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Written by Daniel Kirby on 30th March 2016

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Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England '90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don't Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England '90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, QI

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

Toby Jones, Detectorists

Peter Kay, Peter Kay's Car Share

Javone Prince, The Javone Prince Show

Female performance in a comedy programme

Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum

Sian Gibson, Peter Kay's Car Share

Miranda Hart, Miranda

Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe

Drama series


The Last Panthers

No Offence

Wolf Hall

Single drama

The C-Word


Don't Take My Baby

The Go-Between


Doctor Foster

The Enfield Haunting

London Spy

This is England '90

Soap and continuing drama

Coronation Street



Holby City


The Good Wife




Entertainment programme

Adele at the BBC

Britain's Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing

TFI Friday Anniversary Special

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme

Charlie Brooker's Election Wipe

Have I Got News For You


Would I Lie to You

Scripted comedy

Chewing Gum

Peep Show

People Just Do Nothing

Peter Kay's Car Share


Back in Time for Dinner

The Great British Bake Off

Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild

Travel Man

Radio Times Audience Award

Doctor Foster

The Great British Bake Off


Making a Murderer

Peter Kay's Car Share


Current affairs

Children of the Gaza War

Escape from Isis (Dispatches)

Jihad: A British Story

Outbreak: The Truth about Ebola

Single documentary

Bitter Lake

Life After Suicide

Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids

My Son the Jihadi

Factual series

The Detectives

Great Ormond Street

The Murder Detectives

The Tribe

Reality and constructed factual

First Dates


I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds

Specialist factual

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

Grayson Perry's Dream House

The Hunt

Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom

News coverage

BBC News at Six: Paris Attacks Special

Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre

ITV News at Ten: Refugee Crisis

Sky News: From Turkey to Greece


The Ashes (Sky Sports)

The Grand National (Channel 4)

MOTD Live: FA Cup Final (BBC One)

Six Nations: Final Day (BBC One)

Live event

Big Blue Live (BBC One)

The Sound of Music Live! (ITV)

Stargazing Live: Brit in Space, Tim Peake Special (BBC Two)

The Vote (More4)

Written by Daniel Kirby on 29th March 2016

bear gryll's the island 2016 ratings

The third series of The Island began yesterday evening, however it would appear that viewers are not tiring of the show, as it pulled in a remarkable 2.6 million viewers in its 9pm slot. Channel 4 will be hoping that the show holds its strong audience throughout the series as it did across a dozen episodes in series 2.

The show has changed its format slightly from last year, whereas previously the men and women's team of survivors were on separate islands, this time they're on opposite sides of the same one, yet unaware that this is the case. It will be interesting to see how this develops as the series progresses.

Elsewhere on TV Rowan Atkinson's Maigret, a film adaptation of a 1955 Belgian detective novel, earned an impressive 5.8 million viewers despite receving generally negative critic reviews for its lack of pace and action. Nevertheless Atkinson will have the opportunity to expand upon his character with Maigret's Dead Man which is to be shown later this year.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 24th March 2016

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From 2019 Formula One will no longer be shown on terrestrial TV, after Sky Sports announced that it has agreed on an exclusive contract.

Sky has announced that race highlights and the British Grand Prix will be shown on a 'free to air' basis, however the news will be a major disappointment to a huge number of UK fans. Sunday's Australian Grand Prix brought in a viewership of nearly three million, an audience base which Sky will be hoping to draw to its Sky Sports package.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports explained how the move would 'take Sky's partnership with F1 to the next level', suggesting that the company will work to 'progress, develop and enhance coverage of the championship.'

Written by Daniel Kirby on 23rd March 2016

emmerdale rts award winners 2016 best soap

The Royal Television Society Programme Awards took place last night, and there turned out to be a few interesting surprises. 

In a shock victory, Emmerdale won the award for best soap and continuing drama, ahead of rivals Coronation Street and Eastenders.

A touching moment occurred when Sir Lenny Henry was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Television Society alongside a judges award which he received for his work raising awareness of diversity within the industry.

Big winners of the night included the comedy series Catastrophe and drama The Lost Honour of Christoper Jeffries, taking home two awards apiece.

The full list of winners can be found on the RTS website.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 21st March 2016

Sky has set up a production unit designed to exploit the fledgling technology, and has committed to producing a variety of videos across multiple genres, including sport and film. 

Their first videos was an F1 experience putting the viewer on board the Williams Martini Racing FWS8 car from a recent Formula 1 testing in Barcelona. 

