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Phil Taggart returns to old school to advise pupils how to Make It

BBC Radio 1 and television presenter Phil Taggart is returning to his old school to speak to pupils about his days there and how he got into broadcasting. Phil will visit Christian Brothers Grammar in Omagh today, Friday, 19 October, to talk about his journey from musician to Radio 1 presenter as part of the BBC Make It: Super Assembly. During the event the students will quiz Phil about his school days, what it takes to be a success, and how to spot an opportunity when it finally does come your way. Phil says: “I’ve been asked back to the Christian Brothers Grammar School in Omagh to fulfil the final quota of detention by talking to the pupils today, Friday, 19 October. It will be a mad trip heading back to see how the old dear is scrubbing up in 2018 and, of course, I can’t wait to meet and…

New cast join Peaky Blinders for series five

Sam Claflin (The Nightingale, Adrift, Journey’s End), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Miniaturist, Split, The Witch) and Brian Gleeson (Phantom Thread, Logan Lucky) are among the new cast joining the acclaimed Bafta award-winning drama series Peaky Blinders, currently filming its fifth series. Claflin, Taylor-Joy and Gleeson join Neil Maskell (Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, In Darkness), Kate Dickie (The Cry, The Witch), Cosmo Jarvis (Calm with Horses, Lady Macbeth) and Emmett J Scanlan (Butterfly, Safe) on Steven Knight’s acclaimed crime family saga. Other new cast include Elliot Cowan (The Spanish Princess, Krypton), Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street, Pure Mule), Andrew Koji (Warrior, The Innocence) and Daryl McCormack (A Very English Scandal, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre). Sam Claflin says: “From Steven Knight’s writing to the consistently brilliant production, I couldn’t feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show.” Anya Taylor-Joy says: “I could not possibly be more excited…

All-star presenter line-up announced for BBC Children in Need 2018

Stand-up comedian and presenter Rob Beckett is set to join Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes in presenting BBC Children in Need’s 2018 Appeal show on BBC One. Broadcast live from the BBC’s Elstree studios on Friday 16 November, the night will feature an all-star line-up as they work together to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Hosting BBC Children in Need for the first time, Rob Beckett says: “I am so excited to be presenting BBC Children in Need this year. It’s a British institution and a wonderful charity, so to be asked to help out is a huge honour. My parents are gonna be bursting with pride. I also get to meet Pudsey! I can’t wait!” Long-term supporter and presenter of BBC Children in Need Graham Norton says: “I love presenting the live show of BBC…

Inside No.9 Halloween Live – Dead Line

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s award-winning anthology returns in a special live edition for Halloween on October 28th on BBC Two at 10pm – 10.30pm (BST). When Arthur Flitwick (Steve Pemberton) finds an old mobile phone in his local graveyard, he makes the mistake of trying to contact the owner. But some mysteries are best left unsolved, and as Halloween draws near Arthur is plunged into a nightmare of his own making. It seems that no good deed can go unpunished, in this world or the next. Guest stars include Stephanie Cole. This marks the 25th story from the Inside No. 9 team. Dead Line stars and is written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. The live episode is directed by Barbara Wiltshire and produced by Claire McCarthy. The series producer is Adam Tandy, the executive producer is Jon Plowman and the Commissioning Editor is Gregor Sharp for the BBC.

Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the Thirteenth Doctor gives Doctor Who its highest series launch ever

With Barb’s new 4-screen measurements, which includes viewing through a TV screen as well as non-TV online devices, episode one of BBC One’s Doctor Who received a 4-screen consolidated figure of 10.9 million viewers. This makes it the highest ever series launch episode for the drama since the show returned in 2005 (10.8m). The consolidated volume also makes Doctor Who the number one drama launch of the year so far. The series opener has also proved a big hit with 16-34 year -lds, with 1.8million watching the first episode. Chris Chibnall, Showrunner, says: “On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team, a huge thank you to viewers for taking Jodie’s Doctor and her new friends into their hearts, in such huge numbers. It’s a thrill being deluged with pictures of families snuggled up together, kids (and adults) hiding behind sofas (they actually do that!), and seeing all the extraordinary creative…

