BBC1 re-comissions Caroline Quentin sitcom

Caroline Quentin reprises her role as multi-tasking mother Maddy Riley in the return of BBC One sitcom Life Of Riley, co-starring Neil Dudgeon as her bemused husband Jim.   Maddy is still trying to be all things to all people within her complicated, extended family circle of children, step-children, step-siblings and half-siblings – with a few ex-partners and in-laws thrown in for good measure.   Struggling to be a nurturing

More ‘Missing’ For BBC One Daytime

BBC One Daytime’s critically acclaimed drama Missing, starring Pauline Quirke, as the head of a busy Missing Persons Unit, returns for an extended run in 2010 and is now in production.   Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, has commissioned 10 new episodes, doubling the run of the first series.   Mark Wingett returns as Radio DJ Danny Hayworth, Felix Scott as DC Jason Doyle, and Pooja Shah as Amy

Cat Deeley To Host So You Think You Can Dance

Cat Deeley is coming to BBC One to host So You Think You Can Dance this January. Now presenting her fifth season of the hugely successful series in the US, she returns with Nigel Lythgoe to present the award-winning format for the first time in Britain.   Originally known as the host of SMTV: live, double-BAFTA award-winning Cat has since carved out an enviable transatlantic career including being Jay Leno’s

Casualty Goes Online On Halloween For Unique One-Off ‘Webisode’

Casualty fans will have a chance to view a unique one-off ‘webisode’ of the medical drama specially-written for the BBC website from Saturday October 31st.  Screened directly after the transmission of Casualty episode nine on BBC One, the 1x8min mini episode will follow the gritty and dramatic storyline of down-and-out Alistair (Joe McFadden) and paramedic Polly (Sophia di Martino) and is the first online episode ever to be screened by

Rubbish Revivals

We do love Five here at ATV News, but in recent times some of their classic revivals have well, to be honest, been as good as the ITVplc share price. It was announced this week that their latest come-back attempt will be the awful 1980s series Name That Tune, in a second attempt by the broadcaster to make the old game show a hit. Five had previously aired a version

BBC Two Is Pointless

BBC Two has commissioned a second run of Pointless, the game show where obscure knowledge is the key to success, from leading entertainment producer Endemol UK’s newly launched production arm Remarkable Television.   Hosted by comedian Alexander Armstrong, Pointless launched in August 2009 and quickly proved to be a hit with BBC Two’s daytime audience, peaking at 1.69 million viewers and 17.2% audience share.   Liam Keelan, Controller, BBC Daytime,

Shooting Starts On Only Fools Prequel

Filming is commencing on BBC One’s Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Chips (working title), the new comedy drama which focuses on the early years of South London’s most famous family, The Trotters, with Nicholas Lyndhurst returning to Peckham to play “art connoisseur” Freddie “The Frog” Robdal and Inbetweeners star James Buckley stepping into the teenage shoes (Sixties winkle-pickers) of the nation’s favourite wheeler-dealer Del Boy Trotter.   Also joining the

Channel TV – The Full Statement

Channel Television, who as well as the British Comedy Awards air The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on the ITV Network responded to the Ofcom ruling today. Read the full statement which CTV confirms they are to bring in the police to investigate the award scam.     Full Channel Television statement to Ofcom’s Findings   Today the communications regulator, Ofcom, published its conclusions and sanctions on Channel Television

Channel TV Bring In ‘The Bill’ To Award Con

Channel Television has asked Ofcom, the television industry regulator, to call in the UK police to investigate criminal fraud in relation to the production of the 2005 British Comedy Awards. Ofcom has today announced it is fining Channel Television £80,000 in relation to the British Comedy Awards. Channel has a separate compliance business in London which ensures that independent productions for the ITV Network meet strict legal and regulatory standards.