Love Island: Anatomy of a Hit | Full video

The panel (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Love Island presenter Caroline Flack joined Angela Jain, Managing Director, ITV Studios Entertainment; Kenny England, the show's Senior Digital Producer; Ella Umansky, Head of Format Support, ITV Studios; and Tom Gould, Executive Producer of Love Island at the recent RTS Anatomy of a Hit event, hosted by Ria Hebden.

Catch up on all the goss by watching the full video below, or click here to watch the highlights.

Love Island 2018: Meet the contestants

The award-winning reality series will see 11 singletons couple up in the hopes of winning over the public and taking home a cash prize (and finding love, of course).

Expect egos, muggy behaviour and a lot of eggs being put in one basket as this year's line-up includes a nuclear design engineer, Danny Dyer's daughter, a West End performer and another ex-popstar (well...kind of).

“There’s no ‘one size fits all’ for treatments": industry professionals on how to present the perfect pitch

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“Development is anything that takes your show on a journey from a blank page of terrifying nothingness to the end of filming,” explained Andy Cadman, executive producer of ITV2’s Love Island.


Cadman was joined on the panel by All 4 commissioning editor Thom Gulseven and ITV2 scheduler Alex Wootten, who explained what they look for in a pitch.


ITV explores the use of marijuana in new celebrity road trip series

Linda Robson (Birds of a Feather), Pam St Clement (Eastenders), presenter and former darts player Bobby George, actor Christopher Biggins and ex-footballer Josh Fashanu take an unconventional trip across the US to discover the issues surrounding marijuana in the states where the drug has been legalised. 

Bromans to fight it out on ITV2

Cameras will follow eight modern day couples as they're transported to a world where they'll live and fight like the Romans did 2000 years ago.

The boys will endure a gruelling training regime, overseen by the 'Doctore' (David McIntosh), to prepare for gladiatorial combat in front of a baying crowd in the colosseum. Their girlfriends will come along too, helping them to train, as well as immersing themselves in ancient Roman lifestyle, trying everything from wine making to sculpting. 

ITV2 commissions spy spoof Action Team

Action Team is a spoof spy action series following the exploits of a top-secret team of special agents working for the British government and tasked with saving the world.

Written by Tom Davis (Murder in Successville, Plebs) and James De Frond, this new comedy will star Davis alongside Jim Howick (Broadchurch), Kayode Ewumi (#HoodDocumentary) and Laura Checkley (Bridget Jones’s Baby).

Love Island will return after reaching record viewing figures

Beating Channel 5 staple Big Brother in Monday night's ratings, the erotically-charged TV contest won 6.9% of the audience share with 1.3million viewers over BB's 1.2million.

ITV2 has already started looking for 2017's participants after announcing earlier this week that season 3 had the green light.

The show caused uproar among the viewing public for broadcasting sexually explicit encounters between housemates. Nonetheless, Love Island's audience peaked at 1.5million, improving on last year by 700k. 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show returns to UK screens

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The daily programme, hosted by comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres, features a mixture of comedy, celebrity guests and topical human-interest stories.

The series will air on weekdays at 1.45pm, in line with the American air dates. Recent guests on the show have included the cast of Star Wars, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and pop star Justin Bieber.

The news will please DeGeneres’ fans in the UK, who have had to resort to watching clips of the show on YouTube after UKTV channel Really pulled the plug after season 10.

ITV’s big drama: Television speaks to drama boss Steve November

Steve November

On 18 September 2016, Steve November has a problem. At 9:00pm that night, the slot arrives in ITV’s schedule that would normally be filled by the season premiere of Downton Abbey.

As Director of Drama for the ITV network, November has to find a replacement – Downton is ending, with the last ever episode to air this coming Christmas Day. And, given Downton’s blockbuster ratings performance, it’s going to be a fiendishly difficult act to follow.