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Round up week 18 (27 April - 3 May 2019)

Matt Seel

Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

BBC One’s Line Of Duty is the year's most watched programme across all UK channels so far

Episode one of Line Of Duty series five is the most watched programme on British television this year with an audience of 13.2 million viewers, 28-day four-screen data has revealed.

World Press Freedom Day and BBC Persian

World Press Freedom Day is a significant date in the calendar for all of us who value free speech and a free media. Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, released a statement.

Drama

Further casting was announced as Michelle Keegan began filming the fourth series of BBC One’s Our Girl.

Additional casting has been unveiled for BBC One and Netflix’s forthcoming Dracula. Joining Claes Bang as Dracula will be Jonathan Aris, Sacha Dhawan, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Catherine Schell, Youssef Kerkour, and Clive Russell.

Entertainment

BBC One daytime has commissioned new quiz Head Hunters that puts a price on knowledge, hosted by comedian Rob Beckett. It is produced by Tuesday’s Child Scotland.

Factual

BBC Two announced a new current affairs commission: Universal Credit (w/t). With rare and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), this observational three-part series will explore one of the biggest and most controversial changes to Britain’s social welfare system in more than 50 years.

News

Technology news programme BBC Click’s 1,000th show will be the BBC’s first full-length interactive programme, letting viewers to choose how they want to watch it.

World Service

On 13 May 2019, the BBC will be launching 13 Minutes To The Moon, a 12-part series covering the Apollo programme through the final dramatic 13-minute descent of the Apollo 11 mission, when everything came close to going badly wrong.

Northern Ireland

This year fans can watch all eight games from the Ulster Senior Football Championship in full on BBC Sport NI. Four games will be shown live and deferred coverage of the other four ties will be broadcast later.

Céim in Airde is a new BBC Northern Ireland seven part digital series produced by BBC Gaeilge to support pupils through the CCEA, GCE A2 Unit 3 Irish examination.

BBC Northern Ireland’s Home Ground comes live from Mount Stewart on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Scotland

Scot Squad fans will get an extra treat when the current series comes to an end on the BBC Scotland channel, with a special Scot Squad spin-off being published on BBC iPlayer alongside three short form comedy series on Thursday 9 May from 10.30pm.

Acting legend and River City icon, Una McLean, has retired from BBC Scotland’s weekly soap after over a decade playing matriarch Molly O’Hara.

New BBC season, Change The Game, delivers an incredible line up of live sport including the Women’s FA Cup Final, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Netball World Cup, The Championships, Wimbledon, Women’s Ashes and World Athletics Championships all available across the BBC ensuring audiences will have more live women’s sport, free-to-air, than ever before.

Corporate

A former Panorama executive producer and BBC One and Two commissioner has been appointed Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England.

A refreshed Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group will help advise the BBC on how it portrays all of the UK’s communities on air, and represents them in its workforce.

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