Hope Street: Providing opportunities for Northern Irish talent

Executives at Long Story TV reveal how the BBC1 drama has built a skills training platform & an outlet for local production talent to thrive

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Mike Darcey: Netflix is the clear winner of the streaming wars

While the US streamer’s strategy is paying off, rivals are in a sorry state and need to reassess their business models


Amelia Brown: From runner to the top job at Fremantle

The Fremantle UK chief exec on taking on the top job after 20 years at Thames, mining its back catalogue and creating an inspiring workplace

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Regenerating Doctor Who: The anniversary specials

As the beloved sci-fi franchise turns 60, it looks towards a new era – led by some familiar faces.

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Big Zuu: Hitting the big time

The grime star and TV chef is bringing fresh flavour to the food-travel genre with 12 Dishes In 12 Hours for ITV1

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Channel 4 trio named unsung heroes

Channel 4 executives Clemency Green, Art Sejdu and Kiran Nataraja are recognised by their peers in this year’s survey for always going the extra mile


Concerns grow as slowdown hits hard

Rocketing costs, a downturn in the ad market and struggling streamers are all playing a part in reducing commissions

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End Credits: Phil Mount

The Potato creative director on ’80s rock, ice baths and Rebel Wilson

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Buyers have their say on slowdown

70 buyers from across the industry reveal their views on the current industry landscape and how they’re navigating the slowdown

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Alisa Pomeroy tops peer poll

C4 head of documentaries dethrones two-time winner Ben Frow as peers vote her the commissioner they most admire

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Streamers fall down the pecking order

Commissioners believe that well-resourced streamers are becoming less attractive to indies


Job satisfaction high among commissioners

Despite having to negotiate a slowdown and strained indie relationships, a resounding 93% of commissioners say they are happy in their role


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Selection of images from the third series of espionage thriller. Produced by See-Saw Films

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Indies desperate for clarity as brutal year draws to a close

Uncertainty over Channel 4 commissioning patterns has been a factor for much of the year

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Richard Wallis: A Sustainable Future for Skills report offers a welcome vision for developing talent

Georgia Brown’s taskforce offers us a way forward - it’s vital that we act on it

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Gallery: Christmas on the BBC

Click to view a selection of programme highlights unveiled by the BBC for the festive season


Media giants look to the past to build models for the future

Advertising tiers, windowing and licensing are all making a comeback as studios return to old formulas for success


Analysis: The fractured relationship between indies and C4

Suppliers have criticised the broadcaster for its handling of the commissioning slowdown and what they see as poor communication

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Alex Mahon sets out Channel 4’s perspective on the challenges of 2023

Chief executive addresses indies’ concerns and offers update on financial performance

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David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived - how closeness gave the film breath

Creatives behind the HBO/Sky single discuss the personal bonds which made the doc possible and using it as a platform for industry exposure


First look: The Gentlemen, Netflix

Netflix, Moonage Pictures and Miramax TV production will air in 2024


Lucy Frazer: The Media Bill will unleash the full potential of our PSBs

Culture secretary praises broadcasters but says ‘success today is not a guarantee of success tomorrow’


Why our Glasgow indie now has desks in London and friends in Europe

Commissioners still want to talk in London - but Ofcom rule changes would help to shift that

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Why we shot our JFK doc on film

Producer director Sarah Hunt explains the joys and challenges of taking modern-day Dallas back to the 1960s using Super 8


Gallery: The Crown, Netflix

Selection of images from the sixth and final season of Left Bank Pictures’ royal drama

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First look: Big Boys, C4

Roughcut TV comedy returns January 2024

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Dan Walker: TV can still be a powerful tool to make a difference

Programmes which touch people’s lives are public service broadcasting at its finest

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On-the-ground journalism can illuminate humanity across the divides of conflict

Channel 4 commissioning editor Nevine Mabro on the broadcaster’s commitment to international investigations

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Connections, Curiosity Stream

Executive producer Iain Riddick on bringing back an iconic series with a modern twist

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Silence from colleagues is a terrible sound for our industry’s Jews

Documentarian Neil Grant issues a plea for understanding as antisemitic incidents escalate in the UK

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Gallery: Broadcast Sport Awards 2023

Familiar faces from across the industry gathered for the annual Broadcast Sport Awards, hosted by Dara Ó Briain


Mixmups, Channel 5

Creator, writer and exec producer Rebecca Atkinson explains how she mixed play and representation to create a magical new world for kids

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Why women’s sport coverage needs to catch up with public interest

Duncan Maud, associate partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants explains why now is the time to invest in women’s sport

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First look: Murder is Easy, BBC1

Agatha Christie novel is latest adaptation from Mammoth Screen


BBC kids’ commissioners reaffirm linear commitment

Bosses of CBBC and CBeebies aim to support the UK industry with a renewed focus on animation

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End Credits: Chris Reindorp

The Rex development executive on Chris de Burgh, Cling Film and James Norton


Broadcast Tech Fest: challenges of digging into the past

Panellists on the Archive & Restoration Forum discuss the commissioning slowdown, tracking down the perfect piece of content and the use of AI

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Lorraine Heggessey: Talent’s bad behaviour has been indulged for too long

The industry has to commit to stamping it out and creating an environment where people feel heard

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Banged Up, Channel 4

Shine producers on recreating a realistic prison experience while ensuring a duty of care to reformed criminals


What makes a show risky? Top execs have their say

The BBC’s Clare Sillery, UKTV’s Mark Iddon, ITV’s Sue Murphy and C4’s Tim Hancock discuss the shows on which have taken risks

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Britain’s Human Zoos, Channel 4

Exec producer and co-director Paul Berczeller on the challenge of uncovering a forgotten and painful history


One Life: The story of a remarkable hero

How Nicholas Winton’s wartime efforts and heroism inspired a SeeSaw Films/BBC Film feature starring Anthony Hopkins

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That’s Life!: ‘A show ahead of its time’

From law-changing investigations to talking dogs, That’s Life! was a groundbreaking show that kickstarted the careers of some of TV’s biggest names

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Esther Rantzen: in her own words

The veteran TV presenter on the funniest moments on That’s Life!, the story she’s proudest of and the state of consumer journalism today

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First Look: Domino Day, BBC3

Dancing Ledge Productions drama about a coven of witches


Big Brother, Survivor and Deal or No Deal: a Remarkable run

How have Natalka Znak and Claire O’Donohoe resurrected a trio of monster formats – and what’s next?


Esther Rantzen: Fighting the good fight

Esther Rantzen talks to Broadcast about her time on That’s Life! and its lasting legacy


Licence to thrill: the inside story of 007 Road to a Million

How 72 Films’ globe-trotting adventure format for Amazon Prime Video makes the most of Bond

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Roy Ackerman: A good old co-pro may hold key for future of indie docs

Streamer interest may be waning and budgets getti ng smaller but co-pros with PSBs offer a route to success

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Black women in TV salute their sisters: Part two

Nicola Gregory, Sarah Asante and Samantha Stewart are among those celebrating their peers for this year’s female-focused Black History Month


Black women in TV salute their sisters: Part one

Angela Ferreira, Annika Allen and Lola Oliyide are among those celebrating their peers for this year’s female-focused Black History Month

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C5 greenlights thriller from The Teacher creator

The Cuckoo (w/t) is a ‘tense and twisty’ drama created by Barunka O’Shaughnessy

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Analysis: Is the industry doing enough to prevent sexual harassment?

Broadcast speaks to the author of a damning study of sexual misconduct in film and TV, and asks what can be done to tackle it


Race for scale amid tough times points to reshaped indie sector

The bigger players are competing for mega-budgets, while smaller producers get resourceful


Paul Epstein: We still need to be vigilant about AI in writers’ rooms

AI will bring opportunities to the industry, but it cannot replace human ingenuity


Alexander Jacob: Doctors cancellation puts a generation of talent at risk

Director warns loss of a key training ground could have huge impact, and urges greater investment in continuing drama


Sunshine Jackson: You don’t have to be #*@! to work here, but it helps

Many filmmakers thrive in a high-pressure environment - but if we want to make the industry more accessible, we have to accept it’s not healthy

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Ria Hebden: Let’s realise the true value of mentorship

The TV industry has some truly brilliant mentors - with greater commitment we could make their expertise available to everyone

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The Continental: avoiding a John Wick ‘cash grab’

Exec producers Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee explain their care in not “killing a franchise”


All smiles as comedy comes to the fore

While unscripted still dominates, international drama and comedy are well represented as the knock-on effects of the US writers strike continue

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Dispatches’ Alistair Jackson sets out in-house unit’s stall

Investigations editor explains the team’s mission to support indies with their ambitious investigations

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Comedy and local content out in force

International editor John Elmes highlights which programmes are likely to make biggest splash in Cannes



‘There’s the overarching murder mystery, but suffused with a darkly comic element reminiscent of Killing Eve’

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The Dark Emu Story

‘International audiences have always been fascinated with the Aboriginal experience in Australia’

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The Arctic, 66.5 Degrees North

‘The production is very rich in entertainment, as well as having a powerful message’

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The Nobody Zone: Interview with an Irish Serial Killer

‘This is a striking and immersive way of bringing this extraordinary story to life’

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Factual and Formats

Ob-docs and true crime continue their factual streak with Strip and The Flight Attendant Murders leading

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Haaland: Breaking Ground

‘Offers unfiltered access to the biggest name in football right now’

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The Flight Attendant Murders

‘It’s a potentially jaw-dropping miscarriage of justice with lots of eyewitness contributors’


Banged Up

‘This is quite full on – the celebrities have to be tough to even agree to do this’

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Snake Oil

‘This is a light and fun show that dials down the intensity and really focuses on the humour’



‘Combines conspiracy theory, true crime and the deep journalism for which Vice is well known’

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‘There are lots of twists and a very unpredictable plot, which makes the series bingeable’

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Of Money And Blood

‘It’s a gripping thriller featuring solid characters with strong back stories and intriguing personal journeys’

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‘We tell what we know for sure - through the eyes of survivors, relatives of the victims and the investigators’

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International Scripted

Davey & Jonesie’s Locker heads up an eclectic array of global dramas and comedies including Bargain, Estonia, Strife and Obituary



‘This is a hilarious and unexpected love story. A dramedy that us heartfelt, sad, funny, poignant and captivating’



‘It is not a conventional comedy or drama - it’s a relationship dramedy with a lot of nuance’

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Stuart Prebble: Don’t lose faith in the power of telly

It can be frustrating when shows don’t capture the public imagination but the moments when they do make it all worthwhile

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The Continental: From the World of John Wick

‘The series offers the action and edginess of the box-office franchise, but with its own distinctive feel’

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Trust No One

‘Delves into, espionage, action and danger. International audiences know and search out these elements’



‘It’s an absolute rollercoaster from start to finish. A cat-and-mouse survival sequence’

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UK Scripted

Boat Story leads a flotilla of UK scripted series, sailing alongside Domino Day, Truelove, Dead Hot, The Serial Killer’s Wife and Men Up



‘We are excited because we know Truelove will be talked about by everyone who watches it’

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The Serial Killer’s Wife

‘Not only does it have great scripts and a great pace, but it also has a fantastic ending’

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Dead Hot

‘Dead Hot is irreverent and entertaining yet has the familiar pace, hooks and twists of a first-class thriller’

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Domino Day

‘An exhilarating exploration of race, misogyny, sexuality and identity. It’s a fresh, exciting thriller for modern viewers’

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Men Up

‘What stands out is Men Up’s ability to balance comedy and heartfelt elements’

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Charlotte Moore: Jimmy Savile drama demonstrates the BBC’s bravery

BBC content chief reflects on the challenges of showing past failures at a screening of The Reckoning

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First look: This Town, BBC1

Kudos and Nebulastar are producing Steven Knight’s six-part drama


Inside the Big Brother House

The creatives behind the highly-anticipated revival on reimagining reality TV’s defining show


Roundtable: What makes a great literary adaptation?

Raffaella de Angelis, Hannah Griffiths and Hilary Strong discuss the role of the author, current trends and the power of IP

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End Credits: Sharon Levy

The Endemol Shine North America chief executive on her passion for gift-wrapping, HBO’s Warrior and missing out on a circus career

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Turning up the heat in dating shows

The creatives behind some of the latest formats on freshening up the genre and the key ingredients for a hit show


Best Kept Secrets: The world’s hidden programming gems

Four TV executives from across the globe shine a spotlight on the local shows that deserve more international attention

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Endurance - Race to the Pole with Ben Fogle, Channel 5

Series PD and cameraman Alexis Girardet on how October Films’ Channel 5 series was imbued with authenticity and adventure

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​Innovation Takes Centre Stage at IBC

Andy Walker at Accenture provides his opinion on the main themes to emerge from IBC2023


Julie Pizzi: Game on for the next big franchise

The Bunim/Murray president on Buddy Games and why the time is right for a great new format to blow up on the global market

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Josh Duhamel: Let the Buddy Games begin

The Hollywood star on swapping film for TV and how competing in challenges with high-school friends helped inspire his new CBS gameshow

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Behind the Scenes: Zorro rides again

Amazon is reviving the ‘timeless Mexican superhero story’ with a new focus on strong female characters


Kate Bulkley: It’s all change as media firms rethink their business models

Broadcasters are reviewing how their programming is curated and packaged in a hyper-competitive market


Distributors make hay despite challenges ahead

Annual report shows revenues are at their highest level since before the pandemic amid tough times for the content business

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Edinburgh announcements confirm commissioning dip

Snapshot from the 2023 festival reveals a decline in the number of shows being greenlit by broadcasters

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A great year but challenges ahead

“Many report that there is now an expectation for distributors to plug big financing deficits, particularly for scripted programming”


All3Media holds on to top spot in Peer Poll

The Traitors outfit wins the backing of its peers for the sixth consecutive year, while Banijay achieves its highest ever position in second

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Danny Brocklehurst: Working-class kids need to see there’s a place for them

Making the industry more reflective of the viewers we serve will lead to better programming


Distributors express concern over gaps in funding

Companies say they’re being asked to invest increasingly large sums up front


​How to translate data into a compelling visual story

Ash Potterton at Arrow Media on bringing the data component in stories to life in on-screen graphics

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Culture is as important as process in weeding out behaviour

The sector must close the gap between the rhetoric of zero tolerance and the reality of working life for freelancers


The Long Shadow, ITV1

Executive producer Willow Grylls on telling the story of the often overlooked victims at the heart of an infamous string of murders


Otto Baxter: Not a F***ing Horror Story/Puppet Asylum, Sky Documentaries

Producer Daisy Allsop explains how the combination of a documentary and a short film helped a man with Down Syndrome tell his own story

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Why Netflix should become a channel distributor for its streaming rivals

The end of the streaming wars is in sight, and streamers should grasp the opportunities that it presents


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Exec producer Andy Glynne on how his team sensitively animated real-life testimony to help teachers support children who’ve been in the care system


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Selection of images from the fourth and final series of the Eleven Film comedy drama

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How Hardcash delivered the Russell Brand doc

Executive producer Esella Hawkey reveals the meticulous work that went into the C4 Dispatches programme

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Caroline Norbury: The whack-a-mole approach to bad behaviour isn’t working

It’s time for the whole industry to step up to take collective action on harassment and bullying, the Creative UK chief executive says

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First look: The Doll Factory, Paramount+

