Tributes to Sir Jimmy Young

The BBC have today released the following tributes to Sir Jimmy Young.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: "Jimmy Young defined Radio 2 and was a true broadcasting pioneer. He will be dearly missed by his many fans."

Channel 5 Commissions Second Series Of Lip Sync Battle UK

Channel 5 today announces that there will be a second series of the UK version of the global hit series Lip Sync Battle. International pop icon, Melanie Brown a.k.a Mel B and acclaimed British rapper Professor Green (real name Stephen Manderson) will both be returning as hosts of the entertainment juggernaut.

A whole host of UK celebrity royalty have already hit the stage in series one with David Walliams and Alesha Dixon kicking things off, which was watched by 2.5 million people. Carol Vorderman, Michelle Keegan and Alesha Dixon also earnt their stripes on the Lip Sync Battle stage and now it’s time to up the ante with BIGGER songs, LOUDER costumes and LARGER performances. The mics are still off, but the battle is most definitely ON 

LA-based Mel B will be flying into London to film the series at Elstree Studios, following a busy year as a judge on America’s Got Talent whilst juggling life as a working mum.

Gold is all aboard for new comedy Murder on The Blackpool Express

The UK's fastest growing broadcaster, UKTV, has commissioned a new comedy drama, Murder on The Blackpool Express (2 x 60'), for its comedy channel Gold, continuing its investment in original scripted content.

The two-part UKTV Original, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, is a mixture of comedy and classic murder mystery and is set on a guided tour coach trip to Blackpool. It has been created by Jason Cook, the award-winning writer behind BBC comedy Hebburn.

The One Show announces cover for Alex Jones

Dan McGolpin, BBC Controller of Daytime and Early-Peak, has announced that Michelle Ackerley and Angela Scanlon will host The One Show with Matt Baker, whilst Alex Jones is on maternity leave.

Michelle and Angela will jointly cover Alex’s role. Michelle will appear on Mondays and Tuesdays, with Angela covering Thursdays and Fridays.

Michelle and Angela will alternate on Wednesdays. Matt Baker will continue to be covered by guest presenters on Fridays.

Angela is co-host of BBC Two's Robot Wars and hosts a weekly show on Virgin Radio. She has made documentaries for Ireland’s RTE, hosted holiday programme Getaways for BBC NI and presented live coverage of music festivals and BAFTA's for BBC Three. Michelle is part of BBC One’s Watchdog team, and presents Crimewatch Roadshow and Council House Crackdown for BBC One Daytime .

George Ezra sings original theme for C4's We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Acclaimed British singer-songwriter George Ezra has written and recorded the theme song for Channel 4’s much anticipated adaptation of the classic storybook We’re Going On A Bear Hunt for Christmas this year. The 23-year-old, whose debut album Wanted On Voyage was one of the UK’s best-selling of 2014, has penned a distinctive, sweet song called Me & You for the film’s soundtrack. Me & You marks the first time that George has composed a bespoke song for film or television

Speaking at Abbey Road Studios, where the film’s score was recorded, George Ezra said: “Growing up this story was one of my absolute favourites and my mum read it to all of us for many years. In fact she still reads it to her class at school. But this animation is so much more than just a Bear Hunt and I cannot wait for everybody to see it this Christmas. Ho Ho Ho.”

The original score for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is composed and conducted by the multi-award-winning Stuart Hancock (Atlantis, Crazyhead) and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with City of London Sinfonia. The 53-piece ensemble was joined by 50 young singers from the London Youth Choir.