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‘Doctor Who’ Tells a “Haunting” Tale With a Chilling Night With Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Author

It turns out lightning can strike twice with Doctor Who, which makes an electric return to form with “The Haunting of Villa Diodati.” Last week saw Season 12’s hot streak of episodes come to an end, but Doctor Who resuscitated its high-quality run with a perfect old-fashioned ghost story that pitted Frankenstein’s author against a modern Prometheus of Doctor Who‘s own making. Doctor Who has long delighted in doing on-the-nose tributes to famous literary figures, which range from the good (Charl...
Tags: Television, Movies, Time, Doctor Who, Sci-fi, Earth, Bbc, Features, Guardian, Charles Dickens, PERCY, Jack, Bbc America, Agatha Christie, Byron, Ada Lovelace


BBC Scotland boss Donalda MacKinnon to retire

The Director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, has announced she’s leaving the corporation after 33 years. She made the announcement to staff at Pacific Quay today, and departs after four years in charge of all of the BBC’s teams and output in Scotland. She said that she had planned from the outset of taking on the top job that she would leave this year when she turned 60. Donalda MacKinnon says: “Reflecting back on all that we have achieved, and with complete certainty that we are in stron...
Tags: Scotland, Bbc, People, Radio, Tony Hall, Bbc Scotland, Donalda, Pacific Quay, Ken MacQuarrie, Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland Donalda MacKinnon, Services across radio TV


Extra hours at BBC Local Radio during Storm Dennis

BBC Local Radio stations around England provided extra hours of programming during Storm Dennis, dropping network shows in favour of local content. In the West Midlands, a BBC Hereford and Worcester reporter continued to provide updates on the radio despite being stuck in her home. The ground floor of Nicola Goodwin’s house is flooded with 2ft of water but by using her phone she was able to keep working and supplying reports to BBC Hereford and Worcester Local Radio and BBC News. Nicola said:...
Tags: England, Bbc, Radio, Southampton, Manchester, Bournemouth, Devon, Surrey, West Midlands, Station, Leeds, Ipswich, Worcester, Hampshire, Sussex, Dorset


David Lloyd to present The Story of Radio

Radio consultant David Lloyd is booked in at the Burgh House & Hampstead Museum in London to present The Story of Radio next month. The Story of Radio will happen on March 4th at 7.30pm, providing an alternative night of entertainment to the ARIAs which is scheduled for the same time. David presents the radio podcast Conversations and hosts the weekly Radio Moments, looking back at this week in radio. He began his career at Radio Trent in 1980, then went on to work in all sectors of the indus...
Tags: London, Top, Events, Bbc, David, Radio, David Lloyd, Orion Media, Radio Authority, Radio Trent, Burgh House Hampstead Museum, Story of Radio, Radio Moments, Phil Riley He


BBC Radio Ulster announces new breakfast show

5 Live’s Sarah Brett and BBC Washington Correspondent Chris Buckler are both heading back to Belfast to present Radio Ulster’s new breakfast show from April. They will replace Noel Thompson and Karen Patterson, who announced in November that they were leaving the Good Morning Ulster programme. Sarah previously spent a decade at BBC Radio Foyle and Radio Ulster, before joining 5 Live in 2014 where she currently hosts the weeknight show from 10.30pm to 1am. She grew up in Donegal and studied jo...
Tags: Europe, UK, Washington, US, Bbc, Radio, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belfast, North America, Station, Donald Trump, Sarah, Chris, Citybeat, Londonderry


John Pienaar joins Times Radio for Drive Time

BBC’s Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar is joining new digital station Times Radio to present the Drive Time show. John has been at the BBC for 28 years, and was previously a newspaper journalist. NewsUK says his new Drive Time show on Times Radio will ‘deal with the issues of the day in Westminster and beyond’. Personal news: after nearly three decades at the BBC I am leaving to join the soon-to-be-launched Times Radio as Drive Time presenter. 1/2 — John Pienaar (@JPonpolitics) February...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, Industry, Radio, John, Alerts, Pienaar, Stig Abell, Liam Fisher, John Pienaar, RadioToday Programme, Newsuk, Heidi Dawson, Times Radio, Times Radio Launch


