Published on: 21 August 2020 in Industry

Directors Digest — Friday 21 August

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Bake Off, BIFAs, Flash Gordon and Fame all feature in this week’s Digest, as canned laughter and film programming also make headlines. 

Read all the latest news and views from the industry below.


Tony Hall will give the opening address at this year’s Edinburgh TV Fest. (Televisual)

Broadcast take a look at the production of Bake Off under COVID-19 restrictions.

 The Ringer investigates the shrinking lifespan of streaming TV series.

 Meanwhile, with coronavirus meaning a drop in studio audiences, the Guardian asks whether its time to bring back canned laughter


The BFI has launched a new exhibition fund to support diverse programming. (Screen)

The Guardian has produced an oral history of Fame, directed by the late Sir Alan Parker40 years after its release.

The BIFAs have postponed their entry deadlines, nominations and winners announcementsScreen reports. 

And finally, director Mike Hodges and actor Brian Blessed look back on the making of Flash Gordon. (Guardian)

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