filmed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1989. The 70-minute play will run in December (tickets are now sold out until Wednesday December 14) and until January 8 2017. Tickets are available here.
The website of the Guardian newspaper has run a report on the play, which includes behind-the-scenes photos. It also includes the following comments by the scriptwriter, Jessica Siân:
'(Kiki's) narrative arc is gentle and slow. The film deviated quite drastically from that toward the end. There's no blimp crashing into the town square in the books, for instance, and we haven't put that in the play either. What we've held on to is the sense of this girl from a small town coming to somewhere big and having her mettle tested. We've got elements of action in the play, and finding the physicality is exciting, but we've also been allowing those moments of quiet and simplicity.”
The director of the play is Kate Hewitt, who comments re the Miyazaki film version: "There are visual hooks that we'd be silly to ignore, like the opening image of Kiki lying on the grass gazing at the sky. Yet it has to feel different enough that people will engage with it as a play." Regarding Kiki's flying, Hewitt says the play "won't be a one trick pony. It'll be full of surprises."
The evening performances are at 7.30 p.m. and the matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets are £20; £16 concessions; and £64 for a family ticket. (A family ticket consists of 4 tickets: the party must include at least one adult and one under-16.)
Southwark Playhouse has previously run stage versions of Howl's Moving Castle (the British novel by Diana Wynne Jones which was adapted by Hayao Miyazaki in 2004) and Stan Sakai's comic strip Usagi Yojimbo.lay, including behind-the-scenes photos.

4th Digimon Adventure tri. Film's Plot Summary Revealed

The official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. six-part anime film series revealed an outline of the story of Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu (Loss), the fourth film in the series, on Friday.
[Note: the plot summary below contains spoilers for the first three films.]
Following Meicoomon's rampage and the Reboot, Tai (Taichi) and the others leave behind a distressed Meiko and head to the Digital World. But the partner Digimon that they've reunited with have lost their memories. They once again try to forge new connections, but only Biyomon is wary, telling her partner Sora that she doesn't know anything about the past. While Sora normally thinks of others even before herself, she now has distrust in her heart. As Sora stands heartbroken, Tai and Matt (Yamato) cannot find the words to help her.
A tearful Meicoomon appears and disappears again. For some reason, she has retained past memories, and is searching for Meiko. Upon seeing Meicoomon, the kids resolve to journey through the Digital World to save her, but a man with the Dark Masters at his command stands in their way.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Nishijima receives a notice that Himekawa has disappeared. When he investigates, he learns that she has had a hidden goal behind all her actions thus far.
The film will open in Japan on February 25.
Crunchyroll began streaming Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), the third film, on the same day it opened in Japan. The film opened in Japan for three weeks on September 24, and became available for paid streaming in Japan on the same day. The film earned 120 million yen (about US$1.15 million) and sold 78,452 tickets in its three-week run in Japan.
Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 1: Reunion earned 230 million yen (US$2.3 million) after opening last November, and Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 2: Determination earned 160 million yen (US$1.6 million) after opening on March 12. Crunchyroll began streaming both films on the same day that they premiered in Japan.
The project, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure (the first entry in the series), will have a total of six films. The first film received a theatrical release in the United States on September 15 with an English dub that features new and returning cast members. The dub screenings received an extended run in the U.S. starting on September 29.
The BBC have released a new set of pictures from the final episode of Class, The Lost.

The episode is released on BBC Three next Saturday, after which it will be released around the world. Full Details
Class Episode Eight - The Lost

Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price?

Unable to recover from the truths they have faced, the gang has splintered. Liberated from enslavement, Quill prepares to take her revenge.But they must reunite when the Shadow Kin return, raging a ruthless, unrelenting war.

Resolute to claim April's heart and Charlie's weapon, Corakinus threatens to kill their families until he has what he desires - and the friends must fight to prevent him.

This time, not everyone will make it out alive.


Delia Derbyshire is to be honoured in her hometown of Coventry by having a road named after her.

