Rachel Ashdown

BBC orders Farmer Wants a Wife-inspired format

The BBC had ordered a new take on the much-travelled Farmer Wants a Wife format back to the UK, and has commissioned an historical crime series from Chalkboard TV. Farmer Wants a Wife originally aired on ITV in the UK in 2001, but is now headed for BBC Two, which has ordered a six-part series. […]

BBC One, Take That line up Voice replacement

UK broadcaster BBC One has revealed a Saturday night talent format that will replace ITV-bound series The Voice. Let it Shine (WT) will feature the music of boy band Take That and see its singer Gary Barlow searching for individuals to form a new group. Presenters Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc (The Great British Bake […]

Ex-ITV Studios exec fills BBC role

A former head of entertainment at ITV Studios in Manchester, UK, has joined UK pubcaster the BBC as a commissioning editor. Rachel Ashdown is joining the Corporation’s entertainment division, which controller Mark Linsey oversees. The commissioning editor, entertainment role was previous filled by Mirella Breda, who exited to join Endemol prodco Initial. Ashdown is a […]