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BBC Hits Like Doctor Who, Sherlock And More To Go Online Over Christmas

The BBC has announced today that it’s giving its viewers a special treat over the upcoming yuletide period, as several of the network’s top shows will be made available to stream online. The series chosen include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Line of Duty, Planet Earth, Happy Valley and many more. From what we understand, they’ll be made available on the BBC’s catch-up service BBC iPlayer, in a move that suggests the corporation is trying to rebrand the site as a rival to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore had this to say about the treat in a statement released earlier:

“It’s fantastic to give audiences a special gift on iPlayer to complement our schedules. Sit back and indulge as we curate some of the most loved shows you may have missed first time round or favourites you want to watch again.
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Tracey Ullman on Playing British 'National Treasures,' Powerful Women

Tracey Ullman on Playing British 'National Treasures,' Powerful Women
Tracey Ullman has been creating characters ­– and a string of successful shows, including Tracey Takes On… (HBO, 1996-99) and Tracey Ullman's State of the Union (Showtime, 2008-10) – for decades. But it was only recently that she's really embraced impersonating celebrities and politicians. For the second season of Tracey Ullman's Show, which originally aired on the BBC and is now available on HBO, she's back with her impressions of a rascally Dame Judi Dench (and her frenemy Dame Maggie Smith), a sexy singing Angela Merkel, and a version of Jerry Hall that will make you squirm.
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Jodie Whittaker Will Be An “Iconic” And “Unexpected” Doctor, Says BBC Boss

Ever since Jodie Whittaker was announced as the next Doctor last month, we’ve heard a lot about how excited fans and previous Doctor Who stars are for the Thirteenth Time Lord to be a woman. Whittaker herself has also talked about her enthusiasm for the role. Up until now, though, we haven’t heard much from the point of view of the BBC bosses. After all, you’d think that showrunner Chris Chibnall’s plan to take the series in a very different direction might have been met with some resistance.

As it so happens, though, it seems the higher ups were instantly on board with the idea. Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival (via Radio Times), the BBC director of content, Charlotte Moore, said:

“When Chris told us about it we said that’s inspired, that’s fantastic.”

Likewise, Piers Wenger – the BBC controller for drama commissioning and
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Jodie Whittaker Announced as the Thirteenth Doctor on Doctor Who

Today is a big day for Doctor Who fans, as actress Jodie Whittaker has officially been announced as the Thirteenth Time Lord on the long-running BBC series, with Peter Capaldi making his bow as the 12th Doctor during this year's Christmas special:

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): New York - July 16, 2017 - The BBC and BBC America today announced to the world that Jodie Whittaker will be the new Doctor Who. She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.

Jodie Whittaker says: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It's more than an honor to play the Doctor.
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Luther set to return in a four-part mini-series with Idris Elba reprising his role

Author: Zehra Phelan

It’s approaching newly a year and a half since the TV favourite Luther last hit the small screen, but word has just come through that BBC America have given the big thumbs up for the go ahead on Season 5, and yes Idris Elba fans – the big man himself will be returning.

Currently slated as a limited return with only four episodes scheduled, no other cast or air date has been revealed but shooting is set to start early in the new year for the BBC and BBC America. Show creator Neil Cross confirmed the award-winning series return with a statement,

“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London? It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know.
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Hugh Grant to Star in BBC Drama About Britain's "Trial of the Century"

Hugh Grant will star in BBC drama A Very English Scandal, directed by Stephen Frears.

Russell Davies is the writer behind the three-part adaptation of the book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment, by journalist John Preston

The drama, commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, tells the story of what has been called Britain's "trial of the century."

Grant will play Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. The drama is set in...
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Nathaniel Martello-White Joins Cast Of Collateral Starring Carey Mulligan And Billie Piper

British actor, writer and director Nathaniel Martello-White (Misfits, Life Just Is, Guerrilla) has joined the cast of Collateral. Previously announced cast include Carey Mulligan, John Simm and Billie Piper.

Filming is currently underway on the gripping, high-octane thriller, set in present day London. From pre-eminent playwright David Hare, and commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, the four -part drama is set over the course of four days, and explores the spiraling repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man. Acclaimed director Sj Clarkson will helm, and the series will be broadcast on BBC Two later in the year.

