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21 October 2011

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  • 17 Oct '11

    “It should have been cordoned off with crime-scene tape, not broadcast.” Read on for the verdict on the weekend’s TV.
  • 18 Oct '11

    “All great stuff and all on the verge of happening. What Hawking has to do with it is anyone’s guess.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 19 Oct '11

    “A warning to us all of how the unthinkable can quickly become thinkable.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 20 Oct '11

    “I felt it was just loving – pleasuring – itself, and I was left to watch, shivering alone at the end of the bed.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 21 Oct '11

    “It is a testimony to the power of Beeny love that anyone has dared to put a second series out in our new era of austerity.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 5* scores hit with Alphas

    TUESDAY: A new US drama about a team of superhumans took off with the biggest ratings for digital channel 5* in more than two years - with the exception of Australian soap Home & Away
  • 5* seeks male-leaning shows

    Channel 5’s digital station 5* is hunting two horror, fear, survival or action shows to air from spring.
  • A Very British Party / The Slap / Frozen Planet

    Pett’s Dave Walker and Halo’s John Rogerson on dull parties, Aussie drama and an icy treat
  • Absolute to launch 60s and 70s stations

    Absolute Radio is extending its digital radio portfolio with the launch of two stations dedicated to the 60s and 70s.
  • All3 reshuffles senior management

    All3Media has reshuffled its senior management and poached a Reveille executive as it targets increased growth in the UK and internationally.
  • Amis boosts HD offering

    Amis Productions is claiming to be one of the biggest providers of HD stabilised camera systems in the world following its Azule Finance-backed £635,000 investment in two Flir cameras and three Cineflex V14 HD cameras.
  • AMWA draws up delivery spec

    A common specification for the delivery of programmes to multiple devices will be released by the Advanced Media Workfl ow Association (AMWA) next month.
  • Atlantic replaces distribution boss

    Atlantic Productions, which picked up three Emmy’s last month, has named a new head of distribution to replace James Taylor and take the indie’s content around the world.
  • Baby Jake grows for Darrall Macqueen

    Kids indie Darrall Macqueen is to produce a second series of Baby Jake for CBeebies.
  • Base79 hires ITV and BBC execs

    Digital rights management business Base79, formerly myvideorights, has hired two high-level technical execs from ITV and BBC to develop its connected-TV apps.
  • BBC sabotages Hunt for Blair

    As the rain thundered on my school gym roof, the sense of dread was palpable as cagoules and maps were handed out; orienteering, sob. At least BBC2 tried to put a jollier gloss on it with All Roads Lead Home. Meanwhile, Channel 4 resurrected a classic brand.
  • BBC1 budget to be cut more than 3%

    BBC1’s programme budget will be cut by more than the 3% outlined in the corporation’s proposals this month, the channel head has revealed.
  • BBC1 orders Citizen Khan sitcom

    Comic performer and broadcaster Adil Ray is to take his Down the Line character Mr Khan to BBC1 for a studio sitcom.
  • BBC1 orders Dale Farm Panorama

    BBC1 has ordered a fast-turnaround Panorama special telling the story of 400 travellers being evicted from Dale Farm.
  • BBC2 goes underground

    The BBC is getting unique access to the London Underground for a new documentary series.
  • BBC's Ariel to go online only

    The BBC’s in house newspaper is to fold after 75 years and has gone online only as part of the corporation’s Delivering Quality First cuts.
  • Blackmagic releases DaVinci upgrade

    Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 8.1.
  • Body Farm ends on a low

    TUESDAY: BBC1’s Waking the Dead spin-off, The Body Farm, bowed out with a series low audience as the finale of Mary Portas’ latest Channel 4 show cashed in a ratings high.
  • Brand Apart nets AFP hat-trick

    AFP specialist A Brand Apart has brokered three new deals for shows that are set to broadcast internationally.
  • Brian Lenz leaves BSkyB

    Brian Lenz, one of the key architects of BSkyB’s 3D strategy, is leaving to join satellite broadcaster Astro Malaysia.
  • BSkyB and BBC clash on fees

