Jimmy McGovern


Different shades of Red: Nicola Shindler one-on-one

Nicola Shindler is surely the most well known drama producer from Manchester, England, with a credits list including Queer as Folk, Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. She tells Jesse Whittock about finding the perfect story and whether she could produce in the US Think of the most influential producers in the UK in […]

Writer’s room: Jimmy McGovern

Jimmy McGovern has a reputation for tackling social issues head-on. Through Hillsborough, The Accused, Dockers and The Street, he is known for using TV to shine a light on the stories and struggles of working people in the UK. In ITV crime drama Cracker, he created a UK hit that travelled across the Atlantic, was […]

Jimmy McGovern hails Hill’s ITV

Writer Jimmy McGovern has backed Polly Hill to reinvigorate ITV’s drama output. Hill swapped the BBC for ITV last year, and is now head of drama at the UK commercial broadcaster, unveiling her first slate late last year. McGovern, whose credits include Cracker and Hillsborough for ITV and The Accused new Sean Bean BBC One […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: show and tell in Liverpool

With Showcase less than a week away, BBC Worldwide’s president of global markets, Paul Dempsey, tells TBI what the 700 buyers heading to the event can expect from their trip to Liverpool. BBC Worldwide’s annual Showcase is the biggest market in the world hosted by a single distributor. In its sixth year in Liverpool, the […]

BBCWW unveils Showcase line-up

BBC Worldwide will launch a new dramas from Jimmy McGovern, the new Top of the Lake season with Nicole Kidman, and the much-anticipated crime series McMafia at its Showcase event later this month. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster said it will host 700 buyers at the event in Liverpool, which will also see […]

Industry unites behind BBC Three

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

Broadcasters get Banished

BBC Worldwide has sold drama series Banished to various broadcasters. Deals have been closed with VEO in Mexico, TVP1 in Poland, Cellcom in Israel, YLE in Finland and HRT in Croatia. It comes from Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker) and follows people living in the first penal colony in Sydney, Australia. It scored well on […]

BBC unveils first iPlayer drama debut

BBC daytime drama Moving On will be the corporation’s first drama series to premiere on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, in its entirety. The BBC said that the fifth season of the show would appear online first as part of the BBC Trust’s approved trial to explore the role of first airing content on the […]

ABC Commercial to sell Jimmy McGovern’s Redfern Now

ABC Commercial, the international arm of the Australian public broadcaster, has acquired the global rights to Jimmy McGovern’s new drama Redfern Now. The 6x1hour series, which is set to air on ABC1 later this year, is the first Australian drama series created by McGovern, who created Cracker and Accused. Redern Now is six stories of […]