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4Sales extends £1m airtime giveaway in 2017 to increase ads diversity

Channel 4 today announced at its Upfronts 2017 event that it will give away £1m of commercial airtime in 2017 to encourage a broader spectrum of diversity in TV adverts and build upon the momentum of creativity in advertising inspired by the 2016 Paralympics Games. 4Sales will additionally lead the creation of an advertising industry Diversity Task Force alongside the new airtime competition to help facilitate the changes the media industry recognises it must make to better reflect the diversity of the UK.

Dance Dance Dance the night away with ITV

ITV today announced Dance Dance Dance, a brand new primetime entertainment series that is due to air on ITV in the New Year.
 
Dance Dance Dance will celebrate the most iconic pop video and dance movie sequences of all time. On a truly epic scale celebrities, together with a partner of their choice, will recreate dance performances audiences will know and love.
 
Hosted by Alesha Dixon and Will Best the six x 90 minute series will employ amazing state of the art special effects to re-enact legendary routines from Michael Jackson’s Bad and Madonna’s Vogue to Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love and Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time.

The Voice Kids unveils coaching line up

Pop sensations Pixie Lott and McFly’s Danny Jones will join will.i.am as coaches on ITV’s The Voice Kids, a brand new search for Britain’s best young vocal talent.
 
Pixie and Danny complete the line up on the three-coach panel and will assume their duties when blind auditions begin filming in December.

Miriam Margolyes heads to BBC Four in brand new comedy series

BBC Comedy today heralds a brand new, bittersweet comedy called Bucket, written by and starring Frog Stone, with Miriam Margolyes playing her madcap mother. Bucket is commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, and Cassian Harrison, Editor, BBC Four.

Fran (Frog Stone) is a reserved, high school history teacher in a rut. Mim (Miriam Margolyes) is an eccentric free spirit who believes 70 is the new 40. They are also mother and daughter and their relationship is not exactly easy.

But when Mim reveals she is dying and wants to go on a road trip to tick items, one by one, off her preposterous bucket list, Fran feels that she has no choice but to come along for the ride. She has to learn to let loose and Mim has to learn to think of someone else for a change. Both of them have to make the most of the time they have left together and find a way to accept the fact that it will soon be at an end. But with Mim and Fran, tragedy always somehow ends up as comedy.

Children in Need 2016 Highlights



The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is back with a stellar line-up of presenters. Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Greg James, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes will guide viewers through a night of dazzling entertainment to raise millions of pounds for BBC Children in Need.