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30 March 2012

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  • 26 March '12

    “Some will live, some will drown. So far, they’ll none of ’em be missed.”  Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 27 March '12

    “It was a beautifully structured, tightly wound, slow-burn thriller.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 28 March '12

    “This is a perfectly serviceable drama. But it’s about as edgy as an episode of Poirot.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 29 Mar '12

    “If ever a franchise was dying on its feet, it’s this.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 30 Mar '12

    “The characters are archetypes. And it is almost totally humourless.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 6Music's Adam Buxton spins Sky Atlantic show

    BBC 6Music DJ Adam Buxton is to front a music video series for Sky Atlantic produced by Clive Tulloh’s Burning Bright Productions.
  • A nice Touch for Sky 1

    “Don’t touch that” was something I was told a lot as a child, but I didn’t listen (as the time I put my finger in a socket at college proved). Sky 1 launched a Touch of its own this week, Yesterday celebrated the jet set, while BBC3 turned sportsmen into stand-up comedians.
  • A+E gearing up to launch Lifetime UK

    MIPTV: A+E Networks is considering extending its presence in the UK market with the launch of a female skewing channel.
  • Absolute app to control Android connected TVs

    Absolute Radio is to launch a “proof of concept” app that allows users to control its connected-TV app via their Android phone.
  • Ackerman sets up indie with Prdctbl backing

    Sebastian Scott’s production hub Prdctbl Media has invested in a third start-up indie, led by former Chatty Man exec producer Richard Ackerman and focused on comedy and entertainment.
  • Anger Management (Lionsgate/FX/TMG)

    Do TV shows come any hotter than this? Bad boy Charlie Sheen in a sitcom called Anger Management, adapted from a hit film starring Jack Nicholson, and produced by Lionsgate (Mad Men) for US cable network FX.
  • Animators join Amazing Spectacles

    Animation company Amazing Spectacles has signed directors Gary Cureton and Andrew Painter.
  • Aysha Rafaele to leave C4

    Channel 4 documentaries commissioner Aysha Rafaele, responsible for Coppers and Secret Millionaire, is leaving the broadcaster.
  • Banijay on board Fridge format

    Banijay International has tied with UK indie Mendoza Films to serve cookery format This is Your Fridge around the world.
  • BBC agrees Directors UK deal

    The BBC and Directors UK have signed a landmark agreement aimed at putting directors back at the centre of programme-making.
  • BBC producer heads to Wise Buddah

    Wise Buddah has hired the producer of Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show Clare Chadburn.
  • BBC S&PP appoints chief operating officer

    BBC Studios and Post Production has appointed David Conway to the role of chief operating officer.
  • BBC wipes out Total Wipeout

    The BBC is canning teatime hit Total Wipeout at the end of this year.
  • BBC3 crime season debuts with 500k

    MONDAY:  A drama documentary about the murder of teenager Shakilus Townsend launched BBC3’s new Criminal Britain season with nearly half a million viewers.
  • BBC3 to air US Don’t Tell the Bride

    The US version of wedding format Don’t Tell the Bride is to air on BBC3.
  • BBC3's Free Speech is Twitter hit

    Young viewers of BBC3 live debate show Free Speech tweeted twice per second during the show’s first episode.
  • BBCW names Japan boss

    BBC Worldwide has hired a 30-year veteran of Sony as its new Japan president.
  • Being Human gets fifth series

    BBC3 has ordered a shorter run of supernatural drama Being Human for its fifth series next year.
  • BGT fails to silence The Voice

    Spoils are shared as Saturday night battle begins, but Sport Relief slumps to an all-time low.
  • Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (Firecracker Films/Zodiak Rights)

    Most of the big distribution outfits like to own a mix of in-house and third- party content; that way, they ensure a predictable pipeline of hours while also getting access to the best shows available in the market.
  • Bouquet of Barbed Wire sold to US

    ITV drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire is to be broadcast to viewers in the US on multiplatform cable network Ovation.
  • Britain's Got Talent

    Full post on the sixth series of the country-wide talent search.
  • Broadcasters that ignore social media are "living in the past"

    MIPCUBE: Twitter UK boss Tony Wang has hit back at broadcasters who claim some TV is more suitable than others for social TV.
  • Brooker's Black Mirror goes global

    Black Mirror, the dark satirical drama series written by Charlie Brooker for Channel 4, has been sold to 21 countries around the world.
  • Bulgaria to remake Money Drop

