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Derren Lawford

Derren Lawford joins Woodcut Media

London Live commissioner Derren Lawford has joined fledgling indie Woodcut Media as creative director.

Blinging up Baby

Ofcom investigates Blinging Up Baby

Ofcom is to investigate whether Channel 5 documentary Blinging Up Baby broke broadcasting rules on protecting the welfare of children.

The Sun

The Sun moves into original commissioning

The Sun has moved into original commissioning with the launch of an online entertainment format produced by Gogglebox Entertainment.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey returns on low Video

SUNDAY: Downton Abbey returned with its lowest series launch audience in four years, but still thrashed Our Girl on BBC1.

DCI Banks

DCI Banks gets fourth series

DCI Banks is to return for a fourth series next year after becoming one of ITV’s most bankable crime dramas.

Penelope Keith

Penelope Keith to explore villages for More 4

Penelope Keith is to explore the changing face of rural Britain in a three-part series for More 4.

BBC1 looks for Animals in Love

The secret flirting techniques of capuchin monkeys will be highlighted in a two-part documentary series for BBC1.

Scotland Decides

Analysis: what the referendum result means for the BBC

As the No campaign celebrated victory a little after 6am this morning, the BBC carried images of celebrating activists clutching glasses of wine. It had been a long night.

Endemol launches digital gaming channel

Endemol is beefing up its multi-channel network Endemol Beyond by launching videogame channel Legends of Gaming.

Scotland Decides

Scotland Decides peaks with 5m

THURSDAY: BBC1’s coverage of the Scottish referendum peaked with nearly 5m as viewers waited for the results to start being announced.

Happy Valley

Red Production Company reshuffles creative team

Red Production Company has reshuffled its senior creative team as it looks to grow its international output and secure work with online platforms.

Mike Darnell

US network ABC orders 500 Questions

US network ABC has ordered 500 Questions (working title), an ambitious gameshow from Warner Bros non-scripted chief Mike Darnell and Survivor creator Mark Burnett.

Prized Apart: a logo from BBC in-house entertainment’s treatment for the format that was created in 2012

Controversy over BBC1 format

A well-known production company has lodged a formal complaint with the BBC following the commission of Electric Ray’s Saturday night gameshow Prized Apart.


ChannelFlip extends reach

Shine-owned multi-channel network (MCN) ChannelFlip has drawn up ambitious growth plans, including proposals to work with rival networks’ YouTube stars, the launch of a talent agency and a children’s service.

Iceland Foods: Life In The Freezer Cabinet

Films of Record shifts focus to ‘lighter factual’

Films of Record wants to branch out into lighter factual content in an effort to secure longer-running series following Roger Graef ’s decision to step back.


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Boomers bows out with 2.9m

FRIDAY: BBC1 sitcom Boomers bowed out with its second lowest audience of the series, but still edged the competition in the 9pm slot.

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Downtown Abbey

TV Critics: Downton Abbey; Our Girl; Doctor Who

“One thing is sure: Downton will continue to be adored by millions, as long it offers moments of innocence, extravagance and sheer fun.”

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The Great British Bake Off

Talking TV: Bake Off & Rising Star Video

The latest edition of Talking TV hears about The Great British Bake Off’s recipe for success and asks why ITV pulled the plug on Rising Star.

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Antonia Hurford-Jones, Sky Living

Sky Living director reveals plans to defrock the channel of its fluffy image.

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The Great British Bake Off

Talking TV: Bake Off & Rising Star Video

The latest edition of Talking TV hears about The Great British Bake Off’s recipe for success and asks why ITV pulled the plug on Rising Star.

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Broadcast 19 September 2014

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