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10 February 2012

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  • 10 Feb '12

    “Well-written, well-acted and kept me guessing.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 10 O’Clock Live returns with 1.04m

    WEDNESDAY: Channel 4’s satirical news show 10 O’Clock Live returned just over a million viewers - well under last year’s debut.
  • 6 Feb '12

    “It was all a bit Doctor Who metaplotty.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 6 Music to celebrate decade on-air

    Laura Marling, Spiritualized and Orbital are among the artists which will help BBC Radio 6 Music to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a series of live performances.
  • 7 Feb '12

    “What lifts Coppers way, way above the usual run of reality documentaries is the amount of trust involved.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 8 Feb '12

    “Yes, there is death at its heart, but the series – there are two more to come – isn’t gloomy.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 9 Feb '12

    “It’s so low-key it’s almost not there, but what is there is great.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • A tough act to follow

    Slot shifts and stronger inheritances give The Jonathan Ross Show and Mrs Brown’s Boys a lift.
  • Abadas

    Complete the grade, finish andmastering of the first 26 episodes of the 52 x 11-minute pre-school series.
  • Absolute Radio poaches Global breakfast DJ

    Absolute Radio has snapped up a presenter from Heart to strengthen its daytime line-up.
  • Adrian Bate joins Artists Studio

    Affinity exec Adrian Bate is rejoining his Box TV colleagues at Artists Studio as creative producer.
  • Andrew Davies to adapt Les Misérables

    Andrew Davies is working on a £10m adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables for drama co-production specialist Lookout Point, which is also planning to revive Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Arri to showcase Alexa Studio

    BVE: Arri’s Alexa Studio camera, which started shipping in December and was recently awarded the British Society of Cinematographers’ 2011 Bert Easey Technical Award, will be on show at Arri’s stand.
  • Ask Rhod Gilbert optioned in US

    BBC1 entertainment show Ask Rhod Gilbert is to be adapted for audiences in the US and Denmark.
  • Autocue plugs production credentials

    BVE: Autocue plans to use BVE to showcase its “complete, affordable end-to-end live production and newsroom workflow in support of the DCMS local TV initiative”.
  • Baby boom for Channel 4

    One Born Every Minute delivered another strong performance in a string of programmes that helped Channel 4 top BBC2 throughout the week.
  • BBC Academy merges entry level schemes

    The BBC Academy is merging the broadcasters’ entry level schemes to create a new programme called the Production Talent Pool.
  • BBC considers 3D Jubilee coverage

    The BBC is considering broadcasting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pop concert in 3D.
  • BBC mulls Poliakoff returner

    BBC2 is considering developing Stephen Poliakoff ’s five-part drama Dancing on the Edge into a returning series, set in the offices of a 1930s music paper.
  • BBC News channel blunders same day Trust praises

    The BBC Trust has praised the BBC’s rolling news and Parliament coverage on the same day the BBC News channel broadcast the wrong verdict from the Harry Redknapp trial.
  • BBC orders global childbirth doc

    The BBC has ordered “a major global” documentary about childbirth around the world.
  • BBC unveils Diamond Jubilee concert plans

    The BBC is promising to stage the biggest concert in its history to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
  • BBC, Sky and Al Jazeera battle for RTS award

    BBC News Channel, Sky News and Al Jazeera English will go head to head at this year’s RTS Television Journalism Awards.
  • BBC’s Mistresses gets US remake

    A BBC drama about four female friends and their illicit affairs is to be remade for US audiences.
  • BBC1's Midwife marches over 9m

    SUNDAY: Call the Midwife showed no signs of slowing down, delivering another series high to BBC1.
  • BBC3 comedy quiz to reveal state of the nation

    Greg James and Russell Kane are to host new entertainment series for BBC3 that promises to reveal what the British public really think.
  • BBC4 acquires Lilyhammer

    BBC4 has nailed the rights to a new mobster drama starring Sopranos actor Steve Van Zandt.
  • BBCW merges acquisition teams

