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TV and digital

  • After three years, Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith will return for a one-off Jonathan Creek special. Produced in-house by BBC Comedy, the 90-minute special will air at Easter on BBC One.
  • Psychoville duo Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have started filming a new dark comedy called Inside No. 9 for BBC Two. The six-part series, produced in-house, will also feature Katherine Parkinson, Anne Reid and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
  • A third series of co-production The Sarah Millican Television Programme was among commissions announced by BBC Scotland this week. Other recommissions from in-house and indies include biography strand The Many faces of... and lottery shows In It To Win It and Who Dares Wins. New Saturday night quiz Break The Safe, David Hasselhoff-fronted show The Hoff's best...film ever! plus pilot Chris Ramsay's Social network were also commissioned and two comedy entertainment shows are in development.
  • Reporting Scotland newsreader Jackie Bird will return to co-host Hogmanay Live after recovering from illness. Comedian Fred MacAulay will also present a comedy panel show inspired by the 60th anniversary of television in Scotland for the New Year's Eve broadcast on BBC One Scotland.
  • Long dark nights at least mean more stargazing opportunities. Public events will be held around the UK during January 8-12 to help people find more about astronomy when the BBC Two series Stargazing Live returns in a month. Free tickets available at bbc.co.uk/showsandtours.
  • More than 1.5m viewers have used the Antiques Roadshow play-along game on BBC Red Button since it launched in September. The majority of people playing the game, which lets people guess the values of items on the programme, were aged 55 or over.
  • Interviews with the director Danny Boyle about his Olympic opening ceremony will be among videos uploaded to BBC Academy's College of Production website next week. Videos providing behind-the-scenes insights from BBC Sport presenters and programme-makers at EastEnders and Olympic mockumentary Twenty Twelve will also be available.

Radio and music

  • Will Perry will host a brand new series on extreme sports for Radio 5 live. It's the station's first dedicated series to high-adrenalin sports and launches on December 6 at 9pm.
  • Former Radio 1 dj Mary Anne Hobbs will join Radio 6 Music as Weekend Breakfast presenter from January 5. The show, which will come live from the Salford studios, will also play a selection of the station's best output from the previous week and is produced by Wise Buddah.
  • The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be involved in the Open Orchestra project introducing children from special and mainstream schools to orchestral music. Along with the Royal College of Music and Drake Music, they have teamed up with three London boroughs for the seven-month scheme which will culminate in a schools concert in May 2013.

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