THE mad dash towards the end of the year continues.
ITV held launches today for a second outing in 2007 of Manchester drama Cold Blood, plus the return of Trial and Retribution.
Meanwhile BBC2 revealed highlights of its winter / spring season of programmes – including The Verdict and new films from Louis Theroux.
The former sees a jury of famous faces sitting in judgement on a four day trial, presided over by a real judge in a real courtroom with real barristers.
Ex-Nottingham Forest and Liverpool player Stan Collymore will be one of the 12 jurors, along with disgraced former MP Jeffrey Archer, who served two years in prison for perjury, and actresses Patsy Palmer, Honor Blackman and Jennifer Ellison.
They are joined by So Solid Crew rap musician Megaman – real name Dwayne Vincent – who was cleared of murder by an Old Bailey jury earlier this year.
Sara Payne, the mother who campaigned for Sarah’s Law following the murder of her daughter by a known paedophile, will also be on the TV jury.
Other jurors include Blur’s Alex James, former Tory MP Michael Portillo, Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold and Ingrid Tarrant, the estranged wife of TV presenter Chris Tarrant.
I diverted late this afternoon to the West End of London for a long-awaited interview with the star of a top Manchester drama. More of that early next year.
And the BBC today denied a claim that the proposed move of BBC Sport to Salford would be delayed until after the London Olympics in 2012.
Roger Mosey, Controller of BBC Sport, said: “It is categorically untrue that ‘hundreds’ of BBC Sport staff will not move to Salford.
“We are currently reviewing our Olympic plans and it is possible that a very small number of key operational people will maintain a London base, but there is no change in the overall planning for Salford.”