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Lorraine Heggessey: Crises never go away

Lorraine Heggessey at the RTS London Christmas Lecture 2015

Top Gear was “an accident waiting to happen”, said Lorraine Heggessey, who told the audience enjoying her RTS London Christmas Lecture that she would have dealt with the programme’s presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, more quickly.

“Jeremy is a bit like a spoiled toddler,” she said. He had “crossed the line several times with quite racist remarks and got away with it”, added the former BBC and TalkbackThames executive.

Watch: Trailer for Call the Midwife Christmas special

Call the Midwife, Christmas, BBC One

Outside Christmas spirit fills the air, with a jovial Father Christmas waving from the back of a Routemaster bus, and Christmas trees and lights adorning the streets.

In the local church, cameras role as the BBC comes to Poplar to record a carol concert. New-face Adrian Scarborough (The King’s Speech, Miranda) can be seen in earnest talks with Shelagh Turner (Laura Main) who promises him a show to be proud of.

However at Nonnatus House Christmas is yet to come.

BBC commissions pre-apocalyptic drama from Luther writer

Idris Elba as John Luther

BBC One has commissioned a new six-part series from Luther writer Neil Cross. 

Hard Sun will be a pre-apocalyptic crime drama set in contemporary London.

The series will follow detectives Elaine Renko and Robert Hinks as they attempt to keep order in the city and protect their loved ones as the apocalypse approaches.

Celtic shop props up TV industry

Natalie Rolley

A group of RTS Wales members visited Celtic Prop Hire in early October, and saw items used in top TV shows, including BBC One’s Doctor Who, for which Celtic supplied various props in the current series.

Established in 1999, the Cardiff-based company supplies productions across the UK. Other recent credits include BBC's The Coroner and Sherlock as well as Sky 1's Stella.

The company also supplies a lot of props to the BBC’s Drama Village in Cardiff Bay, including for the long-running medical series Casualty.

Welsh broadcast media at risk?

RTS Wales joined the Institute of Welsh Affairs to host a lively debate on the future of Welsh broadcasting at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham at the end of October.

In a pre-recorded video message, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, expressed concern about the weakening position of broadcast media in Wales.

The RTS Centre’s administrator, Hywel Wiliam, gave a brief overview of the key features of the current communications market.

BBC commissions adaptation of His Dark Materials

Northern Lights

Philip Pullman's award-winning fantasy trilogy - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - will be brought to BBC One as part of a New Line Cinema/Bad Wolf joint production. 

The books, published between 1995-2000, follow the life of the orphan child Lyra and her adventures travelling through parallel worlds. They have been praised for their imagination, epic scope and masterful inclusion of broad, often adult themes including religion, conscience, puberty, innocence and knowledge.