    Endemol format The Money Drop will be adapted for Bulgaria as part of a wider set of deals with Viasat across Central and Eastern Europe.
  • C4 goes on Fox Watch for spring

    Channel 4 is lining up an ambitious natural history event looking at the lives of urban foxes for this spring
  • C4 in talks with Pact over template for sharing viewer data

    Channel 4 is looking to establish a contractual template for sharing the viewer data that indies generate through their multiplatform properties.
  • C4 News reporter joins Dispatches

    Channel 4 News reporter Morland Sanders is set to move to current affairs strand Dispatches.
  • C4 poaches Comedy Central's Stallwood

    Comedy Central has lost director of programming Karolina Stallwood to Channel 4, where she has been appointed channel manager of E4 and More 4.
  • C4 to unveil von Hagens' corpse crucifix at Easter

    Controversial German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens’ journey and exploration of a crucifix will air on Channel 4 on Easter Sunday.
  • C4 wins game of catch-up

    The top 10 makes good reading for Channel 4: three of its big brands continue to feature strongly, and two of them are factual, boding well for its experiment with catch-up service 4Seven.
  • C4's Food Hospital to return

    A second shorter run of The Food Hospital, which looks at using food rather than medicine to treat illnesses, has been ordered from Betty for Channel 4.
  • C5 heads behind bars

    Channel 5 has commissioned a new three part series about crimes committed by some of the country’s most notorious serial killers entitled Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story.
  • Cameras in courts edges closer

    The campaign to lift the ban on cameras in courts is one step closer to success after indications it will be included in the Queen’s Speech.
  • Canon C300 approved by BBC

    Canon’s C300 camera has been approved for use by the BBC.
  • Celia Taylor, Sky

    Head of factual and features, Sky.
  • Chapman shows shift from Target to Cake

    Chapman Entertainment has signed a deal with Cake to distribute its entire catalogue, following the demise of its previous partner Target Entertainment.
  • China boards new Brian Cox series

    MIPTV: BBC Worldwide has secured its first co-production deal with Chinese documentary channel CCTV-9 for new Brian Cox series Wonders of Life.
  • Christopher Lunn plots third HMRC legal battle

    Christopher Lunn & Company (CLAC) has signalled its intention to take HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to court for a third time in its long-running dispute with the tax body.
  • Commercial radio has "suffered from its own bad decisions"

    “Commercial radio leadership in the last ten years has not been good enough” says William Rogers, the boss of radio group UKRD that has won the Sunday Times best run company award for the second successive year. Paul Robinson reports.
  • Cooke adds more assembly workers

    Lens manufacturer Cooke has increased its workforce of assembly technicians by 25% since 2011.
  • Copyright reform 'could destroy' archive industry

    The UK’s commercial archive market could be “devastated” and “destroyed” by a government review of intellectual property laws, according to key figures in the sector.
  • Crozier's 2011 pay package worth more than £2m

    ITV chief executive Adam Crozier earned almost £2.15m last year after the broadcaster reported progress on its five-year transformation plan.
  • Dave Pearce to front R2 show

    Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Pearce is to present a Saturday night dance music show on BBC Radio 2.
  • David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

    The Hollywood couple who have found themselves making a sitcom in the UK about a UK couple making a sitcom in Hollywood tell Robin Parker about blurring fiction and reality.
  • Deadly 60

    Complete picture post and sound design for the third instalment of the CBBC series.
  • Deal or No Deal to make celebrity primetime debut

    Daytime gameshow Deal or No Deal will move to a primetime slot for the first time, to mark the show’s sixth anniversary.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters from 19-25 March.
  • Discovery hires ex-NHU boss Andrew Jackson

    The former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit has joined Discovery Channel to lead a push on landmark series and specials.
  • Disney UK and Youtube strike deal

    Disney UK has struck a deal with Google that will see a range of its films including Pirates of The Caribbean and Con Air available to rent via YouTube and Android store Google Play.
  • DNI sets out ambitious plans

    Discovery Networks International has ordered 20 hours of content from indie Maverick Television, as Julian Bellamy outlined the broadcaster’s “step change in ambitions” at the Broadcast Business Breakfast.
  • DPP and IABM kick off workflow initiatives

    The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) are launching separate initiatives to help production companies, post firms and broadcasters improve their file-based workflows.
  • DQF job cuts hit BBC News

    BBC News staff have today been told the details of how Delivering Quality First will affect them, including major redundancies and a scaling down of some services.
  • Embarrassing Bodies conquers Empire

