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]