By Patrick Munn | April 15, 2019 - 11:18 am | No Comments
Jason Manford (Ordinary Lies, Benidorm) and Catherine Tyldesley (Coronation Street, Trollied) have been set as the leads in Scarborough, BBC One's six episode comedy series from Benidorm creator Derren Litten.
By Patrick Munn | April 10, 2019 - 12:01 am | No Comments
Alibi has ordered their second original drama. Mere months after moving into scripted originals with Traces, the UKTV owned and operated channel has given the green-light to We Hunt Together, a six episode cat and mouse thriller from Cheat scribe Gaby Hull and BBC Studios. We Hunt Together begins with the collision of two extraordinary people; Babeni (AKA Baba), a former child soldier desperate to suppress his predisposition for violence, and Freddy, a magnetic and disarmingly charming free spirit. When Baba rescues Freddy from an attack following a date that has turned sour, something dark is ignited in them both.
By Patrick Munn | April 3, 2019 - 8:35 pm | No Comments
BBC Studios is teaming with Seven Seas Films and Trust Me creator Dan Sefton for a new drama series exploring the last six months of Marilyn Monroe's life. The series is based on Keith Badman’s book The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe: The Shocking True Story. The executive producers are Anne Pivcevic for BBC Studios and Simon Lupton for Seven Seas Films.
By Patrick Munn | April 1, 2019 - 4:00 pm | No Comments
As has been rumoured for months, UKTV as it presently exists is being split up. Owners Discovery and BBC Studios have reached a deal that will see Discovery take control of Good Food, Home and Really, while BBC Studios assumes full ownership of Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, Yesterday and W. When the deal closes, BBC Studios' Marcus Arthur will replace Darren Childs as UKTV's CEO.
By Patrick Munn | February 26, 2019 - 5:04 pm | No Comments
BBC Two has ordered Michael Jackson: The Rise And Fall, a new documentary from Jacques Peretti exploring the life of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson: The Rise And Fall take us from his Jackson's years with The Jackson 5 in Gary, Indiana, to his time in New York - and the notorious nightclub Studio 54 - to his relationship with the media, retreat into fantasy and creation of Neverland, to the preparations for his This Is It concerts shortly before his death.
By Patrick Munn | February 15, 2019 - 8:30 am | No Comments
UKTV's Alibi channel has handed out a six episode series order to Traces, an original drama based on an idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid which hails from Red Production Company. This marks the first original drama commission for Alibi. Traces explores the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, and follows Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance - who together will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.
By Patrick Munn | February 12, 2019 - 8:28 pm | No Comments
CBBC has renewed the latest series featuring Dennis The Menace, Dennis & Gnasher: Unleased, for a second season. Fifty-two episode have been ordered for the show's second season. “Dennis and Gnasher continue to be two of our best loved characters and their ardent fans will be delighted to see this rambunctious series return to CBBC”, said Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content for BBC Children’s.
By Patrick Munn | January 27, 2019 - 9:00 pm | No Comments
BBC Two is losing a Dragon. Jenny Campbell is exiting Dragons' Den at the end of the show's current (sixteenth) season. Her final episode will air on BBC Two on Sunday February 3rd. The BBC has already picked up a seventeenth season of Dragons' Den. The corporation said that casting for a new Dragon would take place ahead of production on the new season, which is set to get underway in the spring.