Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston


  • Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston will star in a Radio 3 version of Antony and Cleopatra to mark 450 years since William Shakespeare's birth. The legacy of Stratford-upon-Avon's most famous son has also inspired the station to broadcast five essays on the Midlands' contribution to British cultural history. Radio 3's Shakespeare season will run from 20 to 27 April.
  • The BBC secured nearly half of the 93 nominations for the Bafta TV awards this May. BBC drama gained 18 nods for shows including The Village, The Fall and In the Flesh. Other BBC nominees include Wimbledon coverage and documentary The Unspeakable Crime: Rape, while North West Tonight was the only BBC programme to be selected in news and current affairs. More details can be found here.
  • BBC Sport has signed a new multi-year deal to broadcast the Masters Golf tournament, currently taking place in the US. Former US Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has joined the punditry team at Augusta National, where the BBC will provide live broadcasts this weekend. Coverage will be shared with Sky.

Local and international

  • Georgey Spanswick will join Radio York as its new breakfast presenter next month. She will replace Adam Tomlinson, who will co-host the afternoon show with Anna Wallace. Spanswick has hosted programmes on Radio Leeds and Radio Sheffield, and is the regular stand-in for the all-England Mark Forrest Show. Last August, BBC director general Tony Hall set a target for half of local stations to have a female presenter on the high-profile breakfast shows by the end of 2014.
  • Tickets are now fully booked for a special South East Today screening of Richard Attenborough's Oh! What A Lovely War in Brighton, where the film was made. Inspired by a musical created for BBC Home Service by Charles Chilton, the film satirised the First World War and starred Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith and John Gielgud.
  • Bafta award-winning drama Last Tango in Halifax will be adapted for French TV as part of a BBC Worldwide deal. The show, which stars Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi as sweethearts reunited after 60 years, will be remade with French indie Newen for a six-part series.
  • There's more international success for the Strictly Come Dancing format, which has now been sold to 50 countries. Slovenia, coincidentally the birthplace of current Strictly professional champion Aljaz Skorjanec, is the latest territory to buy into the phenomenon, known internationally as Dancing with the Stars.
Abbey and Aljaz performing the Quickstep Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec won Strictly Come Dancing last year


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