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ITV CEO Carolyn McCall: “If you don’t have prominence your content will not be found in this new digital world"

The Chief Executive of ITV said that the coronavirus epidemic had “brought home to a lot of people” the importance of having “a trusted [TV] source, [with no] disinformation”. 

But she warned: “A lot of the stuff that goes on air would not be made if it wasn’t for the fact that there are public service broadcasters.”

McCall called for public service broadcasting, which is currently being reviewed by both media regulator Ofcom and the DCMS committee, to be treated fairly.

New coach to join The Voice UK for new series

Replacing Meghan Trainor, global singer-songwriter Anne-Marie will take her place alongside returning coaches Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs.

Anne-Marie became the highest-selling debut artist of 2018 with her debut album Speak Your Mind. The BRIT Award nominee is currently working on her follow-up.

Anne-Marie said: “I am SO excited to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly as the new coach on The Voice UK. I can’t wait to work with incredible undiscovered talent! Wahoooooo!”

Joanne Froggatt to star in new psychological thriller Angela Black

The Hitchcockian style thriller sees Joanne Froggatt play suburban London housewife Angela Black, who on the surface seems to have the perfect life.

Angela's life revolves around volunteering at a dogs home, caring for her two angelic sons and a marriage to a charismatic and hard-working husband Oliver (Michiel Huisman).

However, this perfect life is a lie, as Angela is a victim of domestic abuse and feels trapped in a situation she can’t escape.

Defining diversity: More than a numbers game

ITV press advert published on 19 September (Credit: ITV)

If you thought that defining diversity was easy, think again. As the chair of a stimulating and thought-provoking RTS event, Aaqil Ahmed, formerly the head of religion and ethics at the BBC, concluded: “Diversity in itself is diverse. For me, that understanding of it isn’t there for a lot of people.… It’s not a numbers game… diversity is very complicated.”

Throughout the “Defining diversity? That’s easy” session, attempts to provide a definition that all the panel could agree on proved elusive.

Rob Brydon, Martin Kemp and Patsy Kensit among new cast joining McDonald & Dodds

The new cast members will guest feature as suspects in the first film of the Bath-based detective drama series, currently filming, alongside leads Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia.

Gouveia and Watkins will reprise their roles as the unlikely pairing of the gutsy DCI McDonald and the humble DS Dodds.

James Murray also returns as Chief Superintendent Houseman, handing McDonald and Dodds three new murder mysteries to solve. Lily Sacofsky joins as DC Milena Pachiorkowski.

Who’s who in Dancing on Ice 2021?

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will once again host the proceedings, with John Barrowman joining the judging panel of Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Ashley Banjo.

Here are the confirmed contestants.

Myleene Klass

Myleene Klass topped the UK singles charts twice as one fifth of the band Hear’Say, formed during ITV’s Popstars in 2001. Now a solo classical artist and TV and radio presenter, she has hosted shows including Popstar to Operastar, Loose Women and The One Show.

Writer Gwyneth Hughes unmasks the reality of so-called honour violence in new ITV drama

It was almost 15 years ago that writer Hughes saw Banaz Mahmod’s face in the newspaper, a victim of a so-called honour killing.

In 2006, Mahmod was raped and murdered in a plot initiated by her own father and uncle, for falling in love with a man her family hadn’t chosen, following a divorce from her violent husband 10 years her senior.

For Hughes, after watching the documentary Banaz: A Love Story, she knew she needed to turn the story into a drama.

Filming begins on ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close

Adapted from the novel of the same name, the psychological mini-series follows the forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson) whose latest patient Connie Mortensen (Denise Gough) has been accused of a horrific crime yet claims she cannot remember a thing.

With a distinguished career meeting many high security patients, Dr Robertson is rarely shocked, but the psychiatrist is caught off guard by Connie as the pair develop a dangerously close relationship.

Throughout their sessions, Connie begins to anticipate and exploit her doctor’s deepest insecurities.