Nathaniel will next be seen playing activist ‘Dhari’ in the highly-anticipated Sky/Showtime six-part series Guerrilla, where he stars alongside Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Zawe Ashton, Wunmi Mosaku and Idris Elba. Written by Oscar winner John Ridley, who also directed three episodes,
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Filming begins on 'Collateral' starring Carey Mulligan, Billie Piper and John Simm

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Filming begins on 'Collateral' starring Carey Mulligan, Billie Piper and John Simm
Trio set to appear in BBC Two thriller from renowned playwright David Hare.

Filming has begun on BBC Two mini-series Collateral, starring Carey Mulligan and written by renowned playwright David Hare.

The Oscar-nominated actress is joined in the cast by John Simm, Nicola Walker and Billie Piper.

Sj Clarkson (Love Nina, Toast) will direct the four-part drama, which started shooting this week.

Hare is writing the script and producing, alongside Clarkson, Lucy Richer for the BBC and George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge.

The series was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, and is co-produced by The Forge and Netflix.

Set in present day London, the plot revolves around the repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man.

Mulligan plays the detective inspector investigating the crime, Simm is a politician embroiled in a scandal and Piper his unpredictable ex-girlfriend.

Hare’s stage
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Rose Garnett Named BBC Films Chief

Film4 Head of Creative Rose Garnett has been made director of BBC Films. She'll take over the reins for the influential role from acting head of film Joe Oppenheimer, the longtime BBC exec who was widely tipped to be the front-runner for the position. Former head of film Christine Langan stepped down last year. "Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films," said Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore. "She has an impressive track record in the UK film industry…
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Rose Garnett Named Head of BBC Films

Rose Garnett is the new head of BBC Films.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, unveiled her appointment as director of BBC Films on Monday. 

She will have responsibility for the development of a large and eclectic slate of feature films. "She will lead a team who will work closely with writers and filmmakers to nurture, develop and manage the very best creative talent in the industry," the BBC said.

Garnett joins the BBC from Film4 where she has been head of creative since 2015. She managed a slate of projects from a wide range of talent, from first-time filmmakers to established...
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Rose Garnett Named as New Chief of BBC Films

Rose Garnett Named as New Chief of BBC Films
Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films, the movie production arm of the British public broadcaster.

Garnett moves to BBC Films from Film4, where she has been head of creative since 2015. Since joining Film4 as head of development in 2013, she has managed an extensive slate of projects from a wide range of talent, including Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” and Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey.” Upcoming projects include Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience,” Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Clio Barnard’s “Dark River” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.”

Garnett replaces Christine Langan, who left to lead Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Prods. Since Langan’s departure, Joe Oppenheimer, commissioning executive at BBC Films, has been serving as acting head of the division.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said that Garnett “has an impressive track record in the U.K. film industry and
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Rose Garnett appointed director of BBC Films

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BBC Films appoints Film4 executive to lead role.

Film4 head of creative Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films.

Garnett has served as head of creative at Film4 since 2015, working on titles including Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey as well as upcoming titles such as Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Clio Barnard’s Dark River and Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite.

She began her time at Film4 as head of development in 2014 before being promoted to head of editorial.

Garnett previously worked in theatre. She and writer-director David Farr ran the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill where they commissioned and worked with writers and directors including Lee Hall, Tracy Letts, Dominic Cook and Sarah Kane.

As previously reported by Screen, Garnett was one of the leading candidates for the job, though long-running BBC Films executive Joe Oppenheimer, who has served
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Official: Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor Who

Actor Peter Capaldi is set to exit Doctor Who at the end of the current season. The actor, who has played the iconic BBC character since 2013, will leave at the end of the current season with his final episode airing on Christmas Day.

“I feel it’s time to move on,” he said on BBC Radio 2 on Monday evening.

“I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on,” he said. “It can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”

Capaldi was apparently asked to stay on in the role, but instead he will leave along with long-standing writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

Moffat said of Capaldi:

“Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best,
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BBC Films: Joe Oppenheimer to become acting head

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BBC Films confirms Christin Langan departure to Baby Cow with recruitment for successor underway; Langan describes tenure as “great privilege”.

BBC Films commissioning executive Joe Oppenheimer will serve as acting head while the organisation seeks a replacement for outgoing head Christine Langan who is set to deaprt early October.