Buccaneer Media’s period drama series airs late autumn

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Richard Wallis: The Russell Brand revelations are a call for reform

Wholesale cultural changes to tackle sexual impropriety, harassment and bullying must now become a priority


Securing free-to-air services in broadband homes is crucial

Everyone TV boss Jonathan Thompson explains why Freely is an important step in securing the future of the PSBs

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Amazon brings Discovery+ premium to UK

Deal boosts Warner Bros Discovery sports and entertainment package on Prime Video Channels

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Top Boy director sets her sights on ‘darker stories’

Myriam Raja talks to Broadcast about the series ending, collaboration with actors and similarities between Top Boy and The Wire

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Gallery: Juice, BBC3

Selection of images from the Various Artists comedy series written by and starring Mawaan Rizwan

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How Data Is Empowering Innovation

Skip Levens explains how building modern technology infrastructures will aid the growth of AR, VR and VFX

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Adam Jacobs: Digital commissioning could offer freelancers hope in uncertain times

Traditional TV is struggling, but the digital content space is open for business - and it still needs freelancers

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Our Sea Forest, BBC1

Producer director Sarah Cunliffe on braving the elements to film the underwater worlds off the UK coast

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Nick Swimer: There are some silver linings for PSBs in the Ofcom Media Nations Report

People are still watching PSBs’ content - but a long-overdue update to the due prominence rules will help to secure their position

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First look: Boat Story, BBC1

Two Brothers Pictures thriller starring Daisy Haggard, Paterson Joseph, and Joanna Scanlan

Trigger Point

Reaping the rewards of mentoring writers

The Responder indie Dancing Ledge explains the benefits of putting time and energy into supporting new writing talent

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Gallery: Top Boy 3, Netflix

Selection of images from Ronan Bennett’s East London drama. Produced by Cowboy Films, Easter Partisan and SpringHill Entertainment


Elizabeth Kilgarriff on the subconscious tension of Wilderness

The exec reveals how her new Prime Video thriller balances scale, emotion and unease

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Julie Fernandez: We are making progress on accessibility, but there’s still work to do

Disability access co-ordinators are vital if the industry wants to make real, sustainable change


First look: The Way, BBC1

First production from Wales-based indie Red Seam, written by James Graham

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End Credits: Ian Rumsey

ITN Productions’ managing director on his love of Liverpool, cricket and Jeremy Vine


Gallery: Edinburgh International Television Festival, day four

The best images from the final day of this year’s event


Scott Bryan: This year’s Edinburgh was fascinating, but not for the reasons you’d expect

Nobody seems to have the answers, Broadcast’s columnist concludes from a surprisingly downbeat TV Festival


Gallery: Edinburgh International Television Festival, day three

The best images from the third day of this year’s event

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Fatima Salaria: Who are we to judge the choices that people make?

Whatever the reason for women stepping away from the industry, we need to do more to help them return to work

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Gallery: Edinburgh International Television Festival, day two

The best images from the second day of this year’s event

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Roundtable: Distributors make their case for building relationships with indies

Our panel bust some myths and highlight the important role they can play


Gallery: Edinburgh International Television Festival, day one

The best images from the first day of this year’s event


Declan Lawn and James Bluemel on Northern Ireland past and present

Blue Lights writer and Once Upon A Time In Northern Ireland director discuss the differences and similarities between their versions of the region

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Alex Connock: AI isn’t going to replace the human touch any time soon

The technology has upsides and downsides, but human insight and sensibility cannot be easily replicated

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Greenlight slowdown: ‘It feels pretty horrendous out there’

The TV ad market has crashed, the licence fee is frozen, inflation is rampant and streamers have slashed their spending. Five people offer an anonymous snapshot of their experiences


Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Renee and Andrew Macrae, BBC2

Taking cameras in to courtrooms is challengeing but an important step for open justice, says the creative director of Firecrest Films, Iain Scollay

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Rosie Jones: “I’m not the disabled poster girl”

Rosie Jones on the tricky balance between humour and activism and why the cynic in her thinks she’s ‘just the right amount of disabled’ for TV


Commissioning slowdown: The commissioner

“I have friends who are highly experienced, who haven’t been able to pay their mortgages”


Fiona Campbell: TikTok influencers are key to attracting young viewers

BBC’s controller of youth audiences explains how its Creatorlab scheme will help social media talent make the transition to television

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Ash Atalla: Bad behaviour isn’t justified – no matter who you are

It’s time the industry held ‘stars’ to account – and acknowledged that everyone involved in a production has ‘talent’


Is the sector nurturing the next generation of creative leaders?

Experience has been key to dealing with industry challenges, but should we be bedding in execs’ successors?


Commissioning slowdown: Freelancer #2

“The sad case is that talented freelancers are leaving the industry in droves”


Commissioning slowdown: Freelancer #1

“I had quite a few friends leave the industry in the 2008-9 recession – and this feels worse”


Commissioning slowdown: Indie boss #2

“Award winners who have CVs I would absolutely kill to have aren’t working”


Commissioning slowdown: Indie boss #1

“I do worry about the impact on freelancers. There are some great people who haven’t worked for a really long time”

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The Man Who Stole The Scream, Sky Documentaries

Producer Clare Beavis on the chaotic ups and downs of getting access to Norway’s most notorious and audacious art thief

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‘Dramatising trauma’: Ruth Wilson on her latest drama

Star and exec producer of BBC1’s The Woman in the Wall reveals why a blend of genres drew her towards a ‘vital’ story about Ireland’s dark past

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From the archive: Michael Parkinson - King of chat

The legendary presenter sat down with then Broadcast editor Lisa Campbell in 2010 to discuss his storied career

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Tops Guns: Inside the RAF, Channel 4

Exec producer Mark Tattersall reveals how unprecedented access to RAF Lossiemouth allowed him to take the audience into the cockpits of active fighter jets

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Say Yes To The Dress with Tan France, Really

Executive producer Richard Osborne on creating the perfect setting to revive an old favourite for the modern bride


First look: The Long Shadow, ITV1

New Pictures drama airs in September


Gallery: Painkiller, Netflix

Six-part drama series exploring some of the origins and aftermath of the opioid crisis in America

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First look: The Woman in the Wall, BBC1

Motive Pictures thriller examines the infamous Irish Magdalene Laundries


My Top Tips for using AI-based VFX tools

Social media influencer Brandon Baum, founder and CEO of StudioB, explains how he uses a range of AI tools in his VFX work

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Alone, Channel 4

How do you make a contestant feel alone in the wilderness, while ensuring they can capture great footage? Rachel Bloomfield explains


End Credits: Emily Feller

Warp Films’ chief creative officer on scuba diving, netball and a large G&T

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Ultimate Wedding Planner: A marriage of chaos and calm

BBCS exec Chi Ukairo explains how the production crew ‘faded into the background’ to capture the stressful world of planning nuptials


Overcoming the language barriers on global co-pros

Broadcasters working with international partners are looking to solutions such as versioning and subtitling

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Open Door looks to expand remit

Founder David Mumeni on widening the charity’s scope to help disadvantaged groups enter the industry in behind-the scenes roles

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Diamond Data 6th Cut: why have we not made better progress?

The results are in and frankly they could be better, says Mel Rodrigues


Roundtable: Holding the ladder for young talent

Four of last year’s Hot Shots on what the industry is doing right and what more could be done to support emerging talent


Insensitive true crime titles risk undermining important filmmaking

As channels rush to attract audiences with provocative titles, grieving families can be left feeling traumatised and powerless


Accommodations for neurodiverse staff can benefit the whole industry

Runner Hassaan Mohammad reflects on how his experiences show that a little flexibility can go a long way


Mother Undercover, Disney +

Executive producer Thomas Viner on telling true crime stories of women turned detective to save or seek justice for their children

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Scott Bryan: There’s nothing wrong with a relaxed take on copyright

Stopping viewers from sharing footage on social media risks losing the buzz created by great TV moments

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Mike Darcey: The industry must not repeat the mistakes of newspapers

Broadcasters and streamers need to face up to the fact that the problems they face may be structural rather than cyclical

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Acelya Kancelik

‘Acelya brings clarity of thinking to complex storylines, and her insights are fresh, unexpected and nuanced’

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Hot Shots continue to raise the bar

‘This year’s cohort are not just brilliant at their jobs, they are also people who have made a difference’

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Kaio Grizzelle

‘One of the sharpest and most impressive execs working across the digital landscape’

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Hot Shots 2023: Development producers

Daniel Omnes, Freya Judd, Hannah Moulder, Ameenah Taher, Soph Webberley, Kariim Case, Lottie Naughton-Rumbo, Anya Wilson, Eleanor Wright, Nasreen Ahmed, Robert Hunter

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Art Sejdiu

‘His range is standout but, most of all, his manner is joyful and inclusive’

Oliver Diamond

Oliver Diamond

‘Olly’s understanding of the nuances of each platform allows him to formulate plans that are dramatic in their ambition’

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Eleanor Wight

‘Eleanor is a truly gifted development producer. She has really strong ideas and knows how to turn them into reality’

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Hannah Moulder

‘An outstanding ability to identify and nurture promising comedic voices’

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Hot Shots 2023: Writers

Kim Tserkezie, Nessa Wrafter, Charlie Quinn, Anna Costello, Imogen Greenberg, Nessah Muthy

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Nasreen Ahmed

‘Naz genuinely loves telly and goes the extra mile. She pushes for inclusivity and diversity and champions new writers’

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Freya Judd

‘When the chips are down, Freya is someone you can rely on to be inventive and entrepreneurial in her approach to a script’

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Charlie Quinn

‘He’s one of those people who’ll be running the industry in a few years, and I hope he gives me work’

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Heather Winstanley

‘Heather is a tenacious and passionate talent manager. She has boundless energy and enthusiasm for her work’

Imogen Greenberg

Imogen Greenberg

‘Imogen intuitively grasps the mechanics of story and understands the emotions behind the characters’

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Anya Wilson

‘Anya is uniquely placed to influence great change in the industry with powerful stories’

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Laura Taylor

‘The most impressive young post-producer I have had the pleasure to manage in my 25 years in post-production’

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Calum Leslie

‘He manages to get people on board and to open up in a way highly experienced film-makers struggle to do’

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Nessa Wrafter

‘Nessa has a unique and exciting voice. Her writing is ambitious, truthful and hilarious, putting female stories front and centre’

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Soph Webberley

‘Soph goes above and beyond in all areas of her role. Her propensity for talent-spotting and her unique, fresh taste will stand her in good stead’

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Pandora Monnas

Pandora Monnas

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Nessah Muthy

‘An exceptional talent whose writing has genuine heart, warmth and emotional depth’


Ira Putilova

‘A fantastic editor with flare and integrity, whose dedication to finding solutions is exemplary’

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Lottie Naughton-Rumbo

‘Lottie is an incredibly dynamic, tenacious and exciting developer’

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Nick Hitchcock

‘Nick has taken on board our ethos of being a client-facing agency and has brought with him an excellent awareness of up-and-coming talent’

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Martyna Knitter

‘Impressive commitment, drive and ability to transform challenges into opportunities’

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Tolu Ogunware

‘Tolu is smart, talented and an absolute pleasure to work with’

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Eloise Millard

‘She will work tirelessly to get it right and is always thinking about the audience. This is what makes her exceptional’

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Christopher CF Chow

‘Christopher’s work is always elegant, precise and economic – he edits only in pursuit of elevating the story’

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Zoe King

‘Zoe has an endless well of positivity even in the face of the most bonkers productions’

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Hot Shots 2023: Directors & DoPs

Ade Femzo, Aurora Fearnley, Sam Ewen, Martyna Knitter, Tolu Ogunware

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Nathalie Swain-Diaz

‘Nat cares deeply about her work, is fascinated by story and strives to meet the highest editorial and trust standards’

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Emma Rowe

‘I don’t think you could meet anyone more conscientious, hard-working and able than Emma’

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Hot Shots 2023: Researchers & assistant producers

Sarah Masiyiwa, Nathalie Swain-Diaz, Calum Leslie, Dan Viner, Eloise Millard, Maria McCloskey, Katharine McCallum, Will Robbins, Dion Hesson

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Hot Shots 2023: Talent managers

Milly Bell, Heather Winstanley, Nick Hitchcock, Ray Böhm, Seb Jewell

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Kariim Case

‘Always one step ahead of the zeitgeist’

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Hot Shots 2023: Production managers

Jade Miller-Robinson, Zoe King, Will Shellard, Emma Rowe, Jennifer Dempster

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Hot Shots 2023: Commissioners

Jess O’Riordan, Oliver Diamond, Art Sejdiu, Kaio Grizzelle

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Will Robbins

‘Will is super in tune with social media trends/TikTok, which has fed into the creative of shows and ideas’

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Katharine McCallum

‘Katharine will one day be our boss. She embraces new roles and duties and always excels’

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Maria McCloskey

‘Maria is too young to be this talented and experienced’

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Dan Viner

‘Dan is keen to listen and learn and has a great work ethic. His research is always thorough’

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Ellie Merz

‘She’s a passionate film-maker, full of ideas, but calm when challenges arise’

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Alyona Synegina

‘With Alyona we got so much more. She pitched idea after idea and was a creative force’

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Ray Böhm

‘The next-generation leader we need in this industry’

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Robert Hunter

‘Robert is a skilled writer, producer, sales person, negotiator and creative, with strong leadership skills’

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Ameenah Taher

‘With a real understanding of the next generation of audiences, she has proved to be a true asset to the future of our industry’

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Aurora Fearnley

‘Aurora is a fierce campaigner for disability rights and she wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power’

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Will Shellard

‘You can throw any challenge at Will and it’s completed with focus, determination and drive’

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Hot Shots 2023: Producers & PDs

Steve Monger, Alyona Synegina, Louis Lee Ray, Ellie Merz, Chibuikem Oforka, Hassan Ghazi, Celia Jennison, Ruben Reuter, Georgina Lee, Pandora Monnas, Tafara Makopa

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Hot Shots 2023: Post & craft

Sara Hassan, Laura Taylor, Will Hewitt, Acelya Kancelik, Christopher Chow, Ira Putilova

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Anna Costello

‘Anna stands out as a real talent, not just because she is very funny, but because of how perceptive and considered she is’

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Tafara Makopa

‘Nimbly redefined the modern-day indie, crafting a business model that navigates challenging budgets while allowing Wall to grow and innovate’

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Georgina Lee

‘A blockbuster year’

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Ruben Reuter

‘Ruben’s warmth and humour not only puts contributors at ease, but invites audiences to difficult stories in an accessible way’

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Celia Jennison

‘One of Celia’s greatest strengths is how seriously she takes duty of care. Her integrity and moral compass are second to none’

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Hassan Ghazi

‘Hassan has it all – he’s able to produce talent with great maturity, and has natural storytelling ability and impressive visual flair’

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Chibuikem Oforka

‘He has a tireless work ethic and the determination to do right by the story’

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Louis Lee Ray

‘His judgement is impeccable, he’s calm under pressure and good humoured in the face of adversity’

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Seb Jewell

‘His likeable and warm personality allows him to build strong relationships with clients, commissioners and producers’

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Will Hewitt

‘With Will’s ability to tell a visual story, plus his attention to detail, he will always be in demand as a creative collaborator’

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Sam Ewen

‘A natural leader with a relentless flow of creative ideas’

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Jennifer Dempster

‘Smart, creative and cool under pressure, I’ve no doubt she will rise to production manager level at lightning speed’

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Dion Hesson

‘I am genuinely in awe at the passion, dedication and intellectual engagement he brings to everything he’s involved with’

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The Sixth Commandment, BBC1

Writer and creator Sarah Phelps explains how she told the story of a real life murder without putting the perpetrator at the centre of the narrative

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The Rosie Jones doc: Why I advised Channel 4 to go with that title

Channel 4 disability consultant Ally Castle explains the thinking behind the controversial name

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Fifteen-Love: power games on Centre Court

Handling the themes of abuse and consent with sensitivity was key for the team behind the Amazon tennis drama

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What’s in a name? Provocative titles in the spotlight

Broadcasters are attempting to balance the need to stand out with the possibility of upsetting contributors or the public, says Chris Curtis

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Only eyewitness journalism can solve the case of Schrödinger’s War

The necessity of on-the-ground reporting has never been more apparent, argues Sky News chief Jonathan Levy


Fred and Pete’s Treasure Tales, CBeebies

Executive producer Jasper James on the joys of unearthing local talent in Cornwall for a fast paced kids factual show

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Gallery: Broadcast Digital Awards 2023

Familiar faces from across the industry gathered for the annual Broadcast Digital Awards, hosted by Suzi Ruffell

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Channel of the Year: Dave

‘A brilliant jewel in the UKTV crown’

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Multichannel Production Company of the Year: Yeti

‘An emerging Welsh powerhouse which proves that a smaller company can punch above its weight’

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Best Specialist Channel: History Hit

‘Innovative, clear and distinctive’

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Best Short Form Documentary: Kingpin Cribs: Drugs, Death And Pet Tigers

‘Eye-opening and terrifying, subversive and totally unexpected’

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Best Specialist Factual Programme: Prehistoric Planet

‘An innovative approach to a very assured format’

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Best Entertainment Programme: Don’t Hate The Playaz

‘An exhilarating watch, edged with a joyous sense of danger, in a format that is coming into its own’

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Best True Crime Documentary: Libby, Are You Home Yet?

