Arts news round-up
2 October 2015
BBC COULD OFFER ROBERT PESTON A NEWSNIGHT ROLE TO HEAD OFF ITV BID
Insiders also suggest Question Time spot could be under discussion as corporation battles to counter rival’s offer of News at Ten political editor
BBC TO MAKE DOCTOR WHO SPIN-OFF FOR HUNGER GAMES-LOVING TEENS
Class, written by A Monster Calls author Patrick Ness for BBC3, will be set in fictional Coal Hill school – the scene of the Time Lord’s first broadcast in 1963
VIRGIN MEDIA FOCUSES ON FEMALE ROLE MODELS IN TV AD CAMPAIGN
Emmeline Pankhurst, singer Billie Holiday and gymnast Nadia Comaneci feature, with former X Factor contestant Fleur East providing soundtrack
JULIAN FELLOWES’ THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS TO RECEIVE WORLD PREMIERE IN PLYMOUTH
Julian Fellowes’ musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows will receive its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth next year
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS AND BEVERLEY KNIGHT AMONG HOSPITAL CLUB WINNERS
Kristin Scott Thomas and Beverley Knight have been named among the 10 most innovative and inspiring people in theatre by London's Hospital Club.
THEATRE INVESTMENT FIRM HIRES GRADE AND LINNIT AS NON-EXEC DIRECTORS
Investment firm Gate Ventures has hired producers Michael Grade and Michael Linnit as part of a drive to significantly expand its role in theatre
LONG-RUNNING DISPUTE BETWEEN TOUR GUIDES AND SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE RESOLVED WITH 34P PAY INCREASE
A long-running dispute between Shakespeare’s Globe and its tour guides has been resolved, after the employees accepted a 3% pay increase.
DIGITAL INNOVATION FUND FOR WALES LAUNCHED
A new fund has been launched that will give arts organisations in Wales up to £75,000 to experiment with digital technologies
GAME OF THRONES MOVIE RUMOURS DEBUNKED BY AUTHOR
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has quashed rumours that a big screen spin-off is being made, although he admitted he would "love to see one".
ALAN BENNETT AND ALEC BALDWIN AMONG RADIO 3 HIGHLIGHTS
Alan Bennett and Alec Baldwin are among the famous faces sharing their love of music on BBC Radio 3 shows this autumn.
HIT PODCAST SERIAL TO BECOME TV SERIES
The Lego Movie creators Chris Miller and Phil Lord and Fox 21 TV Studios have optioned the rights to the podcast, reports Deadline.