New BBC drama Dodger to star Christopher Eccleston, David Threlfall, Billy Jenkins and Saira Choudhury

Billy Jenkins as Dodger (credit: BBC)

The ten-part series will see Christopher Eccleston (The A Word) star as Fagin, with David Threlfall taking the role of Sir Charles Rowan, the Chief of Police. Billy Jenkins (The Crown) will star as the titular Dodger, with Saira Choudhury (Life) as Nancy.

Written by Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, with a guest episode written by Charlie Higson, Dodger will follow the iconic pickpocket and his gang as they weave through London to fulfil Fagin’s light-fingered demands and avoid the hangman’s noose.

Ricky Boleto's TV Diary

I think it’s fair to say that reporting for Newsround is a job like no other in journalism. I know John Craven and all those who’ve followed in his footsteps would agree. This week alone, I’ve gone from explaining the situation in Myanmar to revealing which celebrity was behind the sausage costume on ITV’s The Masked Singer. In case you were wondering, it was Joss Stone… all in a day’s work for a Newsround presenter.

BBC announces new stars for Celebrity Supply Teacher

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Celebrities such as Gemma Collins, Kimberley Walsh, Bobby Berk, Courtney Act and Bruno Tonioli are set to take part, with Julie Hesmondhalgh providing the voiceover.

The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins will showcase her entrepreneurial flair and give a business studies lesson, sharing advice on how to come up with a killer business idea, plus the best way to create a brand that will stand out.

BBC introduces new children’s iPlayer experience

The platform will include a wide range of both entertaining and educational series and films from the CBBC and CBeebies, as well as other suitable BBC programming.

To access the site, users simply have to select the monster shaped ‘children’ button when asked who’s watching.

The categories have also been simplified to make it easier for child viewers, who will find their favourite series divided into Trending, Drama, Funny and Cartoons. Live broadcasts of the CBBC and CBeebies channels can also be easily accessed.

Festival backs young talent

From left: Victoria Griffin, Francesca Colpitts-Swaby,  Kia Pegg and Connor Lawson (Credit: Aine Dvileviciute)
ITV Tyne Tees content editor Alex Watson hosted the festival, which included industry networking and a mini-masterclass in camera work. Kia Pegg and Connor Lawson from CBBC show The Dumping Ground, which is filmed in the North East, were special guests. 
The festival has been running for more than 20 years and celebrates work from students, schools and colleges. In total, this year, there were 49 entries from young film­ makers, from 13 institutions or on an individual basis. 

How Beano is leading the digital revolution

Dennis from Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed (Credit: Beano Studios)

"Slime is officially dead,” declares Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios. As the custodian of one of Britain’s most beloved brands, she is responsible for bringing the Beano brand into the 21st century.

The Beano comic is still profitable, she points out, although the 35,000 copies it sells each week are a far cry from the 2 million copies it sold during its heyday in the 1950s.