EASTENDERS NEWS: DOMINIC TREADWELL-COLLINS TO STEP DOWN AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER 0 266

Dominic Treadwell-Collins is set to leave EastEnders after two and a half years in the role of Executive Producer. During his tenure, Dominic has led EastEnders to some of the biggest successes in the show’s history including EastEnders Live week, which was part of EastEnders’ 30th anniversary celebrations.

Under Dominic’s reign, EastEnders has become the viewers’ favourite soap, winning numerous awards including Best Soap at the National Television Awards for two consecutive years as well as taking home eight awards at last year’s British Soap Awards.

During his second stint at EastEnders, Dominic has created many iconic characters including the Carter family, headed up by Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright, and has brought back fan favourites including Lacey Turner and Scott Maslen as well as creating many bold storylines and tackling big issues that will go down in EastEnders’ history, including the award winning ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale’ plot.

Before Dominic leaves Walford, he will oversee Dame Barbara Windsor’s final ever episodes as Peggy Mitchell, as well as the hotly anticipated return of Ross Kemp who will reprise his role as Grant Mitchell.

Dominic has had a long career at EastEnders. He began working on the show in 2005 as senior story editor, before becoming story producer in 2006. He left the show in 2010 to work at Kudos’ Lovely Day as Head of Development, developing the series Grantchester to greenlight before returning to EastEnders in August 2013 as Executive Producer

Taking over from Dominic at EastEnders will be Sean O’Connor, who is currently the Editor of the world’s longest running soap opera, The Archers, which celebrated its 65th anniversary in January 2016.

Speaking of his decision to leave, Dominic said: “My love for EastEnders is no secret and so the decision to leave Walford has not been one I have taken lightly. When I commit to something, I always give it my all – and after two and a half years of giving my blood to Walford, it is time for me to move on to other things – and keep EastEnders creatively refreshed, something that it has to do to stay at the top of its game. I made the decision to leave back in the summer but decided to stay longer for two reasons.

“Firstly, to oversee Peggy’s last episodes, which will air in May. When Dame Barbara comes to you to produce her final episodes, you cannot say no. I left EastEnders with Peggy last time when she burnt down her Vic and it feels fitting that we will now leave permanently together. Secondly, I needed to find the right person to take over from me. This is an incredible all-consuming show and in Sean, I know that we have found someone who already has Albert Square in his bones and who adores EastEnders as much as I do.

“It’s going to be gut-wrenching to tear myself away from everyone at EastEnders. It’s an utterly unique place to work, with everyone working so hard and with such passion – and I am so so proud to have led that brilliant team over the past couple of years. I know that EastEnders will continue to thrive under Sean and I’m looking forward to watching the show as a viewer again.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer said: “Dominic has done an extraordinary job. He has transformed EastEnders over the last few years and brought such flair, creativity and modernity to the show, not to mention an impressive array of awards. His passion and commitment to make everything the best it can be is inspiring and it’s testament to his great talents that he created a piece of television history with the 30th Anniversary, which broke records with over 20 million people watching across the week. EastEnders owes Dominic so much and we will miss him greatly. He is a creative force in television and I want to wish him all the very best in his next role. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Sean O’Connor who I’m very excited to start working with.”

Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning added: “I want to thank Dominic for everything he has given EastEnders. He has gripped the nation over the last few years with his brilliant creative vision and I will be very sad to see him leave. It’s exciting to confirm Sean O’Connor as the new executive producer, I know he will bring something very special to BBC One’s flagship show. He is passionate about EastEnders with a wealth of experience from running The Archers to his time as story producer on EastEnders. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Mark Freeland, Controller of Fiction and Entertainment, BBC Production said: “Dominic and the whole of his team, on screen and off could not have given a bead of sweat more in making EastEnders the very essence of what thrilling continuing drama can be. It’s on the agenda and in our hearts. Enormous thanks from the audience at home goes to Dominic for helming such a vibrant, exciting and essential EastEnders. With Sean’s arrival, the lights in The Queen Vic will not dim, I’m certain.”

Sean is a producer, writer and director and has worked in theatre, radio, television and film. He produced Terence Davies’ film version of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hidddleston. Sean’s book, Handsome Brute about 1940s murderer Neville Heath was published to great acclaim in 2013 and is currently in development as a feature film. His Shakespeare adaptation, Juliet and her Romeo, re-opened Bristol Old Vic starring Dame Sian Phillips and was directed by Tony-award winning Warhorse director, Tom Morris.

