UK broadcasters join call for freelance support from government

The UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB) have added their voices to the cries of support for freelancers working in the broadcasting industry who are facing a sudden lack of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a joint letter to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C highlighted the […]

ITV slashes production by $120m, suspends long-running shows

UK broadcaster ITV is planning to reduce its programme budget by at least £100m ($115m) as the global entertainment industry continues to reel from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. In a trading update released today, ITV said it had made the cuts having “reviewed our programming spend in light of the weaker advertising environment.” […]

European & Asian networks adapt amid Coronavirus pandemic

Broadcasters and streamers around the world have unveiled a raft of changes to their regular programming as they adapt to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and offer new content to viewers who may be unable to leave their homes. BBC’s ‘special role’ In the UK, BBC director general Tony Hall said that the national […]

TBI Formats: Delivering expectations on ‘The Masked Singer’

Bandicoot co-founders Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton reflect on the pressures and challenges of remaking hit singing format The Masked Singer, which debuted on ITV earlier this year As a TV territory, the UK rightly prides itself on originality – and importing formats isn’t something we do all the time. So when it came to […]

Show of the week: Kate & Koji

This British sitcom has been co-written and produced by Drop The Dead Donkey scribes Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. It follows the “sparky friendship” between a white, working class seaside café owner and a refugee African doctor, played by Brenda Blethyn (Vera) and Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City) respectively. “Both Brenda and Jimmy have a gift […]

BritBox joins ITV’s true crime drama ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’

ITV and BBC Studios’ North American streamer BritBox has boarded a forthcoming true crime drama starring Beauty And The Beast’s Luke Evans. The streamer becomes a co-producer on The Pembrokeshire Murders, which focuses on historic cold cases in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is being written by Nick Stevens (In Plain Sight) and executive produced by Simon […]

ITV orders family thriller ‘Hollington Drive’

ITV has ordered four-part thriller Hollington Drive from screenwriter Sophie Petzal, the creator of hit Channel 5 drama Blood. Produced by All3Media scripted label West Road Pictures, Hollington Drive focuses on the lives of two sisters, Theresa, and her older head teacher sibling, Helen. Both women appear close and their families enjoy spending time together. […]

Jed Mercurio to produce ITV bomb squad thriller

Bodyguard and Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has teamed with new writer Daniel Brierley to produce an ITV thriller about a police bomb disposal squad, starring Vicky McClure. Trigger Point is written by Brierley and produced by Mercurio’s HTM Television. Set in contemporary London, Trigger Point, is a six-part thriller series focusing on the […]

ITV preps for ‘Love Island’ return after host Caroline Flack’s death, aged 40

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is preparing to return Love Island to screens with an episode dedicated to its former host Caroline Flack, whose death was reported over the weekend. News of Flack’s death from suicide first emerged on Saturday, prompting the show’s channel ITV2 to postpone both that day’s Love Island: Unseen Bits programme and […]

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