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BBC Acquires John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall,’ Commissions New ‘League of Gentlemen’

The BBC has acquired John Singleton’s “Snowfall” for BBC Two and commissioned five new productions for the channel, including the return of cult comedy “The League of Gentlemen,” it was announced Wednesday by the controller of BBC Two, Patrick Holland. Holland said BBC Two had “a mission to question and innovate” and was evolving to become “ever more timely, challenging and mischievous.”

“These new commissions demonstrate my ambition for BBC Two – to bring the increasingly complex and changing world to the audience through challenging perspectives, human engagement and great storytelling,” said Holland, speaking at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival.

Snowfall” (pictured) marks Singleton’s first TV drama and is set to air on BBC Two in the fall. The 10-part drama, set in Los Angeles in 1983, follows an ensemble cast of characters set on an intense collision course, exploring the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and the major impact it had on American society and
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Diet Tribes: New BBC series to investigate personalised diets

BBC Two has confirmed a new series investigating personalised diets.

Given the working title Diet Tribes, the three 60-minute episodes are presented by Dr Chris Van Tulleken and clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron.

In the study from the Science Unit in BBC Scotland, 75 overweight people from across the country will be put on a three-month diet tailored to their biological profile

Executive Producer Mark Hedgecoe said: "What's so exciting about this approach to dieting is it can potentially help us lose weight more easily.

"By knowing why we put on weight, we can help discover which diet should be best for us."

Oxford University professor of diet and population Susan Jebb added: "This series is trying to understand more about the causes of overeating and to see whether, if we understand more about the causes of obesity, we can use this information to identify a specific diet or boost adherence
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Into Film readies 2014 festival

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Into Film readies 2014 festival
The world’s biggest film festival for children and young people will include preview screenings of The Imitation Game and Disney doc Bears [pictured]; Q&A’s with Harry Potter’s David Yates, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter and Selfish Giant director Clio Bernard.

Into Film Festival (Nov 4-21), the world’s biggest such event for children and young people, is preparing to launch its 2014 edition with a raft of previews, filmmaker Q&As and workshops on how to break into the industry.

Formerly known as the National Youth Film Festival, the programme anticipates 300,000 attendees aged 5-19 - up from 200,000 last year - at screenings and events across the UK and is funded by Cinema First and supported by the BFI through National Lottery money.

The programme will roll out across more than 520 cinemas across all the major chains and in a range of venues across the UK. Autism friendly screenings and, for sensory-impaired
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BBC Two announces Meet the Puppies documentary series

BBC Two has announced a new series following the lives of six puppies.

Meet the Puppies will chart the development of the young dogs in their first year of life in the new two-parter from Rdf Television.

It will also document the science of puppy training with leading dog behaviourists and vets, reports Broadcast.

Two hour-long episodes were commissioned by the BBC's natural history, science and documentaries editor Tom McDonald.

Rdf's Daniel Fromm will executive produce, with Harry Beney as director.

Meet the Puppies - which is a working title for the series - follows on from BBC Two's popular The Wonder of Dogs series last year.
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'Apprentice' Nick Hewer: 'Neil Clough is man to put money on'

Nick Hewer describes Neil Clough as "a man to put money on" in tonight's programme The Apprentice: The Final Five.

Hewer and Karren Brady reveal their thoughts about the remaining candidates on the show, alongside revelations from friends and family members.

Clough receives much praise from Lord Sugar's aides, who think he has come a long way from the 'backseat driver' at the start of the series.

Hewer said: "[He] comes into the boardroom, overconfident, quickly spotted I might add by Sir Alan Sugar, it was a very bruising boardroom for Neil and I think at the end of it, it dawned on him, go quiet, be a bit more careful, don't be so cocky."

He added: "He now looks truly a man to put money on."

The 32-year-old regional manager's close friends and family also explain that he has always had a competitive nature, with best friend Tom MacDonald
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Fox Discovers Tragic Past

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Fox Discovers Tragic Past
British actress Emilia Fox's upcoming appearance on ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are? unearthed tragic family secrets - her great-grandmother died after giving birth to a stillborn baby.

The Pianist star was particularly upset over the discovery because she was pregnant while filming her episode of the U.K. genealogy series and had previously suffered a miscarriage in 2007.

The show's producer Tom McDonald says, "Emilia discovered that her great-grandmother had died in childbirth after giving birth to a stillborn baby. It was very emotional for Emilia, who had her baby two weeks after we finished filming her episode."

Fox gave birth to baby daughter Rose last November.

Bafta TV awards 2011: nominations in full

All the shortlists for the awards ceremony, to be held in London on 22 May

Leading actor

Jim BroadbentAny Human Heart (Channel 4)

Benedict CumberbatchSherlock (BBC1)

Daniel RigbyEric and Ernie (BBC4)

Matt SmithDoctor Who (BBC1)

Leading actress

Anna Maxwell MartinSouth Riding (BBC1)

Vicky McClureThis Is England '86 (Channel 4)

Natalie PressFive Daughters (BBC1)

Juliet StevensonAccused (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Brendan CoyleDownton Abbey (ITV1)

Martin FreemanSherlock (BBC1)

Johnny HarrisThis Is England '86 (Channel 4)

Robert SheehanMisfits (E4)

Supporting actress

Gillian AndersonAny Human Heart (Channel 4)

Lynda BaronThe Road to Coronation Street (BBC4)

Lauren SochaMisfits (E4)

Jessie WallaceThe Road to Coronation Street (BBC4)

Entertainment performance

Rob BrydonThe Rob Brydon Show (BBC2)

Stephen FryQi (BBC1)

Harry HillHarry Hill's TV Burp (ITV1)

Graham NortonThe Graham Norton Show (BBC1)

Female performance in a comedy programme

Jo Brand
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Hank Marvin Donates Guitar To Charity

A guitar signed by Cliff Richard's guitarist Hank Marvin – of The Shadows – is to be auctioned for charity.

The red Fender Strat has been donated to Kirsty’s Charity, a charity set up by UK man Tom McDonald, whose 16-year-old daughter died of a heart attack in 2002. The charity aims to raise awareness of the need for organ donations and sends gifts to children in hospital.

‘The guitar is priceless and will only appreciate in value over the years," said McDonald. "I’m good at making contacts and Fender were kind enough to send me the Stratocaster which is the best of the best. Hank signed it while he was at a gig at the Hammersmith Apollo London, which makes it even more collectable."

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