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Julia Ormond to star in Marnie Dickens drama Gold Digger

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Written and created by Marnie Dickens (Thirteen) Gold Digger tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a much younger man and the toll it takes on her already fractured family relationships.

Best known for her film roles including Sabrina and First Knight, Ormond will play the lead role of Julia Day in the six-part drama by Mainstreet Pictures.

What's on TV: 30 July - 5 August

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Love Island - The Live Final

Monday: ITV2, 9pm

After a drama filled summer full of romance, betrayal and, above all, loyalty, it’s time to find out who will take home the coveted £50,000 prize. The couples left are Jack and Dani, Wes and Megan, Josh and Kaz, and Paul and Laura and it’s up to the voting public to decide who their favourite is.

Final call to apply for the BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme 2019

The annual BBC Writersroom scheme offers talented screenwriters the opportunity to write the first episode of a BBC original series or serial.

Writers must have at least one professionally produced piece of work of up to 30 minutes in length in television, radio, theatre or film to apply. Applicants must submit an original script alongside a one-sided pitch outlining the drama idea. 

Major broadcasters take TV production to the regions, finds new Ofcom report

The results from the register show that the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 all met their value and volume-based regional production quotes in 2017. 

To be considered a regional production, Ofcom requires that productions to either be based outside of the M25, spend at least 70% of their budget outside the M25, or ensure that at least 50% of the production talent come from outside of London.

STV's new Chief Executive Simon Pitts unveils new growth plan

STV CEO Simon Pitts (Credit: STV)

STV’s new drama The Victim, a legal thriller set in Scotland and made for BBC One, is told through the eyes of both plaintiff and accused. All stories have two sides to them. The narrative concerning the changes going on in Scottish broadcasting is no different.

Glasgow-based STV has a new Chief Executive, Simon Pitts, formerly ITV’s director of transformation and strategy. His new strategy has gone down well in the city and with some producers, but less so with certain journalists and politicians.

Ashley John-Baptiste takes the temperature in Russia

It was late March when BBC Newsgathering offered me a lifetime opportunity – to report from Russia during the World Cup. My response? Heck, yes! It was a no-brainer. 

Only hours after the initial buzz faded and I had spoken with mates did concerns arise.

Would I experience racial abuse in Russia? Would I be able to hack the cultural and language barriers while consistently providing quality reports? I knew without a doubt that this would be a step up from the domestic reporting that I was used to. 

Who’s who in Picnic at Hanging Rock

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Though a work of fiction, the lack of clarity and misdirection from its author Joan Lindsey when giving interviews about the book, led to confusion as to its authenticity. As the places in the novel are real, the tale has since been incorporated into the very fabric of Australian folklore. There's even a statue of one of the girls, Miranda, at the Hanging Rock visitors' centre in Victoria, Australia.

The Teachers

Mrs Hester Appleyard - Headmistress
Played by Natalie Dormer