Channel 5

Bill Malone delivers Dan Gilbert Memorial Lecture

Adrian Dunbar (Jim Hogan) & Carolina Main (Cat Hogan) in Blood (Credit: Channel 5)

Virgin Media Television’s director of programming said: “We’re constantly being told that linear TV is dead, but the facts actually present a different picture.”

In Ireland, Virgin Media is “bucking the trend and showing continual growth in audiences”, a result, he claimed, of a “notable step up in [the] scale, ambition and quality” of programming.

TV picks of the week: 29 October - 4 November

Crow's Blood (Credit: Channel 4)

Black Earth Rising

Monday: BBC Two, 9.00pm


Michaela Coel (Credit: BBC)

The thrilling political drama comes to a close with a key villain finally being unmasked. Kate (Michaela Coel) also finds what she’s been looking for. A collective guilt hangs over her and Michael (John Goodman) over the Rwandan genocide and the reprisals that saw Hutu refugees massacred in camps.

TV picks of the week: 24 September – 30 September

Joel & Nish vs the World

Monday: Comedy Central, 9pm​

Back for a second season, stand-ups Nish Kumar and Joel Dommett continue their hilarious journey around the world, humiliating themselves in the process. In this episode, the pair embark on a gruelling trek up a mountain in Peru. Will their one-liners help them conquer such a quest?

 

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.