‘A stark portrait of grief that told a parent’s worst nightmare in a sensitive and moving way’

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Gamechanger Programme of the Year: Bangers and Cash

‘Genuine warmth and authenticity’

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Best Short Form Scripted: Red Flag

‘Absolutely hilarious and a very talented cast’


Best Entertainment Channel: Channel 4.0

‘A brilliant example of a broadcaster acknowledging it needs to meet its audience where they are, with great success’

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Best Comedy Programme: Extraordinary

‘Everything about this show is extraordinary’


Best Factual Channel: More 4

‘A standout channel that knows its own audience and delivers exactly what they are looking for’


Best Digital Support for a Programme: Hollyoaks

‘The digital support has the potential to be a real force for good’

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Best Drama Programme: I Hate Suzie Too

‘Masterfully unpack layers of the modern-day anxieties behind the curtain of media’

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Best Programme Acquisition: The Dangerous Rise of Andrew Tate

‘An innovative approach to a very assured format’


Best Current Affairs Programme: Sexsomnia: Case Closed?

‘Beautiful documentary-making with the present tense narrative of the investigation’

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Best Popular Factual Programme: Big Zuu’s Big Eats

‘An innovative approach to a very assured format’


Best Content Partnership or AFP: Game & Glory

‘Beautifully made. I knew about esports but I didn’t realise it was exactly like this!’


Best Sports or Live Event Coverage: The Hundred

‘Exciting, impressive coverage’


Best Digital Support for a Strand, Channel or Genre: Game On!

‘It was innovative and sets the bar on how you create a community away from your own platform’

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Best Documentary Programme: The Footballer, His Wife and the Crash

‘An enthralling story in which nothing is quite as it seems’

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Creating a state-of-the-art shark lab in CG

Arrow Media’s Nick Metcalfe goes behind-the-scenes during the making of When Sharks Attack 360


Action and accessibility hold key to Blindspot appeal

Director Jordan Hogg on how simple questions made producing the Clapperboard/Channel 5’s drama a better experience


Studios set to navigate slowdown

Leading figures from the studios sector discuss the effect of stagnant economic conditions and the US writers’ strike

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Big Wave Productions’ director of natural history Emma Ross on proving that sharks off the coast of South Africa are eating each other

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Evacuation, Channel 4

How Wonderhood gained access to the human story of the soldiers who helped evacuate Kabul


Creative Review: Stormy seas and old masters

UK post houses’ best recent work, from creating CG oceans for No Escape to drawing inspiration from great artists for The Gallows Pole


Jon Snow: A Witness to History, Channel 4

Director Johnny Burke on the thrill of filming your hero - and the challenge of covering a 50-year career in 60 minutes

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Why range is key for Passion Pictures

The documentary maker on choosing to pursue an eclectic mix of films rather than specialise

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Kate Bulkley: Broadcasters need to be smart to hook Gen Z viewers

The challenge is not only to come up with relevant content, but to find new ways to ensure it reaches the target audience

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NHU chief on the ‘moral responsibility’ to support overseas filmmakers

Jonny Keeling shares his long campaign for more in-country training

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Analysis: How the sector is making use of AI

From automating time-consuming tasks to aiding creativity, use of the technology is spreading rapidly


Andy Waters: Pushing boundaries is vital – especially in tough times

Embracing tech such as virtual production can help navigate challenging periods in a sustainable way, says the Dock 10 head of studios

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End Credits: Caroline Roseman

Initial’s creative director, development, on meeting Dynasty stars and her ‘drive-by-Minnelli’ moment


Seen on screen: LGBTQ+ stories come out of the closet

Three figures involved in shows with LGBTQ+ themes discuss the significance and creativity of the likes of I Kissed A Boy and Heartstopper

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Roy Ackerman: My top 10 tips for navigating an industry reset

Turmoil in the streaming business is striking fear into factual producers, but we will come out the other side

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Simon Evans: Bringing down the curtain on Staged

The lockdown comedy is the product of a strange time, but it continues to resonate even as it draws to a conclusion

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Emmys spotlight: The Crown costume designer Amy Roberts

Emmy award winner on dressing Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville in autumnal fifth season

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Black Mirror: reflections on true crime

Charlie Brooker’s pastiche in Loch Henry serves to reinforce the importance of the documentary staple in popular culture argues Will Hanrahan


Emmys spotlight: Jack Lowden on Slow Horses

Lead actor discusses the See Saw Films drama, moving into producing and his ‘funny career’

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Nick Swimer: How the Media Bill could modernise due prominence

Moves to make ‘due prominence’ requirements fit for the digital age are long overdue, and much is still unclear

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Puzzling, Channel 5

12 Yard Productions’ head of entertainment Paul McGettigan on the speedy turnaround of a new quiz format

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Emmys spotlight: Emily Blunt on The English

Lead actor on Hugo Blick’s revenge western on executive producing and why the ‘best material is on television usually’


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Series producer Kate South explains how her team unlocked the stories of Americas mothers behind bars

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Catching up with Amazon Prime Video’s £10m talent initiative

Dan Grabiner and Donna Taberer on the streamer’s Prime Video Pathway one year in

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Marcus Ryder: AI presents an existential threat to media diversity

Here’s how we can protect the precious progress with have made on diversity from the biases built into artificial intelligence


Emmys spotlight: Succession director Mark Mylod on taking credit and avoiding spoilers

‘There were so many key episodes in this season — I was greedy as ever to do them all’

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Look See Wow!, Sky Kids

Executive producer Eline van der Velden explains how her team got hands on to make an ASMR-inspired immersive show for toddlers


Emmys spotlight: Bad Sisters cast on the challenges of balancing comedy and drama

Creator Sharon Horgan and fellow cast members discuss the importance of presenting an authentic portrayal of domestic abuse

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Jean Mackenzie: ‘My sources could have been executed – I haven’t stopped thinking about it’

The BBC’s Korea correspondent talks to Broadcast about her BBC2 doc North Korea: The Insiders

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Andy R. Worboys: Why I’m quitting as an editor

The industry’s refusal to take a chance on people is making docs look samey - and worse, it’s driving talent out

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The complex journey to air Blackadder's pilot episode

Executive producer Tom Edwards explains the challenges of bringing the 40-year-old pilot of a beloved show to TV for the first time

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Our Planet II, Netflix

How the landmark Silverback sequel reinvents itself, getting notes and harnessing the latest tech

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Gwenda Carnie: Deal-making tips for creative people

Ahead of the Sheffield Doc Fest, here are some helpful hints for a moment creatives anticipate and dread in equal measure

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First look: The Sixth Commandment, BBC1

Wild Mercury and True Vision thriller explores the death of Peter Farquhar


Frankie Dettori: An Ascot Legacy, Sky Sports Racing

Little Dot Sport creative producer Will O’Sullivan on how to make the most of limited time with a documentary star

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Dan Walker: “You just don’t get many opportunities like this”

One year into the job, the 5 News lead anchor sits down with Broadcast to discuss building trust, impartiality, and having Ben Frow as a boss


John Cassy: It’s early days, but Apple’s virtual reality headset really could change everything

VR will bring in new ways of experiencing and telling stories – and the TV world must be prepared to evolve


Forced Out, Sky Documentaries

Producer Sophie Perrins explains how she and her LGBT+ crew told the story of those who were ejected from the Armed Forces because of their sexuality

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The Writers Strike: Broadcast on the picket line

From Paramount to Netflix, Sony to CBS, an on-the-ground account from writers and WGA members about the cause for which they are fighting

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The Future of sustainability in the broadcast sector

With World Environment Day encouraging action for the protection of the environment, Adrian Pennington talks to tech companies about their sustainability plans

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My Husband the MMA Fighter, BBC1

Director Christine Johnston explains the challenges of directing and producing her first documentary film


Stephen Arnell: Never mind the optics, show me the money

It’s an arrogant mistake to award sizeable bonuses to C4’s top team shortly after cost-cutting measures left producers in the lurch

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Monster In The Morgue: David Fuller, Sky Documentaries

Series director Andrew Parkin on the challenge of making a documentary about one of the biggest taboos


LA Screenings: is global licensing back?

With Amazon selling originals and Disney and Warner screening again, buyers and distributors assess whether the pre-streamer sales market has returned


A Paedophile in My Family: Surviving Dad, Channel 4

Producer-director Sophie Oliver on how she navigated complex duty of care needs to tell a difficult story

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Gender Wars, Channel 4

Director Pamela Gordon explains how the much-contested documentary gained the trust of trans contributors

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Meet Sky’s new cohort of commissioners

Broadcaster recruits seven creatives from different walks of life to help it deliver more authentic stories


Interview: Zinc Media’s Tanya Shaw shows her mettle

Indie group’s MD of television on turning what many perceived as a confusing array of indie labels into a cohesive & profitable business

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Richard Sharp exit highlights flaws in system

The BBC chair’s resignation has raised concerns over the corporation’s governance and spotlighted the political nature of the recruitment process

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Faraz Osman: Under-representation persists but there is cause for optimism

Younger generations are exploring their identity on their own terms and the way they support each other is inspiring

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Ukrainian producers come out fighting

War has devastated Ukraine but a group of production companies have come together to kickstart the country’s TV industry

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Huw Edwards: An unprecedented year for BBC News

The News at Ten anchor on helming the corporation’s coronation coverage, standing up to critics, and the problem with impartiality

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Fatima Salaria: Taking time out has given me a fresh perspective

The value of journalism and the challenges that women and people of colour face have been brought into focus, says Fatima Salaria


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The screenwriter/director and co-creator and writer of Blue Lights on Jack Charlton, hurling and a rough ride at Alton Towers

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State of the Nation: The view from the post sector

The Post-Production: State of the Nation panel at MPTS brought together three execs from leading facilities to discuss the challenges they face


Training needs to adapt to TV’s specific needs

Seetha Kumar: Government-backed apprenticeships have given emerging talent a break, but they have exposed faultlines in the system


Schedules and familiar shows take us back to the future

Clear release patterns and even clearer programme concepts appear to be the order of the day

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Rescue the relationship between public service content and young people

Reach audiences where they are, rather than where we think they should be, says Emma Scott

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How pots of funding can help middle ground indies

Candour Productions director of development Hannah Demidowicz on the vital support available to indies

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Gallery: Alexander Armstrong in Sri Lanka, C5

Selection of images from Burning Bright Productions’ travel format


Silverpoint: Imagining the impossible

Series producer Trevor Klein on bigger expectations and a bigger budget for series two

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Comment: unpicking the slowdown with Talent Manager data

The volume of jobs being advertised is well down on pre-pandemic levels, says Sarah Lee

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Ten Pound Poms, BBC1

Executive producers Danny Brocklehurst and Joel Wilson on making a drama series with ‘dirt under its fingernails’

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Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction, BBC1

Grace Reynolds, executive producer, on telling a story which is both personal and wide-ranging


First look: Mary & George, Sky Atlantic

Hera Pictures’ seven-part series airs later this year

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​The growing influence of gaming VFX on the film and TV industry

Allan Poore at Unity explains how the lines between gaming and film technology are more blurred than ever

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Eurovision Song Contest Postcards, BBC1

Series producer Tom Cook reveals how his team put together the Eurovision VTs showcasing the different countries involved

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How we brought Eurovision to UK viewers

dock10 studio manager Adam Balcombe reveals the facility’s work as a production base for the BBC’s transmission


Sara Putt: While we celebrate our industry’s excellence, let’s remember tomorrow’s talent

We must level the playing field if we want the best creatives, says the deputy chair of BAFTA and chair of the BAFTA TV Committee

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The creative use of generative AI in post-production

Graham McGuinness at Jigsaw24 Media explains how AI is already helping post-production with creating technical grades and post-producing scripted content

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Therapy: Tough Talking, BBC3

Northern Child creative director Andrew Eastel on balancing duty of care with opening up the world of therapy

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Gallery: Ten Pound Poms, BBC1

Selection of images from Eleven drama set in 1956 following the Brits who are charged just £10 to head to Australia

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Behind the scenes on Kids, Channel 4

Producer-director Paddy Wivell explains how the power of obs docs help contributors tell previously unheard stories


BBC’s biggest week: Kate Phillips and Martin Green on Eurovision

Unscripted director and Eurovision chief on producing a momentous musical spectacle a week after the Conoration


Content Summit: What's the game plan with social media?

Three leading sports content makers on how they produce engaging films for social media platforms and the best way to hook the target audience

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Nick Swimer: The Media Bill could lay the foundations for regional indie growth

The opportunities this legislation presents for out-of-London production are in danger of being overlooked

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​The rise of France as a VFX hub

Tony White explains why France could soon lay claim to being the next big home for visual effects

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End Credits: Rob Butterfield

The head of Ricochet, Glasgow, on Cowboy Builders and finding a sex dungeon


The regional SVoDS taking on the big guns of streaming

In a David vs Goliath scenario, regional streamers are going toe to toe with the giants of the industry and holding their own

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Kidnapped – The Angel Lynn Story: The ethics of filming a story of abuse

Wonderhood Studios navigated a complex consent issue to bring the tragic story of a victim of coercive control to screen


N&R indies call for greater commissioning autonomy

While broadcasters’ nations and regions push is praised, decision-making is still seen as too Londoncentric

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Scott Bryan: Even in the streaming age, there’s plenty of life in live

The industry and the audience would both be worse off if the rise of streaming makes live shows a thing of the past

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Analysis: Grabbing a slice of online original content

With online platforms stepping back from ordering original content, what are the opportunities for indies working in the space?

