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Deepest apologies

LONDON — The BBC was forced to issue an apology to the Queen on Thursday after showing footage for an upcoming documentary that implied that she had stormed out of a photo shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz. The monarch was clearly not amused by the story, which led front pages here Thursday, and the pubcaster was forced to admit that the piece had been wrongly edited. The BBC said that the way the scenes had been spliced was misleading — and that the scene in which she complains to her retainer had been filmed before, not after, the photo shoot. The incident has triggered an investigation by the BBC Trust.

Sarajevo bound

LONDON — Actor Jeremy Irons will head the main competition jury at the 13th edition of the Sarajevo International Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday. The Oscar winner, who has more than 70 movie credits to his name, will lead a jury judging films from throughout and beyond the Balkans. The main competition lineup will be announced nearer the opening of the Sarajevo festival, which runs Aug. 17-25.

Triple play expansion

LONDON — DCD Media has moved into the top ranks of U.K. indie producers through the acquisition of Prospect Pictures, September Films and West Park Pictures in a shopping spree totaling £19 million ($38.6 million). Lifestyle producer Prospect, best known for cooking shows such as "Saturday Cooks" and "Take Away My Take Away," was acquired for £7 million ($14.2 million); "Hollywood Women" creator September Films was acquired for £9 million ($18.3 million); and "Stephen Fry in America" producer West Park Pictures was acquired for £3 million ($6.1 million).