Jude Law and Taika Waititi Team for Showtime Series The Auteur

Jude Law and Taika Waititi Team Up for Showtime Limited Series The Auteur Deadline reports that Jude Law and Academy Award-winner Taika Waititi have teamed up for the Showtime original series The Auteur. RELATED: Killing Eve Season 3 Teaser: BBC Debuts Valentine’s Day Teaser & Premiere Date Waititi will direct the series from his own screenplay, which is supposedly a Hollywood satire based on the Rick Spears novel of the same name. Law will play the title character. Spears’ graphic novel fol...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Hollywood, Movies, News, Law, Bbc, Showtime, TV News, Rex, Tracy Morgan, Academy Awards, Jude Law, Darwin, Spears, Taika Waititi


‘Killing Eve’ Clowns Around in Season 3 Photos; Premiere Date Announced

After its surprising season 2 finale, in which one main character left another for dead, the BBC America spy drama Killing Eve is almost back for its third season. Executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle calls it “the most personal” and “the most emotionally rocky” season yet, which says a lot about the dynamic between MI6 agent Eve (Sandra Oh) and unpredictable assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Find out when the new season is set to premiere and check out a few new photos below. Entertainm...
Tags: BBC America, Drama, Images, Mystery/Suspense, Release Dates, Television, Jodie Comer, Killing Eve, Sandra Oh


Killing Eve Season 3 Teaser: BBC Debuts Valentine’s Day Teaser & Premiere Date

Killing Eve Season 3 teaser: BBC debuts Valentine’s Day teaser & premiere date Just in time for Valentine’s Day, BBC has unveiled a new holiday-themed teaser fo the upcoming third season of the Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh-led comedic spy thriller Killing Eve, which also reveals an April premiere date! The teaser can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Killing Eve Renewed for Season 4 Ahead of Season 3 Premiere The series left off with an explosive cliffhanger at the end of season two, as...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Movies, Bbc, Rome, TV News, Shaw, Luke Jennings, Carolyn, ComingSoon, Steve Pemberton, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Phoebe Waller, TV Premiere Date, BBCA


Run Teaser Previews New HBO Series From Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Run teaser previews new HBO series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge HBO has released the first teaser for executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s upcoming rom-com thriller series Run, featuring our first look at Meritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson’s characters. Also starring Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), the series is scheduled to make its debut on April 12, exclusively on HBO. Check out the video in the player below! RELATED: HBO Renews Avenue 5 for Second Season Run is a romantic-comedic-thriller seri...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Movies, Trailer, Bbc, Nicole Kidman, TV News, Emmy, Ruby, Run, Billy, Domhnall Gleeson, Golden Globe, Waller, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Waller Bridge


5 Live names Julie Cullen as new Managing Editor

BBC Radio 5 Live has appointed Julie Cullen from 6 Music as its new Managing Editor. She replaces Heidi Dawson, who was recently promoted to Controller of 5 Live, and will assist Heidi in shaping the editorial direction of the station. Julie is currently in the BBC 6 Music management team having worked at the station since 2002. At 6 Music, Julie has been a journalist, presenter, executive producer, editor and, most recently commissioning executive. Prior to joining 6 Music, she worked at BBC...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Heidi, BBC Radio, Julie, The North of England, Heidi Dawson, Julie Cullen


Lewis Carnie to leave Radio 2 in the summer

The Head of BBC Radio 2, Lewis Carnie, is leaving the station after 19 years. Lorna Clarke, Controller of Pop, confirmed the news to staff today, saying he would be a ‘hard act to follow’ when he departs in the summer. It hasn’t been confirmed what Lewis will be doing next, but in a message to staff at Radio 2 he said he’d be ‘very active in entertainment – there will be more on that when the time is right.’ Lewis Carnie told RadioToday: “After 19 glorious years at BBC Radio 2, it’s time to t...
Tags: Top, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Britain, Falkirk, Alerts, Lewis, Bruce, BBC Radio, Rylan, BBC Radio 2, Lewis Carnie, Zoe Ball, Wogan House, Central FM


