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ITV’s Tonight returns for 20th year


Tonight, the Manchester-based current affairs programme, is to return in 2019, for its 20th year.

ITV has commissioned 30 new episodes of the show, which are now made by Shiver at MediaCityUK.

“We’re very proud at ITV to be commissioning a 20th year of Tonight. It’s still the most watched weekly Current Affairs show on network TV and, unlike its rivals, has been steadily building share in the last couple of years,” said Tom Giles, ITV’s controller of current affairs.

“Julie [Etchingham] and the Tonight teams at Shiver and ITV News have continued with the trusted formula of knowing their audiences and of informing, challenging and surprising viewers while never talking down to them. We look forward to it going from strength to strength.”

The new run will see series producer, Laura Caveney-Morgan, step up to become series editor.

“Being a mainstay of the prime-time schedule for 20 years is no mean feat and Tonight has consistently been at the heart of the news agenda during that time. With viewing figures up year on year, the show continues to be a successful formula and I’m looking forward to it going from strength to strength under Laura’s guidance,” added Mike Blair, head of consumer & current affairs at Shiver and executive producer, Tonight.

The show started in 1999 as Tonight with Trevor McDonald and then changed its name in 2007 to Tonight.

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