Broadcasting

Wednesday Ratings: Midsomer Murders beats Waterloo Road

Ratings data for Wednesday reveals that ITV’s Midsomer Murders once again had the better of BBC One’s school drama Waterloo Road. Channel Four’s new reality series, Seven Days, got off to a poor start at 10pm with little over 1 million viewers watching.  As ever we start our ratings round-up with the breakfast slot and once again it was BBC One’s Breakfast which came out on top. Daybreak had 780,000 viewers while

Weak return for Gossip Girl to ITV2

The return of American drama Gossip Girl to ITV2 got off to a weak start according to overnight ratings.   The return of American drama Gossip Girl to ITV2 got off to a weak start according to overnight ratings. The drama, about the lives of privileged young adults on the Upper East Side of New York, returned to ITV2 for the opening episode of Season Four. The drama returned in

Emmerdale keen to keep James Sutton

  Emmerdale bosses are reportedly keen to get James Sutton, who plays Ryan Lamb in the Yorkshire soap, to renew him contract. Emmerdale bosses are reportedly keen to persuade James Sutton, who plays Ryan Lamb in the Yorkshire soap, to renew his contract. According to tabloid newspaper The Sun the actor is considering his future with the soap and bosses fear he may quit. In recent months actors Amanda Donohoe, Alice

John Prescott to join Daybreak – for Labour Conference

Former deputy prime-minister John Prescott is to become a guest correspondent for ITV’s new Breakfast programme Daybreak for the Labour Party Conference Week.   Former deputy prime-minister John Prescott is to become a guest correspondent for ITV’s new Breakfast programme Daybreak for the Labour Party Conference Week. The Labour Conference will be held next week in Manchester and Prescott will be a special reporter for Daybreak giving viewers an insiders

Men’s Hour to return to Radio 5 next year

Men’s Hour will return to BBC Radio 5 Live next year for a longer run following a trial series in July.   Men’s Hour will return to BBC Radio 5 Live next year for a longer run following a trial series in July. The men’s version of the hugely successful and long-running Women’s Hour, of BBC Radio Four, was commissioned for a short run in July to test the waters.

Geoffrey Burgon dies at the age of 69

Television and film producer Geoffrey Burgon has died at the age of 69. He worked on dramas such as Doctor Who, The Forsyte Saga and Longitude.   Television and film producer Geoffrey Burgon has died at the age of 69. Doctor Who fans will know him for his work on two Tom Baker stories; Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom. Away from Doctor Who he was a

American Gavin and Stacey scrapped

A planned remake of the BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey in America has been scrapped.   A planned remake of the BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey in America has been scrapped. ABC were planning to remake the popular BBC comedy about a long distance romance with the new version partly being set in New Jersey. However, ABC has now changed their minds on the remake and have cancelled it after

Tony Warren wanted Coronation Street to end after 13 episodes

  Tony Warren, the creator of ITV soap Coronation Street, wanted the series to end after its original 13 episode contract.   Tony Warren, the creator of ITV soap Coronation Street, wanted the series to end after its original 13 episode contract. When Granada finally commissioned Coronation Street they originally ordered just 13 episodes and creator Tony Warren wanted the drama to end after that initial run – even going

Showtime sets premier dates for Shameless and Episodes

Showtime has set the premier dates for its remake of Shameless and new comedy Episodes.   Showtime has set the premier dates for its remake of Shameless and new comedy Episodes. Shameless, a remake of the British Channel Four drama, stars William H Macy and Emmy Rossum and will premier on Sunday 9th January 2011. Comedy Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc, will premier on the same day. Showtime has also announced

New Idol judges announced

FOX has confirmed today who the new American Idol judges are.     Singer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith front man Steve Tyler will take their seats on the 10th season of American Idol, which is will air in January 2011. They join the only surviving judge since the first series, Randy Jackson. Ryan Secreast will also return as host of the hit show.   The new judges fill the gaps