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New music series seeks fan memorabilia

PHOP punks

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.

RTS London looks at AI in broadcasting

The two architects of the programme – BBC Four channel editor Cassian Harrison and BBC Research & Development’s head of internet research and future services, George Wright – explained how they used artificial intelligence (AI) to create Made By Machine: When AI Met The Archive at an RTS London event in early December.
 
This followed up on an event in May, when RTS London explored how AI technology could shape TV’s future.

BBC announces major new series of LGBTQ programming, Gay Britannia

Gay Britannia will feature bold stories that celebrate the LGBTQ community and highlight what it means to be gay in Britain today, whilst challenging existing preconceptions and prejudices.

The season of programming will mark 50 years since The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.

Foreign dramas head to Channel 4, More4 and BBC Four

Locked Up - Channel 4

Walter Presents is also bringing back successful Spanish prison drama Locked Up.

The first series proved popular last year, with Walter Iuzzolino of Walter Presents telling the RTS that the day after the show launched online, “something like 11 000 people had already burned through the entire [series]”

The show, he said, “is “really different. It’s really Hispanic. It’s very technicolour. It’s fun. It’s very sweaty. It is Spanish exuberance!”

BBC Four comedy Detectorists returns for a third series

Written, directed and starring Mackenzie Crook (Andy), Detectorists will return this year with six new episodes.

Also starring Toby Jones (Lance) and Rachael Stirling as Becky, Andy’s wife, the new series continues on from the Christmas Special that saw Lance battling the ‘curse of the gold’ after finding an Anglo-Saxon treasure.

Kim Cattrall joins the cast of Swedish crime series Modus

The first season of the Swedish crime series followed psychologist Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman) who, along with her autistic daughter, become involved in an investigation surrounding a series of disturbing deaths.

The psychologist meets detective Ingvar Nymann (Henrik Norlen) and the two team up to uncover clues in the sinister case and find the serial killer committing these brutal crimes.

Gritty Canadian drama Cardinal heads to BBC Four

Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, The Killing) is the eponymous star of the series, who joins forces with Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, Revenge) to hunt down a vicious serial killer in the icy wastes of a small Northern Ontario town.

Adapted from Giles Blunt’s award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first in the John Cardinal series, the six-part drama will air later this year.