The creation of Derbyshire Way will pay tribute to the musician, who will forever be remembered for her work in realising the original Doctor Who Theme Music, written in 1963 by Ron Grainer.

Delia Derbyshire is considered one of the most important and influential pioneers of electronic music in the United Kingdom, who inspired acts from The Beatles to The Chemical Brothers. Her contribution to Doctor Who came when she was working for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and was asked to turn Grainer's score into an electronic theme for the new science fiction series. Aided by Dick Mills, Derbyshire created the iconic theme music by creating each note separately by cutting, splicing, speeding up, and slowing down recordings of a single plucked string, white noise, and the output of test-tone oscillators. The notes were then edited together on quarter-inch tape. Mixing was done by starting several tape machines simultaneously and mixing the outputs together.

Derbyshire, who died in 2001, will now give her name to Derbyshire Way, part of a new housing estate in the city of her birth. The recognition follows a campaign led by the Coventry Music Museum, which features a permanent display dedicated to her work.

Museum Director Pete Chambers spoke about her legacy
It's fitting as we bid for the City Of Culture 2021, that the bid does not ignore our music heritage, and that people from around the world know Delia was a Coventry legend, a woman who influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and even Pink Floyd, indeed, she is considered by many to be the Mother of Progressive Rock.

I firmly believe that if she were alive today, Delia would have triple 'D' status – she would be Dame Delia Derbyshire. Sadly that will never happen, so it's wonderfully fitting that there is something in her native Coventry dedicated to this very special lady. Originally it was to be named Derbyshire Road, but I suggested 'Way' instead to give it a double meaning, as Delia was a genius and strong personality and really did do things in her own way.
The project was supported by councillors Linda Bigham and Gary Ridley who said
Delia Derbyshire produced sounds in the 1960s which were at least twenty years ahead of their time. A true pioneer of electronic music, she achieved this without the modern equipment that producers had in the 1980s and 1990s. Perhaps best known for the theme tune to Doctor Who, Delia will remain a national treasure and this is a fitting tribute to one of Coventry's most celebrated daughters.
Next May, the Coventry Music Museum will host a celebration of what would have been Derbyshire's 80th Birthday.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Toonami Asia Premieres English Dub of Dragon Ball Super in Southeast Asia, India on January 21 (Updated)

Airing will mark "international English dub premiere" of series

Toonami Asia announced on Monday that it will premiere the Dragon Ball Super television anime series in Southeast Asia and India on January 21. The show will have a "sneak peek" preview airing of the first episode on December 17. The airing will be the series' international English dub premiere. Toonami Asia is streaming a clip from the first episode with an English dub, but the video is region-locked and is only viewable in Asia (except in Japan) and Australasia.

Bang Zoom! Entertainment confirmed on Monday that it is producing this English dub for Toonami Asia.
Toonami Asia had announced in November 2015 that it would show the "English-language world premiere" of Dragon Ball Super in Southeast Asia and India in mid-2016, but Toonami Asia's official Twitter account reported that it had no new information as of August.
Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other channels.
Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab began simulcasting the series in various regions starting on October 22 with the Future Trunks Arc (episodes 47-63). Funimation has licensed the series in North America, with an English dub planned.
Update: Bang Zoom! Entertainment confirmed on Monday that it is producing this English dub for Toonami Asia. Thanks, emory.

Donald Trump Already Makes an Appearance in Baki-Dou Manga

Yujiro Hanma of Baki The Grappler is truly a fearsome man. Stronger than any missile, faster than any bullet, more muscled than any bodybuilder, he strikes terror into all who behold him. He's so powerful, he forced America to withdraw from Vietnam at age 16.
Faced with this kind of overwhelming strength, it's become something of a tradition for American presidents to make appearances in Baki. Yujiro humiliated George W. Bosh by making him his limousine driver. Barack Ozuma tried to head off any trouble by pledging not to mess with him shortly after taking office. And even though President-Elect Donald Trump hasn't even taken office yet, Baki-Dou, the series' latest installment, lost no time in working him into the manga in the November 24 issue of Weekly Shōnen Champion "to honor the upset of the century."

