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The Great British Break Off: Will you still watch?

Contract negotiations with the BBC broke down when the corporation reportedly wouldn't match Channel 4's offer.

The shock announcement was followed by the news that presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc would not be following the show after it left BBC One. Star judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have not yet confirmed if they will stay with the production.  

'Life in the Air' - Why Bristol Leads the World in Natural History film-making

This is your chance to meet the NHU face to face; view excerpts from and discuss their latest visual feast, 'Life in the Air'; and find out more about wildlife film-making by putting questions to some of their most experienced producers on anything from innovative shooting techniques and specialist equipment to their approach to ethical issues and social media.

Who Benefits? How can poverty be better portrayed on TV

This conference will consider the portrayal of poverty on television; it is being held by the BBC, The Royal Television Society, NCVO and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Who Benefits? will be chaired by BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin. We'll be looking at some of the reality TV and documentary programmes that have been made in poorer communities: what they are, how they are made, and why audiences watch them.

New music series seeks fan memorabilia

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From drumsticks to diary entries, new BBC Four series the People’s History of Pop (PHOP) will look at the evolution of music through the eyes of its fans.

The series will be split into four episodes, to air throughout 2016, each focusing on a different decade of pop history.

In an industry first, production company 7 Wonder is working with Historypin, a user-generated digital archive of historical artefacts, to collate music memorabilia from fans across the country.

Campbell Swinton Lecture: Claire Enders, Enders Analysis

Campbell Swinton was one of Scotland’s pioneers of television technology whose legacy RTS continues to celebrate with a series of high level lectures. The last two speakers were then SNP leader Alex Salmond and BBC Scotland Director Ken MacQuarrie.

Rising above the political fray in Westminster and Holyrood, Claire Enders will explain the purpose and foundations of the PSB system of producing and commissioning news and current affairs, quality entertainment and documentaries, sustained by the BBC, C4, ITV, STV and C5.

BBC announces one-off documentary Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen

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The documentary will include never before seen home movies of the Queen filmed by members of the Royal Family.

Viewers will see private and intimate moments of the Queen as a young girl through her own eyes and words as she grew up and throughout her reign.

To accompany the release of the documentary, three new images of a young princess Elizabeth have been revealed.

The Royal Family have been filming themselves from the 1920s and over the decades those home-made recordings have added up.

Ncuti Gatwa announced as the new Doctor Who

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Ncuti Gatwa is best known for playing the hilarious Eric Effiong in Sex Education and won the Comedy Performance – Male award at the 2020 RTS Programme Awards. 

Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the 14th doctor and will be the first black actor to play the role. 

Russell T Davies will return to act as showrunner for the next series, which will no longer be produced in house by the BBC, but by Bad Wolf Productions. 

New recruits named for Industry series two

Across eight more episodes, the drama will continue following the ambitious twenty-something bankers throwing themselves into the cutthroat industry of international finance.

The new recruits include Jay Duplass (The Chair), who will play Jesse Boom, a well-respected hedge fund manager and recent émigré. Sonny Poon Tip (Anatomy of a Scandal) will play his wilful son Leo Bloom.

Katrine De Candole (The Ipcress File) will play the multilingual Celeste Pacquet, one of Peirpoint’s Private Wealth Managers.