Posts From Doug Lambert

More cuts expected at ITV

More cut-backs are expected at ITV as the broadcaster attempts to cut costs amid the worsening economic climate. More redundancies and programme cut-backs are likely to be the order of the day for the commercial broadcaster. The declining economic climate is hitting everyone hard but the decline in advertising revenue will hit commercial broadcasters the hardest and the longer the downturn continues the bigger the impact. ITV has already axed

More Hustle For BBC One

The Hustle crew will be back on BBC One next year with an exciting new series, it was announced today. The Hustle crew will be back on BBC One next year with an exciting new series, it was announced today. The hit drama, from Kudos Film and Television in association with Red Planet Pictures, has continued to delight over five-and-a-half million viewers throughout the current series which finishes on Thursday

Blast from the past for Mark Wylde as Kim Thomson joins Emmerdale

There’s a shock arrival in Emmerdale for Mark Wylde [Maxwell Caulfield] as a face from his face shows up in the village. Contains ITV Press Release.   Life is about to get complicated for Emmerdale’s latest resident Mark Wylde (Maxwell Caulfield) this Spring, when his past finally catches up with him. Millionaire Mark is horrified when Faye turns up out of the blue, played by acclaimed actress Kim Thomson. Mark

Daytime spin-off for Antiques Roadshow

The BBC has commissioned a daytime spin-off from its Sunday night favourite, the Antiques Roadshow. The spin-off will be presented by regular host Fiona Bruce and air on BBC Two. Contains the BBC Press Release. BBC Daytime today announces that Fiona Bruce is to present 15 episodes of a special series celebrating a TV classic. Priceless Antiques Roadshow will be shown on weekdays at 6.30pm on BBC Two from Monday

Airey says C4 should consider merger

Dawn Airey, chief executive of Five, has called on Channel Four to seriously consider merging the broadcaster. Dawn Airey, Five’s chief executive, has called on Channel Four to seriously consider merging with Five, a move which could see savings of up to £100m for the merged broadcaster. Airey made her comments during an interview with The Sunday Times and follows Ofcom’s report into the future of Channel Four which concluded

BBC’s Highest Paid Stars to face Pay Cuts

The highest paid BBC “stars” will have cuts in their salary when their contracts come up for renewal the BBC has confirmed as the corporation tries to cut costs. Stars such as Jeremy Clarkson, Chris Moyles and Jonathan Ross will face pay-cuts when their contracts come up for renewal as part of the BBC’s drive to cut costs at the corporation. High level management at the corporation have already been

Heartbeat and Royal safe until 2010?

ITV has enough episodes of Heartbeat and The Royal to last until 2010 claims reports. Earlier today a report in The Daily Mail claimed that ITV had axed Heartbeat and The Royal, a spin-off from the 60s cop-drama, due to declining ratings. Both shows have seen ratings over the past year drop to between four to five million viewers and this was believed to have prompted ITV’s decision to drop

Axe falls on The Royal & Heartbeat

ITV has axed 60’s Police drama series Heartbeat and its medical spin-off series The Royal due to falling ratings, according to a tabloid report. The Daily Mail reports that ITV has decided to axe struggling drama’s Heartbeat and The Royal. Both drama’s, set in the 1960s, were firm Sunday night favorites with viewers but over the past year ratings for both show have halved, dropping to around four million viewers.

ATV Icon: Paul O’Grady

Paul O’Grady is probably best known for his comedy drag act, Lilly Savage, and for his tea-time chat-show on ITV before defecting to Channel Four. We take a look at the man behind the make-up and the sofa.

Channel Four to make Queen Drama

Channel Four is to make a five-part drama series about the Queen which will cover “pivotal” moments in the monarch’s life. Each of the five parts will see a different actress take on the role of the Queen with Samantha Bond and Lisa Dillon confirmed as two of the five actresses.     Channel Four has commissioned a five-part drama series about the Queen and pivotal moments in her reign.