    Gloves come off as ITV, C4 and C5 wade in and report claims retransmission fees will soar.
  • BSkyB profits rise; subscriber growth slows

    Sky’s profits have grown to £295m for the three months to the end of September, despite a slowdown in customer acquisitions.
  • Bullseye creator plans US remake

    The creator of classic 1980s gameshow Bullseye is in talks for a US remake, which could have a million dollar jackpot.
  • Businesses get set for connected TV

    Connected TV strategies are being developed by almost two-thirds of brands, ad agencies and media owners, according to a survey conducted by The Internet Advertising Bureaux.
  • C4 breaks 'retransmission fees' silence

    Channel 4 has broken its silence over retransmission fees - coming out in support of the issue that the BBC has brought to the fore.  
  • C4 calls time on Comedy Labs

    Channel 4 is replacing its long-running Comedy Labs initiative with an E4 comedy pilot scheme as it attempts to clarify the objectives of its talent ladder schemes.
  • C4 drops Vacation, Vacation, Vacation

    Kirsty Allsopp and Phil Spencer’s holiday show Vacation, Vacation, Vacation, will not be returning to Channel 4 for another series.
  • C4 gains exclusive access to British consulates

    Screenchannel TV is going behind-the-scenes of British consulates in Spain to follow the work of the staff dealing with holidaymakers and expats for Channel 4.
  • C4 pilots TV archive gameshow

    Channel 4 has piloted a live interactive gameshow, hosted by Robin Ince, based around archive TV clips.
  • C4 serves up live daytime cookery show

    Channel 4 is lining up its first live daytime cookery show since Mel and Sue’s Light Lunch in 1997.
  • C4 to handle PBS UK sales

    Channel 4 will handle all advertising sales for US broadcaster PBS when it launches in the UK next month.
  • C4 to live stream hippo being eaten

    Channel 4 is to reveal the food chain in action by live broadcasting the consumption of a dead hippo in the wild over five days.
  • C5 doc series to explore Westminster

    Channel 5 is to go behind the scenes of Britain’s iconic borough of Westminster.
  • C5 to celebrate WWI heroes

    Channel 5 is to strip a documentary series at 7.30pm in the week running up to Remembrance Sunday that features first-hand accounts from World War I veterans.
  • Cartoon Network acquires Harry Hill series

    Harry Hill is to appear on Cartoon Network following a deal by Turner veteran Gary Finnegan, who has been handed a new UK-dedicated content role at the broadcaster.
  • Cathy Newman, C4 News

    ‘Tenacious with a smile’ is how C4 News’ first female presenter in more than a decade sums up her style. She tells Lisa Campbell why holding politicians to account demands ‘a sense of fun’.
  • Channel 4 silences Sirens

    Channel 4 has axed paramedic drama Sirens after just one series.
  • Charlie’s Angels reboot axed

    A remake of ‘70s TV series Charlie’s Angels has been cancelled by US network ABC after just four episodes.
  • Clear Cut builds for drama drive

    Clear Cut Pictures is building a 5.1 audio theatre as part of its drive to take a greater slice of the drama audio post market.
  • Comic Strip returns with 1.7m

    FRIDAY: The Comic Strip returned to Channel 4 with a film noir spoof about a fugitive Tony Blair, tracking down an audience of nearly 1.7m.
  • Corrie star to voice Made in Manchester's kids debut

    Radio production company Made In Manchester is moving into the children’s market with an order from digital-only station Fun Kids.
  • Cox joins Procam team

    Twofour Broadcast camera facilities manager Simon Cox (pictured) will join hire company Procam as camera facilities manager at the end of this month.
  • Crowd-sourced Raptured ready for launch

    A crowd-sourced web-only series that reimagines Judgement Day will launch on 21 October, just weeks after the project was started.
  • Current affairs hit by BBC2 cost-cutting

    Single documentaries about travel and history are likely to suffer after BBC2 confirmed it would cut almost 20% of its current affairs output.
  • Current TV orders films from Salford youth

