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20 April 2012

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  • 16 April '12

    “Curiously it turned out to be one of the best of the bunch.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 17 April '12

    “Sandbrook’s social history excelled at the tiny details.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 18 Apr '12

    “Professor Beard is an absolute treat of a presenter, a woman over the age of 35, picked not just because she has a lively style but because she’s an expert in her subject.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 19 April '12

    “Disgustingly decadent, entirely morally unconscionable and the most fun I’ve had in ages.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 20 April '12

    “A brutal portrait of what autism does to a family. But not devoid of love though. Or humour.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 4K dominates NAB agenda

    NAB 2012: 4K emerged as the dominant theme of this year’s NAB trade show.
  • 5 Live series going for gold

    Colin Murray will attempt to track down all 114 of Britain’s living gold Olympic medallists for a new series on BBC Radio 5 Live.
  • Anna Miralis, Channel 4

    Documentaries commissioning editor, Channel 4.
  • Another ship sinks on C4

    This week’s channel overview considers Channel 4 doc the Sinking of the Concordia and the latest comedy from Ricky Gervais, Derek.
  • AP opts for AmberFin iCR

    Associated Press has selected AmberFin’s HD standards converter iCR as part of its move to an HD operation with file-based workflows.
  • At Home with the Noonans, C&I

    We built a lot of trust with Domenyk Noonan and his family – but we were careful not to get drawn too far into their world, says Donal MacIntyre.
  • Attenborough to front Eden nature project

    Sir David Attenborough is to front a series about the ways animals adapt themselves in a rare original commission by UKTV natural history channel Eden.
  • Autodesk unleashes Smoke 2013

    NAB 2012: Autodesk has overhauled its editing and VFX software Smoke.
  • Bagnall takes over BBC2’s This World strand

    Sam Bagnall is to oversee BBC2 international current affairs strand This World as Lucy Hetherington shifts her focus to landmark BBC2 series.
  • BBC America to air Twenty Twelve

    BBC America has acquired Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve ahead of the summer games in London.
  • BBC retains London Marathon

    The BBC has extended its rights to the London Marathon for another six years retaining the exclusive UK broadcast rights through to 2018.
  • BBC threatened with Jubilee strike

    BBC unions are threatening strike action during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee after the corporation sent out offers of a pay rise ahead of formal negotiations.
  • BBC to pilot second Talpa format

    BBC1 is to follow up The Voice UK with a second entertainment format from Talpa - part of a two-year development deal between the BBC and John de Mol’s company.
  • BBC2 relives the 70s with 2.6m

    MONDAY: BBC2’s retrospective on the 1970s flared into life with nearly a million more viewers than slot average.
  • BBC3’s ‘Woke Up Gay’ doc pulls 456k

    TUESDAY: A documentary about a rugby player that suffered a stroke and woke up gay proved a draw for BBC3.
  • BFGW's Fromm joins RDF

    Big Fat Gypsy Weddings producer Daniel Fromm has joined RDF Television as an exec producer.
  • Blackmagic unveils digital camera

    NAB 2012: Blackmagic Design pulled off one of the surprise product launches in Las Vegas when it unveiled its first ever camera.
  • Breaking up is hard to do

    But Chorion sets good example for kids’ IP companies, says Kate Bulkley.
  • Broke Girls scores E4 high

    THURSDAY: New US comedy 2 Broke Girls gave E4 its biggest audience for a new show since the launch of Glee in 2010.
  • C4 joins BBC and Lime in Digital Fiction Factory

    Channel 4 is investing an undisclosed six-figure sum in a two-year deal with the Digital Fiction Factory (DFF) – the BBC North and Conker Media drama multiplatform initiative.
  • C4 reveals online Hidden Talent games

    New Channel 4 series Hidden Talent will offer viewers the ability to test their own talents through a series of online games.
  • C4 to probe zoo tragedy and female Afghan soldiers

    The slaughter of 50 exotic animals set loose by their owner in a small American town will be explored for a Channel 4 True Stories documentary.
  • C4 to reconstruct 1950s house

    Channel 4 will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by looking at science and innovation from the 50s and how it has affected our lives.
  • CBBC's Trade show to return

    Leopard Films is taking its CBBC show Trade Your Way to the USA on the road ahead of a second series.
  • CBeebies exec joins Everything's Rosie producer

