Production Focus: Who Do You Think You Are

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Graham, who founded the programme’s producer Wall to Wall, came up with the idea for a genealogy series in which famous faces discover the truth about their ancestors – but it took a decade and a half for a commissioner to bite.

“This show is 15 years old this year but this year is also the 30th anniversary of me trying to sell it to the BBC,” he said.

Sara Cox to present new ITV morning show

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Airing on Saturday and Sunday mornings, it will feature live music and different celebrity guests discussing arts and culture, including books, theatre, TV and podcasts.

Sara Cox presented The Radio 1 Breakfast Show between 2000 and 2003, and is the current host of Drivetime, BBC Radio 2’s flagship music and chat show.

Speaking about her new ITV weekend show, Cox commented: “I can’t wait to keep people company on a weekend morning as they mooch about in their jamas, making crumpets and sorting the kids out.”

Celebs bare all for ITV's All New Monty

Love Island winner Jack Fincham to join celebrity line up in The All New Monty 2019 (Credit: ITV)

The All New Monty 2019: Who Bares Wins, which follows on from The Real Full Monty, sees eight celebs learning extravagant dance routines, demonstrating the importance of carrying out intimate checks for cancer prevention and being body-positive in the process.

Former Love Island contestant Jack Fincham and Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez are among the familiar faces ‘baring all’ for a cause close to their hearts, alongside Rav Wilding (Crimewatch) and Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher.

Applications open for Media Trust and ITV News’ Breaking into News competition

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Communications charity Media Trust has teamed up with ITV News to launch Breaking into News, a nationwide competition to search for ITV’s next up and coming broadcast journalist.

The initiative was founded eight years ago and aims to promote diversity in broadcast journalism.

Fronted by journalists Charlene White and Ria Chatterjee, Breaking Into News is now open to everyone of all ages and backgrounds and welcomes individuals with little or no media experience.

John Barrowman to host ITV’s new musical entertainment series

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The show will follow seven celebrities as they undertake musical theatre masterclasses from choreographers and vocal coaches and prepare to perform on the London Palladium stage.

Supported by a West End chorus line, the famous acts will be judged by both the panel and a theatre audience, with the latter deciding who deserves to win at the end of each night.

All Star Musicals will also feature performances from John Barrowman, Elaine Paige and other critics.

This Morning to air on Sundays

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (Credit: ITV)

This Morning on Sunday will review the funniest, most touching and enjoyable moments from the week and will also feature new and exclusive content.

The hour-long show will see guest interviews, advice from experts and unbelievable real-life stories, as well as showcasing delicious recipes and fun competitions.

Airing on ITV from January 20th at 10.30am, it will be hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

The pair will tell funny stories from behind the scenes and provide a small preview of the following week’s show.

RTS gets festive with a look at Christmas TV past, present and future

Anita Singh, Lord Grade, Kate Phillips, Kate Russell (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Over nearly four decades, Michael, now Lord, Grade walked the corridors of power at London Weekend Television, the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV – no one is more qualified to discuss the enduring appeal of Christmas telly.

Lord Grade commissioned many of the nation’s most memorable festive programmes, including the 1986 Christmas Day EastEnders when Den issued Angie with divorce papers. Ratings topped 30 million, although that figure includes viewers of a repeat showing.

Sarah Parish to return for second series of ITV’s Bancroft

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Filmed in Greater Manchester, Parish reprises her role as the ruthless Elizabeth Bancroft in four new episodes of the series.

The drama follows Elizabeth Bancroft as she tries to protect her estranged son Joe (Adam Long) against a double murder charge.

Bancroft is also under pressure from crime boss Daanish Kamara (Ryan McKen), and superintendent Cliff Walker (Adrian Edmondson), who suspects her of being corrupt.

Joining the cast is Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), David Avery (The Night Manager) and Adrian Edmondson (War & Peace).