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Thursday’s best TV

11 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A feature-length finale for The Fall, the last of Babylon and Kiefer Sutherland is a bumbling hitman in Playhouse Presents: Marked. Plus: Panorama delves into Apple’s Broken Promises, more castles are invaded in Britain’s Fortified History, and arrows are flying at the World Darts Championship

Live coverage of the opening night of the 2014 tournament from Alexandra Palace in London, about which Sky is so excited this year that Sky Sports 3 has been renamed Sky Sports Darts for the duration. As is traditional, Phil Taylor starts favourite for what would be, should he land it, an astonishing 17th world title. Tonight’s matches include reigning champion Michael van Gerwen against Joe Cullen, and triple world champ John Part against world youth champion Keegan Brown. Andrew Mueller

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- Andrew Mueller, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall and Ben Arnold

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Horror play or warning? Orwell's 1984 discussed: from the archive, 16 December 1954

15 December 2014 9:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Panorama debates the merits of George Orwell’s 1984, whether ‘unadulterated horror’ or a sign of things to come

The discussion in “Panorama” last night about Orwell’s “1984” showed in a concentrated form the complete opposition between those who regard it as a “horror” play, and therefore bad for people, and those who consider its meaning and can see, even in the storm it has caused, its vindication. Alderman Herbert Sheppard, of Tunbridge Wells, the self-appointed leader of the “1984” opposition, was supported by Jonah Barrington of the “Daily Sketch”; Michael Barry, head of television drama, and Malcolm Muggeridge tried to stem the cries of “horror” with some reasoning about the play.

Alderman Sheppard’s view is simply that the “sheer, stark, unadulterated horror” of this play should never have been put on, should not be repeated, and that the television service has been “debased.” Mr Barry dealt not only with the reasons for producing the play, »

- By Our Radio Critic

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Brass Eye, Brits and Boyle: What is the most shocking TV moment ever?

1 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 5 will count down the Most Shocking TV Moments tonight (Monday, December 1) from 10pm.

In the 3-hour special, celebrities will recall Tom Cruise's sofa jump, Charles Ingram's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? con, Oliver Reed's drunken chat show antics and much more.

Digital Spy can reveal which shock moments have made the top ten, though you'll have to tune in tonight to find out which order they come in, and which has claimed the top spot.

Michael Jackson's performance at the 1996 Brit Awards is interrupted by a stage invasion from Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff is surprised to be partnered with John Sergeant back in 2008

Diana, Princess of Wales gives a revealing interview on Panorama in November 1995

A Blind Date contestant believed to be a secretary is revealed to be a journalist writing an article for Cosmopolitan magazine

The Bee Gees »

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Panorama makes headlines with ‘Fake Sheikh’ – but faces a narrower outlook

16 November 2014 10:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Moving production team of BBC’s flagship current affairs show into a new commercial arm could bring fundamental changes

The BBC’s venerable current affairs series Panorama – of which, by way of a declaration of interest, I was once editor – has been very much in the news. First, for its expose of Mazher Mahmood, the “Fake Sheikh”. This high-profile investigation – and especially the evident commitment of the BBC hierarchy to getting it on air in the face of legal challenges and pressure from the police and attorney general – will have done much to steady the nerves of the ever-jumpy Panorama team, recently widely reported to be worried about the commitment of BBC News director James Harding and their new editor Ceri Thomas to investigative reporting.

But Panorama has also been talked about for other reasons which, while less dramatic, point to developments that will almost certainly prove much more significant »

- Steve Hewlett

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BBC Panorama cancels Mazher Mahmood documentary minutes before broadcast

10 November 2014 3:07 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Panorama's Fake Sheikh: Exposed documentary was pulled from the BBC schedule tonight (November 10).

The programme was set to include images of Mazher Mahmood, following the Court of Appeal's decision to allow the BBC to reveal his identity.

However, the programme was pulled from the schedule with minutes to go until broadcast.

A BBC spokesperson said: "The BBC had intended to broadcast Panorama, Fake Sheikh: Exposed tonight following the Court of Appeal's decision earlier today to allow the BBC to broadcast images of Mazher Mahmood.

"Shortly before transmission Mr Mahmood's lawyers submitted new information relating to one of the cases in the programme which, as a responsible broadcaster, the BBC needs to evaluate.

"Once this has been done we will broadcast Fake Sheikh: Exposed, including recent footage of Mr Mahmood, as planned."

