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How green is our telly?

“No one takes a taxi without me knowing about it. Every little bit of movement gets tracked. I have a lot of spreadsheets and things are always being added, so I never take my eye off any of it.”

Alison Sill, a freelance production co-ordinator fresh from the set of BBC TV drama Guilt, filmed on location in Edinburgh, is bubbling with anecdotal evidence of just how much effort she and her team have put into hitting their sustainability targets.

New BBC comedy thriller from Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli

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The six-part drama focuses on the budding friendship between Nic (Daisy May Cooper) and Jen (Selin Hizli).

When Jen blows into town with her young son Harry, she shakes up Nic’s lonely life, adding fun, laughter and booze, with Nic’s son Ollie also bonding with Harry.

The twisted comedy thriller looks at marital angst, maternal paranoia and features a dead cat.

Viewers will get to see female friendship at its naughtiest and most intoxicating...until it all starts to unravel.

BBC announces new documentary Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

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The special documentary will tell the story of the final chapter of Freddie Mercury’s life and The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium that took place after his death.

It will feature new interviews from those closest to him including Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Mercury’s sister Kashmira Bulsara, friends Anita Dobson and David Wigg and his PA Peter Freestone. 

The documentary begins in 1986 during Queen’s Magic tour and their iconic performance at Knebworth Stadium in Hertfordshire, which cemented Mercury’s legend status. 

First look images revealed for final series of The Split

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The drama will see prolific stage and screen writer Abi Morgan OBE (Suffragette) make her directorial debut, after writing all three series of the show.

Set within London’s fast paced and cutthroat high-end divorce industry, the series explores the highs and lows of marriage and the legacy and complications of divorce.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie looks back on his first year in the post

If the surprise appointment of the new culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, an outspoken critic of the BBC, had ruined Tim Davie’s day, he wasn’t letting on during what was his first RTS Cambridge appearance since succeeding Tony Hall as Director-General a year previously.

Throughout a 30-minute grilling by ITN’s newish CEO, Deborah Turness, the former head of BBC Studios presen­ted a glass-half-full view of life running an institution that often appears embattled as it is attacked by the Daily Mail or Westminster.

Richard Sharp discusses the danger of disinformation in the media

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In an age driven by social media, where, “for most people, affirmation is more satisfying than information”, the BBC’s ability to provide free access to accurate, impartial news is essential to combating the harmful effects of fake news. 

That was the core of ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp’s argument in favour of impartial public service news as he gave his first RTS speech as BBC Chair since being appointed in February. 

This Disunited Kingdom | RTS Cambridge Convention 2021

In a year of a Labour Wales, Tory England and SNP Scotland, what does Britishness mean now and in the future? And how can, and should, the British media react? The PSBs are rapidly spreading production round the country. What does this mean for the industry? Is it too late to save UK plc? Top pollster and TV pundit Professor Sir John Curtice puts a series of scenarios to a panel of industry leaders to explore their views of Britishness and the fragmenting media landscape.

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Kirsty Wark, Journalist and Writer

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First look images released for thriller The Girl Before

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The cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Loki), David Oyelowo (Selma), Jessica Plummer (EastEnders) and Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse). 

Adapted from JP Delaney’s novel of the same name, the four-part series has also been written and executive produced by Delaney. 

The series tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a young woman who gets the opportunity to move into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (David Oyelowo).