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Thursday 25 September 2014, 13:20
Comedy writer Eddie Braben’s life and work was celebrated at an event hosted at the Radio Theatre in London recently. Comedians and performers, producers and directors convened to remember a man who’s contribution to the TV world was prolific, and his legacy still felt by professionals and audiences alike.
Wednesday 1 October 2014, 11:24Kate Winslet in BBC Films' A Little Chaos
BBC Films has an eclectic mix of titles at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, including gala premieres, competition titles, and a showcase for some of the talent we work with at microbudget level.
Testament of Youth takes centre stage, having its World Premiere as the Mayor of London Centrepiece Gala. If you’ve not heard of its young, talented star Alicia Vikander yet, we’re certain that by this time next year hers will be the name on everyone’s lips. Alongside her, Taron Egerton has been nominated for the Best British Newcomer Award for his portrayal of Edward, Vera’s beloved brother. Kit Harington, Dominic West and Emily Watson also star in this adaptation of Vera Brittain’s era-defining First World War memoir. Director James Kent (The White Queen) captures Vera’s humanity and inner strength in this moving tale.
A Little Chaos takes the Love strand Gala Premiere. Alan Rickman directs and also stars alongside Kate Winslet (pictured above) and Matthias Schoenaerts. Sabine (Winslet) is a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King...
Wednesday 1 October 2014, 09:54
The BBC picked up two awards at the News and Documentary Emmys last night.
The award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast went to BBC World News America’s Inside Syria’s Deadly Conflict. Jeremy Bowen, Lyse Doucet, Ian Pannell, and Paul Wood were correspondents on the output. Executive producers were Paul Danahar, Kate Farrell and Andrew Roy. The producers were Feras Ahmed, Mughira Al Sharif, Lana Antaki, Kate Benyon-Tinker, Richard Colebourn, Darren Conway, Riam Dalati, Phil Goodwin, Sara Halfpenny, Ghassan Ibraheem, Fred Scott, Kevin Sissons, Kevin Sweeney, Rachel Thompson, and Lina Sinjab.
Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, was awarded to BBC World News America’s Suffering in the Central African Republic, a report exec’d by Kate Farrell and Andrew Roy, produced Christian Dembe Kette, William Edmundson, Kate Forbes, Fred Scott, Toby Woodbridge. The correspondent was Andrew Harding.
Monday 29 September 2014, 16:01Jonathan Clinkscales de-powering the TVC Central Communications Area © Jonathan Haine
Last week, the last BBC links passing through Television Centre were taken out, marking an end to not only 18 months of migration of technology services away from the building, but also 54 years of TVC being at the heart of the BBC.
The last BBC productions in TVC were early in 2013, and since then, the job of untangling the BBC's technology from TVC has been carefully carried out. The original 1960 handbook for TVC said that a: "Central Apparatus Room on the third floor is the technical nerve-centre of the network, dealing with the origination, assembly and distribution of television programmes", and until this year, that was still very much the case.BBC Central Apparatus Room 1964
The TVC Closure project, run by a joint BBC and Atos team, has moved or closed down about 7,500 circuit connections, over 20 satellite dishes, 300 IT servers and also the main third floor Central Apparatus Area control room operation, that has been there since TVC opened. All the work has had to be meticulously planned, as so much of what the BBC produces passes through the site, and it has been carefully...
Friday 26 September 2014, 14:43
Join us for another packed week on Red Button with our special edition of Sara Cox’s Sounds of the 80s featuring Culture Club’s Boy George in a one-off performance with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. We’ve got all the action from the 40th Ryder Cup in Gleneagles this weekend, plus the latest access-all-areas episode of Doctor Who Extra.
Sounds of the 80s
Sara Cox presents a special edition of Sounds of the 80s featuring a unique collaboration between Boy George and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The Culture Club frontman is joined by special guests to perform a full reworking of...
Friday 26 September 2014, 11:56
Filled with great games designed to aid child development and allow our young children to learn through play, the CBeebies Playtime App has reached 3 million downloads since its launch one year ago.
The latest update sees things get a little furry.
You may have heard that CBeebies and Sesame Workshop joined forces to produce ‘The Furchester Hotel’ - a children’s show set in an ‘almost’ world-class hotel run by a furry family of cheerful monsters. Chaos ensues, as you’d expect. Furchester introduces brand new characters, welcoming the beloved Elmo and Cookie Monster from Sesame...
Friday 26 September 2014, 11:20Refurbishment progress on Stage 6 at Television Centre (Credit: Marcus Haydock) For 27 years my mother was a newsagent in the town where we lived. Every day after the end of school, I’d wait in the back office watching the comings and goings until Mum shut the shop and we could go home. I listened in on the moans and groans of the town as the last customers of the day paid for their magazines and newspapers. It was busy, noisy and I loved being a part of it.
When my parents announced they were not only keen but going to sell the business, I felt an impending sense of loss. I was to be denied...
Thursday 25 September 2014, 13:20
Heard from the backseat of our taxi as it skidded to a stop outside Tunis Airport departures:
“I tell you I get you to airport in time. I did that. Here you are! Lovely Jubbly!”
Our taxi driver had been eager to please during the first leg of our journey home from holiday. And, when he wasn’t engaging in seemingly urgent and impassioned phone calls to his friends as he drove at speed to the airport, he appeared equally keen to demonstrate his familiarity with the English language too.
The taxi driver’s other references to Bobby Charlton and Manchester United – attempts to bond with...
Tuesday 23 September 2014, 10:30
In the run up to Midlands Today's 50th birthday, editor Robert Thompson explores the archives and tells the story of the BBC's regional news programme.
On the 28th September 1964 Barry Lankester welcomed viewers to BBC Midlands Today for the first time. A leaf through the archives shows a cursory mention in that week’s edition of the Radio Times. I understand, albeit grudgingly, that it was more excited about the launch of BBC Two than the beginnings of regional TV news programme that has now been on-air for 50 years.
The running order for the first edition of BBC Midlands Today shows a curious...
Tuesday 23 September 2014, 09:11
To mark the 40th anniversary of Coventry's ring road, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire has produced a short film members from the local community. In this post she shares her experiences making the film culminating in a big-screen premiere last Friday.
A few months ago I sat down with my editor and discussed what we would do to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Coventry’s ring road, we wanted to create a celebratory tone that would reflect the upbeat nature of the city. I don’t think we expected all our plans for the anniversary would fully materialise but they did, and it was quite a journey...
Monday 22 September 2014, 15:05
A significant milestone will be reached at the end of this month when the BBC formally hands over the iconic Television Centre site to its new owners, Stanhope plc, six months ahead of schedule.
Since July 2012, when the BBC sold the site for £200 million, we have been working in partnership with Stanhope to ensure that Television Centre emerges as a great public space for people to live, work and visit, which pays homage to its past, whilst securing its future as a key destination in West London.
Once described as the Taj Mahal of television, Television Centre stands on what was part...