Posts From Mike Watkins

Boxing Day TV Weekly

Welcome to another edition of TV Weekly, wrapping up all the good, the bad and the ugly telly news stories in short. Well we’ve been off for the festive period but return this boxing day a bit like your tight relative who doesn’t bare gifts – with little to report. Where is all the dross? Where are the stories to make fun of? Its like Jade Goodie has decided not

BBC Two to defy gravity

  BBC Two commissions a new 13-part drama series, Defying Gravity, revolving around the lives of eight astronauts from different countries. Ron Livingston (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Sex And The City, Band Of Brothers) stars in Defying Gravity, a new adventure drama series from creator and Executive Producer James Parriott (Grey’s Anatomy) and Executive Producer Michael Edelstein (Desperate Housewives). The 13-part thriller begins filming in Canada in January 2009, and

BBC backtracks over Strictly

  The BBC is reversing its original decision regarding refunds for viewers who voted in Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing semi-final.     The BBC is backtracking over its decision not to give refunds to views to voted in the Strictly Come Dancing semi-final which ended in a three-way tie and dancing couple being voted off. The tie between all three couples resulted in the programme ending ten minutes earlier

Kathy Staff dies at 80

Crossroads and Last Of The Summer Wine actress Kathy Staff has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness. Actress Kathy Staff has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness. The actress is probably best known for her role of Doris Luke in Crossroads and Nora Batty in the BBC sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine. Staff first appeared as a guest at

Sex show sparks complaints

  A morning educational series targeted at teens has sparked complaints after covering sex related issues.     Up to 100 people have complained to Channel Four following its daytime educational show KNTV covered sex related issues. KNTV, made by Tern Television, is targeted at 14 to 16 year olds and has covered topics such as contraception, STD’s, bisexuality and coming out but this has led to the wrath of

Salmon appointed BBC North Director

  The BBC has appointed Peter Salmon, currently Chief Creative Officer of BBC Vision, as its new BBC North Director. Contains BBC Press Release. Peter Salmon has been appointed Director, BBC North. He is currently BBC Vision’s Chief Creative Officer, responsible for the Corporation’s new in-house multimedia broadcasting and production centre in the division, and takes up his new position in mid-2009. He will join the BBC’s Executive Board in