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Idris Elba to Produce Music-Industry Racism Doc ‘Paid in Full: The Battle for Payback’

Luther and Hobbs & Shaw star Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures and wife Sabrina Elba’s Pink Towel have unveiled plans for Paid in Full: The Battle for Payback, a documentary about the music industry exploiting Black artists, for the BBC and CBC networks. The three-parter, which will also explore reparations for Black artists, is produced by Zinc Media’s production label […]

‘Doctor Who’ Trailer Reveals Episode Titles for 60th Anniversary Specials With David Tennant, Catherine Tate

A newly released Doctor Who trailer teases just what David Tennant and Catherine Tate are up against in the 60th anniversary special episodes. Tennant returns to the popular BBC and Disney+ series as the Fourteenth Doctor, alongside Tate reprising her role as Donna Noble. In the 41-second video, Neil Patrick Harris’ unknown character is seen dancing with Tennant at […]

Jonathan Groff to Join ‘Doctor Who’ in Guest Role

Jonathan Groff is set to appear in the new series of Doctor Who in a key guest role.  Russell T Davies, showrunner of the popular British drama, in a statement said of landing Groff in the popular BBC and Disney+ series: “This is an incredible coup, and a great honor, to get such a huge […]

Trevor Noah Producing U.S. Adaptation of U.K. Late Night Show ‘Mock the Week’ for Amazon Freevee

The U.S. will get its own version of Mock The Week, the long-running BBC Two late night comedy series, with Amazon’s Freevee picking up the series for a 2024 debut. The BBC had canceled the show last year after 17 years on the air. Former Daily Show host Trevor Noah will serve as executive producer […]

BBC Chair Richard Sharp Resigns Over Boris Johnson Loan Scandal

The BBC’s under-fire chairman Richard Sharp has resigned following a report that said he breached appointment rules by not fully discovering his role in a loan given to former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Sharp had faced months of pressure to quit and created a serious headache for the broadcaster after it emerged that, prior to […]

NBCUniversal, BBC Snag Reality-Bending ‘Destination X’ Competition

NBCUniversal and the BBC are going on a journey — but aren’t telling where. The two broadcasters, who recently teamed on the breakout unscripted show The Traitors, are co-commissioning a competition series called Destination X. The show, based on a format created by Belgian company Geronimo and distributed by BE-Entertainment, asks contestants to figure out where […]

Elon Musk Tells BBC About “Rollercoaster” Time at Twitter, Shares Take on a TikTok Ban and Why “I Should Not Tweet After 3 A.M.”

Twitter owner Elon Musk has a reputation for surprising people. On Tuesday evening, he made good on it by granting the U.K. public broadcaster BBC an impromptu interview at the technology firm’s headquarters, discussing how his time at the social media giant has been “a rollercoaster” and how he felt layoffs were “painful,” acknowledging that […]

BBC to Cut 1,000 Hours Annually as Savings Target Leaps to $500M

The BBC is set to slash its annual output by 1,000 hours worth of shows to cope with savings requirements that have shot up by some 40 percent to almost half a billion dollars. In its Annual Plan, published Thursday, the British public service broadcaster revealed that its original projected requirement to find £285 million […]

Kit Connor, Kate Winslet Among Winners of Royal Television Society Program Awards

Kit Connor and Kate Winslet were among the major winners at the 2023 Royal Television Society program awards on Tuesday night in London. Winslet claimed the leading actress award for her performance in Channel 4 drama I Am Ruth — in which she starred alongside her daughter Mia Threapleton — while Connor won the leading actor honor […]

How a TV Soccer Host Sparked the BBC’s Biggest Crisis in Years

Few in the U.S. had likely heard of Gary Lineker when, over the weekend, he brought the BBC, one of the U.K.’s best-known and most-respected institutions worldwide, to what has been described in the media as a “crisis like no other.” Over the course of six chaotic days and countless headlines, triggered by a tweet […]

Banff Rockie Awards: ‘Euphoria,’ ‘House of the Dragon,’ ‘The White Lotus’ Among Nominees

The nominations for the Banff World Media Festival’s Rockie Awards have been announced, with American and British TV producers again set to dominate the international TV competition in the Canadian Rockies this year. American TV shows earned 52 nominations, with FX Networks, National Geographic and Warner Bros. Discovery each nabbing five mentions for their series. That […]

BBC Reinstates Gary Lineker as TV Soccer Host After U.K. Refugee Policy Criticism

Gary Lineker, the highest-paid TV host at the BBC, has been reinstated. Last week, the U.K. public broadcaster pulled him from presenting soccer show Match of the Day after he criticized the British government’s refugee and asylum policy on Twitter. The BBC — which had been under severe pressure since the situation erupted — announced Monday that he would return […]