Monday, 26 February 2018

The point of the Winter Olympics is?

IN THE week in which it was announced that the BBC licence fee was increasing by £3 a year to £150.50, it’s been revealed that the Winter Olympics have been attracting as few as 145,000 viewers during the night.
The figure was recorded early Thursday 15 February between 2am and 4am when the BBC was showing live coverage on BBC1.
The BBC are disputing the figure, saying the audience actually averaged 270,000 viewers between midnight and 4.30am.
A BBC source said: “This is on a par with viewing for Sochi [ the last Winter games in 2014], but if you look online, 559,000 were watching the same internet stream.”
The BBC reportedly paid around £140m for four Olympics — two summer, and two Winter Games, including Pyeongchang. 
The Corporation wouldn’t confirm how much it paid for these particular games, but figures released last week about the Australian TV rights deal suggested the UK package could be as high as £30-40m for each games.
A BBC spokeswoman said: “We don’t comment on rights. It’s commercially sensitive.”
Meanwhile, UK Sport has invested more than £32m in the Winter games, doubling its previous total. 
It predicted a total of between four and 10 GB medals.
The current total stands at four, including one gold.
Meanwhile, new research based on more than 2,000 UK adults has revealed “the country’s widespread disinterest” in the Winter Olympics. 
It found almost two thirds of people could not name a single member of the Team GB 2018 Winter Olympics Squad;  16 per cent admitted the main reason they tune into the winter sports competition is to potentially see someone fall or crash at high speed; 41 per cent said the major reason they have no interest in the Winter Olympics is that the UK does not have the climate or terrains to host many of the sports; and a further 37 per cent found winter sports “prohibitively expensive, meaning they have little interest in skiing, snowboarding or ice-skating”.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Doctor Who Christmas special 2015 interviews Peter Capaldi Alex Kingston

Another Christmas, and another wonderful Christmas special from the team at Doctor Who, led by Steven Moffat. Here's a Q&A from the London launch, featuring top doc, Peter Capaldi, and guest stars, Alex Kingston - River Song, comedian and actor Greg Davies, and showrunner Steven Moffat. Zoe Ball asks the questions. The episode is entitled The Husbands of River Song, and there are some spoiler alerts...

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Marco Pierre White talks about his new film

Here's Marco Pierre White talks about the film that is being made about his life. Ridley Scott is directing and Michael Fassbender is lined up to play the lead... Due to air next year/2017

Dickensian launch London 2015

Tony Jordan is one of our most talented makers of television. Here's a discussion about his latest offering, to be on the BBC, over Christmas 2015. If you like Dickens, you will love this sprawling new drama based some of its unforgettable characters...

Luther launch 2015 with Idris Elba

Luther is one of my favourite London cop shows. Idris Elba of course plays this role like his life depends on it. In the stories it often does. He's some content from the London launch attended by this superb actor....

Deutschland 83 London launch interviews

It's a long time since we've enjoyed a German drama. Deutschland 83 is a superb offering. I attended a London launch at the new Soho house. This is the Q&a chaired by Emma Bullimore. Starts on Channel 4 in January 2015

David Beckham For the Love of the Game interview

Just how famous is David Beckham? Watch his new documentary to see the astounding reception he receives around the world as he promotes awareness for UNICEF of children in poverty. Here's a recording of an interview from the London launch...