Yesterday today

Monday, March 2, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

'E', things ain't what they used to be

'E', things ain't what they used to be

As the next UKTV channel succumbs to a jaunty rebrand (UKTV History becoming Yesterday), Dominic Small is back with another examination of multichannel fortunes.

This time he’s looking at why networks continually tinker with their onscreen identities – from UK Living, to Living, to LivingTV, back to Living… and beyond. Read the story »

Oh, and does anyone know why the lowercase ‘e’ in YeSTERDAY?

Wendy Richard tribute programme

Thursday, February 26, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The BBC will screen a tribute to the late Wendy Richard this evening. Read more

Human nurture

Thursday, February 26, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The BBC has announced Being Human has been recommissioned. Read more

“Do I play woofter?”

Monday, February 23, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Last week, Kate Richardson nabbed Countdown infamy with a dodgy seven-letter word. Read more

Gimme Five USA

Monday, February 16, 2009 by · Comments Off 

States the obvious

States the obvious

Today’s the day Five rebrands its American themed channel. Formerly named Five US, it’s now called – umm – Five USA.

Okay, a perfunctory tweak at best, but it does now bring the branding into line with the rest of the Five network. To mark the occasion, Dominic Small looks back at Five’s digital fortunes thus far. Read the story »

The long con

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The BBC has confirmed Hustle will return for a sixth series in 2010. Read more

Triffids sprouts a cast

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

The BBC has announced its impressive cast list for The Day of the Triffids. Read more

Who’s hosting Comic Relief

Thursday, January 29, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

David Tennant will be hosting the first hour of Comic Relief Night it’s been revealed today. Read more

New Charlie Brooker TV review show

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Charlie Brooker will be recording a new TV review show on Friday, 30 January. Read more

Red again

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

UKTV has released more details about Red Dwarf’s upcoming return. Read more

New beat for The Bill

Thursday, January 22, 2009 by · 11 Comments 

ITV has announced its twice-weekly cop show is to drop to one episode and get a new slot. Read more

“To the North…”

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Police brutality

Police brutality

“…Where we do what we want”.

It’s hard to remember the last time C4 put so much weight behind one of its dramas. Red Riding, adapted from the novels of David Peace, tells the story of policing in Yorkshire through the 1970s and early ’80s. The trilogy was unveiled to the press tonight via a lowkey press launch in Shoreditch, East London.

C4′s Head of Drama, Liza Marshall, unveiled a selection of clips from each episode (which are set in 1974, 1980 and 1983 respectively), commenting that a production like this is  reason enough the channel should be helped out of its current financial crisis. Read more

Tony Hart, RIP

Sunday, January 18, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Tony Hart, 1925-2009

Tony Hart, 1925-2009

The month continues to take many TV greats. This morning it was announced Tony Hart had passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 83.

A television pioneer, it’s worth remembering how far back his association with the media goes. His first role was as artist in residence on Saturday Special in 1952. Last year, he told the Times how he got the job… Read more


Thursday, January 15, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

“What do we need in a mark?” asks Mickey, rhetorically. “Greed.” Read more

Indies competition now closed

Monday, January 12, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The Rise and Rise of the Independents

The Rise and Rise of the Independents

Our competition to win Ian Potter’s impressive book: The Rise and Rise of the Independents: A Television History (read more about it here) is now closed.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Our winners are:

Anthony BabajeeDavid McNay and Stuart Adair.

They all got it right, but how did you get on with our question?

It was… What connects BBC1′s Satan-baiting drama Apparitions with C4′s Chester-set soap, Hollyoaks?

The answer is, both shows are Lime Pictures productions. The clue was in the question…

Trisha – axed

Friday, January 9, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

As you may have spotted from our news feed – Five has axed Trisha. Read more


Thursday, January 8, 2009 by · 8 Comments 



Countdown returns on Monday, C4, with its all-new presenting team – Jeff Stelling (“Stelling is the name -  six consonants, two vowels”) at the desk, and the very smiley Rachel Riley wrangling the letters and numbers.

We’ll have a full review from our Countdown correspondent Ian Jones, but – briefly – how’s the relaunched show looking? Read more

So good?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

Five has announced who’s singing the new Minder theme tune. Read more

Completing the circle

Monday, January 5, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

A blog post of interest to few follows… Read more

Matt Smith is the new Doctor Who!

Saturday, January 3, 2009 by · 11 Comments 

Matt Smith - the new Doctor

Matt Smith - the new Doctor

Matt Smith has been announced as the 11th Doctor.

The Party Animals and Ruby in the Smoke star (set to appear in upcoming BBC2 crime drama Moses Jones) was an outside chance with all pundits, until earlier today, when his name suddenly propelled itself through the ranks of potential Time Lords. 

So how did Doctor Who Confidential announce the casting? Slowly… Read more

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