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Round Up Week 7 / 2014

Jen Macro

Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

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A quick round-up of BBC-related announcements and blog posts which appeared this week, plus a look forward to some selected highlights on TV and radio.


The Broadcast award winners 2014 were announced at a ceremony last week and among the winners was BBC One’s Mr Stink penned by David Walliams and starring Hugh Bonneville.

Surely the most anticipated part of the weekend’s programming was the start of the 22ndWinter Olympics, from Sochi in Russia. Clare Balding presented live coverage of the opening ceremony and Team GB’s Jenny Jones won Britain’s first ever medal on snow – bronze in the Slope style snowboarding.

The BBC Trust announced at the beginning of the week that it will mount two reviews reporting on the performance of all of the BBC's UK network music and speech radio services in 2014 and 2015.

On Monday we learnt that Janice Hadlow is to step down as Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four to take on a new role within the corporation as Controller, Special Projects and Seasons.

Tuesday saw blog editor Jon Jacob getting close to Royalty when HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to New Broadcasting House. We collated a handful of memorable tweets with pictures taken by the BBC's photographer Jeff Overs.

Tuesday was also Internet Safety day and we published two blogs to mark it: one from Andrew Tomlinson, executive producer from BBC Learning outlining the content and history of the BBC’s involvement in the awareness day, and a post from About the BBC producer Hannah about why she doesn’t post pictures of her daughter online.

Comedy fans were smiling on Tuesday when the third series of US comedy Parks and Recreation returned to BBC Four at 9pm. Whilst Wednesday saw the explosive return of gripping police drama Line Of Duty on BBC Two. The show's creator Jed Mercurio blogs for BBC Writersroom about writing series two.

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra have opened their doors to audiences this month in Access All Areas which runs throughout February, you can read our blog about it from Rebecca Frank.

We’ve also two blogs sign-posting interesting interviews given by Director-General Tony Hall about the future of the World Service, and Director of Television Danny Cohen about the strength of BBC television.

At the end of the week BBC Worldwide announced a marathon screening of the Doctor Who Missing Episodes at the Prince Charles Cinema in London and BBC Media Centre revealed that the spring Ballet Season on BBC Two and BBC Four would include footage, initially thought lost, from a 1959 broadcast of Sleeping Beauty starring Margot Fonteyne.



BBC Films have 11 British Academy Film Award nominations. The ceremony will be held on Sunday  16 February at London's Royal Opera House and broadcast on BBC One at 9pm, preceeded by Red Carpet from 8.30pm on BBC Three. The Musketeers will take a break this week to make way for the BAFTAs and if that leaves your buckles with swash withdrawal, you’ll be pleased to hear the programme has been commissioned for a second season.

On Monday at 9pm BBC Three airs a one off documentary. Is Amanda Knox Guilty? is the first BBC commission from NBC News' Peacock Productions. This is followed by the final episode of the new comedy series Uncle.

Wednesday sees more envelopes being opened, with two lots of award ceremonies. The RTS Television Journalism Awards willl take place at London Hilton and we wish our BBC colleagues who are nominated all the best. Simultaneously, over at the Royal Albert Hall, or Kensington Village Hall as folk music performers fondly refers to it, the Radio 2 Folk Awards will be in full swing. We'll have a blog from Radio 2's Editor of Specialist Music, Al Booth, on Monday.

Finally, on Friday BBC Parliament gives viewers another chance to see coverage from the General Election from 40 years ago, Election '74 will be broadcast from 9am on the channel.


Jen Macro is Digital Content Producer, About the BBC Website and Blog

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