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Family Guy to move to BBC Two following BBC Three closure?

4 September 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Family Guy could be set for a move to BBC Two.

The animated sitcom will have to find a new home at the corporation when BBC Three is closed as a broadcast television channel in autumn 2015.

20th Century Fox has reportedly refused to allow the show to be included on BBC iPlayer, due to concerns over piracy.

Family Guy - which features the voices of Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis and Seth Green - regularly hits 500,000 viewers on BBC Three.

According to Broadcast, BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw thinks the sitcom will help BBC Two appeal to a younger audience.

Last month, it was confirmed that Jack Whitehall's BBC Three comedy Backchat will air its new series on BBC Two, as will Russell Howard's Good News.

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#SaveInTheFlesh - Will BBC Three's BAFTA-winning series rise again?

2 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Fervent fans of BBC Three's In The Flesh were left on tenterhooks for eight weeks between the first run reaching its tragic climax and the announcement on May 22, 2013 that this unique, fascinating series would return to our screens.

But that hiatus feels like a mere blip compared to the agonising three-month wait we've been made to endure since June 8, 2014 - waiting on news of a potential third series.

For the uninitiated, In The Flesh is the story of Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and the residents of fictional rural community Roarton. In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, Kieren and his fellow undead - labelled 'Partially Deceased Syndrome' sufferers - are reintegrated into 'polite' society, with Roarton soon becoming a hotbed of simmering tensions, prejudice and even bloodshed.

Winner of the 2014 BAFTA TV Craft Award for best Writing in Drama, series creator Dominic Mitchell uses the paranormal, those well-worn trappings of the zombie genre, »

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Russell Howard signs Comedy Central deal for two new shows

12 June 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Russell Howard has signed a new deal with Comedy Central.

The comic will present two new shows on the channel as part of the contract, including a stand-up special and an adventure comedy.

Meanwhile, Comedy Central has acquired all eight series of Russell Howard's Good News, as well as the upcoming ninth and 10th runs.

Jill Offman, MD Comedy Central UK & Svp Comedy Vimn, said: "Ever since I saw Russell Howard's live stand up show five years ago, it has been my dream to get him on Comedy Central. The whole team loves his work and he has massive appeal with our audience.

"To be able to broadcast his work across several genres: an exclusive stand-up series from here in Camden, comedy travelogues, his popular stand-up and the library for Russell Howard's Good News is great news for us and our viewers, plus it further demonstrates our commitment to UK content. »

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Russell Howard's Good News moves to BBC Two

9 June 2014 2:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Russell Howard's Good News is to switch channels from BBC Three to BBC Two.

The weekly comedy show has been promoted after successful ratings on BBC Three since it launched in 2009.

The show features Russell Howard discussing the week's news using stand-up, sketches and special guest appearances.

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two, said: "It is brilliant news that the wonderfully funny Russell Howard is coming to BBC Two and I very much look forward to welcoming his lively take on modern life to the channel."

Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, said: "Five years ago, BBC Three spotted Russell's great talent, commissioned this brilliantly funny show, nurtured and cherished it and is now passing it on to BBC Two as a fully fledged hit."

Howard added: "I'm really looking forward to the new series on BBC Two. I can't wait to get started."

The show's ninth series will launch »

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17 reasons we should save BBC Three from the axe

5 March 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Even the biggest fans of BBC Three would have to admit that it's made some total duds. However, the portrayal of BBC Three as the home for trash teen TV isn't fair.

Yes, it's dared to try new things and occasionally made some blunders, but there's much more to the channel than Snog, Marry, Avoid and docs about teens shagging on holiday.

Following reports that BBC Three is going to be the big casualty of fresh budget cuts at the corporation, celebs and stars have already started campaigning on Twitter to ensure the future of the channel.

If you think it's just celebrities trying to save their jobs, why not check out our list of BBC Three's greatest achievements? It might just get you using the #saveBBCThree hashtag.

1. Russell Howard's Good News

Voted BBC Three's best ever show by Digital Spy readers in 2013. The popular stand-up comic is one of »

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