Radiocentre: Be a #ForceForGood on World Radio Day

Radiocentre is celebrating World Radio Day on Thursday focussing on how the medium makes a meaningful difference to people’s lives in the UK. As part of this it is asking stations to tweet their charity, cause-related and general good deeds under the hashtag #ForceForGood #WorldRadioDay. World Radio Day is an annual UNESCO initiative to highlight the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. It provides an opportunity to increase awarene...
Tags: Europe, UK, Top, Scotland, Global, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Unesco, BAME, World Radio Day, Siobhan Kenny Radiocentre, Bauer Radio, Mental Health Minute, St Luke 's Chief Creative Office Al Young radio


Complaints roll in over ‘offensive’ same-sex kiss on TV

The BBC’s “fortnightly report” of its complaint service showed that British television viewers filed a ton of quibbles between January 20 and February 2. 262 people complained about “inaccurate or irresponsible advice given on care for infants” on the show Trust Me, I’m a Doctor. 254 people objected to “footage of LeBron James shown in error during coverage of the death of Kobe Bryant” on BBC News. (Oof.) AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); And 111 peo...
Tags: Entertainment, Lifestyle, Bbc, BBC News, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Homophobia, Daily Star, Jack, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Lee, Marty, Holby City, Gay TV Characters, Shaheen Jafargholi


Funny Fortnight feature returns to BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio 2 is bringing back Funny Fortnight for another year featuring two weekends of one-off celebrity panel shows, quizzes and situation comedies. The network will also air two specials with Patrick Kielty interviewing Mel Brooks, and Steve Martin with Martin Short. Funny Fortnight will feature Tom Allen, Charlie Brooker, Daliso Chaponda, Sophie Duker, Rhys James, Russell Kane, Gary Lewis, James May, AJ Odudu, Vicki Pepperdine, Morgana Robinson, Suzi Ruffell, Ahir Shah, Emma Sidi, Stacey ...
Tags: UK, Bbc, Radio, Steve Martin, Station, Mel Brooks, Patrick Kielty, BBC Radio, BBC Radio 2, Robert Gallacher, Sindhu Vee, Martin Short Funny Fortnight


‘Doctor Who’ is Dreaming of a Better Episode to Tackle Mental Health Than “Can You Hear Me?”

Chris Chibnall the overcompensating writer is back with “Can You Hear Me?” — a bloated Doctor Who episode that fumbles its message on mental illness with retro callbacks and far too many mysteries. The seventh episode of season 12 ends the hot streak that Doctor Who had been on lately, due to showrunner Chibnall, who co-writes the episode with Charlene James, reverting to his worst tendencies: overstuffing and overcomplicating a promising premise. “Can You Hear Me?” is about dreams, but’s also ...
Tags: Television, Movies, Doctor Who, Sci-fi, Syria, Bbc, Graham, Orphan, Aleppo, Grace, Radio Times, Ryan, Aleppo Syria, Tom Baker, Chris Chibnall, Chibnall


Kelvin Mackenzie wants auction for national licences

Kelvin Mackenzie is calling for analogue national licences to be put up for auction. The DCMS has asked for responses by February 22nd to a consultation, and there is a Radiocentre roundtable on Tuesday with DCMS in attendance. “Boris Johnson’s policy guru Dominic Cummings has never made a secret of wishing there was a centre Right radio or television station in the UK along the lines of the successful Rupert Murdoch owned Fox News. I share that view and always have. The Left have got the BB...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Opinion, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Premier League, Ofcom, Treasury, Fox News, Boris Johnson, LBC, Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation, News Corp


BBC Radio 5 Live removes studio cameras from website

The live studio video feed for BBC Radio 5 Live has been removed from the station’s website. Until recently, users could watch what was happening in vision 24/7, with multiple cameras covering the studio, and one in front of each presenter. The live camera stream would automatically mix itself, switching cameras to whichever studio microphone had the most dominant audio going through it. When no audio was heard (during pre-recorded clips or phone calls), a wide studio shot was used. But this ...
Tags: Bbc, Industry, Radio, BBC Radio, Bbc Radio 5 Live


