Advanced Television


Filming starts on S4C crime drama Cleddau

S4C has announced that filming has started on Cleddau/The One That Got Away; a new, six-part, drama series that combines a gripping murder mystery with an electrifying love story. The series from BlackLight Television (a Banijay UK company) in collaboration with Banijay Rights, is being filmed in Welsh for S4C for broadcast in late 2024, […]

December 4, 2023

UKTV appoints Perry as Head of Drama

UKTV has appointed Helen Perry as Head of Drama to lead the multi-channel broadcaster’s growing original drama slate. Starting in January 2024, Perry will executive produce scripted drama programmes across UKTV’s Alibi, Drama and Dave channels. Reporting to Hilary Rosen, Director of Commissioning, Perry will join the team responsible for creating some of UKTV’s most […]

November 28, 2023

Prime Video acquires rights to Those About To Die

Prime Video will launch historical drama series Those About To Die, from director Roland Emmerich, in 2024 in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Andorra, Monaco, Luxembourg and Belgium. Inspired by the non-fiction book of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix, the 10-episode series will immerse […]

August 2, 2023By Nik Roseveare

BBC, Netflix commission Lockerbie drama

The BBC and Netflix have commissioned World Productions to make Lockerbie, a factual drama based on the real events surrounding the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and the joint Scots-US investigation which sought to bring the perpetrators to justice. On December 21st 1988, flight Pan Am 103 was en route from Heathrow to JFK when a bomb […]

July 31, 2023

yes Studios commissions Night Therapy

yes Studios has announced that its new flagship series will be the 10-part psychological drama Night Therapy, which has just gone into production. Acclaimed and award-winning Israeli actress Shira Haas (Shtisel, Unorthodox) has just been confirmed as joining the cast, alongside Yousef Sweid (Munich Games, Game of Thrones). Night Therapy tells the story of Louie […]

June 27, 2023

UKTV Drama, Masterpiece co-commission The Marlow Murder Club

From the creator of hit series Death in Paradise, and the producers of celebrated series Ghosts, comes a newly commissioned TV adaptation of Robert Thorogood’s hit novel The Marlow Murder Club (2×120’) for UKTV’s free-to-air channel, Drama and streaming service UKTV Play. The two-part drama is a co-commission with co-producer and US broadcaster Masterpiece, produced […]

June 5, 2023

Kaleidoscope acquires Tell That to the Winter Sea

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) has acquired the international sales rights for UK produced, Tell That to the Winter Sea, an all-female drama exploring and celebrating the deep complexity of femininity and female relationships. Tell That to the Winter Sea tells the story of bride-to-be Jo and her first love, Scarlet, who reunite after years apart […]

January 16, 2023

UKTV Play user base up 27% YOY

Figures from commercial broadcaster UKTV indicate that following a year of increased investment and focus on its free streaming service UKTV Play, it has grown direct-to-consumer views by over a quarter and added a further one million registered users. The network also achieved record SOCI (share of commercial impacts) in 2022, up 2.1 per cent […]

January 12, 2023By Colin Mann

Butler, Sturges join Sky Studios drama team

Sky Studios, Sky’s original programming arm across Europe, has announced two new appointments to its drama team as the Studio targets a significant increase in the investment and scale of Sky Original drama. Making her first appointments since joining Sky Studios earlier this year, Meghan Lyvers, Sky Studios’ Director of Original Drama, UK&I, has announced […]

December 7, 2022

ITV expands Drama team with new hires

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has announced that Helen Ziegler will be joining the team as Senior Commissioning Editor. Ziegler starts with ITV Drama commissioning in January 2024, following her maternity leave. Currently Director of Television at award winning Mammoth Screen, Ziegler’s recent Executive Producer credits include Peter Bowker’s World on Fire for BBC […]

November 30, 2022