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Round-Up Week 4 2016

Jon Jacob

Editor, About the BBC Blog

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

Announcements and Nominations

Late last Friday, the Doctor Who team at BBC Wales announced that lead writer and executive producer Steve Moffat would be leaving the show and that Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall would be replacing him.

BBC Three goes online on 16th February 2016. At a special event earlier this week for journalists and other invited guests, Digital Controller Damian Kavanagh unveiled his plans for the reinvented channel

Also on Monday, the category finalists for this year's BBC Young Musician of the Year were named. The Jazz Award finalists were announced on Thursday. 

Head of BBC Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen announced new commissions for the return of BBC One's Comedy Playhouse. The series of half-hour one-offs are Hospital People, Broken Biscuits and Stop/Start

BBC Learning is making a major commitment to schools through a series of BBC Live Lessons and the launch of BBC Teach, a new home on YouTube for BBC video resources and clips for use in the classroom.

On Wednesday we announced the appointment of Chris Price as Head of Music for Radio 1 and 1Xtra. The same day we revealed BBC Radio 4's Late Night Woman's Hour presenter would be Lauren Laverne; the series returned last night. 

Radio 3 announced plans to mark 70 years since the start of its predecessor, The Third Programme. The station will broadcast live from the Southbank Centre. 

Also on Thursday Radio 1 introduced Julia Hardy as the station’s gaming expert and the host of a new monthly gaming series for Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel.

The RTS Television Journalism Award nominations were revealed on Thursday. BBC News, it programmes and journalists featured in 14 of the 19 categories. 

TV, Radio and Online Highlights

Earlier this week BBC Learning English in conjunction with The Open University, released 20 short animations under the banner of Shakespeare Speaks designed to bring the language of William Shakespeare to life for English language learners and for anyone who wants to know more about Shakespeare’s life, times - and his words. The series is part of a pan-BBC festival we announced last week marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Professor Stephen Hawking Reith Lecture

To coincide with Professor Stephen Hawking's Reith Lecture broadcasts this week, Radio 4 Interactive Editor Rhian Rhoberts introduces a special animated sequence accompanying the lecture.  

Evan on Newsnight

Newsnight presenter Evan Davis experienced a minor slip-up when he described Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn as 'Hilary Big Ben'. Evan and Hilary sorted things out on Twitter.  

Winterwatch Returns

Winterwatch returned this week, previewed last week by a short video featuring a determined squirrel investigating a Droid helmet (see below). Winterwatch have broadcast programmes all of this week and published a live blog. Follow @BBCSpringwatch on Twitter. 

#BodyPositive on Radio 1's Surgery

Gemma and Dr Radha were joined by a live audience for a special look at how young people can all be #BodyPositive. The programme was part of Radio 1's The Surgery series and was made in conjunction with BBC Sport.

Journalism Trainee Scheme

Applications opened on Monday for the BBC's Journalism Trainee Scheme run by the BBC Academy. A special 'Get In' event was staged at New Broadcasting House in London for those considering journalism as a career. The event was repeated in Salford. There are still places left for Monday's Get In event in Belfast

The Academy also ran a live Q&A on Twitter for those who couldn't attend. The Academy's Julian Joyce also wrote a follow-up blog with hints and tips on how to apply

Applications need to be submitted by midnight on Monday 8 February

TV Highlights

On Sunday, David Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur aired on BBC One. Mary Berry's Foolproof Cooking started on Monday on BBC Two. BBC Two broadcast the first of a three episode series of The Real Marigold Hotel was broadcast. 

Earlier this week BBC Three broadcast Murder Games which tells the true story of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old schoolboy who was lured to his death after being groomed online by Lewis Daynes.

Troll Hunters, also on BBC Three, saw beauty vlogger Em Ford look at the rise of online abuse in Britain and help victims fight back by tracking down and unmasking their anonymous internet trolls.

The first episode of the Great Sport Relief Bake Off went out on BBC One on Wednesday featuring Samantha Cameron, goalkeeper David James, comedian Jason Manford and EastEnders actress Maddy Hill. 

On Thursday, CBBC's Newsround marked Young Carer's Day with this moving animation

Something we meant to include in last week's round-up was the new series of the rockumentary tracking the life and times of spoof artist Brian Pern. Episode one features a cameo appearance from Doctor Foster actress Suranne Jones. Episode two sees the ex-Thotch frontman inducted into the USA Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

On Wednesday evening a special One Show celebrated the forthcoming release of the Dad's Army film, including a live sequence from the sitcom's spiritual home Thetford in Norfolk. 

Radio Highlights

On Saturday, Radio 4 broadcast the drama God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza starring Lenny Henry. Radio 3's Sunday night drama was August 1914, an adaptation of Aleksandr Sozhenitsyn's novel about Tsarist Russia narrated by Fiona Shaw. 

The 40th anniversary of London's Olivier Awards was celebrated by the BBC Concert Orchestra, in a gala concert directed by Maria Friedman featuring West End stars and Radio 2 presenters Elaine Paige and Michael Ball, and the chorus from the Guildford School of Acting.

The #1MillionHours campaign continues on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra. The scheme encourages youngsters to donate their time to good causes. Editor Rebecca Frank talks about the project which is partnership with Age UK, Barnardo’s, Cancer Research UK and Oxfam.

Also on Monday, November Dead List returned for a second series on Radio 4.

All this week, 6Music's Steve Lamacq toured Great Britain's independent music venues. Steve blogged about his broadcasts earlier on this week. 

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