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Watch | BBC release trailer for ‘Sitcom Season’ ft Paterson Joseph, Joanna Page & Kayode Ewumi

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.

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News | Nikki Amuka-Bird & Phoebe Fox to star in BBC adaptation of Zadie Smith’s ‘NW’

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Reposted from Radio Times

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.

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News | BBC Three announces cast for Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’

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Reposted from BBC Media Centre

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.

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Event | BBC Diversity in Tech Conference – apply now

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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.

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Opportunity | Apply for BBC’s ‘New Director’ Scheme

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In collaboration with Creative Skillset and Directors UKBBC 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. 

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Watch| The Javone Prince Show on BBC Two

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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.

News| Polly Hill becomes new controller of BBC drama commissioning

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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.

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News| BBC Greenlights Steve McQueen Drama

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Reposted from Broadcast

The BBC has formally commissioned its “epic” Steve McQueen drama about the experiences of a black community in west London. The corporation and UK indie Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, are aiming to shoot the anticipated six-part series in spring 2016.

McQueen, the Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave director, will direct and co-write the drama, alongside writers including Debbie Tucker Green, who won a Bafta TV award in 2012 for Channel 4 single Random. The series will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families living in west London between the 1960s and the present day. It has been in development since January 2014.

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Tony Hall and the BBC Unveil Plans to Tackle Diversity

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Reposted from Broadcast

Summary

  • £2.1m diversity fund
  • Creation of independent diversity board
  • Leadership and commissioning development schemes
  • Fresh diversity targets

Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”The director general unveiled the package of measures in a speech at Elstree Studios on Friday, where he said “it’s time for action” on diversity. It follows the issue being thrust to the forefront of the broadcasting agenda over the past 12 months.

As well as the £2.1m Diversity Creative Talent Fund, the BBC has created two leadership development programmes, introduced new staff diversity targets and an intern scheme. Hall will also create an independent board to keep the BBC’s progress in check. He has stopped short of introducing Lenny Henry’s proposal to ring-fence a percentage of the BBC’s annual commissioning budget for programmes that hit black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation targets. The comedian will, however, be part of the BBC’s Diversity Advisory Group, which also includes Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Asian Network’s Nihal and footballer Jason Roberts. The panel of experts will monitor the broadcaster’s progress and is to be chaired by Hall.

 

Diversity fund

Although not a quota, the £2.1m fund – around 0.1% of the BBC’s £1.8bn TV budget – will address BAME portrayal on air. It will help support development of television projects across all genres, fast tracking ideas from diverse writers, talent and production staff. The funding will be re-prioritised from existing BBC budgets and be made available from September.

It is one of Danny Cohen’s biggest contributions to Hall’s diversity blueprint, and the director of television will also support a commissioner development programme, training six “commissioners of the future”. Successful candidates will be paid to complete a 12-month placement, working in genres including comedy, drama and factual. This is in addition to a leadership development programme for another six BAME individuals. They will be offered experience of working at the top of the BBC, collaborating directly with the executive team, which includes Hall and strategy boss James Purnell.

“The ambition is for those selected to become senior leaders in the industry,” the BBC said, adding that they will get training from the “respected” Clore Leadership Development Programme.

At the other end of the scale, the corporation will take on 20 BAME graduate trainee interns through the Creative Access Programme and plans to continue its work with the Stephen Lawrence Trust and the Mama Youth Project.

 

Targets

Hall’s announcement included a commitment to improve BBC HR’s approach to talent recruitment and management to ensure it is “best in class”. The team, led by incoming HR director Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, will help shepherd a raft of “stretching” new diversity targets. Over the next three years, the BBC wants on air BAME portrayal to increase from 10.4% to 15%. BBC News has also set targets in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leicester.

Off air, the BBC will aim to increase the proportion of its BAME senior management across television, radio and news divisions from the current level of 8.3% to 10% in 2017 and 15% in 2020. Its target of 14.2% across all staff will be unchanged. While BBC director general Hall admitted that results “won’t be achieved overnight”, he argued the blueprint “will make a tangible difference” and “help set the pace in the media industry”. The BBC’s progress will be reviewed “regularly” to ensure its record is “beyond reproach”, he added.

“The BBC gets much right on diversity, but the simple fact is that we need to do more. I am not content for the BBC to be merely good or above average,” Hall said. “It is something we have to get right. My aim is for the BBC to be the number one destination for talented people regardless of their background. It’s time for action.”

Simon Albury, former RTS boss and chair of the Campaign for Broadcasting Equality, said the package of measures is a “huge step forward”, but questioned the size of the Diversity Creative Talent Fund. “If progress is slower than Tony Hall expects, this is an area where the Independent Diversity Action Group could look to see a significant increase,” he said.

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