Trump (written Toramupu instead of the usual Toranpu) seems dumbfounded at the top-secret information Ozuma shares with him. Ozuma offers to repeat himself.

Trump gets caught up in a vainglorious frenzy about all the boasting he plans to write in his memoirs. And then he appears...

After wetting himself at the mere sight of Yujiro, Trump repeats the oath he's memorized "word-for-word, at the top of my lungs."
In the previous week's issue of Weekly Shōnen Champion, Baki-Dou artist Keisuke Itagaki expressed his anger at the American election result (it's the figure in the center). Not for any political reason, though: he's frustrated by the "enigmatic structure" of Trump's hair.
Barack Obama has occasionally made cameo appearances in manga — sometimes in NSFW contexts.
Sources: Crunchyroll: Scott Green, Hachima Kikō and Netlab Enter

The Tatami Galaxy Released Monday

On Monday November 28, Anime Limited is releasing The Tatami Galaxy as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray. Tomihiko Morimi's original Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei novel centers around a nameless protagonist who is a third-year college student. The protagonist looks back at the earlier years of his college life and his adventures with a particular circle (club). Masaaki Yuasa (Kaiba, Mind Game, Kemonozume) directed the 11-episode project for the anime Studio MADHOUSE, while Makoto Ueda (Summer Time Machine Blues, Fujiko F. Fujio's Parallel Space) is wrote and supervised the series' scripts.
MVM will release Volume 2 of Nobunaga The Fool, including episodes 14 to 24 (pictured left).
Manga Entertainment will release One Piece Collection 14 (pictured right).
Manga will release a new triple-play edition of Katushiro Otomo's classic film Akira, including Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the film. The set will also include art cards and a poster.
Anime Limited will release a DVD edition of Your Lie in April volume 1

Anime Limited/Funimation Updates

Anime Limited made the following announcements:
- Nerima Daikon Brothers (pictured right) is due for release from Anime Limited on December 12 on DVD.
- Funimation's release of Fairy Tail Part 10 (pictured left) is due on December 5 on DVD, including episodes 109 to 120.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc Manga Gets TV Anime Series in January 2018

The January issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine is revealing on December 1 that CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc) sequel manga is getting a television anime series adaptation that will premiere on NHK in January 2018. Morio Asaka is returning from the first television anime series and two films to direct the new series at Madhouse.
The anime will feature the following returning cast:
The December issue of Nakayoshi had hinted that the January issue would feature news related to the previously announced new anime project.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the original manga. CLAMP launched the Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card-hen sequel manga series in Nakayoshi's July issue on June 3. Kodansha will publish the first compiled volume on December 2. The manga takes place after titular character Sakura graduates from Tomoeda Elementary School, and is now in her first year of junior high school. Sakura sees a mysterious dream, and an incident takes place.
The original Cardcaptor Sakura magical girl manga series ran in Nakayoshi from May 1996 to June 2000, and Kodansha published 12 volumes of the manga from November 1996 to July 2000. The manga series has sold over 12 million copies. Tokyopop released the series in English in two editions, and Dark Horse Comics later released the series in omnibus format.
An anime series produced by Madhouse aired in Japan from April 1998 to March 2000. A film titled Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie premiered in Japan in 1999, and Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card followed in 2000. NIS America licensed the television anime in 2014 and re-released it in a Blu-ray Premium Edition and DVD Standard Edition in North America. Discotek licensed Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie, which was previously owned by Geneon, in 2013 and released it on home video the following year. Geneon released Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card on DVD in 2003 with a new dub cast.

