ITV has confirmed the appointment of the BBC’s drama chief Polly Hill as its new head of drama along with a much-changed senior management team including Sue Murphy, the former Channel 4 executive responsible for My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Hill will head the broadcaster’s drama department succeeding Steve November, whose departure was announced last week. Murphy joins from independent production company Optomen, maker of various Gordon Ramsay shows, in the newly created role of head of factual entertainment.
Identity School of Acting and Talent Agency, led by Femi Oguns MBE, has announced that they will be launching Identity Theatre Company.
The successful part-time drama school’s alumni includes John Boyega (who is also a patron), Sophie Hopkins (Doctor Who spin-off Class), Ashley Thomas (set to star in the upcoming series of 24), Letitia Wright (E4’s Banana and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2015) Malachi Kirby (who is appearing in History’s Roots remake), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), Duran Fulton (ITV1s Jekyll & Hyde) and many more who have achieved global success.
Sky News is launching a new, no-nonsense, straight-talking debate show alled The Pledge. All the participants are committed to speaking freely, honestly and passionately about the subjects they – and you – care about. The programme will be entirely unmoderated – there is no conventional presenter.
BBC Three today announce the stars of the Doctor Who spin-off series Class – exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.
A few lucky films have entered my personal hall of fame over the years. Coming to America will have me quoting lines like I wrote the film myself, The Departed made me fall deeper in love with the Scorcese-DiCaprio double-act and Love & Basketball is where girl crushes began (Sanaa Lathan is perfection)!
When House Party was released in 1990, I was a very small child (that's the only info about my age you're getting), so it wasn't until a few years later that I actually watched the film that my older sister and her friends' inside jokes had been referring to. Heading into my teens, it's safe to say that this film became a classic for me as it was a blueprint for a successful night out. Not only has the film stood the test of time, so has that blueprint:
In London and looking for something fun to do this weekend?
Celebrating black and multicultural films, Block Party Cinema brings movies, music and street food together to create a unique, throwback vibe in London pop ups.
Their very first event will take place Sunday 3rd April at Pop Brixton, a pioneering new pop up space in the heart of Brixton. First, you'll be transported back to 90’s Chicago for Love Jones, a romantic comedy full of passion and poetry starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate.
Undercover is a new six-part thriller written by Peter Moffat for BBC One. The drama follows Maya (Sophie Okonedo), a spirited and passionate barrister who is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. But just as Maya’s life comes under intense public scrutiny, she discovers that Nick (Adrian Lester), her husband and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. His web of lies threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard for – including and most importantly the case she’s based her entire career on.
To help the BBC create a broader, more diverse technology workforce, they are running a one-day ‘Diversity in Tech’ networking, development and recruitment conference at BBC Broadcasting House on Friday 8 April. The day is specifically aimed at people from groups that are currently underrepresented within our technical teams; this includes women, people with disabilities, people from ethnic minority backgrounds and individuals from the LGBT community. This free event is an excellent opportunity to visit the iconic headquarters in central London, hear more about the range of tech used at the BBC, network with other techies, talk to recruiters and find out why the BBC is a tech employer of choice for diverse talent.