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Line Of Duty series 4: creator Jed Mercurio interview

4 May 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor May 5, 2017

Major spoilers ahead as we speak to Line Of Duty creator, writer and director Jed Mercurio about Roz Huntley, Acc Hilton and more…

If I were ever to find myself alone in a room with a dead body I’d created in self-defence and pondering my next move, “plead guilty to manslaughter,” Jed Mercurio tells me. “For the minimum three years sentence. If you take the risk of fighting a murder plea with self-defence and you fail, then you will be convicted of murder and that is a mandatory life sentence.” Getting off with self-defence is really, really hard, says Mercurio, really hard. “I did the research.”

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News at Ten should get on its bike

4 March 2017 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rather than delay its primetime bulletin for The Nightly Show, ITV should make the award-winning Tom Bradby ride off to a different channel – like ITV2

The problem isn’t whether ITV’s The Nightly Show is any good. (Thus far it’s woeful, though the decent ratings and five more weeks of trial and error counsel caution.) The problem is what it does to a News at Ten (now Ten-Thirty) jostling with the end of the BBC news and the beginning of Newsnight at an information spaghetti junction that benefits neither viewers nor newsmakers, as audiences – half of Tom Bradby’s by day two – go missing.

Michael Grade once declared that you can’t be a proper TV channel unless you have news in your armoury. But digital changes such verities fast.

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- Peter Preston

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The week in TV: The Nightly Show; The Replacement; Broadchurch; Prime Suspect 1973; Catastrophe

4 March 2017 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Morven Christie and Vicky McClure are deliciously vicious in the BBC’s new drama, while Alec and Ellie are back to their best

The Nightly Show (ITV) ITV Player

The Replacement (BBC) | iPlayer

Broadchurch (ITV) | ITV Player

Prime Suspect 1973 (ITV) | ITV Player

Catastrophe (C4) | All 4

What a difficult business it must be having ITV as a friend. Brightly new-pin sharp some days, radiating intelligence; the next day a bleary, weary fright of a mess, both cock-boastful and wheedlingly needy. On one hand, the channel continues to produce some of the finest drama currently on show on, yes, the planet. On the other, the channel continues to showboat its contempt for news and current affairs by not only moving News at Ten to 10.30 but, now weaving like a drunk trying to remove his trousers, replacing it with The Nightly Show.

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- Euan Ferguson

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ITV's The Nightly Show pulls almost 3m viewers but News at Ten suffers

28 February 2017 3:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

News programme records lowest Monday audience of year after broadcaster moves it to 10.30pm to accommodate Us-style show

The launch of The Nightly Show on ITV attracted almost 3 million viewers on Monday night, but the News at Ten recorded its lowest Monday audience of the year so far in its new temporary 10.30pm slot.

ITV is attempting to replicate some of the success of late-night talk formats in the Us, with a revolving cast of hosts each taking on a week of programmes for the next two months. David Walliams is taking the helm for the first week, with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, comedian John Bishop and chef Gordon Ramsay to follow.

Related: ITV's Kevin Lygo: 'It’s loud entertainment, high-quality drama, and fun' | Jane Martinson

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- Jasper Jackson

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The Nightly Show: Britain's latest crack at Us-style late-night TV

27 February 2017 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV has shifted News at Ten to provide an alternative to the BBC, but does the transatlantic format work on this side of the pond?

The return of a popular whodunnit mystery on ITV on Monday night at 9pm – the third and final series of Broadchurch – was followed at 10pm by the arrival of what some observers regard as an unpopular whydunnit mystery: the displacement of the longstanding factual flagship, News at Ten, by a new half-hour entertainment series, The Nightly Show.

This has been announced for an initial experimental two months – although the ITV continuity announcer simply said it would appear “every night” with a different presenter every week: John Bishop, Gordon Ramsay and Mel & Sue are slated to present a quintet of editions each, with David Walliams fronting the first five.

Related: James Corden's a Stateside smash, so why can’t the UK do late night?

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- Mark Lawson

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Robert Peston: ITV News at Ten's time shift may have to be reversed

26 February 2017 11:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV political editor says channel’s new topical entertainment show will have to win audience quickly to keep 10pm slot

Robert Peston says ITV’s decision to move its flagship nightly news programme back half an hour to make way for a topical entertainment show may have to be reversed if the new show fails to quickly win over a healthy audience.

The influential political editor said he hoped the Nightly Show, which is to be hosted by personalities including David Walliams and Gordon Ramsay over the next eight weeks, would succeed in the 10pm time slot it is taking from the News At Ten.

Related: ITV's Kevin Lygo: 'It’s loud entertainment, high-quality drama, and fun' | Jane Martinson

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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