Game of Thrones

High-end TV drama is transforming UK studio business

Change is sweeping through the UK studios business. The transformation of this formerly predictable but competitive sector – dominated, traditionally, by a handful of studios such as Elstree and Pinewood – could have far-reaching effects.

One of the key drivers is the boom in television production, fuelled by tax credits for high-end drama and growing demand from broadcasters and streaming services for long-running series.

Game of Thrones announces plans for four new spin-off shows

George R R Martin has signed a contract with HBO and four writers to prolong Game of Thrones with some spin-offs.

A spokeswoman for HBO said: "We'll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in."

One of the four writers up to extend the show is Jane Goldman, who co-wrote the superhero flick Kick-Ass.

Mad Men writer Carly Wray, Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island) are the other three on board.

Game of Thrones series 7 release date announced

The highly anticipated release date for series 7 of Game of Thrones has been announced.

Episodes will be broadcast weekly at 2am from 17th July on Sky Atlantic and online streaming service NOW TV, followed by a repeat at 9pm the same day. 

Many burning questions from series six will be answered on the wintry return to Westeros, which saw Daenerys setting sail for the Seven Kingdoms, Jon Snow dubbed King of the North, Cersei seizing the Iron Throne and the Night King amassing forces.

Sky Atlantic serves up a tasty platter of shows

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term TV dinners, 12 meals have been designed to capture the spirit of some of Sky Atlantic’s most popular programmes.

The Drama Kitchen is a pop-up takeaway that will give fans the chance to get their hands on their favourite show – and then eat it.

Each dish uses ingredients and flavours that embody the spirit of the show, and comes accompanied by props to give a whimsical nod to the drama.

BBC explores Irish history in virtual reality at the National Theatre

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel​ commemorates the centenary year of the infamous conflict in Dublin where hundreds died as the people of Ireland wrestled for independence from Britain. BBC Learning worked together with Crossover Labs and VRTOV to provide the immersive experience on an Oculus Rift headset. 

British talent shines in Emmy Awards nominations

Tom Hiddleston, hugh Laurie, BBC

The nominations contain around 50 nods for British television shows, actors, writers and directors.

Welsh actor Matthew Rhys was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a drama for his role in US spy drama The Americans, while Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are all vying for Lead Actor in a limited series for BBC shows Sherlock: the Abominable Bride, The Night Manager and Luther respectively.