    A long serving CBeebies executive has joined Everything’s Rosie producer V&S Entertainment.
  • CDN supports pledge – but opts not to sign

    The Creative Diversity Network has opted not to sign Broadcast’s Expert Women pledge but has promised to endorse it and its actions in writing.
  • Chelsea victory scores 9m for ITV1

    WEDNESDAY: Chelsea’s victory over Barcelona peaked with nearly 9m viewers, forcing The Apprentice to drop to a series low.
  • Cohen steps down at FremantleMedia

    Tony Cohen is to step down as the chief executive of FremantleMedia after 17 years with the company, to be replaced by Cécile Frot-Coutaz.
  • Come Date With Me heading to Australia

    Channel 4 show Come Date With Me is to be remade for audiences in Australia.
  • Current Sponge wins first terrestrial order

    Sam Branson’s indie Current Sponge is making a fast turnaround documentary for Channel 4 – its first terrestrial commission since launch.
  • DCD exec out of action

    Charles Thompson, creative director of DCD Media, is expected to be out of action for up to four months after breaking his back.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters from 9-15 April.
  • Digital Edition: Broadcast Tech

    The March/April issue of Broadcast TECH features an in-depth look at the technology that will sit at the heart of the coverage of the London 2012 Olympics. Four of the UK’s leading VFX companies reveal their tricks of the trade, and we go behind the scenes of an underwater light entertainment shoot.
  • Discovery heads to Arctic for latest Wildest...

    Discovery Networks Western Europe has extended its Wildest… franchise to the Arctic.
  • Docs: is this the new reality?

    Innovation around ‘documentary’ making should be celebrated.
  • Dragonfly to follow plus size mums for C4

    The makers of One Born Every Minute are producing a film following plus size mothers for Channel 4.
  • ESPN order FA Cup "giant killers" doc

    ESPN has commissioned a new film about FA Cup “giant killers” as part of its coverage of the competition.
  • False dawn for TV experts

    BBC Breakfast levels the playing field for women – unlike Daybreak, says Lis Howell.
  • Fast Train seeking nominations

    Fast Train, the free training day for freelancers, is seeking nominations for its new Six of the Best awards.
  • Freeview: on demand most in demand

    Viewers value TV-enhancing services such as VoD players and TV Anytime more than innovations, according to consumer research from Freeview.
  • Gambling Commission in TV gameshow U-turn

    The Gambling Commission will not make a wide-ranging call for TV gameshow regulations to be tightened amid fears certain programmes are “glamorising gambling”.
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top ten children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, sport and current affairs programmes from 9-15 April.
  • GoPro ups pro user credentials

    NAB 2012: GoPro, the manufacturer of the HD Hero range of wearable cameras, is set to release a firmware upgrade that will boost the camera’s data rate and add the ability to shoot at 24fps.
  • Grand National reins in 11m

    SATURDAY: BBC1 drew its biggest audience for the Grand National in at least six years.
  • Grandma’s House returns with 1m

    THURSDAY: Simon Amstell comedy Grandma’s House returned to BBC2 with nearly a million viewers - unable to match the pull of the first run.
  • Hat Trick sets up HIGNFY channel on YouTube

    Hat Trick has extended its presence on YouTube with the launch of dedicated channels for Have I Got News For You and Dinner Date UK.
  • Horse and Country gallops to the Netherlands

    Horse and Country TV is launching in the Netherlands as the equestrian channel continues its international push.
  • How do we retain the optimism of youth?

    Women too often lose sight of their youthful ambitions, says Cristina Nicolotti Squires.
  • In at the deep end

    Shooting underwater brings an element of danger and excitement to the screen - but creates complications for production teams.
  • ITN returns to 'solid profitability'

    ITN has heralded a “strong year” after posting a 480% increase in pre-tax profits, but the ITV and Channel 4 news producer’s pension deficit increased significantly to £82.4m.
  • ITNP searches for antiques experts in Sky Arts series

    ITN Productions will unearth the antiques experts of the future in a series for Sky Arts that will combine elements of Four Rooms and Antiques Roadshow.
  • ITV1 doc to tell story of Soham victim’s family

