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9 items from 2016


Richard Osman: ‘I love crying. It’s like your pain is laughing’

18 June 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV writer and presenter on his kids, Judge Rinder and wanting to enjoy the gym

Raised in Sussex, Richard Osman, 45, is a television writer who helped develop the format for the BBC quiz show Pointless and, in 2009, found himself cast as co-host with Alexander Armstrong. His other work includes presenting Two Tribes and appearances on Have I Got News For You and Qi; he is a contestant on the new series of Taskmaster on Dave. He is divorced, has two children and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

Probably when Fulham beat Juventus 4-1 in the Europa League.

Related: Eddie Izzard: ‘The greatest love of my life? My mother'

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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BAFTA Selects Former BBC Executive Jane Lush as Chair

7 June 2016 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Former BBC executive Jane Lush has been named chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, succeeding Anne Morrison. Lush has been deputy chair for the past year; her tenure as chair will run for two years.

Lush’s promotion, announced at BAFTA’s annual general meeting on Monday, was anticipated as it is BAFTA’s practice to move up its deputy chair to chair. Also in line with BAFTA tradition, Morrison will now serve as deputy chair for one year.

Lush was a factual program-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, launching hit shows such as “Weakest Link” and the drama series “Doctors.” She went on to become the BBC’s controller of entertainment and comedy, overseeing a budget of £200 million ($292 million) and commissioning a range of BAFTA-winning series including “Strictly Come Dancing,” “The Apprentice,” “The Catherine Tate Show,” “Dragons’ Den” and “Have I Got News for You. »

- Leo Barraclough

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BAFTA Selects Former BBC Executive Jane Lush as Chair

7 June 2016 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Former BBC executive Jane Lush has been named chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, succeeding Anne Morrison. Lush has been deputy chair for the past year; her tenure as chair will run for two years.

Lush’s promotion, announced at BAFTA’s annual general meeting on Monday, was anticipated as it is BAFTA’s practice to move up its deputy chair to chair. Also in line with BAFTA tradition, Morrison will now serve as deputy chair for one year.

Lush was a factual program-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, launching hit shows such as “Weakest Link” and the drama series “Doctors.” She went on to become the BBC’s controller of entertainment and comedy, overseeing a budget of £200 million ($292 million) and commissioning a range of BAFTA-winning series including “Strictly Come Dancing,” “The Apprentice,” “The Catherine Tate Show,” “Dragons’ Den” and “Have I Got News for You. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Bonkers, biting, brilliant: the late-night sketch show by Britain's best young standups

11 May 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Offbeat TV comedy has been in the doldrums since the likes of The Mighty Boosh, but a strange new show called Elevenish may just change all that

At the risk of doing the enduring and incomparably brilliant Have I Got News for You a disservice, British comedy is in a stagnant state when a 26-year-old show takes home the Bafta for best comedy entertainment programme. While Michaela Coel’s triumphant Bafta win last weekend for Chewing Gum offers a flicker of hope for fresh comic talent, it does feel like a particularly tough time for new and, crucially, alternative acts.

This is why I have been struck by Elevenish – or to begrudgingly use its official name, @elevenish – tucked away on ITV2. A late-night comedy series that enlists a group of standups, character comics and sketch groups to create offbeat takes on the week’s events, it arrived without fanfare and, »

- Harriet Gibsone

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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

9 May 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, »

- Gary Collinson

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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

8 May 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Katherine Ryan: ‘I want to get pregnant again – just so I can breastfeed on Mock the Week’

10 April 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This single mother, standup comedian and panel show favourite has barely a minute to spare… but still found time to tell us about waitressing at Hooters, fighting sexism, dealing with death threats and her invincible self-belief

It’s a testament to her frantic schedule that comedian Katherine Ryan speaks to me on the phone as she’s grabbing a short holiday with her six-year-old daughter, Violet. I feel bad, crashing her break, but she seems used to it. As well as continuing to tour her show, Kathbum, Ryan features regularly on television panel shows such as Qi, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and the comedy roast show, Safeword, where she’s team leader. She’s also an actor (Episodes), presenter (Hair) and columnist (writing on popular culture for NME).

It’s a list that could make you feel tired just reading it. Her »

- Barbara Ellen

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Full list of nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

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

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with the BBC’s Wolf Hall leading the field with four nods, followed by Peter Kay’s Car Share and Shane Meadows’ This Is England ’90 with three apiece. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, Qi

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

Toby Jones, »

- Gary Collinson

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ITV Entertainment, Comedy Chief Elaine Bedell Steps Down

28 January 2016 5:26 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Elaine Bedell, the director of entertainment and comedy at U.K. commercial network ITV, has stepped down after seven years.

Bedell, who joined ITV in 2009, has been responsible for commissioning and overseeing a wide-ranging slate of entertainment and comedy shows, including “Britain’s Got Talent,” “The X Factor,” “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” and “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” the winner of the BAFTA best entertainment award for the past two years. She will leave ITV at the end of February.

ITV director of television Peter Fincham said: “Elaine has been a tremendous colleague over the past seven years, and has led the entertainment and comedy team with unswerving commitment and enormous flair. I can completely understand why she wants to seek new pastures, and I wish her the very best of luck. I’ve had such fun working with Elaine and her team — she’s a class act. »

- Leo Barraclough

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