TV

Brits triumph at the Emmy nominations

Brits dominated nominations at the recently announced 2015 Emmys with Game Of Thrones leading the way with 24 nods.  

Highly acclaimed period dramas Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall were given three nominations each. The ITV show set in the 1920s is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series while the BBC Tudor drama is selected for Outstanding Limited Series.

Emma Thompson, who starred in the live broadcast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is up for Outstanding Actress in a mini-series.

The Great British Bake Off returns for another series

Brace yourselves: the much-loved baking show is set to burst onto our screens for a sixth series.

Twelve of the country’s best amateur bakers are getting set for a battle of the bakes hosted by loveable duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

Over ten weeks, the wannabe bakers will face the test by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Producers have already teased us with a clip paying homage to Sound of Music with Mary Berry channeling her inner Julie Andrews on a field.

How to be the best researcher

Without competent researchers, TV would be riddled with half-truths and even outright lies, the butt of viewers’ derision and the recipient of libel lawyers’ writs.

Helpfully, the latest RTS Futures event, "How to be the best... researcher", explained how the job should be done.

"Research is the life blood of the TV industry. Without research, we’d have no Big Brother, Gogglebox or Panorama," argued broadcaster and writer Rick Edwards, who chaired the June event.

Why film is a good fit for the BBC

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Christine Langan
Christine Langan (Credit: BBC)

 

Everyone knows that BBC drama is either near or at the top of its game. But what of BBC Films, the broadcaster's infinitely poorer and sometimes neglected cousin?

For the past six years, BBC Films has been led by Christine Langan, a one-time Granada script editor who went on to win acclaim within ITV and beyond.

Meet the new Dragons entering the Den

The show that sees budding entrepreneurs entering the Den to pitch business ideas to the Dragons has unveiled a new line up.

This year’s new additions will join existing multi-millionaire Dragons Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones.  

An estimated £15m has been invested by the Dragons since the Den opened its doors a decade ago.

After Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney left the show, three new investors will join BBC Two’s flagship investment show.

Meet the new dragons:

 

Survey looks at impact of diversity initiative

A survey by diversity campaign group The TV Collective has found that 83% of people believe recent diversity initiatives will not make a difference to the industry. 

Last year, TV and film in the UK introduced a range of initiatives to improve diversity both on and off screen with broadcasters such as BBC, Sky and ITV implementing new measures.

The purpose of the poll, taken by 170 people, was to investigate the impact the diversity drive had on those from varied backgrounds and highlight problems that may still occur. 

The Daily Mail launches TV series

The Daily Mail is launching a daily television series focusing on celebrity news, in partnership with Stage 29 Productions, owned by Dr Phil McGraw and his son Jay McGraw.

Speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity today, McGraw said that DailyMailTV would be Sglobal in scope, adding that they intend to have a studio in London, New York, LA and Sydney.

McGraw came to international fame as Dr Phil, at first as a relationship expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, before launching his own daily advice series Dr Phil.