    BBC Worldwide has restructured its content and production arm, merging its in-house and indie acquisition teams to create genre specialists.
  • Being Human returns with 1.1m

    SUNDAY: BBC3 supernatural drama Being Human returned with more than double the audience of its multichannel rivals - but recorded its lowest series opener since its 2009 debut.
  • Believe TV fined £25,000

    The firm behind Christian broadcaster Believe TV has been fined £25,000 after claiming to offer a cure for cancer.
  • Bigballs Films hires Conrad to build business

    Andrew Conrad has been hired by Bigballs Films to head up its TV output ahead of a renewed push.
  • Billing to Altered Images

    Reseller Altered Images has appointed Peter Billing to the role of area sales manager for the North.
  • Broadband speeds rise

    Broadband speeds have risen by 22% year-on-year, according to communications regulator Ofcom.
  • Broadcast launches 'Expert Women' campaign

    Broadcast is calling on the TV and radio industry to sign a pledge favouring an increase in the number of female experts interviewed on screen.
  • Broadcasters lobby Cameron for cameras in court

    The BBC, Sky and ITN have sent a letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron and party leaders Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, to urge the ban on cameras in court to be lifted.
  • BVE bigger than ever

    BVE is preparing for its biggest show yet, with 90 exhibitors set to make their debuts at the Earls Court-based trade show.
  • BVE to host AETA mixer debut

    BVE: Paris-based AETA’s 4MinX Location Recorder will make its UK debut at Aspen Media’s stand.
  • BVE: Top five products

    This year’s trade show will see a host of UK debuts and unveilings. We’ve picked the cream of the crop.
  • BVE: Top five seminars

    There will be some 250 talks spread across 11 theatres at this year’s BVE, with seminars spanning audio, content delivery, post production and 3D, along with sessions dedicated to FCP X, Arri and the cloud. We’ve picked five of the best.
  • C4 and NFM to help talent develop new projects

    Channel 4 has entered a partnership with Northern Film and Media to help new talent develop projects.
  • C4 commissioner quits for BBC Salford role

    The commissioner of Made In Chelsea, Tool Academy and Playing It Straight is leaving Channel 4 to spearhead the BBC’s entertainment output in Salford.
  • C4 saddles up real War Horse

    The story of the million British horses who served in WWI, which provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster, will be told in a new documentary for Channel 4.
  • C4's Bouncers sparks outrage in Newport

    Channel 4 documentary Bouncers has caused outrage among Newport businesses and the local council following its broadcast.
  • Call the Midwife recorded by 1.9m

    CONSOLIDATED: BBC1 drama Call the Midwife continued its domination of Sunday night ratings, knocking up consolidated figures of 10.66m (31.48%) – an increase for the third week in a row.
  • Cantemo launches cut-price DAM for SMEs

    Cantemo has released a cut-price version of its digital asset management system for small broadcasters, post houses and digital media companies.
  • Celebrity Juice hammers the terrestrials

    THURSDAY: Celebrity Juice returned to ITV2 with more than 2m viewers, bulldozing the competition on all the terrestrial channels bar the BBC1 Ten O’Clock News.
  • Charley Bear goes global

    Hit Entertainment has secured fresh sales for Chapman Entertainment’s pre-school series Little Charley Bear.
  • Choir creator Isaacs to head factual at Avalon

    Studio Lambert’s former creative director Jamie Isaacs has resurfaced as the factual supremo at Avalon Television.
  • Civolution begins C4 watermarking trial

    Channel 4 is preparing to take its first steps into audio watermarking, having started working on a trial with Civolution.
  • Comedy Central requests another Threesome

    Comedy Central has recommissioned its first homegrown sitcom, Threesome.
  • Contour adds viewfinder

    Hands-free video camera manufacturer Contour has partnered with Recon Instruments to launch the Contour Camera Connectivity App.
  • Coronation Street moves to Sunday over football clash

