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Broadcasters hit back at Vice claims

Channel bosses put on a united defence

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Peppa Pig

ITV drops eOne takeover plan

ITV has withdrawn its proposal to buy Peppa Pig-owner Entertainment One (eOne).

Jed Mercurio drama leads BBC1 orders

Charlotte Moore has ordered a raft of dramas for BBC1 including a six-part series from the creators of Line of Duty.

Jane Featherstone scores debut commissions

Former Kudos chief Jane Featherstone has landed a BBC drama and an E4 comedy – the first commissions for her fledgling indie Sister Pictures.


Channel 4 ups 8pm spend for kids

Channel 4 will ramp up spending on programming for older children by two-thirds following criticism that it is failing the demographic.

Ro Newell

ITV2 hunts stripped event to accompany Love Island

ITV2 has ordered a “bonkers and eccentric” scripted comedy series from Big Talk Productions and is hunting a ‘real-time’ event to accompany Love Island.

Charlotte Moore

Charlotte Moore: I will give others creative freedom

Charlotte Moore has heralded the new creative structure at the top of the BBC, which gives her oversight of all its major channels, claiming it will speed up commissioning decisions and prevent the BBC “working in silos”. 

And Then There Were None

BBC makes Agatha Christie pledge

The BBC has committed to producing seven Agatha Christie adaptations over the next four years in a deal Broadcast estimates could be worth more than £20m with co-pro money.


Vice: the story so far

Vice has made a splash with youngsters with its hard-hitting news and docs - delivered online. Now its focus turns to linear success

Raised By Wolves

TV’s class divide laid bare

The class divisions in the television industry are laid bare in a report that reveals that people in the media are three times more likely to have attended a private or selective grammar school than the national average.

The Island

C4 orders Troubles comedy and extreme survival series

Channel 4 has unveiled a raft of commissions including a Northern Irish comedy set amongst the troubles and a survival series recreating one of the most dangerous expeditions in history.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Netflix UK drops archive content for new shows

Netflix UK has aggressively culled its programming over the past few months to reduce its reliance on archive content in favour of the latest shows.


C4 lines up Electric Dreams writers

A raft of top US and British writers including Jack Thorne and Tony Grisoni will collaborate on Channel 4’s ambitious 10-part sci-fi drama based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories.


Left Bank

Andy Harries, Left Bank

With a £100m Netflix series set to launch and an Amazon Video pilot in the pipeline, Left Bank is riding the OTT drama wave. What next for the Sony-owned indie? asks Chris Curtis

House Of Cards

Netflix: diving into the data

Peter White assesses Ampere Analysis’ research into the secretive SVoD service’s content strategy in the UK

The Watchman

The Watchman, Channel 4

After winning a Bafta for The Murder Detectives, director Dave Nath had his pick of documentary subjects. So why did he turn to drama?

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TV Critics: The Watchman; Chronicles of Nadiya; The Great British Bake Off

“Stephen Graham has more talent, presence and charisma in the beard he grew for The Watchman than your Tom Cruises and Colin Firths have in their entire CVs.”



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Vice predicts traditional media 'bloodbath'

Vice boss Shane Smith has taken aim at traditional media rivals, warning that there will be an acquisition “bloodbath” as firms such as Time Warner, Disney and 21st Century Fox all desperately chase scale.

Hot Shots

Broadcast Hot Shots 2016

Broadcast Hot Shots 2016

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Great British Bake Off storms back with 11m

WEDNESDAY: The Great British Bake Off returned with a whopping high of 11m viewers – eclipsing the previous series opener.



Plenty of reasons to be cheerful

It’s a golden period for the industry as well as the GB Olympic team

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Raised By Wolves

Talking TV: BBC Worldwide's indie empire & Caitlin Moran Video

BBC Worldwide’s expanding indie empire and the cancellation of Channel 4’s working class comedy Raised By Wolves take centre stage in this week’s Talking TV.

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Broadcast 26 August 2016

Broadcast 26 August 2016

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