Posts From Mike Watkins

Trisha Chopped

Long running talk show ‘Trisha’ has been axed by its current network, Channel Five. The show, fronted by Trisha Goddard, began life on ITV in 1998 when previous host Vanessa Feltz defected to the BBC after a row over pay. At the time production company Anglia Television said Vanessa had made a “completely unrealistic” pay demand of £2.75m. Vanessa’s BBC show flopped after only one series. It gained less than

Skin Colour Change for BBC Toy Character

A doll based on one of the characters in the CBeebies children’s programme In The Night Garden is to be replaced after complaints the toy version of character Upsy Daisy was too light skinned. Following a ‘handful’ of complaints the commercial arm of the BBC – BBC Worldwide – has asked the manufacturer of the doll to create a new version with brown skin; which will be issued to stores

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