We are pleased to confirm that Left Bank’s multi-award winning sketch show Cardinal Burns is to return for a second series. The new series will move from youth-orientated digital channel E4 to the network’s flagship station, Channel 4.

The broadcaster said: “Sketch shows have been a mainstay of British TV comedy, well for just about forever. But despite the longevity and familiarity of the genre, every now and again, a sketch show comes along that manages to feel fresh, different and – crucially – funny, all at the same time – Cardinal Burns was that show, with their roll call of brilliantly conceived characters and finely-honed comic writing.”

Starring and written by Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, the first six-part series was broadcast in May and June last year. The comedy developed a cult following and has won several awards, as well as a BAFTA Television nomination.

Cardinal and Demri-Burns say: “We’re delighted to be given a second series – the response to the first series was slightly overwhelming. The fact that the series has moved to Channel 4 is just amazing and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with Brian Eno on our tricky second series.”

Channel 4’s Comedy Commissioning Editor, Rachel Springett, who ordered the second series, said: “We are thrilled to have commissioned a second series of the multi award winning sketch show Cardinal Burns. We are delighted to bring to Channel 4 the likes of Banksy and The Office Flirt with a host of new brilliantly crafted and original characters including airline pilots Malcolm and Geoff and rapper Curtis Blow.”

Jenna Jones, Executive Producer for production company Left Bank Pictures, added: “I am thrilled that Cardinal Burns is returning for a second series, and excited that it will be launching on Channel 4. This bold re-commission is testament to Channel 4’s commitment to original talent and their ambition to bring Seb and Dustin’s unique comic brilliance to a wider audience.”

Production on Outlander is scheduled to take place in Scotland from September, 2013.

The news follows word from Starz network, which has ordered Sony Pictures Television’s fantasy, Outlander to series.

The project, from Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television for Starz, has received a 16-episode order, with production slated to begin in October in Scotland where the books are set.

Outlander is a drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure series of books.  It follows Claire, a married World War II combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

The seven-book series has sold over 20 million copies.

The books have developed passionate fan following, with multiple companies running “Jamie and Claire” tours of Scotland, where they visit locations from the books.

At the beginning of 2014, the Outlander production team contacted the Creative Scotland Locations Service about suitable locations for filming and build space for a large scale set.

A survey of potential build spaces across the central belt was commissioned which then extended to a locations scout across Scotland.

The Outlander team was then introduced to skilled crew members, production and facilities companies with the result of reassuring them that Scotland is capable of sustaining a production of such a large scale.

Caroline Parkinson, Creative Director, Creative Scotland said: “As well as its fantastic locations, Scotland has world-class talent, crews and facilities and it’s fantastic news that the Outlander team has recognised this.

“This is historically, the biggest inward investment made in Scotland through film and TV and has also been prompted by the introduction this year of the high end TV tax incentive which has made the UK incredibly attractive proposition for inward investment.

“As well as delighting Outlander fans, the filming in Scotland where the novels are set, will provide further sustainability for Scotland’s crews and facilities and opportunities to build on current skills and training opportunities.”

We are delighted to announce that DCI Banks has won a Royal Television Society (Yorkshire) award at this year’s ceremony held at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.

Stephen Tompkinson accepted the award for ‘Best Drama’, beating nominations for Emmerdale (40th Anniversary Episode) and The Syndicate.

ITV have recommissioned DCI Banks for a third run; comprising of 6 x 60′ episodes based on the internationally successful novels from the pen of author and Banks creator Peter Robinson.

Crime drama DCI Banks will return for a third six-part series starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz, ITV have confirmed.
Produced by award-winning indie Left Bank Pictures, the new series will comprise 6 x 60′ episodes based on three of the internationally successful novels from the pen of author and Banks creator Peter Robinson.  Two episodes will be devoted to each of the three stories entitled Wednesday’s Child, Piece of My Heart and Bad Boy.
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We are delighted to announce that Cardinal Burns have been nominated for the prestigious Rose D’Or award for Comedy,  the international TV awards which aim to “define the gold standard of excellence and achievement in entertainment programming.”

This is the third nomination for the multi-award winning duo this month, who were also recently nominated for a BAFTA and a Televisual Bulldog Award.

They are up against The Revolution Will Be Televised and What If? in the Comedy category.

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Sketch duo up for prestigious Comedy Programme award

We’re delighted to announce that Cardinal Burns have been nominated for a BAFTA in the Comedy Programme category.

Cardinal Burns, who are Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, have picked up a string of accolades following their debut TV series, which aired on E4 last year. They collected the best sketch show award at the British Comedy Awards, as well as two Broadcast Awards and  a Loaded LAFTA.

They are up against Mr Stink, Welcome to the Places of My Life and The Revolution will be Televised.

The ceremony will take place on 12th May.

We are proud to announce that Composer, Niall Byrne won Best Original Score (Film/TV Drama) at the 10th Annual Irish Film & Television Academy Awards   2013 over the weekend, for his craft on Loving Miss Hatto. His original score for the film was recorded with a 30-piece orchestra at RTÉ, Dublin.

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We are pleased to announce that Loving Miss Hatto, written by Victoria Wood for BBC1, has been nominated for a Broadcasting Press Guild award for Best Single Drama.

BBC drama is assured two BPG awards, with a clean sweep of nominations in the single and series/serial categories. The full list of nominations for Best Single Drama include:

Best Possible Taste: the Kenny Everett Story (BBC4)
The Hollow Crown: Richard II (BBC2)
Loving Miss Hatto (BBC1)
Murder (BBC1)

The BPG awards, which are voted for by journalists who write about TV and radio, will take place at One Whitehall Place in central London on 14 March.


E4 sketch show Cardinal Burns won two categories at the Broadcast Awards 2013 last week.

The Left Bank comedy, which debuted in 2012, fought off more established shows to be named Best Comedy and Best Multichannel Programme, following a win for Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards last month.

The judges hailed it for reinvigorating the sketch show format.

Best Multichannel Programme
WINNER: Cardinal Burns (E4)
Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Watch)
Him And Her (BBC Three)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Threesome (Comedy Central)

Best Comedy Programme
WINNER: Cardinal Burns (E4)
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Hunderby (Sky Atlantic)
Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One)
Rev (BBC Two)
Twenty Twelve (BBC Two)

Loving Miss Hatto, a single drama by Victoria Wood, received good ratings and strong reviews following its BBC1 airing at Christmas:

“Loved Loving Miss Hatto… This drama is better [than the Channel 4 documentary]. Because Victoria Wood, who wrote it, clearly sees it not just as a fraud. A devoted man gives his dying wife the success he feels she always deserved but never had… that’s also a grand act of love.” Sam Wollaston, The Guardian. Read Full Review

“The script had sly flashes of Wood’s wit….Rory Kinnear and Maimie McCoy were sweetly excellent as the young lovers….Molina was magnificent, doing most of his acting with his eyes, which went from twinkly to calculating to softly sad within a single scene….He poured two drinks, stopped, then slowly decanted one back into the bottle. Never can orange squash have been used so poignantly. It was a quietly compelling, moving drama. Bravo, ducky.” Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph Read Full Review

“Victoria Wood’s drama Loving Miss Hatto cast a new and gently moving light on a bizarre story….this marvellous drama touched on the connection between “genius” and Read more →