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BBC One has halted work on its new drama based on the Shannon Matthews kidnapping.
The broadcaster has been working on the story, as revealed by Jeff Pope of ITV Studios' drama unit at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August. Sheridan Smith was reported to be playing Shannon's mother Karen.
The Sunday People had claimed that work on the project had been suspended because of fears it could affect negotiations over the license fee in 2016, when the drama was due to air.
However, a BBC spokeswoman has said it is "misleading" to state that work has been paused for anything other than editorial reasons.
"Whilst we remain committed to this project, we have decided to pause in order to progress some important production and editorial matters," said a representative for the corporation.
Shannon Matthews disappeared for 24 days in Yorkshire in 2008, before it emerged her mother Karen had arranged »
The Flash: Sky1, 8pm
In episode five, 'Plastique', Barry (Grant Gustin) and his allies at Star Labs encounter a meta-human girl with explosive abilities.
Meanwhile, Iris's obsession with 'The Streak' grows, concerning Joe (Jesse L Martin), who orders Barry to discourage his daughter from looking into the superhero any further.
The slow-burn drama starring James Nesbitt continues, as - back in 2006 - Tony (Nesbitt) takes matters into his own hands, with violent consequences.
In the present day, Tony and Julien (Tcheky Karyo) retrace their steps in Paris in hopes of finding a lead on Oliver's disappearance.
Psychobitches: Sky Arts 1, 9pm
The Playhouse Presents... series returns for a second run, airing the first of two double-bills tonight.
Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…
The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?
There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)
If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky, »
Cilla Black will receive the first ever Royal Television Society Legends Award.
The Blind Date host will be presented with the award to honour her 50 years in the television industry.
Earlier this year, Black received the Special Award at the BAFTAs, which also marked her 50 years in the entertainment business.
Since beginning her career, she has hosted more than 500 TV shows, and has made around 400 guest appearances on others.
Sheridan Smith played the presenter, singer and actress in the recent ITV drama series. »
The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.
The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.
Full list of 2015 nominations:
Chat Show Host
Mrs Brown's Boys
Animal Saints and Sinners
Antiques Road Trip
Escape to the Country
Fifteen to One
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ITV's three-parter Black Work has begun shooting.
The thriller follows police officer Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith) looking to discover who murdered her husband Ryan, an undercover cop shot dead in mysterious circumstances.
Watch Sheridan Smith talk to Digital Spy about playing the '60s icon below: »
Twenty-something Sam (Sheridan Smith) is on a night out with her posh friends, but feeling inadequate, she begins to weave a web of lies to impress them, while trying desperately to avoid her uncouth best mates. First-time director Mj Delaney - who grabbed attention for the YouTube sensation Newport State of Mind - stretches a meagre budget to take us into the ladies' toilets of a grimy nightclub in this adaptation of the succinctly-named stage play, When Women Wee. »
BBC1 is experimenting with putting daytime-style TV on at primetime, but this exploitative home makeover relic is as dated as its results are upsetting
Its easy enough to tell whether a television programme belongs on primetime or daytime. Is it about auctions? Daytime. Science? Primetime. Do people get paternity tests at the end of every episode? Daytime. Does it star Sheridan Smith? Primetime. Is Phillip Schofield in it? Daytime. What about if hes wearing a sparkly suit? Primetime.
Is it a home makeover show? Thats even easier if Nick Knowles features somehow, its primetime. If not, theres a perfect slot for it between Rip Off Britain and Saints and Scroungers. And yet, when handed Your Home in their Hands the brightest, daytimeiest daytime home makeover show that has ever been made BBC1 stuck it on air at 8pm, smack-dab in the middle of the primetime schedule.
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- Stuart Heritage
Harry Hill is to make his acting debut as Professor Branestawm in a BBC family comedy.
The 49-year-old comedian, who will be hosting a brand new version of ITV's Stars in Their Eyes next year, will play the absent-minded inventor in a family film adaptation of Norman Hunter's classic children's books by actor and author Charlie Higson.
