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Behind the Scenes: Britain’s Hidden Homeless Kids, C4

Our Dispatches doc on childhood poverty could have been the impossible commission but a simple email changed everything, says Jezza Neumann

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Charlene White: Empire’s Child, ITV

Our exploration of the presenter’s past for ITV took us everywhere from Devon to Jamaica, says Andy Mundy-Castle

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A sinkhole in Weatherfield? All in a day’s work

Space Studios Manchester’s Dean Sinacola lifts the lid on Corrie’s latest stunt

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We’ll secure UK radio’s smart speaker future

The government is prepared to legislate to make sure listeners can easily find their favourite UK stations, writes culture minister Julia Lopez

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Catching a Predator, BBC iPlayer

We wanted to make a film that was about the people who brought Reynhard Sinaga to justice, says director Liza Williams

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Unlocking the potential of broadcasting in 5G

BT Sport’s Matt Stagg explains the role of private networks in enabling 5G broadcasts

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COP26: In Your Hands

Filming our politically-charged climate change doc for Sky Kids and Sky News meant locating six young contributors on six continents

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Wonders of the Celtic Deep

Making a blue-chip natural history series during Covid could have swept our production away but experienced and ingenuity got us through

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How Sally Lindsay uncovered The Madame Blanc Mysteries

Creating Channel 5’s mystery drama in Gozo during the pandemic was tough, but the cast and crew made it the time of my life, says Sally Lindsay

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Myleene Klass: Miscarriage & Me

Our one-off doc for W is a raw but sensitive examination of an experience many refuse to address, says Lucy Rogers

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Domestic Violence and Me: Mia’s Story, MTV

Mia Boardman’s experience and struggles to find closure was crucial to doc, says True North’s Fiona O’Sullivan

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My journey Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers while pregnant

Expectation supported my director’s vision for investigative doc throughout my pregnancy & as I learned the ropes as a new mum, says Niamh Kennedy

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Why we need more South Asian writer representation

Giving writers the space to portray ourselves authentically on screen will be life changing for so many people, says Furquan Akhtar

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ITVS: recognising production management

The industry has woken up to the invaluable contributions of PMs and its now time we implement change, write Angela Jain and Helen Killeen

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Gallery: Broadcast Digital Awards 2021

Familiar faces from across the industry gathered for the annual Broadcast Digital Awards, hosted by Munya Chawawa

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Looking into Sky Glass

A super slick product, but a potential slow burn, writes Alex Farber

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End Credits: Sumi Connock

BBC Studios’ creative director of formats on Boyzone, military life and Vince Vaughn

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Our mission to launch Among the Stars

We applied Fulwell 73’s sports doc expertise to bring Disney+’s space doc to life as the pandemic caused unforseen issues, says Ben Turner

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Features prominent figures from the indie sector, politician and trade bodies

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Getting The Emily Atack Show back on stage

Shooting for the second run of ITV2’s sketch series from Monkey Kingdom ended as we’d hoped – in a room full of laughing comedy fans, says Avril Spary

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C4 snaps up Beverly Hills doc

Acquires Spun Gold three-parter about Los Angeles’ wealthy residents

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Non PSB Channel of the Year: Sky Atlantic

A quality year for a quality channel

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Best Lockdown Programme – Documentary: Life In A Day 2020

‘Truly engaging, emotional and entertaining’

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Gamechanger Programme of the Year: Big Zuu’s Big Eats

The star puts a unique spin on his show, and makes it stand out from the smorgasbord of other cooking productions

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Channel of the Year: Dave

In its programming and ancillary work, Dave has proved itself a worthy winner

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Best Sport or Live Event Coverage: ENO’s Drive & Live: La Bohème

‘It was a great advert for live arts events, and we need more like this’

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Best Specialist Channel: CBeebies

‘It responded to the nation’s needs and delivered for the country’

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Best Short-Form Format: Minutes With

‘The perfect interview series for the digital age’

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Best Short Form Documentary: The Boy Who Climbed The Shard

‘I was hooked from the start. It was thrilling and ambitious in its execution and the use of graphics was superb’

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Best Short Form Scripted: Sparklers

‘It’s unapologetic in the way it deals with the topic but at the same time manages to do it in an interesting way’

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Best Programme Acquisition: Spiral

‘It is impactful, has done amazingly to raise the profile of BBC4 and many shows that have come later have imitated its style’

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Best Popular Factual Programme: Together We Rise

‘Important story with brilliant access and talent’

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Best Original Web Channel: LADbible TV

‘It’s really evolved beyond UGC and has come up with some banging formats that range across genres’

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Best Lockdown Programme – Comedy, Entertainment or Scripted: Don’t Hate The Playaz

‘It felt so warm and lively and really got the best out of some great guests’

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Best Factual Channel: Sky Documentaries

‘It has strategically acquired must-see docs and bolstered it with originals that are in line with a punchy vision’

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Best Entertainment Programme: Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

‘It’s great to see two female hosts, and Mel and Lou are a joy to watch’

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Best Drama Programme: I Hate Suzie

‘Innovative, funny, sad and crazy’

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Best Documentary Programme: Locked In: Breaking the Silence

‘Authentic, moving and painfully honest’

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Best Digital Support for a Strand, Channel or Genre: Fans Reunited

‘BT’s innovative approach kept viewers engaged through a very difficult time’

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Best Digital Support for a Programme: It’s a Sin

‘An impressive campaign raising awareness of both the show and a sensitive subject’

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Best Digital Children’s Content: FYI Investigates – Brazil: Children Caught in the Crossfire

‘I praise it for not patronising it’s audience and for its honesty’

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Best Content Partnership or AFP: Mission Accessible

‘The best example of an innovative tie-up that has editorial and commercial benefits for all parties involved’

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Getting animated with Boomerang’s Moley

Creating voices for our leading mole and his friends was a team effort powered by amazing acting skills, says Leon Joosen

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Best Comedy Programme: Meet the Richardsons at Christmas

‘Quite simply made me laugh the most out of all the shows submitted’

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Period drama joins the 21st century

The international success of Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton has been the catalyst for a contemporary refresh of the genre

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Mipcom Hot Picks: International Scripted

‘The combination of smart dialogue and a stunning backdrop makes the series very engaging’

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Mipcom comes out fighting

The content market is back in physical form this month – minus some big exhibitors. Event director Lucy Smith makes the case for Mip

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Mipcom Hot Picks: Formats

‘Drag culture offers colour, energy, fun and escapism – all things that we can never have enough of’

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Race Against The Tide

‘At its simplest, watching these artists is mesmerising’

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Handmade: Good With Wood

‘All countries have traditions of woodworking, so we see this as a very strong format pitch’

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Vice Versa: Crusaders

Much has been documented about Scientology in the media, but Jehovah’s Witnesses have largely avoided such scrutiny

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Four Hours At The Capitol

‘It is very powerful. It is an action film, but every frame and every word is true’

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Killer At The Crime Scene

‘The focus on science means this can reach a different audience as well as your archetypal ‘true-crime’ follower’

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Wonders Of The Celtic Deep

‘It’s early stages, but we have a strategy in place: we’ll handle the SVoD, AVoD and Fast channels within that, but Mipcom is its moment to shine’

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In Conversation: Manda Levin & Lars Blomgren on the state of scripted

Senior drama figures swap notes on the state of scripted production, from securing funding to working in different territories

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Great drama can speak to audiences in any language

Foreign-language shows are on the rise as viewers focus on quality of content, not country of origin, says Andrea Scrosati

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Mipcom Hot Picks: Factual

‘A unique piece of TV, which is long overdue’

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Bismarck: 24 Hours To Doom

‘Those stories, from the sailors and aviators involved in the battle, really bring the entire project to life’

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Let The Rest Of The World Go By

‘The story went viral even before the doc came out, which shows there is interest around the world’

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Epic Oceans

‘We will be aiming to sell to all territories, but particularly to Europe, Africa and Asia’

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We Are Jews

‘I wanted to showcase that there is no one way to be Jewish’

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The Ripper Speaks

‘There have been loads of Ripper documentaries, but they have never been in his own words’

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Hidden Assets

‘It’s an easy to travel, easy-to-binge drama, which can go anywhere’

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Blackout - Tomorrow Is Too Late

‘We  see the power go out in homes, the transport is down, and no one can get back to their loved ones’

Osama bin Laden: The Inside Story

Osama Bin Laden: The Inside Story

‘What this series does is tell for the first time the whole story of who Bin Laden was, where he came from and how he was radicalised’

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Forgotten War Stories

‘The Bosnian episode is particularly harrowing, stark and brutal to watch at times’

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Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol

‘There is an international texture to the plot – including a back story set in Turkey and the Middle East’

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Red Election

‘It fits the premium mainstream positioning that we aim for with all our scripted shows’

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HIP (High Intellectual Potential)

‘Strong lead characters, good pace and sense of humour throughout’

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Furia (Fury)

‘It’s an interesting show because, on the one hand it’s politically relevant, but on the other, it’s an exciting rollercoaster ride’

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The Teacher

‘We’re always on the hunt for great British drama in what is a competitive and crowded market’

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The Responder

‘It’s the kind of bold, edgy, colourful series that could play on a range of platforms, so we are considering our options’

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Conviction: The Case of Stephen Lawrence

‘The drama will sell because it is a powerful story’

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Hollington Drive

‘The complexity of modern families and the lengths we go to in order to protect the people we love is something that we can all relate to’

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‘It’s a whodunit, but also a character-driven story’

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28Up: the quiet power of BBC1’s doc series

We wondered whether to make the latest instalment of the feted generational doc series during Covid, but we’re glad we did, says Melanie Archer

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The Cleaner

‘The cast is a dream and each episode has something new and distinctive to offer’

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Mipcom Hot Picks: UK scripted

‘Crime has two things in abundance that help it’s global appeal: strong IP and talent’

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Time to rethink received wisdom around streamers

Co-pro boom is helping streamers feel a true part of the UK industry

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Gerhard Zeiler: Super-local approach to global success

The Warner Media International chief on the importance of local content, why it’s good to fail and the prospect of breaking HBO Max’s ties with Sky

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Vendetta: Behind the scenes on the showdown in Sicily

Ruggero Di Maggio, Davide Gambino and Nicola Moody lift the lid on the co-pro between Sicily’s Mon Amour Films and the UK’s Nutopia

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Glued to the Screen: Ted Lasso

Apple TV+’s comedy-drama delivers the ultimate fish-out-of-water story and none of the usual clichés, says Kristin Jones

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Fox eyes global formats

Rob Wade explains how the US network’s new investment fund helps producers create hits

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Soaring costs give cause for concern

Continuing Covid compliance, competition for rights & inflated production expenses are creating a challenging environment for the sector

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Idris Elba reveals Green Door ambitions

The Hollywood star created Green Door to surface new, diverse talent – but he doesn’t want them to be solely defined by their ethnicity

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Jamilla Dumbuya & Ana Garanito: Turning Green Door’s vision into reality

How the two execs are tackling the challenge of turning Green Door into a production powerhouse

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Peer poll: Four in a row for All3Media

Distributor tops the peer poll once again, as investment in content wins over rivals, while kids’ specialist Jetpack enters top five

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How to pick the perfect distributor

Three leading producers reveal what they are looking for in a partner

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Distributors make right calls to survive

‘Many sales companies have been forced to take make-or-break decisions and switch business models’

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Distributors weather the Covid storm

Firms well placed for quick return to profit despite halt in the market’s relentless growth

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Playing The Mating Game on BBC1

Capturing the antics of horny humpbacks and amorous arachnids relied on expert crew, says Silverback’s Jeff Wilson

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Work with us to usher in a new generation

The boss of Manchester’s Sharp Futures explains why industry partnerships are key to opening up the industry

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Comment: How to launch a successful startup

Jon Mason and Varun Parange of VFX talent platform Hotspring provide their top tips for setting up a VFX-focused company in 2021

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Comment: How AI is enhancing localisation

Amir Jirbandey at Papercup explains the benefits of AI-powered automated dubbing

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How the Tory 'tax on jobs' will impact TV

National Insurance hike will significantly hurt the industry’s workforce, but good preparation will shield you from the worst, says Melanie Reed

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In praise of Scotland’s TV arts scene

Commissioning programming locally platforms otherwise unheard stories and improves diversity, says Pauline Law

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Telling the tale of The Bambers for Sky Crime

Revealing the complex, tragic and compelling family story underpinning the infamous crime case was key to our doc series, says director Lottie Gammon

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Inviting all into Karaoke Club: Drag Edition

Using an Inside No. 9 episode aesthetic as a jump off point, ITV2’s wild karaoke format blends live music show elements with reality, says Will Macdonald

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Comment: The timeless art of foley

Soundtrack Creation’s Sefi Carmel explains the mysterious world of foley

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Gallery: Sex Education

Selection of images from the third series of the Eleven Films drama for Netflix

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Making a Human Pinball machine for Red Bull

Constructing and filming a human pinball structure was terrifying at times but impossible to resist, says Mike Christie

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We are all Channel 4 - and we can save it

Production newcomers from as far and wide as in Belfast, Glasgow, Birmingham and Brixton would be cut off at source by a sale, says Dermot Lavery

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Preserving ‘did you see’ moments

The stories behind sporting glory are best told via free-to-air says Jonathan Thompson

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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing, YouTube

Producer Emma Taylor on overcoming Covid protocols to help Patricia Bright converse with inspirational women

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Black to Front: forging a legacy

We were tired of taking small steps, say Vivienne Molokwu and Shaminder Nahal

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We need more bridges to the disabled community

Jack Thorne’s MacTaggart proves that advocates and those with knowledge of the issues can enable the best disabled stories, says Sara Johnson

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Gallery: Animals with Cameras

Selection of images of the BBC2 wildlife documentary series fronted by Gordon Buchanan

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Sixteen: Class of 2021, Channel 4

The second wave of Covid completely changed the nature of our doc series says producer Farah Qayum

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Newswrap: Edinburgh special with Georgia Brown

Advisory chair and Amazon Europe boss reflects on the key takeaways from this year’s festival

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Time for industry to rise to MacTaggart challenge

If the Edinburgh lecture struck a chord, then do something about it, urge Andrew Roach and Caroline O’Neill

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Time is ripe to invest in building a sustainable workforce

Companies that show they appreciate work-life balance will be more successful in attracting the best talent, says recruitment expert Dermot Casey

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The North Water: Going the extra mile for authenticity

With its key whaling scenes filmed on location in the Arctic, The North Water is probably the most northerly drama shoot ever attempted

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What video editors can gain from AI and ML

Dave Colantuoni at Avid provides a series of practical examples of where artificial intelligence can aid the work of video editors

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End Credits: Kieran Doherty

The co-managing director of Stellify Media on CrossFit, Sean Connery and Can’t Touch This

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Peataí! / Pet Nation, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ

The unlikely combination of Covid protocols & problematic pets made our pop-up event clinic a joy & a challenge, says Muireann McGinty

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Growing up fast: the rise of AvoD

Though still to make a mark in the UK, AVoD platforms have exploded in the US, with those offering a ‘lean-back, linear experience’ the most in demand

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Glued to the Screen: The Parisian Agency

Netflix’s French original turns the dial on the property format and adds some Gallic flair

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Will this (finally) be disability’s breakthrough moment?

