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BBC wants ‘demonstrably broader’ channel

UK pubcaster the BBC wants its flagship network, BBC One, to have a “demonstrably broader range of genres in peak time” than its rivals. The pledge was one of a number the BBC made yesterday in its Annual Plan, whose most notable takeaway was the extra £34 million (US$44 million) handed to BBC Children’s over […]

Kirkham: no topic ‘taboo’ for BBC Factual

BBC factual controller Alison Kirkham has pledged that “no subject should be taboo” for the UK public broadcaster’s output, as she unveiled a number of new commissions last night. Speaking at an event in London, Kirkham outlined her vision for BBC factual commissioning, saying the pubcaster could not “shy away from ambitious, complicated programmes”. Kirkham […]

Endemol Shine creates Successville comedy label

Endemol Shine Group has created a production company with the team behind BBC Three comedy Murder in Successville. Shiny Button will be an independent label within Tiger Aspect Productions, and will form part of Endemol Shine UK. The firm will develop and produce original entertainment programming for TV and feature films. It will work with […]

Netflix copro among raft of BBC drama commissions

The BBC has announced a raft of new drama series including Duty/Shame, a copro with Netflix about a Japanese detective who travels to London looking for his missing brother, and rejigged its scripted team. Duty/Shame (aka Giri/Haji) was one of eleven new dramas for BBC One and one apiece for BBC Two and internet service […]

BBC celebrates Gay Britannia

UK pubcaster the BBC is to run a season of programmes celebrating gay culture in Britain. The Gay Britannia season comes on the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Programmes will play on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, and on BBC radio stations. Among the highlights is a […]

Idris Elba to take over BBC Three

Idris Elba is to oversee a “unique and ground-breaking” season of content for the BBC’s online channel, BBC Three. The Idris Takeover will see the multihyphenate’s production company, Green Door Pictures, produce content for BBC Three’s iPlayer channel, YouTube and the BBC Three website. The event will be a week long, and cover topics including […]

Passion releasing The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump

Passion Distribution has snagged The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump, the doc special about a British citizen who tried to shoot the US president at one of his pre-election rallies. The show was commissioned by BBC Three, the UK pubcaster’s online, youth-skewing net, under the titled The Brit Who Tried to Kill Trump, and […]

BBC looks to Valentine’s Day laughs

The BBC has commissioned a Valentine’s Day special from an emerging British comedian. Luisa Omielan’s stand-up show ‘What Would Beyoncé Do?!’ has been running since 2012, but this will be her British TV debut. The special, from King Bert Productions, will be filmed at London’s Clapham Grand on 19 January 2017 and air on online-online […]

Bennett to lead Sky UK and Ireland after rejig

Sky Atlantic director Zai Bennett will lead the wider Sky Entertainment business in the UK and Ireland after a management realignment. Bennett takes up the new position of director of programmes at Sky Entertainment, which is similar to the role Stuart Murphy held before exiting last year. The appointment is effective immediately. This means Bennett […]

Professor Green making weed, child poverty docs

UK rapper Professor Green is making a pair of docs about social issues for the BBC’s online youth-skewing service BBC Three. Professor Green: The Truth About Weed and Professor Green: Living in Poverty (working titles) will be made by ITV prodco The Garden for the BBC. In the first film, Green (aka Stephen Manderson) will […]