Arts news round-up
10 December 2013
BBC TOLD TO IMPROVE PEAK-TIME DRAMA AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
The BBC has been ordered to improve the "quality and distinctiveness" of its peak-time drama and current affairs.
BRITISH SUCCESS AT SAG NOMINATIONS
British stars Emma Thompson and Dame Judi Dench will compete for the best actress award at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild awards.
BILLY ELLIOT AND FULL MONTY WRITERS TEAM UP
Writers Lee Hall and Simon Beaufoy, who penned the scripts for Billy Elliot and The Full Monty respectively, are teaming up to work on a new film about controversial cricketer Harold Larwood.
LOST PETER SELLERS FILMS TO BE SCREENED AT FESTIVAL
Two "lost" films starring actor Peter Sellers are to be shown in public for the first time in more than 50 years.
BBC TRUST STANDS BY 'ROBUST' POLLARD REVIEW DESPITE CRITICISM
Nick Pollard's review of Newsnight's dropped investigation into Jimmy Savile has been defended by the BBC Trust after criticism from a Conservative MP.
THE HISTORY BOYS: IS IT REALLY BETTER THAN HAMLET?
As a new poll reveals Alan Bennett's hit 2004 comedy to be the UK's favourite play, Dominic Cavendish questions its staying power
IT'S NOT JUST THE RICH WHO SUPPORT THE ARTS
It is right that the contribution of the wealthy to the arts is recognised, but we must not forget those public-spirited citizens who keep the show on the road, says Rupert Christiansen
BBC MUST PUT MORE WOMEN ON AIR 'AS MATTER OF URGENCY', SAYS TRUST
Quality of peaktime drama and current affairs also needs improvement, BBC Trust says as it sets out new guidelines
BRITONS PAYING MORE FOR PREMIUM PAY-TV PACKAGES THAN OTHER COUNTRIES
Ofcom finds consumers pay £66 a month for 'best offer' subscription, more than twice that in cheapest nation surveyed
BBC TRUST: INTERNAL REPORT ON HANDLING OF SAVILE SCANDAL REMAINS 'ROBUST'
Trust calls Pollard's off-the-record conversation with journalist 'regrettable', but says it is confident he properly weighed all evidence
DAMIAN LEWIS SAYS SORRY TO SIR IAN MCKELLEN OVER GANDALF JIBE
Homeland actor says he is hugely embarrassed that remark about 'over-the-top, fruity actor' was taken to refer to McKellen
WEST GOES EAST: TIMOTHY WEST TO JOIN EASTENDERS
Acclaimed star of stage and screen to join soap cast as father of new pub landlord played by Danny Dyer
NOT ALL RIGHT ON THE NIGHT
In his research for a new book, The National Theatre Story, Daniel Rosenthal found that even star-studded shows don't go without a hitch. He recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
THE NUTCRACKER: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLETT
With new artistic director Tamara Rojo on board, Victoria-Anne Bull goes behind the scenes to meet some of the ENB's rising stars
JAMES MCAVOY WINS BEST ACTOR AT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS
James McAvoy was named Best Actor at last night’s British Independent Film Awards for his role in Irvine Welsh’s Filth.
HALF OF PERFORMERS EARN LESS THAN £5K A YEAR – SURVEY
About half of Equity members undertook unpaid work in the past 12 months, with a similar proportion earning less than £5,000 over the year.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER AND MAGGIE SMITH NOMINATED FOR SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS
Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith are among the UK talent nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards.
DARLINGTON TO LAUNCH ‘FLAGSHIP’ CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Darlington Borough Council intends to use £600,000 of ring-fenced funds from the future sale of Darlington Arts Centre to help create a flagship children’s theatre.
PLANS FOR CULTURAL HUB MAY LEAD TO GREENWICH THEATRE SALE
Greenwich Theatre could be forced to relocate under plans announced by the Royal Borough of Greenwich council to create a new performing arts hub in the London borough.
FRINGE THEATRE TO OPEN ON CUTTY SARK
An 85-seat performance space will open inside the Cutty Sark in Greenwich in the new year.
BBC DIRECTOR GENERAL TASKED WITH IMPROVING QUALITY OF DRAMA ON BBC1
The BBC Trust has tasked new director general Tony Hall with achieving “new peaks of distinctiveness” across the Corporation’s output, including improving the variety and quality of drama on BBC1.