Scattered Pictures boss Kim Tserkezie is hopeful Jack Thorne’s MacTaggart Lecture will bring meaningful change in the industry

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Slow progress on industry diversity

A year after a wave of major representation commitments by the UK’s biggest broadcasters, there is still much to do

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Sue Murphy: broadening youth appeal on ITV2

Channel set to add darker tone to non-scripted entertainment slate with stories centring on social media

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TV should not be afraid to tackle class issues head-on

The sector should think hard about which definition it opts for, says Elsa Sharp

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The Wimbledon Kidnapping, Sky Documentaries

Producer Joanna Bartholomew on revisiting an intriguing case of mistaken identity and bungling ineptitude

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Peter Langenberg: ‘Banijay needs to get bigger’

The group’s chief operating officer on why the super-indie is not resting on its laurels

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Banijay UK: reaping the benefits of scale

Lucinda Hicks and Peter Salmon on the ESUK merger’s advantages and their plans to supersize development and the indie roster

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Olympics highlights the shift in power away from PSBs

Sub-licensing deal with Discovery leaves viewers disappointed and illustrates the tough challenges facing the BBC, says Scott Bryan

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9/11: One Day In America

‘We knew we had a responsibility to show what happened without sanitising the truth because so many of these deaths were horrendously violent’

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9/11: Inside The President’s War Room

‘The film is a unique attempt to capture the emotions, arguments and dilemmas at the top of government when faced with an unprecedented attack’

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In The Shadow of 9/11

‘These men spent years in prison cells thinking about what happened and were able to give considered, thoughtful accounts of a crazy situation’

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Surviving 9/11

‘I wanted to make a very personal film about ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary event’

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9/11: the day that changed everything

Arthur Cary, Dan Reed, Daniel Bogado and Adam Wishart discuss their approach to their docs on the 20-year anniversary of the tragedy

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Tonight With Target: black culture takes centre stage

BBC3 music format aims to reinvigorate the genre by putting a new generation of black British artists in the spotlight

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Don’t write off C4 – pushing boundaries is still in its DNA

It may not be the risk-taker it once was, but C4 still offers inspiration to many, says Danny Brocklehurst

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David DeHaney, Proper Content

‘The main reason I’m concerned about privatisation of C4 is the potential loss of risk-taking. C4 is the primary terrestrial incubator of innovation’

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Indie sector speaks up to save Channel 4

Six indie bosses offer passionate defences of C4 – recalling how it boosted their careers &, kickstarted the independent production sector

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Andy Harries, Left Bank Pictures

‘If Channel 4 had not rescued The Deal, it is almost certain The Crown would not have existed’

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Jimmy Mulville, Hat Trick Productions

‘I’m open-mouthed that this Tory government thinks it’s a good plan to flog off this unique institution like some secondhand Volvo’

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Kate Little & Claire Poyser, Lime Pictures

‘C4’s dedication to providing content to minority audiences is critical to ensuring that UK broadcasting includes the widest range of voices’

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Neil Crombie, Swan Films

‘When you pitch to C4, it’s always: what’s novel about this? What different experiences and perspectives are we going to see?’

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Resisting privatisation doesn’t mean keeping the status quo

There’s no doubt C4 needs to change – but that’s far more likely if it retains its public ownership

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Creating a Scandi/Scottish world for Alibi

Annika exec producer Arabella Page Croft spotted a tiny window of opportunity with lead Nicola Walker and grabbed it with both hands

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Privatisation: Lessons from C4’s past

What does the previous failed attempt to privatise Channel 4 say about the prospects of avoiding a sale next year?

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When Ruby Met….Clive

How Ruby Wax’s teachings on talent shaped Clive Tulloh’s career

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Revitalising live shows with virtual audiences

Tom Bowers at interactive audience specialist consultancy Hypothesis Media highlights the creative opportunities for virtual audiences

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News channels still hold value

Their business model is challenged but their power and influence shouldn’t be ignored, says Toby Chapman

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Creative Review: Masked dates, music and medicine

From delivering a dating show with a difference to grading live music performances and colour matching 20 years of footage from Afghanistan

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Shift to homeworking fuels property programming boom

Number of shows commissioned in the genre in second quarter is double what it was in previous two years

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End Credits: Simone Pennant

The founder and director of The TV Collective on her famous neighbour, magic mum and Idris Elba

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Deceit: Police procedure in the dock

Story Films hands a fresh perspective to C4’s drama exploring the notorious Rachel Nickell investigation

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Glued to the Screen: Clarkson’s Farm

With a strong supporting cast, the Amazon Prime series delivers on comedy but doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of farming, says Steve Jones

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Focus Group: Who or what in TV needs a shot in the arm?

Our four panellists on how the industry needs to change

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Inclusivity will be key to this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival

Jack Thorne will put disability centre stage and we’re taking up the challenge to ensure that everyone feels welcome, says Fatima Salaria

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It’s time to act decisively to rein in the streaming giants

Traditional broadcasters cannot compete with their deep-pocketed rivals without government intervention, says Kate Bulkley

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How best to call out bullying in TV

Freelancers have more options than ever for reporting bad behaviour, but navigating the array of different services offered can be challenging

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Why I’m no longer talking to media execs about C4 privatisation

I want a public C4 and a new regulatory environment to formally introduce ring-fenced funds for diverse-led productions, says Marcus Ryder

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Don’t let gov’t force our hand on C4 sale

The plan to sell broadcaster is a crude magician’s trick that we reject wholeheartedly, says Jon Swain

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The truth about disability in TV

Six people with disabilities open up about their lived experiences of working in the industry and how it could be improved

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Rohit Doel, freelance runner

’I was told to ‘man up’ in an interview’

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’It always feels like two steps forward and one back’

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Jay Francis, freelance online editor

‘It’s important that TV reflects the society in which we live’

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Celine Fitzmaurice, series producer

’It’s too easy for companies to ignore the issue of disability’

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Ramy El-Bergamy, head of development, Lifted

‘Ethnicity and disability are not mutually exclusive’

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Julie Shaw, BBC Daytime commissioner

’Recruitment practices need to change’

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Disability report highlights ‘untapped potential’

CDN review urges industry to better leverage 14m strong group

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Newswrap: Disabled creatives making waves

DDPTV founder Caroline O’Neill and Jerk creator Tim Renkow join the podcast

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Disabled people must be part of the conversation

Any solution for getting more disabled people into the industry should take into account our lived experience, says Caroline O’Neill

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Misconceptions and biases are holding back progress

If we are to bring down the barriers to our industry, we need to change the narrative around disabled talent, says Deborah Williams

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Employers ‘blithely disengaged’, says disability campaign group

DDPTV survey finds 60% of respondents experienced ableism or discrimination

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Illuminating Yorkshire Firefighters for BBC2

Careful planning and creative storytelling ensured we could build the narrative for our blue-light factual series, says James Knight

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Insurance scheme has given UK headstart over rest of the world

The £500m backstop has ensured that the growth of recent years wasn’t for nothing, says DCMS minister Caroline Dinenage

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The battle for C4’s future gets political

With Conservative advocates thin on the ground - what are the broadcaster’s prospects?

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The pod drills down into the world of children’s TV and Blue Peter legend Konnie Huq joins to reflect on a 25-year career

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Don’t criminalise journalists for doing their job

Plans to alter the Official Secrets Act will have a chilling effect on doc makers and news and current affairs, says John Battle

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Newswrap: Kids TV special

The pod drills down into the world of children’s TV and Blue Peter legend Konnie Huq joins to reflect on a 25-year career

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Reclaiming Amy: changing the narrative

The late great singer’s story had never been told by the people closest to her – until now, says Marina Parker

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Helping French and Saunders find Funny Women

We used every ounce of ingenuity to achieve Dawn and Jennifer’s vision, says Glen Middleham

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Newswrap: Melvyn Bragg on South Bank special (transcription)

The broadcasting titan enters the Newswrap realm and talks South Bank Show, diversity and C4 privatisation

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Hunkering down for Apocalypse Wow

Putting talent in cohorts and and dropping the ‘baying horde’ were key to getting our wild ITV2 entertainment series to air, says Ben Wilson

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Melvyn Bragg on South Bank special

Reveals plans for focus on emerging talent and discusses diversity and C4 privatisation

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The dangers of uncovering hidden truths in the Amazon

We literally found ourselves in the firing line filming our documentary series for Vice, says Adam Laister

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Rogue Tiger Shark – The Hunt for Lagertha

Covid-19 forced us to totally rethink how we made our Discovery+ doc about a tiger shark attack in the Pacific, says Martin Cass

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Newswrap: BBC annual report plus John McVay

Last week’s mega document is given the Newswrap treatment plus John McVay reflects on three decades of Pact

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Quiz of the year (so far)

Test yourself in our quiz of the first half of 2021

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AVSR: the revenue stream indies are missing

Little is known about secondary rights but they are worth cash to every producer, says Mark Rowland

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5 Top Tips for creating Interactive TV spin-offs

Charisma.ai CEO Guy Gadney on how TV series can extend off the linear screen and into an immersive, interactive world

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PTZ cameras – The future of broadcast?

Matthew Koshy of Canon Europe on the benefits of high-end PTZ cameras in enabling streamlined crews to capture 4K content

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Welcoming Michael Ball to Wonderful Wales

Singer’s exploration of his mother’s homeland was also his first time presenting an ob-doc, says Carrie Smith

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What VoD buyers want: the truth about local players

Distributors should not pass up oppportunity to work with emerging services without consideration, says Riaz Mehta

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We have a duty to ensure C4 survives

If the PSB is privatised, it would kill off a genius child of British broadcast says producer Dermot Lavery

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Creative review: Football, make-up and punk rock

From mixing interview and archive footage to colour-grading period beauty looks and creating a 100-strong choir

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C4: is there value in privatisation?

Industry veteran David Elstein explains why fears for the broadcaster may be misplaced

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End Credits: Adam Pearson

The presenter on cake, wrestling and Robot Wars

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Sky Documentaries hunts for stories with a ‘premium feel’

Biographies, music, crime and contemporary history docs are on the wanted list for docs director Poppy Dixon

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Emmys spotlight: Steve McQueen on Small Axe

Writer and director on how the films – about the experience of West Indian immigrants in London – achieved unexpected global resonance

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PSBs are ignoring their remits in the Midlands

Some regions are more equal than others and broadcasters’ programme spends prove it, says Mike Bradley

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Newswrap: the fight for Channel 4’s future

Analyst Claire Enders and indie bosses Mel Leach & Alan Clements explore the prospect of the PSB heading to the private sector

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Buyers expand horizons as US shows dry up

The acquisitions landscape is changing as major studios retain content for their own streaming services & networks look elsewhere for deals

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Why is there still a stigma about coming out as disabled?

My own experience offers an encouraging sign that the industry is on the normalisation path, says Stu Richards

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Rethinking recruitment

The Covid pandemic and BLM movement have galvanised the industry to reassess how freelance crew are hired and try to create a more level playing field

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Glued to the Screen: Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In

DNA Films doc combines access and archive to winning effect, says Rab Christie

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Stand up and be counted on issues that affect our industry

It’s time to make sure our voices are heard when it comes to creative sector public policy, says Peter Bazalgette

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The BBC should capitalise on Eurovision’s popularity

A Saturday night entertainment show to select the UK entrant would deliver ratings and boost our chances, says Scott Bryan

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Emmys spotlight: Making series four of The Crown

Interview with exec producer Suzanne Mackie, actress Emma Corrin, costume designer Amy Roberts and hair and make-up designer Cate Hall

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Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, Netflix

Producer Sarah Lambert on taking a different approach to a crime story

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Together: Love in the time of Covid

Shot in just 10 days, with a cast of three and a single location, BBC2’s lockdown drama aired just four months after being greenlit

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Threat of C4 privatisation appears greater than ever

The broadcaster has seen off past attempts, but is facing a much tougher challenge this time around, says Maggie Brown

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Focus Group: What do people misunderstand about a director’s role?

