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This week's top TV: 6 - 12 July

Emma and James get Married at First Sight

Monday

Idris Elba: No Limits

Discovery, 9pm


Idris Elba (Credit: Discovery UK)

Drag racing, aerobatics, rally driving and land speed record attempts might seem like the perfect training ground for a would-be James Bond, but Luther star Idris Elba has denied that he will be taking that baton from Daniel Craig.

Why diversity makes business sense for TV

Making Diversity Pay

The economic arguments for diversity came under the microscope at a lively joint RTS/BBC session held at New Broadcasting House last month. The panellists agreed that, following years of inaction, broadcasters are finally making an effort to boost black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) represen­tation in television.

Michael Jackson: From Macclesfield to Manhattan

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's stellar career encapsulates much of the creative history of TV during the past 30 years. He was an innovative independent producer back in the 1980s, reinvented BBC Two in the 1990s, and went on to run Channel 4. There, he launched Queer as FolkAli G and Big Brother, before crossing the Atlantic to work for the legendary mogul Barry Diller.

Today, still based in New York, his career has swung full circle. Jackson is once again working as a producer.

Memories of a world at war

The World at War
Four years in the making and, at the time, the UK’s most expensive series, The World at War remains TV’s greatest documentary.  

 

Knitted together by Laurence Olivier’s narration and a Carl Davis score, the programme movingly tells the story of the Second World War using eyewitness accounts and interviews with important figures, including Albert Speer and Lord Mountbatten.  

 

Improv adds realism to cop show

Suspects
Channel 5 is renowned neither for its homegrown drama nor for attracting critical praise, but Suspects gives it both. The cop show has notched up three series since its TV debut in February 2014 and, at the end of April, it was the subject of an RTS London event at ITV’s London Studios. 
 

What the SNP's 'Team 56' means for broadcasting

BBC Scotland

With Team 56 – as SNP MPs call themselves – forming the third-largest party in Parliament, the impact on broadcasting in the UK is likely to be profound. And the effects are certain to spread beyond the BBC Charter debate.

The economist Jeremy Peat, a former BBC Scotland Governor and Trustee, observes that the general election outcome "represents a massive vote for change," requiring "not sticking plaster, but fundamental change." He adds: "We are miles away from a stable equilibrium."

Seven TV stars who jumped ship

Jonathan Ross

After winning hearts as a judge on BBC One's The VoiceRita Ora has jumped ship to its competitor, X Factor. The ITV show has also poached famous BBC face – or rather voice – Nick Grimshaw, who hosts the prestigious Radio 1 Breakfast slot. While Grimmy will fulfill his judging duties alongside his BBC role, Ora's may come as a blow to BBC producers. But this isn't the first time stars have jumped ship. Here are a few of the most famous and most surprising moves.

1. Susanna Reid

The most-watched sci-fi TV shows in UK history

Sci-fi series Humans was recently announced as Channel 4’s most successful original drama after securing 4 million viewers for its Sunday night pilot. The genre has continued to shock, excite and amaze in equal measures but which shows have gone down in UK history as the most watched? Take a look at our selection…

Tips in 60 seconds... How to impress in your first job

Getting that first job in TV is tough. So when you've finally got it, how do you make sure you not only keep it, but progress to the next level? Jessica Wilson is a talent executive at Potato, part of ITV studios. Following a degree she worked her way up from researcher to series producer at the BBC and has a brilliant view on the industry. Here she shares her top tips on impressing in an entry level position.