This Week To End
The BBC's late-night political show
This Week is to end, after presenter Andrew Neil decided to step
The BBC One show will not be
recommissioned after its current run finishes in July.
The programme began in 2003 and has
been mostly hosted by Mr Neil. Regular panellists have included
Labour's Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo.
"We couldn't imagine This Week without
the inimitable Andrew Neil," said the BBC's Director of News
She called Mr Neil "one of Britain's
best political interviewers" and said he was "bowing out of
late-night presenting on the show, at the top of his game".
Unsworth added: "We want to keep
Andrew at the heart of the BBC's political coverage.
"He continues to present Politics Live
on Thursdays and we look forward to developing future projects
The programme's format sees the panel
welcome political and celebrity guests to discuss the biggest
news stories of the week.
Former Conservative MP and defence
secretary Portillo is a regular panellist on the show and
appeared alongside Labour's shadow home secretary, Abbott, until
2010. The pair were known for getting on well on-screen and were
described as a "perfect combination" by Andrew Neil.
Medical Series Crossover
The casts of BBC One's Casualty and
Holby City are to appear together for the first time since 2005.
They will appear in a two-part special
when a cyber-attack plunges Holby City Hospital into chaos.
The storylines will be "intertwined"
as characters from both series interact across the two episodes,
the BBC said.
The crossover will begin during
Casualty on Saturday 2 March and will conclude during Holby City
on Tuesday 5 March on BBC One.
It is part of Holby City's 20th
anniversary celebrations, where throughout the year there will
be guest appearances from returning Holby characters.
Amanda Mealing will return in the
crossover episodes in her role as Connie Beauchamp.
The various storylines will include a
car crash, a possible pregnancy and two members of staff will
find their life in the balance, with only one theatre available
in the blackout.
Simon Harper, executive producer of
Holby City and Casualty said there had been fan demand for the
"We've known for some time there's
been major audience appetite for a mega crossover between these
sister shows," he said.