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The prize recognises Rippon's contribution to the industry for over 50 years, including her work as a journalist and newsreader, and presenting roles on shows such as Antiques Roadshow and Come Dancing.
London – Kelly Marcel, the screenwriter of Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr Banks, was among the winners at this year's Women in Film and TV Awards, the annual British celebration of female endeavors. Filmmaker Clio Barnard, Call The Midwife executive producer Pippa Harris, actress Sheridan Smith and writer Sally Wainwright were also on the winners' podium during the afternoon show on Friday. Marcel picked up this year's U.K. new talent honor, which was sponsored by FremantleMedia, after exploding in the public eye with her screenplay for Saving Mr. Banks before nabbing the Fifty Shades of Grey writing
- Stuart Kemp
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, said: "Brilliant Christmas telly across Drama, Factual, Comedy, Entertainment and Religion is something licence-fee payers rightly expect from the BBC and this year's holiday schedule delivers that.
"We have massive events such as the Doctor Who regeneration and the incredible return of Sherlock, as well as festive specials from hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Mrs Brown's Boys, Call the Midwife, Bad Education, and the Great British Bake Off.
Picking what to watch at Christmas time can be a tricky challenge, so Digital Spy has created a quick handy guide to the biggest shows and movies airing across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Check out the Christmas TV schedules for the big channels below:
EastEnders - 7.30pm
Holby City - 8pm
Last Tango In Halifax - 9pm
Not Going Out Christmas special - 10pm
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - 5pm
Call The Midwife - 6.15pm
Doctor Who: 'The Time Of The Doctor' - 7.30pm
EastEnders - 8.30pm
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - 9.30pm
Gangsta Granny - 6.05pm
EastEnders - 7.15pm
Still Open All Hours - 7.45pm
Death Comes To Pemberley - 8.15pm
Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas - 8pm
Qi Xl Christmas Special - 9pm
The Awakening - 11.25pm
BBC One has unveiled official details of its Christmas and New Year schedule for 2013/14.
On Saturday, December 21, BBC One will air the Strictly Come Dancing final at 6.30pm, followed by the penultimate episode of fantasy drama Atlantis at 7.55pm.
News Simon Brew 3 Dec 2013 - 15:48
With The Day Of The Doctor still being rewatched fairly regularly we'd wager, the Doctor Who team have the small matter of Matt Smith's final episode (for now) to come, and Peter Capaldi's formal introduction to the role of the Time Lord, in the upcoming Christmas special.
We already know that this one is called The Time Of The Doctor, and a 10-second preview was shown after The Day Of The Doctor last month. The BBC has now also confirmed that it is being shown on Christmas Day (no surprise there), and that it's got a 7.30pm slot (The Snowmen was scheduled for 5.15pm, with the Call The Midwife Christmas special taking precedence last year).
Furthermore, it's also »
Birthday edition eclipses previous high of Olympics opening ceremony reaching nearly 1.3m requests in 24 hours
The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who generated a record of nearly 1.3m iPlayer requests in the 24 hours after broadcast, eclipsing the previous high of the Olympics opening ceremony.
The Day of the Doctor, which featured the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper and a special guest star appearance by John Hurt, had a consolidated audience of 12.8 million viewers, including people who recorded it and watched it in the subsequent seven days, up from its overnight rating of 10.2 million.
There were a total of 1.27m requests to watch it on the iPlayer in the 24 hours after its broadcast on 23 November, beating the previous 24 hour record of just over 1m set by BBC1's coverage of Danny Boyle's acclaimed opening ceremony of the London Olympics. The show has now had 2.9m requests on the iPlayer. »
- John Plunkett
London – The BBC on Tuesday outlined its holiday season TV program plans, which include Hollywood movies, its traditional Doctor Who special, the return of Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and festive specials of hit shows Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife. The U.K. public broadcaster will offer the British TV premieres of such animation titles as Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3, Cars 2, DreamWorks Animation's Megamind and Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, as well as Gnomeo and Juliet. Also on the BBC schedule is such live-action fare as Disney's Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring
- Stuart Kemp
It is a mystery that gripped the nation. Finally the BBC will reveal how Sherlock Holmes survived falling to his apparent certain death, in a festive TV lineup that will also include the first outing for Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord in the new Doctor Who.
