Question Time Comes from Aberdeen Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Aberdeen on Thursday, 28th May 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Aberdeen, where Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson MSP; Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, Lord Falconer; newly elected SNP MP, John Nicolson; Scotsman columnist, Lesley Riddoch, and Scotland Editor of The Spectator, Alex Massie face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live 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's Daybreak Pictures To Produce Churchill Drama for ITV

ITV COMMISSIONS CHURCHILL’S SECRET FROM DAYBREAK PICTURES STARRING MICHAEL GAMBON AS SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL AND LINDSAY DUNCAN AS CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL

“Who knew adversity as well as triumph, but always came back fighting.”

ITV has commissioned feature length film Churchill’s Secret starring Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill and Lindsay Duncan as Clementine Churchill.

Daybreak Pictures, part of the Tinopolis Group, will produce the drama with Executive Producers Hal Vogel and David Aukin overseeing production.

Based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The ChurchillSecret: KBO, the drama will be adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Poirot).

The 120’ film will be directed by Charles Sturridge (Da Vinci’s Demons, TheScapegoat, The Road to Coronation Street) with Timothy Bricknell (From There to Here, The Fear, Eric & Ernie) producing.

Churchill’s Secret will be co-produced with MASTERPIECE, where Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer. Following transmission of Churchill’s Secret on ITV, it will air in the US on PBS in 2016.

Set during the summer months of 1953 Churchill—now Prime Minister for the second time and in his late 70’s—suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world.

Told from the viewpoint of his young Nurse, Millie Appleyard, the drama follows his battle to recover as his long suffering wife Clemmie desperately hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire while his political friends and foe scheme to plot who will succeed him.

Meanwhile his adult children descend on Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as tensions within his family begin to surface.

Filming will begin in June 2015 in London and at Churchill’s principal family home, Chartwell in Kent.

ITV’s director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the drama.

“Churchill’s Secret is the extraordinary and compelling story of how one of our country’s most famous political figures battled back from life-threatening illness to hold on to power, ” said Steve. “We’re delighted to commission Churchill’s Secret from Daybreak Pictures and to be working with Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill and Lindsay Duncan as his wife Clemmie,” he added.

Hal Vogel and David Aukin on behalf of Daybreak Pictures said: “It’s testament to Jonathan Smith’s tender and witty novel and Stewart Harcourt’s extraordinary adaptation that we have been able to assemble the very best of British talent. We are thrilled to be working with Director Charles Sturridge and two of Britain’s finest actors in Michael Gambon and Lindsay Duncan. We are delighted to be working with ITV again, who have been incredibly supportive throughout,” they added.

MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said: “Winston Churchill is an epic figure to Americans, much as he is to the British. He epitomizes the Special Relationship, a phrase he coined. Hal Vogel and David Aukin have been excellent partners in the past, and it’s a privilege to be working with them again.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.

Churchill’s Secret is a Daybreak Pictures/MASTERPIECE Co-production for ITV.

Passion Distribution who are part of the Tinopolis Group will handle international sales of Churchill’s Secret.

About Daybreak Pictures

Multi-award winning Daybreak Pictures was founded by Executive Producers David Aukin and Hal Vogel who have forged a reputation for creating high profile and critically acclaimed feature films and television series including multi-award winning series The Promise and critically acclaimed features Endgame and Hyde Park on Hudson.

About MASTERPIECE

The top-rated primetime show on PBS, MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future. 

Press contact: Janice Troup, Tel: 0161 952 6210 Janice.Troup@email.com

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MENTORN SCOTLAND SCOOPS RTS SCOTLAND AWARD

Mentorn Scotland’s programme, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate, has won the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland Award 2014, in the Referendum Programme category it was announced today.

The one-hour programme, which aired on BBC One and BBC One Scotland in September 2014, saw an audience of 16 and 17-year-old first-time voters quiz key politicians and personalities from both the Yes and No campaigns on the issues that mattered most to them and was presented by James Cook.

The RTS Scotland Awards event was held in Glasgow on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

Hayley Valentine, Director of Current Affairs said: “I'm absolutely delighted to have received this award from RTS Scotland. It recognises a huge amount of work from a very talented team both here at Mentorn and at BBC Scotland. The programme was a very ambitious project, which I think demonstrated Scotland's young people at their very best. I'm hugely proud of it, and grateful to the BBC for giving us the opportunity to make it."

John Willis, Chief Executive and Tinopolis Group Creative Director said: “We are delighted that the achievement of delivering such an ambitious and complex programme has been recognised so deservedly.”

Mentorn Scotland is part of the Mentorn Media group, and Mentorn Media is also a part of the Tinopolis Group.

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Question Time Comes from Derby Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Derby on Thursday, 21st May 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Derby, where Conservative Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP; Labour’s Shadow Business Minister, Stella Creasy MP; Liberal Democrat, Tim Farron MP; Guardian columnist, Owen Jones and businesswoman, Hilary Devey, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live 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 Uxbridge Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Uxbridge in London on Thursday, 14th May 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Uxbridge in London, where Conservative Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP; Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt MP; Leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage MEP; musician and campaigner, Brian May and Editor of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live 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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Tonight’s Question Time

David Dimbleby presents a special Friday night Question Time live at 8:30pm on BBC One, where Labour’s former Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell; Conservative Cabinet Minister, Francis Maude; former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown; Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, and the broadcaster and columnist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live on Friday evening on BBC One at 8.30pm 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 APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF FORMATS AND FEATURES AND ANNOUNCE INTERNAL PROMOTIONS

David Emerson, is joining Mentorn Media as Head of Formats and Features, it was announced today (FRI).

