Broadcasting

ITV to axe Identity?

Reports claim that ITV’s police-drama Identity, which starred Keeley Hawes and Aiden Gillen, could be axed after just one series because of low ratings.   Reports claim that ITV’s police-drama Identity, which starred Keeley Hawes and Aiden Gillen, could be axed after just one series because of low ratings. The Sun claims that ITV bosses are poised to axe the series after its recent run failed to light up the

Martin Shaw Taken Ill On Stage

Actor Martin Shaw has collapsed on stage, with worried audience members concerned the Judge John Deed star had suffered a heart attack.   It was later reveled that 65-year-old Shaw had passed out. He was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.   Speaking to the Shropshire Star newspaper his agent Roger Charteris told the newspaper that the actor had prior to taking to the stage in the show A Country Girl

Down Under : New digital channel from the Seven Network

Seven Network in Australia has announced a new digital channel, named 7Mate, which will also be in HD. The announcement comes off the back of the success of 7TWO.   In recent years the main Australian broadcasters have been launching new digital channels on freeview and satellite television. 7Mate will launch with a simulcast of the AFL Grand Final in HD on September 25th.   A strong line up of

Ratings improve for Michael Ball’s Chat-Show

Ratings have improved slightly for ITV’s brand new afternoon chat-show fronted by Michael Ball.   Ratings have improved slightly for ITV’s brand new afternoon chat-show fronted by Michael Ball. The Michael Ball Show opened on Monday afternoon, in the 3pm slot, with 670,000 viewers. According to rating figures for Wednesday the chat-show has improved its figures somewhat with 840,000 viewers. The 3pm slot was previously host to David Dickinson’s chat-show

The Normans finishes with over 2 million viewers

BBC Two’s three-part series of The Normans, part of the channels season on the conquerors, concluded its run last night with over 2 million viewers. Elsewhere the figures for The One Show dip slightly following its strong performances on Monday and Tuesday.   BBC Two’s three-part series of The Normans, part of the channels season on the conquerors, concluded its run last night with over 2 million viewers. The final

Su Pollard lands Benidorm role

Actress Su Pollard has landed a cameo role in ITV’s comedy series Benidorm.   Actress Su Pollard has landed a cameo role in ITV’s comedy series Benidorm. The actress revealed on This Morning that she would appear in the next series of the popular comedy series – as herself. Pollard is best remembered for her role of Peggy Ollerenshaw in the 1980s BBC comedy series Hi-De-Hi.   “I’m going as

Neighbours get first regular gay character

Australian soap Neighbours has introduced its first regular gay character to Ramsay Street. Although the storyline has lightly covered sexuality in the past – most recently with a lesbian kiss last year – the soap has never had a regular gay character in its 25 year history.   Australian soap Neighbours has introduced its first regular gay male character to Ramsay Street. In scenes shown in Australia earlier this month

BBC to air new season of Mad Men next month

The BBC has revealed that it will air the fourth season of the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men on BBC Four from next month.   The BBC has revealed that it will air the fourth season of the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men on BBC Four from next month. The fourth season is currently airing on AMC in America and the announcement by the BBC means the gap between UK

The Deep continues ratings dive

BBC One’s thriller series The Deep, which stars Minnie Driver and James Nesbitt, continued its ratings dive last night as 1 million viewers failed to return. UPDATED: Ratings for The One Show rise from Monday evening debut of Alex Jones and Jason Manford. BBC One’s thriller series The Deep, which stars Minnie Driver and James Nesbitt, continued its ratings dive last night as 1 million viewers failed to return. The