    ITV1 is to mark the 10th anniversary of the Soham murders with a documentary featuring exclusive access to the family of one of the victims, Holly Wells.
  • ITV1 sounds retreat

    Skirmish with The Voice over after four weeks as BGT sensibly opts to boost its impacts.
  • ITVS creating Canadian soap

    ITV Studios is in advanced talks with a Canadian broadcaster about creating a new soap opera on the scale of Coronation Street.
  • ITVS takes The Chase to US with Fox gameshow pilot

    ITV Studios is poised to pilot hit gameshow The Chase for US broadcaster Fox Network.
  • Kemps to front C&I gangs doc

    Brothers Martin and Gary Kemp are to front a documentary series about British gangs for Crime & Investigation Network.
  • Kevin Lygo, ITV Studios

    ITV Studios’ boss wants to build bridges with commissioners and is on the hunt for the next big international hit – but he’s not bothered where the idea comes from.
  • Kudos to make C4 conspiracy thriller

    Kudos Film and Television is to make its first Channel 4 drama in more than a decade – a dark conspiracy thriller written by the co-creator of Olivier Award-winning musical Matilda.
  • Lemon and Attenborough battle for audience award

    Keith Lemon and David Attenborough are going head to head for this year’s YouTube Audience Award – the gong voted for by viewers at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards.
  • Local production is how to move with the times

    Tailoring shows to specific audiences is a ratings winner, says Karoline Spodsberg.
  • Manchester's Channel M axed

    Jeremy Hunt’s vision for local TV has been dealt a major blow after the Guardian Media Group (GMG) announced it is to close Manchester television station Channel M.
  • Mencap hands out criticism and praise to C4 on disability

    Charity Mencap has questioned Channel 4’s approach to disability, praising it for developing talent and pushing issues into the mainstream, but issuing stinging criticism of Derek and the marketing for The Undateables.
  • Mob Wives return to Discovery

    Discovery Networks has acquired the second series of reality series Mob Wives from Electus International to air via TLC across Europe.
  • More Bang for E4’s buck

    The 100th episode of US comedy The Big Bang Theory managed to draw its biggest British audience to date, topping the 2 million mark.
  • N&S planning adult channels on YouView

    Channel 5 owner Northern & Shell wants to capitalise on its position as a YouView shareholder by launching premium adult channels via the IPTV service.
  • Neal Street Productions

    Film and theatre have been fertile ground for Neal Street in recent years, but the success of BBC1 drama Call the Midwife has focused attention back on its third arm – TV.
  • Netflix UK acquires Lilyhammer

    Netflix has secured the streaming rights in the UK and Ireland for Lilyhamer, the mobster comedy drama starring Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt.
  • New Lip Service sold by DRG

    Kudos Film and Television’s lesbian drama Lip Service has been acquired by several new territories ahead of the launch of its second series on BBC3.
  • Nick greenlights third season of Anubis

    TOWIE producer Lime Pictures is to make a third series of Nickelodeon teen drama House of Anubis.
  • O Briain’s maths show schools 400k

    MONDAY: Comedian Dara O Briain drew more than double Dave’s usual audience figures with his new series about maths.
  • Off Cuts: DG’s digitally switched on

    The BBC Trust wants Mark Thompson’s successor to be digital-savvy, but Thommo showed himself to be a dab digital hand this week, completing the final stage of London’s switchover at Crystal Palace with Arqiva boss John Cresswell.
  • Perform to stream sports via LG

    Digital sports media company Perform has launched a connected TV app for LG 3D Smart TVs featuring a range of live and VoD content.
  • Period drama leads Bafta Craft nominations

    Period drama could dominate this year’s Bafta Craft Awards after seven nominations for BBC1’s Great Expectations and multiple appearances on the shortlist for Birdsong, Downton Abbey and The Crimson Petal and the White.
  • Producers slam Gambling Commission probe

    Senior entertainment producers have railed against the Gambling Commission’s (GC) intervention in established gameshow formats after it ruled out publishing guidance on the issue.
  • Q&A: Harry Shearer on Nixon

    US actor Harry Shearer fulfils a lifetime obsession with Richard Nixon in a new comedy for Sky. He outlines why he brought the project to the UK, the bidding war between broadcasters and the challenge of recreating real-life dialogue line-for-line
  • Radio 1 and 1Xtra unveil new docs

