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New Northern Irish Thriller

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James Nesbitt (The Missing, Cold Feet) will star in Bloodlands, a major original crime drama for BBC One, created by new writer Chris Brandon. 

When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of Strangford Lough, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance. Bloodlands follows his dogged hunt for a legendary assassin, an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher. 

James Nesbitt said: “It’s great to be back making a drama in and about Northern Ireland, which now has a film and television industry as good as any in the world. We have compelling scripts from a brilliant young writer who was raised in County Down, which are very exciting and psychologically complex. I can’t wait to start.” 

Chris Brandon said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the first opportunity I get to tell a story on this scale, it is one that is so close to home and the people and places that raised me. On top of that, to be telling it with James Nesbitt, Jed Mercurio and the incredible team at HTM is a total privilege.” 

6 November 2019

New Ofcom Chief Executive

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Melanie Dawes, one of the UK’s most senior civil servants, has been named as Ofcom’s new chief executive. 

The 53-year-old, the most senior woman in the civil service, is currently permanent secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

Dawes, who is married to Benedict Brogan, the former deputy editor and chief political commentator at the Daily Telegraph, boasts an impressive three-decade career in government, including 15 years at the Treasury, five years at HMRC and four years at the Cabinet Office. 

The Ofcom role, which has a starting salary of £315,000, spans everything from regulating the BBC to monitoring mobile, landline and broadband pricing. 

6 November 2019

Susan Calman To Host Hogmanay Show

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Comedian Susan Calman is to take over from Jackie Bird as the host of BBC Scotland's Hogmanay coverage.

The stand-up comedian and broadcaster will front the new-look show, which will feature a mix of a pre-recorded and live material.

Calman will join forces with fellow comic Des Clarke and sports presenter Amy Irons to front the Hogmanay coverage, with the BBC pre-recording segments from at its headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

Jackie Bird, who stood down as the host of the Reporting Scotland news programme earlier this year, revealed in September that she would not be hosting the Hogmanay show for the first time in 20 years.

This year's extended programme will be broadcast on both the BBC Scotland channel and BBC One Scotland.

Steve Carson, BBC Scotland Head of Commissioning, said: "We've changed things a little this year so that we can bring all the key live moments from around Scotland, as we always do, as well as bringing great music for the hundreds of thousands who join us in their living rooms - and we also have a brand new presenting team of household names. It’s great to have Susan, Des and Amy fronting our shows."

6 November 2019 


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