    Four local youth groups in Salford have been selected to make eight films to be shown on Current TV as part of a new apprenticeship scheme.
  • Cutting the cost of going tapeless

    Ann-Marie Corvin speaks to early adopters, workflow specialists and production experts to find out how they make tapeless pay
  • Death in Paradise, BBC1

    Seeing my first TV script come to life sent shivers down my spine after four years of knock-backs and chasing money, says Robert Thorogood.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters for 10-16 October.
  • DLT appoints BBC Comedy exec

    DLT Entertainment has appointed Jon Mountague to the newly created role of executive editor and given him the task of growing the indie’s out-of-London production.
  • Doc planned on 100-year-old marathon runner

    A British centenarian who recently became the oldest man to run a marathon is to be the subject of a new documentary.
  • DQF axe falls on BBC comms team

    The BBC has informed 16 members of its communications team that they are to be made redundant - one of the first waves of compulsory cuts as part of Delivering Quality First.
  • DQF: not all doom and gloom

    BBC hasn’t had it as bad as other sectors, writes Andrew Harrison.
  • Elemental for Eurosport

    Eurosport will use Elemental Technologies’ video-processing technology for its live and on-demand multiplatform streaming services.
  • Encompass inks ScheduAll deal

    Playout provider Encompass Digital Media has signed a deal with ScheduAll to manage its distribution services.
  • Fast Train freelancer project to focus on radio

    Freelancer training programme Fast Train is to turn its attention to the radio sector in February 2012.
  • Focal Awards open for nominations

    The Focal International Awards 2012 for the best use of archive footage material is now open for nominations.
  • Frame rates on SMPTE's LA agenda

    Faster frame rates will be high on the agenda at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ (SMPTE) annual conference next week in LA.
  • Frank Skinner's R4 comedy wins second series

    Radio 4 has commissioned a second series of Frank Skinner comedy drama Don’t Start while the first run is still on air.
  • Gaddafi death boosts BBC News audience

    THURSDAY: The death of Colonel Gaddafi drew BBC News at Six’s biggest audience since the London riots.
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top ten children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, comedy, music and arts programmes from 10-16 October.
  • Gossip Girl's Schwartz planning Misfits US

    Clerkenwell Films has struck a deal with Josh Schwartz, the creative force behind The OC, Gossip Girl and Chuck, to remake teen superhero drama Misfits for US audiences.
  • Grass Valley plans UK PubliTronic expansion

    Grass Valley will seek to build on PubliTronic’s UK install base following its acquisition of the Netherlands-based company.
  • Greenlight round-up: Channels play their cards right

    This week’s Broadcast Greenlight round-up highlights several new gameshows and documentaries in the works from all the major broadcasters.
  • Grierson to honour John Pilger

    John Pilger will be awarded the Honda Grierson Trustees’ Award on 1 November in recognition of his work as a leading documentary producer.
  • Growth in Welsh shows helps C4 pass Ofcom quota

    Channel 4 is expecting to exceed its nations and regions commissioning quota thanks in part to a significant growth in orders from Wales.
  • Harmonic in BBC Olympic win

    BBC Sport will use Harmonic’s Omneon MediaGrid active storage system as part of its file-based workfl ow at the 2012 Olympics. Installed in the International Broadcast Centre in Stratford as part of a production system incorporating EVS servers, it will provide 3,500 hours of work-in-progress storage.
  • Holy Flying Circus draws 534k

    WEDNESDAY: BBC4’s Monty Python biopic offered something completely different but could not beat ITV2’s reality double bill of Peter Andre and TOWIE.
  • Idiot Abroad smashes 2m mark

    The return of comedy travelogue An Idiot Abroad hit ratings highs for Sky 1 and is doubling that figure through time-shifted viewing.
  • Inside Nature's Giants app launches

    Windfall Films has teamed up with Harper Collins to produce a print book, illustrated eBook and app based on Channel 4 series Inside Nature’s Giants.
  • iPlayer tablet views up 15%

    BBC iPlayer usage via tablets grew by 15% in September as the number of devices in the market booms.
  • Is the ParentPort website a good idea?

