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Daily Bite: BBC, WGA, Richard Briers & 'The Hardy Bucks Movie' News
18 Feb 2013 : By Eva Hall
BBC journalists are on strike today
See what else is happening in film & TV industries around the world.

BBC Strike Causes Television Viewing Disruption… An NUJ-led strike at BBC HQ in London has caused major disruptions across the broadcaster’s TV and radio stations, including flagship channels BBC One and BBC Two. The ‘Today Programme’ and lunchtime show ‘The World at One’ were replaced with reruns of other shows, while current affairs programme ‘Newsnight’ is also expected to be replaced tonight, when it is scheduled to air at 10.30 on BBC Two. The strike, led by the National Union of Journalists, began at midnight last night and is expected to last until midnight tonight. Journalists are striking over job cuts at the state broadcaster.

RIP Richard Briers, 1934-2013… Veteran English actor Richard Briers has passed away, his agent confirmed. The ‘The Good Life’ actor, who was aged 79, is believed to have passed away from emphysema, which he had suffered from for many years. Briers’ career began television, with roles in series such as ‘Marriage Lines’ and ‘Jackanory’. He became a household name in the late 70s when he starred in BBC sitcom ‘The Good Life’, and went to star in a number of feature film and television projects, including the 1993 comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, children’s animation ‘Watership Down’ and the 2011 war drama ‘The Only One Who Knows You're Afraid’, which he narrated. Briers passed away peacefully at his home in London yesterday, February 17.

‘Argo’ Continues Its Awards Sweep AT WGA Awards… Ben Affleck’s CIA thriller ‘Argo’ won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild of America Awards last night, beating ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and ‘Lincoln'. Chris Terrio adapted the ‘Argo’ screenplay. Other winners on the night included ‘Breaking Bad’, which won Best Drama Series in the Television category, ‘Mad Men’, which won Best Episodic Drama for the episode ‘The Other Woman’, and the HBO TV film ‘Game Change’, which picked up Best Long Form – Adapted, for the screenplay adapted from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book.

If You Watch One Trailer Today… Ahead of next week’s theatrical release, catch up with the Hardy Bucks… in movie format.


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