Our four panellists on the reality of being a TV director

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Jonno Richards: Talkback boss turns up the heat

With a Netflix dating series hit and a Best Independent Production Company win at this year Broadcast Awards, the Fremantle label is flying high

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Writing the script for indie success

Jane Featherstone, Jane Tranter and Nicola Shindler on inflating budgets, rights and crewing shortages, talent deals and being a woman in TV

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Hugh Grant talks The Undoing

Leading actor on shedding his nice‑guy image and why he enjoys these darker character roles

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Selling C4 is an affront to free speech

C4’s unique remit to commission programmes others cannot and will not order is threatened by privatisation, says Callum Macrae

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Paapa Essiedu: honouring Michaela Coel

I May Destroy You actor on the huge responsibility he felt to honour the writing of his friend

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The A List, Netflix

Navigating lockdown and the wild Welsh weather made for a stressful shoot

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The government is gunning for C4 – so it’s time to speak up

Britain’s whole TV ecology is at risk as the government kicks off its push for privatisation

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How It’s A Sin became C4’s most-binged show ever

Russell T Davies & Nicola Shindler on how the drama offered a fresh take on the 1980s HIV and Aids crisis

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On a mission to be fair, green and moral

Derek Moore, CEO and co-founder of Coffee & TV explains what B Corp is and what it means to his business

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I’m Jewish – why don’t I ‘count’ as BAME?

Being told Jews aren’t included in PSBs’ diversity counts is hurtful and unhelpful, says Michelle Singer

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Don’t do a disservice to production managers

TV has ignored PMs for too long but the Covid crunch has proven how vital – and scarce – they are, says talent manager Kimberly Godbolt

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Newswrap: Lifting the lid on Lupin & WWBW special

Screenwriter George Kay discusses his Netflix breakout hit plus the Newswrap team give their WWBW half year verdict

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Famous faces help build the podcast industry

Celebrities aren’t ruining podcasting – they’re opening them up to a wider audience, says Josh Adley

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Navigating the talent crunch

Securing leading actors for high-end projects is harder than ever according to producers, agents and showrunners

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Forget preservation, the PSB debate needs to be about growth

Freeview’s Jonathan Thompson wonders if government is asking the right questions in current review

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GB News review: one-sided TV and proud of it

The much-debated news channel has hit our screens with a few scores to settle, but does it offer something new, asks Stewart Purvis

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We wanted to make our wildlife series a bingeworthy boxset, says executive producer Caroline Hawkins

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Newswrap: Being LGBTQ+ in TV

Greg Sanderson and Sophie Bernberg reflect on their experiences and we talk Love Island, quotas and intersectionality

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Loki: review

Kate Herron directs Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson in Marvel’s Disney+ limited series

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RIP to my Holby City family

Don’t let the heart of BBC1’s medical drama be forgotten, says David Innes Edwards

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Storytelling must reflect Britain’s diversity

We should strive to provide everyone with the opportunity have their experiences reflected, says Emily Burnett

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It’s time to truly welcome the LGBTQ+ community

Television has a responsibility to create worlds featuring safe queer spaces, says Sophie Bernberg

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N&R indies must target premium factual

The growing number of regional indies means producers must engage SVoDs to land work, says Ben Smith

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End Credits: Alex Segal

InterTalent Rights managing director on broken bones, ’90s crime and dad jokes

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How Casualty took the lead on representation

The team behind a groundbreaking episode with a deaf director, writers and actors discuss how it came about and what it means for the industry

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In Conversation: Turton and Mahon on navigating past the pandemic

The C4 and All3 chiefs kicked off Broadcast’s Restart conference with a discussion about the post-Covid future

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Why BBC2 took the nuclear option with Windfall

Constructing the narrative for Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station was a test of trust and patience, says Mat Stimpson

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Getting the greenlight: non-scripted boost as SVoDs expand slates

Netflix and Amazon are broadening their offerings but scripted remains the priority

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Creative Review: Bugs, meerkats and music icons

From conjuring up CG cockroaches to remote production, recreating Victorian London and grading archive footage

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Anne Boleyn: Bringing history up to date

Channel 5’s ambitious new original drama aims to reset the narrative around Henry VIII’s second wife

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Roku has the tools to make its mark in the streaming world

The US firm has evolved and its user relationships and advertising expertise put it in a strong position, says Kate Bulkley

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Glued to the Screen: ZeroZeroZero

The simple premise of following a cocaine shipment gives us three brilliantly realised universes in one cohesive story, says Katherine Butler

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Be nimble and open-minded to thrive in changing times

Argonon will adapt to new platforms, content providers and shifts in consumer behaviour as it enters its second decade, says James Burstall

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How Netflix is looking after cast and crew

HR chief Emma Murphy explains how the SVoD giant is supporting freelancers as scrutiny of the industry’s working culture intensifies

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How Sky Documentaries met the Children of Shanghai

Richard Nash on telling the story of how a former British footballer’s intervention meant a million Chinese orphans were moved into foster families

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Newswrap podcast: Nida Manzoor

We Are Lady Parts creator discusses her next steps and the team assess the fallout from the Dyson report

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Impartial news is the bedrock of our PSB system

ITN’s special recognition win at the Broadcast Awards underlines the need for public service journalism, says Deborah Turness

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Best independent production company: Talkback

‘In Covid-straitened times, with hordes of youngsters unable to get within two metres of each other, Too Hot To Handle felt prescient’

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Emerging indie of the year: Label1

‘Hospital gave viewers incredible insights into the health service’s technical, operational and emotional response to Covid-19’

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Best post-production house: Fifty Fifty

‘I was impressed by the creative initiatives to look after its clients and team in a year of intense mental struggle’

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Special recognition: ITN

‘ITN has helped raise standards in British TV news. It is established as a journalistic powerhouse’

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Best original programme: Your Home Made Perfect

‘Clever and innovative use of virtual reality and graphics - an exciting watch’

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Best popular factual programme: Race Across The World

‘Completely compelling – I cared so much about these people. It was talked-about TV, made with ambition and panache’

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Best music programme: The Live Lounge

‘The passion for music was palpable both in front of and behind the camera’

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Best single drama: Elizabeth Is Missing

‘A clever and powerful study of the effects of dementia transcended by a brilliant performance from one of the country’s greatest actors’

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Best children’s programme: I Want To Change The World

‘Daniel is a wonderful presenter and I look forward to seeing what he and the PD both do next’

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Best lockdown programme - sport and live: Last Night Of The Proms

‘The team overcame huge technical challenges with great creative success’

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Best sports programme: England v West Indies - Black Lives Matter

‘The year’s outstanding moment of sports television’

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Best lockdown programme - entertainment, comedy & scripted: The Ranganation

‘The production team made a great show even better’

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Broadcast Awards 2021 - the judges

Methodology and list of judges

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Best multichannel programme: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

‘It was exceptionally well made, tackling difficult issues in a very entertaining format’

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Best international programme sales: The Salisbury Poisoinings

‘Fremantle succeeded in taking the UK’s outstanding track record in real-life drama series onto a truly global stage’

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Best comedy programme: Friday Night Dinner

‘Classic, endlessly rewatchable comedy that hit home across multiple generations’

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Best specialist factual: A House Through Time

‘Thoroughly engaging from start to finish and overall an excellent and well-crafted specialist factual film’

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Best lockdown programme - news, documentary & factual: Dim Ysgol: Maesincla

‘Judges were impressed by the ob-doc’s rare access to a community we don’t normally see on our screens’

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Best news/current affairs programme: Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview

‘All the other entries responded to news stories. This interview set a news agenda of its own’

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Best documentary programme: For Sama

‘It’s simple and universal and gives us a mirror to reflect on human nature’

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Best soap or continuing drama: Coronation Street

‘A brilliantly powerful, climactic moment that resonated well beyond the genre’

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Best entertainment programme: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

‘A modern, emotional, funny and entertaining show all wrapped up in one brilliantly executed package’

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Best pre-school programme: JoJo And Gran Gran

‘It has amazing casting and lovely live-action pieces, which didn’t jar with the equally lovely animation’

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Best daytime programme: Moving On

‘Cleverly embedded twists and turns that keep the audience questioning their allegiances throughout’

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Best lockdown programme - fact ent, popular factual & kids: Springtime On The Farm

‘An authentic programme that captured the joy of life at a time of incredible crisis’

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Channel of the Year: BBC2

‘Outstanding creative performance in its factual heartland and a peerless non-scripted slate’

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Best documentary series: Once Upon a Time in Iraq

‘This was incredible film-making. Intelligent, fascinating, gripping and a powerful human insight into an epic story’

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In Conversation: The Beast Must Die

Writer Gaby Chiappe and director Dome Karukoski recall producing BritBox drama under lockdown

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Best drama series: I May Destroy You

‘Blisteringly original storytelling that excelled in every area’

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Celebrating the best of British TV

“The industry’s innovation and perspiration helped see the nation through an incredibly testing period”

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The Supervet - Saving My Dog, Channel 4

Recording how Noel Fitzpatrick’s life was turned upside down was an emotional rollercoaster says exec producer Alex Sutherland

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The UK should open up to the thrills of a writers’ room

There’s always a place for the singular vision but the US approach suits longer runs, says Danny Brocklehurst

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Rise of the guessing game

Guessing formats are everywhere following the success of The Masked Singer. Is this a short-lived phase, or a shift in commissioning strategy?

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Focus Group: What’s your go-to negotiation trick?

Our four panellists on ensuring talks run smoothly

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Nida Manzoor: The punk spirit behind We Are Lady Parts

Writer and director on taking inspiration from her own life for her new C4 comedy about a Muslim female punk band

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Failings of the past must not damage the BBC’s future

Broadcast’s view on the Bashir scandal and Lord Dyson’s report

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Mental health behind the screen is at crisis levels

Not enough action is being taken to improve the mental health of post house talent, says Zeb Chadfield

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AMC retools for streaming originals push

Discovery of Witches co-producer hands Kristin Jones remit to develop international dramas for AMC+, Acorn TV and Sundance Now

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Newswrap: Mega-merger mayhem (transcription)

The team dive into this week’s shock £36bn AT&T/Discovery deal, while ITV and C4’s drama bosses join the Restart Conference

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Don’t let indie TV become the new ESL

There are many parallels between the shape of the UK production sector and the failed European Super League project says Danny Fenton

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How P!nk - All I Know So Far captured the family side of Pink

Director of photography David Spearing told Broadcast Tech about what it took to bring both sides of the rock star to screens.

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Newswrap: Mega-merger mayhem

The team dive into this week’s shock £36bn AT&T/Discovery deal, while ITV and C4’s drama bosses join the Restart Conference

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Broadcast Awards 2021 preview: Best Comedy

The six nominees for this year’s prize

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How Sky Arts is leading The Live Revival

Music venues were closing a significant rate before Covid struck, but our doc series chronicles a fightback led by artists, says Justin Rees

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VFX and the virtualisation of content

David Ingham, client partner, media and entertainment at Cognizant explains how visual effects are opening up ever more creative options for producers

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Plot twist: making The Pact

The pandemic placed production of our BBC drama in peril but strange new ways of working saw us through, says Pete McTighe

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Stuart McDonald: a personal tribute

Richard Woolfe remembers an outstanding director and a dear friend

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Magic Hands: setting an example for the younger generation

Execs tackled racism in the deaf community in first UK kids series to feature a majority deaf, black crew and presenting lineup

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Carefully planning for Extra Life

BBC drama Staged was an unexpected inspiration when pandemic problems hit our BBC4 and PBS science series, says Fiona Caldwell

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How we put Domina on trial

The coronavirus cut our Sky swords ‘n’ sandals drama by two episodes and forced us into re-writes for an unexpected courtroom drama, says Simon Burke

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Original voices on Coronation Street

David Proud sets out how he combined ‘wheelchairs and cobbles’ with great success

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Commissioning Conversations: BBC special

Broadcast senior reporter Max Goldbart joins the team to discuss the BBC’s future as the corporation’s commissioning restructure gets underway

MLDHI double winner Josh from Dover is now ready to move out of his mums (pictured) house

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Reformatting a US series on UK soil for an international audience during lockdown proved a winning experience, says Paula Campion

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Tackling the menopause with Davina

Finestripe set out to smash taboos on C4 single and was helped along by a host willing to open up, says director/producer Linda Sands

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Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power, BBC1/BBC3

My childhood friendship with the Little Mix star helped focus our exploration of race, says Tash Gaunt

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Quiz of the month

Test yourself in our quiz on the industry news during the month of April

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Pip and Posy, C5/Sky Kids

Producer Vici King on why bringing the popular children’s tales to screen was like making vodka

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Sitting down with the Queen’s cousins

Yorkshire Vet indie Daisybeck’s signature heartfelt style was applied to a sometimes-divisive subject, says development producer Claire Scollie

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BBC1 Ian Wright doc: telling Home Truths on and off-screen

Ensuring a diverse crew was crucial to spotlighting the football star’s childhood experiences, says producer Charlene Chika Osuagwu

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Systematic change is needed for dignity at work

Resource must be allocated if harassment is to end, says Bectu head Philippa Childs

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Fresh formats with promise

Broadcast profiles four titles generating plenty of buzz at this year’s virtual Mip TV

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New kids on the distribution block

Six distributors that have recently launched discuss the challenges of setting up a business during the pandemic

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Creative Review: Enhancing the action

From the sounds of F1 and the Colombian jungle to a 3D model of the Valley of the Kings

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End Credits: Ade Adepitan

The TV presenter and Paralympian on Nigerian trees, basketball and running the BBC

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Co-pros soar as pandemic hits budgets

Broadcast Intelligence’s Commissioner Index has added 50 international commissioners keen to explore co-pro opportunities with British partners

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Finding our Money Maker in a pandemic

Casting a business guru willing to invest big sums during Covid took more than blue sky thinking, says Nick Parnes

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Secrets of the Whales: the art of goosebump TV

Filming whale culture in every ocean on earth, but you still have to fight to keep the emotion going on-screen, Brian Armstrong argues

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Making Man Like Greta

Rockerdale Studios underwent ‘detailed exploration of a new world’ to forge C4 social media show , says exec Michelle Singer

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Newswrap: solving the 16-34 conundrum

Two trailblazing young indie bosses join the Newswrap to discuss the youth viewer problem

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Lack of diversity is a market failure

Monopsony theory teaches us why broadcasters fight over Steve McQueen but the rest of the industry remains remarkably non-diverse, says Marcus Ryder

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Glued to the screen: 2020: The Story Of Us

Through heart-tugging first-hand accounts set against a backdrop of news footage, this ITV doc reveals our debt to NHS workers, says Sally Benton

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Young diverse talent will ensure docs continue to thrive

Documentaries create debate and offer fresh perspectives – they can only be enhanced by including more voices, says Lorraine Heggessey

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The Beast Must Die: Revenge is sweet

The team behind BritBox’s original drama on how colour-blind casting & a gender switch bring a different dimension to their novel adaptation

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We must give young talent the opportunity to hone their skills

The industry should provide training and allow people to make mistakes rather than reject them because they lack experience, says Ruth Pitt

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Analysis: PSB prominence: too little, too late?