    79% said Yes / 21% said No
  • ITV acquires Channel Television

    ITV has acquired its Channel Islands licence holder Channel Television for an undisclosed amount.
  • ITV and Pact back in talks over terms

    ITV and Pact are back in negotiations over concerns that the broadcaster is increasingly ignoring the Terms of Trade.
  • ITV axes online staff in digital restructure

    ITV is to cut up to 10% of its online staff and refocus resources on its leading websites as part of its radical digital restructure.
  • ITV Player set to feature ads on Virgin Media

    ITV is gearing up to launch pre-roll advertising around its VoD content on Virgin Media as early as next year.
  • ITV snags Europa League from C5

    ITV has snagged improved rights to Uefa Europa League football from Channel 5.
  • ITV1 secures Westlife's final TV appearance

    ITV1 is to capture Westlife’s final TV appearance together in a special celebration of the band’s career.
  • ITV1 set to revive Play Your Cards Right

    ITV1 is looking to revive classic gameshow Play Your Cards Right after an absence of nearly a decade.
  • ITVS hires BBC drama exec

    ITV Studios has poached the BBC executive behind The Curse of Steptoe and a Monkey Kingdom producer to join its new drama unit.
  • ITVS hires entertainment exec

    ITV Studios has appointed Sarah Harris as an entertainment series editor.
  • Jill Green wins first order for new indie

    Jill Green’s latest venture, Eleventh Hour Films, has won its first commission – an extended second series of BBC2 comedy drama Vexed.
  • Just a Minute makes TV move

    The BBC is adapting long-running Radio 4 comedy series Just A Minute for TV to celebrate the series’ 45th anniversary.
  • KidsCo hunting animation firm

    International children’s channel KidsCo has put a new animation project up for tender and is calling on UK companies to submit proposals.
  • Leopard USA wins first gameshow

    Leopard Films USA has won the Argonon group’s first order for a gameshow with US network Speed.
  • Linehan turns off The IT Crowd

    Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd will not be returning for a fifth series but will wrap up with an extended special, creator Graham Linehan has confirmed.
  • Magicians to return as live format

    BBC1 is to air the new series of The Magicians live, the first time the broadcaster has transmitted magic as it happens in more than 30 years.
  • Merlin mobile game planned

    BBC1 fantasy drama Merlin is to be developed for the mobile gaming market.
  • Misfits promo

    Create the launch ident for the returning E4 superhero series
  • New voices and fresh ideas are key to rejuvenating TV

    Where is the risk-taking in public service broadcasters’ doc output? asks Jane Mote.
  • Newell joins Bellamy at Discovery

    Rosemary Newell, who spent 13 years at Channel 4 working across areas such as scheduling and commissioning strategy, has joined Julian Bellamy at Discovery Networks International.
  • Off Cuts: Snow’s poetic licence

    There were gasps of recognition at the London Film Festival this week when Jon Snow popped up for an unexpected cameo in Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus.
  • Optomen lands deals for Portas and Ramsay

    Gordon Ramsay and Mary Portas are to extend their international footprints with a series of post-Mipcom distribution deals.
  • Origins of Us unearths 2m

    MONDAY: BBC2’s new series charting the origins of human existence delivered a debut audience of nearly 2m.
  • Paul Merton returns to C5 with 2m

    WEDNESDAY: Paul Merton returned to Channel 5 with one of his biggest audiences to date - as Arsenal’s victory in the Champions League stumbled for ITV1.
  • Pete Versus Life

    Post on the second series of the 6 x 30-minute sitcom
  • Potty figures for BBC4

    BBC4’s series on ceramics charts the glorious rise and precipitous fall of the once glorious Stoke- On-Trent and one of the UK’s greatest industries.
  • Princess hires Talkback comedy exec

    Princess Productions has poached Talkback Thames’ deputy editor of comedy entertainment to spearhead the company’s push into the genre.
  • Princess to build Love Machine for Sky Living

