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Mark Linsey, BBC Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, has announced that production of the BBC National Lottery show formats will shift to Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of the BBC’s Network Supply strategy.

The BBC has four National Lottery show formats which run for eight weeks each during the course of the year.

Currently these are 1 Vs 100, an Endemol production presented by Ben Shephard; In It To Win It presented by Dale Winton; and Who Dares Wins presented by Nick Knowles – both of which are produced by 12 Yard Productions – and a new format based around the Olympics.

Mark Linsey says: “Consolidating production of our National Lottery shows allows us to consistently utilise the wealth of experience and state of the art facilities at our Pacific Quay site, whilst tapping in to all the independent creative talent from across Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

Production of the National Lottery shows will be overseen by Alan Tyler, in his new role of Executive Editor, Entertainment Commissioning.

Alan Tyler says: “This is a real and significant commitment to entertainment production outside of London and will play a key part in building the sector with both independent and in-house producers.”

The National Lottery programmes can be made either by BBC in-house production or by independent productions companies in those Nations.

Anne Morrison, Controller of Network Production, says: “The move of the Lottery shows is part of our exciting plans to build entertainment production in Scotland and Northern Ireland. By making more programmes outside London we are boosting the creative industries in those areas and ultimately benefitting all our audiences across the UK.”

Some shows are already produced from BBC Scotland’s new headquarters at Pacific Quay, for example, 1 Vs 100, which is currently on air.

Pacific Quay in Glasgow is the first high definition facility of its kind in Europe; the main television studio is also the largest studio space and only high definition facility outside London.

BBC One and BBC Two will broadcast live coverage of all Andy Murray’s matches from the 2009 Australian Open in Melbourne.

The time and channel for these programmes will be dependent on the Order of Play.

There will be simultaneous streaming of the Murray matches on the Red Button and BBC Sport Online, as well as the opportunity to listen to the action on BBC Radio 5 Live or BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.

Viewers can follow full coverage of the Australian Open every morning from 8.30am on the Red Button as well as on BBC Sport Online.

Also, 5 Live Sports Extra will broadcast live coverage of the night singles sessions every day from 8.30am.

Sue Barker and Gabby Logan share presenting duties over the course of the two-week tournament with Chris Bailey, John Lloyd and Sam Smith making up the BBC commentary team. Andrew Castle will join Sue Barker in the studio for the Men’s Finals.

The Men’s Final will be shown live on Sunday 1 February from 8.30am on BBC Two.

The Women’s Final will be shown live on the Red Button and can be followed on 5 Live Sports Extra from 8.30am on Saturday 31 January. The highlights of this match will also be broadcast on BBC One from 1.00 to 2.00pm.

In the second series of popular drama Mistresses, Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Shelley Conn and Orla Brady reprise their roles as good friends Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan. The hit series is produced by Ecosse Films for BBC One.

Fans of the first series will see the return of many of the men that kept the four friends’ lives in various states of joy and pain.

Patrick Baladi (Richard), Raza Jaffrey (Hari), Adam Rayner (Dominic) and Adam Astill (Simon) have some competition on their hands with handsome newcomers to the hit series including Oliver Milburn (Holby Blue) and Steven Brand (The Scorpion King); and actress Natasha Little (This Life) also joins the acclaimed cast in this new series.

Twelve months have elapsed and Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan’s friendship remains as strong as ever, despite all their personal trials.

Struggling to learn from their past mistakes, the 30-something women face new dilemmas, though the root of their problems remains the same – men and sex!

Will they ever find true happiness?

After her married lover’s death and her ill-advised affair with his son, Katie has sworn off men for good and is trying to make some changes in her life, starting with a new direction in her career.

However, retraining at her local hospital throws Katie into the path of two gorgeous men; heart surgeon Dan (Mark Umbers), who appears to offer a chance of lasting stability and happiness, and Jack (Brand), an old flame who is her new boss and married to Megan (Little).

Surviving the shock of her husband pretending to have perished in the 9/11 disaster, Trudi swaps her $2m compensation money for the arrest of her fraudulent ex-partner and chaotic family bliss with Richard.

But the domestic harmony doesn’t last long and she realises that Richard may not quite be the man she thought he was.

It hasn’t taken too long for party planner Jessica to rebound from her first bruising encounter with love. Dumped by her married girlfriend, Jessica is with a man who is her mirror image – Mark (Milburn).

It’s the perfect arrangement; they’re both beautiful, love the high life, fancy each other like mad and have no time for monogamy. However, an open relationship might sound great on paper but is Jessica’s life as perfect as she makes out?

