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Lockdown boosts viewership for UKTV

In 2020, UKTV’s network share grew by 3.2% to achieve 4.63%, reaching over 18 million viewers a week, and grew its SOCI by 4%.

UKTV Play increased direct-to-consumer views by 42%, with shows such as Red Dwarf: The Promised Land, The Bill: The Early Years, Meet The Richardsons, EastEnders and Hypothetical topping the VOD service.

UKTV recommissions Women on the Force

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The ten-part documentary will follow the brave women who must balance their crucial work as part of the police force with their lives once they are out of the uniform.

The North Yorkshire Police is led by the magnetic Chief Constable Lisa Winward, who must oversee and manage a team of 1,505 police officers, 99 special constables, 237 police community support officers and 1,049 police staff who must work together to serve and protect people across an area of 3,208 square miles.

RTS Scotland celebrates television talent at 2019 awards

On-screen Personality winner Sabrina Grant (Credit: Harrison Reid)

Cosgrove, who led the Scotland team that campaigned successfully to bring one of the Channel 4 hubs to Glasgow, is the latest recipient of the prestigious RTS Scotland Award.

The inaugural Writer award went to Lorna Martin, who adapted her best-selling book, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for television. Women on the Verge, a Merman/House Productions series, aired on UKTV channel W and RTÉ2.

Emily Atack joins the line up on W

Emily Atack (Credit: UKTV)

Emily Atack: Adulting will follow the actor’s life since departing from the jungle with access to all areas of her life and social media.

With the help of Atack’s family and friends, the four-part series will tackle big life questions as the star approaches turning 30, with each episode respectively posing questions about dating, parenthood and body image.

“It is an absolute joy to be asked to film this follow-doc,” said Atack.

Writers of Flack discuss the need for more complex on-screen female characters

Anna Paquin in Flack (Credit: UKTV/W)

GQ magazine described the new Anna Paquin drama, Flack, as “so ­terrible it might just be unmissable”. The verdict of the Daily Telegraph’s TV critic was “sharp and whizzy”, while the Observer hailed it as a “terrific and bittersweet comedy”, “in turns woefully tender and snort-funny”. Whatever you think of the female-skewing Flack, one thing is clear: it’s not a show to ignore.

W announces new documentary exploring lives of female police officers

The new observational documentary, which will air on W, explores the demands and dangers facing British officers and the effects the role has on their private lives.

Following three exceptional women at various levels in the force, the new documentary will delve into what life is like for women both at senior positions and as officers on the frontline.

The number of female police officers in England and Wales has increased from 7% in 1977 to 29% in 2017, yet men still dominate senior positions by over 80%.