With Ofcom’s recommendations winning informal government support, confidence is growing that legislation is on the way. But will it come soon enough?

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Smart budgeting for British sci-fi

Creating Intergalactic for Sky 1 was a mix of big ambitious and clear boundaries, says Kieron Hawkes

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Breaking into the comedy boys’ club

Despite repeated calls for more comedy shows with female writers, the latest stats from Broadcast’s Programme Index suggest progress has been slow

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The extraordinary story behind Saved By A Stranger

Justine Kershaw reveals how a near-fatal accident inspired Blink’s new BBC2 series about strangers connected through trauma

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Focus Group: Which positions are the hardest to fill when hiring crew?

Our four panellists on the industry’s recruitment problems

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Meetings are magical – but new ways of working are here to stay

Remote working has been a boon for many in the industry and it would be a shame to lose that flexibility

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Commissioning is a lottery – there must be a better way

In a world of measurement and big data, why does a green light still come down to luck, politics and personal opinion? asks Ash Atalla

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When adapting IP, channel your inner Bear Grylls

Collaboration, compromise and teamwork are crucial when transposing IP from one medium to another, says Giuliano Papadia

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Helping kids understand autism through TV

Our Cbeebies series Pablo has become a great tool for explaining how people interpret the world, says Gráinne McGuinness

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How NFL is using broadcast to get the UK ‘franchise ready’

Sameer Pabari, managing director, international media, for the NFL, spoke to Broadcast Sport about how the league targets its growth abroad.

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Dreaming Whilst Black: from web to BBC1

Our Comedy Slice adaptation of Adjani Salmon’s online hit shows people of colour given senior positions create brilliant programmes, says Gina Lyons

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The door to wildlife TV is open to the LGBTQI+ community

Things have come a long way since the “tokenisation and stereotypes” of the 90s, says wildlife presenter Dan O’Neill

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FIFA 21 ad highlights lack of British Asian pro footballers

The spot, created by adam&eveDDB, won Channel 4’s £1m Diversity in Advertising Award and debuts tonight during Gogglebox

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Newswrap: Sports broadcasting and the short-lived ESL

The ESL may be consigned to the dustbin but we use the opportunity to assess the state of play in sports broadcasting

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Breaking the social silence around pregnancy for C4

Wonderhood Studios’ doc series Baby Surgeons challenged us to film sensitively and carefully, says James W Newton

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Broadcast uncertainty remains after Super League collapse

While the short-lived European Super League looks to have fallen apart, the decreasing value of broadcast deals and continued pushes for reform from clubs leave the issue unresolved.

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CCC: nations and regions takes centre stage

Creative Cities Convention co-founder Ruth Pitt gears up for this week’s launch

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How Hollywood helped Lucy the Human Chimp

Going into production during the global pandemic meant using a technique reserved for big-budget films on our Channel 4 doc, says Alex Parkinson

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How the ‘woman of Cremona’ revealed Big Light’s Leonardo

Telling the story of the great Renaissance painter came together when we discovered his possible ‘muse’, says Frank Spotnitz

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Top 5 moments in interactive television

Co-founder and CEO of Charisma.ai, Guy Gadney selects his five favourite examples of interactive TV

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Newswrap: A special duty of care episode

Two years on from the cancellation of Jeremy Kyle, indie bigwigs from The Garden, Initial and BBC Studios discuss the current state of play

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Selection of images of the Merman comedy series for Channel 4, centring on a misanthropic, 30-something, struggling singer-songwriter

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Why TV needs a Spotify of streaming

We’re in the CD age of on-demand services but consumers demand more convenience, says Stu Watson

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The intellectual property issues of volumetric video

Graeme Murray at Marks & Clerk discusses potentially thorny legal issues to do with the way the viewer engages with volumetric content

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Working with the Wolf of Wall Street

Creating Discovery+’s GameStop: The Wall Street Hijack was a complicated and exciting challenge – and so was its presenter, says Mark Radice

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Romeo & Juliet, Sky Arts

Collaborating with the National Theatre was a rewarding experience says producer David Sabel

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Producers must follow duty of care rule changes

Ofcom safeguards make clear indies must ensure contributor welfare, says Nigel Abbas

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Why it’s crucial to hire from diverse backgrounds

The BBC’s new production staff quotas don’t solve all problems but are a step in the right direction, says Steve Wynne

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Matt Baker’s diary: a debut commission in lockdown

Presenter reveals how a family accident led to More 4’s Our Farm in the Dales

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Covering the trial of Derek Chauvin

A herculean effort was undertaken to get George Floyd’s accused murderer’s trial on screen, says exec Scott Tufts. Words: Emma Bullimore

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The Syndicate: Eyes on the prize

Writer Kay Mellor on her determination to mix young working-class actors with more familiar faces as her Lottery-winner drama returns

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World-building visual effects

From a dystopian, war-torn Europe to animated gardens in floral splendour, UK post houses make imagined worlds real

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AFP comes into its own

Ad-funded programming is enjoying a resurgence as its reputation improves and traditional ad spots take a hit from the pandemic

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End Credits: Nagajan Modhwadia

The SLNda co-founder on Machu Pichu and sleeping under the stars

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Newswrap: The pandemic: one year on

Jesse Whittock and Max Goldbart delve into Broadcast’s Indie Survey results plus we have a bonus interview with Paul Feig

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Glued to the Screen: Cornwall: This Fishing Life

With its deft storytelling and strong characters, this BBC2 gem helped me understand a different viewpoint and another way of life, says Muslim Alim

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Nurturing Would I Lie to You

Peter Holmes and Rachel Ablett, the husband and wife team behind BBC1’s comedy panel show, reveal how they keep the magic of the series alive

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TV should lead the way on ending workplace bullying

We have a duty of care to each other and our industry should be ahead of the curve in calling out bad behaviour, says Jane Perry

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We must pressure government to do right thing on prominence

Broadcasters have to work with the global streamers or risk becoming irrelevant – but they have an ace up their sleeve

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Unlocking the Secrets of the Supercars

The pandemic posed unimagined problems for our behind-the-scenes look at the supercar world for Dave, but a belt and braces approach got us over the finish line, says Jonney Steven

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Quotas to the fore as Davie’s change agenda gathers pace

The BBC is to produce more shows outside of London, but devolution of commissioning power is unclear

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Asacha plots an empire

Pan-European group has been steadily acquiring production firms and has now gained a foothold in the UK with the acquisition of Wag TV

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Jed Mercurio: Ready for duty

Line Of Duty creator on working with new writers and his issues with the UK’s commissioning set-up

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Sketch comedy is flourishing but needs more space to shine

Young talent are breathing new life into a genre that looked dead and buried just a few years ago, says Lorelei Mathias

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Analysis: The indie sector has its say

Comments from 100-plus respondents to the Indie Survey provide an unvarnished snapshot of life as a producer

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C5: Supplier base grows as factual still dominates

ITN is top supplier by hours for the third year in a row and top by spend for the second

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British comedy hits the US sweet spot

Interest in UK series remains strong across the pond, with growing demand for remakes and finished tapes

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Much to admire as indies battle hard

‘This year’s Indie Survey is testament to a brilliantly hardy industry that kept battling, and found a way to get things done’

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C4: Covid crash prompts plenty of challenges

Broadcaster praised for the speed it commissioned in response to the pandemic

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Sky: Docs push opens door for unscripted indies

Minnow Films and True to Nature among the beneficiaries

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Lockdown lesson: if you wanna get ahead, get a shed

Garden working has been great, but I’ve had to swap Channel 4 for Naked without meeting my colleagues, says Fatima Salaria

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Netflix takes the crown

SVoD voted the strongest broadcaster by 40% of indie respondents, while the BBC tops best broadcaster to work with table

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Indies come out fighting as Covid hits

The pandemic had a huge impact on UK producers, with revenues down sharply, but innovation and creativity came to the fore during lockdown

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Top 30 True Indies

Avalon tops table ahead of Bad Wolf

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Confidence high despite Covid lows

Optimism for the future remains as broadcasters make strides in meeting their regional targets

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Netflix: Free-spending SVoD draws plaudits

Streamer spent £750m on UK productions in 2020, double its outlay the previous year

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Indie Survey Table 2021

The Broadcast Indie Survey is sponsored by Barclays

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ITV: Pandemic puts brakes on live events ambitions

Covid restrictions rendered studio formats among the most challenging to produce

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Indie Survey Peer Poll: top 10 revealed

Which company does the production sector rate the highest?

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Streamers boost global outlook

Indies are increasingly eyeing international expansion as new players in the SVoD space create opportunities

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Staff welfare takes priority

Consolidators felt the full impact of Covid-19 in their top lines last year, but the pandemic also enabled them to refocus on their employees

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UKTV: Scripted slate takes shape as Covid bites

Six scripted producers make top 10 spend list

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BBC: ‘Fewer, bigger, better’ hits indie numbers

The number of producers the broadcaster commissioned fell to 343

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Discovery: Factual still king but SVoD boosts true-crime

Launch of Discovery+ sees increase in orders for the genre

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We have the power to stop industry bullying

Happier workplaces create stronger and more creative productions, says Shayna Waldman

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Predator: Catching the Black Cab Rapist, C5

Honouring the brave accounts of the women attacked by John Worboys was essential to making this documentary, says Sheun Adelasoye

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How Noah Media found an audience for Finding Jack Charlton

Noah Media Group CEO and co-founder John McKenna, head of sales Catherine Quantschnigg, and head of distribution Drew Masters spoke to Broadcast Sport about the distribution of Finding Jack Charlton.

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The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime, BBC2

Building trust with officers was key to recording some extraordinary moments, says series producer Louise Malkinson

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The doors to equality are beginning to open

There is room for cautious optimism as the conversation sparked by BLM continues into 2021, says Real Full Monty exec Ashley Banjo

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Why Tern TV trawled through sewage for BBC2

Directing The Secret Science of Sewage under Covid was smelly and hard, but led to real-life breakthroughs, says Craig Collinson

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Female directors: fighting for recognition

Friends warn us to deny our families to ensure we’re heard, but the best commissioners cherish talent, writes Cosima Spender

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VFX Trends – what’s hype and what’s not

David Cordon, head of TV and film, Flipbook Studio discusses the pros and cons of recent trends in VFX production

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Let slow-burn series warm up

Are we losing potential classics over demand for immediate hits, asks Dan Sefton

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Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death, C4

We wanted to celebrate the TV presenter’s life, but she deserved more from our industry says director Charlie Russell

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Newswrap: Piers Morgan saga: what next? (transcription)

Bectu head Philippa Childs urges broadcasters to get tough on bullying after this week’s GMB walkout

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Selection of images of the Twofour doc series for Channel 5, following events at two West Country holiday camps post-lockdown

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Newswrap: Piers Morgan saga: what next?

Bectu head Philippa Childs urges broadcasters to get tough on bullying after this week’s GMB walkout

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How indies can get Brexit secure

The double whammy of exiting Europe and the pandemic impacts producers profoundly, but there are solutions, says Val Cazalet

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Dating through a Covid filter

Physical closeness, juggling contributors’ cold feet and patience all played a part in getting Sky’s Dating No Filter off the ground

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How LIT built a control room mid-lockdown for UK launch

Co-CEO and co-founder Adrian Woolfe, and head of broadcast engineering Chris Farrants told Broadcast Tech about launching an OTT entertainment channel over the past year.

