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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 Studios launches Assistant Producer Accelerator Programme for researchers

If so, check out a BBC Studios’ initiative which is offering 14 one-year contracts to researchers who have a minimum of three researcher credits.   

The successful 14 people will be employed and paid as assistant producers and work on productions as well as receive training. 

The 14 roles are for different genres and are based throughout the UK. Applications must be in by January 31.  

The genres include natural history, history and documentaries, science and arts, factual and factual entertainment, and entertainment and music. 

Death In Paradise set to return for two more series

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The tenth series will start this month, which was filmed during the pandemic with just a three-month delay in production. 

Set on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the next two series will welcome back cast regulars and introduce new faces to Saint Marie.

The crime drama will continue to feature perplexing and mysterious murders and puzzles, with plenty of surprises in store for viewers. 

Executive producer Tim Key, promised that the next two series will keep viewers “on their toes.”

BBC announces biggest education offer in its history

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The education offer for children, teachers and parents will aim to ensure all children can access curriculum-based learning, without needing access to the internet.

Starting Monday 11 January, CBBC will air a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily. The channel will also be showing other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and favourites including Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

Thames Valley: Carols from King’s

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Carols from King’s, which was first televised in 1954, is a well-oiled machine in normal years, but this year the production team had to work under Covid-19 restrictions.

“It became very clear early on that we would not have a congregation,” recalled Taylor, who was talking to RTS Thames Valley’s Tim Marshall, a former BBC head of events. 

The challenge, he continued, was “to reflect the congregational style and make it still feel like a church service, rather than a Christmassy Songs of Praise”.