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Round up week 37 (8-14 September)

Hannah Khalil

Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

A round up of BBC announcements, press releases and blogs, plus some highlights from our TV, radio and online output from the last week.

BBC Radio 2 announces Paul Weller for Radio 2 In Concert

BBC Radio 2 has announced Paul Weller as the first act confirmed for this year’s star-studded line-up for this autumn’s In Concert series.


The fifth and final series of Poldark started filming this week for BBC One and writer Debbie Horsfield at last reveals how she will be approaching the new season.

BBC World Service

BBC World Service is refreshing the sound of the network, introducing a new signature tune and complementary music for key programmes across the Service.

Announcements and blogs


Filming also started this week on BBC One drama Gold Digger and the media pack for Killing Eve was published. 

Meanwhile, Larry Lamb is set to lead the cast of new Wales-based BBC drama Pitching In which will hit television screens in spring 2019.

Elsewhere, BBC Four has acquired six-part drama Mystery Road, based on Ivan Sen’s acclaimed feature film. The series will air weekly as a double-bill on BBC Four, starting from 9pm on Saturday 22 September.


As part of the BBC’s autumn arts offer, everyone’s favourite Cambridge classicist and cultural broadcaster Mary Beard returns this September as presenter for BBC Two’s topical arts discussion programme Front Row Late.

Elsewhere, BBC Two announced a range of new commissions as part of its award-winning science strand Horizon, featuring some of the UK’s most respected science broadcasters; from Hannah Fry and Giles Yeo to Ella Al-Shamahi and Michael Mosely.


CBBC’s Got What It Takes? returns for a fourth series, with a brand new presenter - YouTube star and online influencer Anna Maynard.


Football fans have reason to cheer - BBC Research & Development (R&D) has managed to solve the problem of delays when people watch live internet streams rather than a TV broadcast.

BBC Films

BBC Films confirmed this week that Ben Wheatley’s seventh feature film, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, will be released in a unique partnership with BBC Films, BBC Comedy and BBC Two.


On Monday BBC Radio 1  announced the star-studded line up for BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards 2018 with Little Mix, 5 Seconds of Summer, HRVY, Jack and Jack, Jonas Blue, Mabel, Not3s and Sigrid all set to perform at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 21 October 2018.

Meanwhile Radio 4 confirmed Pearl: Two Fathers, Two Daughters, featuring a rare interview with Gerry McCann


It was confirmed this week that Belfast-born guitarist Viv Campbell is to present new rock show on BBC Radio Ulster.


James Purnell revealed How we're renewing our religious content; Peter Knowles, Controller, BBC Parliament blogged on Party conferences and the Prime Ministers we never had: BBC Parliament's new season and Neil Morrow, Producer, Inside Out talked about racing from Liverpool to Newcastle to highlight transport issues.

In addition, Robu Dutta, Executive Producer, DIY SOS: Grenfell, BBC Studios wrote Television still has enormous power: the making of DIY SOS: Grenfell and we published the weekly BBC iPlayer Highlights 15-21 September 2018.

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