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Jay Hunt Edinburgh

Jay Hunt reveals raft of C4 shows


Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt has revealed a slate of ambitious orders including a fixed rig show located in an African village and a political drama about Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

Cassian Harrison

BBC4 bags Belgian drama Cordon


Belgian drama Cordon is to become BBC4’s latest foreign language drama acquisition as it builds on the success of The Killing and Borgen.

North Korea

North Korean spy thriller prepped by C4 & Mammoth


Channel 4 has stepped up its international co-production strategy, teaming up with Mammoth Screen on a ten-part political thriller exploring the closed world of North Korea.

Kim Shillinglaw

BBC2 orders first transgender comedy


BBC2 is preparing to launch what it claims is Britain’s first transgender sitcom and has bagged Jack Whitehall’s Backchat, its second BBC3 comedy.


Netflix eyes Charles Dickens drama


Netflix is in talks to come on board for a new Channel 4 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities, which will be produced by Parade’s End indie Mammoth Screen.


Gary Lineker launches sport doc indie Goal Hanger


Gary Lineker has established his own production company in an effort to grow his international profile and get more involved in work behind the camera.


Twofour shakes up team to start life as indie group


Twofour Group has outlined the next phase of its restructure, including the creation of Twofour Wales and several key appointments and promotions.

Live From Space

First indies win C4 investment


Live from Space indie Arrow Media and The Valleys producer True North are among the first companies to win investment from Channel 4’s £20m Growth Fund.


TV a ruder place to work


Television has become a ruder and more frustrating place to work for UK indies over the past 12 months, with commissioning standards at the BBC in particular going backwards.

Harry Hill

ITV brings back hypnotism and Harry Hill


ITV is to mix the old with the new by resurrecting Stars In Their Eyes “with a twist” and ordering the first hypnotism format on British TV for several years.


Entertainment shows fail diversity test


The vast majority of primetime entertainment shows are failing to refl ect the diversity of the British population, according to the first findings of a major Broadcast-backed study.

A To Z

Analysis: US acquisitions


A raft of big-budget US acquisitions are set to be unveiled over the next few weeks as British broadcasters conclude their efforts to land this year’s offerings from the LA Screenings.

Murdered By My Boyfriend

BBC3 eyes factual dramas


Acting BBC3 controller Sam Bickley wants to build on recent factual drama successes and still has gaps to fill in the youth channel’s 2015 schedule.

David Olusoga

BBC2 plans black history series


BBC2 is to explore black British history in a landmark documentary series fronted by British-Nigerian historian and broadcaster David Olusoga.


C4 eyes more ideas using Raw TV’s digital rig


Channel 4 is developing further ideas with Raw TV in a bid to broaden its use of the indie’s digital rig, the smartphone monitoring technology that formed the backbone of university doc The Secret Life Of Students.

Trawlermens Lives

Trawlermen’s Lives nets 2.4m


WEDNESDAY: Ben Fogle-fronted fishing documentary Trawlerman’s Lives halved ITV’s slot average as BBC1’s The Great British Bake-Off rose to a series high of almost 7.5m.

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Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Two Cities

TV Critics: Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds; Suspects; The Great British Bake Off

“It was lucid stuff, stylishly shot, and Dr James Fox made an engagingly enthusiastic guide.”

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Elaine Bedell, ITV

Outgoing chair Elaine Bedell recalls her favourite moments and tells Chris Curtis why ITV’s revival strategy works


Chris Curtis

C4 deals are first piece of portfolio

David Abraham’s MacTaggart will make case for investment plan

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The Great British Bake Off

Talking TV: BBC and Love Productions

The latest edition of Talking TV runs the rule over the BBC Trust’s television services review and Sky’s 70% stake in Love Productions.

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Where next for the TV Festival?

If Scotland says Yes, my vote is for St Tropez, says Steven D Wright

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Broadcast 22 August 2014

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