The series of adventures see Professor Branestawm's eccentric creations causing chaos and mayhem in their wake, with disaster usually averted by his highly-strung housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop and his loyal yet dim best friend Colonel Dedshott of the Catapult Cavaliers.
The hour-long special follows Mrs Flittersnoop's science-obsessed niece Connie coming to the rescue when jobsworth local councillor Harold Haggerstone tries to remove Branestawm from his quintessentially English village of Great Pagwell.
Cilla: ITV, 9pm
The mini-series based on the life of Cilla Black concludes in this episode.
Following the success of her second number one record, Cilla (Sheridan Smith) starts to shed her cheeky girl-next-door image. Both her relationships with manager Brian and boyfriend Bobby (Aneurin Barnard) are on the rocks as a result, but something even bigger threatens to ruin the newfound success of our rising star.
24 Hours in Police Custody: Channel 4, 9pm
A new observational documentary series from the company that brought you 24 Hours in A&E begins tonight.
Viewers are led into the working lives of Bedfordshire Police around the clock, from the centre of investigations and interrogations to Luton prison. This episode follows the story of a man arrested on the suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
In the new series of this comedy pop quiz show, Welsh »
Smith is wowing the world - make that woman a national treasure immediately. And was it our Blind Date that planted the seed?
We live in a divided world, torn apart by ideology. But right now, it seems, there is one thing absolutely everyone agrees on. Vladimir Putin very much agrees with the Ukrainian prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, about it. In Glasgows George Square battle-scarred veterans of the yes and no campaigns are hugging each other at the thought of it. And Hamas and the Israeli Defence Force have pretty much issued a joint communique about it: Sheridan Smith is absolutely bloody marvellous as Cilla Black!
I only realised what a phenomenon this supremely lovable and talented performer had become when I read the following words in Peter Hitchens column in the Mail On Sunday: Sheridan Smith is astonishingly good as the young Cilla Black in ITVs Cilla. If youve »
- Peter Bradshaw
ITV has released a new teaser trailer for the final episode of Cilla.
Chronicling the life of Cilla Black, the three-part drama series comes to an end at 9pm on Monday, September 29 on ITV.
After enjoying chart success in the UK, the third episode examines the strain it puts on her relationship with Bobby Willis.
It also looks at her failure to crack the American market, and the unravelling of Brian Epstein's private life, all of which threatens to derail her success.
Cilla remained on top of the ratings on Monday evening, overnight data reveals.
The Sheridan Smith drama dropped around 300,000 viewers from last week to 5.79 million (26.0%) at 9pm, with an added 423k (2.8%) on +1. Earlier, The Undriveables was seen by 2.54m (11.9%) at 8pm (108k/0.5% on +1).
BBC Two's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip appealed to 1.52m (7.9%) at 7pm. University Challenge quizzed 2.81m (13.1%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 1.96m (9.1%) at 8.30pm. Traders: Millions by the Minute gathered 1.09m (4.9%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food attracted 1.21m (5.6%) at 8pm (169k/0.8%), followed by Gadget Man with 1.25m (5.8%) at 8.30pm (100k/0.5%). Derren Brown's latest special amazed 1.36m (6.7%) at 9pm (243k/1.9%), while Jon Richardson Grows Up amused 525k (5.0%) at 10.30pm.
Channel 5's Ultimate Police Interceptors entertained 861k (4.0%) at 8pm, followed »
Cilla: ITV, 9pm
In the second of this three-part biopic starring Sheridan Smith, Cilla's confidence returns after her disastrous audition for Brian Epstein (Ed Stoppard). Epstein however, catches her stellar performance at a Liverpool club and becomes her manager.
Release the Hounds: ITV2, 9pm
A new horror game show starts tonight, hosted by Reggie Yates.
We meet three best friends from Essex on a quest to unlock chests full of prize money. The group enter a forest at dusk and in order to win the jackpot, they must get back out again - but the cash is guarded by a pack of angry dogs.
