Showing posts from January, 2012

Harry Hill Confirms "Harry Hill's TV Burp" Likely To End In March 2012

According to this television news article on Broadcast, Harry Hill has confirmed in this blog post titled "Brit Pop Coconut Shy" on his official blog on his official website, "Harry's World", that "Harry Hill's TV Burp" is likely to end in March 2012:Harry Hill confirms TV Burp likely to end in March

Harry Hill has confirmed that the next series of TV Burp is likely to be the last.

In a blog on his website, the comedian said "it seems" the show will return for the final time in February and promised viewers that it would go out with a bang.

"The new (and, it seems last) series of TV Burp starts up on the 4 February and finishes eight shows later at the end of March in a huge finale - so make the most of it," Harry Hill wrote.

The show’s producer Avalon Television declined to comment on the matter and ITV could not be reached at the time of publication.

TV Burp has been a staple of the ITV1 schedule since 2002 and has picked up a num…

UK's ITV1 Orders Dom Joly's "Fool Britannia" Prank Show

From Broadcast:ITV1 orders Dom Joly prank show

ITV1 has confirmed that is has signed Trigger Happy TV star Dom Joly to front a fresh hidden camera show.

The broadcaster has commissioned ITV Studios to make 8 x 30-minute series Fool Britannia, following a successful non-TX pilot [non-transmitted pilot] last year.

The series will see Joly travel the country to prank the public with an array of comedy characters.

He announced the series on Twitter and said it would be more like Trigger Happy - the Channel 4 series with which Joly made his name 10 years ago - than ITV's other famous hidden camera show, Beadle's About.

Joly added that ITV1 was lining it up for a pre-X Factor Saturday slot in October, a further sign that the broadcaster is preparing for life without Harry Hill's TV Burp.

For full production details visit "Fool Britannia" on Broadcast Greenlight.

Last week, ITV ordered agony aunt-style entertainment show Keith Lemon's Lemonaid for a similar Saturday night …

UK's ITV Gearing Up For Autumn 2012 Rebrand

From Broadcast:ITV gearing up for autumn rebrand

ITV is gearing up for its biggest brand refresh in more than six years as the company’s marketing chief begins to make his mark.

Group marketing and research director Rufus Radcliffe, who joined from Channel 4 in April last year, is examining the broadcaster’s family of channels and is understood to have been given the green light to introduce changes later this year.

Channel logos and on-screen idents are expected to be refreshed, possibly by September, with one source arguing that the company’s marketing had lagged behind some of its rivals in recent years.

Another source said that everything was under discussion in terms of taking the brand forward, but downplayed the possibility of wholesale changes, such as rethinking of the channel names.

The plans come just weeks after Radcliffe brought a £7m advertising account with agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in-house. He now aims to turn ITV Creative into a formidable marketing unit, creating fast-…

Channel 4 Announces "10 O'Clock Live" To Return In 2012

From The Guardian:10 O'Clock Live to return to Channel 4

Second series of satirical news show featuring Jimmy Carr and David Mitchell will be aired with reduced running time

10 O'Clock Live's presenters Charlie Brooker, David Mitchell, Jimmy Carr and Lauren Laverne. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian
Channel 4 has confirmed a second series order of 10 O'Clock Live, the satirical take on the week's news featuring Jimmy Carr and David Mitchell, but has tweaked the show's format and cut its running time to 45 minutes.

The live programme, which airs on a Thursday night and aims to lure younger viewers turned off by Newsnight and Question Time, retains its four original presenters, with Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne again joining Carr and Mitchell. It will return to Channel 4 in early 2012.

The first series of 10 O'Clock Live, which began in January and ran for 15 episodes, launched with 1.9 million viewers to a generally positive critical reaction.

It fea…