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Round-Up: Week 5 / 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.


On Saturday Gabby Logan, Steve Cram and Katherine Grainger spoke to Team GB’s gold medal hopefuls for the Winter Olympics in BBC One’s Inspire: The Olympics Journey. See also the BBC Winter Olympics website for schedules and more information.

On Sunday the BBC Audio Drama Awards were held at the Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House. Veteran Archers actress June Spencer, who has performed in the Radio 4 soap since it’s first episode in 1950, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. You can see the full winners list on the Media Centre and a write-up on the About the BBC Blog.

Monday saw the first episode of Open University partnership programme Britain’s Great War on BBC One, hosted by Jeremy Paxman. The four-part series looking at how World War One affected the lives of British people continues next week and is part of the BBC’s season commemorating the First World War. Also on Monday we got a glimpse of the new Doctor's outfit.

Another season kicked off this week too – BBC World Service Global News’ Freedom 2014 Season.  See our blog from Steve Titherington Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service previewing the season and outlining highlights.

On Tuesday Hank Zipzer - a new children's comedy drama - started on CBBC after previewing on iPlayer. Written by Henry Winkler aka “The Fonz” it is based on his own experiences as a young boy growing up with dyslexia.

BBC iPlayer figures for 2013 were released on Wednesday, revealing a record three billion programme requests, the top three shows were Bad Education, Doctor Who and at number one, Top Gear, which returns to BBC Two on Sunday.

In radio this week, the recipients of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Lifetime Acheivement Awards were named as Martin Carthy and Clannad. Radio 3 unveiled it's Spring season of programmes for 2014, incuding a day dedicated to Ravel and events commemorating the 450th anniversary of Shakeapeare's birth. Whilst on Thursday Nick Grimshaw's Breakfast Show was broadcast live from Pacific Quay in Scotland, as it was revealed that this year's BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend would be held in Glasgow.

Also on Thursday BBC One announced it has commissioned a brand new series of Still Open All Hours starring David Jason. We learned via the Internet Blog that the Weather app reached 5 million downloads in less than eight months. 

Finally, we were pleased to feature another blog from BBC Scotland journalist Graham Stewart whose post about new studios for Reporting Scotland has been shared on Twitter and Facebook a rather fabulous 345 times. 



Tonight sees the start of Commonwealth Connections on BBC Radio 3, a series of programmes featuring music from all of the Commonwealth countries ahead of the Games later this year. Tonight's launch programme comes live from BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay and is presented by Mary Ann Kennedy. 

On Saturday the 2014 Six Nations kicks off with full coverage across the BBC on TV, radio and online. As mentioned above, the 21st series of Top Gear begins at 8pm Sunday on BBC Two.

On Wednesday BBC Two's Great Interior Design Challenge comes to a close with the competition final and new comedy Inside No.9 starts on BBC Two at 10pm, watch an interview with the writers Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (The League Of GentlemenPsychoville) on the Media Centre website

Thursday sees the return of Australian comedian Chris Lilley in Ja'mie: Private School Girl at 10pm on BBC Three. Then on Friday, The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony will be broadcast from 3.30pm on BBC Two.


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