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Jeremy Vine to replace The Wright Stuff on Channel 5

Jeremy Vine

The announcement follows news that The Wright Stuff, with Matthew Wright, will be ending after 18 years on air. Vine’s new programme, from ITN Productions, will fill that space, tackling news, issues and stories from across the country over 120 minutes every morning. A new programmename is to be announced in due course.

Michael Palin travels to North Korea for Channel 5

Michael Palin in North Korea

Palin travelled over 1300 miles through the secretive country, at a historic moment for the region.

The presenter and his crew were in the country during the momentous meeting of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-In, and captured the reactions of ordinary citizens.

“The visit was an eye-opener for me, and I'm sure it will be the same for others,” said Palin, who returned from his trip earlier this month. “In all my travels around the world I have never had the same sense of fascination and revelation as on this journey to North Korea.”

The reinvention of Channel 5

Cruising with Jane McDonald (Credit: Channel 5)

British public service broadcasters proved relatively resilient in 2017, despite strong competition from SVoD and other digital distractions.

The best performer was the smallest of the PSBs, Channel 5. The channel’s audience share rose by 2.2% – comfortably ahead of ITV, up 1.2%, and Channel 4, down 0.2%. The audience for Channel 5’s portfolio of channels grew by 5%, led by 5Spike, which jumped by an extraordinary 27%.

New series of Peppa Pig in the works

The 117 new episodes will bring the total number of Peppa Pig episodes to a staggering 381, which will be broadcast globally in 180 countries from Spring 2019 and will provide Peppa Pig content at least four years. 

The animated series, produced by award-winning Astley Baker Davies, follows the adventures of Peppa Pig and her family and animal friends as she experiences day to day activities, including going to the park, attending playgroup, going swimming, going on holiday and visiting family.

Paul O'Grady to host Blind Date reboot

The hit dating show will take romantic hopefuls back to a time when you could not be judged on your best selfie and there was no such thing as an online dating profile. 

The 90s match-making show has had a modern update; a new generation of singletons will compete to find their potential mates in front of a live audience with new twists, as well as the introduction of LGBT contestants for the first time on the show.