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Docs: the rock stars of non-fiction

Global non-fiction in film and TV is booming and British sensibilities mean indies can lead the way, writes Kate Collier

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Lost Boy: The Killing of James Bulger, C5

Exec Andy Dunn on why trust was key for the two-parter revisiting a shocking death

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Women on the Force: captured in lockdown

A previous career in the police helped Dan Clark-Neal gain the trust of contributors for a locked down run of the W series

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Rise of the Machines: AI in Media

Rickard Lönneborg, CEO at Codemill on what developments need to happen in AI and ML to maximise their benefits for media workflows

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IWD: Celebrating women in VFX

Alex Coxon profiles some outstanding women working in the VFX sector

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IWD: VineFX celebrates women working in VFX

The company profiles 11 female professionals working at the visual effects house

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Newswrap IWD special: a woman’s world

The creatives behind Film 4 feature Rocks discuss female representation

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IWD: BBC Sport chief on women’s sport and female leadership

Barbara Slater on the growth of women’s sport and the shifting attitudes to females both on and off screen over the last 12 years

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Quiz of the month

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How Hollywood stars and storytelling are moving into sport production

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s recent purchase of Wrexham AFC is just the latest sign of Hollywood’s growth in the sport sector

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Reliving the sinister crimes of a serial killer

The Yorkshire Ripper’s New Victims producer Heenan Bhatti on recording the emotional stories on those who survived at the hands of Peter Sutcliffe

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How parliament is making broadcasts more accessible

John Angeli, director of parliamentary audio/video, explains how the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit is making it easier to access broadcasts

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How DAZN created ‘more than football’ documentary Club Ibiza: The Sessions

Co-director and executive producer, as well as DAZN SVP original programming, Grant Best, explained to Broadcast Sport how they built a documentary around Ibiza’s small football club

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Virtual studios technology takes centre stage at Dock 10

Dock 10’s Richard Wormwell on the Salford facility’s early adoption of a technology that is changing the way TV is made

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Focus Group: What would you do with a million pounds?

Our four panellists on going on a spending spree

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Covid-19: how post came out fighting

Three leading firms explain how their working practices changed as a result of the pandemic, and what its lasting legacy for the sector could be

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Why BBC1 took the plunge on World’s submarine drama

Scottish drama in an unusual setting helps satisfy BBC1’s demand for mainstream genre pieces

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Newswrap: Bridgerton comes to MPTS (virtually)

We get the lowdown on bumper virtual festival MPTS Connect, featuring exclusive audio from keynote panel Indies in Lockdown

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How BT Sport created football doc Ours mid-pandemic

Executive producer Sally Brown, director Tom Boswell, and journalist Mike Calvin told Broadcast Sport about what it took to create Ours

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Using innovation to tell colourful stories

Humble Bee Films’ Sharmila Choudhury on bringing Attenborough’s Life In Colour to the screen

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The NHS’s Covid challenge

As his reports lay bare the true impact of the pandemic, BBC News reporter Clive Myrie laments that TV crews were not allowed into hospitals sooner

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A new era in US politics

ITV News’ Emma Murphy on Biden’s America and moving the political narrative away from Donald Trump

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Robust regulation is key to keeping British news buoyant

No matter the furore, GB News and News UK will need to abide by the same rules as everyone else

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Streamers must stop hiding behind the big numbers

Lack of transparency over ratings is confusing for viewers – and may even be hurting the platforms’ smaller shows, says Scott Bryan

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The drama commissioning editor on prize-winning poetry and life on the farm

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Bloods: Mining a fresh vein of comedy

Samson Kayo, Nathan Bryon and Ash Atalla explain how a sliding-doors moment led to the two young talents being entrusted with a major sitcom

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Boom time for Bristol

The city is at the centre of a global natural history explosion that is increasing competition for talent and pushing up budgets

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Improving industry diversity shouldn’t be so complicated

There are simple processes that can be implemented to ensure we achieve a more inclusive workforce, says Sarah Stevenson

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In conversation: how to write a hit ITV drama

The writers of The Bay and Finding Alice discuss their creative process and unravel the layers that make up must-watch television

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Trump’s toxic legacy

ITV’s Robert Moore and C4’s Matt Frei on reporting on US politics – and what could be in store for the UK media landscape

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Glued to the Screen: The Bureau

Like a great ob-doc series, The Bureau’s tight focus on a core group draws you into their world and keeps you there, says John Smithson

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Simon Andreae: Forging a fresh path for Fremantle

UK chief exec has a wealth of indie experience to draw on as he sets about simplifying its structure & balancing shows with new IP

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Linear TV not about to disappear any time soon

A hybrid distribution model is emerging, says Freeview’s Jonathan Thompson

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Building Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance

The celebrity chef navigated time differences and quarantines to film our BBC1 game show, says Sue Allison

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Bringing the Age of Samurai to life

Our Canadian Netflix original drama relied on great actors, production magic and animated battle maps, says Stephen Scott

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Gallery: Bloodlands

Selection of images from the set of the Hat Trick Mercurio (HTM) drama series for BBC1

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Playing the long game

Andy Wilson reveals why he’s taken the unusual step of directing all 24 episodes of ITV police drama Unforgotten to date

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Recreating the Blitz Spirit for BBC1

Covid-19, budgets and a trio of lockdown beards were among the challenges we faced creating our latest Lucy Worsley programme, says Emma Hindley

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Jools in lockdown: keeping the music playing

The length of the great man’s grand piano helped Alison Howe’s team produce the 56th series of Later with… Jools Holland during the pandemic

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Digging deep for More 4

We wrecked gardens, circumvented local councils and stunk out a Premier Inn hotel room to create The Great British Dig, says Steve Wynne

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British journalism needs reinvention

RTS-nominated Need To Know’s Seth Goolnik and Warren Nettleford set out how news providers are failing to engage young audiences

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Discovering the true Jodi Arias during Covid

We gained access to the people closest to convicted US killer Jodi Arias as the world locked down, says Lucie Ridout

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Reconstructing Shannon Matthews’ disappearance

Gaining the trust of a community dubbed ‘Broken Britain’ was tricky but rewarding, says director/producer Neil Rawles

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Quiz of the month

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How dock10 created production and post-production facilities from scratch

Dock10 explains how it has grown from its beginnings to the present day.

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Pursuing a net zero strategy to make a better world

Jeremy Darroch on how Sky is implementing its unique sustainability initiative

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How Mitchell & Webb got Back on screen

The comedy duo on their 25-year partnership and the obstacles they had to overcome to get the second series of their C4 sitcom on air

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Discovery+ is well placed to follow in Disney+’s footsteps

Factual broadcaster can leverage global linear channels and pay-TV relationships to boost streaming service, says Kate Bulkley

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No need for Dutch courage if intimacy is handled correctly

Intimacy co-ordinators are vital to ensure actors feel comfortable enough on set to give an authentic performance, says Vanessa Coffey

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End Credits: Selina Mehta, Zinc Media

The Zinc Media director of development on Malted Milk, Mumbai and her mum’s sausage rolls

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Scene-setting visual effects

The best recent work, from a recreation of Elizabethan London to deep space

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Drama shakes off a turbulent year thanks to SVoD players

Commissions were hit hard in March and April as the pandemic took hold, but the genre bounced back in the second half of the year

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Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable – creating comedy in lockdown

We’d nearly finished filming our panel show when production stopped, but we adapted, says Dom Wells-Martin

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Newswrap podcast: C4 exec reshuffle unpicked

The team discuss this week’s mega restructure as C4 positions itself as a go-to destination in the digital world

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Broadcasters' prospects for 2021

A director general on a mission to revamp the BBC in 2021

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Focus Group: The Year Ahead

What is your television wish for 2021?

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Content key as Disney battles with Netflix

Global streamers to increase spend on original programming

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C5 to double down on winning formula

Feelgood programming remains the order of the day

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C4 hunts fresh ideas in pivot to digital

Uncovering All 4-friendly shows is a primary goal for commissioning teams

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Speed of recovery crucial for ITV

Some of the broadcaster’s biggest and most lucrative brands remain under pressure going into 2021

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Sky set to ramp up in-house production

Beyond drama and comedy, Sky Studios is likely to take a more active role in funding documentaries

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CDN chief: ‘huge scale of inequality must be addressed’

Diamond’s Fourth Cut shows minorities are still being excluded from senior roles, says CDN executive director Deborah Williams

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Lockdown 3: industry damaged but defiant

How TV is coping with the third lockdown

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It’s A Sin: out and proud in the 80s

Russell T Davies on why it was so important to cast gay actors in his 1980s-set AIDS drama

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Hope for a better year lies in putting staff welfare first

The industry has been inspiring in how it dealt with the pandemic, now focus must shift to colleagues

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How a malice-free format is thriving during lockdown

The BBC can’t always wallow in nostalgia, but The Repair Shop is just what’s needed right now, says Peter Bazalgette

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Human interaction can be just as gripping as crime

Success of series like Normal People and I Hate Suzie shows you don’t need cops and killers to attract a big audience, says Danny Brocklehurst

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Glued to the Screen: Line Of Duty

With its emphasis on character, Jed Mercurio’s police corruption drama takes me back to the great detectives of my childhood, says Ian McKee

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Richard Hammond on The Great Escapists

Our ambitious attempt to reinvent pop-science for Amazon involved 13 shipping containers, a desert island and massive builds, says presenter

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Gaining Katie Price’s trust

Director Hannah Lowes on creating an intimate portrait of the reality star

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Bringing Tom Gates to life from our bedrooms

Covid forced us to make decisions on the fly to film and produce our Sky Kids series, says Sueann Rochester

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A camera operator’s view: filming in Covid

Channel 4 News chief camera operator, Ray Queally, on the many challenges of filming news content during Covid-19

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Podcast: Sara Gibbings, Troy TV

Commissioning Conversations podcast returns, speaking to international producer Sara Gibbings about navigating 2020

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We’re letting down working mums - just ask Dorothy

Podcaster Shaunagh Connaire is frustrated by the industry’s female talent drain

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Gallery: Bulletproof: South Africa

Selection of images from the set of the Vertigo Films drama series for Sky 1

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Why 13 could be lucky for Dancing on Ice

Every eventuality has been considered and contingency plan plotted for 13th series of ITV’s ice-skating competition, says Clodagh O’Donoghue

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Memories of Michael Apted

Producer Claire Lewis reflects on four decades of collaboration with the legendary documentarian

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Why collective action is key to increasing inclusivity in production

CEO of BBC Studioworks, Andrew Moultrie, calls on the industry to build on diversity efforts

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Time for TV to make lasting new year’s resolution

Bournemouth University’s Dr Richard Wallis says Covid-19 catapulted the industry’s bad habits into the spotlight

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How the industry can collaborate to make change

As Sky is unveiled among the sponsors of COP26, Sky Studios chief Gary Davey explains why it is launching guidelines on sustainable production

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Virtual Worlds: Avoiding the Gimmicks

Creative agency DRPG on how to use gaming tech without falling into the trap of the ’gimmick’

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A Discovery of Witches, Sky

Bad Wolf exec producer Lachlan MacKinnon on creating 16th century London in South Wales

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The ‘pawsome’ challenge of Pooch Perfect

Covid-19 played havoc with the planning of our BBC1 dog grooming competition series but it might have also made it better, says Damon Pattison

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London’s Greatest Bridges, C5

Lockdown restrictions have forced factual producers to think differently – but this can present creative opportunities, says Dominic Gallagher

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How to make the most out of virtual production

Tim Doubleday, entertainment product manager at Vicon, on the benefits of virtual production

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Bringing order to Pandemonium

Mucking in and keeping crew and cast safe were key to our Covid-themed comedy for BBC1, says Tom Jordan

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Cuddling up in The Cabins

ITV2 dating format may lack the ‘rattling pace or ratcheted drama’ of similar behemoths but it gives viewers room to breathe, says exec Ben Stevens

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Quiz of the year

Test yourself in our TV quiz of 2020

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Unmasking the Singer again

Face-covering jokes aside, it took a Herculean effort to get the The Masked Singer’s second run on screen, says exec Derek McLean

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The impact of Torvill & Dean’s Alaskan adventure

Assessing the environmental cost of our quest to film the famous skaters perform the Bolero in nature underpinned our production, says Helena Braun

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Top 10 interviews of 2020

Including Ian Katz, Ben Frow, Alex Mahon, June Sarpong, Two Brothers Pictures, David Olusoga and Mo Gilligan

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Top 10 Behind The Scenes of 2020

Director Lenny Abrahamson and executive producer Ed Guiney reveal their experiences pulling together BBC3’s romantic drama

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Top 20 news stories of 2020

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

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Bringing Quentin Blake’s Clown to life

It was a race against time to realise our ambition for Channel 4’s animated special from day one, says Massimo Fenati

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Key brands help Disney+ hit 60m subscribers in first year

SVoD service enjoys bumper debut by leveraging IP from the likes of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Nat Geo

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Glued to the Screen: All Creatures Great and Small

With impeccable timing, C5’s series offered comfort and familiarity but freshness too, says Mirella Breda

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The stage is set for UK studios

Demand is rocketing as production gets back on track, but new facilities and site expansions are coming down the line

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Review of the year

From the global pandemic to the US election, Broadcast looks back on an eventful 12 months in television

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How Roald & Beatrix saved Christmas

How Sky’s festive drama battled bad weather and the pandemic to make it to air in time for Christmas

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End Credits: Dan Louw, C5

The Channel 5 commissioning editor on Spurs, Springsteen and The Sopranos

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Barbara Slater: the future of free-to-air

BBC director of sport makes strong case for the continued importance of keeping coverage available to non-pay audiences

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Don’t forget the multichannel broadcasters in PSB review

Policymakers must acknowledge that non-PSBs play a key role in the success of a mixed TV ecology, says Heather Jones

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Distribution strong in the face of Covid

‘Buyers have been forced to change the nature of their relationship with sellers and think creatively’

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This festive period, spare a thought for commissioners

Scheduling the perfect mix over Christmas is tough – and Covid has it even more of a challenge, says Lorraine Heggessey

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Revolution in the air as industry looks to future

As broadcasters embrace the digital world, TV can and must do more to represent everyone

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Mahon ready to throw off linear shackles

Chief executive sets out bold vision to shift C4’s priorities from linear to online

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Will C4’s digital plan work?

