Arts news round-up
28 April 2015
ANDREW LESNIE, LORD OF THE RINGS CINEMATOGRAPHER, DIES
Andrew Lesnie, Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer of the Lord of the Rings films, has died at the age of 59.
CLAUDE LITTNER REPLACES NICK HEWER ON THE APPRENTICE
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.
OFCOM CRACKS DOWN ON HIDDEN CHARGES IN TV PHONE INS
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.
PENNY DREADFUL AND SHERLOCK WIN BAFTA TV CRAFT AWARDS
Sky Atlantic's supernatural horror Penny Dreadful, set in Victorian London, won for original music, production design and make-up and hair.
POLDARK SERIES FINALE WATCHED BY 5.9 MILLION
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.
BBC2 CONTROLLER KIM SHILLINGLAW CALLS FOR SHOWS THAT 'GRAB YOU BY THE BALLS'
BBC executive, charged with reinventing Top Gear following the axing of Jeremy Clarkson, says channel requires fresh ideas and renewal right across schedule
TOP GEAR TRIO EXPECT TO BE 'SCRUTINISED RUTHLESSLY', SAYS JAMES MAY
Presenter says the ‘honest truth’ is that his future with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond is unknown
DEMOCRATIC UNIONISTS: WE'D SEEK REVIEW OF BBC IN HUNG PARLIAMENT TALKS
Nigel Dodds, furious at Northern Ireland party’s exclusion from TV debates, says future of broadcaster should be decided by royal commission
FIN KENNEDY – ‘FUNDING CUTS HAVE LED TO AMATEURISATION OF THEATRE’
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.
PHYLLIDA LLOYD: ‘WE MUST LOBBY ACE TO ENFORCE 50/50 CASTING’
Phyllida Lloyd has called on Arts Council England to ensure publicly funded theatres create an equal number of stage roles for women and men.
HOFESH SHECHTER COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW LONDON SEASON
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.
PAY HIKE FOR ITV DRAMA WRITERS
Drama writers working for ITV are to benefit from a 5% increase to their minimum rates of pay.