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Mike Darcey: BBC is betting goodwill holds key to licence fee debate

Viewers struggling with the cost of living may decide not to pay the licence fee despite using a plethora of free services

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Broadcast Indie Summit: Indies raise concerns over mid-market squeeze

Fears over dwindling appetite for mid-priced shows as broadcasters focus more on cut-through or low-price content


Broadcast Indie Summit: Amazon reveals all

The SVoD giant’s full UK team offer insight into its commissioning strategy


Leo Pearlman: The industry overlooks the north east at its peril

The TV sector stands to reap significant benefits if it follows Fulwell 73’s lead and invests in this incredible region

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Catherine Reitman: Workin’ hard

As Workin’ Moms kicks off its final series, its creator reflects on how a primarily female team helped capture motherhood in all its messy details

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First look: The Gallows Pole, BBC2

Shane Meadows’ series, produced by Element in association with Big Arty, is based on Benjamin Myers’ book

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The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld, BBC2

Director Michael Waldman on the quirks of capturing the lavish life of one of fashion’s most eccentric stars

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Christopher Yip: TV must trust people of colour to tell their own stories

The industry needs to embrace the wealth of talent that exists if it wants to make honest, authentic shows


Chloe Sarosh: Why we need new voices in natural history

Wildstar Films’ executive producer explains why increasing diversity in wildlife films is crucial


The US writers’ strike: What will it mean for the UK industry?

British peers show solidarity with fight for fair pay


Tweaks to distribution models point to more flexible future

Format deals are back with a bang thanks to the fresh thinking and bold partnership behind The Traitors


How an ageing professor inspired James Reed’s latest Netflix epic

Oscar winner embraced the drama of handheld cameras to keep up with battling chimps

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Dr Xand’s Con Or Cure, BBC1

Executive producer Brendan Hughes explains the challenge of shooting 10 shows in four days


The Missing Heiress: Betrayals In The Riviera

‘The originality of the series is the Shakespearian element of betrayal and tragedy’

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Scared of the Dark: shining a light on the social experiment

Creators of Channel 4 series on creating a reality show in total darkness


Factual leads the charge in Cannes

“Unscripted programming is the driving force as documentary accounts for half our Hot Picks”


Silence, language barriers and crime syndicates: the making of The Good Mothers

First director Julian Jarrold explains the challenges of filming a drama about the mafia in their own back yard

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Deborah James: Bowelbabe In Her Own Words, BBC2

Director Sara Hardy explains the challenges of creating an archive documentary using very 21st Century material

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The Man Who Played With Fire

‘It’s visually impressive, narratively captivating and will have viewers hooked’

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The Last Secrets Of Humankind

‘It’s a high-quality production where you can see the budget on screen’

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True crime, docu-drama and follow docs are the order of the day in a bumper unscripted line-up

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Competition titles continue to dominate as buyers look for multi-layered storytelling

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Old Enough

‘It is fascinating to see how children are capable of thinking and acting on their own’


The Chameleon: The Killing Of Ronald Platt

‘Stranger than fiction is more than just true crime and this film embodies that’

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The Piano

‘We’re living in dark times. Beautiful, uplifting stories are much needed’

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Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge

‘This is a shiny floor general entertainment show that is universally relatable’

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The Real Fatal Attraction

‘It is counterintuitive of the genre because true-crime victims are usually female’

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Bend it Like Bollywood

‘You feel like you can’t walk away from the screen in case you miss a critical piece of information’

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‘You feel like you can’t walk away from the screen in case you miss a critical piece of information’

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The Pez Outlaw

‘Steve broke the law, but he was also an underdog and you can’t help rooting for him’

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Orphan Black: Echoes

‘Many buyers are familiar with this universe and are looking forward to re-engaging with it’

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Competition in the streaming business is growing FAST

Revenues from free-ad supported TV channels are predicted to triple by 2027 and the battle is on to win the biggest share, says Kate Bulkley

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Staying on top in distribution

Five European distributors explain how they’re adapting their business models to remain competitive in a challenging market

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Ob-docs put true crime in the shade

Analysis of Broadcast’s 100+ Hot Picks submissions reveals nearly 75% are unscripted, with just a single UK drama making the final list

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Lyra, Channel 4

Director Alison Millar explains the heart-wrenching task of allowing her friend, the murdered journalist Lyra McKee, to tell her own story

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‘It’s a love letter to what sport can and should be, but it’s also an unflinching look at it’


Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter

‘The story may play out in medieval Scandinavia but everyone can relate to it’

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Character-driven series span fantasy, sci-fi, crime and families in this international-driven selection

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In Limbo

‘In Limbo is a smart, funny, relatable series with a powerful message at its core’

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A Body That Works

‘It is a very emotional watch. Audiences will find themselves laughing and crying’

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It’s time for an overhaul of TV ratings

Pierre De Lannoy, EMEA Strategy Director at MiQ on how TV ratings need to keep up with changing viewing habits

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Will Hanrahan: look to journalists when setting true crime standards

Established journalistic good practice balances ethical conundrums with exposing wrongdoing – so let’s not reinvent the wheel

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Made Up In Belfast, BBC3

Emma-Rosa Dias, managing director for Afro-Mic Productions, explains how BBC NI’s new glossy reality show came to be

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Brink Of Disaster

‘There has always been a fascination with this genre and it hasn’t diminished’


Relocating Six Four to Scotland

How ITVX’s latest thriller reimagines Hideo Yokoyama’s Japanese bestseller in Glasgow

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What can Wrexham’s Hollywood takeover teach other sports brands?

Chris Whitson, global head of strategy at creative agency Iris, explains how other rights holders could follow in Wrexham’s footsteps

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End Credits: Carlo Dusi

The Endor Productions managing director on crying at Happy Valley and learning from Ridley Scott


Job uncertainty threatens progress made on diversity

Great strides have been made in attracting people from diverse backgrounds – but now we need to keep them, says Lorraine Heggessey

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Julia Lopez: Let’s make sure the UK keeps making brilliant kids’ TV

The DCMS minister explains how the government plans to ensure children can continue to access inspiring, life-enriching British-made content


What producers look for in a post house

Two leading producers discuss what they want from a post facility, from talent and technology to the quality of biscuits


Broadcasters target novel IP

Netflix’s Alice Dill and Audible’s Lydia Shamah reveal what they look for when commissioning book adaptations


Diversity roundtable: We’re in it together

Amazon, Banijay and Fremantle diversity heads say more collaboration between broadcasters & indies is essential for true progress on inclusion


Chasing the Rains, Sky Nature

Producer Faith Musembi on getting close to animal families during a severe drought


HiddenLight: Shining a light on trailblazing women

Chelsea and Hillary Clinton’s indie aims to create change by bringing remarkable stories of female pioneers to screen


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Series producer Andrew Abbott explains how his team captured the realities of policing across vast swathes of northern Scotland

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Interview: Studio Lambert discuss the triumphant Traitors and the Squid Game controversy

Chief executive Stephen Lambert and creative director Tim Harcourt discuss scale, ambitions, the secrets behind Traitors and the Squid Game: The Challenge controversy

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In Conversation: Jack Thorne and Lisa McGee

The Derry Girls and Then Barbara Met Alan scribes discuss the creative processes behind their shows and the future of British TV writing

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Indie Survey 2023: funding and inflation top list of indie concerns

As inflation bites and belts tighten due to the rise in the cost of living, the UK production sector is feeling the squeeze


Talent crunch poses questions we desperately need to answer

The logjam has finally eased off – so now is the time to get stuck into practical solutions

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PSBs win praise in tough times

After a difficult year for both broadcasters, the BBC is voted the strongest broadcaster and Channel 4 is named the best to work with

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ITV: ITVX yet to impact spending patterns

Broadcaster has earmarked an additional £160m a year of spending on the platform for drama and comedy

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Bumps along the road to recovery

‘Given what we have all endured, there is much to celebrate in this year’s survey’

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Channel 5: Frow doubles down on drama

Broadcaster set to air 60 hours of the genre in 2023, compared with just eight four years ago


UK indies feel the effects of Brexit

Increased costs and bureaucracy involved with filming on the continent among UK producers’ biggest concerns


Peer Poll: top 10 revealed

Which company does the production sector rate the highest?


Indies feel pinch as inflation squeezes margins

While total turnover is up £600m on 2022, respondents to the Indie Survey 2023 say that cost inflation & funding gaps are their biggest concerns


Sky: Entertainment and factual rule the roost

Biggest supplier was Avalon which provided 33 hours comprising comedy and true crime

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BBC: Whisper breaks into top three

The Uefa Women’s Euros helps propel the indie into second place


Indies reap rewards of N&R push

The impact of broadcasters’ efforts to increase nations and regions production shows in rising revenues, but recruitment problems remain a concern

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UKTV: Originals bring in fresh suppliers

Air TV, Zeppotron, King of Sunshine and Rare TV were among the indies to have benefitted from orders


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Avalon tops table ahead of Sister

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Channel 4: Hits and misses as C4 prepares for new phase

2022 saw the launch of the Roughcut comedy Big Boys and Fable Pictures’ Hullraisers


Discovery+ commissions ease fears over merger

Streamer praised for its “clear directives, joined-up thinking between editorial and commercial, and speedy responses”


Consolidators bounce back

As All3Media once again leads the pack, indie owners and consolidators look to be firmly back on track, with revenues up 41% year on year


Netflix stays on top as UK hours increase

Streamer raised UK-produced content to 129 hours

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Indie Survey Table 2023

Click to view the top performing companies


Joe Lycett: a rebel with a cause

The comedian and consumer affairs champion discusses breaking free from formats, the pull of live TV and going viral


The key to not ruining a good series: knowing when to stop

It’s tempting to continue season after season with a hit series, but that’s when you put its legacy at risk, says Danny Brocklehurst


Breathing exercises can’t fix production’s mental heath crisis

Instead of mindfulness tips, production companies and broadcasters should be offering up the cash to make workloads manageable, an anonymous freelancer says


Robin Elias: We forget the sacrifices of frontline news teams at our peril

20 years on from the start of the Iraq war, the International News Safety Institute chair reflects on colleagues he’s lost and the value of their work


Netflix in Europe: the inside story of the streamer’s rise, growing pains and next steps

Tim Dams discovers how the streamer is tackling a competitive market


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Selection of images from the third series of Doozer Productions’ football comedy

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Joanna Carr: In an increasingly turbulent world, we need brilliant current affairs

Powerful reporting that delves behind the headlines has never been more necessary - fortunately, TV journalists are delivering


Vine FX: Why we moved out of Soho

Michael Illingworth of Vine FX explains his company’s journey out of Soho to Cambridge while establishing a global workforce

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Fred’s Last Resort, E4

David Harrison, executive and joint creative director, Betty TV, on why his reality show relied on finding exactly the right hotel

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First look: The Killing Kind, Paramount+

Eleventh Hour Films six-parter stars Emma Appleton and Colin Morgan


Charlene Chika Osuagwu: ‘Paula’ shows how much still needs to change

The producer of Curious Films’ Paula Yates doc reflects on the questions the film raises over the treatment of women in the public eye

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Why do BBC’s editorial guidelines still carry foreword by Tony Hall?

Staff are raising the question because the guidance is fronted by DG who left almost three years ago, writes Tara Conlan


CITV closure not surprising but ITV’s attitude to children’s TV is “unfathomable”

Children’s Media Foundation director Greg Childs says ITV’s approach is a “big mistake”


Q&A: Becoming Frida Kahlo, BBC2

Creatives behind Rogan Scotland’s doc series discuss how they got to know the iconic artist in order to tell her story through her eyes


Gallery: Outlast, Netflix

In the extreme Alaskan wild, 16 survivalists compete for a chance to win a massive cash prize

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Neil Duncanson: How Create Central is turning Birmingham into a global media player

The opening of the Bond creative hub is a key step in reinvigorating the West Midlands’ TV industry and inspiring the next generation of local talent


How four leading Bafta figures are blazing a trail while juggling parenting, the pay gap and systemic biases

Sara Putt, Anna Higgs, and Tara Saunders, join Ade Rawcliffe to share stories on handling salary negotiations and forging work-life balances


Arctic From Above, Sky Nature

Director Olly Bootle explains why the Arctic is best explored from the air

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RTS Journalism Awards’ ‘smattering of colour’ fails to mask uncomfortable truth

The journalism that is most valued by the industry and shapes national British debates remains overwhelmingly white, writes Marcus Ryder


Murder in the Pacific, BBC2

Director Chloe Campbell explains how she directed a documentary about the bombing of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior


Anorexic, Channel 5

Rachel Harvie, executive producer explains why allowing contributors to take the lead can create a more intimate and illuminating film

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Creative Review: New worlds and deep fakes

From lighting up the land of the dead to creating the London of the future and turning actors into celebrity doppelgangers


What the BBC can learn from its global peers

Facing threats from streamers on one side and politicians on the other, the corporation is in the same boat as many other public service broadcasters

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Formats fight it out at London TV Screenings 2023

With multiple competition formats battling it out, Broadcast highlights the trends and shows shaping this year’s event


Tempting Fortune: Adventure with a tempting twist

Voltage TV format, sold by Cineflix Rights, sends contestants on a trek across South Africa to win £300k – if they can keep their desires in check

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True crime’s most wanted

Eye-catching titles from All3MI, Banijay Rights and Blue Ant International are among raft of true-crime shows up for grabs at the London TV Screenings

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Interview: Ruth Berry on uniting ITV Studios’ distribution businesses

Merger creates a 90,000-hour catalogue with more than 250 formats


Analysis: Northern Ireland indies battle to be noticed

NI producers say they feel left out by the PSBs, struggle to establish relationships with commissioners and lack returnable formats

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Interview: Russell T Davies and Nicola Shindler

The Nolly writer and Quay Street boss on their new ITVX drama and 30 years of working together


Realscreen reveals intense competition

Reboots, true crime, cookery and dating shows were the talk in Austin, as entertainment, factual, and fact-ent come to the fore

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Producers put talent first for short-form digital content

Showcasing compelling people and their passions is seen as best route to success on digital platforms

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End Credits: Nicky Huggett

The HiddenLight Productions head of development on inspiring women, Craig David and fish and chips

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Fatima Salaria: We would all benefit from taking time out to recharge

Burnout is a very real problem in this industry and those in need of a break deserve support


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Creative director Jesse Cleverly explains how Wildseed Studios helped new talent find their voice on screen

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To box set or not? Industry grapples with release dilemma

A more balanced approach appears to be emerging as broadcasters experiment with different strategies


Go Hard or Go Home, BBC3

Executive producer Michael Fraser explains how the tropical island-set fitness format came to be

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Ladstudios: Turning an hour of production into millions of views

Creative director Ben Powell-Jones lifts the lid on how Ladbible maximises its content for digital platforms

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First look: Wolf, BBC1

Hartswood thriller is based on the Jack Caffery novels

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Neil Grant: Where is the next generation of fearless current affairs reporters?

