The gallery has been updated with Blu-ray screencaptures of Ophelia in Man Up. Enjoy!
Ophelia Lovibond will star in Barney Norris’ new play Nightfall, which will run at the Bridge Theatre from 28 April.
Nightfall is about a family who live on a farm just outside Winchester after the death of their father. Ryan is trying to make a living off the land when his sister, Lou, returns home to support their mother, Jenny, when her boyfriend Pete appears with a new found wealth from his job at an oil refinery.
Lovibond will play Lou alongside Ukweli Roach as Pete and Sion Daniel Young who will play Ryan. Laurie Sansom directs.
Read the full article here on London Theatre.
Visit Bridge Theater for full details including ticket prices and performance times.
Key broadcasting talent Claudia Winkleman is close to signing a deal which would keep her at the BBC. She is set to present On Your Bike but the deal is jeopardised with the revelation that an almost identical format has been developed and offered to Amanda Holden. How can the damage limitation group limit the damage?
In the wake of a potentially very expensive lawsuit against the BBC, Izzy volunteers to take the flak and is summoned to the director general’s office.
Meanwhile, the official launch of BBC Me, the new online platform for user-generated content, is nearing the final furlong, but with the disappearance of several senior executive posts, including head of values and director of better, it is not clear who will be leading the charge to the finish line.
The renewal group led by head of values Ian Fletcher has to respond to rumours that Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is about to leave the BBC for a rival broadcaster. Is there a way of preventing this happening? When they offer a hosting job on On Your Bike, a new interview format, it looks like they might have found a solution.
Meanwhile ex-intern Will’s attempts to get a celebrity face to help launch BBC Me, the new online platform, have come back to bite him and the BBC. The celebrity in question thought they were being asked to pose for a selfie and didn’t realise they were being used to endorse a viral campaign and consequently the BBC finds itself on the receiving end of a million-pound lawsuit. Will’s job looks to be in serious danger.
With the charter renewal process requiring the BBC to show they can do more for less, head of news Neil Reid is asked to see whether his main news presenters would consider doubling up and presenting the weather forecast as well. And in a landscape where leaving parties are becoming increasingly frequent, Ben and Jerry discover that their jobs have been ‘re-imagined as non-existing going forward’.
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of Ophelia in episode 3.03 of W1A. Enjoy!
Following on from an item on BBC Breakfast about plans to close the BBC Big Swing Band, the damage limitation team under Ian Fletcher is under huge pressure to limit the damage.
A twitter campaign led by Jools Holland, #JeSuisBigSwingb and #boycottBBC, is gathering support from music royalty such as Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Tom Jones and Bono. And as the much-loved Big Swing bandleader Ray Fredericks is both black and 75, there are a growing number of accusations of discrimination and ageism.
BBC News outlets are keen to report the latest developments but exacerbate the problem when Syncopatico, the new News subtitling software, continues to systematically misspell the names of the key players involved – including Jools Holland.
It is felt that an appearance from one of the BBC senior management team on the News at One would be a helpful way of clarifying the BBC’s position – but when head of better Anna Rampton unexpectedly rules herself out, it falls to Ian Fletcher to face the music.
Meanwhile, the campaign to launch new online platform BBC Me continues and ex-intern Will Humphries is still standing at his station in reception trying to persuade passing celebrities to record themselves saying ‘me’ into his phone.
Welcome back! It’s been a couple of years so some of you may not remember the site from before, but it was originally Ophelia Lovibond Online (
ophelia-lovibond.net) and was online from 2011-2015. Now that the site is back in action there is a lot of content to catch up on and to kick off the gallery updates, some new W1A promotional photos and screencaps from the latest episodes have been added. Enjoy the new additions and look for more to be added soon!
The search for new ways of saving money at the BBC continues – particularly important in the light of charter renewal.
As head of better Anna Rampton says, ‘The fact is this is about finding more ways of doing less of what we currently do better.’
Having dismissed the idea of losing programmes about gardening as a possible solution the renewal team propose that the cutting of the BBC Big Swing Band might send out a useful message – after all, does the BBC need six orchestras?
When news gets out that this is on the agenda the BBC start to get what head of communications Tracey Pritchard calls ‘heavy incoming’. A situation exacerbated by the fact that Ray Fredericks, the much-loved Big Swing Band leader, is about to celebrate his 75th birthday with a special anniversary concert. What had started in a strategy meeting as an idea with potential has turned into a major PR disaster.
In this context the BBC head of values Ian Fletcher’s first visit to the Department of Media, Culture and also Sport – the government department responsible for negotiating the BBC Charter renewal – does not get off to the best of starts. Especially when it is revealed that the minister is a ‘keen trombonist’.
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