Gogglebox

Scarlett Moffatt signs up for two new shows for Channel 4

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She will also present a reboot of nineties classic Streetmate, in a role originally made famous by Davina McCall .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.

Top TV ideas are everywhere

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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.

Who will own the future of television?

RTS Cambridge Session 1

Who will own the future – the broadcasters, the content owners or the global tech behemoths, such as Google, Facebook and Apple? The question is not new, but it is becoming ever more pressing for people in television.

James Purnell, the BBC’s Director, Strategy and Digital, led this comprehensive opening debate, “Happy Valley or House of Cards? Television in 2020”.

This week’s top TV: 7-13

Monday

The Queen’s Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria

BBC Two

9pm

Longest-serving queen Victoria is set to be usurped by her great-great-granddaughter this week. Queen Elizabeth II will seize the accolade of longest-serving monarch in UK history on 9 September. To mark this major milestone, Sophie Raworth’s documentary pays tribute to the extraordinary lives of the two monarchs.   

 

Jane Turton: We can do bigger, better, challenging things

There was a great deal of quiet satisfaction across the British production sector when Jane Turton was named Chief Executive of All3Media back in February. The steely, 53-year-old Scot had triumphed over external candidates following a five-month, global search by its new US owners, hard-driving Discovery Communications and Liberty Global, who paid around £550m for this important producer.

RTS Cambridge Convention 2015 programme announced

The preliminary programme for this year's RTS Cambridge Convention has been announced. 

The convention, held on a biennial basis, brings together leading figures from the television and its related industry.

This year's event looks forward to television in 2020, focusing on the challenge for content, creativity and business models.

The programme features sessions covering foreign ownership of UK production, the rise of the smart phone in television viewing, and the influence of talent in programme-making.