Question Time Comes from Glasgow Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Glasgow on Thursday, 5th March 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Glasgow where Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP; SNP Minister for Europe, Humza Yousaf MSP; Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson MSP; Labour’s Deputy Leader in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale MSP; journalist, Toby Young and crime writer Val McDermid, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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FREE SPEECH RETURNS TO BBC THREE

After three successful runs BBC Three has commissioned a fourth series of Free Speech it was announced today (TUESDAY).

The live current affairs debate programme for those aged 16-34 returns this month with a series of election specials.

The first of the election specials, entitled Free Speech: I’m Ed Miliband Ask Me Anything, will air on Thursday 12th March on BBC Three, and will see the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Milliband, face an audience of over a hundred voters, for an unscripted hour of tough and uncensored questions.

The new series will be presented by Rick Edwards, who will resume the role of host and will chair the audience contributions, and Tina Daheley who moderates the comments from the online audience. 

By combining the online and TV experience in a way that reflects how its audience is watching and consuming media, the series will continue to find out what its audience are talking about. Previous topics have included immigration, mental health, sexuality and religion, and this series will continue to tackle the subjects and issues that affect young people today.

Free Speech will also maintain its presence online, producing content daily for Facebook and Twitter. The show now has over 30,000 Facebook likes, with debate graphics, short films and other ‘viral’ content regularly reaching an audience of millions via social media.

Free Speech has been commissioned by Darren Kemp, Commissioning Editor Current Affairs for the BBC. Hayley Valentine is the Executive Producer and Brendan Miller is the series producer for Mentorn Media.

BBC Three Controller, Damian Kavanagh, said: “It’s brilliant that Free Speech is back on BBC Three giving our young audience the opportunity to ask politicians the questions that matter to them.”

Hayley Valentine, Mentorn's Director of Current Affairs added: “It’s fantastic news that Free Speech will be returning to BBC Three at such an important time of the year. In the world of politics young people are often an under represented group, so we’re extremely proud that we’re able to give them the chance to have their voices heard on matters that they care deeply about.”

Brendan Miller, Series Producer Mentorn Media said:  “Most political shows involve important people talking to other important people. We’re different in that we have regular people setting the agenda, and for that reason you never quite know what’s going to happen.”

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Question Time Comes from Telford Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Telford on Thursday, 26th February 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Telford in Shropshire where Conservative Party Chairman, Grant Shapps MP; Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves MP; Liberal Democrat, Tessa Munt MP; UKIP's Mark Reckless MP and the Sunday Times journalist and critic Camilla Long, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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MENTORN MEDIA TO CHART CULTURE CLUB REUNION FOR BBC FOUR

BBC Four has commissioned a one-off documentary from Mentorn Media, on the reunion of one of the ‘80s biggest bands, Culture Club, it was announced today (FRIDAY).

Directed by Mike Nicholls and commissioned by Greg Sanderson, Commissioning Editor, Arts, Music for the BBC, the hour-long documentary entitled: Boy George and Culture Club: Karma to Calamity will be an access-all-areas film about the band’s revival, following the members from their initial recording sessions through to their live performances.

In the early 1980s,Culture Club was one of the biggest bands in the world, selling 150 million records worldwide. Formed in London, the band comprised of Boy George on vocals, Mikey Craig on bass, Roy Hay on guitar and keyboards and Jon Moss on drums. As well as their UK success the band were huge in the USA – notching up ten top 40 hits.

Being part of Band Aid cemented them as stalwarts of the ‘80s, a band that broke down barriers and left a huge legacy for the stars that came later, before they disbanded in 1986.  However they were a band with a troubled past, George had an affair with his drummer Jon Moss and when they acrimoniously split, the band fell apart and George descended into heroin addiction.

Nicholls will reveal the personalities behind one of the most iconic bands of all time as they attempt to reunite and overcome their tempestuous past.

Greg Sanderson, BBC Commissioning Editor, Arts, Music & Events said: “Culture Club are one of those iconic bands who everyone wants to know more about. Getting access to the trials and triumphs of their reunion was always going to be exciting, and we’re delighted to be taking audiences behind the scenes of this extraordinary foursome.”

