Wednesday morning’s eye-opening and independent news

David Tennant and Catherine Tate

Happy Independence Day, America!

Doctor Who

  • And the new companion is… Catherine Tate. Seriously. I’m not fibbing


  • David Oyelowo, Idris Elba, Colin Salmon, Winston Ntshona and John Kani are all in The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency


British TV

  • Keeley Hawes is the new John Simm for Life on Mars sequel Ashes to Ashes
  • The Beeb says the viewing public wants it to innovate
  • Michael Grade says TV shouldn’t treat the viewing public with ‘casual contempt’
  • Oh yeah? Well, ITV are copycats, says the Beeb [free registration required]



  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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