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BBC and ITV’s BritBox Launches With ‘Fawlty Towers,’ ‘Prime Suspect,’ ‘Absolutely Fabulous’

BritBox, the streaming child of British media giants BBC Worldwide and ITV, has officially launched stateside.

For $6.99 a month, Americans get access to a plethora of past BBC and ITV-produced series — but the service will also be home to various fresh episodes of British soaps and dramas as little as 24 hours after their U.K. broadcast, including “EastEnders,” “Emmerdale,” “Holby City,” and “Casualty,” to start with. BritBox will feature the U.S. series premiere of dramas “New Blood,” from writer Anthony Horowitz, and “Tutankhamun” from writer Guy Burt, as well as the season premieres of drama favorites “Cold Feet” and “Silent Witness.”

Classic British comedies “Are You Being Served?,” “Fawlty Towers,” and the previously announced “Keeping Up Appearances” are exclusives to BritBox. “Blackadder” with Rowan Atkinson, the original version of “The Office” with Ricky Gervais, “Gavin & Stacey” with James Corden, and cult darling “Absolutely Fabulous” with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will
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Presto TV to commission local production

  • IF.com.au
Subscription VoD service Presto TV will commission original Australian programming and source other content exclusively for the platform.

A joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media, Presto TV launched last Sunday. Subscribers pay a monthly fee of $9.99 for the TV stream, the same amount for Foxtel.s 10-months-old Presto Movies, and $14.99 for both.

Presto TV will commission original productions including drama, Seven Network director of programming Angus Ross tells If.. "We will make stuff for Presto TV," he said, without giving any specifics.

As for acquisitions, he flagged the streaming service would buy content such as .binge-worthy dramas. and more children.s programming.

Ross said, .My mantra for Seven.s primary channel is that I will buy something if I think it will rate. That.s the same in finding content we think will work for Presto TV..

Pre-launch, Presto TV announced it had bought non-exclusive rights to a
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HeyUGuys Special Interview: “A love letter to a disappearing world.” Part One – The Birth of Hinterland

  • HeyUGuys
The landscape of the detective genre is one that has been trampled underfoot by many a detective in recent years, who during a prolific spell have haunted the landscape with their habitual misery and eccentricity. The source of this richness is primarily imported from the shores of mainland Europe and America, the latter of which has responded to the wave of European crime dramas, The Killing and The Bridge the apex of these with a tour de force all of their own – True Detective. Whilst in England we are delving into the past of Endeavour Morse and busily springing Sherlock Holmes from his Victorian trappings, a detective who Wales can call its own has emerged to haunt the ground alongside his English speaking and foreign contemporaries. His name is Tom Mathias.

One Friday in May as the final bell rung on the coverage of Generation War, I found myself transported
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Sherlock, Poirot: Who is the UK's favourite detective?

The British public's top ten favourite TV detectives have been revealed.

Britain's Favourite Detectives - a celebration of the UK's greatest fictional crime solvers - will air on Saturday, April 19 on Channel 5.

Benedict Cumbarbatch's dashing Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's intellectual Hercule Poirot and Life on Mars double-act Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) are among the top 'tecs featured.

Digital Spy can reveal who has made the top ten - though you'll have to tune in at 9.25pm on Saturday to find out which order they come in, and which detective has claimed the top spot.

The top ten list is as follows...

Jonathan Creek (Jonathan Creek)

Miss Marple (Marple)

Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Inspector Morse (Morse)

Di Alec Hardy (Broadchurch)

Di Frost (A Touch of Frost)

Sam Tyler & Gene Hunt (Life on Mars)

Hercule Poirot (Poirot)

Dci Tom Barnaby (Midsomer Murders)

Detective Columbo (Columbo)

Britain's Favourite
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Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV with 10.5 million viewers

Britain's Got Talent made a triumphant return to ITV last night (April 12), pulling in 10.5 million viewers, according to overnight data.

Simon Cowell's talent show kicked off its eighth series with an audience share of 45% when it aired from 8pm. It gained a further 528,000 viewers (2.4%) on ITV+1 an hour later.

Earlier on ITV, 4.93m (29.7%) tuned in to see Wigan Athletic take on Arsenal in the Fa Cup semi-final from 4.30pm, while new series Amazing Greys made a good start with 4.28m (20.8%) at 9.15pm.

Over on BBC One, Pointless Celebrities quizzed 4.08m (20.1%) at 7pm, while 3.79m (16.2%) watched the latest episode of Casualty.

Rob Brydon's new game show The Guess List kicked off at 9.30pm with 3.1m (15.3%).

On BBC Two, coverage from day three of Golf: The Masters pulled in 1.28m (6.8%) from 7.30pm.