Your Name UK and Ireland Cinema Box-Office

Film earned more than £100,000 on Thursday 'wide' release

The website Film News UK reports that the one-day 'expanded' release of Makoto Shinkai's your name. earned £108,372 at the UK and Ireland box-office. The expanded release was on Thursday November 24, when the film played at 104 screens, the most for an anime film in the UK and Ireland. It also broke the record for a single-day gross. In total, your name. has earned £138,048 in the UK and Ireland, and some venues are continuing to screen it: ticket and venue details at Viewers can also request cinema screenings in their area through OurScreen.
Film News UK quotes James Dobbin of the cinema National Amusements, which released your name. together with Anime Limited. Dobbin said, “We are thrilled with last night's results particularly as the cinema distribution included a large number of multiplexes in key cities but also plenty of smaller towns across the UK and Ireland. We're committed to bringing a regular strand of anime to the big screen.”


Rob Ritchie, an animator on the newly released The Power of the Daleks animation was interviewed on BBC Breakfast a few days ago. Here's the interview:

The Power of the Daleks is out now on the BBC Store and DVD. It will be out on Blu-ray in the new year.


The BBC have released a new behind-the-scenes promotional image from episode 6, The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did.


The BBC have released some promotional images for Class episode 7, The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did, which becomes available on Saturday at 10am.


The BBC have released a new behind-the-scenes promotional image from episode 6, Detained.


The Television Director Ken Grieve has died at the age of 74

For Doctor Who Ken Grieve directed the first story of Season 17, Destiny of the Daleks, which saw the reintroduction of the Daleks to the series, after a gap of four years, and the return of Davros. It was the last script wirtten by Dalek creator Terry Nation, altough the story was heavily rewritten by Script Editor Douglas Adams.

Ken Grieve was born in Edinburgh in 1942.

After training as a cameraman, he moved into directing, working on episodes of the soap opera Coronation Street, with 42 episodes to his credit. He directed the location film footage of Manchester used in the Coronation Street opening titles used between 1976 and 1990, which included the first Corrie cat.

As well as Doctor Who his credits include The XYY Man, Buccaneer, Crown Court, Game, Set, and Match, Bergerac, Bugs, Peak Practice, The Bill and the Casualty episode Stormy Weather.

He taught at the National Film School and the Manchester Film School.

Kenneth Grieve died peacefully, on Tuesday, November 15 after a long illness. He is survived by his long-term partner Jane, his four children and three grandchildren.


Class Episode 7,The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did, has now been released and can be viewed in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.

Barb have released their TV Player Report for the four weeks covering the release of episodes one and two of Class. The report, which is still in the beta stage, aims to give an estimation of the numbers of people who watch a given programme via a TV Player such as iPlayer. Class is only available in the UK on BBC Three, which is only available online.

The series has failed make the list of Top 50 on-demand programmes for the four weeks ending 13th November 2016, meaning that less than 185,000 viewers have accessed the first two episodes. The highest rated programme on BBC Three for the period, and the only one to make the top 50, was Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone, which had 247,000 watching. The biggest online programme was Planet Earth II: Islands, which had 576,000 viewers.

It is expected that Class will be screened on one of the broadcast channels at some point, which will bring it to a much larger audience.

The final episode of the series will be released next Saturday.

Some additional Behind the Scenes pictures from the last three episodes of Class have also been released. The pictures contain spoilers from the episodes.

Episode Five Behind the Scenes:
Brave-ish Heart
Class - Ep5 - Brave-ish Heart - April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Class - Ep5 - Brave-ish Heart - April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Class - Ep5 - Brave-ish Heart - Dorothea (POOKY QUESNEL) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)
Episode Six Behind the Scenes:
Class - Ep6 - Detained - Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)
Episode Seven Behind the Scenes:
The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did
Class - Ep7 - The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did - Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), Ballon (CHIKE OKONKWO) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Class - Ep7 - The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did - Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), Ballon (CHIKE OKONKWO) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Class - Ep7 - The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did - Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), Ballon (CHIKE OKONKWO) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Class - Ep7 - The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did - Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Class - Ep7 - The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did (Credit: BBC/Chris Lobina) Class - Ep7 - The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did - Dorothea (POOKY QUESNEL) (Credit: BBC/Chris Lobina)