Listenership Of BBC’s Classical Music Station Up By 16%, Tying Its All-Time Record

“The classical music station Radio 3 has recorded its joint highest audience share since records began, as listeners weary of politics take refuge in Brahms and Bach. The BBC station reached 2.13 million listeners a week in the last quarter, up 16 per cent on the same period for the previous year.” – The Times (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Bbc, Radio, Times, Audience, Brahms, 02.06.20


BBC local radio stations to drop INRIX voiced bulletins

INRIX will no longer provide presenter-read travel bulletins for 39 BBC local stations from June as part of changes at the radio network. Instead, staff at each station will read their own bulletins, in a bid by the BBC to bring local voices back to the bulletin. In an email to all staff this morning, Chris Burns, Head of Audio & Digital, BBC England, said “completely customisable traffic and travel scripts will be sent to each station to be read out by a member of staff”, adding that the cha...
Tags: UK, England, Top, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Inrix, Bbc Local Radio, INRIX INRIX, Chris Burns, Audio Digital BBC


‘Shaun the Sheep’ is Getting a BBC/Netflix Christmas Special in 2021

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king: We’re getting a Shaun the Sheep Christmas special. Fans of the Aardman Animations series can flock to their televisions on Christmas day 2021, when a special 30-minute Shaun the Sheep Christmas special will premiere on BBC One in the U.K. and Netflix everywhere else. Deadline broke the news that a Shaun the Sheep Christmas special is in the works at Aardman Animations, for a BBC and Netflix premiere in 2021. A Winter’s Tale From Shaun the Sheep (work...
Tags: Television, Movies, Greece, Bbc, Netflix, Animation, Aardman, Aardman Animations, Timmy, Wallace, Shaun, Steve Cox, Mark Burton, Shaun the Sheep, Sue Deeks, Giles Pillbrow Richard Beek


Kirk Douglas Dies at 103, Hollywood Remembers

Kirk Douglas dies at 103, Hollywood remembers Following yesterday’s sad news (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Oscar nominee Kirk Douglas passed away at age 103, Hollywood flooded social media with tributes to the icon, including from his son and actor Michael Douglas, which you can read below. Douglas was best known for his work in Spartacus, Paths of Glory, Ace in the Hole, The Vikings, Lust for Life, Champion, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Man From Snowy Ri...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Bbc, Oscar, Hugh Jackman, Obituary, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Zemeckis, William Shatner, Catherine, Michael, Michael Douglas, Douglas, Peter, Joel, Anne


Dotun Adebayo moves to weeknights on BBC Radio 5 Live

Dotun Adebayo is to move from weekend to weekday overnights on BBC Radio 5 Live as a replacement for Rhod Sharp. Dotun will be heard Monday to Friday between 1am and 5am from April, and will continue his Sunday evening show on BBC Radio London. He said: “Wow, what an honour it is to be given the privilege of hosting this amazing station five nights a week. It will be worth staying up for…I promise.” Heidi Dawson, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “Dotun is well known to our listeners who ...
Tags: Top, Bbc, BBC News, People, Radio, BBC Radio, BBC Radio London, Bbc Radio 5 Live, Dotun Adebayo, Heidi Dawson, Dotun, Rhod Sharp, Rhod Sharp Dotun


Tom Hiddleston to Star in Netflix Political Thriller Series ‘White Stork’

Tom Hiddleston is taking over our TV screens, one streaming service at a time. In addition to starring in the upcoming Disney+ series Loki, the Avengers: Endgame star has been tapped to lead White Stork, a Netflix political thriller series created, written, and executive produced by Jericho scribe Chris Dunlop. Variety reports that Hiddleston is set to star in White Stork, a 10-part political thriller that follows politician James Cooper, “whose parliamentary ambitions and personal life are ...
Tags: Movies, Casting, Amc, Disney, Bbc, Netflix, Thriller, Cbs, Thor, Tom Hiddleston, James Cooper, Political, Jericho, Hiddleston, Stork, Chris Dunlop


