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Bake Off is the BBC – and Britain – at its best | Letters

16 September 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Well done to Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc for refusing to sell out (Bake Off presenters ‘refuse to go with the dough’, 14 September). “The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy,” as they said, and produced a series that has all the ingredients of Britain at its best: humour, kindness and quality. Now it is to be sold to Channel 4, where viewers will have to endure a dumbed-down version and inane adverts – if we continue to watch it. What next? Strictly Come Dancing, the Proms, David Attenborough, Antiques Roadshow? We must protect the BBC and its licence fee. I hope that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood follow Sue and Mel’s lead and also refuse to “go with the dough”.

Pauline Hodson


• The government will surely not be surprised to find that professionals at the peak of their careers are paid more than £150,000 (BBC forced to reveal salaries of star names, »

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[Venice Review] Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey

6 September 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

You could argue that Terrence Malick has been trying to find or express catharsis in his films as far back as 1978’s Days of Heaven. That trope has become more and more synonymous with the director as decades have passed, and Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey — a high-caliber visual essay that some people say has been developing for almost 40 years, although it’s probably more accurate to say it’s been in production for “only” seven — always looked like the most direct expression of that search for divinity. It could deliver that experience for some in the audience, and, as narrated in feature length by Cate Blanchett (a 45-minute version narrated by producer Brad Pitt will arrive on IMAX screens), it might be better defined as a voyage of life. Through sometimes-dated (but often glorious) CGI and live-action footage, Malick’s long-gestating epic charts the birth of the cosmos »

- Rory O'Connor

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The Decline Of British TV

4 September 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at the state of TV coming from the UK at the moment…

This week, Jane Lush, the new head of BAFTA, accused British TV companies of losing their nerve and subjecting viewers to a tsunami of nostalgia. Quite a brave move from someone whose job it is to promote British TV; it’s almost a Gerald Ratner moment, when the chairman of the eponymous jewellery stores described one of their products in less than glowing terms – he was, of course sacked and the company collapsed a few years later.

Lush has a point. More than a point. While you’ve all been binging on Stranger Things and House of Cards, the BBC have been remaking sitcoms from the 1970s such as Are You Being Served? and Porridge and ITV have been producing an update to Cold Feet. It’s hardly inspiring. Nobody (apart from my »

- Neil Calloway

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Catch A Listen To The Suicide Squad Soundtrack From Composer Steven Price

29 July 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

WaterTower Music has released a first track from the score to director David Ayer’s highly anticipated Suicide Squad, featuring the music of Academy Award-Winning composer Steven Price.

Price was tasked with navigating musically the colorful storyline of an assembled team of the world’s most dangerous Super-Villains and the emotional highs and lows they experience on an impossible mission.

“David’s film invited me to find a way to bring all of these incredible misfit outsiders together as a united force, with a thematic score that goes from moments of quiet emotion to huge action sequences,” explains Price. “The character’s themes interact and develop as the film progresses, and we witness the birth of the Suicide Squad. The score was a huge challenge, but a fantastic amount of fun to write!”

In 2014, his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (Interview) won the British composer not only the »

- Michelle McCue

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Steven Spielberg given gold Blue Peter badge

21 July 2016 3:43 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winner and director of The Bfg ‘always secretly privately wanted’ children’s TV’s greatest honour

Steven Spielberg has joined a select group including the Queen, Jk Rowling and Sir David Attenborough by being awarded a gold Blue Peter badge.

The Oscar-winning director, producer and screenwriter said he had “always secretly privately wanted” the badge, which is the BBC children’s television programme’s highest accolade.

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Thursday’s best TV: Giraffes – Africa’s Gentle Giants, Nietsche: Genius of the Modern World

22 June 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The fight to protect giraffes from poachers. Plus: the formation of a moral landscape in the absence of God

Terrific documentary founded on a debatable premise: that insufficient attention is paid to the giraffe, a creature as much a staple of wildlife films as the great sabre-fanged felines and/or David Attenborough (who narrates this). The film follows expert Dr Julian Fennessy as he records the welfare of Africa’s remaining giraffe herds – not a risk-free occupation, thanks to heavily armed poachers – and escorts one rare breed to safety. Andrew Mueller

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- Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Hannah J Davies, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs,Hannah Verdier

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Sheffield Doc/Fest reports record figures; reveals 2017 dates

22 June 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary festival attended by Sir David Attenborough, Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton among others.

Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) has reported record figures for its 23rd edition and confirmed that the edition will run June 9-14, 2017.

This year’s documentary festival, the first delivered by festival director Liz McIntyre, reported an increase of 4.6% on 2015 numbers, including industry delegates and public audiences.