Sean will be returning to EastEnders after an eleven year gap, having previously worked on the programme as director, producer and story producer. He story-lined the award winning Kat and Zoe Slater story, the domestic violence storyline between Little Mo and Trevor as well as the courtship of Dot Cotton and Jim Branning.

Sean joined The Archers as Editor in September 2013, having previously worked as a producer on the programme between 1999 and 2001. Since his arrival in Ambridge, Sean has placed farming at the heart of The Archers, with several of the key farmers articulating new visions for the 21st Century. At the same time, he has overseen a raft of compelling storylines beyond the farmyard, reflecting many of the challenges of modern life: Peggy’s grief over the loss of her husband Jack Woolley, the jilting of Kirsty Miller on her wedding day, the flooding of the village, the disappearance of Lynda Snell’s dog Scruff – and his return at Christmas. The story of villainous Rob Titchener and his wife Helen has ignited intense debate in the media and in kitchens up and down the country. In his time in Ambridge, Sean has also produced three star-studded special dramas linked to The Archers: Dead Girls Tell No Tales about the death of Grace Archer and standalone Christmas plays Blithe Spirit and Calendar Girls.

Speaking of his new role and leaving The Archers, Sean said: “Dominic hands over EastEnders in robust health. It’s a testament to his endless commitment, infectious enthusiasm and rich imagination that the programme remains BBC1’s flagship drama. I’m thrilled to be back in Walford and particularly delighted to work once more with many dear friends and colleagues both backstage and on screen. I loved my time working at EastEnders previously; there’s nothing quite as challenging nor as rewarding. So I feel very honoured to be asked back to lead the wonderful cast, crew and production team at Elstree.

“At the same time, it is a real wrench for me to leave Ambridge. The Archers is an extraordinary programme – a jewel at the heart of the BBC and in the hearts of the British public. Working on it, with the extraordinary cast, writers and production team in Birmingham has been an absolute privilege. The Archers has been a part of my life for much of my life – and though I’ll be away from Borsetshire, I’ll continue to listen to the villagers of Ambridge, who feel to me – as they do for millions of listeners – like family.”

Gwyneth Williams, Controller of Radio 4 said: “The Archers is a much loved British institution and Radio 4 been blessed with the ambition and creativity of its editors for the last 65 years, each bringing unique talent and commitment to the programme. Sean has been brilliant, a significant and literary figure in the Radio 4 firmament and his storylines are among the best I’ve heard. Crucially, he has stayed true to The Archers’ farming and countryside traditions. He will be much missed by all of us, including the cast and the excellent production team behind the show. We are pleased to be keeping him at the BBC and wish him the best of luck in his new role.”

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BRIT AWARDS 2019 WINNERS REVEALED 0 143

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Tonight we celebrated the achievements of British and international artists and musicians over the last year, live on ITV from The O2 Arena, London!

Jack Whitehall was back on hosting duties for the second year to present an exceptional night of entertainment for the 12,000 arena guests and the millions watching from home. A grand total of 13 awards – designed by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye – were handed out during the show.

Presenters on the night included: Paloma Faith, Annie Mac, Suki Waterhouse, Khalid, Jared Leto, Liam Payne and Winnie Harlow.

Multi-award winning actor and performer Hugh Jackman kicked off proceedings with a dazzling rendition of ‘The Greatest Show’ from the global music sensation The Greatest Showman, resplendent with over 100 circus-themed dancers. Calvin Harris made his BRITs debut with a collaboration with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, and the show also hosted performances from George Ezra, Jorja Smith, Jess Glynne with H.E.R., Little Mix with Ms Banks and The 1975. P!nk closed the show with an incredible four song medley following the presentation of her Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

Winning British Group for the second time, The 1975 also added the much coveted Mastercard British Album of the Year award to their BRIT tally, for their third No. 1 album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

A true ‘Giant’ of British music, Calvin Harris bagged his first ever BRIT awards, having been nominated 16 times in the last ten years. Winning British Single, along with Dua Lipa, for their No.1 smash hit ‘One Kiss’, the multi-million selling DJ was also honoured with Best British Producer, in acknowledgment of his immense chart topping success over the past twelve months, collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the world and responsible for some of the biggest hits of the last decade.