Mixed response from producers and grandees to Future 4 strategy

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Distributors find routes around Covid

Pandemic has benefited those with a big catalogue and nimble smaller players able to fill gaps in schedules

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Buyers bet on new genres to plug gaps

Competition for content has been fierce this year, with acquisition execs prepared to take bigger risks to fill the holes in their schedules

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Focus Group: Memorable moments of 2020

Our four panellists on getting through a challenging 12 months

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Virtual events can be almost as good as the real thing

Napte Virtual Miami 2021 will be a seamless experience for all – and as fun and educational as ever, promises JP Bommel

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Peer poll: All3Media still the one to beat

All Creatures Great And Small distributor tops poll for third year running, with BBC Studios again taking second place

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Business as usual as sales move online

The lack of physical markets has had little negative impact, with some distributors achieving cost savings & a closer relationship with clients

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Finding festive cheer in KFC

Sifting through 960 stores to discover the ‘people behind the uniform’ was a daunting task, says C4 ob-doc director Jonny Ashton

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Building an all-IP HQ for BBC Wales

Roger Crothers, head of technology at BBC Wales goes behind-the-scenes at BBC Wales’ new state-of-the-art HQ in Cardiff’s Central Square

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The challenges of long-term archiving

Eric Bassier, senior director product marketing at Quantum, outlines the long-term challenges of looking after your irreplaceable content

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The Surgeon’s Cut: capturing life and death situations

We scoured the planet to find the surgeons whose pioneering and lifesaving work is at the centre of our Netflix doc series, says James van der Pool

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Bringing back the MOBOs’ magic

Bringing back the music awards show for the first time in three years is vindication for an unexpectedly tough year, says Justin Rees

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Co-ordinating a Very Country Christmas

Tern TV had to grapple with PM’s Whack-a-Mole strategy and spiritual donkey-related conundrums for BBC1 three-parter, says exec Brendan Hughes

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Risking it all for C4’s Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon

Our quest to document ancient rock art brought us face to face with Colombia’s most wanted man, says Paul King

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End Credits: Heather Jones, A+E Networks

The A+E Networks general manager UK and senior vice-president, content & creative on record shops, ready-meals and a Theroux faux pas

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Richard Bennett: a tribute

Roger Law says goodbye to an accountant extraordinaire, producer and a very good friend

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Locked In: Breaking the Silence, BBC4

Filmmaker Xavier Alford on the cathartic experience of sharing the story of his illness

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TriForce Creative Network: Banging the drum for diversity

Fraser Ayres, Jimmy Akingbola and Minnie Ayres on why the industry is finally taking diversity seriously

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Creative Review: Bar-raising visual effects

Recent work in VFX reaches new levels of creativity

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C5 broadens drama horizons

ViacomCBS UK deputy director of programmes Sebastian Cardwell on expanding scripted slate beyond crime and thrillers

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Why The Queen’s Gambit gets women so right

Female characters are often portrayed as dependent on men for their happiness, but Netflix’s chess drama makes no such mistakes, says Joanna Tilley

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Licensing takes back seat as US studios launch D2C services

Can major players afford to forgo lucrative distribution deals?

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Science shows thrive in pandemic

Growing appetite for genre as audiences seek information on coronavirus

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Journalist certification a necessity to benchmark truth

As fact becomes increasingly hard to discern in the fake news era, certification offers a means to bring back trust, says Ben Fenton

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Focus Group: Social media comedy stars

Our four panellists on turning social media comedians into TV stars

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Exploring the World According to Grandpa

Creating a relaxed atmosphere for child actors in a Covid-19 world was no easy task, says exec producer Caroline Cherry-Roberts

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Mackenzie Crook: Man of many talents

The actor and Pirates of the Caribbean star on leaving Hollywood behind to write and direct for British TV

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Disability should not be a barrier to working in TV

While on-screen representation is improving, the hiring of off-screen talent is still well below target, says Deborah Williams

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Glued to the Screen: The Great British Bake Off

Ninder Billing finds C4’s ‘tent of tension and delight’ exactly what she needs in Lockdown 2.0

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Disability campaigners call for producer allies

Leading figures in the battle to improve recruitment of disabled people across TV discuss why the industry is still falling short

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Lockdown has transformed post sector – for the better

Productivity has increased while plush offices and hotel-style customer service are no longer necessary, says Derek Moore

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Coronation Street: Sixty years on the Street

How ITV Studios pulled off a series of ambitious 60th anniversary specials under Covid restrictions

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Why TV must learn to manage properly

It’s time to end ‘anti-management’ techniques that impact mental health and cost producers money, says Sunshine Jackson Underhill

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Collaborate to captivate audiences

Connecting producers to leaders in other fields will create better formats, says Donna Taberer

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DIY: SOS’s most challenging build

Pulling off major constructions for television is tough at the best of times, so imagine that during a pandemic, says Hamish Summers

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How The Liberator revolutionises animated drama

Our technology has transformed Netflix and A&E’s WWII drama into a unique live-action/comic book hybrid, says Greg Jonkajtys

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Surviving the Stone Age with Channel 4’s explorers

There was genuine jeopardy as our anthropological experiment pushed our ‘Stone Age’ cast to the limit, says Natalie Wilkinson

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The Crown (season 4): review

Season four bursts into life with an array of young stars including scene-stealing turns from Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin

The CHOP hosts Rick Edwards, Lee Mack and William Hardie

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Don’t forget TV’s LGBTQ community

Broadcaster diversity pushes are great, but they are missing us out, says Greg Sanderson

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Being Frank, BBC2

Showing the truth about disability, leaky colostomy bags and all, is at the heart of Curious doc about the BBC security correspondent

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The rollercoaster ride reopening Alton Towers

Our Channel 4 documentary reveals the quiet anxieties of staff at the famous theme park, says Kate Siney

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Don’t take democracy for granted

Comment: Western democracies are fragile and elections must be wary of violence and demagoguery, says Lindsey Hilsum

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Finding the lockdown formula for IndieLab

Nothing beats good, old-fashioned networking but our class of 2020 has made the most of digital opportunities, says Victoria Powell

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Taking Ghost Bus Tours mid-pandemic

Our Lithuania-shot horror entertainment series for ITV2 could have been a nightmare but ended up a scarily strong success, says Ben Wilson

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American Nightmare: the two-week shoot that lasted six months

Covid-19 hit when I was filming our Channel 4 child poverty doc in US - but we decided to see it through, says Jezza Neumann

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Angels of the North: two industries, two Covid protocols

Beauty salon ob-doc presented production challenges

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In conversation: Rachel Corp, Cristina Nicolotti Squires & Paul Royall

Senior news editors on adapting to the ‘new normal’ and remaining impartial in a polarised world

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Creative Review: Triumphs of post-production

The most impressive recent work in audio, effects and grading

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BritBox’s originals wishlist

Managing director Will Harrison reveals his plans to step up commissioning, with a focus on scripted shows that reflect British culture

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Distributors Showcase Live: Selling diversity across the globe

Leading distributors assess the international appetite for diverse programming

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Freelancers brace for second wave

Hard-hit self-employed workers bemoan lack of government support as fresh crisis looms

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Small Axe: Lessons in black history

Tracing the stories of black West Indians over 16 years, director Steve McQueen’s new BBC1 series couldn’t be more relevant or timely

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BBC3 needs to balance online and linear

Combined presence across TV and on-demand is best strategy for youth channel, says Scott Bryan

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Glued to the Screen: Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia

Daniela Neumann is humbled by this taboo-busting documentary that raises awareness of the condition in men

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Emily Mortimer: In pursuit of period perfection

Writer, director and star of BBC1’s Nancy Mitford adaptation In Pursuit of Love set out to create something more than a ‘chocolate-box’ period piece

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The BBC’s radical commissioning plan

Industry reacts to corporation’s proposal for switch to iPlayer-first approach

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Saving Strictly: Interview with showrunner Sarah James

Exec producer on stress, self isolation and same-sex couples

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Focus Group: Coping with Covid-19

Our four panellists discuss the difficulties of producing in quarantine

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US-style news won’t work in UK

Impartiality rules mean there is no place for polarised, opinion-heavy services, says Peter Bazalgette

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Broadcasters are no longer slaves to the schedule

The BBC and ITV are leading the charge in transforming the commissioning status quo, says Chris Curtis

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Distributors Showcase Live: Boom time for format sales

Four leading distributors discuss the growing interest in classic shows and the wider impact of the pandemic on their business

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End Credits: Mel Bezalel, RDF

The director of development on Persian rice, John Hamm and turning down the thermostat

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Capturing the story of GRM Daily during lockdown

Lockdown surprisingly helped expand YouTube’s one-off YouTube doc about the rise of the grime music business to a series

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Animation in lockdown: a new pace for stop motion

Every rule our animators use went out the window to create the second series of CBBC’s Scream Street, says Phil Chalk

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The collaboration game – C5’s ‘confederate’ commission

How the trio of regional indies and commissioning editor reveal how they collaborated on A Big History of…

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Time to take diverse voices off mute

Television businesses to help young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds break into the sector, says Nishy Lall

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Postcard from Florida: Trump’s last-ditch gamble

Donald Trump’s return to the campaign trail could represent the moment he lost his re-election bid, says Robert Moore

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Addressing miscarriage on screen: a sensitive task

Producer and director Janice Sutherland, explains her C5 film about a topic no-one could bring themselves to talk about

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Giving Sherlock a Russian makeover

We’ve reimagined the quintessentially British detective for a Russian audience but his beloved core attributes remain untouched, says Nurbek Egen

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Covid couldn’t stop us - try as it might

Sometimes it felt our BBC Wales drama The Pact would never get made, but we have made it into production, say Elwen Rowlands and Hayley Manning

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Planning for life after furlough

With the Job Retention Scheme set to end, now is the time to organise your indie’s future, says Val Cazalet

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PSBs face challenges - but they benefit from market changes too

Competition is hotter than ever, but those rivals are funding the PSB co-pro boom, says Adam Minns

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Channel of the Year: BBC3

The channel is delivering across the genres

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Multichannel Production Company of the Year: Firecracker Films

Firecracker’s shows have a prominent place across UKTV, BBC Scotland and E4

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Best Factual Channel: BBC4

‘It is not afraid to push boundaries in terms of commissioning experimental shows and mixing genres with its output’

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Best Short-Form Documentary: Life After Death: How Seven Kids Came Back from the Dead

Met the remit of bringing younger, underserved audiences back to the BBC

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Best Specialist Channel: Cartoon Network

‘The channel feels like the future, in a really positive way, which is entirely appropriate, because it is for kids’

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Best Drama Programme: Guilt

‘The show was expertly scripted, acted and directed’

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Best Programme Acquisition: Succession

First season peaked at 200,000, notching up an average of 150,000 over 10 parts

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Best VR Experience: Common Ground

‘Uses the mediums involved to tell an emotional and important story that immerses you in inner-city lives’

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Best Documentary Programme: Real Kashmir FC

‘A fantastic way to put BBC Scotland on the map’

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Best Short-Form Scripted: Transaction

‘It feels new, fresh and funny’

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Best Digital Support for a Programme: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

‘A comprehensive and brilliantly executed campaign which ticked every box in the Digital Support playbook’

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Best Short-Form Format: #FML - Most Racist Uber Ride Ever

‘Creative, funny, with great performances and a lot of charm’

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Best Digital Children’s Content: The Worst Witch

‘A quality brand that stretches brilliantly across a range of platforms’

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Best Sports or Live Event Coverage: Fury v Wilder

‘I felt like I was one of Fury’s best mates backstage with him’

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Best Popular Factual Programme: Emma Willis: Delivering Babies

‘This is a channel-defining show that has cut through and continues to bring an audience to the channel’

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Producing Inside the Tower of London from a distance

We had to remotely teach Beefeaters to become professional filmmakers to complete our C5 series during lockdown, says Sarah Sarkhel

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The industry needs to bring a diversity lens to every table

The TV sector needs to interrogate the shortfalls and discrepancies in representation across all genres, says CDN chief Deborah Williams

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Bullying: no time to waste

Resources are already available to tackle this problem, writes Seetha Kumar

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Henry VIII: revealing the inner torment

Our quest to explore the mental health of the storied monarch for C5 through docu-drama took us to the Vatican and back, says Luke Korzun Martin

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Creating the legacy Teddy Pendergrass deserves

Our BBC2 documentary about the late soul singer was tough to finance but spotlights his life and talent perfectly, says Olivia Lichtenstein

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Bravery required from PSBs as pressure mounts

Content offering is strong but challenges remain around distribution, platform and branding

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AVoD’s unintended upside

Free, ad-supported on-demand services can be the digital era’s free TV, says Chris Sharp

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Strictly Amy: a private battle with Crohn’s during lockdown

Strictly star’s personal account of the terrible disease for BBC1 Wales transformed into a love letter to ballroom, says Laura Martin Robinson

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Diversity schemes are great – but they need to go further

A scheme launched my career and innovative new initiatives can do the same for the diverse voices we need in this industry, says Nacressa Swan

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How BBC2’s Mountain Vets avoided Covid-19

We thought shooting the second series had been a challenge - then Covid turned up during the edit, says Edward Hart

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TV is bouncing back - but there are bumps ahead

Production is back on its feet, but awkward debates around programme costs require compromise and common sense, writes Chris Curtis

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Profiling Palin’s lifetime of travel

Firecrest had to navigate a sea of challenges to weave together the wanders of a TV great, says series producer and director Andrew Abbott

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Making a Millionaire during lockdown

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? line manager Clair Carney on the show’s Covid-19 safe return to the studio

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Capturing C5’s Suspect No 1

Our police ob-doc series reveals the true nature of detectives’ work, says Dollan Cannell

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Stepping up to the Covid plate

The team behind MasterChef: The Professionals on overcoming the challenges to record a new series

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Gallery: The Crown

Selection of images from season four of Left Bank Pictures’ Netflix drama

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Covid supervisors: Adapting to the new normal

What do Covid supervisors they do and how much power should they wield?

