Television presenter Shonali Nagrani is anchoring the U.K version of IPL Extra Innings for ITV, a channel that is a close competitor to BBC. Nagrani has been anchoring the show for the past four years in a row for this channel which has the rights for IPL in U.K and Europe. “I didn’t even know a concept like this existed in U.K. They have their own studio show like Extra Innings, because of the time difference. We have a 45-minute show before the match starts, and another during mid-innings and the post-match show. But unlike India, where they only come in the studio, in the beginning, middle and the end, in U.K, we come into picture every time a wicket falls,” she reveals. While in India, experts like Navjot Singh Sidhu, Ajay Jadeja among others are brought on board for Extra Innings T20, in U.K, the show has experts like Clive Lloyd.
Before she was roped in to anchor the show, Nagrani had to work on her accent. “We Indians talk very fast, but while on air, I had to deliberately speak slowly. I now round my words a little while anchoring, and modulate my accent a bit. But because I’m anchoring this show since four years now, it now comes naturally to me when I’m on air,” shares the presenter. While, earlier Shonali would be draped in sarees, when representing India, this year, she’ll be sporting pencil skirts, jackets, trousers besides traditional sarees like Kanjeevaram on the show.
Disney XD launches a new series
A new animated series, featuring several superheroes has been launched by Disney XD, coinciding with the summer vacations for kids. While all the superheroes— Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk—are strong characters, they come together as The Avengers in this animation series, making it the shows’ USP. Produced by Marvel Animations, the series features 52 episodes targetted at kids from 9-14 years.
The series will air every Sunday afternoon on Disney.