    ITV is shifting an episode of Coronation Street to a Sunday night slot due to a clash with a high profile football match - leading the BBC to reschedule the final Call the Midwife.
  • David Jason to direct BBC1 comedy

    Only Fools and Horses star David Jason is turning his hand to directing for a new BBC1 sitcom set in a struggling family funeral parlour.
  • Death Unexplained, BBC1

    The second episode of our series showed why treating the dead as people, not just coroner’s cases, was so important, says Alice Perman.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters for 30 January to 5 February.
  • DIA Media Group to target northern business

    London-based training and crewing firms The Bridge and The Crewing Company will open a joint office in Manchester next week to meet the growing demand for freelancers and training in the north-west.
  • Diamond Queen reigns with 6.2m

    MONDAY: BBC1’s flagship series chronicling the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in her diamond jubilee year put in a regal showing - beating ITV1 drama Whitechapel.
  • Digital edition: Broadcast Tech

    The January/February issue of Broadcast TECH, featuring the latest news, views and features around production, post and playout, is now available as a digital edition.
  • Disney idents

    Create branding for ‘Disney Day’
  • Dragonfly set to go West

    Dragonfly is expanding its operations with the opening of a new office in Bristol later this month, after securing its first factual series commission for BBC2.
  • E4 calls for third Phoneshop

    High street comedy Phoneshop will return for a third series on E4 at the end of the year.
  • Ecosse planning US expansion

    Ecosse Films is planning to use the adaption of BBC1 series Mistresses by US network ABC as a calling card to break into the mainstream market.
  • England's Six Nations victory tackles 8.4m

    SATURDAY/SUNDAY: England’s Six Nations victory over Scotland peaked with more than 8.4m viewers.
  • Eternal Law ends with 2.95m

    THURSDAY: ITV1’s high-concept legal drama Eternal Law continued to flounder - bowing out with its second lowest audience of the series.
  • EVS adds second screen app

    BVE: Second screen application C-Cast and multicam control application for studio recordings Insio will be on display at EVS’ stand.
  • Firms partner for FCP

    Nattress Productions has partnered with Noise Industries.
  • Flix expands with MediaCityUK base

    Manchester post facility Flix is opening another office at the city’s MediaCityUK campus.
  • Gallows for Garrow's Law

    The BBC has axed Tony Marchant’s period legal drama Garrow’s Law.
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top ten children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, comedy, music and arts programmes from 30 January to 5 February.
  • Gerhard Zeiler quits RTL Group for Turner role

    RTL Group chief executive Gerhard Zeiler is to step down in April to take over international operations at Turner Broadcasting System.
  • Govt backs cameras in courts

    The Government has reiterated its commitment to lifting the ban on cameras in court for the first time since Justice Minister Ken Clarke set out the ambition six months ago.
  • Hanford joins Deltatre

    Deltatre has appointed Jon Hanford to the newly established position of director of technology, where he will look after the sports digital media company’s technology strategy.
  • Harris QuiC

    Quality control software for broadcast and new media file-based assets
  • Harry Hill in talks with C4

    ITV comedian Harry Hill is understood to be in talks to move to Channel 4 that could see him making a film with the broadcaster.
  • Harry Hill's TV Burp returns with 5.4m

    SATURDAY: Harry Hill’s TV Burp returned from a four month hiatus, for what is likely to be final series, with more than 5.4m viewers.
  • Heat-based recording ups hard drive speeds

    A new way of recording to hard drives could make them “hundreds of times faster” than current hard drive technology.
  • Hill and McGowan team up for ITV1 sports review

    Comedian Alistair McGowan is to front a primetime ITV1 sports entertainment show, executive produced by Harry Hill.
  • Hunt blocks Harman’s call to prevent Ofcom dropping equality duties

    It was fascinating to see Mark Thompson admitting on the front page of the Daily Mail today that there are not enough older women on television, writes Lisa Campbell.
  • I’m Spazticus pilot back as C4 series

