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RonnieCorbett1UKTV comedy channel Gold will showcase one of Britain’s most-loved comedy double acts later this year.

The three-part series will study the success of The Two Ronnies and feature unseen footage as well as an exclusive interview with Ronnie Corbett himself.

Each show will contain numerous classic sketches from their BBC primetime series, alongside rare material from the UK and abroad. As well as in-depth and revealing interviews with friends and colleagues, the show will also feature interviews with a carefully-selected cast of contemporary comedians such as Stephen Mangan, Al Murray and Clive Anderson, who are all genuine fans of The Two Ronnie’s and offer a nostalgic insight into what made them such special performers. Continue reading »

SKY-3DDavid Attenborough will return to Sky 3D with two new projects in last 2013 and early 2014.

SKY 3D announce today the continuation of its successful partnership with natural history broadcaster David Attenborough and Atlantic Productions, with the commission of two new projects; DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ADVENTURE (W/T, 1x 90’) which will premiere on Sky 3D in December 2013; and an extraordinary newmini-series CONQUEST OF THE SKIES (W/T, 2x 90’) topremiere in 2014.

Both projects will be written and presented by David Attenboroughand produced by Colossus Productions, a partnership set up between Sky 3D and Atlantic Productions to develop original 3D programming for both UK and international audiences. The new shows will mark the sixth and seventh Attenborough programmes forAtlantic Productions and Sky 3D. Continue reading »

itv_logoITV has ordered a new single drama based on the life of Tommy Cooper.

David Threlfall and Amanda Redman will play the roles of Cooper and his wife Dove respectively in the film produced by Left Bank Pictures.

Simon Nye’s script focuses on the dilemma the much-loved comedian faced when he fell in love with assistant Mary Kay and embarked upon a relationship that would last 17 years. Tommy was married to Gwen, whom he adored and affectionately nicknamed Dove. Tommy was unable to choose between Dove and Mary, and his untimely death live on air in 1984 meant that he never did. Continue reading »

itv_logoITV has commissioned a unique one-off special celebrating the life of much-loved comedy genius Les Dawson.

Les Dawson: An Audience That Never Was. will mark the 20th anniversary of Les Dawson’s untimely death in June 1993. At that time, Les was just two weeks away from recording An Audience with Les Dawson, the latest in a distinguished line of legendary comedic talent to be honoured with an invitation to perform in front of an invited celebrity audience.

Les Dawson was following some of the giants of British and international comedy into the Audience with… spotlight, and be the latest name on a list that included Billy Connolly, Kenneth Williams, Dame Edna, Mel Brooks, Dudley Moore, Jackie Mason, Bruce Forsyth and Peter Ustinov. Continue reading »

QueenThe BBC has announced a new season of programming for both TV and radio that will mark the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.

The BBC’s Coronation commissions will celebrate and showcase the history behind the memorable day of 2 June 1953, the first Coronation to be televised and the year that began the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

To mark the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, BBC Parliament will for the first time broadcast a digitally re-mastered version of the Abbey Coronation Service in full on Sunday 2 June, 2013. Continue reading »

PageEightBill Nighy has agreed to reprise his role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker in the second and thord parts of The Worricker Trilogy.

Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield follow Page Eight, which aired on BBC Two in August 2011 and starred Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and Michael Gambon.

Turks & Caicos stars Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker, Zach Grenier and will be filmed in London and Turks & Caicos. Continue reading »

Channel4logoChannel 4 has commissioned a 24-hour multi-platform event that will commemorate D-Day in June this year.

Channel 4 Specialist Factual Commissioning Editor John Hay and Channel 4 Factual Multi-platform Commissioning Editor Kate Quilton have commissioned Windfall Films to make D-Day: As It Happens, a 24-hour history event due for transmission across TV, web, mobile devices and social media on 5th & 6th June this year. Digit, Windfall’s digital partner on this project, will deliver the website build.

The project will enable viewers and users to experience this pivotal moment in twentieth century history in real time, by tracing – moment by moment – what happened to 7 real participants on the day. New, unpublished research has been used to assemble archive film, photographs, radio reports and other records of D-Day on a 24-hour timeline and play it out in parallel with the present, so that each element of the timeline is released out at the minute it happened in 1944. Continue reading »

JonasArmstrongJonas Armstrong will feature in a new 90- minute film for BBC One.

Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood, The Street) is to star in The Whale (w/t), a 1 x 90-minute film for BBC One and Discovery, written by Terry Cafolla (Holy Cross, Messiah), which will tell one of history’s greatest stories of survival at sea.

Filming begins in Malta this week and the drama will follow the ill-fated voyage of The Essex through the eyes of the cabin boy Thomas Nickerson who, at 14, was the youngest member of the crew and one of only eight survivors of the shipwreck. Continue reading »

ThirteenthtaleAn adaptation of The Thirteenth Tale is reported to be underway at the BBC.

TVWise reports that the 90-minute film is an adaptation of the Diane Setterfield novel of the same name.

BBC Two is working with Heyday Films, who were the producers behind the Warner Bros. Harry Potter films.

Heyday Films optioned for the rights in 2007 with the original plan being a feature film.

GirlsAloudFans of Girls Aloud will have one last chance to catch the girl-group on MTV.

The network has announced they will be airing one of their farewell gigs on MTV’s freeview channel Viva on Saturday, March 30 at 7pm.

The group – which consists of Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle – announced their break-up this week on Twitter after their final gig in Liverpool.

“Dear Alouders, we just want to say from the bottom of our hearts Thank you!! This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade,” they said. Continue reading »

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