Mahmood had attempted to obtain a high court injunction in order to prevent broadcasting of any images taken »

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Panorama programme exposing fake sheikh may be postponed again

10 November 2014 8:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Suspended Sun on Sunday journalist Mazher Mahmood turns to court of appeal in last-minute bid to prevent screening

The Panorama programme about the suspended Sun on Sunday journalist Mazher Mahmood may be postponed for a second time if he wins his bid to stop the programme in the court of appeal this afternoon.

A crucial meeting this evening between the BBCs head of news, James Harding, and Panoramas senior editor, Ceri Thomas, will decide whether the screening of The fake sheikh exposed goes ahead as scheduled at 8.30pm.

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- Roy Greenslade

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David Lomax obituary

11 September 2014 6:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Respected BBC current affairs journalist, he interviewed Idi Amin, talked to Irish terrorists, reported from Zimbabwe and covered the conflict in Beirut

In 1978, a team from the BBC Tonight programme flew into Kampala to interview the dictator Idi Amin. As the camera was set up, Amin, surrounded by henchmen, asked David Lomax what questions he had. David replied: "I want to ask you, what happened to Dora Bloch?" Bloch was the elderly British woman who had disappeared during the Entebbe hijack of 1976 and had later been murdered. There was total silence before Amin roared with laughter at what he took to be a joke: "Mr Lomax, you are a very brave man." When the interview began, David repeated the question. He followed up with: "Do you eat the hearts of your enemies?"

David, who has died aged 76, was one of the most admired BBC current affairs reporters. He was never a specialist correspondent, »

- Tim Gardam

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Long Lost Family return tops Monday ratings with 4.6m

15 July 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Long Lost Family topped the ratings on Monday evening, according to overnight data.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell's ITV show was seen by 4.65 million (21.5%) at 9pm (292,000/1.8% on +1). Earlier, Countrywise gathered 2.84m (13.9%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, Panorama interested 2.13m (10.2%) at 8.30pm, followed by John Bishop's Australia with 3.22m (14.9%) at 9pm and Rio Ferdinand's Rio documentary with 1.40m (12.8%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Mary Berry Cooks appealed to 1.07m (5.6%) at 7.30pm, while University Challenge quizzed 2.42m (11.7%) at 8pm. Food and Drink gathered 1.41m (6.7%) at 8.30pm. This World attracted 1.34m (6.2%) at 9pm, and Qi amused 1.20m (6.6%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Food Unwrapped brought in 1.16m (5.5%) at 8.30pm, followed by new series Royal Marines Commando School with 2.10m (9.7%) at 9pm (313k/1.9%). Utopia returned with 493k (3.2%) at 10pm.

Channel 5's Police Interceptors intrigued 991k (4.8%) at 8pm, followed by Benefits Britain with 1.33m (6.1%) at 9pm (229k/1.4%). The latest Big Brother eviction entertained 1.55m (9.3%) at 10pm, »

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Are flaws in our legal system best examined in dramas or documentaries?

7 July 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jimmy McGovern's drama Common and Fran Robertson's documentary Guilty By Association both cover the same ground: what is the moral and legal definition of guilt?

There's a practice historically known at the BBC as "sandbagging", in which controversial programmes are soon followed by shows that provide counter-argument or context. Such protective scheduling was applied to many of the plays of Dennis Potter, the Panorama interview with Diana, and any dramas about nuclear weapons or institutional child abuse.

The latest show to be provided with such an escort is Jimmy McGovern's Common a campaigning drama about the British legal system's extension of the definition of guilt in murder cases which was screened on BBC1 on Sunday. It is followed, at 10.35pm on the same channel on Monday, by Guilty by Association, Fran Robertson's documentary examining some actual cases in which the ancient law of "joint enterprise" has »

- Mark Lawson

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2014 Experimental Film Festival Portland: Official Lineup

28 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The Experimental Film Festival Portland will host its 3rd annual edition on May 28-June 1 at various locations around the city, including the Hollywood Theatre, the Clinton Street Theater, Disjecta and more.

The Opening Night festivities at the historic Hollywood Theatre features a massive lineup of short films, including Kent Lambert‘s award-winning Reckoning 3 and films by Clint Enns, Stephen Broomer, Jb Mabe, Cornelia Abrecht and Michelle Mellor.

