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The BBC must reform its operating license to focus on online services or “become out of step with audience behavior and technology developments,” according to British media regulator Ofcom. Failure to act “could stand in the way of the BBC’s transformation,” it added in a series of proposals set out today centered around modernizing the
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Noma Sets Crypto Feature Film Trio EXCLUSIVE: Japanese film company Noma is developing a series of three feature films about the world of crypto, with Sefi Carmel (Legacy Of Lies) joining as composer and sound designer. The first theatrical feature film in the series, The Rhetoric Star, is currently in production. The second film in the
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The BBC’s brand new six-part drama Sherwood, starring David Morrissey and Lesley Manville, premieres this week on Monday June 13. Dramatist James Graham, who wrote the award-winning Quiz and Brexit: The Uncivil War turns his pen to his hometown of Sutton-in-Ashfield near Nottingham’s former coal mines, a place scarred and divided by events of the
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Sex Education producer Eleven is behind a British/Australian drama series about a group of expats in the 1950s for the BBC and Aussie SVoD Stan. The Stranger and Brassic writer Danny Brocklehurst is penning Ten Pound Poms, a rare co-production between the British and Australian networks. The six-parter, which films shortly in Australia, follows a group of Brits as
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Andrew Neil Handed Channel 4 Politics Show Andrew Neil, the British news heavyweight who launched GB News last year before leaving within weeks, is to host a Sunday night political show on Channel 4. Sunday Politics with Andrew Neil (working title) will see the ex-BBC presenter and founding Sky Chairman interview high-profile politicians and newsmakers, accompanied
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High-profile figures were rallying behind the beleaguered BBC yesterday after reports emerged that the UK government plans to freeze the licence fee for two years and scrap it entirely in 2027. Led by the likes of Armando Iannucci, Gary Lineker, Hugh Grant and Lucy Prebble, a backlash erupted after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries tweeted a
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After a 2020 dedicated to being stuck in our living rooms, things vaguely started returning to normal in 2021 (don’t mention the ‘O’ word) and there was plenty of time for breakout hits and established ratings giants. Here, Deadline takes you through the five most-watched TV episodes of the year in the UK (excluding news
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As we enter 2022, the UK TV industry is desperate to put nearly 24 months’ worth of Covid-19 disruption behind it. But with the Omicron variant still raging, it could be a while until this comes to fruition. Industry execs have plenty else on their plates over the coming year, with British broadcasting under threat
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Rose Ayling-Ellis, the actress who this year became the first deaf contestant on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, is now also the first deaf winner of the British dance competition series, after triumphing in its 19th season. Ayling-Ellis shared her win with professional dance partner Giovanni Pernice—prevailing over John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, who together
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Almost £1BN ($1.3BN) of spend on UK TV and film studios was pledged or delivered between 2017 and 2020, according to BFI data that demonstrated high-end TV (HETV) overtook film as the British cultural sector’s dominant force. The Institute’s mammoth 324-page Screen Business report found that £785.4M ($1BN) was announced for studio projects that had
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World Productions Boss and YouTube EMEA Head Win RTS Fellowships Line of Duty (pictured) producer World Productions CEO Simon Heath and YouTube Regional Director, EMEA, Ben McOwen Wilson are among the six winners of this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Fellowships. CPL Productions MD Danielle Lux, BBC News At Ten‘s Clive Myrie, ITV Continuing Drama
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EXCLUSIVE: Last Kingdom fanatics gearing themselves up for next year’s fifth and final season have something extra to smile about, a Netflix feature film is in the works. Delivering the announcement at today’s London MCM Comic Con, Alexander Dreymon, who stars as protagonist Uhtred and exec produces the historical drama, unveiled Carnival Films’ Seven Kings
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EXCLUSIVE: Dance Monsters and Sexy Beasts producer Lime Pictures and stablemate Lion TV have unveiled grand international unscripted ambitions and hired former Shine development boss Jonathan Meenagh to help with the push. Lime, which also produces The Only Way Is Essex, Hollyoaks and Netflix kids drama Free Rein, is in the latter stages of production
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BBC1’s long-running business format Dragons’ Den is to shift production from Manchester to Scotland. Producer BBC Studios’ factual entertainment team in Glasgow, which is run by former MasterChef and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares exec Adeline Ramage Rooney, will hire a number of editorial and production management personnel to work on the show. Series 20 of Dragons’ Den will
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Tim Davie, the BBC’s Director-General, has said the broadcaster needs “a really serious dialogue with government” in the context of Nadine Dorries replacing Oliver Dowden as the UK’s new Culture Secretary. Dorries has been an outspoken critic of the BBC in the past. In 2018 she tweeted that the broadcaster was “a biased leftwing organisation
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