BET is only available online in the UK; Renewed “ Unforgotten ” – Deadline

BET is available online only in UK
ViacomCBS BET will become an online-only channel in the UK on April 8. The channel will be officially hosted on Channel 5 streamer, My5, as well as ViacomCBS streamer, Pluto, where it launches on April 5. digital switch, BET unveiled its first original British slate: the Cooking series Celebrity comfort; comedy archive series Black into the future (working title); and We do That, a format that follows three well-known hosts as they meet talented black people and try their various career paths through hilarious challenges. Additionally, BET UK announced the launch of BET Amplifind UK, a regional search for musical talent. “We are committed to growing the BET brand in the UK and continuing to elevate the love, joy, power and pride of black people around the world,” said Twala World, SVP of BET International.

Noel Clarke to receive BAFTA for outstanding British contribution to cinema

‘Unforgotten’ renewed for the fifth season
ITV renewed the police drama Forgotten for a fifth season, but Nicola Walker will not be returning as Cassie Stuart. ITV said: “ITV would like to thank Nicola Walker for playing the brilliant role of Cassie Stuart in four series of Forgotten which has become one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed crime dramas on television. Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie’s story would end last night, but that Forgotten would continue, in Series 5, with a new case and a new ‘Partner in Crime’ for DI Sunny Khan. Produced by Mainstreet Pictures, Forgotten Season 4 had record ratings of 9.5 million viewers.

Dancing Ledge Sets Writing Pattern
London-based Dancing Ledge Productions (Salisbury poisonings) and ITV have appointed eight A-List writers to mentor eight new rising stars in their new talent program. The initiative aims to discover and nurture a new generation of television writers. Mentors confirmed for this year’s iteration are Abby Ajayi (How to get by with one murder, four marriages and a funeral), Jesse Armstrong (Succession, Peep Show), Chris Chibnall (Dr Who, Broadchurch), Noel Clarke (Bullet Proof, Kidulthood), Charlie Covell (The end of the fucking world), Lisa McGee (Derry Girls, the tricked), Paula Milne (The politician’s wife, small island) and Sarah Phelps (Agatha Christie, murders in Dublin). Each will choose a new writer whose work they have been impressed with and who will receive a non-refundable scholarship and write a pilot episode for their own original series. The mentor will also help place the project with a production company and / or broadcaster. The timeline is flexible for each partnership, but will take place throughout 2021. Mentees chosen so far are: Abraham Adeyemi (mentored by Jesse Armstrong), Alex Straker (mentored by Noel Clarke), Nessa Wrafter (mentored by Lisa McGee), Tina Pasotra (framed by Charlie Covell), Victoria Ibitoye (framed by Abby Ajayi). The rest will be chosen and announced throughout the year.

Sky opens locations for under-represented groups
Sky has partnered with Creative Access to open one-year paid placements for 18 people from under-represented groups. Openings include editorial assistants at Sky Studios, assistant producers at Sky News and sports reporters-in-training at Sky Sports. Jane Millichip, Director of Content at Sky Studios, said, “These placements will work in some of our most innovative areas, from virtual production to our biggest and most daring new dramas and comedies.” Apply here before April 16.

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