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War and Peace

BBC1 orders Les Mis adaptation


BBC1 has commissioned a six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic Les Misérables from the team behind War & Peace.

Animals filmed at Paignton Zoo

CBBC to visit Paignton Zoo


BBC’s Natural History Unit and kids’ indie DHX Media have teamed up to create an observational documentary about Paignton Zoo for CBBC.

Tyger Drew-Honey

E4 commissions celeb dating show


Joey Essex, Tyger Drew-Honey and Charlotte Crosby are all looking for love on a new E4 dating show produced by TOWIE indie Lime Pictures.

Matt Forde

Avalon to make John Oliver-style series for Dave


Avalon is to produce a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver-style political comedy series for Dave fronted by Matt Forde.

The Night Manager

UK indies plot The Night Manager follow-up


The Night Manager producers Character 7 and The Ink Factory are developing John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold as the follow-up to The Night Manager


C4 and Nat Geo partner on Kosminsky ISIS drama


Channel 4 and National Geographic have partnered for the first time on Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky’s upcoming ISIS-inspired drama.


Independent Films launches online kids channel Video


Advertising indie Independent Films has launched its own kids web channel and is set to commission a raft of original series.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

BBC4 explores ethnic diversity in classical music


BBC4 has ordered a documentary looking at the issues of diversity in classical music featuring BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason.


Making a Murderer to return


Netflix’s global hit documentary series Making a Murderer is to return with new episodes of the series now in production.

Celebrity First Dates

C4 orders second First Dates spin-off


Channel 4 has commissioned a second First Dates spin-off from Twenty Twenty Productions.

Red Planet Pictures team

Red Planet secures first factual commission


Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures has won its first factual commission a year after launching a division dedicated to the genre.  


Baby Cow set to hire Christine Langan as new boss


The Queen and Philomena producer Christine Langan is on the brink of replacing Henry Normal as the boss of Baby Cow Productions, Broadcast can reveal.


Fremantle's Wild Blue hires creative director


Fremantle Media-backed factual indie Wild Blue has recruited BBC executive producer Cameron Balbirnie as creative director.

David Parfitt

Bob & Co adds David Parfitt as consultant


Academy award-winning producer David Parfitt is to work with investment firm Bob & Co as a consultant.


Derren Brown teams up with Troy for C4 special


Derren Brown’s indie Vaudeville Productions has teamed up with young magician Troy to make an hour-long one-off special for Channel 4.


Maker Studios preps KSI-fronted gaming format


Maker Studios is hunting a UK buyer for a new short-form video game format produced by YouTube star KSI.

Patrick Gale

Kudos lands BBC1 gay drama


BBC1 has ordered a two-part drama set in both the 1940s and the present day from novelist and screenwriter Patrick Gale.

Broadcast Awards

Broadcast Awards 2017: open for entries Video


The Broadcast Awards are returning in 2017 – click now to enter.

Secret Life of 4-Year-Olds

Industry split over Liz Warner outburst


Liz Warner’s condemnation of TV as “old, boring and dying” has divided opinion, with senior figures split over whether creative lethargy has infected the industry.

Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence

Crime & Investigation orders real-life Cracker


Crime & Investigation has ordered a true crime series fronted by Cracker star Robbie Coltrane.

Interview With A Murderer

C4 refocuses Secret History strand


The focus of Channel 4’s Secret History strand is set to shift onto recent history with four new documentaries.  

Sally Wainwright & Nicola Shindler

Wainwright & Shindler demand female voices


Last Tango In Halifax creator Sally Wainwright and Red Production Company boss Nicola Shindler have called for British broadcasters to address a lack of female drama writers.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Avalon set for US formats push


Avalon Television Factual (ATF) is planning a formats push in the US, building on the success of HBO hit Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which is made by its parent company.

Dan & Phil

YouTube Red seeks big ideas


YouTube is reaching out to UK content creators as part of a multimillion-pound push for original content for emerging subscription service YouTube Red.

Kim Shillinglaw

Shillinglaw lands Endemol Shine empire


Endemol Shine UK has made Kim Shillinglaw its first director of factual and handed her responsibility for its three UK indies that specialise in the genre.

Release The Hounds

Lionsgate backs Gogglebox duo


Lionsgate has acquired a stake in Primal Media, the new UK indie established by Gogglebox Entertainment co-founders Mat Steiner and Adam Wood.

Threesome Dating

Enders lukewarm on broadcaster shorts


There are very few broadcaster-led online commissions and many of those available are loss-leaders for producers, according to an Enders Analysis report.

The Jump

C4 braves fourth series of The Jump


Channel 4 has recommissioned a fourth series of its controversial celebrity winter sports show The Jump.

Jamie Hall

Spotnitz poaches Eleven's Hall


Big Light Productions, the indie established by The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz, is making a push into the UK after hiring Eleven’s head of production Jamie Hall.


Scilly Sergeant

Studio Lambert options Scilly Sergeant

Studio Lambert has optioned Colin Taylor’s memoir The Life of a Scilly Sergeant with a view as it continues to push into drama.

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Endemol Shine Group

Kim Shillinglaw

Shillinglaw lands Endemol Shine empire

Endemol Shine UK has made Kim Shillinglaw its first director of factual and handed her responsibility for its three UK indies that specialise in the genre.

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Fremantle Media


The Xtra Factor to go live in shake-up

X Factor’s ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor is set to be broadcast live in a major shake-up to the show’s format.

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Boomerang scores Paralympic programming

Boomerang has been commissioned to produce key Paralympic coverage in the run up to Rio 2016.

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Warner Bros Television Productions UK


Lethal Weapon heads to ITV

ITV has acquired the TV remake of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s classic cop flick Lethal Weapon.

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