The appointment comes as Mentorn Media also recognised the successes of a number of their team in making significant internal promotions.

Previously David Emerson worked as Head of Features at Betty where he produced a number of factual entertainment and features programmes including: The Food Inspectors for BBC One; Rip Off Food for BBC Two; and the Autistic Gardener and Country House Rescue for Channel 4. Emerson was at Betty since 2010 and also worked on developing hit formats Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners for Channel 4 and Too Ugly for Love for Discovery.

Before working at Betty, Emerson worked as Series Producer at Red House and Talkback Thames making How Clean is Your House, Property Ladder and Britain’s Best Home.

David Emerson said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of such a creative and established independent production company as Mentorn Media.  What really excites me is that Mentorn want to be at the cutting edge of formats, experimenting with the genre to make bold, exciting shows. They have an extensive portfolio of high quality programmes across a range of genres and I’m looking forward to expanding the range of features and returnable formats.”

Mark Roberts, Creative Director, said: “Over recent years, factual entertainment and entertainment programming has become as important as our factual heritage. David has a wealth of experience in factual entertainment and features formats and we’re delighted to welcome someone of his creative calibre to the team.”

Mark Roberts also announced that Creative Executive and multi-award winning film-maker, Iain Scollay has been promoted to Head of Documentaries,

Scollay joined Mentorn just over a year ago from the BBC and is based in Mentorn Scotland’s Glasgow office. Over the past year, Scollay has been responsible for the Costa de Sol – The Last Brits Standing for BBC One, Britain’s Poshest Nannies for ITV, and How Scotland Works for BBC.

Iain’s promotion completes a round of appointments and promotions which has seen Development Executive Matthew Clifton become Head of Development with Natalie Hill joining as development executive and executive producer.

Mark Roberts, Creative Director Mentorn Media, said: “This is very exciting time for Mentorn Media and it demonstrates the breadth of our output and the strength of our reputation - talented producers want to work with Mentorn and develop their careers here. Iain’s film makers instincts, news sense and contacts are integral to the team and his ability to secure access is second to none.”

Matthew Clifton’s promotion to Head of Development comes after he has spent the past four years working in Mentorn Media’s Development team. He originated and developed the much talked-about television programmes: Fried Chicken Shop and Celeb Hunter with Chris Stark, both for Channel 4.

Mark Roberts added: “Matt is a rising star of the TV world.  He loves television and is determined to find ideas that innovate and surprise.  He will thrive in his role of Head of Development.”

Clifton said: “There’s nothing quite like seeing ideas go from words to an on-screen reality. I’m very proud of the development ideas that have come to fruition at Mentorn Media so far and I look forward to this next creative chapter.”

In his new role, his first appointment has been Development Executive, Natalie Hill, who joins Mentorn from Ten66 where she was also Development Executive.  She has experience as Series Editor and producer as well as within development roles and has worked on successful factual entertainment series including Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story, Stacey Dooley Investigates, Street Kid World Cup; Shops and Robbers, Dispatches, The Apprentice, 24 Hours In A & E, Heston’s Fantastical Food, Great British Menu to mention a few.

Clifton said: “I’m delighted to welcome Natalie to the team. She has a wealth of experience in developing factual entrainment series for all the broadcasters as well as working as series producer, executive producer on a number of them. She’s a fantastic addition to the team.”

The development and growth within Mentorn follows the promotion of Tayte Simpson to Director of Programmes in 2014. 

Mark Roberts concluded: “The appointment of David Emerson and these internal appointments gives us an energetic, creative and dynamic team of which I’m very proud.”                                                                           

For further information, pictures or interview request please contact Louise Plank on behalf of Mentorn Scotland on 07801 321 965 or lou@plankpr.com

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Question Time Comes from West Bromwich Tomorrow Night

BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from West Bromwich on Thursday, 23rd April 2015.

David Dimbleby chairs the programme from West Bromwich, where former Leader of the Conservative Party, William Hague; Labour’s Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman; Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney of the SNP; UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall, and Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett, face questions from the audience.  

Question Time transmits live 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 Scotland Nominated for RTS Scotland Award 2014

Mentorn Scotland’s programme, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate, has been nominated in the Referendum Programme category for the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland Award 2014, it has been announced.

The one-hour programme, which aired on BBC One Scotland in September 2014, saw an audience of 16 and 17-year-old first-time voters quiz key politicians and personalities from both the Yes and No campaigns on the issues that mattered most to them and was presented by James Cook.

The RTS Scotland Awards take place on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

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

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Question Time Election Leaders Special

The last UK-wide television set-piece of the General Election will be a special edition of BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, broadcast live from Leeds on Thursday April 30th.

A week before polling day, a Question Time Election Leaders Special, produced by Mentorn Scotland, will feature one by one, Conservative leader David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

The programme, hosted by David Dimbleby, will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC News Channel live from 8pm to 9.30pm.

Each of the leaders will separately face 30 minutes of questions posed by a studio audience with the usual Question Time format.

 

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