BBC One and Netflix team up to co-produce Dracula from Sherlock producers Hartswood Films

BBC One has commissioned Dracula from the co-creators of multi-award-winning hit BBC drama Sherlock. It will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix. The 3×90’ mini-series is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast. Co-creators, writers and executive producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss said, “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.” Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, says:“Genius duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss turn their attentions to Dracula for unmissable event television on BBC One.” Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama,…

BBC announces Why Slavery? season

The bbc has today announced a series of powerful films about slavery in the modern age for the Why Slavery? season. Timed for International Anti-Slavery day on 18 October, and in collaboration with The Open University, the bbc has commissioned and produced six new films for bbc Two, bbc Four and bbc iPlayer and has resurfaced films for BBC Three and BBC World News that will uncover aspects of the various forms of slavery that exist today. With an estimated 40.3 million people living in some form of slavery today, these films will provide a heart-breaking insight into human struggles, but also look at the systems that allow modern slavery to exist. Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: “The Why Slavery? season is a hugely important range of films illuminating and questioning slavery in our modern world. Films like the extraordinary factual drama Doing Money reveal how coercion and control operates in…

New plans to make the BBC an even more inclusive workplace for LGBT staff

A review of career progression and culture for LGBT employees at the BBC – one of five reviews set up to promote inclusion – found that while LGBT staff generally see the BBC as a good place to work, a number of small changes to working culture could improve their experience. Currently 11 percent of the BBC’s workforce and 12 percent of its leaders identify as LGBT, the highest representation of any UK broadcaster. The review undertook in-depth research on what working at the BBC feels like for LGBT staff. Informed by 300 staff and input from Stonewall, the review made ten recommendations. They have already been accepted by the BBC’s Executive Committee and are designed to: Educate leaders and staff about what’s important to LGBT Increase the prominence of LGBT staff, role models and the BBC Pride network Empower LGBT staff to be comfortable about being open at work…

Casting announced for landmark World War II BBC One drama World On Fire

Academy award-winner Helen Hunt leads stellar cast in Peter Bowker’s epic drama. BBC One and Mammoth Screen today announced that Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, Mad About You) leads the cast alongside Academy Award-nominated and Olivier Award-winning actress Lesley Manville (Mum, Phantom Thread) together with rising British stars Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women, Howard’s End) and Julia Brown (The Last Kingdom, Shetland) in the epic drama World On Fire by multi-award winning writer Peter Bowker (The A Word, Eric and Ernie, Occupation, Blackpool). Also joining the stellar cast is Polish Academy Award-winner Zofia Wichłacz (Warsaw 44, Amok) and Brian J. Smith (Sense8) along with Parker Sawyers (Southside with You, The Autopsy of Jane Doe), Tomasz Kot (Gods, Cold War), Bruno Alexander (Eden, Der Verlorene Bruder), Johannes Zeiler (Faust, Codename Holec) and Eugénie Derouand (Genius, Beatrice). Further casting to be announced. World On Fire is an adrenalized, emotionally…

BBC One announces Blue Planet Live

Across a week in March 2019, BBC One will celebrate marine life great and small, as we take the audience on a deep dive into the world’s oceans in Blue Planet Live. Broadcasting live from three different locations across the planet: East Coast, USA; the Bahamas; and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, says: “Blue Planet Live will thrill the millions of viewers who discovered so much from last year’s ground breaking series that shocked the nation. BBC One continues to lead that conversation as we travel live around the globe to witness first hand the magnificent marine life within our oceans and wake up to one of the biggest environmental crisis of our times.” Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, says: “Blue Planet Live promises to bring spectacular encounters with some of the most extraordinary marine life on the planet whilst…

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