Dan Grabiner & Nicola Hill’s Orchard Studios hires BBC commissioner & ITN producer

BBC factual entertainment commissioner Clare Mottershead and ITN exec Nat Lippiett have joined Orchard Studios, the UK prodco launched by former Amazon Studios UK & Northern Europe chief Dan Grabiner. Lippiett, who was behind Harry: The Interview last year and Prime Video’s docuseries The Confession, becomes head of programmes at Orchard, which was founded by […]

BBC extends Dutch format remake ‘The Traitors’ ahead of second season launch

The UK’s BBC has greenlit a third run of hit format The Traitors, ahead of the launch of its second season. The psychological reality competition show sees 22 strangers play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000 ($146,000). The BBC claimed that the first season of […]

Irish crime drama ‘Kin’ lands on UK’s BBC

Irish crime drama Kin has been picked up by the UK’s BBC. The eight-part series was produced for Ireland’s RTÉ by BRON Studios, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, alongside Headline Pictures (The Man In The High Castle), with Fifth Season distributing. The series is written and created by Peter McKenna (The Last Kingdom). […]

BBC appoints ex-BBC News exec Jess Brammar to Charlotte Moore’s content board

The BBC has named Jess Brammar to a key editorial role working with content chief Charlotte Moore across its TV output. Brammar becomes editorial executive of BBC content and will work within Moore’s division work across all genres of TV, as well as children’s and education, sport and radio. She replaces Rachel Jupp, who is […]

BBC blames ‘super inflation’ for decision to axe long-running drama ‘Doctors’

The BBC has cancelled long-running daytime soap Doctors after 23 years, with the UK pubcaster putting the decision down to “super inflation in drama production.” The show, which debuted in March 2000, has followed the lives of doctors and staff at a West Midlands hospital for more than two decades. The final episode of Doctors […]

BBC pre-buys second season of ‘Marie Antoinette’

UK pubcaster the BBC has pre-bought the second season of historical drama Marie Antoinette in a deal with Banijay Rights. The Canal+ Creation Originale, produced by Capa Drama, Banijay Studios France and Beside Productions will once again air on BBC Two and iPlayer following an agreement negotiated by Chris Stewart, SVP Sales, UK & Eire, […]

BBC, ITV & UK scripted firms face probe over possible breach of freelance competition laws

UK broadcasters the BBC and ITV, along with several local scripted production companies, are under investigation by the government’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) due to possible breaches of anti-trust rules regarding freelance contracts. Derry Girls producer Hat Trick, Wolf’s Hartswood Films, This Is Going To Hurt’s Sister, Beyond Paradise firm Red Planet Pictures and […]

Exclusive: BBC kids’ chief Patricia Hidalgo talks co-productions, risk-taking & UK animation

In a wide-ranging conversation, Mark Layton talks to BBC kids’ chief Patricia Hidalgo about the UK pubcaster’s content demands, the myriad challenges facing the children’s sector and her mission to create more local animation. As director of children’s and education for the BBC, Patricia Hidalgo holds arguably one of the most important roles in shaping […]

‘Diversity’ needs breaking down, argues ‘Dreaming Whilst Black’ exec producer

Dreaming Whilst Black exec producer Danny Joshi has said the industry needs to be more “specific” in its discussions around “diverse” programming and outlined how he protected the show’s creative freedom. Joshi, MD at producer Big Deal Films, said the catch-all nature of ‘diverse programming’ was inadequate in reflecting the types of shows on offer […]