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Shed of the Year returns to C4


Channel is to extend its coverage of the annual Shed of the Year contest with a four-part recommission for Plum Pictures.

Amanda Holden

Initial to rehouse animals for ITV


The RSPCA will train celebrity volunteers to rescue and rehabilitate neglected animals with a view to finding them a new home for a six-part ITV series.

Trevor Phillips

Trevor Phillips, Tony Blair & Nigel Farage in C4 race debate


Trevor Phillips will discuss race and multiculturalism with former prime minister Tony Blair and Ukip leader Nigel Farage in an Outline Productions documentary for Channel 4.

Idiot Proof

Nat Geo and C4 order Nerd TV daredevil series


Channel 4 and National Geographic are to investigate whether it is possible to “surf ” on the roof of a train travelling at 120mph in a six-part daredevil stunt series.


ITV’s Talpa talks examined


ITV could take a major step towards filling the entertainment-shaped hole in its schedule if it bags John de Mol’s Talpa Media, in a deal that could value the Dutch company at the same level as All3Media.

The Voice

Crozier: Talpa deal part of ITVS formats strategy


ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has revealed that the proposed Talpa Media takeover forms part of a strategy to build a strong international formats business.

Ultimate Brain

CBBC returns to Ultimate Brain


CBBC is bringing back Zig Zag’s kids gameshow Ultimate Brain for two more series.

National Gallery

BBC4 relaxes with slow season


A two hour trip along one of Britain’s canals and a 30 minute show observing the manufacture of a wooden chair are to form part of a slow season of shows on BBC4.

Laura Whitmore

RTÉ hunts fresh formats


Irish public broadcaster RTÉ is searching for the next Filthy, Rich and Homeless and Cowboy Builders as part of its latest Format Farm initiative.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans establishes Zimple for TFI Friday revival


Chris Evans has established a vehicle to produce the upcoming live 20th anniversary episode of TFI Friday alongside Monkey Kingdom and Olga TV.

Desi Rascals

Sky Living returns to Desi Rascals


Sky Living is extending structured reality series Desi Rascals for a second series.

Indian Summers

Indian Summers lands second C4 series


Channel 4 has quickly moved to commission a second series of Indian Summers after its first episode became the broadcaster’s best performing drama in two decades.

Comedy Blaps

Cave Bear scores debut order from C4's Blaps


Ben Cavey’s fledgling label, Cave Bear Productions, has won its first piece of business - a short-form mini-series for Channel 4’s online platform Comedy Blaps.

Ed Stafford ties with Keo for Discovery adventure


Naked and Marooned star Ed Stafford is returning to Discovery in a new six-part series from Keo Films.

Vote For Me

CBBC plans school election


CBBC will stage an election inside a London school as the centrepiece of its plans to teach children about democracy during the week of the general election.


US agents cut in on UK deals


Small- and medium-sized factual British producers could be squeezed out of the US commissioning gold rush unless they work with talent agents.


Jane Turton named All3Media boss


Jane Turton has landed the top job at All3Media after a five-month global search by its new owners Liberty Global and Discovery Communications.

Danny Cohen

Danny Cohen: Avalon/Hat Trick BBC3 bid does not stack up


Danny Cohen has publically rejected Avalon Entertainment and Hat Trick Productions’ BBC3 rescue bid, arguing that the £100m takeover plan “does not stack up”.

Secret Life Of...

ITV explores more Secret Life Of...


ITV is extending its the Secret Life of… strand with films focused on twins and growing old.

You Deserve This House

Crackit finds disaster homes for C5


Channel 5 is to investigate domestic disasters including family homes being left flooded in raw sewage for a six-part order from Crackit Productions.


ITV orders consumer review format with a twist


ITV has commissioned a Gogglebox-esque format in which families will be filmed in their homes reviewing consumer products.


Trio of BBC shows lead RTS Awards nominations


Marvellous, Harry & Paul’s Story of the Twos and Happy Valley have all received three nominations for the Royal Television Society Awards 2013/14.


Discovery develops 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy for US


US broadcaster Discovery is developing a local version of Sky 1’s 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy.

VE Day

BBC unveils VE Day season


Testimony Films, Fresh One Productions and Oxford Film and Television are among the indies to have picked up commissions as the BBC unveils a season of programming to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.


Broadchurch gets third series


ITV has swiftly commissioned a third series of Broadchurch after the second run concluded on Monday night.


INFOGRAPHIC: Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Video


Bear Grylls: Mission Survive helped ITV outperform its average male share of audience. Click for more of the key figures from the Betty show..

UKIP: The First 100 Days

Ofcom to investigate Ukip docu-drama


Ofcom will open an investigation into Ukip: The First 100 Days after Channel 4’s docu-drama received more than 5,000 complaints.


Eye/Present lands CBeebies development Video


CBeebies is developing ChuckaBops, a live-action and animated series with fledgling kids indie Eye/Present.

Culture Club

BBC4 documents Culture Club reunion


BBC4 will chart the reunion of Boy George’s Culture Club for an access-all-areas documentary.



Jane Turton named All3Media boss

Jane Turton has landed the top job at All3Media after a five-month global search by its new owners Liberty Global and Discovery Communications.

Fremantle Media

Grand Designs

Boundless to build fledgling community for C4

Channel 4 will give ten households the chance to build a unique home in a newly created community for a new series fronted by Kevin McCloud.


Secret Life Of...

ITV explores more Secret Life Of...

ITV is extending its the Secret Life of… strand with films focused on twins and growing old.

Warner Bros Television Productions UK

Stacey Dooley

Watershed merges with Twenty Twenty

Stacey Dooley Investigates producer Watershed TV is to merge with sister company Twenty Twenty to create a broader creative team.


Jonny Slow

Zodiak Americas boss exits

Zodiak Americas chief executive Jonny Slow is leaving the super-indie after more than ten years.