New recruits’ lack of fire and broadcasters’ failure to support them means there will be no one to take the baton when today’s veterans retire

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Victor Lewis-Smith’s final act of TV rebellion

In Fix or Fail, the acerbic broadcaster takes aim at fluffy business reality shows - and shaped my own philosophy, says collaborator Ryan Howsam

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How collaboration is beaming the UK’s biggest cultural moments across the globe

YouTube UK and Ireland managing director says partnerships between live events, traditional TV and online platforms represent the future

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Dinosaur with Stephen Fry, Channel 5

Tayte Simpson, executive producer on how the team had just six months to send the presenter back in time

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Broadcast Awards 2023 in pictures

Familiar faces gathered for the 28th Broadcast Awards, hosted by Sue Perkins

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Celebrating the best of British TV

‘What they share is the alchemy that takes place when clever, creative ideas combine with amazing production and top-tier on-screen talent’

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Broadcast Awards 2023 - the judges

Methodology and list of judges

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Channel of the Year: BBC1

‘BBC1 did its primary job last year to perfection: uniting, entertaining and inspiring a nation’


Best independent production company: Sister

‘Sister’s slate traverses mainstream hits and quirky pieces, with shows that manage to capture the zeitgeist and make viewers laugh and cry’


Emerging indie of the year: Forest

‘Mobeen Azhar and Jez Lee have proved fearless in their commitment to digging below the surface of communities to uncover bigger truths’

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Best post-production house: Halo

‘Judges praised Halo’s creative, solution-focused approach to clients but, most importantly its culture’

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Special recognition: Huw Edwards

‘He has been an informative, authoritative and deeply reassuring presence during many of the key moments of nation’s recent history’


Best sports programme: Women’s Euro 2022

‘This sporting event of the millennium so far, expertly covered and conveyed with a truly engaging and inspiring naturalness and enthusiasm’


Best drama series or serial: This Is Going To Hurt

‘The series seamlessly combines sharp wit, harrowing realism, perfectly formed characters and award-worthy acting’

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Best music programme: An Audience With Adele

‘An Audience With Adele delivers both impressive scale and a real connection with the audience’


Best documentary programme: The Real Mo Farah

‘An important, powerful and moving film. It is a revelatory piece of television with incredible twists and turns’

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Best children’s programme: Robin Robin

‘With a first-class script, this is the perfect Christmas treat and a welcome investment in felt stop animation’


Best daytime programme: Moneybags

‘Moneybags stands out due to its sheer originality, ingenuity, casting, cunning format twists and effervescent host’


Best popular factual programme: Olivia Attwood: Getting Filthy Rich

‘It feels like it is genuinely talking to a young audience. Olivia is a great talent who has some real moments of revelation’


Best multichannel programme: DRYCH: Fi, Rhyw ac Anabledd

‘It is a raw, positive and life-affirming film, and Rhys’s attitude to life is really moving. This is a brave and original commission for S4C’


Best entertainment programme: The 1% Club

‘The 1% Club is a brilliantly executed family entertainment show that became a genuine hit’


Best news/current affairs programme: The Whistleblowers Inside the UN

‘The film is full of fresh perspectives and new information. Huge kudos to the production team’


Best soap/continuing drama: Emmerdale

‘The script deftly moves between hilarity and heartbreak to deliver a true-to-life story that resonated deeply with viewers’

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Best single drama programme: Then Barbara Met Alan

‘A vibrant, entertaining and important show, bolstered by outstanding performances’


Best specialist factual programme: Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing

‘The film’s strength is the unstuffy, non-patronising, intelligent storytelling it brings to a young audience’

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Best pre school programme: Lovely Little Farm

‘The judges were impressed with this sustainable, diverse production & its use of gentle storytelling to invoke joy & wonder’


Best original programme: Mood

‘An edgy, entertaining, risky and reckless story. Both form and content feel very fresh and different’


Best documentary series: Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story

‘A powerful documentary that has used the archive in a chilling way to foreshadow and tell this horror story’

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Best comedy programme: Derry Girls

‘The show is comedy genius on every level, with loveable, funny characters you grow to love as friends’


Best international programme sales: The 1% Club

‘The show launched on ITV1 in the UK in April 2022 to huge critical acclaim, an incredible response on social media and strong viewing figures’

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How Channel 4’s The Piano breaks the rules of competition shows

Richard McKerrow reveals how the twist at the heart of his latest show turned the genre on its head

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Bringing TV soap royalty to life

Nolly director Peter Hoar on harnessing nostalgia and finding inspiration from Netflix’s The Crown


Analysis: What to do when talent goes rogue

Broadcasters have a moral duty around the behaviour of their stars, but navigating how to manage those who step out of line is a tricky business

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PSBs buck trend as streamers lead decline in commissions

Broadcast Intelligence’s Programme Index logged 1,748 commissions in 2022, down 9% on the previous year

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The big tech trends of the year

Leading industry figures reveal the technology that is exciting them most

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End Credits: Sarah Sapper

The Cornelia Street Productions managing director on jam-making, Blue Peter and cheesy scones


Analysis: The battle for younger viewers

Plans to end CBBC’s linear presence reflect changing viewing habits. But what do those making shows for children & young adults make of the move


Gallery: Broadcast Best Places to Work event

Winners in this year’s annual list attended a special event in London last week


Kate Bulkley: Broadcasters and streamers play it safe in tough times

Reboots, safe bets and programme extensions are the order of the day as global production spending growth slows


Sustainability comes to the fore in production

The amount of waste created making TV shows remains a concern but indies, broadcasters & suppliers are finding new ways to tackle the problem


How His Dark Materials is opening up new worlds

Bad Wolf has spent the past six years working on its adaptation for BBC1, but the show’s impact on the TV industry will last much longer

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It’s too soon to mourn the death of the premium doc

The boom may have slowed down, but there is still life in the genre as streamers continue to want the best ideas, says Roy Ackerman


Indies cautious over fresh proposals for C4

While the U-turn on privatisation has been widely cheered, producers are split over new proposals and what they could mean for the industry

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C4 saga is far from over as industry rings the changes

U-turn on privatisation comes during a period of flux for broadcasters and indies alike, writes Chris Curtis

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Putin vs the West, BBC2

Tim Stirzaker explains how a planned documentary about Russia foreign policy suddenly became more timely - and more challenging

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Best firms make staff feel valued

‘The top workplaces are offering more tangible support as the cost-of-living crisis unfolds’

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Best Places to Work: Peak Performers

We reveal and identify the corporate ethos and principles in five key disciplines that have helped turn these businesses into brilliant employers

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A helping hand in tough times

BPTW employers are both supporting their staff financially during the cost-of-living crisis and looking after their mental health

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The benefits of taking a break

This year’s Best Places to Work believe in helping their staff achieve a better work-life balance

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​No-one must be left behind in the streaming revolution

The fabric of our industry is at risk if we don’t protect universality, warns Jonathan Thompson, as DUK unveils a rebrand


Why the best places to work have something to shout about

Responses show employees prioritising good communication, as well as recognition for a job well done and a flexible approach to work

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Opening the doors: Top initiatives to improve diversity

This year’s BPTW are committed to improving inclusion through recruitment & training, and making the industry more accessible


CPL Productions

‘All senior managers are coached to ‘model’ good habits’


Offspring Films

‘We want people to feel valued, to know there is no such thing as a daft question or suggestion’



‘We work hard to try to ensure our teams and staff have a good work/life balance’


Boom Cymru TV

‘We take time to thank teams for the smallest thing, but particularly for their hard work at the end of productions’

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Air TV

‘Building and maintaining a strong team is at the heart of how we operate’


Objective Media Group

‘We want freelancers to feel part of the team - they are treated the same as our core staff’


Blast! Films

‘We want everyone to feel they can do their best work, with proper support, guidance, nurturing and constructive feedback’

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Voltage TV

‘We recognise the huge importance of making time for family and friends’


Stellify Media

‘We hope we have created a workplace in which everyone feels able to share anything – but we don’t take that for granted’


Remarkable Television

‘Social events are organised as often as possible’



‘We try to create a culture that applauds and acknowledges individual successes’



‘We believe kindness and collaboration breed productivity, that good business starts with being good to each other’

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Flicker Productions

‘You can bring your dog, pick up your kids and still progress in your career’


Strawberry Blond TV

‘All of the perks, schemes and initiatives have come from our staff’


The Whisper Group

‘Managers are trained to manage well and look for signs of people being overworked’


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‘We invest heavily in staff development and have a strong reputation for nurturing talent’

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‘There is no hierarchy – anyone can talk to anyone’

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Raise The Roof

‘We are passionately committed to developing people, and internships, initiatives and mentoring are a central part of our strategy to achieve this’

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Bad Wolf

‘Through Screen Alliance Wales, we engage with people from all backgrounds to encourage them to consider a role in high-end TV’


RDF West

‘We are very open and good at sharing in each other’s little wins and successes’



‘We have weekly Thursday night drinks, and offer annual bonuses when we are doing well’


Sixteen South

‘Over the past 15 years, we’ve crafted and recrafted our manifesto, which is posted on our website. It is our North Star’


Rapid Pictures & Radiant Post Production

‘Very few people work five days a week on site, which seems to be the best option for our employees’

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Workerbee TV

‘We believe in rewarding hard work and promoting an atmosphere of teamwork’



‘We believe we must stop, recognise and celebrate success at every opportunity’


The Garden Productions

‘It’s important for us to be ‘best in class’ when it comes to looking after people’

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Firecrest Films

‘We invest heavily in staff development and have a strong reputation for nurturing talent’


Dancing Ledge Productions

‘Our team outings include trips to concerts, plays and football games’

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Wildstar Films

‘At the time of the Fremantle deal, every employee was awarded a bonus in recognition of the role they played’


Blue Zoo

‘We care about our teams and appreciate that individuals have a specific set of requirements based on their own circumstances and needs’


MultiStory Media

‘We make innovative programmes that capture the heart of the nation and reflect the audiences that watch them’


Studio Ramsay Global

‘Many members of the Studio Ramsay family have risen through the ranks – we are always keen to promote key players and reward their success’

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‘Our inclusive approach encourages a skills and resource-sharing relationship’

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Outline Productions

‘We aim to be a generous workplace and set up a yearly Christmas charity collection for local homeless charities’

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‘We aim to create an enjoyable atmosphere where nothing is taken more seriously than it needs to be’

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‘We constantly evaluate salaries so we can be pre-emptive in paying people what they deserve’

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Mindhouse Productions

‘The duty of care we offer to contributors in terms of psychological support has been extended to all those working on the programmes’


Shine TV

‘We have policies to protect everyone, from H&S to grievance procedures and disciplinary protocols’


Rare TV

‘Pay is important, but a culture of inclusion and recognition of everyone’s contribution also counts for a lot’


Lifted Entertainment

‘We create a culture of learning and offer shadowing opportunities’

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Absolute Post

‘It’s important to us that staff feel the senior leadership team is approachable’

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Blink Films

‘We want to create a creative, generous, supportive workspace for all our staff’



‘It’s in our DNA to support one another’


All3Media International

‘We strive to inspire, guide and nurture all individuals, and to reflect our values’

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Lockwood & Co., Netflix

Casting director Kharmel Cochrane on the quest to find the right young stars for the adaptation of a much-loved novel

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TV must put its money where its mouth is on diversity

Reluctance to listen to or pay black creatives reveals the darker side of shallow diversity intiatives, says Gabriella Lafor


Analysts: Reed Hastings exit marks the end of an era at Netflix

SVoD is adjusting to the post-peak streaming market, according to GlobalData analysts

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Richard Wallis: The voice of the production manager must be heard

The current talent shortage in production management is emblematic of a bigger challenge - and it’s time to find out more


The Warship: Tour of Duty, BBC2

Director and producer Chris Terrill on the unique experience of filming on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Navy’s biggest warship

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Gallery: Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards

Selection of images from this year’s WGGB ceremony, held in London on Monday

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First look: The Gold, BBC1

Tannadice Pictures thriller explores the 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery


Gallery: Michelle Donelan visits C4 in Leeds

Culture secretary toured Majestic building and met the team behind 4Skills


The Territory, Disney +

Producer Lizzie Gillett on the bespoke finance strategy and collaborative approach to the award-winning documentary about land theft in the Amazon

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​Why technical support is heading for a perfect storm

Ian Somerville at Jigsaw24 Media explains why dedicated specialist tech support is more essential than ever before


Gallery: Maternal, ITV1

Selection of images from the ITV Studios hospital drama which launches Monday 16 January


Keely Winstone: Time for an alternative to factual drama

The Stonehouse doc maker asks whether the way we label retellings of history could actually be the problem

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Michelle Donelan: why I won’t sell C4

Exclusive: culture secretary reveals rationale for calling off previous regime’s privatisation plan


C4 is safe – but now faces in-house dilemma

Broadcaster will now enter a new era, irrespective of avoiding privatisation

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Gearing up for a world without traditional broadcast TV

Pierre de Lannoy at MiQ discusses how the industry can adapt to an internet-only TV environment

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Quiz of the year

Test yourself in our TV quiz of 2022

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Top 10 behind the scenes of 2022

Including Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me, Lovestruck High, Tell Me Everything and The Responder

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Top 10 comment articles of 2022

Including Ian Katz, Marcus Ryder, Jules Hussey and Steven D Wright


Dance Monsters, Netflix

Sarah Tyekiff, head of unscripted and executive producer, explains how a talent show featuring dancers digitally disguised as monsters came to be

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Top 10 interviews of 2022

Including Anne Mensah, Kevin Lygo and Jane Featherstone


The BBC show that shaped me

To celebrate the corporation’s centenary, key industry figures reveal the shows that have had a lasting impact on their lives and careers

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End Credits: Diane Dunbar

Tern Television’s head of production on office dogs, emojis and Life on Mars

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Mike Darcey: Bob Iger has his work cut out to bring back Disney magic

The problems the former chief executive has been brought back to fix are the result of his own strategic calls


Year in Review: Three prime ministers and a funeral

From Paddington at the palace to C4’s My Massive Cock, we look back at the most sensational and unmissable moments in TV in 2022

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Broadcast’s shows of the year

Members of the team pick their favourite programmes of 2022 and predict what will cut through next year


Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama, Channel 4

Executive producer Tom Popay on distilling the court case that gripped the nation into two episodes of TV

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Deep Fake Neighbour Wars: Faking it for laughs

Tiger Aspect’s Deep Fake Neighbour Wars uses state-of-the-art technology to show ‘celebrities’ feuding with each other over the garden fence

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Top 20 news stories of 2022

Click for a round-up of the year’s most significant events

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Using Dolby Atmos to distribute production music

Garry Judd at Artful Production Music explains why libraries should look to offer Dolby Atmos music mixes


Broadcast Sport Tech Innovation Forum: City Studios sets the standard for in-house content

A panel of execs from Manchester City FC’s new studio set-up discuss how it has transformed the way the club creates content


Studios rush to expand as demand soars

New facilities are being built around the country and existing sites are expanding, but concerns remain over soaring energy costs and a lack of crew

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Roundtable: Doc-makers stand up for right to take risks

Four winners of this year’s Grierson Awards share their concerns about the documentary space


Andy Harries on Left Bank’s third act

With a raft of commissions for both terrestrial channels and streamers already in the works, the drama indie is well prepared for life after The Crown

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Podcast: how far has the TV industry come since #MeToo?