Lawyer Siobhan faced the biggest dilemma of all. Finally pregnant after years of trying, her longed-for baby is not her husband Hari’s but colleague Dominic’s (Rayner), with whom she had a passionate affair.

Siobhan and Hari are trying to rebuild their marriage as Siobhan juggles first-time motherhood, her exacting career and permanent tension, and she’s nursing a dark secret that could cost her everything…

Douglas Rae, executive producer and MD of Ecosse Films, said: “The response to the first series of Mistresses was phenomenal and it really struck a chord with 30-something women.

“In this new series, the audience will get to know Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan more intimately and see how their decisions in love affect not only their lives, but the lives of their friends too.”

Bethan Jones, BBC executive producer, added: “Last year, Mistresses was must-see television for women, as well as a guilty pleasure for their partners, and I’m delighted that BBC One viewers will be treated to another series full of wit, charisma and revelations.”

Lucy Bedford, executive producer for Ecosse Films, said: “We are so lucky to have such a talented cast in Mistresses and we have been able to add some equally talented new faces to the girls’ circle of friends – and some more gorgeous men to tempt our lovely ladies!

“The new series offers great drama, unexpected twists and some very funny moments which will keep Mistresses fans hooked!”

Mistresses series two was commissioned by former Controller BBC Fiction, Jane Tranter through BBC Wales for BBC One and filmed in Bristol.

Country Tracks, a brand new series for BBC One, commissioned by Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, takes a journey through the archive of its sister programme Countryfile in a celebration of the countryside today.

The series will not only share Countryfile’s classic moments but also discovers the best places to visit right now and shows how to really enjoy the great outdoors.

Presenter Ben Fogle (Countryfile, Animal Park) delves into classic archive Countryfile footage from the last 20 years which determines the route of the journey bringing past and present together.

Each week Ben visits different parts of the British Isles and each leg of the journey is influenced by the chosen archive footage. Bringing the past and present together means each destination is fully explored.

Country Tracks travels through some of Britain’s most dramatic and colourful scenery, weaving together the very best of Countryfile archive with brand new footage, to create compelling stories and a fascinating journey around rural Britain.

It brings past stories and countryside issues up to date, looking at how Britain’s countryside is changing and talking to the people shaping its future.

Each week follows a different journey on different modes of transport; from walking and hiking to climbing and white water rafting.

It gives a unique glimpse into rural life – what’s new, what’s old and what’s surprising. From camel trekking on the Lizard Peninsular to wild water swimming in the River Cam, from seafood trails in Glencoe to scenic walks on the Isle of Wight.

Ben Fogle says: “I’m thrilled to be presenting Country Tracks. It means I can spend time outside in our beautiful country revisiting some of the best parts found by Countryfile.

“I’ll be walking, sailing, climbing, white water rafting and scrambling my way around the UK to rediscover the very best bits of our countryside and highlight the best places that anyone and everyone can visit.”

The Executive Producers are Gerard Melling and Helen Foulkes.

Liam Keelan adds: “I’m delighted that Country Tracks will be able to serve a loyal Countryfile audience in the same time slot for BBC Daytime.

“Being a sister show keeps the history and classic elements of Countryfile but Country Tracks takes the journey one step further and will hopefully attract an even broader audience to rural affairs and the UK countryside.”

Country Tracks is a BBC Birmingham production for BBC One.

BBC One will revive the classic British sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin.

Martin Clunes will take on the title role of Reggie Perrin and lead an impressive cast including: Fay Ripley (Cold Feet), Wendy Craig (Butterflies, The Royal), Geoffrey Whitehead (Worst Week Of My Life), Neil Stuke (Game On) and Lucy Liemann (Moving Wallpaper).

Simon Nye, the writer behind Men Behaving Badly, will team up with the writer and creator of the original Seventies show, David Nobbs, to pen this reimagining which will transmit later this year.

The series will comprise of six 30-minute episodes and will be as relevant today as it was then.

Reggie Perrin retells the story of a sales executive on the edge. An average man finding it increasingly difficult to put up with the monotony of life, the disappointing marriage, the office grind and the daily commute.

Rebellion begins to build in his mind, in the form of increasingly surreal flights of fancy. And, slowly, Reggie begins to say what he really thinks, to his wife, to his boss, to his fellow commuters… and, most dangerously of all, to his new colleague, the beautiful Jasmine Strauss.

Jay Hunt, Controller BBC One, said: “I am really excited about Reggie Perrin returning to our screens. It feels as fresh and sharp now as it did all those years ago. It will be a vital part of our overall comedy offering on the channel.”

