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Talking TV #101: How The Big Breakfast Was Made
This week, Talking TV is heading to Lock Keeper’s cottages as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Big Breakfast, which launched on 28 September 1992.
Creator Charlie Parsons and producers Duncan Gray, Lisa Clark and Paul Sandler join us in Maple Street Studios to discuss how a company that made anarchic Friday night entertainment format The Word started making ten hours of breakfast telly a week on Channel 4.
The group discuss how they pulled it off, the production process and explain the relationship with stars including Chris Evans, Gaby Roslin and Paula Yates as well as some of the craziest stories behind the show.
Talking TV #100: Edinburgh International Television Festival 2017
Broadcast’s Peter White is joined by Jane Millichip, Karen Smith and Stephen Lambert to talk about Jon Snow's emotional MacTaggart as well as all of the other major stories and issues to emerge at the Edinburgh International TV Festival.
BONUS: Broadcast Digital Awards 2017
A special edition of Broadcast's Talking TV - speaking to many of the winners of the Broadcast Digital Awards 2017 including the creators of BBC3's Murder in Successville and American High School.
Talking TV #99: The Crystal Maze & Blind Date
This week, Talking TV heads back to the 80s and 90s to explore the rebooted versions of The Crystal Maze and Blind Date.
C4 is relaunching The Crystal Maze with Richard Ayoade, while C5’s Blind Date remake is hosted by Paul O’Grady.
C4’s head of live and events Tom Beck and Fizz creative director Neale Simpson join us in the studio to discuss the action adventure entertainment format, while C5 commissioner Sean Doyle also appears at Maple Street Studios to share his dating tips.
Talking TV #98: Election night & Unspun with Matt Forde
This week, Talking TV gets to grips with the election – from the leaders’ debates to the broadcasters’ 8 June plans.
Broadcast features editor Robin Parker and reporter Miranda Blazeby discuss why broadcasters are turning their backs on opinion polls, and what else they have learned since last year’s Brexit vote and the previous election in 2015.
Plus we look at how satire shows build a voice that can stand out from the virals and insta-verdicts of social media.
Former Labour spin doctor Matt Forde joins us to talk about the challenge of producing two episodes a week of his topical satire Unspun in the run-up to the election.
He also tells us about why he loves to interview people he disagrees with, why broadcasters should be worried about Trump’s sidestepping of traditional media – and whether British viewers will ever get a nightly topical show.
Talking TV #97: Your Face or Mine & Broken
This week, Talking TV explores Comedy Central’s reboot of Jimmy Carr’s entertainment format Your Face or Mine and Jimmy McGovern’s latest gritty drama Broken and.
The Viacom-owned broadcaster has ordered 22 episodes of Talkback-produced show, which sees Katharine Ryan uniting with Carr to gently mock the looks of contestants.
Louise Holmes, director of programming for Comedy Central and MTV, joins us in the studio to talk about bringing back the show, which originally launched on E4 in 2002.
Elsewhere, Jimmy McGovern’s long-time collaborator Colin McKeown, who runs Moving On indie LA Productions, joins us to explain the background behind BBC1’s Broken.
The show follows the daily lives of a Liverpool community are seen through the eyes of a compassionate priest, played by Sean Bean.