Times Up UK chair Heather Rabbatts discusses the progress made and setting up the Independent Standards Authority


Scott Bryan: Rebranding channels can create confusion rather than clarity

Updating long-established channel and platform names for the streaming age doesn’t always pay off


The Snowman: the film that changed Christmas, C4

Producer/director Robert Neill on exploring the legacy of a short but magical film


No one wins if the balance of reboots tips too far out of kilter

It makes sense for broadcasters to play it safe, but reboots are limited and offer no guarantees

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​Paul Sumpter: Creating the new sound of ITV and ITVX

The creative director of the sound house behind the musical aspects of ITVX explains how it came about

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Spike Milligan: The Unseen Archive, Sky Arts

Director Seb Barfield on capturing the chaos and comedy of Spike Milligan in an archival documentary


My Dead Body, Channel 4

Director Sophie Robinson on the challenges of honouring life and dignity in a film about dissection

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First look: Better, BBC1

Sister thriller explores the complex bonds of loyalty and family

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How deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people are claiming their place in Bafta

Hester Phillips explores how Bafta has shifted its approach to tackling ableism and accessibility in the industry


COMMENT: A smarter way to work with metadata

Sunil Mudholkar, vice president of product management at EditShare on the value of handling metadata more efficiently

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Broadcasters overlook the Midlands at their peril

The Midlands region accounts for more than a quarter of BBC licence fee income - it’s time some of that was reinvested, Will Hanrahan says


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Director Rupert Majendie on bringing live ensemble comedy to UK television screens

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End Credits: Steve Monger

The Roughcut TV producer on his love of foreign crisps, boxing and Ian Wright

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BBC Christmas 2022 highlights

A Ghost Story for Christmas: Count Magnus and Big Zuu’s Christmas Eats are among the festive highlights

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Podcast: Ben Willbond and Laurence Rickard

Comic duo behind Horrible Histories, Ghosts and Yonderland discuss their feature-length alien invasion comedy We Are Not Alone


Sign2Win is quietly revolutionary television

The gameshow featuring Deaf contestants, host and crew has challenged the industry to produce more gripping, inclusive TV

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Producer Natasha Dack Ojumu on the long journey to the Jacmel carnival

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Broadcasters target young with rise in digital content

Short-form commissions and social media talent key to battle for younger audiences

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How AI can automate multi-language dubbing

Jesse Shemen, co-founder and CEO of Papercup explains how AI can help your content reach big global audiences on FAST platforms

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First look: Waterloo Road, BBC1

Rope Ladder Fiction and Wall to Wall North school drama returns in January


Llinos Griffin-Williams on the quiet revolution at S4C

With a focus on co-productions and younger audiences, the chief content officer is leading a transformation of the Welsh-language channel


Broadcast Sport Leaders’ Forum: The future of sports broadcasting

C4’s Pete Andrews, BBC Sport’s Ben Gallop and Sky Sports’ Yath Gangakumaran discuss partnerships, platforms and the impact of new players


First look: Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama, C4

Chalkboard’s docu-drama following the high-profile court case will air next month


Stripped shows and indie deals prove factual firepower

The genre is showing its strength with a raft of indie acquisitions and some bold and punchy scheduling

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C4 at 40: What does the future hold?

Stewart Purvis, David Abraham, Jan Younghusband and Stephen Lambert reflect on a successful past and the bumpy road ahead


Written in The Stars, Discovery+

Creative director Rosie Bray on whether relationships (and TV shows) can ever be left up to fate


Dean Possenniskie: A+E will grow through programming not M&A

A+E Networks EMEA and UK chief says company is focused on factual brands through third parties rather than owning indies


Abby Ajayi: The road to Riches

The creator of ITVX’s glossy new drama Riches explains why she had to move to America to get the chance to run her own show

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Who completed the Commissioner Survey?

More than a third of UK commissioners provide a vital insight into the thinking of the industry’s key decision-makers

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Confidence takes a hit as costs rise

‘The economic situation is having an impact on commissioners’ appetite for risk’


Danny Brocklehurst: Think hard before bringing a real-life murder case to screen

Audiences love true crime, but film-makers need to consider its impact on the community involved, says Danny Brocklehurst

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Sector feels the squeeze

Commissioners name falling tariffs and spiralling production costs caused by the post-Covid talent crunch among their major concerns


SVoDs’ grip on content loosens

The tug-of-war for the best ideas is still fierce – but traditional broadcasters sense that there are cracks in the appeal of the streaming giants


Caution reigns as costs rise

Rising production costs are prompting a more risk-averse approach to commissioning

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Kate Bulkley: Economic uncertainty won’t put the brakes on M&A boom

Hunger for intellectual property will continue to drive acquisitions from strategic buyers in spite of rising debt costs, says Kate Bulkley


Zoom boosts indie relations

Remote pitching is fostering greater collaboration between commissioners and indies

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Three-way tie at top of peer poll

Ben Frow, Anne Mensah and Shaminder Nahal share the honours

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Faraz Osman: What’s the alternative to Twitter?

Broadcasters and producers have few other ways to connect with audiences and get feedback on their shows, says Faraz Osman

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Three Mothers, Two Babies and a Scandal, Amazon Prime

Series director Alice McMahon-Major on telling a complicated, emotional story while evoking the early days of the internet

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Life rights – a ‘mostly true’ story

Adapting a real-life narrative often means navigating a complex range of legal issues, says Nick Swimer

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Risk-taking is required to find next gen hits

Telly’s not rubbish says Andrew Newman, but it wouldn’t hurt if it got a bolder


Ghosts (US), BBC3

Joe Port explains how he and writing partner Joe Wiseman approached moving a show about British history across the Atlantic

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Tech updates offer a photo-real future for virtual production

Rob Chandler of Morden Wolf explains why Unreal Engine 5 and nVidia’s 4000 series graphic card will revolutionise virtual production

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Limitless with Chris Hemsworth, Disney+

Arif Nurmohamed on how to make internal battles and healthy living advice visually gripping


Gallery: Outsiders, Dave

Selection of images from the outdoor challenge series, produced by Renegade Pictures and The Mitchell & Webb Co


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Executive producer Jackie Savery explains how to bring out the comedic talents of guinea pig


First look: Significant Other, ITVX

Quay Street Productions comedic-drama airs in 2023


Gods of the Game: A Football Opera, Sky Arts

Executive producer Lisa Fairbank on bringing together the international worlds of football and opera on stage and screen

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Gallery: Grierson Awards

Selection of images from this year’s Grierson Trust Awards ceremony, held in London on Thursday

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Ancient Apocalypse, Netflix

Executive producer Bruce Kennedy on attempting to capture a seamless storyflow despite continual Covid challenges

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Podcast: Hugo Blick unpacks The English

Creative team behind BBC/Amazon epic western on ambition and emotional connection

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COMMENT: The value of hands-on training for creative roles

Rachel Nicholson at Backstage Academy highlights the importance of a skills-based education


Gallery: The Crown, Netflix

Selection of images from the fifith season of Left Bank Pictures’ royal drama


First look: Litvinenko, ITVX

David Tennant leads the cast in  ITV Studios, Tiger Aspect and Livedrop Media four-parter

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Mariupol: The People’s Story (Panorama), BBC1

Producer Hilary Andersson on the challenges of getting footage and eyewitness testimony out of a besieged city


Creative Review: space, music icons and warring gangs

UK post houses’ best recent work, from creating a luxury space cruiser to filming global superstars and a rebellious composer


BBC and C4 must fight for their future amid political turmoil

A grown-up debate is required – but will the circumstances allow for a nuanced and intelligent exchange?

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End Credits: Lana Salah

Rex’s creative director on synchrinised swimming, Michael Fabricant and tomato soup


Gogglebocs Cymru, S4C

Executive producer Sioned Wyn on the challenges of bringing a beloved reality format to a Welsh language audience


ITVX bids for youth audience with Tell Me Everything

Behind the scenes on Noho Film & Television’s coming-of-age drama, which balances comedy with mental health and social media

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Escaping the frozen middle: can TV develop clearer career pathways?

The lack of opportunities for people in mid-level roles to advance their careers is a problem across the industry


UKTV looks to future with revamped channel offering

UKTV commissioners discuss their plans to bring in fresh faces, expand Dave’s audience and order original content for Drama and now free-to-air W

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Top marks to Strictly for putting inclusivity at its core

The BBC1 show is leading by example, but now the rest of the industry should follow suit, says Fatima Salaria

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In pictures: Northern Ireland Screen’s four-year strategy launch at Mipcom

Selection of images from the special lunch held at the Hotel Gray D’albion in Cannes on Monday (17 October)

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Talent shines bright in a record year

‘It is reassuring to know that for the stars of the future, talent and kindness are compatible attributes’

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Lorraine Heggessey: Documentary-makers are still pushing the boundaries

As the 50th Grierson Awards shows, the genre is in great shape, but fresh voices are needed if it is to continue to flourish, says Lorraine Heggessey

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Hot Shots 2022: Development

Dean Webster, Tom Price, Dorsa Nam, Harald Lummis, Jacqui Baker, Jack Browne, Alice Boorman, Hollie Abbott, Samuel R Palmer, Jack Dargov

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Hot Shots 2022: Editors

Alex Fountain, Josh, Manley, Yasmin Amey

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Sam De Villiers

‘Her grasp of the clearance process is well beyond some of the most experienced series producers’

Cicelia Deane

Cicelia Deane

‘Cicelia is determined to drive opportunities for black talent, at whatever level, both on and off screen’

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Krizzah Policarpio

‘Krizzah is someone really going places and we just hope we can hang on to her coat tails’

Tir Dhondy

Tir Dhondy

‘From producing to presenting, she continues to go from strength to strength’

James Phillips

James Phillips

‘James is brilliant at finding new and surprising ways to improve ideas and formats’

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Hot Shots 2022: Production managers

Kitty Toon, Rebecca Hathway, Sam De Villiers, Krizzah Policarpio

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Hot Shots 2022: Writers

Daisy Martey, Kaamil Shah, Amanda Duke, Amy Ng, Ameir Brown, Jamie Davis

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Jack Retallack

‘I was impressed with Jack’s strong natural eye and visual flair as a director’

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Zara Powell

‘Zara is at the top of her game in every role and project. She is on a meteoric trajectory within the industry’

Riva Japaul

Riva Japaul

‘Her enthusiasm, emotional intelligence and editorial instincts are a powerful combination’

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Ameir Brown

‘Everything you could ask for – interesting, interested, able to bring a seemingly limitless number of ideas to the table’

Jacqui Baker

Jacqui Baker

‘Jacqui is a future leader of our industry – watch this space’

Harald Lummis

Harald Lummis

‘Harald has a fresh voice that is desperately needed in this industry’

Josh Manley

Josh Manley

‘Unflappable, upbeat, creative and enthusiastic’

Dorsa Nam

Dorsa Nam

‘I was struck by Dorsa’s confidence and breadth of knowledge of uscripted television’

Jamie Davis

Jamie Davis

‘Jamie is smart, funny and wise, with a keen eye for production’

Rebecca Hathway

Rebecca Hathway

‘Rebecca will no doubt keep climbing the production management ranks until she hits the top’

Alice Boorman

Alice Boorman

‘Alice is an incredibly hard-working, genuine and confident team player, who can put her hand to any task’

Trent Williams-Jones

Trent Williams-Jones

‘Trent is a real talent. His taste, judgement, commitment to vision and overall nous is unchallenged’

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Rebecca Hewett-Farmer

‘She creates content that is funny and has a real eye for high production value’

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Abigail Dankwa

‘A creative visionary and a breath of fresh air’

Amanda Duke

Amanda Duke

‘Working with Amanda was extraordinary. Her nose for a story, and her tenacity to nurture it and see it through, was mindblowing”’

Amy Ng

Amy Ng

‘Amy’s voice sings out with her natural characters and refreshing worlds’

Rebecca Arnold

Rebecca Arnold

‘Her teams love working with her – she is clear, collaborative, caring and leads by example’

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Alex Thomas

‘He has that genuine curiosity and derring-do that you need to make compelling films – and he shoots beautifully’

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Kaamil Shah

‘The humour, intelligence and new ground being broken in Kaamil’s work is kicking down doors for him’

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Jack Dargov

‘In his short time with us, Jack has already elevated our work enormously. He’s bound for the greatest of things’

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Hot Shots 2022: News and current affairs

Kiran Moodley, Tir Dhondy, James Phillips, Zahra Warsame

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Tasha McLintock

‘Tasha has razor-sharp judgement, a proven track record of excellent storytelling and thrives around the edit’

Jack Browne

Jack Browne

‘His playfulness in framing character and narrative, and his sophisticated understanding of tone, are those of a mature screenwriter’

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Evelyn Yilin Liu

‘Evelyn is an energetic and resourceful new talent who makes the most of every opportunity that this industry throws up’

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Zahra Warsame

‘Zahra is a tenacious journalist and a genuine role model’

Adam Bouabda

Adam Bouabda

‘No matter the challenges, he got up, smiled, networked and pushed onwards and upwards’

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Khurrum M Sultan

‘Khurrum’s passion, dedication and talent shine through in both his directing work and as a person’

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Laura Robinson

‘She has vision, flair and ideas, and knowledge and understanding of communities that many others don’t’

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Samuel R Palmer

‘Sam has proved himself to be one of the best development brains in the business’

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Hot Shots 2022: Producers

Faith Musembi, Riva Japaul, Molly Boughen, Zara Powell, Adam Bouabda, Tasha McLintock, Rebecca Hewett-Farmer, Rebecca Arnold, Trent Williams-Jones

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Hot Shots 2022: Directors

Sebastian Thiel, Laura Robinson, Evelyn Yilin Liu, Alex Thomas, Abigail Dankwa, Jack Retallack, Beya Kabelu, Khurrum M Sultan


Hollie Abbott

‘To be such a bright and capable department head at her age is remarkable’

Janine Thomas

Janine Thomas

‘Janine’s editorial instincts for documentaries are second to none’

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Yasmin Amey

‘She can handle anything with confidence and style’

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Beya Kabelu

‘Beya is an intellectual – great at analysing story and brilliant with contributors’

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Hot Shots 2022: Commissioners

Alice Ramsey, Cicelia Deane, Janine Thomas

Tom Price

Tom Price

‘Tom works tirelessly, creating inspired pitch material and cutting the best desktop sizzles in the business’

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Molly Boughen

‘With skills in storyfinding, access, shooting and cutting taster tapes, she’s a core member of development’


Opening the doors to young talent

Five rising TV stars on how they got their big break and why the industry should both help established online talent make the transition to TV


Jules Hussey: why I quit producing

Ralph & Katie and Guilt producer sets out her reasons for focusing on fledgling indie Brazen

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Louis Theroux Interviews, BBC iPlayer

Executive producer Arron Fellows on creating a fresh approach to interviews, while capturing every moment


Crew photo: Unapologetic

Channel 4’s topical debate show from Cardiff / SBTV returned for a second six-part run last night, produced by a diverse crew

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Derek Drennan: retaining the best production management talent

Retaining production staff is a growing challenge, and will require a shift in employer approach

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Gallery: BBC at 100

Highlights from the BBC’s first centenary of broadcasting

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First look: The Following Events Are Based on a Pack of Lies, BBC1

Sister drama about two women and a conman airs next year

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The Hunt for the World’s End Killers, BBC1 Scotland

Executive producerMick McAvoy on making a true-crime doc two-parter about a gruesome doube murder

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Mipcom returns bigger and bolder

