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     BBC America rebrands under new American chief  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Monday, July 23 2007 @ 04:28 PM EDT
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    General NewsBBC America's fall schedule has been significantly retooled to compete against American networks.

    Long a bastion of "vintage" reruns and daytime reality shows, BBC America has been undergoing a gradual retool since Garth Ancier—who has also been president of NBC, FOX and the WB—took over in February.

    Over the back half of the 2006-2007 season, he ushered in the concept of "themed" programming blocks, in which certain nights of the week offered a fare suitable for a particular kind of demographic.

    This approach will see even greater flower this fall, when Steven Moffat's Jekyll makes its premiere to the American audience that partially paid for it. The show is a bit of an experiement for Ancier: the first in what may be a string of BBCA-BBC1 co-productions. It will debut on Saturday, August 4th, at 8pm—sharing Saturday nights with Torchwood for a part of the fall.

     Upper Boat May Be Asked to Lower Output  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Monday, July 02 2007 @ 02:18 AM EDT
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    General NewsSarahjanetv have recently pointed to a slightly worrying article in the Independent, which may have a future impact on all output from Upper Boat. Entitled "Who Will Be Exterminated?", the article says the £2 billion shortfall in expected license fee revenue is forcing management to make some very tough choices.

    Among the options being considered is a sharp reduction in the number of in-house productions of hour-long drama "like Torchwood and Doctor Who". Since the entire RTD "Whoniverse" is a BBC production—as opposed to an independent show which the BBC buys as a finished good—all of them are theoretically up for cost/benefit review.

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    Most Recent Post: 07/04 02:01PM by TrevorW71

     K-9 Adventures: update from Broadcast magazine  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, June 26 2007 @ 10:24 PM EDT
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    General NewsThe long-announced K-9 Adventures seems to still be in production, despite a year-long drought of news on the subject. The FAQ over at the Outpost Gallifrey K-9 Adventures forum now reflects some news from a credible industry source.

    According to the FAQ, updated just today, Broadcast magazine's 13 April 2007 report on the state of K-9 Adventures for the first time listed writers other than K-9 co-creator Bob Baker. It said that Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers—both well-known writers of children's animation—were to be chief writers. It also gave an expected delivery date of July 2008 for the 26-part series.

    Unfortunately, the report seems to be in the subscription-based part of Broadcast's website. Independent verification of the report is therefore problematic. Nevertheless, the fact that this news originates at Broadcast is of significance in deciphering its accuracy—Broadcast is a serious, British television trade journal.

     Rigor Mortis sets back in  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, June 05 2007 @ 07:43 PM EDT
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    General NewsIf you missed it the first time around—and if you're outside of the UK, chances are you did—Peter Davison and Tracy-Ann Oberman's critically acclaimed Radio 4 black comedy, Rigor Mortis, has been getting a second life on Radio 7 this spring.

    Though this notice appears to come too late for hearing most of the series on the BBC's Listen Again service, you can still catch the latest Radio 7 episode if you're quick.

    Just click here to go directly to the episode.

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    Most Recent Post: 06/05 11:15PM by DarthSkeptical

     Graeme Harper: Author  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, June 05 2007 @ 05:25 PM EDT
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    General NewsIf you thought Graeme Harper was busy enough directing for both Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, think again. He's had time to write a book about it all.

    Today, Harper the author and Harper the Doctor Who director come together with the UK release of Calling the Shots: Behind the Scenes at the New Doctor Who. The book, which will likely focus on principally his own episodes, will be out in the US in late September. It's the first time that a director of the program has ever published a book about his craft.

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     Who is James Moran?  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, June 05 2007 @ 12:24 AM EDT
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    General NewsLooking ahead to Series 2 of Torchwood and Series 4 of Doctor Who, one can't help but note a new name in the writers' line-up: James Moran. While most of the names announced have been around the Cardiff studios for a while now, Moran is a notable exception. Fortunately for fans, he's also a blogging exception.

