ATV Icons: Terry Nation

  The Daleks are still regularly menacing the Doctor, Survivors is about to return to screens in an updated 21st century form and Sky are currently developing a new series of Blakes 7. What do all these have in common? They were created by one man – Terry Nation.   In just two weeks time a new version of Survivors will launch on the BBC starring an array of famous

Jurassic Park writer passes away

  Michael Crichton, the writer of the best-selling novel Jurassic Park and the long-running television medical drama ER, has passed away at the age of 66.   World famous novelist Michael Crichton has passed away at the age of 66, he died from cancer. Crichton is probably best known for his Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World. Both films were transformed into films by Steven Spielberg and there

In Profile: Roly Keating

  As Roly Keating’s successor, as controller of BBC Two, is announced we take a look back at Keating’s time, and success, as head of BBC Two.   Like Keating’s successor, Janice Hadlow, he became controller of BBC Two following his position as BBC Four controller. Keating was made controller of BBC Four in 2002 and oversaw the launch of the digital channel and under his leadership the channel premiered

In Profile: Jane Tranter

With the news that Jane Tranter, the BBC’s head of Fiction, is leaving her role we take a look at the career of the woman that turned around the fortunes of BBC Drama and made it a force to be reckoned with.   When Jane Tranter took over responsibility for drama at the BBC in 2000 the department wasn’t exactly healthy. Although Holby City, launched a year earlier, had proved

TV Icons: Inspector Gina Gold

With news that actress Roberta Taylor is to hang up her handcuffs and leave The Bill we take a look at the tough, plain-speaking character of Inspector Gina Gold.   Inspector Gold arrived at Sun Hill in the aftermath of the devastating fire of 2002. An explosion had ripped through the Police Station during a race-related riot at the front of the building. Five officers, including the previous Inspector, were

Michael Keohan: ‘Stag Nights’

DJ Michael Keohan originally wrote three series of articles featuring his views and encounters for ATV Today between September 2007 and August 2009. We’ve left some of his most popular published items on the site for your pleasure. The feature was called Mikey K and this edition is from the 28th of August 2008 and was simply entitled “Stag Don’t”.