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28 April 2015

Press cuttings

ANDREW LESNIE, LORD OF THE RINGS CINEMATOGRAPHER, DIES
BBC NEWS
Andrew Lesnie, Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer of the Lord of the Rings films, has died at the age of 59.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32493678

CLAUDE LITTNER REPLACES NICK HEWER ON THE APPRENTICE
BBC NEWS
Lord Sugar has announced his replacement for advisor Nick Hewer on BBC One's The Apprentice - Claude Littner, who has grilled candidates during the interview rounds.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32488789

OFCOM CRACKS DOWN ON HIDDEN CHARGES IN TV PHONE INS
BBC NEWS
Watchdog Ofcom is changing how charges for phone-in competitions and votes on TV and radio shows are advertised, to try to make them easier to understand.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32489287

PENNY DREADFUL AND SHERLOCK WIN BAFTA TV CRAFT AWARDS
BBC NEWS
Sky Atlantic's supernatural horror Penny Dreadful, set in Victorian London, won for original music, production design and make-up and hair.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32478771

POLDARK SERIES FINALE WATCHED BY 5.9 MILLION
BBC NEWS

The series finale of BBC One's costume drama re-make Poldark was watched by 5.9 million people on Sunday night, just over a quarter of the TV audience.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32480095

BBC2 CONTROLLER KIM SHILLINGLAW CALLS FOR SHOWS THAT 'GRAB YOU BY THE BALLS'
GUARDIAN
BBC executive, charged with reinventing Top Gear following the axing of Jeremy Clarkson, says channel requires fresh ideas and renewal right across schedule
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/27/bbc2-controller-kim-shillinglaw-top-gear-jeremy-clarkson

TOP GEAR TRIO EXPECT TO BE 'SCRUTINISED RUTHLESSLY', SAYS JAMES MAY
GUARDIAN
Presenter says the ‘honest truth’ is that his future with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond is unknown
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/27/top-gear-james-may-jeremy-clarkson

DEMOCRATIC UNIONISTS: WE'D SEEK REVIEW OF BBC IN HUNG PARLIAMENT TALKS
GUARDIAN
Nigel Dodds, furious at Northern Ireland party’s exclusion from TV debates, says future of broadcaster should be decided by royal commission

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/28/democratic-unionists-wed-seek-review-of-bbc-in-hung-parliament-talks

FIN KENNEDY – ‘FUNDING CUTS HAVE LED TO AMATEURISATION OF THEATRE’
STAGE
Tamasha co-artistic director Fin Kennedy has criticised a “steady amateurisation” of small-scale touring work, as a result of being “disproportionately badly hit” by ongoing cuts.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/fin-kennedy-funding-cuts-led-amateurisation-theatre/

PHYLLIDA LLOYD: ‘WE MUST LOBBY ACE TO ENFORCE 50/50 CASTING’
STAGE
Phyllida Lloyd has called on Arts Council England to ensure publicly funded theatres create an equal number of stage roles for women and men.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/phyllida-lloyd-must-lobby-ace-enforce-5050-casting/

HOFESH SHECHTER COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW LONDON SEASON
STAGE
Contemporary dance group Hofesh Shechter Company are to present a four-week season of work at venues including Stratford Circus and the O2 Academy in Brixton.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/hofesh-shechter-company-announces-new-london-season/

PAY HIKE FOR ITV DRAMA WRITERS
STAGE
Drama writers working for ITV are to benefit from a 5% increase to their minimum rates of pay.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/pay-hike-itv-drama-writers/

 

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