More BRITs firsts on the night saw a win for George Ezra for British Male Solo Artist and Tom Walker in British Breakthrough Act, the latter a public vote. Rising star Jorja Smith, who won the Critics’ Choice award in 2018, came away with British Female Solo Artist.

The BRITs Global Success award, identified by global sales success of a British artist, was awarded to Ed Sheeran for a second year, continuing to celebrate the phenomenal success of his third album Divide – certified sales alone account for 10.5 million, and overall Ed has sold an estimated 150 million records to date.

Ariana Grande was announced as Best International Female and Drake won his second BRIT award for Best International Male. Best International Group went to The Carters, their first as a group – although Beyonce and Jay Z have both won BRIT awards as individuals previously.

British Artist Video of the Year was once again determined by public social vote and this year the winner was Little Mix for ‘Woman Like Me’, which the girls performed earlier in the show.

WINNERS & SPEECHES

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST – GEORGE EZRA (PRESENTED BY DANIEL STURRIDGE & PALOMA FAITH)

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – JORJA SMITH (PRESENTED BY H.E.R. & NILE RODGERS)

BRITISH GROUP – THE 1975 (PRESENTED BY NATALIE DORMER & VICKY McCLURE)

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT – TOM WALKER (PRESENTED BY ALICE LEVINE & CLARA AMFO)

INTERNATIONAL GROUP – THE CARTERS (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST – DRAKE (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – ARIANA GRANDE (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

BRITs GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD – ED SHEERAN (PRESENTED BY ABBEY CLANCY & ROMAN KEMP)

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “WOMAN LIKE ME” BY LITTLE MIX FEATURING NICKI MINAJ (PRESENTED BY BROS)

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – CALVIN HARRIS (PRESENTED BY ANNIE MAC & SUKI WATERHOUSE)

BRITISH SINGLE – “ONE KISS” BY CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA (PRESENTED BY LIAM PAYNE & WINNIE HARLOW)

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR – “A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS” BY THE 1975 (PRESENTED BY JARED LETO)

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC – P!NK (PRESENTED BY KHALID)

HOLBY CITY & CASUALTY CROSSOVER ANNOUNCED FOR MARCH 0 161

For the first time since 2005, the cast of Holby City and Casualty will join forces for a two-part crossover special on BBC One as the staff of the emergency department and the wards come together when Holby City Hospital is plunged into chaos.

Characters from both series will interact as their storylines are intertwined across the two dramatic, action-packed episodes.

A major cyber-attack plunges Holby into blackout and disables most of the hospital’s automated monitoring equipment. At the same time Sacha (Bob Barrett) is in a car crash which injures his daughter Bekka (Francesca Barrett) and Ric’s (Hugh Quarshie) granddaughter Darla (Naomi Katiyo), one of whom might be pregnant. Fighting a different battle amongst the chaos, Connie (Amanda Mealing) is left to save the life of a member of her own team with surgery. As Sasha’s injuries become apparent Jac (Rosie Marcel) comes to his rescue and is ready to operate but with only one theatre available in the blackout, Connie and Jac have to make the impossible decision of which of their friends to try and save first.

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty, says: “We’ve known for some time there’s been major audience appetite for a mega crossover between these sister shows, so that’s exactly what we are serving up! You’ll see both the Casualty and Holby teams striving heroically against the odds in two episodes of pure, nail-biting, taut, emotional medical drama. I’m quite literally in awe of Michelle Lipton’s writing achievement and Steve Brett’s direction in pulling off this double, and so proud of both the Cardiff Casualty and Elstree Holby crews and casts in making the mind boggling logistics work, quite aside from their creative wizardry. There’s so much to relish in the cross-show character interactions: an especially poignant thematic resonance between two regulars, Connie and Jac in delicious conflict, and perhaps most vitally, who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby!”

The crossover will begin during Casualty on Saturday 2 March and will conclude during Holby City on Tuesday 5 March on BBC One.

Throughout 2019, Holby City is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a host of guest appearances from previous Holby characters and fan favourites across the year. Amanda Mealing will be the latest returner in the crossover, coming back to her old stomping ground in Holby as Connie Beauchamp.