Report: Armando Iannucci in conversation with Lucy Lumsden

26 Mar 2015

Armando Iannucci, creator of some of the most edgy TV humour of the last 25 years, revealed how he had become steeped in the craft of comedy from an early age.

At a packed RTS event, the multi-award winning writer, performer, producer and director recalled an extraordinarily eclectic career in entertainment.

It had taken him from humble beginnings in Glasgow to Hollywood via Oxford and the BBC.

Video: Programme Awards 2013-14

24 Mar 2015

Did you miss the Programme Awards 2013-14? Here's your full round up of the night with Michael Underwood. Click here for the full list of winners and pictures from the awards ceremony. 

 

Programme Awards 2013 - 2014: The Winners

17 Mar 2015

The Royal Television Society, Britain's leading forum for television and related media, has announced the winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2013-2014.

Chaired by David Liddiment, the RTS Programme Awards honour excellence across all genres of television programming, from soaps to history, children’s fiction to comedy performance and sports, and recognise exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams as well as the programmes themselves.

 

BBC World Service on a shrinking income

12 Mar 2015
Its many supporters say the BBC World Service is more vital than ever, so how come it remains strapped for cash? Asks Raymond Snoddy

The headlines surrounding the BBC World Service could hardly be more worrying. Of late, the news has been about job losses, service cuts, shrinking income and the danger of being outgunned by big-spending foreign rivals. 

The BBC itself issued a stark warning recently about the challenges facing what many view as a unique UK asset, in a report on “The Future of News”.

Making live theatre work on screen

12 Mar 2015
Report of London Centre event on NT Live, held in March, by Matthew Bell

Warhorse
Warhorse (Credit: Catherine Ashmore)
Since its first broadcast of Phèdre, with Helen Mirren in the title role in 2009, National Theatre Live has brought almost 50 plays to 4 million people worldwide in 2,000 cinemas.

At a London Centre event in early March, Executive Producer David Sabel and Technical Producer Chris Bretnall discussed NT Live with journalist George Jarrett.

The secrets of their success

12 Mar 2015
Class is less the barrier to getting on in TV than it was

The latest RTS Futures event offered sage advice to a young and eager audience on how to climb TV's greasy pole, rising from a lowly runner to superstar status.

"Does it take talent, hard work, luck or good looks?" asked Broadcast magazine columnist and entertainment producer Steven D Wright, who chaired a five-strong panel of execs at the central Londonevent. "Or," he asked, "is it class?"

Television is frequently accused of being too posh, but the panel were united in the belief that, while this may once have been true, the industry is now more inclusive.

The future of ad-funded shows

12 Mar 2015
Advertisers are showing new interest in financing content, reports Steve Clarke

Sue Unerman, Jon Lewis, Sally Quick, John Nolan and Claire Beale
From left: Sue Unerman, Jon Lewis, Sally Quick, John Nolan and Claire Beale
Advertiser-funded TV shows are as old as the medium itself. It’s easy to forget that the term soap opera was originally coined to describe radio serials sponsored in the US by Procter & Gamble. In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the first televised soaps were paid for and produced by the company, too.

TV comedy stronger than ever?

12 Mar 2015
Pippa Shawley looks at what is making the comedy commissioners chuckle

Miranda (BBC Two)
Miranda (BBC Two)
The thing about comedy is that everybody is a comedy expert,” says Phil Clarke, Head of Comedy at Channel 4. “Everyone knows what makes them laugh.”

With comedies to be found everywhere, from the big broadcasters to YouTube and pay-television, the British consumer has never had it so good.

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