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US scribe writing Sky Atlantic comedy

US writer and performer David Cross is penning a comedy starring Stephen Mangan and Heather Graham for the Sky Atlantic pay TV channel in the UK. Bliss will follow Mangan (Episodes) as a travel writer, who leads a double life with families on both sides of the English city of Bristol. Graham (Boogie Nights, The […]

New attempt to find US Friday Night Dinner recipe

CBS is taking another shot at remaking UK sitcom Friday Night Dinner for US broadcast audiences. This is the third time a US network has attempted to format the show, with CBS taking an earlier stab in 2014 and NBC shooting a pilot for the 2011-12 season. The latest attempt has King of Queens co-creator […]

ITV2 orders time-travel comedy

UK digital terrestrial channel ITV2 has ordered a 6x30mins comedy in which south London jazz musicians travel back in time to the 1920s. Timewasters comes from Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Cockroaches), who also stars as one of four struggling jazz musicians who become stuck in the past after travelling back through “a urine-sodden lift in a […]

BBC Two brings comedy trio to new strand

UK terrestrial network BBC Two has commissioned three more sitcoms for its soon-to-start ‘New on Two’ strand. Our Ex Wife, We the Jury and The Coopers Vs the Rest will comprise part of the BBC Landmark Sitcom Season, which plays across BBC One, Two and Four and includes reboots of Porridge and Are You Being […]

ITV warms to Cold Feet reboot, new drama

UK broadcaster ITV is to bring back popular 1990s comedy drama Cold Feet after 13 years, and has commissioned dramas featuring a Goan hospital and a disturbed teenager with supernatural powers. Original Cold Feet producer Big Talk Productions, which is part of ITV Studios, will return to produce the show, which will be written by […]

ITV ‘set to buy Twofour’

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire Plymouth-based production and distribution group Twofour, a Media Guardian report claims. The deal’s value is not known, but could see Educating Essex producer Twofour fetch around £70 million (US$107.5 million), according the paper’s estimates. Twofour merged with Boom Pictures in October 2013, though the partnership has not been […]

Crozier plays down Nice move as ITV boosts revenue

ITV’s chief exec Adam Crozier has played down a move for Scandinavian production group Nice Entertainment as the UK broadcaster posted strong half yearly results. ITV has been among the most active major television company in terms of acquisitions since Crozier unveiled his five-year Transformation plan in 2010, and just last week bought UK indie […]

ITV continues buying spree with £12.5m-plus Big Talk deal

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired 100% of Rev and Friday Night Dinner producer Big Talk Productions in a deal potentially worth an initial £12.5 million (US$19.2 million). ITV has been stalking Big Talk for some time as it continues to aggressively beef up its production assets through acquisitions. The news follows deals in the last […]

Ovation picks up Jon Hamm/Daniel Radcliffe drama

US arts and culture channel Ovation has picked up A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the UK drama series starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). The show, which is produced by Big Talk Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide, aired on Sky Arts in the UK last year. The 4x30mins comedy drama tells […]

BBC’s Cohen bows out with drama commissions

Danny Cohen’s final drama commissions as the controller of UK terrestrial channel BBC One include a series about the inventor of Chester Zoo and a Charles Dickens-themed show from Tony Jordan. Cohen will soon become the BBC’s director of television overseeing all four main BBC channels and other programme-related services. He said: “It has been […]