Plebs: ITV2, 10pm
The comedy following a group of desperate young men in ancient Rome returns for a second series. »
ITV's Cilla launched with huge ratings and critical acclaim last night (September 15), and a first-look preview for the next episode has now been released by the broadcaster.
Cilla begins with 6.1 million on ITV
Cilla continues on Monday, September 22 at 9pm on ITV.
ITV's Cilla Black biopic, which starred Sheridan Smith in the title role, launched with bumper ratings last night. Cilla attracted the channel's biggest drama audience launch since a little old show called Broadchurch and it has also won rave reviews.
Smith has been singled out in particular for her incredible performance as the Liverpudlian popstar in the swinging '60s and the only criticism that some viewers seemed to have was that she was too good a singer when she performed as Cilla. High praise indeed. Here is a roundup of the critics and Twitter verdicts:
"Smith sang her heart out, catching perfectly the bluesy belter within the girl next door, but rather than rushing her to fame, the action unfolded slowly enough to show her falling at the first hurdle as she became crippled with nerves singing for Brian Epstein. »
The three-part drama Cilla, written by Jeff Pope, whose credits include ITVs Fred West drama Appropriate Adult and Steve Coogan film Philomena, was watched by 6.7 million viewers, a 29.7% share of the audience, between 9pm and 10pm on Monday.
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- John Plunkett
ITV's Cilla Black biopic topped Monday's (September 15) ratings upon its launch, overnight data reveals.
Sheridan Smith's Cilla attracted an average audience of 6.11 million viewers (27.2%) at 9pm, with an added 558,000 (3.7%) on +1. Earlier, The Undriveables was seen by 2.74m (12.7%) at 8pm (122k/0.5% on +1).
E4's new series Glue launched with 482k (3.2%) at 10pm (133k/1.7%). Earlier, The 100 continued with 681k (3.0%) at 9pm (145k/1.0%).
BBC Two's University Challenge quizzed 2.55m (11.8%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 1.90m (8.6%) at 8.30pm. Traders: Millions by the Minute gathered 814k (3.6%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food appealed to 1.12m (5.2%) at 8pm (172k/0.8%), while Gadget Man intrigued 1.10m (5.0%) at 8.30pm (135k/0.6%).
Britain's Benefit Tenants interested 1.16m (5.2%) at 9pm (264k/1.7%), followed by Jon Richardson Grows Up with 734k (4.8%) at 10pm (142k/1.8%).
Channel 5's Ultimate Police »
It may not sound too promising but the singers career doubles as a fantastic portrait of Liverpool in the grip of Merseybeat madness
Im not going to lie, I wasnt convinced that Cilla Black merited a three-part biopic. Look at the other biographical stuff Jeff Pope, who wrote Cilla (ITV), has been involved with. Pierrepoint, about Albert the hangman; he killed a lorra lorra people. Likewise the moors murderers and Fred West, subjects of See No Evil and Appropriate Adult, respectively. Ok, so Mrs Biggs didnt kill anyone, but that one starring Sheridan Smith as this does was about the aftermath of the crime of the century.
Cilla though, what has she done? Well people like her, and she hosted a couple of very popular TV shows in the 1980s and 1990s. And before, she was a singer, had a lot of success in the charts, and hung around a »
- Sam Wollaston
Surprise, surprise! Cilla Blacks life story comes to our screens on Monday night, with Sheridan Smith taking the role of Cilla. To most people, Black is one of the staples of Saturday evening light entertainment, the colossus of ITV through the 1980s and 90s. Its easy to forget she became famous as a singer, a Liverpudlian protege of John Lennon, managed by Brian Epstein (her debut single, Love of the Loved, was a Lennon/McCartney composition). Like many female singers of the 60s, her work was mainly Mor covers, making her a safe option, and easing her move into television she had her own show on the BBC by 1968, and has rarely been far from our screens since. »
- Michael Hann
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