    MONDAY: The lowest-rated Embarrassing Bodies of the series still managed to conquer the final part of BBC1’s landmark documentary Empire.
  • Episodes 2 pre-sold worldwide

    MIPTV: The new series of comedy drama Episodes has been pre-sold by Hat Trick International to 150 countries around the world.
  • Falcón headed to Australia

    MIPTV: Falcón, the new Sky Atlantic detective drama based on Robert Wilson`s bestselling novels, has been pre-sold to BBC Worlwide channels in Australia.
  • Falcón (Mammoth Screen/ITVS GE)

    ITV is re-emerging as a player in the international drama space, thanks to the efforts of ITV Studios and its international arm, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITV Studios GE).
  • FM boss outlines global trends

    MIPTV: Fremantle Media chief executive Tony Cohen has said he remains confident about global entertainment market anticipating an increase in the number of formats available.
  • Food Network renews original series’

    Scripps-owned Food Network UK is to build on its first original commissions with second series orders.
  • Forbidden posts rise in sales

    The developer of cloud video platform FORscene saw its sales increase by a quarter over the last 12 months.
  • Forbidden targets offline edit

    The developer of cloud-based video platform FORscene has set its sights on the offline editing process as it looks to build on last year’s 25% increase in sales.
  • Freeview set for channel shake up

    Freeview platform manager DMOL is looking to shake up the EPG for HD, children’s and news channels, to make space for the anticipated growth in the number of general entertainment channels.
  • FremantleMedia looks to put fans in front row

    Viewers of The X Factor could sit at the heart of the online action for the next series, as FremantleMedia negotiates with a start-up tech firm offering 360-degree views of live events.
  • Friday Night Dinner (Greg Daniels/Big Talk/Popper Pictures)

    NBC’s decision to greenlight a US version of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s sitcom The Office in 2006 was a game-changer for UK comedy producers seeking a foothold in the US – and it came just at the right time.
  • Galapagos (Atlantic/Sky)

    With David Attenborough, Atlantic Productions has made serious inroads into the 3D production market – and fast.
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top ten children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, sport and current affairs programmes from 19-25 March.
  • George Gently inspects new series

    BBC1 detective drama Inspector George Gently is to return for a fifth series - comprising four feature length films.  
  • Gold greenlights Yes, Prime Minister revival

    Yes, Prime Minister is to return to TV after an absence of 24 years as UKTV’s comedy channel Gold kicks off its original commissioning push.
  • Gumball producer to lead Turner’s hybrid Team Toon

    Turner Broadcasting has commissioned a live-action and animation hybrid series led by the exec producer responsible for Bafta-winning The Amazing World Of Gumball.
  • Hackenbacker opts for VoiceQ ADR

    Hackenbacker has become the latest UK post house to install Kiwa’s VoiceQ ADR software.
  • Heading in the right direction

    Directors UK’s long-sought BBC agreement was worth the wait.
  • 'Honeymoon murder' Panorama beats Love Life

    THURSDAY: A special Panorama investigation into a honeymoon murder proved popular for BBC1, easily beating the final part of ITV1’s underwhelming romantic drama Love Life.
  • Indie bosses quiz BBC on pay-to-download plans

    Mark Thompson and senior BBC executives have held face-to-face talks with the bosses of some of Britain’s biggest indies about how to make its proposed pay-to-download service commercially feasible.
  • ITV in third NIC appeal

    ITV is poised to launch a third appeal in its battle to avoid paying substantially more tax for high-profile actors.
  • ITV’s Titanic sails to 95 countries

    MIPTV: ITV miniseries Titanic has now been sold to broadcasters in 95 countries including China, Latin American and Iran.
  • ITV1 orders 'landmark' history series

    ITV1 has teamed up with the British Museum to create a “landmark” series about historical artefacts uncovered by the public.
  • ITV1's Titanic sets sail with 6.9m

    SUNDAY: ITV1’s big budget Titanic set sail with nearly 6.9m viewers, thrashing the final part of Upstairs Downstairs.
  • ITVS GE ties with Animal Planet

    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has secured a deal with Animal Planet to distribute 150 hours of programming around the world.
  • Jack stalls on comedy road

    This week, Jack Whitehall hit the road, the first Apprentice was shown the road, Hairy Bikers bowled along merrily and Four Rooms returned.
  • James Grant buys Ant and Dec indie Gallowgate

