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My Family dropped after 11 years

March 25th, 2011

Long-running BBC One sitcom My Family, starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker, has been axed.

The 11th series of the show – which depicts the comic trials of a modern family – will be aired on BBC One later this year and will be its last.

“Now that all the Harper children have fled the nest we feel it’s time to make room for new comedies,” said BBC One controller Danny Cohen.

Its two stars would remain “part of our BBC One comedy family”, he added.


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Prisoner of Azkaban named film of the decade

March 16th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has been named film of the decade at the First Light Awards.

Producer David Heyman said it was an “honour and a privilege” to receive the award at a ceremony at London’s Odeon Leicester Square.

The prize, voted for by the public in association with the Bafta Kids’ Vote, was chosen by children aged five to 15.


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Pinewood Shepperton studios to help fund UK films

March 8th, 2011

Pinewood Shepperton, the film and television studios group, has said it will invest millions of pounds in British films.

The firm, which unveiled a 31% rise in pre-tax profits to £5.8m, said it was looking to the future with “confidence” despite a poor economic climate.

In 2010, Pinewood’s facilities were used for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter films.

But the firm has unveiled an investment plan for small-budget British films.

The company will target films with production budgets of about £2m each and will invest equity up to 20% per film.

Chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said: “Although our financial commitment to each film will be relatively small, we can, in addition, offer British films access to the world class facilities and production expertise at Pinewood and Shepperton studios which would normally be beyond their budget.”

Pinewood also intends new investment in its facilities.


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Product placement ban on British TV lifted

March 1st, 2011

A ban on product placement has been lifted, allowing advertisers to pay for their goods to be seen on British TV.

Paid-for references to products and services are now permitted for the first time in shows produced in the UK, including soaps and one-off dramas.

The first product, a Nescafe coffee machine, has appeared on This Morning.

The Church of England and doctors’ leaders have opposed the move, saying it could damage trust in broadcasters and promote unhealthy lifestyles


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