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Cracking the code for a safe comedy shoot

Covid supervisor Maja Wlodarczyk reveals the procedures and protocols she had to be put in place to produce Code 404 for Sky 1

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Bringing the Spitfire back into service

Our More 4 series Inside the Spitfore Factory wasn’t just about filming – we were recording history, says Ed Avern

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Our time filming London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year

This ITV ob-doc portrays a surprising and heart-warming picture of life in pandemic-struck Britain, says Barnaby Peel

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Bringing the Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom to life

Gaining access to Walt Disney World Resort was an unforgettable experience - just don’t tell my kids, says Ash Potterton

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In Cold Blood: exposing a scandal

Our ITV feature-doc exposes one of the most shocking and underreported stories in the UK’s history, says Marcus Plowright

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Ushering in a diversity revolution

Is transforming the commissioning class the best way to help reshape the industry?

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Louis Theroux’s indie ambitions

The docs legend loves the BBC, but wants Mindhouse to work with fresh talent and new broadcasters

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Ben Frow teases a new direction

C5’s moody magician reveals how it navigated lockdown and hints at plans to freshen up its slate

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BGT: back in the spotlight

A socially-distanced studio couldn’t stop Thames’ entertainment smash from sparkling

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No need to rush to judgement

New shows, and the new Broadcast, need time to settle, writes Ash Atalla

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In conversation: Dan Reed & Norma Percy

The film-makers swap notes on securing access and getting contributors to open up

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Top Gear: back behind the wheel

The motoring format got a best-of-British makeover after lockdown threatened its BBC1 debut

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How the indie sector coped with Covid

Ingenuity and hard work to the fore as producers were pushed to the limit

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Unpicking ratings has never been trickier

Reaching younger viewers is hard – but still achievable, writes Danny Brocklehurst

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Covid-19 accelerated BBC News’ remote working

The pandemic has demanded a more flexible operation, writes Morwen Williams

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Glued to the Screen: I Hate Suzie

In the first of a series celebrating new shows, the BBC’s Donna Taberer falls for Sky’s frazzled heroine

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End Credits: Adrian Padmore, C5

Why Trevor, Trisha and Tottenham are the perfect combination for the factual commissioner

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A new-look mag to reflect the changing TV landscape

Like the rest of the industry, Broadcast has had to react to the challenges of Covid-19

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The best of post in lockdown

Remote working has not undermined creative excellence during a challenging period for the post sector

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Focus Group: Working from home

The first panel in a new series discuss the pros and cons of living their work-life on Zoom

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Covid coverage debates have been crucial at ITN

Striking the right reporting tone has been a huge challenge, writes Tom Bradby

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C4’s three pillars of fact ent

Alf Lawrie reveals his shopping list

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Stakes high as the streaming wars heat up

Traditional players are playing catch up having lost power to digital players, says Kate Bulkley

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Podcast: Denise Seneviratne, Channel 5

C5 commissioning editor reveals her commissioning wish-list and talks ‘no diversity, no commission’

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ITN’s vital role in these extraordinary times

Comment: as we turn 65, examining the work we do and upholding the values that define us is crucial, says Anna Mallett

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Resilience is key when working in production

Comment: 5 News presenter Sian Williams provides advice on dealing with tough times

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We are duty-bound to engage young audiences

ITV News anchor Charlene White talks about her ITV series aimed at explaining racism to young audiences

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Newswrap podcast: BBC and Netflix in the spotlight

The team discuss the key points emerging from the Beeb’s annual report and a parliamentary grilling for Sky and Netflix

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Family Fortunes: Reviving a popular gameshow

“It was important for us to produce a programme that didn’t feel like we were hindered by Covid-19 in any way”

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The Third Day: Making a Sky original on a small Essex island

Predicting the tides was just one of the challenges faced by producer Adrian Sturges and his team

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Podcast: Philippa Collie Cousins, UKTV

Drama commissioner discusses the benefits of commissioning in lockdown

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Lost at Sea: our story of a father and forgotten hero

Louis Bird’s voyage of discovery about his ocean-crossing rower dad for Channel 4 had an emotional toll on us all, says Johnny Burke

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The tech that’s shaped news reporting over the last 50 years

Ryan Kamata, European product manager at Canon Europe looks back at the technology that’s made the biggest impact on news broadcasting

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My Mentor: Jon Stroud on Matthew Littleford

I went from installing WiFi on buses to creating programmes thanks to Matthew’s guidance, says Jon Stroud

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Producing in Lockdown - Faking It: Tears of a Crime

What lessons has Steve Anderson learned from 90 post-lockdown interviews, from west Wales to East Anglia?

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A madcap dash through Europe making David Nicholls' Us

Our city-hopping drama production shoot had its own problems – and then Covid hit, says Hannah Pescod

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Telly’s got talent - Connie Fisher on talent development

Transitioning from the West End to the development room gave a unique insight into talent, says the How to Solve a Problem Like Maria star

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Recreating Singapore from Malaysia

The climate was challenging but ITV’s The Singapore Grip was a joy to film, says Mammoth Screen’s Farah Abushwesha

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1981: Only Fools and Horses premiered

South London sitcom ran for 64 episodes

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Davie wastes no time making statement of intent

Floating idea of 20% cut in hours is sign of radical thinking

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Des: our story of the serial killer

Keeping the hand of producer and director out of our shoot was key to unlocking the story of this true-crime drama

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Comedy Central at the Edinburgh Fringe: remote but live

Our plan to recreate the energy of the UK’s leading comedy festival was a technical challenge like no other, says Chris Jones

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Lodgers for Codgers: bringing the generations together

We combined flatmate speed-dating with intergenerational mixing to create our funny and emotional series, says Maia Liddell

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Laura Burrell’s Lip Sync Battle love-in

ViacomCBS’s formats chief had no idea an adapted Tonight Show segment would take her all around the world – until it did

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Britbox eyes US growth

Streaming service on course to expand beyond 1m subscribers and offer more original content

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​Tackling video piracy head on

Akamai’s Ian Munford on his concerns about the rise of piracy and what can be done to defeat the pirates

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We must collaborate to avoid getting squashed in fast lane

Lobbying Ofcom and government must be joint industry effort, writes Freeview’s Jonathan Thompson

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Covid can be catalyst for change in comedy

The lack of an Edinburgh Fringe this year forces us to find talent elsewhere, says Richard Watsham

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Opening up the Dino Toybox

Navigating a teething two-year-old was never going to be easy for our latest CBeebies dinosaur offering, says producer Paul Deane

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Is working from home working?

Five months into lockdown, replicating the creativity of offices remains a challenge

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Our Yorkshire Farm special: self-filmed in lockdown

A wholehearted effort from the Owen family created the footage for our lockdown episode, says Kate Fraser

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Providing a platform for sex offenders

Blakeway North’s BBC3 film overcame access and budgetary challenges

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Podcast: Victoria Noble, Discovery

Discovery’s VP of original content for factual outlines commissioning needs for “noisy factual shows”

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Obituary: Aidan Laverty

Jonathan Renouf remembers a producer who took James May to the edge of space

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Only action can rebuild the trust lost over diversity

Anger evident from BAME community as broadcasters promise to do more

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The BBC keeps the music playing

Social distancing means the 125th Proms season will be unlike all others – but the broadcasts will go ahead, says Jan Younghusband

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How Celebrity Catchphrase got back into the studio

Gary Chippington reveals how the quiz became the first major entertainment series to return to studio post-lockdown

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Why podcasts are TV’s new obsession

Audio allows producers to attempt the ‘unproduceable’, says Jago Lee

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Life in an audio post house during Covid-19

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PSBs must be clear-eyed about scale of challenges ahead

Ofcom content chief Kevin Bakhurst questions what the UK broadcasting sector’s ‘lockdown legacy’ will be

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Podcast: S4C’s Amanda Rees on Covid-19 and co-pros

Director of content is keen to build stronger partnerships with the production community

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Why The Morning Show is more than just the first great #MeToo drama

Showrunner Kerry Ehrin, director Mimi Leder and Gugu Mbatha-Raw speak to Screen about the Emmy-nominated drama

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Incentivise the industry to save production

Without intervention, indies face reduced broadcaster commissioning budgets for years to come, says Matt Cain of Oliver & Ohlbaum

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Why I’m waving goodbye to TV

Production’s a wonderful way to make a living but it’s no longer worth the stress, says Gigi Eligoloff

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Green shoots sprout at ITV

First-half results cause for some optimism – but production margins under pressure

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Nish Kumar: taking UK satire to the US

The British comedian and broadcaster on Quibi series Hello America and why the BBC deserves credit for taking a chance on The Mash Report

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Our journey into Fidel Castro’s Cuba

Co-producing the story of socialism in Cuba tested our journalistic skills to the limit, says Mick Gold

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Preparing for The Talk with C4

Distancing posed a challenge when filming celebrity contributors and their parents for our exploration of a little-known Black British custom

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Podcast: Edgar-Jones on Sky Arts’ ambitions

Channel director sets out commissioning plans following free-to-air move

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The diary of an agent in lockdown

Supporting talent, negotiating fees and encouraging creative development have been key, says InterTalent Rights Group chairman Jonathan Shalit OBE

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Insurance breakthrough paves way for autumn restart

Optimism that prodcution capacity could shortly be back to 70%-80%

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Cooking up a lockdown barbecue treat for Food Network

Covid-19 forced Blink Films to grill every decision when making Tom Kerridge Barbecues, says Simon Arnold

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Podcast: Food Network’s Courtney White shakes up the schedule

President of Discovery’s food channel tells Hannah Bowler she is taking the network in a new direction

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TV is an infinity mirror of itself

For too long we have dumbed down and homogenised the way we represent our nation, says Andrew Robertson

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Squeezed indies caught in the middle

Tough choices for production sector as it gets back to work

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TV and racism: where next for the industry?

Key moments from June’s TV Mindset debate on racism in television

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Why Damon Lindelof adapted Watchmen for TV

The Leftovers creator adapted Alan Moore’s graphic novel to confront America’s volatile political and cultural landscape

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The co-production survival guide

Working with production partners isn’t perfect but it’s more necessary than ever, says Stuart Carter

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Finding the heart of The Real Eastenders

The Isle of Dogs has a magical aura and it was our challenge to represent that on screen, says Ashley Francis Roy

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Indie leadership lessons are vital - so let’s share them

ScreenSkills and Broadcast hosting 22 July event to discuss challenges of the pandemic

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Building HGTV’s Weekend Workshop in lockdown

With productions halted and staff fighting effects of the virus, our DIY series for HGTV was a lifesaver, says Richard Osborne

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Newswrap podcast #12 SVoD special

Netflix, Peacock and a UK streaming play by Discovery grab the limelight

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What the Radio 1 of yesteryear can teach today’s BBC

Paul Robinson on what radio’s relationship with 15-24s reveals about an audience that’s falling out of love with the BBC

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My Mentor: Emily Dollman on Steven D Wright

The long-time Broadcast columnist may have a reputation as a grumpy telly hater, but nothing could be further from the truth, says Emily Dollman

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Having the craft to beat Covid-19

Nominees from tonight’s Bafta TV Craft Awards reflect on how the pandemic has impacted their work

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Hats off to hard-working indies

Return to production is result of gruelling efforts

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Covid-19 commissioning strategies revealed

Latest Broadcast Intelligence report Commissioning Under Covid tracks broadcasters’ response to lockdown

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Covid and Cleopatra: the story of C5’s Egyptian dig

Organising filming of a tomb excavation felt at times like the impossible puzzle, says Lucie Ridout

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Is Gen Z lost to the PSBs?

Claire Hungate asks whether linear broadcasting can win back young audiences

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My Mentor: Greg Sanderson on Nick Fraser

The former BBC Storyville supremo taught me the true art of keeping filmmaking simple, says Greg Sanderson

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My Mentor: Angela Griffin on Robin Sheppard

Robin Sheppard helped the popular actor realise she is capable of working behind the camera, not only in front of it

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Sex Education star on resuming production

‘They want to get it right – there will be a lot of safety protocol put in place’

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Banijay faces structural balancing act

Creativity and efficiency are elusive combination for whole production sector

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How Dragonfly filmed frontline paramedics during the pandemic

Safely and successfully following NHS workers during lockdown for Channel 4 impacted us all, says Peter Wallis-Tayler

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My Mentor: James Friend and James Stier

How cinematographer James Friend is supporting camera assistant James Stier’s move from docs into high-end drama

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‘Excluded freelancers seem to have become the permanently forgotten’

Series director/senior producer James Taylor’s personal experience shows ‘the government doesn’t understand how our industry actually works’

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Tim Crescenti on discovering Dragons’ Den

The moment the formats guru saw a ropey trailer for the Japanese business format, he knew it was a hit

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Crossing a cultural chasm to shoot Giri/Haji in Japan

Why filming in Tokyo was crucial for executive producer Chris Fry to ensure the Sister crime thirller felt authentic

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Edgar-Jones on catching the zeitgeist in Normal People

Star of Element Pictures’ series on finding Sally Rooney’s Spotify playlist and working with an intimacy coordinator

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Firing up Succession’s central relationship

Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong discuss their roles on HBO’s drama

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Streaming 360-degree video: The challenges to overcome

InterDigital tech staff discuss the stumbling blocks on the way to offering high-definition 360-degree video streams to a mass market

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How the Nolans stayed in cruise control for Quest Red

The coronavirus put paid to several European excursions we’d planned for the Nolan sisters but we adapted, says Dimitri Nicomanis

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C4’s Growth Fund must not become a Covid-19 casualty

Kate Bulkley says it is a lifeline to producers – and generates healthy returns

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How Rachel Khoo made a coronavirus era cooking show

