Festival Programme


Wednesday 23rd August

Edinburgh Does…Blue Peter

Wednesday 23rd August 11.45 - 12.45

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Iain Stirling, comedian

SPEAKERS: Peter Purves, presenter ; Valerie Singleton, broadcaster & writer ; Kate Phillips, controller BBC Entertainment; Phil Edgar-Jones, director Sky Arts; Cheryl Taylor, controller CBBC; Sarah Lazenby, commissioning editor factual and entertainment Channel 4; Diederick Santer, chief executive Kudos

To mark the 60th anniversary celebrations of the iconic CBBC show, Blue Peter is about to put 4 commissioners through the ultimate screen test; to see if they have what it takes to become a presenter on the longest running children’s programme in the world.


Thursday 24th August

Friday 25th August

Move Over Drama, Entertainment Is Back

Friday 25th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Kate Phillips, controller BBC Entertainment; Ed Havard, head of entertainment, events and sport Channel 4; Steve Regan, commissioning editor: entertainment Channel 5; Peter Davey, head of comedy entertainment ITV; Phil Edgar-Jones, director Sky Arts

It’s 2017 and Entertainment is a genre undergoing a long awaited renaissance. With multiple new launches on ITV, new Saturday night fare on BBC One, and Sky One announcing that it’s now entertainment only, the doors are finally open again. Come and meet the people who are shaping the future of the genre at every major channel. We’ll be getting inside their heads to find out what rocks their boats and asking them to build their fantasy schedules and dream rostas of talent. An unmissable session if you want to know what entertainment will look like in 2017.