Langan’s departure was revealed by Screen’s sister publication Broadcast in July.

Langan, who was head of the unit since 2009, is to leave the BBC to join Steve Coogan and Henry Normal’s Baby Cow Productions as its CEO.

The executive goes out on a high following the critical and commercial successes of Brooklyn, I, Daniel Blake, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and The Lady In The Van.

During her tenure at the broadcaster the executive has backed productions including Simon Curtis’ Academy Award-nominated My Week With Marilyn, Lynne Ramsay’s intense thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin and Stephen Frears’ Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA
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BBC TV chief: not in licence fee payers' interest to reveal stars' pay

Government plans to make corporation report salaries of all talent earning more than £450,000 will force up wage bill, says Charlotte Moore

The BBC’s TV chief has said it is not in the interests of licence fee payers to reveal the salaries of its highest-paid stars.

Charlotte Moore, who was put in charge of the whole of the BBC’s £1bn-plus TV budget in January and has since also over responsibility for sport, said that plans to make the corporation reveal the salaries of all talent earning more than £450,000 would force up the BBC’s wage bill.

“We know our audience expect us to have the best talent. We also know we can’t pay as much as other broadcasters, and of course we don’t pay as much as other other broadcasters,” she told an audience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Related: BBC cuts top talent pay after Jeremy Clarkson departure

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Piers Wenger appointed BBC head of drama

Piers Wenger appointed BBC head of drama
Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger has been appointed BBC director of drama commissioning after four years at the ad-supported broadcaster.

He will take up the new role in the autumn, replacing independent drama commissioning editor Lucy Richer who has been acting BBC drama boss since Polly Hill’s departure to ITV earlier this year.

Wenger will be replaced at C4 by deputy head of drama Beth Willis.

Wenger joined Channel 4 in 2012 having previously been head of drama at BBC Wales and an executive producer on the reboot of Doctor Who, in which he cast Matt Smith as the lead role.

He was responsible for commissioning major C4 drama series over the past four years, including Indian Summers, Paul Abbott’s No Offence and Humans.

Indian Summers recorded the highest-ever overnight in 20 years for a C4 drama last year and Humans went onto break that record later in 2015.

Wenger will be responsible for commissioning across
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BBC Names Piers Wenger Drama Chief

The BBC has named Piers Wenger its new controller of BBC drama commissioning, starting in the fall. Charlotte Moore, BBC controller of TV channels and iPlayer, made the announcement on Tuesday. Wenger replaces Polly Hill, who earlier this year moved to ITV as its new head of drama. Wenger, most recently Channel 4's head of drama, will be responsible for commissioning across the U.K. public broadcaster's portfolio and overseeing more than 450 hours of drama a year. "Piers is a brilliant creative leader with great taste and a passion for writing," said Moore. "He has a breadth of

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#TrumpSoPoor: Disclosures Expose Trump Campaign's Shockingly Puny Size and Bank Balance

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#TrumpSoPoor: Disclosures Expose Trump Campaign's Shockingly Puny Size and Bank Balance
The hashtag #TrumpSoPoor was trending on Twitter after it was reported that Donald Trump's presidential campaign had just $1.3 million in the bank following a disastrous month of fundraising. The billionaire businessman's latest campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission, released Monday night, showed that his campaign raised just $3.1 million in May, a figure made all the more astonishing when compared to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's $27 million. The Washington Post called Trump's remarkably poor showing "totally inexplicable" given that he effectively clinched the nomination on May 3. The report also showed just 69 people on Trump's campaign payroll, compared to Clinton's
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#TrumpSoPoor: Disclosures Expose Trump Campaign's Shockingly Puny Size and Bank Balance

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#TrumpSoPoor: Disclosures Expose Trump Campaign's Shockingly Puny Size and Bank Balance
The hashtag #TrumpSoPoor was trending on Twitter after it was reported that Donald Trump's presidential campaign had just $1.3 million in the bank following a disastrous month of fundraising. The billionaire businessman's latest campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission, released Monday night, showed that his campaign raised just $3.1 million in May, a figure made all the more astonishing when compared to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's $27 million. The Washington Post called Trump's remarkably poor showing "totally inexplicable" given that he effectively clinched the nomination on May 3. The report also showed just 69 people on Trump's campaign payroll, compared to Clinton's
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