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The BBC has announced Black And British, a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.
Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio and online, the Black And British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging orthodoxies. The season will also cast a fresh light on Black history, examining the contribution and impact of Black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be Black and British today.
Continue reading Watch | See what the BBC has in store for Black And British season [Trailer]
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The BBC will be commissioning 8 writers to write an original series or serial script for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three Online.
To apply you must have at least one production credit (a drama, at least 30 mins in duration) to your name. You can have written for theatre, television, radio or film but must not already be in development (beyond treatment stage) with BBC Television Drama. This is not a scheme for new, untested writers or those with significant original television drama credits. It is an opportunity for writers with striking and unusual stories to tell, to take part in a bespoke scheme with input from top television writers and BBC editorial and production staff, as well as a dedicated Script Editor and Exec Producer. The Scheme will last for a year.
Continue reading Opportunity | BBC to commission 8 writers to create an original series – apply now
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The BBC and Channel 4 have stepped up their efforts to find a broader range of voices among the next generation of TV directors through two new schemes.
Continue reading Opportunity | BBC and Channel 4 seek fresh director talent
The BBC has released a trailer for their landmark sitcom season to mark 60 years since Galton and Simpson’s Hancock’s Half Hour started on BBC Television. The season of programming across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four will celebrate the heritage and legacy of BBC comedy by revisiting some of Britain’s iconic sitcoms alongside launching brand new comedy shows.
Continue reading Watch | BBC release trailer for ‘Sitcom Season’ ft Paterson Joseph, Joanna Page & Kayode Ewumi
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Luther star Nikki Amuka-Bird and Hollow Crown actor Phoebe Fox are set to star in the BBC adaptation of Zadie Smith novel NW.
The two actors have begun filming the BBC2 drama based on Smith's bestselling book, a story of two friends who grew up together in north west London but now live very different lives. The 90-minute drama is directed by Saul Dibb, director of The Duchess starring Kiera Knightley. Amuka-Bird, best known for playing DC Erin Gray opposite Idris Elba in BBC1 drama Luther, will play Natalie, while Fox will play her longest friend Leah.
Continue reading News | Nikki Amuka-Bird & Phoebe Fox to star in BBC adaptation of Zadie Smith’s ‘NW’
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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.
Continue reading News | BBC Three announces cast for Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’
Date: Friday 8 April 2016
Time: 10:00-19:00 (inc. networking drinks)
Location: Broadcasting House, London, W1
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.
Continue reading Event | BBC Diversity in Tech Conference – apply now
In collaboration with Creative Skillset and Directors UK, BBC Writersroom and BBC Drama have put together a new ‘on-the-job’ training scheme for directors early in their career.
Over the next year, 12 drama directors will be mentored on one of the 4 flagship continuing dramas (EastEnders, Holby City, Doctors & Casualty); and, as part of their training, they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme. If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within 9 months for a full directorial commission.
Continue reading Opportunity | Apply for BBC’s ‘New Director’ Scheme
The multi-talented and award-winning Javone Prince has landed on BBC Two with a brand-new sketch series. The Javone Prince Show looks at all facets of contemporary multicultural Britain; it questions who we are, what our attitudes are and why we have them. Each week, self-professed original loverman, Javone (PhoneShop, Horrible Histories) and friends will dissect 21st century Britain with a series of comedic takes on everyday life.
The Javone Prince Show (4×30') is the first production for Phil Bowker (PhoneShop, Pulling, 15 Storeys High) and Lee Tucker's (Silver River, Avalon) indie 'Lovely Electricity' and will be made jointly with BBC In-house Comedy Production. Myfanwy Moore (Little Britain) will be the executive producer.
Click here to watch Ep1 on iPlayer and brand new episodes Sundays 10pm on BBC Two.
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Polly Hill, the BBC executive responsible for Wolf Hall, Poldark and The Missing, has been appointed the new controller of BBC drama commissioning, one of the most powerful jobs in UK television. Hill succeeds Ben Stephenson, who is leaving to join Star Wars director JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in the US.
Hill, who is currently head of independent drama at the BBC, has overseen productions including BBC1’s Poldark, The Missing, Ripper Street and Death in Paradise, and Wolf Hall, The Honourable Woman and The Shadow Line on BBC2.
Continue reading News| Polly Hill becomes new controller of BBC drama commissioning