Mentorn Media’s Director of Programmes and Executive Producer, Tayte Simpson, said: “Culture Club is a band with a history as colourful as their music.  Mike has unique and intimate access which provides a candid insight as these four strong personalities attempt to work together for the first time in 15 years.” 

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Stockton-on-Tees Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Stockton-on-Tees on Thursday, 19th February 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Stockton-on-Tees where Conservative former Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Heseltine; Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP; Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary, Caroline Flint MP; Liberal Democrat Care Minister, Norman Lamb MP and the businessman and star of Dragons’ Den, Duncan Bannatyne, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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CHANNEL 5 COMMISSIONS TWO NEW UGC SERIES FROM MENTORN MEDIA

Channel 5 has commissioned Mentorn Media to produce two new entertaining user generated (UGC) series focusing on the hilarious antics of cats, dogs and other pets and also the most extreme moments of anger captured on camera from around the world. 

The first series (title TBC) follows the same format as a one-off special on cats, which was a ratings hit - entertaining in excess of two million viewers when it aired on Channel 5 on Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 8pm. It will pull together an array of the most famous, cutest and funniest animal-themed clips on the web. Each hour-long episode will combine user generated footage with comical narration ensuring there’s something for everyone whether they’re a cat lover, dog lover or just crazy about animals in general. The series will also include the owners of these pet-sensations who capture the laugh-out-loud moments that have taken the internet by storm.

The second series, entitled World’s Angriest: Caught on Camera will consist of eight hour-long episodes and will show everyday scenarios escalate with explosive results. With the help of user generated content, the series will bring together the most extraordinary outbursts ever filmed by members of the public. It also goes behind the scenes to find out what really happened using first-hand accounts from those who were there at the time. Perpetrators and victims will explain their hot tempered actions and experts will analyse why their behaviour reached boiling point. This series follows on from the hit series Angry Brits: Caught on Camera which aired in summer 2014 and averaged 1.1 million and a 4.8% share.

Both series have been commissioned by Michelle Chappell, Commissioning Editor – Factual, News and Current Affairs for Channel 5. Kat Lennox is the Executive Producer and Ben Rigden is the Series Editor for Mentorn Media. Both series will air later this year.

Michelle Chappell said:“Crazy cats, daft dogs, potty pets and hot headed humans - we are delighted to bring our viewers these fun and engaging shows on Channel 5.”

Mentorn Media’s Executive Producer Factual Entertainment and Features, Kat Lennox said:“It’s great that we can bring Channel 5 yet more entertaining UGC programmes. Both series will highlight outrageous moments making ordinary people and pets the stars of the show! The programmes will be filled with emotion, drama and humour and the results are sometimes shocking, often hilarious, but never short of jaw-dropping!”

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Norwich Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Norwich on Thursday, 12th February 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Norwich where Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, Ed Davey MP; Labour’s Shadow Culture Minister, Chris Bryant MP; Conservative chair of the Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston MP; UKIP Deputy Chairman, Suzanne Evans and the satirist, Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from London on Thursday Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from London on Thursday, 5th February 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from London where Conservative Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP, Respect MP George Galloway, Cristina Odone of the Legatum Institute think tank and The Guardian’s Executive Editor and columnist Jonathan Freedland, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from Wrexham Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Wrexham on Thursday, 29th January 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Wrexham in Wales, where Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP, former Labour Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain MP, Plaid Cymru’s Economy Spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, author and critic Germaine Greer and Telegraph.co.uk blogger Kate Maltby, face questions from the audience.

Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

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Special Edition of The Big Questions airs on Sunday

On Sunday 25th January, as part of the BBC's Holocaust memorial coverage, Nicky Campbell presides over a special edition of The Big Questions live from Salford.

Among those taking part are Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Olivia Marks-Woldman, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, historian Professor Tom Lawson from Northumbria University, Holocaust survivor Iby Knill, Dr Paul Darke from Motion Disabled, journalist Angela Epstein, Dr Yaakov Wise from the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University, Prof Nira Yuval-Davis from the University of East London, Mukesh Kapila, professor of global health and humanitarian affairs at Manchester University and Rabbi Benjy Rickman from King David and Yavneh High School, Manchester.

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