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Jamie Oliver cooks up new Mediterranean travelogue for Channel 4

Jamie Oliver is stood against a blue weathered door that is twice his height and curved at the top

Oliver will travel all over the Med, from bustling cities to beachy coasts, and learn simple yet fresh and flavourful recipes from the people he encounters.

Using their teachings as a starting point, he will create new recipes for his audience inspired by each cuisine; from Greece comes a Smokey aubergine flatbread, from France a courgette, goat’s cheese and tapenade tart, from Tunisia crispy prawn parcels with harissa, and from Spain pork chops with chargrilled peppers.

Finnish drama Mobile 101 explores rise and fall of Nokia

David rarely slays Goliath in the tech world but, as the new Channel 4 drama Mobile 101 reminds us, sometimes the little guy can triumph, at least for a time.

The six-part Finnish series tells how Nokia – at the time almost unknown outside its native Finland and largely known there for making rubber boots – took on the US giant Motorola, built an iconic phone and became the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer.

Taskmaster reveals series 16 line-up

The Taskmaster series 16 line up

For 16 series, Taskmaster Greg Davies has been setting five comedians absurd and surrealist tasks from the comfort of his big red throne, joined by his assistant ‘little’ Alex Horne.

Contestants must earn points by completing tasks such as “be photographed in the most unusual situation wearing this fez” or “conceal this pineapple”, and the one with the most points at the end of the series goes home with a trophy in the shape of Greg Davies’ head.

Channel 4 reveals first look at The Change starring Bridget Christie

Linda goes on a journey of discovery and empowerment after hearing the news. Dusting off her old Triumph motorbike she last used 30 years ago, she travels solo to the Forest of Dean to do something for herself and reconnect with her identity.

She meets different characters along the way. These include the ‘Eel Sisters’, an exasperated local radio presenter, and a hermit living in the woods with only a wild boar for company. Cue the high jinks!

Channel 4 launches UK's first post-production development programme

4 Post Production (4PP) will give five mid to senior level people from underrepresented backgrounds the chance to progress their careers in the sector.

Over six months, they will receive mentoring from senior figures in the industry, bespoke skills training, and shadowing and placement opportunities. Each of the five, be they craft or technical talents, will be offered positions with Channel 4's production company partners.

The Legacy of the Black Square

Black Lives Matter protests

After the murder of George Floyd in 2020, many companies worldwide issued statements of solidarity and support, and posted black squares on their websites and social media feeds. In the UK, the movement galvanised the TV industry. Broadcasters took stock of the sometimes paltry proportion of their output they were commissioning from black people. ITV announced a Diversity Acceleration Plan while Sky pledged £30m to support anti-racism and improve diversity and inclusion. As a result, there was an uplift in demand for diverse talent, on-screen and behind the camera.

Comfort Classic: Queer as Folk

Predictably, Fleet Street was outraged. Queer as Folk, foamed the Daily Mail, “proves that we need censorship… we shouldn’t be at liberty to watch naked actors having relentless homosexual sex”.

Some commentators in the gay press were also critical, arguing that the series should have been less celebratory and angrier about the tragedy of Aids. But, if you are being attacked from both sides, perhaps you are doing something right. Most television viewers and critics certainly thought so as they marvelled at Russell T Davies’s breakthrough drama series.

First speakers announced for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2023

Too Much To Watch. RTS Cambridge Convention 2023. 20th-21st September. Streaming, Social, Mobile, Big Screen.

The biennial Cambridge Convention will take place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September 2023 at King’s College, Cambridge.

The agenda-setting programme, titled Too Much to Watch, will bring together influential thought leaders and prominent executives to debate the opportunities and impact of changing consumption habits reshaping global television.