Some special events to keep an eye out for throughout the fest include the EFFPortland Throwdown, a series of showcases where local Portland filmmakers battle it out for bragging rights and supreme galactic superiority. The first event is on May 29 featuring work by Bob Moricz, Julie Perini, Karl Lind and more.

In addition to the Throwdowns, there are just an absolute ton of short experimental films, including work by Christine Lucy Latimer, Andrew Rosinski, Bryan Konefsky, Sara Koppel, Zachary Epcar and loads more. »

- Mike Everleth

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Ceri Thomas to edit Panorama in BBC current affairs shakeup

19 May 2014 5:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1 show's editor, Tom Giles, asked to create a blueprint for the future amid warnings from news chief over falling ratings

Former Today editor Ceri Thomas is to take charge of BBC1's Panorama as its current editor Tom Giles oversees an overhaul of BBC current affairs amid warnings from its news chief James Harding over falling ratings.

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- John Plunkett

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Spc sets date for Foxcatcher

22 April 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Classics has planted an awards season pole for Bennett Miller’s Cannes competition entry. Separately, Relativity Media has picked up Us rights to Hector And The Search For Happiness.

Foxcatcher will launch in the Us on November 14 — more than a year later than originally scheduled.

The film was originally scheduled to screen at AFI Fest 2013 prior to a November 7 2013 release, only for the filmmakers to pull it because they needed more time.

Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star in the bizarre true story about the relationship between Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and eccentric heir John du Pont that led to murder.

Rounding out the cast are Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall.

Megan Ellison is co-financing the film with Columbia Pictures and produces through Annapurna Pictures with Miller, Jon Kilik, and Anthony Bregman. Panorama handled international sales.

Relativity Media has picked up Us rights to Simon Pegg-starrer »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Spc sets November date for Foxcatcher

22 April 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Classics has planted an awards season pole for Bennett Miller’s Cannes competition entry. Separately, Relativity Media has picked up Us rights to Hector And The Search For Happiness.

Foxcatcher will launch in the Us on November 14 — more than a year later than originally scheduled.

The film was originally scheduled to screen at AFI Fest 2013 prior to a November 7 2013 release, only for the filmmakers to pull it because they needed more time.

Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star in the bizarre true story about the relationship between Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and eccentric heir John du Pont that led to murder.

Rounding out the cast are Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall.

Megan Ellison is co-financing the film with Columbia Pictures and produces through Annapurna Pictures with Miller, Jon Kilik, and Anthony Bregman. Panorama handled international sales.

Relativity Media has picked up Us rights to Simon Pegg-starrer »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Eisner Award Nominees

16 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Eisner Awards, the "Oscars of Comics" have announced their nominations for the current season (they follow more of a Tony Awards timetable) and the results are heavy on Image comics with Marvel scoring in the top "continuing series" category with the current run of Hawkeye. Maybe there's hope for Jeremy Renner's unloved movie hero after all?  Or maybe not. It's up against last year's winner Saga. 

I want to share two categories that have particular appeal to us here at Tfe. They have an adapted category (which sometimes pulls from movies) and a digital comics category and you know I keep trying to start one though admittedly I never fully commit.

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

The Castle, by Franz Kafka, adapted by David Zane Mairowitz and Jaromír 99 (SelfMadeHero) The Complete Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, adapted by by Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero) Django Unchained, adapted by Quentin Tarantino, »

- NATHANIEL R

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BBC News apologises to student over North Korea Undercover Panorama

17 March 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC News has apologised after the BBC Trust found against it in several rulings over last year's controversial Panorama North Korea Undercover programme.

It has apologised to a student after the Trust ruled that she was not given sufficient information about the involvement of BBC journalists in the programme and the associated risks.

"BBC News accepts in full the Trust decision on Panorama's North Korea Undercover programme broadcast on April 15, 2013," a statement read.

"We are pleased that the Trust found that there was a clear and strong public interest in commissioning and broadcasting the programme and that the correct referral procedures and processes were followed by the programme team and senior management.

"We also accept, however, that aspects of the BBC's handling of the project fell short in a number of areas, with the Trust finding against the BBC on 4 of its 21 rulings."

It continued: "In particular we have »

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BBC Apologizes for North Korea Documentary

17 March 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- The BBC on Monday apologized for a documentary about North Korea that had last year caused a war of words between the U.K. public broadcaster and the London School of Economics (Lse) over using students to help get into the communist state. BBC journalist John Sweeney and other reporters snuck into the country posing as Lse students to gain access for an episode of the broadcaster's flagship current affairs program Panorama, which a report on a probe by the BBC governing body on Monday said had breached key editorial guidelines. Video: Dennis Rodman Imparts More Foreign Policy Wisdom

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- Georg Szalai

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Mary Berry's new BBC Two series attracts 3.2 million

5 March 2014 2:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mary Berry Cooks began with impressive ratings for BBC Two on Monday night (March 3).

