Special Reports: ITV’s Drama Hits & Flops 2008

  January 2008 was meant to see a new look ITV with a raft of new shows, including a string of high profile drama launches, and a newly returned News At Ten to complete the revamp. ITV had high hopes and were quietly confident that their new shows would take off and revitalise the damaged brand of ITV. But as the year draws near to its end there’s little sign

Flashback: Survivors

  The classic 1970s series about a group of survivors trying to rebuild their world after a devastating plague gets a modern reimaging next week as the BBC launches its 21st century of the Terry Nation series. In this feature we take a look back at the original series.     In the 1970s Terry Nation returned to the UK following a stint in America where he had unsuccessfully tried

Special Reports: The Difference between The Palace and Echo Beach

  In an interview with Gareth McLean, of The Guardian, ITV’s drama chief Laura Mackie talks about turning around the fortunes of drama on ITV1 and about some of those high profile flops of the year so far. In the interview she mentions how The Palace could have done with more “well-known faces”. So we decided to investigate a little and see just how well known the actors in The

ITV Just Can’t Compete With Antiques

  ITV’s much hyped new drama series Britannia High just can’t compete with BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow but it seems it’s not just the grannies that like Antiques but Britannia High’s own target audience!   The Antiques Roadshow is on fine form and enjoying a ratings revival since Fiona Bruce took over presenting duties on the long running show just a few weeks ago. Since Bruce’s arrival on the Sunday night

Gossip Boi: Trick or Treat

We rewind to November 5th 2008 as the second series of Gossip Boi runs on ATV Today. This edition, the eighteenth, has been left online as a highlight of some of our early specially commissioned features. Entitled ‘Trick or Treat’ our anon reporter looks to Halloween.

Word on the Web: Manuelgate

As the saga drags on and on, thanks to the relentless gutter press, we take a step back and ask for your opinions on the scandal the papers have dubbed ‘Manuelgate’.   Unsurprisingly the Sunday papers have dragged on the story needlessly longer than necessary. The suspension of Jonathan Ross and Lesley Douglas and Russell Brand quitting should have put an end to the case but the Sunday papers are

Classic Whodunits

  EastEnders is about to offer us up the latest Whodunit as someone in Albert Square is about to go to extreme lengths in the BBC soap. To celebrate this latest dramatic event we look to previous Whodunits in the world of soap and drama. So let’s cast our eye back on some classic plots.     Hollyoaks [2007] – Who Pushed Claire   The most recent example of a

Gossip Boi: Anon

An original feature for ATV Today from 2008 this is Edition Sixteen of ‘Gossip Boi‘. We’ve kept the article on the site as a reference to some of our early home-grown features. This edition looks at ‘being anonymous’.

Flashback: Howard’s Way

  We take a look back at the first season [1985] of Howard’s Way, dubbed the BBC’s answer to the 1980 super-soaps of Dallas and Dynasty.     You can tell it’s the 1980s. Two things give away the decade. The big hair, most of the female characters sport big hair, and the fashion. It’s awful. No doubt the costumes were considered highly fashionable and classy at the time but