    Nearly 80 documentaries have been commissioned by BBC Radio 1 and digital station 1Xtra that will include DJ Tim Westwood speaking to army wives, profiles of major record labels and a special on late poet and musican Gil Scott-Heron.
  • Scripps to serve up Food Network app

    Scripps Network’s Food Network UK is launching a connected-TV app that will feature catch-up content from 12 shows and how-to video shorts.
  • Self and the self-publicists

    Without a synapse or two snapping, it’s hard to imagine Will Self wandering in to Essex’s jaunty TV world, but it would be a sight to behold. Instead we have to content ourselves with them both being represented on TV in the same week.
  • Sky Atlantic to mark Jubilee with 'queens'

    Sky Atlantic has ordered a new series looking back at six decades of flamboyant and iconic gay performers to tie in with the Diamond Jubilee.
  • Sky Movies: British family features lacking investment

    Sky Movies director Ian Lewis has revealed that the company’s decision to develop and produce family films has been partly triggered by a lack of investment in the genre in the UK, and has called on the UK production sector to pitch more ideas.
  • Sky's Ryley to give evidence at Leveson

    Head of Sky News John Ryley will give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Monday.
  • Smart-TV buyers driven by future-proofing, not net

    One in four smart TV owners have never used it to connect to the internet, according to a YouGov report.
  • Strong return for Have I Got News for You

    FRIDAY: Have I Got News for You returned for a new run on BBC1 with more than a million more viewers than last year’s series opener.
  • STV on course for bumper summer

    STV is on course for a summer of bumper airtime revenues as advertisers increase their spend in anticipation for Euro 2012.
  • Sundance ties with Shine Group

    Shine Group’s youth production arm is to produce a series of highlights packages of the inaugural Sundance London film and music festival.
  • Syco appoints chief executive

    Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment has promoted Charles Garland to chief executive.
  • TalkSport nets Premier League deal

    TalkSport has signed a major four-year deal to provide radio coverage of Premier League football outside of Europe.
  • The art of storytelling

    Frank Ash of the BBC Academy’s creativity and special projects team asks factual producers and commissioners to reveal the secrets for turning hours of footage into a compelling narrative
  • The Voice takes BGT crown

    SATURDAY: The Voice UK finally overtook Britain’s Got Talent to become the most watched Saturday night show.
  • Titanic sinks with 3.52m

    SUNDAY: The final sinking of the Titanic failed to have a significant impact on the ITV1 drama’s ratings, as Chelsea’s controversial FA Cup win peaked with nearly 8m.
  • Toksvig joins with Fry at Sprout

    Broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has joined Sprout Pictures as creative director, cementing her existing relationship with Stephen Fry’s indie.
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from 9-15 April 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 9-15 April as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 15.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 9-15 April as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • Top consolidated programmes

    Find out which programmes gained the biggest audience through recording from 2-8 April and browse the top titles.
  • TOWIE returns with 1.2m

    SUNDAY: The Only Way is Essex returned for a new series with its biggest audience of the year to date.
  • True Love / Grandma’s House / Vera

    Mint Digital’s Paul Fedory and Shine Group’s Chris Fry on first love, family and northern crime.
  • UK falls behind in TV social media link-ups

    The UK is lagging behind other countries when it comes to TV engaging with social media and the wider multiplatform world, according to new statistics and industry experts.
  • Undateables bows out with 2.3m

    TUESDAY: Channel 4’s The Undateables bowed out with its second biggest audience of the series - giving Trevor McDonald’s Mississippi a run for its money.
  • Unpaid invoices dog freelancers

    Freelancers lost out on more than £500,000 in 2011 and face being even more out of pocket this year as a result of “significant” increases in bad debt.
  • Viacom extends Lynn’s remit to 63 global channels

    Viacom UK & Ireland managing director David Lynn has been handed an extended remit covering Russia, Israel, Hungary and a handful of other territories.
  • Virgin to carry BBC's Olympics channels

    Virgin Media has agreed deals with the BBC and Eurosport to offer 24 live HD channels and 3D coverage of sporting events from the London Olympics 2012.
  • Was Sky News’ hacking of emails ‘editorially justified’?

    27% said Yes / 73% said No