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“Love Island,” a British reality show featuring young singletons courting each other in a hot location, suddenly seems to be cooling off. Returning to ITV2 last week, and debuting on Hulu on Jan. 30, the winter series reportedly attracted just over 1.4 million viewers for its debut episode, down a…

Winter has arrived in the U.K., but ‘90s diehards have the prospect of another Britpop summer to keep them warm until next year. Britpop dominated the U.K. charts and media between 1994 and 1996 and one of Britain’s most popular bands of the era, Blur, has announced its biggest ever…

Sarah Lancashire and James Norton are set to reunite when “Happy Valley” returns to screens in January, the BBC confirmed today. The third and supposedly final season of the show will drop in the U.K. on New Year’s Day, airing on BBC One and streaming platform iPlayer. (A U.S. release…

“Manifest” returns to Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10 chart during the Oct. 31-Nov. 6 viewing window at No. 1 following the Season 4 premiere on Netflix. Within the new installment’s first three days of availability, the series garnered 1.37 billion minutes viewed. As previously reported, the series, which originally aired on…

ITV MAKES DRAMA APPOINTMENTS Helen Ziegler has been appointed as U.K. broadcaster ITV’s senior commissioning editor. She will take up the role at ITV Drama in January 2024, following her maternity leave. She is currently director of television at award-winning producer Mammoth Screen and has credits including Peter Bowker’s “World…

German media powerhouse ProSiebenSat.1 is bundling its eight production companies in Germany, the U.K., Denmark and Israel, along with its global distribution arm Red Arrow Studios International, under a newly established banner called Seven.One Studios. The new entity will produce across all key genres for its own platforms as well…

“Manifest” made a triumphant return to fans on Netflix. Season 4 of the drama opened on Netflix’s Top 10 at the No.1 spot after its Nov. 4 release. During the Oct. 31-Nov. 6 viewing window, the series scored 57.1 million hours viewed in its first three days of availability. The…

ITV Studios is expanding its international scripted footprint by acquiring a majority stake in Australian production company Lingo Pictures. Led by Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens, Lingo Pictures will be ITV Studios’ first-ever Australian scripted label. Bowden and Stephens will continue to head up the business based in Sydney. Lingo…

Charades has acquired Usman Riaz’s animated feature “The Glassworker,” one of the highlights of Annecy Film Festival’s work-in-progress sidebar. Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animated feature, “The Glassworker” is produced by “Wrinkles” producer Manuel Cristobal and Pakistan-based Mano Animation Studios (co-founded by Riaz). The feature, which is aimed at family audiences, is…

DISNEY+ SWOOPS ON ‘RALPH & KATIE’ Keshet International (KI) has closed a weighty multi-territorial deal with Disney+ on “Ralph & Katie,” the new 6×30’ comedy-drama spinoff from “The A World.” Sale forms part of a wider agreement that includes all three seasons of “The A Word,” the BBC One drama. Disney+…

Only a handful of people are credited with changing the face of television. The mercurial Brit Charlie Parsons, creator of “Survivor,” is one of them.  As the reality behemoth celebrates its 25th anniversary, Parsons, who reinvented early morning TV in the U.K. by ditching the format’s staid conventions for the…

BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) will invest £1 million ($1.08 million) over three years to develop and support aspiring natural history filmmakers in the U.K. and globally. The NHU produces popular natural history programs including “Blue Planet II,” “Planet Earth II,” “Seven Worlds,” “One Planet,” presented by David Attenborough, “Dynasties,” “Blue Planet Live”…