A total of 32,769 people attended, including 3,534 industry delegates (up from 3,422 in 2015) who travelled from 60 countries, and 29,235 members of the public (up from 27,917 in 2015).

Audiences were drawn by big names from the documentary world including Us director Michael Moore, whose Where To Invade Next opened the festival; Sir David Attenborough, who was in conversation before a sold out crowd; Palme d’Or winning director Ken Loach; and legendary doc filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Other names included Joanna Lumley, Adam Buxton, Professor Green, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Louis Theroux, Freddie Flintoff, Reggie Yates, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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David Attenborough: BBC has an “incomparable responsibility”

14 June 2016 5:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Veteran broadcaster reflected on more than 60 years in television and the value of the BBC.

Sir David Attenborough has spoken out about the value of the BBC as part of a wide-ranging conversation at Sheffield Doc/Fest, during which he reflected on his six decades in broadcasting.

The broadcaster and naturalist told a packed auditorium: “I think that the BBC has an incomparable opportunity, which gives it an incomparable responsibility.

“Of all the television organisations in the world, it is the BBC than can say we ought to cover as wide a spectrum of human interests as we can. We »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Princess Kate Goes to Church with the Queen - and a Whopping 50 Royal Relatives!

10 June 2016 4:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Prince William and Princess Kate joined Queen Elizabeth at a thanksgiving service at grand St. Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday as the Monarch kicked off three days of official celebrations of her 90th birthday. Flanking the Queen was her husband of 68 years, Prince Philip who was marking his own special milestone too - he turned 95 on Friday. Kate, in a "Julia" wool crepe coat that designer Catherine Walker & Co. described as "mist blue", and a hat by Jane Taylor, arrived with William and brother-in-law Prince Harry and had to wait - chatting with royal relatives. That's because the principal »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Sheffield Doc/Fest: Window on the World

10 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary filmmakers will descend on Sheffield in the coming days to offer a window on the past, present and virtual future. Michael Rosser reports

The 23rd Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) kicks off today and promises to be one of its most eclectic to date, with its typically diverse line-up of documentaries from around the world complemented by big name speakers and a major showcase of virtual reality content.

Its 160 feature and short films will be bookended by opening film Where To Invade Next, from Oscar-winning Us director Michael Moore, and The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger. Moore and actress Tilda Swinton, a co-director on the latter doc, will both be in Sheffield to present their films.

Moore’s film and accompanying Q&A will also be live streamed to 120 cinemas across the UK through distributor Dogwoof – the second time Doc/Fest has done this, following Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sir David Attenborough joins Doc/Fest line-up

2 June 2016 5:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Veteran broadcaster will be the subject of an in conversation event on June 13.

Sir David Attenborough is to discuss his long career and the future of media at Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15).

The former controller of BBC2, who oversaw the introduction of colour television and cleared the schedules for coverage of the Moon landing, will attend the documentary festival on June 13.

Sir David Attenborough In Conversation will take place from 3.30pm to 4.45pm in the city’s Crucible Theatre.

Festival director Liz McIntyre said she was honoured to welcome the veteran broadcaster to the event.

“He is a giant of the documentary world, whose natural history adventures and films are epic, groundbreaking and a feast for the eyes and mind,” she said.

“Across the broadcasting world, his contribution spanning 64 years continues to be extraordinary and an inspiration to new filmmakers around the world.”

He joins a programme which includes Michael Moore, Lord Puttnam and [link »

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Planet Earth II: BBC America Slates Sequel Series for Winter 2017

1 June 2016 2:27 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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BBC America's Planet Earth II  TV series will premiere in winter, 2017. The new show is sequel to the 2006 BBC series, Planet Earth, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, who is reportedly aboard the project. Planet Earth II promises to, "...reveal our planet from a completely new perspective, using significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world."

BBC America says: "Travelling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, the series explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them."


- TVSeriesFinale.com

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BBC America Developing Projects with Amy Poehler, ‘Orphan Black’ Producers (Exclusive)

31 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC America is in the midst of its first big development push under the leadership of president and general manager Sarah Barnett, who took the reins of the cabler early last year.

Projects in the works include dramas from the producers behind “Orphan Black,” Amy Poehler’s production banner and “Happy Valley” producer Red.

This month, Bbca began production on the first original scripted series to be greenlit by the new regime, an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ 1987 novel “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” That show is set for debut Oct. 22, part of a wave of new series arriving on the channel in the second half of the year.

Barnett and her team did a fair amount of research to wrap their minds around the challenge of expanding BBC America’s brand. “We spent a lot of time thinking about what the ‘A’ stood for in Bbca,” she says.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Film Review: ‘Aaaaaaaah!’