Creating a Food Network series while self-isolating in a remote Swedish village was a unique experience, says celebrity chef Rachel Khoo

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Quiz of the Week

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Pressure mounts on indie community

Closure of Wild Pictures points to sector under strain

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The more who come forward, the better

Vanessa Kirkpatrick, one of the UK’s first black newsreaders, says speaking out is vital for change as she recalls her experiences of racism within the industry

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Telling Trump’s tale through tweets for BBC3

Communicating ‘The Donald’s’ revolutionary method of speaking to the electorate was made all the harder by lockdown, says director Emeka Onono

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The new rules of production and the role of the on-set Covid Operative

Dominic Allen, video director and scriptwriter at DRPG on returning to shoots post-lockdown and the new role of the Covid Operative

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Tales of a veteran TV hack

Robin Parker looks back over a 13-year career with Broadcast as he signs off from the title

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Gallery: Television Centre’s 60th anniversary

Selection of of previously unseen images of the BBC’s White City location and landmark programmes made there

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2013: Charlotte Moore confirmed as BBC1 controller

Documentaries commissioner beat entertainment boss Mark Linsey to the role

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David Cornwall on ‘serendipitous’ Diana doc

Navigating secretive contributors, demanding commissioners and NDAs were all worth it for the Scorpion TV founder

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Carlotta Rossi Spencer’s format trio

Every deal, good or bad, is a learning experience, says Banijay formats guru

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Clearing the way for C5's mega-landfill doc

We needed a full arsenal of kit to capture the best footage of a giant, dusty California landfill site, says Rob Greig

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Disney and Sky: a linear relationship that fizzled out

The breakdown of carriage for linear kids’ channels speaks to new imperatives for both sides

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Romesh: diversity in TV isn’t where it should be

The comedian and presenter discusses why progress on diversity is behind schedule and producing The Ranganation in lockdown

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Behind the scenes at The School that Tried to End Racism

Our ob-doc mini-series about unconscious racial bias in children helped out production team understand more about themselves, says David DeHaney

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Cross-media partnerships hint at a deeper consolidation to come

Consumer gatekeepers will broaden carried services

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Jellyfish: Why We’re Going Remotely Global

Jellyfish CEO Phil Dobree on how virtualised production has eliminated global boundaries

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Don’t let Covid-19 derail nations and regions progress

Industry must not retreat to London post-pandemic, says Graham Sherrington

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Creating an industry of equality

Broadcasting can be inclusive of young people from all backgrounds, says Ashley-John Baptiste

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Building a pyramid for C4

Constructing a real-life pyramid from scratch in Mexico was a unique TV challenge, says Bella Falk

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Quiz of the Week

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Nikki Lilly Bakes: truly a family affair

Our teenage baking star’s parents became vital members of our production, says Sarah Murch

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Ingenuity and insurance key as production restarts

Creative thinking is central to helping overcome social distancing obstacles

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Dramatising the reality of fast fame

Reggie Yates’s drama exploration of reality TV feels like an urgent story to tell, says Sue Horth

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Mo Gilligan: the industry must do better

The comedian and presenter tells Desiree Ibekwe it’s time TV gives diversity talent a consistent chance to excel

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Afua Hirsch & Lucy Pilkington: plotting change

Presenter Hirsch has partnered with Milk and Honey Productions founder to create a ‘safe space’ production venture with diversity at its heart

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My Mentor: Mel Bezalel on David Wise

Fresh One creative director steered the RDF development chief through her early career with ’generosity and genuine interest’

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TV will survive if we work together

Lockdown has been hard but starting up again is an even bigger challenge, says Craig Hunter

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The time for real action is now

Every single company has a responsibility to create a diverse production sector, says Fraser Ayres

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UK pay-TV resists the Covid Crunch

Sports restart will boost subscriber numbers

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Bringing Tutankhamun to life in colour

We gathered the material for our colourised history doc just in time, says Paul Bradshaw

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2015: Chris Evans confirmed as new Top Gear lead host

Radio presenter signed three-year deal

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Race against time to save our queen doc from lockdown

We were trying to gain access to film in Iran. Then lockdown piled on the pressure to finish our doc, says director Paul Elston

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The challenges for TV studios during lockdown

BBC Studioworks CEO Andrew Moultrie on the changes the TV studio has had to make to keep productions safe during lockdown

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‘The stability of the TV industry is reliant on our junior workforce’

Worrying ‘chain reaction’ has been set off as experienced execs take on junior roles, says The Nest Productions founder Derek Drennan

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2010: Filming wrapped on The Bill

Police series was axed after 26 years

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Podcast: Red Planet on filming and pitching suspension

Alex Jones and Tim Key about the challenges of missing a crucial annual weather slot to film Death in Paradise

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1995: L!ve TV launched

Cable channel introduced viewers to topless darts and the News Bunny

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Stitching together a lockdown special

How Double Act pivoted to adapt Animal Planet’s long-running series Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet as a pandemic special

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Covering Black Lives Matter: ‘a turning point in our history’

Black British journalists on how the George Floyd protests could be a watershed moment for diversity in broadcast journalism

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Eat, sleep, watch repeats

Schedules are suffering as lockdown bites

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David Olusoga: TV is the classroom of the country

The historian and broadcaster talks to Max Goldbart about toppled statues, the educational value of TV and industry discrimination

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Reasons to be cheerful for the new DG

The BBC’s deft handling of the coronavirus has provided a real-life case study of the value of PSBs, says Jonathan Thompson

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The A-Z of life in post-production during lockdown

The Farm Group commercial director Charlotte Layton shares an A-Z of working at the facility during the pandemic

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A Greek Odyssey with Bettany Hughes, C5

Series director Anna Thomson reveals the Herculean task of exploring Ancient and modern Greece amid a pandemic

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2015: Murdoch tipped to step down at Fox

Rumours that media mogul was set to be replaced by his son

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2007: Final episode of The Sopranos aired

HBO crime drama The Sopranos bowed out on this day thirteen years ago with the season six finale

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Bectu chief: the onus is on the white majority

The privileged must use their positions of power to deliver real change, says Philippa Childs

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What Ashford International Studios will mean for Kent

Gavin Cleary, CEO at Locate in Kent on what impact the Ashford International Studios development is likely to have on the county

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2017: Manners left Keo

Former Pact chair spent five years at the Exodus indie

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Studio Something on landing a BBC show

Creative director Jordan Laird on how the acclaimed BBC Scotland series A View from the Terrace came to be

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Michaela Coel: ‘TV is unforgiving - but I’m built for this’

The Chewing Gum creator dug deep to channel her experience of sexual assault into her BBC1 drama I May Destroy You

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Sitting in Limbo: creating a Windrush legacy

The creative team behind BBC1 drama on the influence of Netflix’s When They See Us and the ‘unifying force’ of the George Floyd protests

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1981: Jade Goody was born

Remembering British most famous reality TV star

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Turning the advertising ignition

Market on road to recovery as car showrooms open their doors

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Holly Walsh: ‘Half my ideas come from talking rubbish’

The comedian and writer tells Robin Parker about her inspiration for her BBC1 comedy The Other One and the isolation of working in lockdown

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Time to turn statements of support into actions

Black Lives Matter must be catalyst for genuine change

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Performing an Ocean Autopsy for BBC4

Our doc special for World Ocean Day contains shocking truths and entertaining reveals about the sea and its inhabitants, says Peter Collins

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My Mentor: Tim Whitwell on Pat Llewellyn

Formidable but fabulous, Pat Llewellyn was a TV powerhouse with a touch of class, says Tim Whitwell

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Broadcasters have gone backwards on inclusion

Diversity of headcount is not enough - TV must find ways to empower BAME staff, says Marcus Ryder

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Quiz of the Week

Test yourself in our quiz of the past seven days, which also includes a Bafta Awards nominations special

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2019: Katie Rawcliffe appointed ITV head of entertainment

Producer replaced Siobhan Greene, who stepped down to launch her own production company 100% Content

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Amazon closes the gap to Netflix

Sport and shopping offer a boost to Amazon

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2001: Six Feet Under premiered

HBO series ran for five season, winning nine Emmys

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Pandemic will breed new creativity

If TV returns to ‘normal’, we will have squandered a unique chance to innovate in our industry, says Nicola Ibison

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2017: Jay Hunt quit Channel 4

Broadcast reported that the chief creative officer had stood down on 2 June, 2017

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How VFX can aid productions in a post-Covid world

MPC VFX supervisor Gary Brozenich on the role of VFX in enabling productions to shoot in a smarter, safer way

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Podcast: UKTV’s Pete Thornton talks scripted strategy

Drama and comedy commissioner tells Alice Redman what he is looking for during lockdown and what will alter post-pandemic

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1980: CNN launched

The cable news network broadcast for the first time on 1 June, 1980

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Crackit goes to A&E After Dark for C5

Our doc series spotlights the fantastic work of NHS staff and the threats of violence and abuse they endure during nightshifts, says Jon Connerty

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Two Sisters One Body, Channel 4

The story of conjoined twins demanded we focus on their cultural and political lives – not just their medical condition, says Jack Macinnes

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Newswrap podcast #6: Michaela Coel interview and HBO Max launch

Exclusive audio from our interview with Michaela Coel this week, while our team is on hand to dissect the biggest news stories

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Hints of progress after a brutal few weeks

Indie sector on tenterhooks as it edges towards getting back to work

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The Real Housewives of Cheshire: staging a virtual reunion

Lockdown did not temper the extravagant behaviour of the leads of our ITV Be reality soap, says David Granger

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An important part of our media landscape has gone dark

Surge in Unidentified viewing leaves industry searching for answers, writes Attentional’s David Graham

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How Manchester came together to create a YouTube event

Our plan to bring together the city’s top musicians with local people while lockdown continues is a victory for social enterprise, says Rose Marley

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Quiz of the Week

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June Sarpong: ‘you either get angry or find a solution’

The former presenter-turned-diversity champion outlines her vision for a more inclusive BBC to Max Goldbart

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Covid-19 is accelerating Disney’s transformation

Disney is a complex IP monetisation machine

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Protect creativity and the future could be perfect

Covid-19 poses commercial challenges for producers and distributors but there is opportunity ahead if we are collectively smart, says Jimmy Humphrey

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We Hunt Together, Alibi

Director and costume designer of UKTV drama on creating two worlds in one show

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The First Team: a workplace comedy about footballers

Damon Beesley and Iain Morris on scoring Fudge Park’s six-part sitcom

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Podcast: Discovery’s Scott Lewers on cross platform scheduling

Speaking to Hannah Bowler, Scott Lewers unpacks his remit at Discovery Channel, Science and Animal Planet

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Unprecedented: lockdown shooting is a truly collaborative effort

With 57 actors, 14 writers and 11 directors, our BBC4 short film collection stretched everybody in all directions, says Brian Hill

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BBC3 linear return is investment in corporation’s future

By creating watercooler moments, the youth channel could help BBC compete with Netflix, according to Studio BE chief Brandon Relph

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VoD rights and public broadcasters

Public services augment their content deals for the streaming age

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Hitting a century: the benefits of a high volume returner

Inside the Ambulance has transformed Brown Bob and given us confidence to spread our wings, says Jacqueline Hewer

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The puzzle of BBC3’s move back to the future

Younger viewers’ habits at odds with linear resurrection

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Quiz of the Week

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Neighbours in lockdown: ‘as if coronavirus skipped over our town’

Desiree Ibekwe learns how Fremantle got production of its Australian soap back on track

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Anna Mallett: in the eye of the news storm

The ITN boss sets out her vision for the news giant in a post-coronavirus world, in her first full interview since becoming chief executive

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Making History 101 for Netflix

Our challenge was to expand the ‘explainer video’ format into an innovative and accessible major international SVoD series, says Bruce Kennedy

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‘Charity runs have offset anxieties’

Running 31 half-marathons in 31 days has eased anxieties over work and focused my mind on positives, says Adam Badrawy

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‘The pandemic has shown that industry can be fairer’

With coronavirus forcing the industry online, regional workers have been handed an unexpected advantage, says Perjeet Aujla

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Lockdown is hard on young TV staff

Working from home with my adult children has reminded me of how lockdown is affecting our younger staff at Arrow, says Nick Metcalfe

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What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery?, BBC2

Our scientific investigation into Bipolar became a personal journey into the comedian and actor’s mental health history, says Clare Richards

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US pilot pickup season 2020/2021

Broadcast networks reveal new-look schedules amid ongoing production shutdowns

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Why Mental Health Awareness Week is vital for freelancers

Providing support and advice for TV’s workforce is crucial during lockdown, says Seetha Kumar

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Joe Gilgun: ‘Being this tormented gives you serious emotional intelligence'

The Brassic co-creator tells Max Goldbart about his mental health struggles and the unique writing technique he’s developed for the Sky 1 comedy

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‘I face five months of unemployment’

The production lockdown came at a terrible time for freelance entertainment producers

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Znak & Co plays Ultimate Tag with Fox

Rooted in child’s play but starring high-octane adults, our US sports-entertainment show combines action with humour, says Glenn Coomber

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Arranging Netflix’s Big Flower Fight

MultiStory Media ran with SVoD’s ambition to create a horticulture competition series of scale and whimsy

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Directors can be key to production recovery

Our creative approach will find solutions to many of the problems producers are facing, says Dan Zeff

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Podcast: Fatima Salaria on life in lockdown

The head of specialist factual shares her outlook on lockdown, production and commissioning

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Big Zuu’s recipe for Dave’s Big Eats

Rapper and self-taught cook on his switch from grime music to comedy-entertainment TV as his first show for Dave gets underway

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Knowledge is power - and it’s time to share

Production strategies to combat coronavirus must be openly discussed