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Round up week 12 (17-24 March)

Matt Seel

Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

Stormzy joins cast of BBC drama Noughts + Crosses

British musician Stormzy has joined the cast of the much anticipated BBC One drama Noughts + Crosses, a Mammoth Screen adaptation of Malorie Blackman's award-winning young adult book series currently being filmed in South Africa.

BBC wins over half of RTS awards

At Tuesday night’s Royal Television Society Awards BBC programmes and talent won 15 awards out of a possible 29. Winning across categories as varied as comedy, live events, factual, sport, and drama the BBC took home over half of the awards on offer.


In the first live BBC black and white TV programme since the 1970s, BBC Four revives the iconic 1960s BBC show Jazz 625 for one night only.

Comedian Al Murray stars in a new adaptation of Vanity Fair on BBC Radio 4, starting 26 May. He will play his great-great-great grandfather William Makepeace Thackeray, the author and narrator of Vanity Fair.

BBC Radio 4 has announced that the newsreader Kathy Clugston will replace Eric Robson as the chair of Gardeners’ Question Time (GQT) this May as Eric retires from the programme.


The first episode of the brand new series of Have I Got News For You (airing on BBC One at 9pm on Friday 5 April 2019) will see journalist and broadcaster David Dimbleby make his HIGNFY guest presenting debut.


Production has started in London on series two of The Split. Set in the fast-paced, messy world of London’s high-end divorce circuit, The Split is an authentic, multi-layered, witty examination of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce.

BBC Two has released a first-look of Eva Green as Lydia Wells in The Luminaries, the adaption of Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name.


Paddy McGuinness presents Catchpoint - BBC One’s gameshow with difference. This is the very first physical game show where contestants need quick reflexes and brains in order to win the cash prize.


BBC Two has commissioned The Garden Productions to make The Arrival, a major primetime series, looking at families across the UK, as a newborn arrives in their world.

RTS Network Presenter of the Year Emily Maitlis will become the new lead presenter for BBC Two’s Newsnight.

Jesy Nelson, a member of the world’s biggest girl band Little Mix, will explore body image and mental health in a brand new documentary for the BBC.

Award-winning filmmaker Louis Theroux returns to the UK to spend time in two specialist psychiatric units, which treat mothers experiencing serious mental illness whilst allowing them to live alongside their babies in new documentary, Louis Theroux: Mothers On The Edge.


The BBC and the Football Association (the FA) have agreed a new four-year broadcast deal to show the Emirates FA Cup until 2025.

Northern Ireland

Escape the norm and get a taste of something different with Blas: 5x5 (Thursday, 21 March, 7pm, BBC Radio Ulster) the new and ‘unofficial’ world chart that plays five Number One songs from five different countries around the world.

Two-time Olympic bronze winner Paddy Barnes has his heart set on a different sort of medal - the Fáinne Airgid, a silver ring-shaped pin given to those with a good level of spoken Irish.


Bob Shennan has been appointed as the BBC’s Group Managing Director. In the new role Bob, who is currently Director, Radio and Music, will oversee strategy, policy, legal, commercial rights and business affairs.

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