ITV Recommissions The Agenda With Tom Bradby For Second Series

ITV has commissioned a second series of discussion show The Agenda following its successful first run in early 2012.

The new 8×30 ITV1 series is again fronted by ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby and produced by ITN Productions. Series two will feature an unchanged format as Tom Bradby and four studio guests discuss the coming week’s agenda, from politics to popular culture. The programme will be filmed in front of a studio audience at The Hospital Club, with discussion interspersed with mini video packages to illustrate the show’s talking points.

Guests in series one, which averaged 800,000 viewers over its eight week run in its 10.35pm slot on ITV1, included Nick Clegg, Mariella Frostrup, Boris Johnson, Martin Sorrell, Germaine Greer, Ross Kemp, William Hague, Fiona Shaw and Ed Miliband. The Agenda ranged over dozens of topics – everything from “Eurogeddon” to leaders’ wives and from political “Omnishambles” to Titanic and nostalgia TV.

The Agenda will tx on ITV1 this autumn on Monday nights following ITV News at Ten. It is commissioned by Ian Squires, Controller of Current Affairs & News Operations at ITV. Executive Producer is Chris Shaw, Editorial Director at ITN Productions.

Ian Squires said: “The Agenda is an important addition to the current affairs platform on ITV1. It brings into the schedule a fresh injection of insightful discussion of major issues presented in an accessible and appealing format.”

Tom Bradby said: “This is a forum to delve into the most-talked about topics of the week ahead. Our guests won’t be short of conversation, insight and opinion when we return in the autumn in the midst of the fall-out from the party conference season, the US elections, the double dip recession and any number of cultural highlights.”

Chris Shaw said: “The Agenda was the first current affairs programme that ITN Productions had produced for ITV, and we’re delighted to see it become a returning series. We had a great line up of guests and a big range of popular topics throughout the first series, showing that there’s a real appetite for a thoughtful, funny and free-ranging talk show.”

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