    Sky Living has ordered a dating show fronted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and X Factor contestant Stacey Solomon, and which features a giant machine filled with singletons.
  • Rapid expands online and grading capacity

    Rapid Pictures is adding a fourth floor to its West London base, with the additional online and grading suites due to open early next year.
  • River Cottage returns with 1.6m

    SUNDAY: Channel 4’s new Sunday night factual line-up of River Cottage Veg and Secret Millionaire got off to a sturdy start.
  • S4C calls for funding guarantees

    S4C must be given funding guarantees by the government and BBC if the Welsh language broadcaster is to retain its independence, the chairman claims.
  • S4C names Ian Jones CEO

    Ian Jones has been confirmed as chief executive of S4C joining from US cable broadcaster AETN.
  • School Spirits, Syfy (US)

    Broadcast gets chills over a spooky new format from the US.
  • Sky 1 mixes cooking and business for pilot

    Sky 1 has ordered an hour-long cookery pilot from Splash Media which will give amateur cooks the chance to turn their homemade products into business opportunities.
  • Sky names Hurford-Jones ent commissioner

    Sky has appointed Antonia Hurford-Jones as commissioning editor for entertainment to oversee shows such as A League Of Their Own and order fresh content.
  • Smiles all round at BBC1

    Strictly closes the gap on X Factor as new Jeremy Kyle series loses High Stakes primetime battle.
  • Social media to aid TV investigations

    Channel 4 will increasingly use social media to enhance its investigative journalism, the broadcaster’s news head has stated.
  • Tax breaks or that’s all folks

    Foreign subsidies make it impossible for UK animators to compete.
  • Tektronix WFM5200 and WVR5200

    Waveform monitor and rasterizer
  • The Jo Whiley Show

    Create a contemporary brand to complement the show’s diverse range of music guests
  • This Life to return on SET

    BBC drama This Life is to be repeated on British TV for the first time in five years following a deal between BBC Worldwide and Sony Pictures Television.
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from 10-16 October 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 10-16 October as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 41.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 10-16 October as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • TOWIE scores success in US

    Structured reality show The Only Way Is Essex debuted in the US on Hulu this week and immediately became one of the most-viewed shows on the on-demand service.
  • Tulloh’s new indie gets two backers

    Award-winning producer Clive Tulloh is partnering with his former colleague Peter Bennett-Jones to launch a new indie called Burning Bright.
  • Tyrell equips Piranha Bar

    Tyrell CCT has equipped Dublin facility Piranha Bar with a storage infrastructure consisting of an Avid Isis 5000 and Object Matrix’s Matrix Store.
  • UK animation sector faces fight to survive

    Animation in the UK is in crisis, with two out of five companies struggling to make ends meet.
  • Wales defeat peaks at 6.8m

    SATURDAY: Nearly 60% of the viewing population watched Wales crash out of the Rugby World Cup in a close fought defeat to France.
  • Wall to Wall hires ent boss; wins consumer commission

    Wall To Wall is piloting a live early evening consumer affairs show for BBC1 and has hired the woman who will executive produce The Voice for the channel.
  • Whittingdale uses Knox trial to justify cameras in court

    The televising of the Amanda Knox trial helped John Whittingdale understand the case and sympathise with her, he revealed at a debate about allowing cameras into the court room.
  • Winkleman to host BBC1 pilot on a Dare

    Claudia Winkleman has been drafted in to present a BBC1 entertainment pilot being made by RDF Television.
  • X Factor beaten by Strictly

    SATURDAY: The X Factor continued its slide as the second live sing-off was more than 2m viewers down on last year - and was beaten by Strictly Come Dancing while the two shows were on air at the same time.
  • Yentob's "paid-for intern" will not spend time at BBC

    The BBC is distancing itself from a paid-for internship offered by Alan Yentob at a recent charity auction, claiming the winner will not spend “any time” at the corporation.
  • Zeebox less than two weeks away

    Former iPlayer and YouView exec Anthony Rose is planning the launch of social TV application, Zeebox, in less than two weeks.