Our coverage of The Guardian Edinburgh TV Festival continues with highlights from two conversations with ITV Channel controller Peter Fincham.
Today Fincham spoke to Kirsty Wark and revealed the following:
- He feels the money spent on the Rising Star format was well spent as its different and fresh. The programme itself will debut in the first half of next year but a host for the show hasn’t been confirmed.
- He believes he’s taking a risk on reviving Sunday Night at the London Palladium as he doesn’t know if audiences will take to it this time around.
- He revealed that the channel would be airing Bring Back Borstal, a documentary that was very similar in tone to Bad Lads’ Army.
- He praised the hard work and dedication that goes into the channel’s long-running formats such as Coronation Street, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
- He’s committed to bringing more scripted comedy to the channel and cited upcoming sitcom Delivery Man as an example.
- He hopes that the ratings for Good Morning Britain will improve and admits that its predecessor Daybreak never had a real identity.
- He previewed upcoming drama Grantchester and felt it was the strongest drama in ITV’s autumn schedule.
- He hopes that men will continue to tune into ITV regardless of the fact that they’ve lost the rights to key football matches.
Fincham also appeared at the festival alongside Paul Mortimer who is the head of ITV’s Digital Channels. The highlights of the pair’s speech included the following:
- ITVBe will now be the home of such ITV2 hits as The Only Way is Essex, The Real Housewives and Dinner Date.
- With ITVBe having a more female-orientated feel, the pair’s wish is to make ITV2 feel a little bit more male.
- They previewed the new series of Plebs as well as The Job Lot, which will apparently change its tone slightly in its move from ITV to ITV2.
- Other new ITV2 shows being previewed included sitcom Cockroaches and reality entertainment show Bad Bridesmaids.
- The pair announced a second series of Release the Hounds but weren’t able to comment on whether TV OD would return.
- Plans were revealed for a new Keith Lemon sketch show as well as more series of Celebrity Juice.
- ITV2 will not try to capitalise on BBC3’s move online by stealing any of their key talents.
- Fincham spoke of his pleasure over the performance of ITV Encore thus far and the fact that its currently beating Sky Atlantic in the ratings during certain periods.
- Some new scripted drama series will begin their run on ITV Encore rather than one of the network’s free to air channels.