RAJAR Q4 2019: New record for digital radio listening

Digital listening share has increased by 11% to a new record of 58.5%, up from 52.6% in Q4 2018 in the latest figures for Q4 2019. They were boosted by the launch of new national commercial digital stations, and the growth of listening online via smart speakers in home and DAB listening in car. Overall digital listening grew by 43.4 million hours or 8% year on year. Listening via online and apps grew by 28.5 million hours (or by 30%) to now account for 12.5% of all listening and 21.5% of digi...
Tags: UK, Top, Digital, Global, Bbc, Industry, Radio, LBC, BBC Radio, Rajar, Virgin Radio, Ford Ennals CEO of Digital Radio UK


RAJAR Q4 2019: London and national brands round-up

Coverage of the general election helped 5 Live, Radio 4 and LBC each add half a million listeners across 2019. 5 Live is up from 4.9m to 5.4m in the Q4/2019 RAJAR listening figures, while Radio 4 has added a similar amount, rising from 10.4m a year ago to 10.9m now. LBC, including new digital station LBC News, posts a record high of 2.7m listeners (up more than half a million year on year), while talkRADIO is up more than 40% from 12 months ago to now have 433,000 listeners a week – another r...
Tags: UK, London, Top, Global, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Manchester, Virgin, Capital, Magic, LBC, Dave Berry, Jack, Today programme, James Purnell


Tom Hiddleston to Star in Netflix’s White Stork Series

Tom Hiddleston to star in Netflix’s White Stork series Deadline brings word that Golden Globe winner and MCU star Tom Hiddleston is set to make his TV comeback in Netflix‘s forthcoming political thriller series titled White Stork. Hiddleston will be portraying the lead role of a British politician named James Cooper. RELATED: Marvel Super Bowl Spot Reveals Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision! White Stork (previously titled as Spadehead) follows the story of James Cooper, who ...
Tags: UK, TV, Movies, Disney, Bbc, Netflix, TV News, Tom Hiddleston, James Cooper, Loki, Hiddleston, MCU, Toni Collette, ComingSoon, White Stork, WandaVision White Stork


Killing Eve’s Damon Thomas to Helm My Best Friend’s Exorcism Film

Killing Eve’s Damon Thomas to helm Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism film Long-time TV director Damon Thomas has signed on to helm Endeavor Content’s forthcoming horror film adaptation of My Best Friend’s Exorcism, JoBlo has confirmed. This project will also mark Thomas’ feature directorial debut after 18 years of directing TV films and episodes. Based on author Grady Hendrix’s horror novel of the same name, the film will be produced by Happy Death Day writer and director Christopher...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Bbc, Netflix, Showtime, Rebecca Romijn, Thomas, Monroe, Hendrix, Gretchen, Abby, Jerry O Connell, Peregrine, Grady Hendrix, Movie News, Josh Schwartz


Louise Cooper and Mickey Clarke to leave 5 Live

Sean Farrington will be the sole presenter of Wake Up To Money from March as BBC Radio 5 Live confirms Louise Cooper and Mickey Clarke are leaving. The changes are part of the ongoing BBC cuts, which also includes the end of Mornings Reports, as revealed by RadioToday last week. A BBC spokesperson told us: “Louise and Mickey are brilliant journalists who will be missed by listeners and colleagues alike. Mickey has been at the station since it started in 1994 and is a 5 Live legend. “Louise i...
Tags: Top, Singapore, Bbc, People, Radio, Sean, BBC Radio, Mickey, Louise, Louise Cooper, Rico Hizon, RadioToday, The North of England, Mickey Clarke, Sean Farrington, Mickey Clarke Louise Cooper


February 4 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

BEGIN SLIDESHOW February 4 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s February 4 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD Doctor Sleep Scarred by trauma he endured as a child, Dan Torrance has fought to find peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a girl with a powerful gift, known a...
Tags: TV, Movies, Horror, France, Virginia, Spain, Bbc, Arctic, Broadway, TV News, Clarke, Batgirl, Lars von Trier, Anya, Jack, Blu-ray



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