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2 September 2011

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  • 1 Sep '11

    “It does sometimes feel a little like sandwich bought from a garage: all shrink-wrapped and pumped full of additives.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 2 Sep '11

    ” Leslie Woodhead’s superb film followed [Bush] by interviewing anyone who mattered that day.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 30 Aug '11

    “Too much of the script clunked badly and there were moments of unintentional hilarity.” Read on for the verdict on the weekend’s TV.
  • 31 Aug '11

    “Cutting open a camel is a messy business and unless you’re a vet and know what you’re looking at.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 4oD iPhone app launches

    Channel 4 has launched a 4oD iPhone app that will allow users to catch-up on the broadcaster’s content.
  • 9/11 Week promo

    Point to the week of 9/11 programmes without using footage of the attacks that viewers have seen.
  • Adastra wins Turner order

    Turner Broadcasting’s pre-school brand Cartoonito has ordered its first pan-EMEA show from Grandpa In My Pocket-producer Adastra.
  • AETN UK takes on Roberts to boost programming

    AETN UK has hired Stephen Roberts to the newly created role of head of programming scheduling, and promoted a number of its programming team.
  • Ahead of the curve

    Advertorial: Whether it’s digital workflow, HD or 3D, Chello DMC’s facilities in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Budapest have got the technology.
  • Amberfin shows QC tools

    Amberfin will demonstrate its new system for ingest and transcoding at IBC.
  • Antix moving to MediaCityUK with first terrestrial order

    Antix Productions, the indie behind Most Haunted, is relocating to MediaCityUK and has scored its first terrestrial commission.
  • Applause Store LA-bound for X Factor

    The Applause Store is setting up a base in Los Angeles to run the audience ticketing operation for the US version of The X Factor.
  • Battle lines drawn in comedy

    Comedy has emerged as a key battleground after this year’s Edinburgh festival, as BBC1 and ITV1 unveiled new initiatives to fend off Sky’s latest offensive in the genre.
  • BBC confirms Ab Fab return

    BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous is to celebrate its 20th anniversary with three specials – including a story based around the London 2012 Olympics.
  • BBC S&PP appoints new chairman

    The BBC’s director of policy and strategy, John Tate, has been appointed chairman of BBC Studios and Post Production.
  • BBC trials first playalong app

    The BBC is conducting its first trial of two-screen playalong technology, using audio watermarking around Saturday night gameshow The National Lottery: Secret Fortune.
  • BBC unveils DVB-T2 Lite

    BBC Research and Development will conduct its first public demonstration of DVB-T2-Lite at IBC.
  • BBC3 and E4 differ over pre-watershed

    BBC3 is to all but stop commissioning for pre-watershed slots at precisely the moment E4 puts resource into 8pm for the first time.
  • BBC4 living la dolce vita

    Sky 1 has taken advantage of the relatively quiet summer months with some early launches, and the third one landed this week. BBC4 found la dolce vita with a return trip down the Italian Peninsula, while ITV3 demonstrated where drama repeats actually work.
  • Beard back on BBC2 with Ancient Rome series

    Lion Television is to follow up its successful Mary Beard series Pompeii with another historical run for BBC2.
  • Best of the Fest

    With the Edinbugh International Television Festival behind us for another year, Broadcast presents a round-up of stories from the weekend…
  • Big Brother sweat drink sparks 82 complaints

    An incident on Celebrity Big Brother in which contestant Bobby Sabel made a fellow housemate drink sweat has sparked complaints over bullying.
  • Big Brother threatens BBC/ITV drama

    BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY: BBC1 and ITV1 struggled with crime drama both old and new as Celebrity Big Brother continued a strong run on Channel 5.
  • C4 athletics presenter under fire

    Ortis Deley, one of the presenters of the Channel 4 World Athletics Championships, will not be the main presenter in the rest of the coverage after facing criticism over his athletics knowledge.
  • C4 to revisit Japanese Tsunami

    New amateur footage of the Japanese tsunami is to feature in a new documentary for Channel 4.
  • C4 unveils first 4oD figures

    Channel 4 has revealed that entertainment was the most watched genre on 4oD during July, registering more than 9 million views across platforms.
  • C4's 9/11 firemen doc draws 2m