The Great British Bake Off star's new series launched with 3.20 million (13.2%) at 8.30pm. Earlier, University Challenge quizzed 3.06m (13.0%) at 8pm, while Evan Davis's Mind the Gap: London vs The Rest gathered 1.63m (7.0%) at 9pm.

ITV's Dci Banks topped the ratings overall outside of soaps with 4.58m (18.6%) at 9pm (335,000/2.1% on +1). New series I Never Knew That About Britain opened with 3.54m (15.1%) at 8pm (179k/0.7%).

On BBC One, Silk dropped over 500k from last week's opener to 4.13m (17.6%) at 9pm. Earlier, Panorama interested 2.96m (12.3%) at 8.30pm.

Channel 4's One Born Every Minute returned with 2.08m (8.9%) at 9pm (294k/1.9%). 8 Out of 10 Cats amused 1.02m (6.3%) at 10pm (193k/2.3%). Earlier, Food Unwrapped appealed to 824k (3.4%) at 8.30pm.

On Channel 5, Police Interceptors attracted 1.09m (4.6%) at 8pm. Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away! brought in 1.92m (8.2%) at 9pm (139k/0.9%), followed »

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TV highlights 03/03/2014

3 March 2014 6:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

International Test Cricket: South Africa v Australia | I Never Knew That About Britain | Hungry Britain? – Panorama | Mary Berry Cooks | Mind The Gap: London Vs The Rest | Dci Banks | My Father And The Man In Black | Girls

International Test Cricket: South Africa v Australia

8.25am, Sky Sports 2

Live coverage of day three of the third and final Test of the series, held in Cape Town. Unlike Australia's recent Ashes annihilation of England, this series reaches its final bow with all still to play for. Australia – and in particular in-form bowler Mitchell Johnson – were dominant in the first match, though a fine display of reverse spin bowling by Dale Steyn enabled South Africa to level the series last Sunday. Might they have the psychological edge here? Gwilym Mumford

I Never Knew That About Britain

8pm, ITV

Debut of a new series inspired by Christopher Winn's popular I Never Knew That About … miscellanies. »

- Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Hannah Verdier, Ben Arnold, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, John Robinson

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TV highlights 24/02/2014

24 February 2014 1:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches | Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama | Silk | Horizon: How You Really Make Decisions | One Born Every Minute | Knife Crime ER: Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa | My Mad Fat Diary

Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches

8pm, Channel 4

There will be many who think of themselves as fundamentally reliable citizens who have found themselves thwarted when attempting to purchase anything via an obdurate computer that doubted their creditworthiness. This investigation goes undercover at Britain's biggest credit reference agency to find out how accurate its information is, and assesses your options in the event that a mistake is made. May induce seething. Andrew Mueller

Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama

8.30pm, BBC1

Reporter Jane Corbin investigates the curious case of Abbas Yazdi, a British businessman of Iranian origin who disappeared in Dubai in June 2013. Did the British government play a part in what happened? »

- Andrew Mueller, Bim Adewunmi, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Ali Catterall

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Catch-up TV guide: from Babylon to Sleepy Hollow

22 February 2014 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Babylon | Life In Scents | My Mad Fat Diary | Nashville | Britain Underwater: Panorama | Sleepy Hollow

Babylon

Armstrong and Bain's police dramedy packed swipes at PR, bureaucracy and obsession with social media into its sprawling, Danny Boyle-directed pilot. Reviews flitted between a muddled if ambitious curio and a bracing, blackly comedic tour de force, but the truth lies somewhere in between. A cop Thick Of It laced with Black Mirror nihilism, catch the inaugural episode on 4oD ahead of the full series due later this year.

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Life In Scents

A most olfactory audio experience, as producer Jo Barratt chats to guests about the experience of scent, from the heady yeast of an operational brewery to the malodorous whiff of decay.

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My Mad Fat Diary

Series two of E4's growing-pains drama is underway, with Sharon Rooney excellent in the role of troubled teenager Rae, struggling to deal with higher education, »

- Luke Holland, Louis Pattison

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