    Talent agency James Grant Group has acquired Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s production company Gallowgate Holdings for an undisclosed amount.
  • Johnny Vaughan joins Absolute

    Absolute Radio has signed former Capital breakfast host Johnny Vaughan to front a string of drivetime shows throughout the London 2012 Olympics.  
  • Jon Snow in Paralympics pilot

    Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow is to front a pilot that the broadcaster hopes will become a live magazine show in the build-up to the London 2012 Paralympics.
  • Kindle updates Dickens for BBC1

    Bafta-winning kids’ indie Kindle Entertainment is reimagining Charles Dickens’ The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby in a 21st century setting for BBC1 Daytime.
  • Kirkwood returns to Lime to boost structured reality

    Former EastEnders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood is returning to Lime Pictures to expand the producer’s catalogue of structured reality and scripted programming.
  • Lilyhammer (SevenOne/Netflix)

    SevenOne International, the programme distribution arm of German media group ProSiebenSat1, has pulled off some significant deals recently, not least the sale of drama series Lilyhammer to on-demand behemoth Netflix.
  • Local TV bidders write to Ofcom over concerns

    A catalogue of concerns have been raised about Jeremy Hunt’s local TV vision by organisations looking to win broadcasting licences under the scheme.
  • Mad Men returns with 100k

    TUESDAY: Glossy US drama Mad Men returned on the back of a tidal wave of publicity but could not draw more than 100k viewers to Sky Atlantic.
  • Massive Moves rolls to Oz

    New doc series Massive Moves, which debuted on UKTV’s Home last night, has been picked up by broadcasters in Australia, France and Canada.
  • Massive Moves, Home

    Carlo Massarella takes Broadcast behind the scenes of doc series Massive Moves and offers his top production tips.
  • Matt Edmondson to front BBC3 pilot

    STV Productions has won its first ever commission for BBC3 – a non-TX comedy panel show pilot starring Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson.
  • Matt Lucas Awards Show / Just A Minute / Facejacker

    Sky Atlantic’s Heather Pople and Nat Geo’s Hannah Demidowicz on banter, wordplay and genius pranks.
  • Maverick swoops for ex-BBC factual boss

    Maverick Television has drafted in Ben Gale to its senior UK management team and hired its first US boss as it gears up for growth.
  • Meet the Parents (Objective Productions/All3Media International)

    All3Media International has a large and fast-growing slate of scripted and entertainment formats, courtesy of the numerous independent production companies within its parent group.
  • Mistresses (Ecosse Films/ABC)

    Ecosse is riding high in the US right now thanks to a deal to adapt BBC1 drama series Mistresses as a 10-part series to air this autumn on ABC.
  • My Murder, BBC3

    Anna Stephens takes Broadcast behind the scenes of BBC3 drama doc My Murder.
  • New claims emerge in TOWIE legal battle

    A legal document seen by Broadcast includes fresh claims from Big Brother winner Brian Belo that he came up with the format of The Only Way is Essex.
  • New Girl remains top 4oD performer

    Channel 4 acquisition New Girl has topped the 4oD chart for the second month running, despite recently taking a break from TV.
  • News Corp attacks Panorama as Murdoch takes to Twitter

    News Corp has branded the BBC Panorama investigation into NDS a “gross misrepresentation” and Rupert Murdoch has taken to Twitter to talk of “lies and libel” and “preparing to hit back hard”.
  • News Corp firm accused of sabotaging pay-TV rival

    A company part-owned by News Corporation used computer hacking to undermine BSkyB’s main digital television rival in the UK, BBC1’s Panorama has alleged.
  • Night Garden creator to lead Shine kids division

    Shine Group is launching a new division dedicated to children’s content has has hired In the Night Garden creator Andrew Davenport to run it.
  • NUJ: new BBC DG should revise licence fee deal

    The NUJ has called on the future director general of the BBC to revisit the “shabby” 2010 licence fee settlement.
  • Nutopia appoints Hepton for The 80s

    Nutopia has hired the head of specialist factual development at Fremantle Media UK’s Boundless to executive produce its new commission for Nat Geo US.
  • Nutopia going back to the 80s for Nat Geo US

    Nutopia is to use its mega-doc formula to investigate the cultural, political and financial impact of the 1980s for Nat Geo US.
  • Off Cuts: Danny’s A-list guest list

