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BBC ‘iPlayer for keeps’

The BBC is going to let you keep some downloads – if you pay for it.

Roly Keating, who heads the corporation’s archive team, has just confirmed that it is going ahead following a talk by director general Mark Thompson on a kind of ‘iPlayer for keeps, no returns’.

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Sky to pump £600m into original programmes

Writers prepare to be shocked and pleased – Sky is no longer just the home of The Simpsons, sports and films.

Sky Arts has commissioned £600m worth of new commissions over the next two years, with big names such as Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Sir Tom Jones – yes, the singer – all acting in new productions.

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Beeb to broadcast theatre

Looks like the BBC is getting away from the soundstage and onto the stage as the broadcaster has announced it’s to transmit stage productions.

A new online channel called The Space is being set up by the BBC and Arts Council England to show arts programmes – among them productions by the Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Opera Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and Saddler’s Wells as well as other theatres.

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Clips lead to commissions

Savvy publication on the internet has led to another success.

Following on from the story of how the Ultimate Dog Tease has gone from YouTube to Hollywood, Irish comedy group The Rubberbandits have been picked up by Channel 4 to star in a 30-minute pilot.

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Pitching is hooking

Ever had a great idea but just couldn’t sell it? You’re not alone.

Bill Lawrence is the creator of hit US show Cougar Town, which has run for 56 episodes so it clearly has legs.

Yet according to this interview with the AV Club, Lawrence had a ton of problems selling it – until he changed the name into something catchier with a clear hook.

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Now! 1993 – Human Beatbox Edition

Human beatboxing – you either love it, or you’re secretly jealous. One of the best is Beardyman, who I caught live at Bestival a few years back. He’s now been caught by someone bigger – Auntie Beeb.

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Talking pet goes from YouTube to Hollywood

Taking a killer idea and sticking to it has its rewards it seems. YouTube user klaatu42 takes videos of his pets and either they can speak English or else he overdubs them in a very clever way. Either way the result is funny – check out the “Ultimate Dog Tease” below.