Are we at peak unscripted content? Session chair Tim Davie noted that – while there was no short-age of good news for the genre (18 of the 20 top-performing original programmes on broadcast TV in the US that summer had been formatted entertainment) – there were worrying signs for the genre. The UK was still producing hit formats, but margins were declining and it was no longer the fastest growing market for original formats.
My week starts the way it has done most Mondays for the past three years – sitting in a university library. There’s one big difference. At this time of year, there is a veil of calm. The underlying current of stress has dissipated. It’s a big change from the tensions of exam season a month ago.
Chairs stand unoccupied and academic books are tossed aside. I am finally on my last chapter. This one is entitled “The real world of television”.
The BBC’s regional producer dominated the news and current affairs categories, with Inside Out winning the News or Current Affairs Story category for its investigation into faulty Ford cars.
In the aim to fight cancer, the RTS award-winning Stand Up To Cancer resumes tradition with a live-special with stars all across entertainment, sport and music rallying together to raise money for life saving research.
Maya Jama (The Circle), Alan Carr (Chatty Man) and Adam Hills (The Last Leg) will be presenting this year’s live extravaganza, which will be filled to the brim with an array of humorous sketches and tear-jerking awareness shorts.
The TV exec – the creative brain behind huge TV hits Gogglebox, Wife Swap and Faking It – was in conversation with Lisa Campbell, director of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, in early December
Drama: Doctor Foster
BBC One, 9pm
The highly anticipated second series revisits Doctor Gemma Foster two years on from when it was dramatically revealed that her husband Simon (Bertie Carvel) was having an affair with the much younger Kate (Jodie Comer).
Moffatt, who is currently appearing on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV, will join Alan Carr in a new Channel 4 entertainment show which will be recorded later this year.
She will also present a reboot of nineties classic Streetmate, in a role originally made famous by Davina McCall . Shy singletons will get a helping hand from Moffatt who will scour the streets to find people dates in towns and cities across the UK.
Game of Thrones
Ideas for great TV are everywhere. The concept for Channel 4’s Gogglebox is believed to have come from a runner.
A researcher is said to have thought of the idea that became ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
At an RTS Futures event, Introduction to TV Development, a panel of top development executives gave tips on how to develop and pitch ideas.
Call the Midwife
It looks to be an eventful Christmas at Nonnatus House, as the community prepares for a televised carol concert on the BBC. Sister Monica Joan is determined to bring in the Christmas spirit early, despite Sister Evangelina’s disgust.
However Nonnatus is rocked when Sister Monica Joan goes missing shortly before the cameras start rolling.