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First indies win C4 investment


John Smithson’s 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.


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.

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.


Shine: reveal diversity figures


Shine Group chief executive Alex Mahon has called on broadcasters and producers to publish figures on the social make-up of their workforce in a bid to boost industry diversity.


Watch hunts global talent in hybrid show


24 Hours To Go Broke indie Renegade Pictures will hunt for the world’s best talent in a “part travelogue, part variety” hybrid format for UKTV’s Watch.

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.


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.

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.

Fifteen To One

Greenbird and Argonon launch Scottish indies


Production network Greenbird and super-indie Argonon are both setting up new Scottish production companies.

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.


7Digital targets ‘lean-back’ listeners after UBC tie-up


7Digital plans to target the “passive massive” with a host of “lean-back” digital radio services following its tie-up with radio production company UBC Media.

In the Club

In The Club delivers series high


TUESDAY: BBC1’s pregnancy drama In The Club delivered a series high, as Channel 4’s Worst Place To Be A Pilot made a steady take off.

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TV Critics: Dogs: Their Secret Lives; Worst Place to be a Pilot; Young Vets

“There won’t have been many dog owners watching who didn’t learn something useful.”

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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 15 August 2014

Broadcast 15 August 2014

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