International editor John Elmes highlights which programmes are likely to make biggest splash in Cannes

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Netflix hastens ad-supported plan to take on Disney+

GlobalData, the new owner of Broadcast / MBI, expects budget-conscious consumers to embrace Basic with Ads tier

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First look: Happy Valley, BBC1

Lookout Point drama returns for a third and final series

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Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling

‘Martin and Phil are rediscovering Scotland as they’ve never known it before, as is the viewer’

Wedding Valley

Wedding Valley

‘The series has emotional jeopardy and strong characters, as well as a degree of looking at the cost’

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Mipcom Hot Picks: Factual

True crime dominates this space, but science & history and royal docs have strong footing, while body positivity is back on the agenda

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The Real Mo Farah

‘An exceptional story that has never been told before and represents everything we hoped for as our launch into the marketplace’

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Air Cocaine

‘The story is captivating, bold and unique’

Con Girl

Con Girl

‘There’s a whole wave of buyers saying: ‘We’ve heard that story before, give us a new story’. Con Girl is that story’

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Raising the Mary Rose: The Lost Tapes

‘The story has the potential to travel more widely and appeal to streamers’

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TS Eliot: Into The Waste Land, BBC2

Director Susanna White on unbuttoning the legacy of a notoriously private poet through film

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Prince Andrew: Banished

‘Banished delivers a premium, access-driven documentary, thoroughly researched and investigated’

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The Man Who Stole Einstein’s Brain

‘Whether in the UK, Canada, Japan or China, everybody knows something about Einstein’

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Send Nudes: Body SOS

‘It’s studio-based, with a host, strong format beats and technology that is wholly replicable’

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Drops Of God

‘Being locked up in our houses during the pandemic has allowed us to appreciate pleasures like wine’

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Beacon 23

‘Beacon 23 is a high-end production – like a feature film spread out across a series’

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The Swarm

‘It is a high-value drama from a major producer based on well-known IP’

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‘It takes on complex themes through a multi-layered character’

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The Last King Of The Cross

‘It’s a salacious, violent and gripping crime story that crosses borders and cultures’

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Mipcom Hot Picks: International Scripted

The tension of a modern warfare thriller, environmental dystopia and a poignant comedy drama centred on disability lead this year’s titles

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Colin From Accounts

‘It’s a sweet, fresh and undeniably funny show that has caught the zeitgeist’

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Dark Hearts

‘The topic will resonate due to the international awareness of and involvement in the war in Iraq’

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Mipcom Hot Picks: Formats

Competition & romance are en vogue, but the common thread among these shows is irreverence. TV should be fun & these shows embody this

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Loaded In Paradise

‘We wanted something that had all the sunshine and aspiration of a great dating show, but wasn’t about dating’

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Love For The Ages

‘It’s fun and frothy, with just the right amount of controversy to make it a hit’

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‘It has classic makeover and transformation show elements, where you get the big reveal, but it also goes deeper’

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Going for Broke: a tricky path from football to TV

Marvin Sordell on breaking the stigma of footballers being solely focused on the game & how life experiences can translate into fresh takes in TV

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A Cut Above

‘The series is pretty universal in the structure but still has a Canadian feel’

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‘It’s light and the talent really helps it to cut through the competition’

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The English

‘Everything feels huge and cinematic. It doesn’t feel like an everyday piece of television’

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The Light In The Hall

‘It is a compelling, highly emotional, psychological drama that grows to be about much more than finding a body’



‘It’s a sensitive and impactful drama in which audiences can explore the reasons why she protected him and assess her level of culpability’



‘Viewing habits are so fragmented, buyers are always looking for something they can hang their marketing on & Dylan’s track record qualifies’

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Mipcom Hot Picks: UK scripted

Spanning 19th century Wild West to World War II, our UK scripted titles travel from the epic to the intimate

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Black Ops

‘It is influenced by the classic cop comedy and the history of iconic cop double acts, but it’s not Bad Boys’

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‘We are in a period of high competition between streamers and local broadcasters, and one of the main lines of product driving that is young adult’

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The industry must protect its ability to collaborate across Europe

Director Alex Jacob argues European co-production is a brilliant experience - but Brexit is making it difficult


Secret Superpowers with Tom Daley, Snapchat

Tom Hemsley, executive creative director at Little Dot Studios, explains the challenges and opportunities of creating a show for mobile

Matt Littleson as Limbo, Rian Gordon as young Jimmy, Tom Glynn-Carney as young Tully, Paul Gorman as Hogg and Mitchell Robinson as Tibbs

First look: Mayflies, BBC1

Synchronicity Films adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s novel


Trawlermen: Hunting the Catch, BBC1

Executive producer Jamie Balment on casting and co-ordinating a show at the mercy of the elements

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End Credits: Françoise Guyonnet

Studiocanal’s executive managing director on painting and Paddington


First look: I Hate Suzie Too, Sky Atlantic

Bad Wolf’s three part special airs in December

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Dal y Mellt, S4C

Producer Llyr Morus on why filming a Welsh language drama about a diamond heist wasn’t all plain sailing


Vice TV targets Gen X with nostalgic storytelling

US cable network tackles familiar subjects with dark and edgier tone in pivot to older demographic

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Best Kept Secrets: hidden gems from around the world

Five executives from across the globe recommend the local shows that have caught their attention and deserve to be better known internationally


Ryan Pirozzi & Lauren Anderson: Leading Amazon’s AVoD charge

Freevee head and content chief reveal their plans to build up the service’s slate of originals and bring in a younger audience


Roundtable: Impact of the global drama explosion

Commissioning and production execs discuss the challenges of serving viewers while coping with rising costs and increased competition

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Reginald The Vampire: Comedy with bite

How the Syfy series is subverting the comedy horror genre by sinking its teeth into issues such as race, sexuality and body positivity

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Pitching shows in the US is a whole new ball game

I’ve had to quickly master new terminology and working practices in a country where the deal is king, says Roy Ackerman


Red Bull Studios puts creative risk-taking at heart of strategy

From music and dance to future technology, RBS is on the hunt for high-end ideas with global reach

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Concern over rising costs as growth returns

Production cost inflation and access to rights are the chief causes of anxiety for this year’s survey respondents

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Distributors Survey 2022: Distributors bounce back after Covid

Revenues up year on year as production gets back on track, but still below pre-pandemic levels

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The Queen’s funeral was a TV production masterclass

As King Charles III takes his place on the throne, the global audience’s appetite for royal stories will only grow, says Nick Bullen

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Kelly Day: Prime Video is in it for the long haul

Vice-president of international on why the streamer remains a core part of Amazon’s growth strategy

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Peer Poll: All3Media International wins five in a row

Friendly and personal approach puts It’s A Sin distributor top for fifth consecutive year, while Abacus makes survey debut

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John Landgraf on pushing hard to keep FX special

In an industry awash with content, the FX Networks chair is convinced that curated and well-crafted shows can stand out


Mipcom returns in full force to an industry in a state of flux

The production boom continues apace, but industry is grappling with a raft of new challenges


Fifth Season bids to be a borderless business

Graham Taylor & Chris Rice on their ambition to source projects from around the globe and leave the industry better than they found it


Growth returns but sector feels economic pinch

“Fighting consolidation and competing for programming, a growth story is a good story and UK distributors have stepped up once again”


Hollyoaks’ Big Autumn Stunt, Channel 4

Series producer Phil Dodds on creating ever more spectacular stunts while maintaing an emotional heart


Our Boarding School, CBBC

Executive producer Richard Marson talks about building trust with subjects


WWII: Secrets From Above, National Geographic

Series director Johnny Shipley explains the painstaking research and VFX work that went into this Second World War doc series

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Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, Channel 4

Executive producer James Stevenson Bretton on turning six-minute YouTube videos into half-hour sitcom episodes

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First look: Save Our Squad with David Beckham, Disney+

Twenty Twenty and Studio 99 series launches 9 November


Escape From Kabul Airport, BBC2

Director and producer Jamie Roberts on the inside story of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan


One Day in Ukraine, BBC1

Writer and director Volodymyr Tykhyy on the process of capturing a the realities of life on single day in Ukraine during the Russian invasion


Michael Palin: Into Iraq, Channel 5

Directer Neil Ferguson on filming Michael Palin on a 1,000 mile journey across Iraq, one of the most dangerous countries in the world


Marcus Ryder: Queen’s death has exposed UK media’s diversity problem

‘At important national moments such as these, it is vital that the whole country is represented in all its diversity’

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Gallery: All Creatures Great and Small, Channel 5

Selection of images from the six-part All3Media International and Playground Entertainment drama


Ninja Warrior UK: Race For Glory, ITV

Executive producer Michael Kelpie on attempting to return with a bigger, better, and stronger show than ever before

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Podcast: Tackling fake news with the BBC’s first disinformation correspondent

Marianna Spring sets out the challenges faced by broadcaster

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End Credits: Michelle Singer on her TV career

Rockerdale Studios’ chief operating officer on netball, Telly Addicts and Steve Backley

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First look: Bloodlands, BBC1

HTM drama returns for a second series this month


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TriForce’s Fraser Ayres explains how the initiative which created its comedy pilot sought to platform new and underrepresented talent


Podcast: Heartstopper; Edinburgh TV Festival

Heartstopper exec producer discusses Netflix’s LGBTQ+ hit series, alongside a recap of this year’s industry get-together


Revivals can give broadcasters the edge over SVoDs

Debates over the ’laziness’ of reboots dominated  Edinburgh but Scott Bryan argues familiar formats can be challenging and rewarding


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A selection of images from the final day of the 2022 festival


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Executive producer Faye Dorn on the making of Merman’s dark comedy thriller


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Selection of images from the second day of this year’s event

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Gallery: Edinburgh International Television Festival, day one

The best pictures from the first day of this year’s event

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Analysis: the highs and lows of working in TV

Broadcast’s survey reveals a workforce reassessing what’s important. While some remain passionate, others are considering a career change

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Katz: a C4 recommission is about more than viewing figures

Linear and All 4 audience data, cost of production and whether a show hits our public service remit all come into play


The Rings of Power: The making of Middle Earth

Lord Of The Rings precursor is taking episodic television into a whole new dimension – with scale and ambition to match the world of cinema

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Winners all round as Uefa divvies up broadcast rights

With BT, Amazon and the BBC sharing the spoils, the latest rights auction offers pointers to how the market is evolving, says Mike Darcey


Script editors aren’t given the credit they deserve

These unsung heroes have one of the most important roles in the writing process, says Danny Brocklehurst


Wayne Yip: fantasy fan lands his dream job

From cinema assistant in Tolkien’s Oxford to director on The Rings Of Power, Wayne Yip’s career has rocketed since his Channel 4 debut


How hard is it for new indies to get their big break?

Members of the Broadcast Intelligence Commissioner Index on the difficulties of landing a first commission

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Going up: the rising cost of production

Production has never been more expensive. So how are indies navigating a period of super-inflation?

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The subscribers-at-any-cost model is no longer feasible

As consumers tighten their belts, streamers will have to embrace more traditional business models to survive, says Kate Bulkley


Breakout British hits can help Netflix navigate its wobble

Dip in subscribers increases the stakes in the streaming wars

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Netflix UK: the inside story

Anne Mensah, Anna Ferguson and Mona Qureshi on how the US SVoD giant allows them to experiment and push the boundaries

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Doc series: hunting British stories with global appeal

First interview with Adam Hawkins and Nelesh Dhand

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Ramping up mass entertainment

Daisy Lilley and Ben Kelly seeking populist fare


Feature docs on Netflix: moving beyond true crime

Kate Townsend and Jonny Taylor want to dial up risk-taking

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Building a strong and inclusive studio culture in a virtual world

Jellyfish Pictures founder Phil Dobree discusses how to create and harness a great company culture in a hybrid working environment

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When it comes to training, we need more than sink-or-swim

A more structured approach could reduce the skills gap, open opportunities to freelancers and boost the health of the industry, says Kate Fletcher


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Selection of images from the Game of Thrones prequel


Podcast: House of the Dragon bonus episode

Sky director of programmes Zai Bennett discusses HBO, dragons and more

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First look: The English, BBC2

Hugo Blick’s western is produced by Drama Republic

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Meet Jonathan Indie-Boss, hirer of the disabled

Stu Richards takes a sideways look at what comes after the diversity recruitment box gets ticked

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Podcast: John Torode and Sarah Sapper

MasterChef star and exec producer sit down with Broadcast

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Britain’s Secret War Babies, Channel 4

Exec producer Emily Shields on documenting history and helping contributors search for their US relatives to better understand their black heritage

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Gary Numan: Resurrection, Sky Arts

Producer and director Randall Wright on how to tell a story of success, failure, rebirth and different ways of thinking

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First look: Jungle, Amazon

Nothing Lost’s grime and drill series will launch next month

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Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me, BBC1

Producer Fozia Nasir on the challenge of finding terrified LGBT+ athletes to talk on camera, even if their identity was concealed


Gallery: TVC Breakthrough Leaders summer drinks

The TV Collective, in partnership with Fremantle, hosted summer drinks with figures from its 2021 and 2022 Breakthrough Leaders programme


Be You Festival puts industry on the spot over diversity

TV bigwigs and newcomers address some of the key issues facing the industry, from bullying to stopping diversity becoming a box-ticking exercise

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Alex Morris: five tips for creating social-first content

The director of LadStudios explains why there’s more to social video opportunities than just “shortform”


Are sketch shows ripe for revival?

Once a TV staple, the genre has been largely consigned to the sidelines in recent years, but success in the digital space could herald a comeback

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C5 keeps focus on regions as Paramount+ eyes UK orders

Commissioner Lucy Willis’s team strives to predict the nation’s mood while working with the UK’s newest streamer

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Scott Bryan: Old gems can be as big a draw as shiny new releases

Archives full of brilliant shows are a powerful but underused weapon in the battle for viewers’ attention


Grace Boswood and Sinead Greenaway: What next for tech innovation?