    It was a long way from Frankenstein’s Wedding, reportedly lacked the combat of Women, Weddings, War And Me and thankfully someone remembered to Tell The Bride.
  • One Born Every Minute (Shine International)

    One of the things sometimes overlooked in the factual format business is that the ability to make a show is as important as the concept. However, an increasing number of UK content providers are marketing their expertise alongside their ideas.
  • One Night

    Complete the grade for the drama telling the story of one summer’s night from four different perspectives.
  • Optomen cook up Ramsay remakes

    Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares format is being remade for viewers in five new territories including Spain and Poland.
  • Parade’s End (BBC/HBO)

    A cynic might suppose that Parade’s End, the BBC/HBO five-part mini-series based on a group of novels by Ford Madox Ford, is an attempt to jump on the Edwardian/WWI drama bandwagon ridden by Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Titanic and Birdsong.
  • Peppa Pig (Entertainment One)

    Last month, Entertainment One Family announced that it had secured a slot for its pre-school show Peppa Pig on Gulli, the French free-to-air kids’ channel owned by Lagardère Active.
  • Pilat expands IBMS

    Pilat Media has expanded its Integrated Broadcast Management System (IBMS).
  • Pinewood appoints Weltman

    Pinewood Studios Group has appointed Andy Weltman to the role of executive vice president of Pinewood USA.
  • Post-production chief quits MediaCityUK role

    The head of Peel and SIS’s post-production operation at MediaCityUK has resigned after 10 months in the role.
  • Random House indie options Dog Loves Books

    The production arm of publisher Random House has optioned a book by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Louise Yates.
  • Ratings: imports show power of VoD

    For every acquired hit like Mad Men or The Killing there’s a Pan Am or New Girl struggling to find an audience – but catch-up is increasingly coming to the rescue. Stephen Price reports
  • Reaching for a new ad model

    Google’s bid to rival Barb points to the future of TV, says Kate Bulkley.
  • Reaction: Director UK's BBC agreement

    Directors including Simon Curtis, Paul Unwin, Paul Elston, Susanna White and Paula Milne give their reaction to Director UK’s long-sought agreement with the BBC.
  • Reality star begins legal action over TOWIE

    Brian Belo, Sassy Films and Massive TV have filed a claim against ITV and Lime Pictures alleging reality show The Only Way is Essex infringes their copyright.
  • Red or Black? set for China and Brazil

    MIPFORMATS: Simon Cowell’s big-money gameshow Red or Black? is set to be sold to broadcasters in China, Brazil and the Ukraine.
  • Rev blessed with four BPG awards

    BBC2 comedy Rev has scooped four categories at the Broadcasting Press Guild TV Awards which will be held later today in London.   
  • RHI rebrands as Sonar; Stewart Till named CEO

    MIPTV: US drama producer RHI is rebranding as Sonar with UK exec Stewart Till named chief executive and has unveiled a raft of developments including a series based on the Hellraiser franchise.
  • S4C strives to make a Welsh killing

    S4C is hoping to turn Wales into the next Denmark by creating programming to be sold worldwide.
  • Schemes to offer opportunities to new entrants

    Young documentary makers and small companies interested in producing digital content are being offered two separate opportunities to break into their respective areas of the industry.
  • Shine launches US formats unit

    Shine America has launched a new division of the company dedicated to the creation and development of formats.
  • Silverglade expands South Bank base

    Silverglade is refurbishing its South Bank facility with the build of four more HD offline suites.
  • SIS Live uses Eyeheight

    OB firm SIS LIVE will use an Eyeheight canalettoMDi multistandard colour corrector during its coverage of next month’s Grand National.
  • Sky Atlantic signs comedy duo

    Sky Atlantic has commissioned a Mrs Merton-style comedy chat show hosted by two American Jewish mothers.
  • Sky Living orders Ladyboys series

    Sky Living has ordered a follow up series following Thailand’s transgender community after the success of a one-off documentary shown last year.
  • Sky orders karaoke dating from Love Machine indie

    Sky Living is to build on the early success of The Love Machine with a second dating show from the same indie, in which singletons are united by their passion for karaoke.
  • Sport Relief lowest since 2006

    FRIDAY: Sport Relief returned to BBC with its lowest average audience since the charity campaign launched in 2006.
  • Spurlock and Bodle sign with FME

    MIPTV: Documentary maker Morgan Spurlock and drama producer Justin Bodle have signed first look deals with Fremantle Media Enterprises (FME).
  • Spy (Hulu/Hat Trick international)