30 May 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may be filmed in the Academy ratio, but Steve Oram’s low-budget feature debut “Aaaaaaaah!” could hardly be considered a nod to classic Hollywood. Rather, the 4:3 frame indicates something more primal, evoking the so-called “video nasties” (a wave of mostly cheap horror films banned on VHS in the U.K. in the 1980s, following a wave of moral panic over the perceived degeneration in values these films would cause when made available for home viewing). “Aaaaaaaah!” is set in exactly the kind of world Mary Whitehouse feared, and functions as a kind of loving Swiftian satire on the more brutish aspects of modern life. Though it’s at once too subtle and too extreme to attract a broad audience, those who get something out of gross-out humor, silent film and British comedy will treasure “Aaaaaaaah!” as a rare cult gem.

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- Catherine Bray

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Locked up review – yellow is the new orange in this women-in-prison drama

17 May 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It’s gripping and gritty, but by far the most menacing thing about this show is the Spanish swearing. Plus, David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest in Colour and Peggy Mitchell bows out of EastEnders

A blond woman in a high-rise apartment removes a bright yellow canary from a cage, opens the window and sets it free. In the voiceover – and subtitles – the woman is on the phone telling her mother she’s going away on a lovely sailing trip. But really, she’s going to jail. Welcome to Locked Up, Channel 4’s new Spanish prison drama.

If the thing with the canary and the cage was too subtle for you, it transpires that the uniforms at Cruz del Sur correctional facility are also bright yellow. Yellow, it seems, is the new orange.

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- Tim Dowling

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David Attenborough: 'We were sneered at by BBC film department'

16 May 2016 12:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With Zoo Quest to be shown in colour for the first time for his 90th birthday, the naturalist reveals the battles to get it made

Sir David Attenborough has revealed he was “sneered at” by the BBC film department at the beginning of his career, as some of his early natural history programmes are to be shown in colour for the first time to mark his 90th birthday.

The 1950s series Zoo Quest originally aired in black and white, but when footage was unearthed by the BBC Natural History Unit last year it was found to have been shot in colour.

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Antiques Roadshow's jug gaffe vexed me – if only it had been the UK show

12 May 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Us spinoff’s mistaken valuation shows up what’s wrong with the BBC flagship. Where once the Beeb encouraged art for its own sake, here profit is king

I have to confess to sheer delight at the mistake made by a hapless Antiques Roadshow “expert”. Examining a comically primitivist pot brought in for valuation on the popular and venerable television show, appraiser Stephen L Fletcher got quite excited. He identified it as a daring early modernist work from the 19th century. He even discerned “a little bit of, like, Pablo Picasso going on here”.

Related: Antiques Roadshow expert mistakenly values school art project at $50,000

Related: David Attenborough at 90: a TV legend’s top 10 moments

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- Jonathan Jones

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The Hunt: New BBC America Series Launches in July

9 May 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_48693" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Hunt TV show on BBC America. Photo credit: © Grégoire Bouguereau.[/caption]

BBC America is on the prowl. The cable network announces it is bringing The Hunt TV series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, stateside. A natural history show, The Hunt premieres on BBC America, Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. Watch a preview, below.

The Hunt TV show comes from executive producer Alastair Fothergill and series producer Huw Cordey, makers of the Planet Earth TV series.  The first season of The Hunt consists of seven hour-long episodes.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Watch out John Whittingdale, the Strictly army is marching to save the BBC | Archie Bland

9 May 2016 4:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lots of celebs have criticised the BBC white paper, but when Craig Revel Horwood starts having a go it’s a sign that it’s an ideological push too far

If John Whittingdale has been trying to work out exactly how worried to be about the public response to his imminent BBC white paper, he might have started by following the broadening appeal of last night’s critics at the Baftas. Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky’s outrage electrified the room, and his speech was visceral and heartfelt. But no one’s ever heard of Peter Kosminsky, and he was wearing quite a weird jacket, so it probably didn’t set alarm bells ringing. Mark Rylance? Recognisable, yes, a household name in some households, but still a bit of a luvvie.

Now it’s Ian Hislop. Not exactly a movie star, but people quite like him, don’t they? James Nesbitt? »

- Archie Bland

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'He has been my lifetime inspiration': how David Attenborough influenced our lives

8 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

To celebrate naturalist’s 90th birthday, we asked Guardian readers to share how he’s shaped their lives

I like watching all of his wildlife and nature documentaries. He is my favourite guy. I like that he gets to see lots of rare animals. He saw a bird that could make a noise like a chainsaw. My favourite moment is when he went to Argentina to see the giant dinosaur, the titanosaur.

Related: Sir David Attenborough, you askin’? I’m starstruck | Peter Bradshaw

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- Guardian readers

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