BBC HD: Update and Christmas Schedule
Apologies first for my long absence from the blog.
I have been dipping in and out to follow the conversations here - but I've been focussing my time on your behalf on trying to secure the pipeline of new programmes I hope that you'll want to watch flowing through to BBC HD.
I'm always grateful to you for making me aware of what's missing - and I do try to follow up. I know that you've identified the Strictly Come Dancing Results show as a concern - and I'll make a firm commitment that with just over a year to figure out ways of doing it, I am confident that it will be on BBC HD next year. You've also mentioned programmes like Merlin, Top Gear, and Formula 1 which you want to watch in HD on the channel. I'm having conversations about all of those on your behalf, and I'll let you know as soon as there's any news.
What I can tell you more about is our Christmas schedule. We've been given permission to extend our hours for the Christmas weeks, so from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day we'll be on air from noon, or sometimes a little earlier, until the early hours of the morning. The time will be filled with many of the BBC's Christmas films, including quite a few for younger members of the family. A number of the comedy Christmas specials will be on the channel in HD - including Gavin and Stacey and The Royle Family. You can also catch some of the BBC's original drama - like The 39 Steps, and There Was a Crooked House, a late night horror story in three parts. We've also tried to gather for you some of what we feel have been the best programmes we've put out on BBC HD over the last year - they'll include Lost Land of the Jaguar, Michael Palin's New Europe, and the Wimbledon's Men's Singles' Final (less a few of the breaks). I know I can trust you to let me know what you think and I'll look forward to the feedback.
This weekend our new daytime channel tape (or "barker") goes on air. It combines tasters of some of the content from the channel over the year, and upcoming programmes. If you watch carefully you'll also see the return of an old friend - the BBC test card. Andy Quested, our Head of Technology, will explain more in due course - but yes, the girl with the blackboard is now in full high definition.
I will be back soon - really, this time.
Danielle Nagler is Head of HDTV, BBC Vision.