    WEDNESDAY: Channel 4’s documentary on the firemen involved in the 9/11 rescue efforts drew nearly 2m viewers, as broadcasters gear up their coverage for the tenth anniversary of the New York attacks.
  • C5 to follow funfair workers

    Channel 5 has ordered an ob doc series which will meet the often secretive families who run funfairs across the country.
  • Celebrity Juice returns with best ever launch

    THURSDAY: Comedy panel show Celebrity Juice returned to ITV2 with its biggest launch night audience to date.
  • Chorion IP to be sold

    Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Mr Men and The Octonauts are set to be sold to individual bidders, as Chorion’s backers attempt to minimise their losses.
  • CNBC launches connected TV stocks app

    Business and financial news broadcaster CNBC has launched an internet connected TV app across a range of platforms including Samsung TVS and Virgin Media’s Tivo.
  • Codex delivers storage

    The new Codex Vault series onset laboratory solution for reviewing dailies, producing deliverables and archiving will be on show in Amsterdam.
  • Cohen sets out the ‘step change’ in BBC content

    The BBC’s channel controllers outlined commissions and content wishlists at Edinburgh as they deflected questions about impending Delivering Quality First cuts.
  • Convergence tops IBC agenda

    Web and TV convergence looks set to dominate this year’s IBC, with the likes of TV app development company Easel TV exhibiting at the show for the first time.
  • Dawn Porter tries luck with C4

    Dawn Porter is to front a new Channel 4 series examining the nature of luck and people’s perception of it.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters for 22-28 August.
  • DNI ditches ‘beards and bellies’ for fresh ideas

    Discovery Networks International (DNI) is moving away from the “beards and bellies” of recent years and has called on the UK indie sector to deliver fresh ideas.
  • Doctor Who returns with 6.23m

    SATURDAY: A controversial return for Doctor Who could not save it from a dip in audience numbers.
  • E4 launches autumn season

    E4 has unveiled a bumper slate of programming for the autumn as the digital channel works to fill the gap left by Friends.
  • Electric Sky seals first 3D sales

    Electric Sky has made its first ever sales of 3D content and has bolstered its catalogue with new acquisitions as demand for 3D programming continues to grow.
  • Endemol's future taking shape

    Negotiations around Endemol’s €2bn debt and the role of its current shareholders appear to be coming to an end with a number of options emerging.
  • Filmlight to launch upgrade for Baselight

    Filmlight will launch a new version of its flagship grading system at IBC, including a “major” upgrade to its stereoscopic toolset.
  • Firecracker lands UKTV party order

    Watch has ordered a series from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings producer Firecracker Films that will uncover some of Britain’s most eccentric characters as they organise a range of events.
  • First look: The Comic Strip / Fresh Meat

    Robin Parker casts his eye over two of Channel 4’s latest comedies.
  • Fraud Squad, ITV1

    ITV1’s latest documentary from the makers of Strangeways tackles share selling scams. Here, director Tom Anstiss discusses the challenges of filming a faceless crime.
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top ten children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, sport and music programmes from 22-28 August.
  • Google opens talks over UK VoD deals

    Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has revealed that talks have kicked off with UK broadcasters ahead of the rollout of Google TV early next year.
  • Google TV: the verdict

    Following a MacTaggart lecture from Google boss Eric Schmidt, Nigel Walley offers a second opinion on Google TV having reviewed and researched it with consumers and industry players alike.
  • Greenlight round-up: Hacking, spies and Ab Fab

    The BBC and Sky have commissioned comedy specials that will satirise the hacking scandal and the British crime genre while re-commissioning several successful series
  • Ground Zero Mosque, C4

    CTVC tracks the battle to build the controversial mosque
  • Honouring all the Classic FM luminaries

    The death of Michael Bukht is a very sad loss, but press reports of his role in the conception and birth of Classic FM are a little misleading and I’m sure he would want to salute some former colleagues, also no longer with us.
  • How a hybrid format can bring current affairs to life

    The docu-drama is often controversial, but it’s great for engaging viewers, says Phil Craig.
  • Hughes to trumpet “golden age” of history TV

    Academic and presenter Bettany Hughes is to claim that history on television is enjoying a “new golden age” at a lecture next month.
  • IBC: What to see in Amsterdam

    Ahead of this month’s IBC technology show, George Bevir presents his pick of the latest cameras on display, from manufacturers including Sony, P+S Technik and Arri.
  • Is the ride over for SeeSaw?