Lucy Lumsden, BBC Controller, Comedy Commissioning, added: “To have combined the writing talents of David Nobbs and Simon Nye in a sitcom fronted by Martin Clunes is a dream come true. Added to which, they have come up with an inspired update, rather than a remake, of one of the greatest classic comedies of all time.”

The series was commissioned by Jay Hunt and Lucy Lumsden.

It will be produced by Objective Productions (Peep Show, Star Stories). The Executive Producers are Simon Wilson for the BBC and Ben Farrell for Objective Productions.

CBBC’s Blue Peter today announces the launch of one of the programme’s most exciting competitions: Design a 50p for London 2012.

Run in conjunction with The Royal Mint and LOCOG, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Blue Peter is offering one lucky viewer aged between 6 and 12 the chance to design the reverse side of a special 50p coin to celebrate the forthcoming London 2012 Games.

The coin will be seen and used by millions of people in the UK.

The competition will be launched live today on Blue Peter by Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG.

The winning design will appear on the reverse side of the coin and will be one of 29 special designs celebrating the forthcoming games.

The Blue Peter winner’s coin will show a design of an athletics discipline, and can show either the Olympic or the Paralympic Games.

In addition to the winning entrant’s design being used for the 50p coin, the winner will also receive a gold striking of their design from the Royal Mint.

Tim Levell, Editor of Blue Peter, said: “This is one of the most amazing competitions we have ever run on Blue Peter. One very lucky child will design a coin that will not only go into circulation, but will also last for hundreds of years. We really are giving a child a chance to make history.”

Blue Peter, CBBC on BBC One, 4.35pm.

BBC One enjoyed a fantastic Christmas Day with 14.3 million people tuning in to enjoy the latest outing from Wallace And Gromit in A Matter Of Loaf And Death.

Elsewhere almost 12 million followed the latest adventures of Doctor Who and EastEnders.

Viewing headlines for the day include:

BBC One had 9 of the top 10 shows on Christmas Day.

Wallace And Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf And Death was the highest rating Christmas Day programme with an average audience of 14.3 million and a 53.3% share.

This is the biggest Christmas Day show of the last five years and the biggest show of the year on any channel.

BBC One had more than double the share of the nearest terrestrial channel in both all hours and peak time.

BBC One had its second best Christmas all hours share in the last five years with 34.2% tuning in.

BBC One had its second highest peak time share in the last five years with 43.7% tuning in.

Strictly Come Dancing increased its audience to 8.6 million and a 35% share for this year’s final. Up from 8.3 million and 32.9% share last year.

BBC One Christmas Day figures:

2.00pm Top Of The Pops 3.7m 30.6%

3.00pm The Queen 6.4m 42.6%

3.15pm Shark Tale 4.7m 31.0%

4.30pm Wallace And Gromit – The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit 7.2m 39.8%

5.45pm BBC News 9.5m 47.1%

6.00pm Doctor Who 11.7m 50.5%

7.00pm Strictly Come Dancing 8.6m 35.0%

8.00pm EastEnders 9.9m 40.6%

8.30pm Wallace And Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf And Death 14.3m 53.3%

9.00pm EastEnders 11.5m 44.9%

9.30pm The Royle Family 10.0m 41.7%

10.30pm Blackadder Rides Again 5.6m 30.9%

Overall top 10 shows on Christmas Day:

Wallace And Gromit – A Matter Of Loaf And Death 14.3m 53.3%

Doctor Who 11.7m 50.5%

EastEnders (Part 2) 11.5m 44.9%

The Royle Family 10.0m 41.7%

EastEnders (Part 1) 9.9m 40.6%

BBC News 9.5m 47.1%

Strictly Come Dancing 8.6m 35.0%

Coronation Street 7.4m 30.0%

Wallace And Gromit The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit 7.2m 39.8%

The Queen 6.4m 42.6%

All hours share across all channels:

BBC One 34.2%

BBC Two 5.9%

ITV 1 16.9%

Channel 4 5.7%

Five 3.2%

This year there were more people watching television than last year. The average total audience in peak time was 24.4 million compared to 23.8 million in 2007.

There was an audience quarter hour peak of 27.1 million this year compared to 25.4 million in 2007.

Peak share across all channels (6.00-10.30pm):

BBC One 43.7%

BBC Two 6.3%

ITV 1 21.6%

Channel 4 3.0%

Five 2.2%

BBC One Controller Jay Hunt said: “I am delighted so many millions of viewers enjoyed BBC One’s fantastic line-up of family comedy, entertainment and drama.

“More than half of all people watching television tuned in to watch Wallace And Gromit’s latest adventure.

“This is a phenomenal performance and one that confirms once again BBC One’s position as the nation’s favourite at Christmas.”

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