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BBC recommission The Omid Djalili Show and Jack Dee's Lead Balloon

19th February 2008

Keating the BBC controller announced that Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller's hit sketch show would return to BBC1, as would stand up comedian Omid Djalili's programme for a second series.

There will also be a third series of Jack Dee sitcom Lead Balloon on BBC2.

And Keating said there would be a second series of Lark Rise to Candleford, saying that BBC1 viewers were keen for more period drama on Sunday nights.

Also on the drama front, he revealed that Doctor Who would feature more cameos from stars, including Colin Salmon and Alex Kingston, in the upcoming fourth series.

Keating has been in temporary charge BBC1 since Fincham resigned over the Crowngate affair in October. He is due to hand over the reins to Hunt in the spring.

The BBC2 boss said he decided not to go for the BBC1 job because it was "not something I've aspired to do ... you follow your own instincts on these things ... it was a swift decision".

BBC2 has had a good year, winning awards and increasing audiences, but Keating said he had "unfinished business" at the channel.

Keating said BBC1 would be announcing more contemporary dramas over the next few weeks.

He also said Michael Palin would do another travelogue show for the BBC, though it may not be for a couple of years.

"Yes, of course, but not for a while. Michael won't want to go out on the road again so soon," Keating said.

He revealed that the BBC was also addressing concerns about programme credits being squashed out by trailers for forthcoming shows by asking producers to type end credits in a bigger font.

Asked about ITV bringing back News at Ten and bringing in 60-minute dramas at 9pm, Keating said: "We're still trying to analyse what it is they've done.

"It's been very bold. They've launched an awful lot of new pieces into the heart of peak. In a way all credit to them for being as bold as they were," he added.

But Keating said he thought shows such as ITV1's sister programmes Echo Beach and Moving Wallpaper were more "piazza than stadium shows", so might work better on a less mainstream channel.

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