    A Channel 4 Comedy Lab pilot from 2005 featuring on and off-screen disabled talent is being dusted off to become a five-part series called I’m Spazticus.
  • Indie bosses join Grierson board

    Renegade Pictures’ Alex Cooke and Minnow Films’ Morgan Matthews have been appointed to the Grierson Trust board.
  • Inside Men

    Provide an “aurally spectacular” soundtrack for the 4 x 60-minute drama
  • Isles ahead on recording

    If you don’t concentrate properly, you might find yourself wondering just where these Rizzolian Isles that people seem to be talking about are.
  • It’s time to move our archives into the future

    We have a duty to preserve TV’s heritage and digitation is the way, says Andy Williams.
  • ITN team nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    The ITN team behind Channel 4’s revelatory film Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize .
  • ITV lines up Dancing on Ice Olympics special

    ITV1 is to put former Olympic champions through their paces in a Dancing on Ice special.
  • ITV plans Space: 1999 revival

    ITV Studios’ US arm is planning to remake Gerry Anderson’s cult series Space: 1999.
  • ITV to turn Emmerdale into multiplatform brand

    Emmerdale is to be transformed into a “multiplatform brand” as its cast and storylines are given a significant digital push by ITV to extend the soap’s off-air presence.
  • ITV1 eyeing new Surprise Surprise

    ITV1 is set to dust off classic show Surprise Surprise - more than a decade after its last appearance.
  • ITV1 to chart TV's most memorable moments

    ITV1 is to celebrate the most popular moments in television history ahead of Britain completing the digital switchover this year.
  • Jezza Neumann: stepping out of the shadows

    He once climbed a mountain in Tibet to bury rushes and his children call him ‘Spy Dad’. The director of Poor Kids tells Catherine Neilan about his golden rules for going undercover.
  • Junior Doctors

    Build on the themes of the first series and give the location a polished feel
  • Katie Piper doc draws 1.5m

    TUESDAY: A new doc about acid attack victim Katie Piper, following her bid to restore sight in her left eye, drew 1.5m viewers to Channel 4.
  • Kidnap and Ransom / Grimm / Cricklewood Greats

    Presenters Darren Kennedy and Sofie Allsopp on Hostages, Grimm tales and a Great spoof
  • Live Easter special moves from BBC3 to BBC1

    BBC1 to to broadcast a live modern adaptation of the Passion story following a string of hit live events on BBC3.
  • Lovefilm boss Calver quits

    Lovefilm chief executive Simon Calver is to step down after almost seven years after being poached by high street chain Mothercare.
  • Massie joins September to build slate

    ITV Studio’s former head of entertainment Bob Massie has joined September Films to build the indie’s slate of reality and entertainment formats.
  • MentalCore goes live

    Core CG has launched MentalCore (pictured), a system for improving Autodesk Maya and Nvidia Mental Ray workflows.
  • Million Pound Drop draws series high with O'Leary

    FRIDAY: Dermot O’Leary and Fearne Cotton’s appearance on The Million Pound Drop Live helped the show to its biggest audience since May last year.
  • MTV upgrades to HD

    MTV UK is to launch a high definition channel and replace existing MTVNHD with MTV Live.
  • Murphy injects ‘love’ into Sky 1 strategy

    Director of Sky 1 Stuart Murphy has updated his channel strategy to offer “bigger, better, more loved” shows as it moves into its next phase of original programming.
  • New Nucoda on show at BVE

    BVE: Image Systems will have the latest version of its grading system Nucoda on show at Earls Court, including new features for the Precision grading panel.
  • Oasys to debut at BVE

    BVE: Oasys will make its debut at BVE, with the playout technology company Oasys to showcase its modular software solutions at the show.
  • Object Matrix launches cluster comp

