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Lennie James pens Sky Atlantic drama

Line of Duty’s Lennie James, Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones and Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham are to star in a booze-laden crime drama for Sky Atlantic.

Susan Calman

A1 doc and rural repair shop on BBC daytime slate

A rural repair shop and the A1 road will provide the backdrop for two of the five shows on the BBC’s forthcoming daytime slate.

Only Fools & Horses

Gold celebrates with David Jason

Gold has ordered Sir David Jason specials from Shiver and North One Television to help celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Julia Bond

BBC appoints first kids’ commissioner for the nations

The BBC has appointed executive producer Julia Bond as its first children’s commissioning executive for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Taboo

Sonar secures Taboo sales

Taboo, BBC1’s eight-part drama series has sold to broadcasters in Spain, Russia, Nordic territories.

Terry Pratchett

Amazon ties with BBC for Terry Pratchett adaptation

BBC Studios is adapting Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel Good Omens for Amazon and BBC2.

Rachel Morgan

Specialist factual commissioner exits the BBC

BBC specialist factual commissioner Rachel Morgan is to leave the corporation after 18 months.

The Xtra Factor

ITV scraps The Xtra Factor

ITV is scrapping The X Factor spin-off show after 13 years to put more focus on its digital presence.

Liza Marshall sets up Hera Pictures

Former Channel 4 drama chief Liza Marshall has set up Hera Productions after stepping down from Archery Pictures last year.

Supershoppers

Firecrest to diversify after securing C4 investment

Scottish current affairs indie Firecrest Films is to diversify into factual formats, features and history and science programming after receiving investment from Channel 4’s Growth Fund.

Crystal Maze

C4 lifts the lid on Crystal Maze revival

The number of young viewers that watched Channel 4’s The Crystal Maze celebrity revival last year was a driving force behind the decision to bring back the cult gameshow for a supersized series.

TV steps up fake news fight

British broadcasters are redoubling efforts to fight the phenomenon of fake news after pouring resource into fact-checking units.

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The Night Manager

Analysis: top consolidated shows 2016 Video

The big winners in 2016 were ITV and BBC2, which both grew their audience share, while BBC1 was largely flat, despite having the Olympics and the biggest shows.

Amy

The rise of the mega-library

Getty Images’ deal with ITN Source unpicked

Hospital

Hospital, BBC2

Weeks to examine the challenges facing our hospitals.

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Horizon: Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth

Horizon; Spy in the Wild; Urban Myths

“In terms of gripping TV, the programme fell slightly short.”

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Spy in the Wild

Spy in the Wild loses ground

THURSDAY: BBC1 natural history doc Spy In The Wild lost 700,000 as it returned for a second outing.

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Editor's choice

Broadcast Indie Survey

Entries have now opened for this year’s annual Broadcast Indie Survey.

Time to trust in diverse talent

US offers an example for broadcasters unwilling to take a chance

Detectorists

The small indie survival guide

Staying in business for 30 years isn’t easy, say Alan Marke and Jim Reid

Alexa

‘Alexa’ was the word on everyone’s lips at CES

Voice-controlled intelligent assistants were all the rage this year, says Mark Harrison

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Pointless 1000

Podcast: Pointless 1000 & superdrama Video

The latest edition of Talking TV explores how BBC gameshow Pointless managed to reach 1,000 episodes and offers a guide to BBC Studios ahead of its commercialisation in April.

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