The BBC's Christmas and new year holiday season of programmes, announced on Tuesday, will include Pd James' Pride and Prejudice sequel, Death Comes to Pemberley, starring Matthew Rhys as Mr Darcy; an adaptation of David Walliams' children's book Gangsta Granny; and festive editions of Strictly Come Dancing, Call the Midwife and The Great British Bake Off.
- John Plunkett
BBC One has unveiled its programming highlights for the Christmas period.
BBC's director of television Danny Cohen said: "Brilliant Christmas telly across drama, factual, comedy, entertainment and religion is something licence-fee payers rightly expect from the BBC, and this year's holiday schedule delivers that.
"We have massive events such as the Doctor Who regeneration and the incredible return of Sherlock, as well as festive specials from hit shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Mrs Brown's Boys, Call the Midwife, Bad Education, and The Great British Bake Off.
"And of course there are brand new treats such as David Walliams' Gangsta Granny and we'll be showing a wide range of religious programming, including a live broadcast of The First Eucharist of Christmas from Westminster Abbey. »
The BBC did a cracking job of filling the week before the Doctor Who 50th anniversary with new programming to appeal to Whovians across the globe. Noted scientist Brian Cox hosted a seminar about the nature of space and time, while noted actor Brian Cox starred in An Adventure in Space and Time. Paul McGann starred in a short adventure featuring the eighth Doctor, while Doctors Five, Six, and Seven hatched their own plan to crash the festivities.
Mark Gatiss penned An Adventure in Space and Time, a dramatic adaptation of the early years of the classic series. Brian Cox and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) starred as Sydney Newman and Verity Lambert respectively, the minds behind the show, while David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) took the role of William Hartnell, the first Doctor. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Last Tango's gentle romance is in stark contrast to the sexual shenanigans of the lovebirds' families
Last Tango in Halifax (BBC1) | iPlayer
A Young Doctor's Notebook (Sky Arts 1)
Gogglebox (C4) | 4oD
It's been a thinnish week for drama but Last Tango in Halifax, Sally Wainwright's almost sugar-free romance about two pensioners – former lovestruck teenagers reunited by Facebook after 60 years – was back for a second series having won the nation's affection and a Bafta last time out.
We found the pair almost as we left them, with the excellent Derek Jacobi as Alan, recovering from a heart attack brought on by their hasty quarrel about the desirability of lesbianism in Harrogate and perhaps one too many respiratory struggles with glottal northernisms (the downfall of many a thespian). Much has been made of this septuagenarian double act, and Jacobi and Anne Reid, a natural as Celia, shone even when they were »
- Phil Hogan
Every superhero has an origin story, but so does every TV show or movie about superheroes -- and those seldom involve outrageous powers,ancient gods or radioactive spiders.
In the case of the BBC's time-traveling-alien sci-fi drama "Doctor Who," which turns 50 years old tomorrow -- having premiered on Nov. 23, 1963, one day after the JFK assassination -- it involves a producer and a director viewed at the BBC as being about as out of place as a blue London police box on far distant planet.
Airing tonight, Friday, Nov. 22, on BBC America, "An Adventure in Space and Time" tells that origin story, starring Jessica Raine ("Call the Midwife") as producer Verity Lambert, a rare female in the overwhelmingly male BBC; and Sacha Dhawan ("Last Tango in Halifax") as director Waris Hussein, the first Indian hired as a series director at the Beeb.
Given free rein to create a children's show called "Doctor Who, »
Who knew? Few could have foreseen the enduring success of Doctor Who given its inauspicious origins a half-century ago — a fascinating story of pluck, luck and imagination delightfully rendered in An Adventure in Space and Time, a new TV movie (Friday, 9/8c) airing as part of BBC America's 50th-anniversary Who celebration this weekend.