Channel 4's Grand Designs attracted 620k (3%) at 7pm, followed by the penultimate episode of Us drama Hostages
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Deborah Oppenheimer Named Evp At Carnival Films

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: Deborah Oppenheimer has been named to the newly created role of executive vp at Carnival Films, giving the company a dedicated full-time presence in Los Angeles, as the company expands further into the Us and international markets. Oppenheimer will be responsible for launching new scripted series for Carnival and will continue to oversee its flagship series, Downton Abbey, which has sold into more than 200 territories and has been seen by 120 million viewers worldwide. Oppenheimer will play a pivotal role in the company’s domestic and international growth strategy, reporting directly to Carnival Managing Director Gareth Neame. Over the past three years, Oppenheimer has led the Los Angeles operations for NBCU International Television Production, working across all its labels – including Carnival (Dracula), as well as Matchbox Pictures (Camp), and Lucky Giant (Family Tree). Oppenheimer also was responsible for, and exec produced, the HBO and BBC2 co-production of Family Tree from director Christopher Guest.
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Brit Awards, Fried Chicken Shop, Walking Dead: This week's TV review

The One Direction Brit Awards sponsored by Mastercard. With added One Direction, jokes about One Direction, special performances from One Direction and a made up award for One Direction.

The Brit Awards have never been scintillating telly - don't let hazy nostalgia about Jarvis Cocker bum-wiggling or Chumbawumba water-chucking fool you - but this year really took the biscuit, as two hours of James Corden backslapping the world of pop and its record execs felt longer than a Oscar Pistorius bail hearing.

When the best performance of the night comes from squeaky clean American country girl Taylor Swift, you know things are looking bleak. The only glimmer of excitement came when Louis Smith and Jack Whitehall presented a gong together in the manner of a couple going though an expensive and mucky divorce. Someone hire them to host next year, we might have another Fox and Fleetwood on our hands.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Splash! Some TV is so bad it's good

Tom Daley's celebrity diving show joins a notable group of television programmes that are so utterly awful we can't stop watching them

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"Tom Daley belly flops with new show"… "ITV plunges to new low with Strictly Come Diving flop" … "Tom Daley's Splash! makes a plop." Even before ITV's new diving celebrity talent show Splash! hit the screens last week, headline writers were cracking their knuckles with glee. Four minor celebrities coached to dive by Olympic medal-winner Tom Daley? It was always going to be rubbish, wasn't it?

But judging by both the colossal Twitter response and the audience figures (it was watched by an average of 5.6 million), viewers rather liked it. Splash! has already proved something of a hit in the Netherlands (where it's called Sterren Springen) and has sold around the world including to ABC in America,
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TV review: The Bletchley Circle; Wartime Farm

Postwar life was pretty dull for the Bletchley Park gang – until a serial killer turned up

It's been a busy old week for Anna Maxwell Martin. Just two days after standing in the dock as Tina the prison warden in Jimmy McGovern's Accused, she was back as Susan the suburban housewife in The Bletchley Circle (ITV1). Having almost singlehandedly shortened the duration of the second world war by a couple of years with her code-breaking skills, Susan was understandably finding life on civvy street in the early 1950s rather boring until a serial killer appeared near her neck of the woods in London to liven things up.

The idea of a group of former Bletchley Park code-breakers banding together as crime-fighters is more promising for a new crime drama than many, although it required a large suspension of disbelief. Initially, Susan decided to tackle the killer alone and, having
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Unicorn and the Wasp

Wasps. What are they good for? Well, as the old song goes, absolutely nothing – apart from to irritate the hell out of you on a hot summer's day. And even worse, they'll sting you without a second thought. At least bees may think twice about this, given that they're committing suicide in the process. But the wasp has no such mechanism to make it as benign, and more to the point, they'll make you look a fool in the process. Whether you're freezing like a waxwork dummy or doing some sort of crazy war dance in a vain bid to get rid of the annoying bugger, they'll still sting you like no tomorrow.

So a giant wasp should scare the bejesus out of any living man, woman or child. No wonder the latest Doctor Who story makes a virtue out of this with a story called The Unicorn And The Wasp.
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Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes shows what can go wrong in remaking telly

… but what would the Us networks make of Last Of The Summer Wine?

The history of bad UK to Us TV adaptations is long and illustrious. From Coupling to Cracker via Life On Mars, the list of wrecks is so long, there's even a sitcom about it – Episodes – which starts on BBC2 this week. But in a red-hot Guardian exclusive, Stuart Heritage has gained access to plans to give a slew of British classics a Stateside spin. Compo, watch out!

Gardeners' World

UK summary The definitive British gardening magazine show. If you ever wanted to know how to check cyclamen for fungal growth, or what makes your parsnips fork so unattractively, then this gently pastoral series is just what you've been looking for.

UK pitch Drama series. Chad Gardener (Christian Slater) is a ruthless media tycoon with just one goal: total world domination. Over the course of 22 high-octane episodes, Gardener's World
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Q&A: Felicity Kendal

'What is my most unappealing habit? Unappealing? Moi?'

Felicity Kendal was born in Warwickshire in 1946 and raised in India, where her actor parents ran a touring theatre company. In 1965, she appeared in the film Shakespeare Wallah, since when she has starred in many television series – including The Good Life and Rosemary And Thyme – and plays. She is currently in Mrs Warren's Profession at the Comedy Theatre, London.

When were you happiest?

Happy is my natural state.

What is your greatest fear?

Technology taking over.

What is your earliest memory?

Walking on stage at three and a half, being blinded by the lights and not liking it much.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I don't take money seriously, so I can't keep any.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Envy.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Talking to a mechanic with my flies
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