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Tuesday’s Child’s Playlisters snags BBC One Saturday primetime slot

Greenbird Media-backed Tuesday’s Child has snagged BBC One’s coveted Saturday night primetime slot in the new year with a music quiz show. Playlisters (working title) is a 6 x 30-minute quiz in which three couples compete each week for a chance to win £10,000 (US$12,800) by naming songs and their corresponding artists in a series […]

Op-ed: A female Doctor Who can’t mask entertainment’s off-screen problem

October may have seen one fabled entertainment glass ceiling smashed, with Jodie Whittaker nailing it as the first female Doctor Who, but the UK television industry still faces a major diversity problem both behind and in front of the camera, says Philip Large, CEO of entertainment career site The Mandy Network. Whittaker’s casting was a milestone […]

Bodyguard smashes BBC viewing records ahead of Netflix launch

BBC One drama Bodyguard smashed viewing records, drawing 17.1m people for its finale. The figure makes it the UK’s most watched episode of any drama series across all channels since records began in 2002. It makes Bodyguard the most watched TV programme outside of sporting and national events since 2010. The full series, written and […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

Netflix takes bite out of BBC One’s Dracula

BBC One and Netflix are partnering on a three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sherlock producers Hartswood Films is producing the 3 x 90-minute series, which is co-created and co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The drama is to reintroduce audiences to the Transylvanian vampire. Dracula was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC […]

Writer’s Room: Inside Informer

Consider all angles and perspectives of a character to write more nuanced and textured stories, say Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, the writers behind BBC One drama Informer, about a second-generation Pakistani man who goes undercover for the British counter-terrorism police. It is early evening, and the two of us are having dinner with a […]

MIPCOM Hot Picks: The Greatest Dancer

Distributor: Fremantle Producer: Syco Entertainment, Thames Channel: BBC One (UK) Concept: Dancers audition in front of a hidden audience in hopes of partnering with top dancers and becoming the greatest in their field Fresh from a rebrand, Fremantle will hit the market with a major prime-time dance format from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle-owned […]

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who draws 8.2m at launch

The Sunday premiere of the BBC’s latest season of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker as the first female lead, reached an overnight audience of 8.2m in the UK. Whittaker’s debut as the 13th doctor drew an average of 8.2m viewers according to overnight figures, with a peak of 9m viewers. The title gained an audience share of […]

TBI Weekly: Takeaways from Edinburgh

At this week’s Edinburgh International TV Festival, key execs revealed what they’re looking for on their channels and platforms. Here’s some key takeaways. BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said she’s looking to tell British stories for a British audience, but adds that producers shouldn’t censor themselves just because they’re pitching to the BBC. Moore also […]

Peaky Blinders moves to BBC 1 as channel aims at younger viewers

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore revealed at Edinburgh’s International TV festival that Peaky Blinders will move from BBC Two to its flagship channel in part to attract younger audiences. While Moore said that BBC One is “the biggest channel” in terms of reach for 16-34 year-olds, it also has to make sure that it becomes […]

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