UK TV Host Dale Winton, Face Of ITV’s ‘Supermarket Sweep’, Dies Aged 62

UK TV and radio host Dale Winton, known for fronting popular shows including ITV’s Supermarket Sweep and BBC’s lottery program In It To Win It, has died aged 62. The host died at his home on Wednesday according to his agent Jan Kennedy.
Winton spent nearly a decade hosting the ITV daytime game show Supermarket Sweep between 1993 to 2001 and again when it was rebooted in 2007. Contestants on the show were tasked with running round a supermarket collecting items to win cash…

UK TV and radio host Dale Winton, known for fronting popular shows including ITV’s Supermarket Sweep and BBC’s lottery program In It To Win It, has died aged 62. The host died at his home on Wednesday according to his agent Jan Kennedy. Winton spent nearly a decade hosting the ITV daytime game show Supermarket Sweep between 1993 to 2001 and again when it was rebooted in 2007. Contestants on the show were tasked with running round a supermarket collecting items to win cash…

Netflix CEO Set For Series Mania, Marion Cotillard Movie Deal, BBC Orders Margaret Thatcher Doc — Global Briefs

TV festival Series Mania, staged in France, is assembling a heavyweight lineup of speakers including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Endemol Shine Group’s Sophie Turner Laing and TF1 Group’s Gilles Pelisson. Hastings will be the subject of a Q&A session. Other panelists are set to include BBC director of policy Claire Sumer and Antony Root, VP, programming and production, HBO Europe. French minister of culture Françoise Nyssen and European Commission VP Andrus Ansip will close…

TV festival Series Mania, staged in France, is assembling a heavyweight lineup of speakers including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Endemol Shine Group's Sophie Turner Laing and TF1 Group's Gilles Pelisson. Hastings will be the subject of a Q&A session. Other panelists are set to include BBC director of policy Claire Sumer and Antony Root, VP, programming and production, HBO Europe. French minister of culture Françoise Nyssen and European Commission VP Andrus Ansip will close…

BBC Orders Documentary Series on Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Almost four decades after Margaret Thatcher rose to power as Britain’s first female prime minister, the BBC has ordered a landmark documentary series on the iconic and divisive leader. “Thatcher,” a five-hour look at the politician dubbed the “Iron Lady,” will go out on BBC Two in the U.K. BBC Studios will sell “Thatcher” internationally. […]

Almost four decades after Margaret Thatcher rose to power as Britain’s first female prime minister, the BBC has ordered a landmark documentary series on the iconic and divisive leader. “Thatcher,” a five-hour look at the politician dubbed the “Iron Lady,” will go out on BBC Two in the U.K. BBC Studios will sell “Thatcher” internationally. […]

Acorn TV Brings International Fare To Xfinity/Comcast On-Demand

The crime drama No Offence, the BBC comedy Detectorists, and the Aussie period drama A Place To Call Home are among the shows now available to US customers as Acorn TV, the largest North American SVOD specializing in British and international TV, makes its set-top box debut with Xfinity TV/Comcast.
Xfinity On Demand and the Xfinity Stream App and portal will bring Acorn to Xfinity TV customers nationwide. It marks the first time that Acorn TV is available on an MVPD…

The crime drama No Offence, the BBC comedy Detectorists, and the Aussie period drama A Place To Call Home are among the shows now available to US customers as Acorn TV, the largest North American SVOD specializing in British and international TV, makes its set-top box debut with Xfinity TV/Comcast. Xfinity On Demand and the Xfinity Stream App and portal will bring Acorn to Xfinity TV customers nationwide. It marks the first time that Acorn TV is available on an MVPD…

First Look at the BBC’s Adaptation of H.G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

Production is underway on the the first-ever British television adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” with the aliens set to invade Britain later this year. Filming is taking place in Liverpool on the three-part BBC drama, which will star Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short”), Robert Carlyle (“The Full Monty”) […]

Production is underway on the the first-ever British television adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” with the aliens set to invade Britain later this year. Filming is taking place in Liverpool on the three-part BBC drama, which will star Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short”), Robert Carlyle (“The Full Monty”) […]

BBC Eyes Production Opportunities In China After $1.9B Merger With BBC Worldwide Is Completed

The BBC is to make a renewed push into China after merging its production and distribution divisions. Today is the first working day for BBC Studios, the $1.9B division that incorporates its eponymous production arm and international unit BBC Worldwide.
It is looking to develop new production opportunities in Beijing with the hire of Matthew Springford to lead the charge. Springford, who was formerly an executive producer at BBC Studios based in Glasgow, will move to the…

The BBC is to make a renewed push into China after merging its production and distribution divisions. Today is the first working day for BBC Studios, the $1.9B division that incorporates its eponymous production arm and international unit BBC Worldwide. It is looking to develop new production opportunities in Beijing with the hire of Matthew Springford to lead the charge. Springford, who was formerly an executive producer at BBC Studios based in Glasgow, will move to the…

Bill Maynard Dies: British TV And Film Actor Known For ‘Heartbeat’ Was 89

British actor and comedian Bill Maynard, a cast member in five Carry On films and best known as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the police television series Heartbeat, has died at age 89. He died from complications after suffering a fall from his mobility scooter and being hospitalized.
Maynard was known for his wild off-stage life, sharing similarities with his grizzled Heartbeat television character. At one point, he was known as the highest-paid TV comic in Britain, but…

British actor and comedian Bill Maynard, a cast member in five Carry On films and best known as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the police television series Heartbeat, has died at age 89. He died from complications after suffering a fall from his mobility scooter and being hospitalized. Maynard was known for his wild off-stage life, sharing similarities with his grizzled Heartbeat television character. At one point, he was known as the highest-paid TV comic in Britain, but…