Stath Lets Flats Renewed; BBC Radio Chief Departs – Deadline
‘Stath Lets Flats’ renewed for Season 3
Channel 4 has commissioned a third season of the BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats. The comedy was created by Fleabag actor Jamie Demetriou and produced by Roughcut TV. It follows the career of the unfortunate realtor Stath and his family business Michael & Eagle. Stath Lets Flats, which was filmed by HBO Max in the US, won a BAFTA hat trick for Best Male Actor in a Comedy, Best Comedy Writer, and Best Screenplay Comedy earlier this year. Executive producers are Demetriou and Ash Atalla, while Season 3 was appointed by Channel 4 comedy boss Fiona McDermott and Commissioner Jack Bayles.
James Purnell leaves the BBC
James Purnell, a key figure in Tony Hall’s tenure as BBC Director General, has left the UK broadcaster to become President and Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts London. Purnell first joined the BBC in 2013 as Director of Strategy and Digital and played a key role in negotiating the company’s 11-year operating agreement with the government. He moved into content three years later, becoming director of radio and education for the BBC, and eventually director of audio. Purnell was touted as the future general manager, but counted himself out of the running relatively early in this year’s recruitment process. One of the first acts of the new DG Tim Davie was to remove Purnell from the board, so his exit today is not a big surprise. “The BBC works in a fun way, but it works – and the main reason is that a different set of people is connected by a commitment to change,” Purnell said.