Broadcasting

Profit warning for Shopping Channel

  Television shopping company Ideal Shopping Direct has issued a pre-Christmas profit warning as sales for the company go down and the recession begins to bite.   Ideal Shopping Direct has issued profit warnings for the Christmas period after the company suffered from low sales last month, doubtless due to the recession which is affecting many British retailers. The company owns three digital shopping channels and is based in Peterborough,

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

Brand wins comedy award

In a move that will doubtless offend The Daily Mail, and create more headlines for the paper, Russell Brand picked up a gong last night at the British Comedy Awards. The comedian was at the centre of a media storm – which the right-wing paper was instrumental in whipping up – earlier this year alongside Jonathan Ross. The scandal arose from the pair’s prank calling of the actor Andrew Sachs, and a series

Graham Norton to host Eurovision

The Irish presenter, comedian and actor recently ruled himself out of the role but now the beeb has confirmed that Graham Norton will take over commentary duties, from Sir Terry Wogan, for Eurovision. The Eurovision Song Contest is famous for dodgy lyrics, crazy costumes, ‘interesting’ dance routines, bloc voting… and Terry Wogan’s commentary. The veteran BBC presenter has, in recent years, become more annoyed with the political and geographically voting that

Merlin [Week 50]

  The penultimate episode of BBC One’s new drama fantasy series Merlin, find out what’s in store for Camelot and Merlin in this gripping episode.             Merlin Episode Twelve, BBC One, Saturday 6th December. 7.25pm.  Against his better judgement, Gwen’s father, Tom, agrees to help a renegade sorcerer, Tauren, turn lead into gold using a magical stone. Halfway through the act, a voice rings out –

The Sarah Jane Adventures [Week 50]

  The penultimate episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures as an old enemy returns to confront Sarah Jane and her friends.       Enemy Of The Bane. BBC One, Monday 8th December. 4.39pmPart One: Rani’s mother, Gita vanishes, and Sarah Jane encounters an unwelcome face from the past – Mrs Wormwood – as the children’s drama series, produced by Russell T Davies, continues. Now hunted by the Bane, Mrs

Survivors [Week 50]

The tale of the plague Survivors continues in the latest episode of the reimaged BBC drama series.       Episode Four: BBC One, Tuesday 9th December. 9pm  Abby learns of a group of young boys living at a nearby mansion called Waterhouse, as Adrian Hodges’s re-imagining of the classic Seventies BBC drama series, based on the novel by Terry Nation, continues. She is determined to see if Peter is

Apparitions [Week 50]

  Find out what happens in the penultimate episode of the new spooky and dark BBC drama starring Martin Shaw as a priest.   Episode Five. BBC One, Thursday 11th December. 9pm Jacob is sceptical when a young Muslim, Zaid, claims he has been seeing visions of the Virgin Mary, as the supernatural drama continues. When the boy admits he has been shown images of his dead father suffering in Hell,

USA Cult Previews Week 50

  Find out what happens in this week’s episodes of Heroes and Sanctuary.           Sanctuary [Week 50] Episode Nine: ITV4, Monday 8th December. 9pm   Responding to a distress call from a peaceful abnormal species deep below the Bermuda Triangle, Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and Will (Robin Dunne) set out on a short underwater mission to investigate. While sending out specialized sonar signals to elicit a response