    To get to know more about James Moran, all you have to do is check out his delightfully quirky site, the pen is mightier than the spork.

    In an entry posted just yesterday, for example, he gives a run-down on the readthrough of his first contribution to Russell T. Davies' "Whoniverse", an episode from the upcoming series of Torchwood.

    He's also currently got some fun posts up about being named a writer in the fourth series of Doctor Who and details about his currently-in-US-release film, the fantasy-horror, Severance.

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     Davison in Demand  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Friday, June 01 2007 @ 09:53 PM EDT
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    General News2007 is shaping up to be something of a renaissance for Peter Davison. He has major roles in no fewer than three major projects on British television screens this year.

    The first series of his newest programme, Fear, Stress & Anger finished transmission on BBC 2 in March. Meanwhile, on ITV, the fourth series of The Last Detective concluded last night. Later in the year, Davison is a featured guest star on the telemovie, Marple: At Bertram's Hotel, a Jane Marple mystery adapted by Doctor Who writer, Tom MacRae.

    Anger revolves around Davison's character and his wife, a middle-aged couple coping with the difficulties of having not quite accomplished all the goals they would've liked to, but still having to provide for an aging mother and a not-quite-out-of-the-nest daughter. Davison's daughter is notably his real-life daughter, Georgia Moffett, who reportedly auditioned for the character of "Rose Tyler" in 2005.

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    Most Recent Post: 06/06 11:28AM by MikeD

     Together at last: the Eighth and Ninth Doctors?  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Friday, June 01 2007 @ 12:10 PM EDT
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    General NewsLater this year, Paul McGann and the animated Ninth Doctor, Richard E. Grant, are set to see their new short film, Always Crashing in the Same Car, on limited release in the UK.

    According to, the production will see the former Withnail and I co-stars reunite under the Handmade Films banner for the first time since their landmark 1980's comedy.

    Crashing, which takes its name from a 1976 David Bowie song, may be featured in British cinemas as soon as Autumn, alongside a re-release of 1987's Withnail.

    Though details of the plot have not been announced, it appears to have nothing to do with a 2002 film of the same name.

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    Most Recent Post: 06/01 09:40PM by Louis

     Eccleston may not be done with Heroes  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, May 22 2007 @ 03:33 AM EDT
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    General NewsFollowing the season one finale of Heroes on 21 May, creator Tim Kring and actress Hayden Panettiere ("Claire Bennett") fielded a series of wide-ranging questions in a live internet chat. One of the questions asked about Christopher Eccleston's future on the program.

    Kring responded, "We love Christopher Eccleston and we are really hoping that he'll return to the show next season. It's purely a matter of his availability as an actor, but we're very much interested in that."

    This may be made easier by a change coming to the series' format. Kring revealed in the same conversation that he expects the serial format to contract. Whereas season 1 was a single storyline under the heading "Volume 1", he expects season 2 to contain at least two "volumes". Tightening the narrative into separate story lines will naturally mean more definite "recording blocks". This, in turn, should define the maximum length of time guest stars will be required each season, and therefore make it easier to schedule busy guest actors like Eccleston.

     Heroes: The REALLY Invisible Eccleston  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Thursday, December 07 2006 @ 05:53 PM EST
     Viewed:  951 times  
    General NewsBuried deep in an interview over at leading comic news site,, is the tantalizing suggestion that Christopher Eccleston has already appeared on Heroes.

    In a 4 December interview with Joe Pokaski and Aron Colleite, two of the show's writer/producers, interviewers asked how difficult it was to write for an invisible character like Claude.

    Their response? "Let's talk more about this after you've met the guy . . . wait a minute, he's invisible, what's to say you haven't already met him . . . hmmmmmmm."

    Though the comment can be read as an attempt to quickly deflect the interviewer from a question whose answer would've contained spoilers, the comment at least provides Doctor Who fans a reason to re-watch the first 11 episodes very carefully during the Heroes six-week Christmas hiatus.

    To paraphrase the show's hit slogan: Find the invisible man. Find the future.

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