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Round up week 33 (11-17 August)

Hannah Khalil

Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

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

Ewan McGregor to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story

On Monday CBeebies has confirmed that Ewan McGregor is the latest star to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

BBC New Comedy Award winner 2018

Stephen Buchanan has been announced as the winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018

This week the first nine celebrity contestants were confirmed for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing: Katie Piper, Danny John-Jules, Faye Tozer, Joe Sugg, Vick Hope, Graeme SwannDr Ranj SinghStacey Dooley and Ashley Roberts.

Announcements and blogs


On Wednesday a statement on the BBC's decision not to appeal the ruling in the Sir Cliff Richard case was published.


In 1975, a 16 year-old Lenny Henry bunked off school to appear on TV talent show New Faces, beginning a long and glittering career in comedy, theatre and film. In 2018 Sir Lenny is 60 - the perfect excuse to celebrate a man who has made a unique impact on British entertainment in The Lenny Henry Birthday Show.


After leaving River City over a decade ago, acclaimed actress Barbara Rafferty returns to BBC Scotland’s much-loved drama to play brand new character, Bernie O’Hara who will stir up trouble and turn heads in Shieldinch.


On Monday it was announced that series four of award-winning documentary series Hospital will return to BBC Two next year, filming across several Trusts in Liverpool.

Elsewhere, BBC One confirmed that brand-new cookery competition for home cooks, Britain’s Best Home Cook, has been recommissioned.

Meanwhile on Friday it was announced that University Challenge's Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull will travel up and down the country in search of Britain’s most remarkable scientific and technological achievements for their first TV series.


It was confirmed that West End star and Holby City actor Lee Mead is joining this year’s line-up for BBC Wales’ Proms in the Park in Colwyn Bay on Saturday 8 September.

BBC Four

BBC 4.1 AI TV will bring two nights of experimental programming to BBC Four on 4-5 September, featuring new and classic programmes exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Radio 2 confirmed this week that it’s Saturday night dance music line-up is taking to the road once again for Radio 2’s All Star Party  on Saturday 29 September, live from the Art Deco ballroom of Bridlington Spa.

Elsewhere, Radio 4 will explore morality in the 21st Century with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who presents a series of five programmes examining this topic in early September.

Meanwhile, BBC Radio 1Xtra has announced three additional artists for this year’s 1Xtra Live line-up. Hosted by the 1Xtra DJ family, the station’s flagship live music event will take place in London at the O2 Arena on Saturday 22 September.


BBC Northern Ireland confirmed it will host a range of discussions on Saturday 1 September as part of the annual Mount Stewart Conversations - a joint initiative with the National Trust which reflects the County Down property’s long, and sometimes controversial, associations with domestic and international politics.


Denise Black, Licensing and Synchronisation Executive, BBC Studios asked From David Bowie to Miles Davis to the Proms: what happens to live recordings?; Angela Griffiths, Head of Scheduling, BBC Children's reported on how up to a third of iPlayer views are children's programmes; Saher Baloch, Video Journalist, BBC News Urdu revealed why BBC News Urdu took to two wheels in Three women on motorbikes across Pakistan.

In addition, we explained Why we've established a day to celebrate vocational qualifications, Bethan Jinkinson, Executive Editor BBC Ideas talked about ways BBC Ideas is helping make the time people spend online more meaningful; and Charlie Taylor, Series Producer, BBC World Questions blogged about  how the idea of adapting Any Questions for an international radio audience came about.

We also published the weekly BBC iPlayer Highlights 18-24 August 2018.

Broadcast Highlights

Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry

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