    Video site needs to sort out ownership - and fast, says Kate Bulkley.
  • ISPs to sell YouView boxes for under £100

    YouView partners BT and TalkTalk are preparing to sell the internet-connected TV service for less than £100.
  • ITV lines-up Loose Women revamp

    Loose Women is to be revamped for its new series in a bid to keep the ITV daytime show fresh.
  • ITV1 remembers 9/11 with 5m

    THURSDAY: ITV1’s inside account of the terrorist attacks on New York in 2001 drew more than 5m viewers in primetime.
  • ITV1 suffers again at 9pm

    TUESDAY: ITV1 suffered another difficult night in the ratings after it was beaten by all the other terrestrials in the 9pm slot for the second Tuesday on the trot.
  • ITVS picks up drama rejected by BBC

    ITV Studios has optioned a Cornish crime drama previously rejected by the BBC.
  • Jo Twist, Channel 4

    Just 18 months into the job, Jo Twist has become the driving force of C4 Education. But she’s relishing the challenge as she plans a push into primetime.
  • Kelvin Mackenzie unveils new sports channel

    Former Live TV boss Kelvin Mackenzie is returning to broadcasting with the launch of an online sports channel on Freeview.
  • Kermode named Daybreak boss

    5 News editor and former BBC Breakfast boss David Kermode has been appointed the new editor of Daybreak.
  • Lewis calls for emergency changes to media law

    Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis is seeking cross-party support for an emergency change to media ownership laws, in the wake of News International’s abandoned BSkyB bid.
  • London Olympics to be broadcast in 3D

    The International Olympic Committee has today confirmed that the London 2012 Olympics will be shot in 3D.
  • Making an epic: The Story of Film

    In the first of two blogs, producer John Archer reveals how epic new series The Story of Film got off the ground and secured funding.
  • Making an epic: The Story of Film (part 2)

    In the second of two blogs, producer John Archer reveals how epic new series The Story of Film got access to film makers and archives.
  • Mary Portas to return as Queen of Frocks

    Mary Portas has allowed the cameras to follow her attempt to design a fashion range for over 40s that will be stocked in House of Fraser, for a Channel 4 series.
  • Masters of the tech universe

    The Broadcast Tech Survey 2011: Independent production companies
  • Mediasmiths completes TV4 tech overhaul

    London-based Mediasmiths has completed a project to simplify and streamline Swedish broadcaster TV4’s technology portfolio.
  • Million Pound Drop to find all players online

    Channel 4 is to recruit all of its contestants for the forthcoming series of interactive gameshow The Million Pound Drop via the internet.
  • Millions turn to Page Eight

    Big Brother seems to be passing its resilience test for Channel 5, while baking and conspiracy did nice work for BBC2 as Channel 4’s dwarves stood tall.
  • Morgana returns to C4 with impressions show

    Comedian Morgana Robinson is to return to Channel 4 with a new sketch show as part of a raft of orders secured by Running Bare Pictures.
  • Nutopia’s Bin Laden film goes global

    A new documentary about the plan to hunt down Osama Bin Laden, which includes an interview with US President Barack Obama, has been picked up by broadcasters around the world.
  • O’Reilly slams Heggessey ‘personal attack’

    Presenter Miriam O’Reilly, who won a landmark ageism case against the BBC, has hit back at a “personal attack” on her during an Edinburgh Festival debate.
  • Off Cuts: Edinburgh special

    Men, women, straight, gay… the whole festival seemed under the spell of Sofie Gråbøl, the star of hit gloomy Danish crime drama The Killing.
  • Onsight adds Mistika 4K

    Onsight has purchased a fourth Mistika 4K 3D post-production system.
  • Page Eight turns over 4m

    SUNDAY: Star-studded spy thriller Page Eight caputured BBC2’s second biggest audience for a single drama in five years.
  • Panasonic launches new 3D camcorder

