Now that the second day of the Edinburgh TV Festival 2016 is over, here are 7 things that happened on day two…
1. The great and the good of TV took part in a leaders’ debate
On the morning of the second day at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer at Channel 4, Ben Frow, Director of Programming at Channel 5, Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the BBC and Gary Davey, Managing Director for Content at Sky took part in the TV Leader’s Debate chaired by Martha Kearney.
They discussed Brexit, talent salaries, sex on TV as well as scheduling conflicts.
On the issues of sex on TV, clips from Love Island, Celebrity Big Brother, Naked Attraction, Versailles and Game of Thrones were shown with Kevin Lygo defending Love Island saying:
“There’s nothing wrong with sex on TV. It’s just a bit of fun and you don;’t actually see anything. It’s implied and people’s reactions to it”
Ben Frow also defended his own programme, Celebrity Big Brother saying that “kids like sex and confrontation. There are scenes I don’t want to TX, but there’s nothing wrong with sex.
Whilst Charlotte Moore found it “patronising that young people only want to watch sex on TV”.
On the topic of scheduling, the upcoming conflict between Victoria and Poldark was brought up and Kevin Lygo believes “there are enough viewers for both shows to do well.
2. Sky 1 commit to a lot more A League of Their Own
A League Of Their Own: US Road Trip will return for a second adventure and three more series of A League of Their Own have already been greenlit as Sky 1’s Director Adam MacDonald picked it as his channel defining clip at the start of his controller session at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
James Corden will invite his pals Jack Whitehall, Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff to America to get back on the road for another adventure they’ll never forget. He will take the boys across the States as he sets them challenges in locations including New York and Miami as well as returning to his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
Series 11 of A League of Their Own will air on Sky 1 this Autumn, with James Corden back in the hosting seat alongside regular team captains Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff and permanent panellist Jack Whitehall.
3. Reggie Yates offers his views on whether TV fails men
In a session entitled ‘What Men Want’, when asked whether television was failing men, presenter turned documentary maker Reggie Yates, said “TV yes. Content no.” He went on to say that together with a lot of young people he’s “drawn to content rather than TV. It’s all about story.”
Shows such as Chewing Gum and Fleabag were praised by Reggie as he picked them out as hows which are not necessarily aimed at men, but which men enjoyed. “Just because a show has a female lead, doesn’t mean men can’t enjoy it”.
4. Sally Wainwright confirms a third series of Happy Valley
Ahead of her accepting the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Edinburgh Television Awards, Sally Wainwright joined Russell T Davies for a conversation about her career.
She revealed that she’d love to dramatise a stand-up comedian, she’d love to write a ghost story and a soap. The rapport between Sally and Russell was wonderful to watch as you can tell they’re fond of each other and even let slip that they had once written a spin-off for Coronation Street called Mario’s which never saw the light of day.
Her career really kicked off with At Home with the Braithwaites and when asked if she’d be up for bringing the series back she said “Yes, I think it’d be interested.”
These days of course she’s busy with Happy Valley and when asked by Russell if it would be returning for a third series, Sally said “Yes, definitely. But it will be a little while”.
5. ITV announce three new shows
Speaking during his controller session, Kevin Lygo announced three new shows, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, a UK version of US series Little Big Shot and a sitcom starring Jack Dee.
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule is a panel show that sees Harry Hill presiding over two teams tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion! Each team must find clips, people, basically anything that is fun or funny enough for Harry to place in a capsule which, in the event that we’re invaded by aliens, we can present to them to demonstrate earthlings are good fun and therefore worthy of saving.
Dawn French will host Little Big Shots, a brand new series on ITV based on the hit US format.
The show shines the spotlight on some of the world’s most talented children. With no prizes at stake, no winners or losers and no competition, this programme is simply a showcase for three to thirteen year olds to take to the stage and show that you don’t have to be a grown-up to be a star performer.
The centrepiece of the programme is an enormous revolving stage. On one side is a sofa for Dawn and the pint size prodigies to get to know each other; and on the other is the all important performance space which is as versatile as the variety of talent on offer.
Each show will unveil aspiring young acts from the UK and around the world, with talents that range from black belt karate champions to classical music masters and miniature chefs. There are tiny dancers, young soul sensations, audacious skateboarders and spelling bee specialists who are only just out of nursery.
6. Kevin Lygo shares his vision for ITV
As part of his controller session, ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo revealed how he’s looking to do more with the mid-week slots, wanting to introduce more shiny floor entertainment to a Wednesday night. Both Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule and Little Big Shot are set to occupy that space.
Would he have brought back Cold Feet? He’s not so sure, but one thing he’s certain of is that he’s not going to get rid of The X Factor as he still sees it as a successful show for the channel but admits it needs work.
When asked about The Great British Bake Off, which has been rumoured to be moving to ITV, Lygo avoided the question and said “I’d rather have EastEnders.“
7. Channel 4 wins Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh TV Awards 2016
It’s the award everyone wants to win, Channel of the Year 2016 at the Edinburgh TV Awards. Last year, the award went to BBC One and this year the award went to Channel 4!
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sally Wainwright who was handed her award by Russell T Davie.
Other winners included Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia which won Best Factual Series, Last Panthers which won Best International Co-Production, Symeon Brown who won the Ones To Watch/Random Acts award, Production Company of the Year went to Kudos, New Programme of the Year 2016 went to Peter Kay’s Car Share and TV Moment of the Year went to James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke with Adele for The Late Late Show.