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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.

BBC announces slow TV Yorkshire special

This special follows a number of other successful slow TV programmes on the channel including All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride and Slow Week.

All Aboard! The Country Bus will take viewers on a peaceful and idyllic ride along one of the most spectacularly scenic bus routes in Britain.

Filmed in real time, the camera capture the road ahead and passing scenery, as well as the occasional chatter from the regular riders.

Subtitles, sass and sex: why foreign programming is booming

Spiral

Subtitles, sass and sex are the latest must-haves for broadcasters who are serious about satisfying their audiences. British viewers’ expanding appetite for foreign-language shows has taken in the mafia in Gomorrah on Sky Atlantic, the chilly Icelandic landscape of Trapped on BBC Four and the visceral drugs drama Prófugos on Channel 4’s new online service, Walter Presents.

Who will own the future of television?

RTS Cambridge Session 1

Who will own the future – the broadcasters, the content owners or the global tech behemoths, such as Google, Facebook and Apple? The question is not new, but it is becoming ever more pressing for people in television.

James Purnell, the BBC’s Director, Strategy and Digital, led this comprehensive opening debate, “Happy Valley or House of Cards? Television in 2020”.

Kim Shillinglaw: It’s bloody hard to make great television

Kim Shillinglaw

When Kim Shillinglaw became Controller of BBC Two last year, one of her predecessors took her for a drink. Roly Keating had launched BBC Four, moved on to BBC Two and filled in as temporary boss of BBC One. In a meeting room in New Broadcasting House, Shillinglaw recalls with terrible clarity what he told her.

“He said, ‘You will find BBC Two is the toughest. Let me tell you that now. BBC Four has a lot of individual commissions but not very much money, so there’s a limit to how many things it can commission.