You don't have to be a Whovian to appreciate this jaunty re-creation of a simpler, scrappier time in TV history. A "year-ometer" (cute touch) dials back to 1963, when the staid BBC's brash new head of drama, Canadian showman Sydney Newman (a marvelously uncouth Brian Cox), greenlights a new sci-fi serial to appeal to kids and fickle sports fans. With a miniscule budget, an overheated "broom cupboard" of a studio and an edict of "no tin robots or Bem (bug-eyed monsters)," Newman appoints an unorthodox team to realize his vision: Verity Lambert (Call the Midwife's Jessica »
- Matt Roush
On TV this Friday: Nikita‘s back in action, Blue Bloods deals with a wayward brother, a comedy legend heads to Hawaii, The Legend of Korra wraps up and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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- Misha Solomon
You can't rewrite history - not one line. But you can transform it into a gorgeous piece of television drama, or at least a writer/producer as canny and talented as Mark Gatiss can.
BBC Two's An Adventure in Space and Time - commissioned to mark Doctor Who's 50th anniversary - is a lovingly crafted piece of work. Gatiss has spoken on several occasions about how this 'origins' drama has been a long-held passion project and that passion has filtered through to every element of the production.
There's so much to admire, from Edmund Butt's brilliant score to Dave Arrowsmith's gorgeous production design, with its pinpoint accurate reproductions of costumes, the Tardis exterior and, best of all, the control room - perfect in every detail, right down to the green hue of the console.
The chief reason why An Adventure is so successful though is ultimately Gatiss's script. »
As the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who prepare to get underway, the BBC has released a trailer for the one-off docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, which delves into the creation of the classic British sci-if series and sees David Bradley (Game of Thrones) leading the cast as the First Doctor, William Hartnell. Check it out after the official synopsis...
An unlikely trio of misfits set out to create a genre series that all ages would love. A 55-year-old actor conceivably at the end of a frustrating career, a former production assistant fighting to make her mark in television, and a foreign born, novice director were tasked with bringing a vision for an exciting new science fiction story to life. William 'Bill' Hartnell, displeased with his career, was presented with a chance to break out of the hard-man roles he’d become known for. And with the instincts of first time producer, »
- Gary Collinson
Rule One: The Moffat Lies.
Rule One-a: So Does The McGann.
After nearly a year of what showrunner Steven Moffat described as “lying through my teeth”, the prequel to the Doctor Who anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor” reveals that the one fact that upset people the most is the one that was the biggest lie.
Watch, and squee with me.
Ok, so technically, Paul McGann isn’t in the Anniversary episode proper, so his year-long claim that he wasn’t asked to take part wasn’t quite a lie, but it’s close enough.
And it was released on his birthday, which is just a case of the universe rolling the right way on occasion.
The Sisterhood of Karn made their first appearance in the Tom Baker adventure The Brain of Morbius. The Sisterhood have had a long history with the Time Lords, as described in numerous prose and audio adventures. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Experts at Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference suggested a number of concrete ideas of how the UK film and TV industries can move forward.
On the ‘Way Forward’ panel, Baroness Oona King’s three action buzzwords were “accountability, access and affordability,” adding that it was important to create a baseline now to measure future progress.
She made it clear that there’s a need for more than good will, there needs to be resource too. “If you’re not going to attach resource then things aren’t going to change fast enough. We need to put money where your mouth is,” King added.
Pat Younge, chief creative officer of BBC Production, said when he started it was production driving everything, but now it was commissioning.
“With that power of commissioning comes responsibility,” said Younge. “I don’t think the commissioning group and channel production group is diverse enough.
“There’s not enough »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
BBC Two has unveiled new images from its upcoming drama An Adventure in Space and Time.
Gatiss recently described Bradley as "a fine and delicate actor", adding that he had the Game of Thrones star "in mind for some years" to play Hartnell.
In the new images, Lambert can be seen meeting the show's first director Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan), lambasting stubborn Tardis set designer Peter Brachacki (David Annen) and attending a Doctor Who cast photo-shoot. »
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