    Panasonic today launched an integrated twin-lens 2D/3D camcorder.
  • Platform Post sets sight on Manchester base

    Platform Post is in talks with MediaCityUK developer Peel Media about setting up a base in Manchester.
  • Portas to champion British manufacturing

    Mary Portas’ new Channel 4 series will see the retail guru campaigning for more British clothes manufacturing and pushing consumers to buy homemade products.
  • Preparing for a tapeless world

    The Technology Survey 2011: Facilities, studios and outside broadcasts
  • Procam seals kit deal

    Procam Television has secured its biggest production to date, supplying kit to ITV1 show Red Or Black?.
  • Protestors disrupt BBC Proms

    Classical music fans tuning into last night’s BBC Proms found themselves listening to a recording instead of the live performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, after protestors disrupted the evening’s event.
  • Red or Black?

    Full post on ITV’s new gameshow, which gives people across the UK the chance to become millionaires.
  • Scots to query BBC funding

    The BBC is facing another attack on its funding, with the Scottish government calling for £75m to be ring-fenced from the licence fee to fund a national PSB.
  • Seven Dwarves

    Create an aesthetic and emotive mix that is unlike a typical reality show.
  • Skillset reveals training frustration

    Bullying is rife in broadcasting, has worsened over the past decade, and management training is urgently required - yet Skillset says it has training bursaries it “can’t give away”.
  • Sky 1 strikes back

    Sky 1 soldier drama Strike Back fired up an army of followers on its return – exceeding the audience of the first series.
  • Stories of bullying are all too familiar

    I read your story ‘Bullying in TV: the ugly truth’ (Broadcast, 26.08.11). What goes around comes around.
  • Strike Back post wraps up

    Technicolor UK has completed the post on its biggest TV project to date, finishing the picture post for the second series of Sky 1’s Strike Back.
  • Strong debut for ITV2's Minute to Win It

    TUESDAY: ITV2’s new gameshow based on a hit US format smashed the digital channel’s usual audience figures.
  • Suburgatory, ABC (US)

    Broadcast looks to the suburbs for a new US comedy.
  • Survey reveals reluctance to adopt 3D technology

    Broadcasters, production firms and facilities companies appear reluctant to invest in 3D technology, according to the results of Broadcast’s Technology Survey 2011.
  • Taking a pragmatic approach

    The Broadcast Technology Survey 2011: Broadcasters and In-house facilities
  • Talkback to revamp Buzzcocks for new series

    Talkback Thames is planning to revamp long-running music quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks ahead of its new series in October.
  • Tapeless drive gathers pace

    The Technology Survey 2011: The Results
  • Technology Survey 2011

    Explore Broadcast’s in-depth survey on key technology trends over the past 12 months.
  • Teddington under review

    Pinewood Shepperton is conducting a review of its Teddington business that could see it terminate its lease at the studio.
  • The Garden wins C4 love series

    Channel 4 is to study the meaning of love in a documentary series from the maker of Seven Dwarves.
  • Time lord clocks up viewers

    Doctor Who makes a strong return, while X Factor and New Tricks take top two spots once again.
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from August 22-28 and browse the top 100
  • Top 30 BBC2, Channel 4, Channel 5

    Find out the top 30 programmes on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from 22-28 August as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 34.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 22-28 August as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • Tyrell supplies Envy Avid

    Tyrell CCT has provided Envy with additional Avid systems for the facility’s expanded Rathbone Place premises.
  • UTV profits up 15%

    TalkSport owner UTV enjoyed a strong first half of the year with profits and revenue rising against a “subdued” advertising market.
  • Valentic to demo Resolve

    UK datalab Mytherapy founder Dado Valentic will demonstrate Da Vinci Resolve 8 at IBC.
  • Women on the frontline

    Sky News’ Alex Crawford is the kind of female role model TV needs.
  • Zig Zag options Nordic formats

    Zig Zag Productions has secured five new formats as part of a fresh initiative to boost sales out of the Nordic region.
  • Zodiak takes web series to TV

    Zodiak Rights has secured its first TV deal for web comedy Goodnight Burbank.