In the keynote session at the Media Technology Conference, C4’s Grace Boswood and the BBC’s Sinead Greenaway discussed how technology should evolve to meet the challenges the industry faces

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End Credits: Mark Iddon on his career in TV

UKTV’s commissioning editor for comedy entertainment on puppets, Jackass and ’80s camcorders

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Bernard Cribbins: A TV life in pictures

The career of the versatile actor who has died aged 93


Succession: How Avanti and True North are passing on the leadership baton

Indie founders reveal how they are handing over the reins to the next generation

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Peter Bazalgette: Change of PM must not derail a vital media bill

Government upheaval should not distract those in power from getting the regulatory regime in order


Roundtable: Setting standards for true crime

Senior executives share their thoughts on how best to protect and support contributors


Heatwave offers chance to seize climate change challenge

From reducing carbon emissions to influencing behaviour through storytelling, the industry has a chance to make a difference

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Podcast: Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien

Coordinator behind I May Destroy You explains evolution of the role


Why reforming advertising rules could make PSBs masters of their own destiny

Nick Swimer says change to the limits on PSB advertising is overdue - but warns it may not lead to an increase in budgets


​The beauty of a busy facility

Andrew K Moodie, lead editor at Woodcut Media, explains why facility-based editing works wonders for your career development

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Podcast: Ben Frow and Sebastian Cardwell

Channel 5 duo reveal major schedule shake up

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Shark Women: Ghosted by Great Whites, Discovery+

Executive producer Janine Waddell on finding missing sharks with an all-female crew

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Take the Looking Glass survey to help us improve the industry

As the deadline is extended, FTVC’s Alex Pumfrey explains that the Looking Glass Survey is the catalyst for real change

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Dine Hard, All 4

Executive producer Stu Richards on the challenges behind producing Rockerdale Studios’ digital-first format


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Familiar faces from across the industry gathered for the annual Broadcast Digital Awards, hosted by Tom Allen

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End Credits: Andy Mundy-Castle on his career in TV

The Doc Hearts founder on food, football and getting advice from Angela Rippon

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Channel of the Year: CBBC

‘It provides compelling content that improves children’s lives – and keeps them happy while doing it’

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Channel of the Year (Non PSB Group): Sky History

Firing on all cylinders, with a slate of high quality shows and impressive commercial performance

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Multichannel Production Company of the Year: Fulwell 73

Serving an incredible range of digital customers from a broad range of bases and across an impressive raft of genres

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Gamechanger Programme of the Year: The Hundred

Across 68 live matches in 32 days, Sky regularly enjoyed peak audiences of over 1m

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Best Original Web Channel: LADbible TV

‘The yardstick by which other non-scripted online channels are judged’


Best Drama Programme: Landscapers

‘Pushed the envelope on true crime’

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Best VR or AR Experience: The Green Planet AR Experience – Powered by EE 5G

‘A stunning experience that could have a truly significant role to play in learning and education’


Best Content Partnership or AFP: Statues Redressed

‘It brought together community passions and held our beliefs and history to account’

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Best Short Form Scripted: Zen School of Motoring

‘Original, weird, brilliant and full of heart’

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Best Specialist Channel: Sky Arts

‘Relevant and accessible programming’


Best Short Form Documentary: Tagged: Women on Tag

‘Incredible casting and bringing us scenes that we haven’t seen on television before, with real honesty and bravery from the contributors and crew’


Best Digital Support for a Strand, Channel or Genre: Dave

‘Witty, self-deprecating and effortlessly in sync with the channel identity’


Best Entertainment Programme: Race Around Britain

‘Funny, thought-provoking and relevant’


Best Factual Channel: More 4

‘A clear and clever scheduling strategy linked days of the week to different topics’


Best Sports or Live Event Coverage: The Hundred

‘A total revolution of cricket coverage’


Best Documentary Programme: The Return: Life After ISIS

‘A powerful film that goes below the surface’


Best Short Form Format: Drunk History – Black Stories

‘A perfectly executed version of the format’


Best Digital Children’s Content: Dodo

‘Seeing a 12-year-old boy struggle in middle school is relatable to all’

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Best Popular Factual Programme: Big Zuu’s Big Eats

‘To see Big Zuu and Harry Redknapp connecting over Sierra Leone Plantain recipes and wally gravy is well worth a prize’

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Best Digital Pre-school Content: The Workout Badges

‘Entertaining and useful content for families’


Best Programme Acquisition: The Commons

‘Impressive figures from a bold acquisition which has helped STV move from just a Scottish catch-up service to a UK-wide digital destination’


Best Digital Support for a Programme: Hollyoaks

‘Executed with thought, care and style’

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Best Comedy Programme: Meet the Richardsons

‘Fresh, clever and funny’

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America The Beautiful, Disney+ & National Geographic

Co-executive producer Mark Linfield reveals how Top Gun inspired the production team to use a fighter jet to film landscapes and weather systems

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Podcast: Broadcast Behind the Screens Reality TV Special

Reality TV experts weigh in on the genres


Creative Review: Wild living, aliens and sharks

UK post houses’ best recent work, from youngsters roughing it in the wilderness to extraterrestrial visitors and stunning underwater photography

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Richard Watsham on taking UKTV all the way to the Baftas

Director of commissioning discusses Big Zuu’s success, making W free-to-air and broadening the range of originals across UKTV channels

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Queen of Trucks, BBC3

Small indie founder Anton Inwood shares the journey to his first commission, an ob doc about an HGV driving school

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Streamers turn their sights on family-friendly content

Streamers are prioritising co-viewing, with a slate of new stories as well as reboots of classic brands

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Louisa Compton: Glad to be gay is C4’s default setting

‘The channel has always been true to its remit by speaking to audiences that others don’t’


BBC Comedy Festival puts regional comedy in the spotlight

Top of the agenda was harnessing new voices to come up with the next generation of hits


Romesh Ranganathan and Benjamin Green: Beta males with big ambition

Ranga Bee’s co-founders are on the hunt for fresh faces as the indie gears up to launch its first standalone shows


LA Screenings: US execs split on scripted boom

While some welcome the impact of the streamers, others point to the number of mediocre shows and the difficulty of standing out in a crowd

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Ash Atalla: Success can feel fleeting so cut yourself some slack

Pinballing between anxiety, joy and disappointment is the price we have to pay for working in such a stimulating sector


Great shows give succour, even as overnights tumble

Judging performance has never been trickier – but quality will always cut through, says Chris Curtis

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Kevin Lygo: How ITVX will open the doors to fresh ideas

Managing director of media & entertainment on how the launch of the platform and a £160m budget boost will transform ITV’s content strategy

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ITV genre heads welcome green light for risk-taking

Polly Hill, Nana Hughes & Jo Clinton-Davis explain how ITVX will allow them to experiment with talent and tone

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Behind the Scenes: PRU, BBC3

Executive producer Nicky Bedu on making a comedy series with young talent in front and behind the camera


Behind The Scenes: Murder in the Alps, Channel 4

Series producer and director Catey Sexton on shaping a true crime story with no official police narrative to follow

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Behind the scenes on Sunday Morning Live, BBC1

Executive producer Brendan Hughes on why there is no barrier to Green Inc & Tern TV’s thinking on developing the popular BBC format

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Scouting for Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret, Sky Documentaries

Rebecca Templar and Jacqueline Edenbrow on balancing stories of abuse from the past with a present day journey towards justice

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How AI can help re-engage a global news audience

With news appetites declining globally, Papercup CEO Jesse Shemen investigates new localisation options to help halt the slide

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Behind the Scenes: Zelensky’s hologram, Founders Forum

Talesmith founder Martin Williams visits Kyiv to produce a Star Wars-style speech


Behind the Scenes: Dead End: Paranormal Park, Netflix

Hamish Steele shares his pride in featuring a fat, gay, trans, Jewish teen lead in Blink industries’ animated, kids comedy-horror series

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Podcast - Broadcast Behind the Screens: Jack Rooke

Big Boys creator discusses his Channel 4 comedy debut

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Getting Fantastic Friends on the road and on the screen

Executive producer Daniel Sharp on producing a series he hopes will inspire people to travel again

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First look: Industry, BBC1/HBO

Bad Wolf Productions drama returns for a second series this autumn


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Selection of images from the eight-part Sky Studios and Urban Myth Films dystopian thriller

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First look: The Undeclared War, C4

Playground, Stonehenge Films and Universal International Studios drama launches 30 June

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Talent crisis won’t be solved by entry level recruitment

Richard Wallis and Christa van Raalte argue that it’s time to change the culture that allows an experienced workforce to leave the industry

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Gallery: Sherwood, BBC1

Selection of images from James Graham’s six-part crime drama. Produced by House Productions

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Broadcast Behind the Screens: Dolly Alderton

Weekly podcast launches with an interview with the creator of BBC drama Everything I Know About Love

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What Killed The Whale?, Channel 4

Rosy Marshall-McCrae on STVS’ doc about a stranded whale, an animal autopsy and an environmental crime scene

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The hair and makeup diversity divide

Cynthia De La Rosa outlines the three major problems facing talent of colour


The inside story of Everything I Know About Love

Dolly Alderton and Surian Fletcher-Jones on adapting bestselling millennial memoir for BBC1 primetime

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The Crown Jewels, BBC1

Atlantic’s Anthony Geffen on the 14 year wait to use macro-technology to discover the secrets of the planet’s most valuable jewels

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Ralph & Katie: How the A Word spin-off put inclusivity first

The first British drama to feature two lead actors with Down’s has raised the bar for accessibility on set


Media Production & Technology Show: How post is moving with the times

Remote working, diversifying the workforce & the role of streamers were the main topics debated by the MPTS State of the Nation panel


End Credits: Misbah Alvi on her career on TV

The Windfall Films executive producer on her love of musicals, and getting her big break

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Analysis: Can Birmingham put itself on the production map?

The UK’s second city is brushing off a previous lack of investment and focusing on initiatives to bolster opportunities in the region


Lorraine Heggessey: Plaudits and awards don’t excuse bad behaviour

TV needs to get its house in order if it is to continue to attract the brightest and best creative talent


Rupert Binsley: The sky’s the limit for first-person drone technology

This new technique allows the kind of cinematic shots that could not previously have been achieved on a TV budget


Four key takeaways from the broadcasting white paper

The latest proposals for the biggest overhaul of the sector in years


Ade Adepitan on breaking down the barriers for disabled talent

The presenter explains why disabled talent should be at the heart of shows that have nothing to do with disability

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Playing it safe with familiar content is a risky tactic

Broadcasters are holding their own against the streamers, but too many reboots could undermine that

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One Bullet in Belize, Discovery+

Producer director Sarah Hunt battles death threats and misinformation in Central America


How two deaf friends became Hunted competitors

Executive producer Lucy Shepherd talks casting, communication and cohorts

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Cornwall’s Wildest Wave, BBC1

Director Mike Cunliffe on the patient wait for the perfect surf

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Finding value in artificial intelligence

Dan Carew-Jones at Arrow International Media explains how covid-restrictions led to previously untapped opportunities using AI


Corpse Talk, YouTube

Executive producer Tom Beattie on making an animated chat show for dead historical people


Behind the scenes: Y Golau / The Light in the Hall, S4C

Director Andy Newbery on the complexities of producing a back-to-back production in different languages

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Brickies, BBC3

Executive producer Louis Bamber on how contributors’ willingness to share their issues took the show up a level


The Dry, BritBox

Executive producer Emma Norton on the long hunt to find a broadcast partner for Nancy Harris’ comedy drama


Caught In the Net: Using graphics to demystify data

Ash Potterton, executive producer, Arrow Media, explains how cleverly crafted graphics help explain the role of digital data in solving a series of murders

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The Spy Who Died Twice, Channel 4

Director Keely Winstone explains how her documentary on a scandal with striking parallels to the politics of today finally made it to the screen

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Commando: Britain’s Ocean Warriors, BBC2

Series producer/director Greg Lander Williams highlights the challenges of keeping up with the Royal Marine Commandos


First look: The Outlaws, BBC1/Amazon

Big Talk / Four Eyes’ comedy drama returns for a second series next month

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Born Deaf Raised Hearing, BBC1

Director/producer Toby Cameron tracks Jonny Cotsen’s journey to discover whether he can be part of both deaf and hearing worlds

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Why talent is never an excuse for bullying

Workplace relationships expert Arran Heal sets out the need for a ‘clear air’ culture


Wild Babies, Netflix

Humble Bee’’s showrunner Beth Brooks on eliciting an emotional response to animal families

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Building positive narratives across our communities

Departing Together TV chair Caroline Diehl calls for greater investment in impact-driven media


How DANC plans to build on a Bafta win

Triple C’s special award has set the stage to turbocharge its 1300-strong disabled talent networking community

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Life After Life, BBC2

Producer Kate Ogborn on the complexities of shooting scenes set across five decades


​Channel 4 - From new channel on the block to broadcasting icon

Paul Reynolds at MassiveMusic discusses the way sound and music have been integral to the success so far of Channel 4


Industry must plan ahead to solve talent crunch in the long term

A better relationship with education and government is crucial to address long-term skill shortages, writes Seetha Kumar


The importance of providing a pathway to regional talent

We must do better at offering local opportunities to local talent says Fulwell 73 co-owner Leo Pearlman

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End Credits: Eddie Evelyn-Hall on his career in TV

The Gramafilm creative director of development on The Xtra Factor, RuPaul and Notorious B.I.G


Kate Bulkley: Now is the moment to hop aboard the NFT express

With the market currently standing at £14bn, NFTs offer a direct link to fans and fresh monetisation opportunities


Lovestruck High: Creating an American high school in Devon

Studio Lambert pays homage to classic US high-school movies in its new reality dating format for Amazon Prime Video


Broadcast Indie Summit: Mastering the art of the pitch

Four development chiefs from UK indies reveal their strategies for selling ideas to commissioners and winning new business at home and abroad


History Hit to boost content with help from small indies

The online history channel and podcast is keen to collaborate as it increases its original content output


Glued to the Screen: Anne With An E

With war and Covid dominating daily life, the Canadian drama from a few years back is the perfect place in which to feel safe, says Matt Campion


Broadcast Indie Summit: Indies squeezed but still optimistic

Senior executives remain positive about the future of the sector despite spiralling inflation, talent shortages and stagnant domestic tariffs


Ben Frow on rolling out Paramount+ and backing C5

As he gears up to launch Paramount+ in the UK, the C5 boss remains committed to ensuring that the content revolution he has overseen continues


The linear vs streaming battle is a phony war

Rather than one destroying the other, streamers and broadcasters have never been better aligned

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Julia Lopez: C4 to be freed from straitjacket of public ownership

Now is the right time to equip broadcaster with the tools and freedoms it needs to guarantee its long-term future, says media minister

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Tan France: Beauty and the Bleach, BBC2

Line producer Lindsay Davies on making a special film on colourism

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Downton Abbey: A New Era: review

The tearjerker reunion of this increasingly creaky cast goes beyond vanilla viewing


Primark – How Do They Really Do it?, Channel 5

Firecrest’s executive producer Nicole Kleeman on gaining access to the secretive retailer

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Going virtual – A creative yet practical game-changer

Jim Farmery, development director at Yorkshire’s research and innovation centre XPLOR, discusses the creative and practical benefits of virtual production

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Gallery: Chivalry, Channel 4

Selection of images from the six-part Baby Cow comedy drama


How Ukrainian film crews are adapting to the reality of war

Ukrainian film crew and facilities companies have mobilised in response to the Russian invasion writes filmmaker Robbie Fraser


White Hot: The Rise And Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch: review

The fascinating and horrifying story behind the all-American image of Abercrombie & Fitch


Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough, BBC1

Executive producer Helen Thomas on having to keep tight-lipped over a spectacular discovery


Idris Elba’s Fight School, BBC2

Executive producer Michelle Chappell on getting this special programme on air despite a series of setbacks


Romeo and Duet, ITV

A speedy greenlight meant that financing our shiny floor format was our biggest hurdle, says Goat Films’ Mel Crawford

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The Indie sector speaks: how the sector coped with the pandemic

From broadcaster relationships to survival strategies, producers have their say from our Indie Survey 2022

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Gallery: Derry Girls

Selection of images from the third and final series of Hat Trick Productions’ award-winning Northern Irish comedy


SAS: Who Dares Wins, C4

A new location and line-up takes our popular format into a new direction says executive producer Benjamin Leigh


Nikki Grahame: Who Is She?, Channel 4

A personal promise was at the heart of this intimate doc says executive producer Ollie Durrant

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House of Lords barrages government over C4 plan

Cross-party peers sound concerns as Lord Parkinson defends sale


C4 disrupts the narrative around disability

Broadcaster is seeking a gamechanging unscripted show from a disabled-led indie