Rachel Lowe to create board games & puzzles for Call The Midwife

Former Harry Potter and Downton Abbey licensee, Rachel Lowe is to create board games, jigsaw puzzles and card games for Call the Midwife.  Call the Midwife is the UK’s most popular TV drama with over 10 million viewers per episode and watched by hundreds of millions around the world. There will be a Christmas Special in 2018 followed by an 8th series in January. The series is produced by Neal Street Productions.


The publicity campaign for Just a French Guy Cooking kicks off with Alex’s appearance on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon. As well as explaining why he wrote the book and his debt to mentor Jamie Oliver, Alex gives Steve and the other guests a tip for making perfect scrambled eggs – use a very low heat!

James Morton goes back to his roots

Shetland: Cooking at the Edge of the World, published today by Quadrille, is the fourth title by food and drinks author James Morton. Co-written with this father, the broadcaster and journalist Tom Morton, the book celebrates the cooking, landscape and traditions of the island where James was born and raised.

Alex Gabriel’s debut book

Today sees the publication, by Quadrille, of Just a French Guy Cooking, the debut title by YouTube star Alex Gabriel, whose ‘Alex French Guy Cooking Channel’ has over 750,000 subscribers. With a Foreword by Jamie Oliver, the book showcases Alex’s geeky approach to cooking, with 90 recipes including French classics with a modern twist as well as Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes.

Portillo’s Secret History of Britain

Metrostar has brokered a deal between Michael O’Mara Books and Transparent TV for the publishing rights to the latter’s Channel 5 series Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain. The book, which will be written by Michael Portillo, is to be published on 1st November 2018.


Alice Tait’s  ‘I’d like Royal Wedding treatment please!’ cushion was featured by Ruth Langsford and Eammon Holmes on ITV’s popular daytime show, This Morning. Part of a collection from heritage licensee, WeLoveCushions, the range of 18 items was launched in January and features Alice’s trademark map, London landmarks and characters as well as the Royal Wedding line.

Second Elmer range launches at JoJo Maman Bebe

JoJo Maman Bebe has launched its second Elmer the Patchwork Elephant collection aimed at children aged 0-6 years. Consisting of ten lines including tops, hoodies, dresses, rompers and leggings, the unisex range features Elmer on the retailer’s signature Breton stripe. It will be merchandised on feature displays alongside Elmer toys, homewares, greetings and books.


Krispy Kreme’s Beauty Gifting Collection from Hall & Associates has won Best Brand Licensed Health & Beauty range in the 2018 Brand & Lifestyle Awards.  Krispy Kreme was also a finalist in the Property Award Category for Best Licensed Food or Beverage Brand 2018.

No, Nancy, No! published today in paperback

Alice Tait’s first book, No, Nancy, No!, published by Walker Books, is out today in paperback.  First issued in hardback in May 2017, the story of a little girl and her dog’s adventure around London’s most iconic landmarks, which are brought to life in numerous pop-ups, with an instant hit with critics and book buyers alike.