    BVE: Object Matrix is launching a competition at BVE to give away one of its MatrixStore mini clusters, worth £6,000.
  • Ofcom issues warning to Shi'a channel

    Ofcom has put Shi’a satellite channel Ahlulbayt on a warning and called its management in for a meeting to discuss compliance procedures - three weeks after revoking the licence for Iran’s English language channel Press TV.
  • Ofcom upholds Atvod's Viacom ruling

    Ofcom has upheld a decision from VoD regulator Atvod that Viacom is responsible for the editorial of its catch-up services on Virgin Media.
  • Off Cuts: Broadcast Awards 2012

    Forget Made In Chelsea and Geordie Shore, The Wives Of Bath, Alice In Sunderland and Yummie Brummies could be in next year’s Broadcast Awards if Stephen Mangan’s predictions come true.
  • Panasonic merges B2B

    Panasonic is collapsing 12 of its B2B product categories and project management and integration services into one organisation.
  • Panasonic to demo Olympic tech

    BVE: Panasonic to demonstrate technology that is being used in this year’s Olympic Games, such as DVCPROHD, which will be the official recording format for London 2012.
  • Preco to unveil latest Logitek console

    BVE: Preco will launch the Logitek ROC audio console into UK at this year’s show.
  • Prime to work with BFI

    Digital content services group Prime Focus Technologies has been selected by the British Film Institute (BFI) to supply scanning and digital restoration services to help preserve and present its archive.
  • Prisoner's Wives

    Provide full post for the BBC series about wives, girlfriends and mothers whose loved ones are in prison
  • ProMotion buys OLEDs

    ProMotion Hire has spent £100,000 on Sony OLED kit.
  • Q&A: Elizabeth McIntyre, Discovery

    Vice-president, production & development, factual, Discovery Networks international.
  • Red or Black? tipped for weekly return

    Simon Cowell’s roulette gameshow Red or Black? is being lined up to return to ITV1 in August as a weekly format.
  • RMG builds HD facilities

    Racecourse Media Group (RMG) is building new HD facilities at Ealing Studios.
  • Robinson on the Rajars

    The latest Rajar radio listening figures appear to suffer from a volatility that makes them difficult to read, writes Paul Robinson.
  • Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan

    Full picture post-production for the 6 x 60-minute series for Channel 5
  • S4C restructure halves commissioning team

    S4C is to halve the number of decision makers and editors in a major restructure of the commissioning team.
  • Sand Films: back from the brink

    Internationally renowned costumier Sand Films faced financial turmoil last year, but thanks to the government’s EIS initiative, its future now appears more secure than ever. Neal Romanek reports.
  • Sanjay Singhal, Dragonfly

    Having become known for its fixed-rig shows on C4, Dragonfly’s MD is courting other broadcasters.
  • Screen Yorkshire wins £15m fund

    Screen Yorkshire has secured £7.5m of funding for TV, film, games and the digital sector from the European Regional Development Fund.
  • Simon Mayo to host Blockbusters

    Simon Mayo has been drafted in as the host of cult quiz show Blockbusters for Challenge TV.
  • Skillset to boost creative apprenticeships

    Skillset will financially incentivise 500 small creative businesses to take on their first apprentices, it has announced today.
  • Sky boosts Isle of Wight coverage

    Sky is upping its live coverage of this year’s Isle of Wight Festival to 18 hours - including broadcasts in 3D.
  • Sky fits Wisycom mics

    Sky News is fitting its ENG cameras with Wisycom radio microphone systems.
  • Sony to demo F65

    BVE: Sony will have four areas at its stand covering corporate and live event production, ENG (electronic news gathering) and EFP (electronic field production), live production, and digital cinematography.
  • Spartacus threatens Skins

    MONDAY: E4 teen drama Skins was nearly carved up in the ratings by Sky1’s swords and sandals drama Spartacus.
  • Stella and The Cafe to return for Sky1

    Sky1 has recommissioned Ruth Jones’ Stella and Ralf Little and Craig Cash’s The Cafe.
  • Storage crash disrupts BBC Manchester productions