You can watch the video here

Written by Daniel Kirby on 16th March 2016

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The PromaxBDA Europe Awards 2016 took place in Barcelona last night and ultimately proved to be a successful event for UK creative talent.

The annual awards event celebrates outstanding achievement in European entertainment marketing and design, and UK award winners this time around included Comedy Central UK, BBC and Discovery UK. However one of the biggest winners of the night was Red Bee, who won out-of-house agency of the year, as well as picking up multiple other awards and nominations.

Red Bee's managing director Andy Bryant expressed his delight:

“To win this year means more than any other year because it’s been a year of big change and transition. What’s especially pleasing is our award nominations and wins are across a wide variety of categories [...] Something we pride ourselves on is being the creative agency for a multiscreen world.”

You can view the full list of winners here:

Written by Daniel Kirby on 16th March 2016

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Searchlight attended the EdTalks event last night around the theme of inspiration  courtesy of the Edinburgh International Television Festival & UKTV.

Hosted by Tim Lovejoy, highlights from the panel included:

  • June Sarpong: Discussing her business, WIE, an innovative women's leadership network which launched in NY and is now in the UK too.
  • Simon Stephens, playwright who answered the age old question of “where do you get your ideas from” which combined researched experience, theatrical experience and the move BIG.
  • Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman of MediaCom who discussed Authenticity and Diversity in Advertising and how incredibly important it is to be attuned to culture.
  • David Glover, Head of Specialist Factual for Channel 4 who discussed ‘The Power of TV’ and the amazing story of Jonny Benjamin’s campaign #FindMike

 Huge thanks to EITF & UKTV for inviting us to such a fantastic event!

Written by Daniel Kirby on 15th March 2016

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Searchlight recently attended a great event c/o Royal Television society #BeyondYouTube. The Panel included Sky, Rightster, Big Balls and Maker Studios.

Highlights included:

  • Stats on how other social platforms are catching up with Youtube by Ampere Analysis
  • In 2014 alone more than £1 billion was invested in MCN’s by VCs and Media comps such as Disney and Dreamworks.
  • Or favourite quote from the evening came from Ashley MacKenzie (CEO of Rightster). “Why do youth watch so much YouTube? ‘I’ve been doing this for a decade & I still don’t get it’.

Huge thanks to RTS for organising such a fantastic event!

Written by Daniel Kirby on 14th March 2016

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Sony invests in Fable Pictures: Sony Pictures Television has acquired a minority stake in the UK film and TV production company run by Faye Ward and Eugenio Perez. The company is currently working on the film Stan and Ollie, which will star Steve Coogan and John C Reilly as the iconic Laurel and Hardy, however the Sony deal looks set to facilitate a particular increase in the company's TV production activities. Ward's previous credits include Suffragette, and the Golden Globe-nominated series Dancing on the Edge and she announced her pleasure at the new Sony deal, explaining that it would allow the company 'pour [their] energy into developing a number of new projects.' Fable Pictures certainly seem to have some exciting talent and we're interested to see what other projects they have in the pipeline.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 10th March 2016

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The amount of time the typical British TV viewer spent watching subscription video-on-demand services increased from 40 minutes in 2014 to 77 minutes last year. 

Primarily comprised of Netflix and Amazon Prime, the percentage of total video content viewership taken by subscription VOD services also increased significantly, however these platforms only account for a mere 4% of the 32 hours per week watched by the average person last year. 

Remarkably, the lion's share of that viewership is still occupied by traditional TV viewing, with a huge 76%. Clearly it remains the case that TV viewing is proving resistant to the influx of new services in recent years, and looks likely to remain the UK's platform of choice for a while to come.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 7th March 2016

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Endemol Beyond boss Georg Ramme has announced that he is stepping down as global MD, and is set to be replaced by their current head of TV in Germany – Michael Kollatschny.

This comes after several upper management changes including Endemol Shine president Tim Hincks’ imminent departure and Peter Salmon’s upcoming arrival as chief creative officer, and it will be interesting to see what impact these changes have on the company direction.

Written by Daniel Kirby on 2nd March 2016

The UK's biggest commercial broadcaster announced its sixth consecutive year of double digit profit growth and demonstrated that it is truly a global production business with over half of its revenue now coming from outside of the UK.

Chief executive Adam Crozier said: "ITV delivered another strong year as we continue to grow and strengthen the business in the UK and internationally.' He also gave a indicated a positive outlook for the year ahead, announcing 'a strong programme slate for 2016, with 50 hours more drama as well as major rugby and football tournaments.'