TV shows just don’t stick around for 50 years. Ten is considered a damn good run, but fifty (minus a few years hiatus) is a damn big milestone, and the BBC is going all out to celebrate. As part of the party, they’ll be running a series documenting the history of Doctor Who and how the show came to be.
Probably due to the success of The Muppets movie, The Jim Henson Company has teamed up with the BBC to bring Henson puppets back to television with ‘No Strings Attached’, in what sounds like a kind of game show with Muppets and weekly guest celebrities.
If you live in New Jersey, California or near Chicago, you’ve got a chance to check out the BBC’s newest augmented reality tour based on the Frozen Planet series. Check out the video and press release below for more info. You may even get to box a polar bear.
Not only is it awesome enough that every single event of this year’s summer Olympics in London will be streamed on the internet for free, the live video stream will include a number of DVR options such as live pause and rewind. Oh, and Twitter integration. Obviously. So you can tweet about shot-putting to all your interfriends.
According to Financial Insider, the BBC will soon be launching an iPad app that, for a subscription fee, will let anyone, anywhere in the world, watch BBC shows. Thank fucking god. I might finally be able to get new episodes of Doctor Who and Top Gear without having to sludge through the underbelly of the interwebs.
Well, kind of for real. It’s a whopping 17 seconds of vague teaser footage culled from the larger BBC fall/winter shows trailer. But I guess this year’s Xmas Who will be a sort of a Christmas Carol sort of thing, hence the Doctor introducing himself as “The Ghost of Christmas Past”.
Mentioned briefly at last year’s Hitchcon, the first-ish TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has now been officially announced by the BBC for their winter season. It’s going to screen on BBC 4 (not BBC 3 as originally planned), and that the plot will see Gently try “to solve the disappearance of a cat from an old lady’s house” – ie. it will be an adaptation of Adams’ first Gently book, at least in part. The script is by Howard Overman, creator of Misfits and Vexed, and according to his agent, the runtime is 60 minutes.
Right now, it’s only planned as a one-off thing, but if it does well, it could be turned into a series. Do your part Britain and watch the shit out of it and hopefully we’ll get a long-running thing out of it.