    US on-demand service Hulu had been rumoured to be planning a UK launch, but its inability to get the necessary programme rights forced it to put that idea on ice. Nevertheless, the platform has proved to be an important partner for UK distributors seeking a US home for their content, particularly shows with a comic skew.
  • Strong start for The Voice but BGT retains title

    BBC1’s new talent competition The Voice UK launched with 8.42m viewers, but was beaten by the return of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1.
  • Studios: meeting demand for space

    With several new studios opening and established ones being expanded, Adrian Pennington asks: is there over-capacity in the market, or will rising demand keep everyone busy?
  • Support the originators and everyone benefits

    Audience has the most to gain from tax and rights agreements, says Charles Sturridge.
  • Sweden has the X Factor

    MIPTV: The X Factor has reached 40 international sales with Sweden and Georgia becoming the latest countries to acquire the talent show format.
  • Take Me Out (Fremantle Media Asia)

    ITV dating show Take Me Out has had a few troublesome headlines in 2012. But the general consensus is that the Paddy McGuinness-fronted show has established itself as the spiritual Saturday teatime heir to Blind Date.
  • The Apprentice beats Barcelona

    WEDNESDAY: The Apprentice broadly held its audience on last week’s below-par opener and comfortably beat ITV1’s Champions League coverage.
  • The River (Disney/itunes)

    Disney has been collapsing broadcast windows for some time now, most memorably when it aired the finale of Lost in 59 territories within 48 hours of its US transmission.
  • The Syndicate wins 5.16m

    TUESDAY: BBC1’s new lottery-based drama The Syndicate had the golden touch, winning more than 5m viewers.
  • The tax fight is over – now the hard work must begin

    It was a long, hard slog to get the government to act – and we’re not done yet, says Oli Hyatt.
  • The Voice beaten by BGT on Twitter

    Britain’s Got Talent beat The Voice in the social media battle on Saturday night, drawing 50,000 more tweets than its rival..
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from 19-25 March and browse the top 100.
  • Top 20 deals of the year

    As Cannes plays host to content buyers and distributors looking to pick up or sell rights to this year’s must-have shows, Andy Fry takes a look at some of TV’s biggest recent deals
  • Top 30 BBC2, Channel 4, Channel 5

    Find out the top 30 programmes on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from 19-25 March as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 12.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 19-25 March as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • Top consolidated programmes

    Find out which programmes gained the biggest audience through recording from 12-18 March and browse the top titles.
  • Touchpaper returns to supernatural for ITV2

    The indie behind Being Human is to create a supernatural drama for ITV2 about contemporary witches living in London.
  • True North make 'lifers' series

    A handful of the UK’s 46 criminals with life sentences are to be the subject of a True North series for Crime & Investigation Network.
  • Universal acquires drama from Prison Break creators

    Universal Channel has picked up the broadcast rights to US crime drama Breakout Kings.
  • Viacom to pilot gameshow with slo-mo action replays

    Viacom is to pilot a pioneering 3D-ready physical gameshow that is co-produced by ITV Studios USA and Zig Zag USA.
  • VoD operators threatened with closure in Atvod dispute

    The Authority of Television on Demand (Atvod) is threatening to wind up several VoD operators unless they pay their regulatory fees of £2,900.
  • VTR North adds designer and dubbing mixer

    Leeds-based VTR North has recruited two senior staff ahead of the launch of its Manchester facility.
  • Wendy Darke to lead BBC NHU

    The BBC has appointed Wendy Darke as the new head of the Natural History Unit.
  • White Heat to air in US

    BBC dramas White Heat and Inside Men have been picked up for broadcast in the US.
  • Will poetry become the next ‘killer category’?

    Discernible content trends exist even in a chaotic market, writes Rob Clark
  • Wise Buddah recruits dubbing mixer

    BAFTA and RTS nominated dubbing mixer Neil Collymore has been recruited by Wise Buddah.
  • Zig Zag (National Enquirer)

    British indie Zig Zag arrives at MipTV having signed up as the exclusive broadcast production partner of US celebrity gossip magazine National Enquirer.
  • Zig Zag sells Sex Addict

    MIPTV: A BBC3 documentary about the prolific sexual exploits of a stand-up comedian has been acquired by broadcasters across Europe and Australasia.
  • Zodiak signs first-look with Bedlam and StoryVault

    Zodiak Rights has secured first-look development deals with both Bedlam Productions and Stuart Prebble’s StoryVault Films.