    Manchester-based BBC productions are turning away from the broadcaster’s in-house edit suites after the facility’s central server suffered a “major crash” last month.
  • Sunday night gets spooky

    Apparently Sunday nights aren’t gloomy enough, what with work looming, but now the supernatural have moved in, making it spooky as well. Elsewhere, Spartacus is vengeful, Borgen exits and the Kiwis reinvent Odin.
  • TC Soho turns mentor

    TC Soho has linked up with Roehampton University to launch a mentoring scheme for students keen to forge a career in TV.
  • The jewel in the year’s TV crown

    The Jubilee will be a traditional affair – has the BBC got it right?
  • The US remains a land of opportunity for us Brits

    Realscreen is the Davos of factual TV and a door to the Wild West, says Tim Sparke.
  • Thunderbolt hits AJA’s Io

    AJA’s Io XT Thunderbolt-enabled I/O device is now shipping.
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from 30 January to 5 February and browse the top 100
  • Top 30 BBC2, Channel 4, Channel 5

    Find out the top 30 programmes on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from 30 January to 5 February as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 5.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 30 January to 5 February as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • Top consolidated programmes

    Find out which programmes gained the biggest audience through recording from 23-29 January and browse the top titles.
  • TOWIE pulls a million

    WEDNESDAY: The Only Way is Essex picked up more than 150k viewers on its previous week to reach nearly a million viewers.
  • TVT heads to Singapore

    Chiswick-based TVT is opening a new office in Singapore.
  • Twenty Twenty recruited for BBC1 conscripts drama

    The final intake of National Service men is to be dramatised by Twenty Twenty in a new commission for BBC1 Daytime.
  • UTV launches Signal 107 station

    UTV is merging local radio stations The Wyre and The Severn with Wolverhapmton’s The Wolf to create new station Signal 107.
  • Vinten to demo Fusion FHR-35

    BVE: Robotic camera support systems manufacturer Vinten Radamec will showcase its new Fusion FHR-35 remote pan and tilt head for the first time in the UK at BVE.
  • Virgin Media beats 1bn VoD views in 2011

    Virgin Media beat its forecast of 1 billion VoD views during 2011 by 4.5 million, with ITV1’s Coronation Street the most-watched show of the year.
  • Virgin Media records first-ever profit

    Virgin Media has seen subscribers to its connected TV service Tivo double to 435,000 as the business hit annual profitability for the first time.
  • VMI moves into new HQ

    VMI has moved into new headquarters in West London.
  • VTR North to open Manchester facility

    VTR North has revealed plans to open a new 3,000 sq ft post house in Manchester.
  • Warner Bros to acquire 50% stake in Renegade

    Warner Bros is nearing completion on a £5m deal to buy a 50% stake in Don’t Tell the Bride producer Renegade Pictures.
  • Watch partners with Travel Channel on Scream gameshow

    UKTV entertainment channel Watch has partnered with the Travel Channel in the US on a new series of gameshow Scream If You Know The Answer!.
  • Whisper races off with first BBC1 commission

    Whisper Films has won its first commission since being set up a year ago - a doc with the brother of Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton.
  • Will DJ Idol put Simon Cowell back on track?

    96% said Yes 5% said No
  • Windfall plans Colditz escape

    Windfall Films will revisit Colditz Castle for Channel 4 in an ambitious attempt to recreate an escape glider and launch it from the roof.
  • Youth TV is failing the young

    We must celebrate, not denigrate, youngsters, says Dorothy Hobson.
  • YouTube earmarks £10m for UK content

    Youtube is understood to have earmarked a fund of £10m to invest in UK-created content as it looks to roll out a range of entertainment, music and lifestyle channels.
  • Zeebox trials click-to-buy service

    Zeebox, the second-screen companion application, has started trialling a click-to-buy service for viewers through the use of video finger-printing technology.