BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Barking on Thursday, March 6th.
David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the East London town which sees Conservative and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine; Justice Minister and Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes; Labour MP and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves; Times columnist David Aaronovitch, and Daily Mail columnist Amanda Platell, face questions from the audience.
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Edwardian Insects on Film, which was produced by Mentorn Scotland, has been shortlisted as Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage in the Focal International Footage Awards 2014.
The one-hour BBC Four documentary, was presented by Charlie Hamilton-James and directed by John Holdsworth, and told the story of one of the great unsung heroes of Natural History filmmaking, Percy Smith.
The Telegraph said of the film which was part of the channel’s Alien Nation Season: “Exploring dusty movie archives, mimicking his work by using similar photographic equipment and talking to David Attenborough, Hamilton James’ film pays fitting tribute to a fascinating and very driven man.”
The Mail on Sunday described it as a “charming portrait” and Broadcast Magazine said, “Holdsworth captures the scene on a Canon C300, providing a perfect contrast between old and new.”
Time Out said: “The more we learn about Smith, the more justified this ode to him seems, whilst his sweet funny and beautiful films are proof enough of their worth.”
The eleventh annual FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive honour producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production.
The FOCAL International Awards will be presented in Association with AP Archive on the evening of the April 30, 2014 at the Lancaster London Hotel.
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Following its previous successful and provocative two runs, BBC Three and BBC Learning have commissioned a third series of Free Speech, it has been announced today.
Produced by Mentorn Media, the makers of Question Time, the live current affairs debate programme will return in March, changing from a monthly broadcast to fortnightly transmissions. The run will start with four episodes before returning after the summer recess with six more twice-monthly shows.
Rick Edwards will resume the role of host, overseeing the debate where the studio audience and BBC Three viewers choose the topics put to the panel. The 2014 run sees a change in the role of social media for the show, with the online audience being put in control: using Facebook and other social media outlets, viewers will be able to submit questions and topics before voting on the programme agenda.
Integrating the online and TV experience in a way which mirrors how its audience is watching and consuming media, the series will continue to gauge what its audience are talking about. From online porn to terrorism, immigration to benefits, the riots to underage sex, Free Speech will tackle the subjects and issues that affect young people today.
The series, which ended its run last year broadcasting live from Westminster Hall with specially recorded VTs from the Party Leaders answering viewer questions, will also gain a brand new set. Following the success of its Magaluf broadcast in July 2013 the new set will allow for more outside broadcasts as well as see the programme air from hitherto unvisited locations, including a Mosque and the Broadwater Farm housing estate in Tottenham, North London.
Presenter Tina Daheley will return to gather the Twitter, Facebook and website messages live on air, and the social media content will be handled in house by Mentorn Media. The unique ‘Power Bar’ - where people at home vote using a Twitter hashtag - will be back to now focus on the issues being discussed as opposed to what the panellists are saying.
BBC Three Controller, Zai Bennett, said: “BBC Three’s Free Speech is the only show on television where young adults can debate the issues of the day and put their views immediately to those in power. I’m delighted that the enormously talented Rick Edwards and Tina Daheley are returning to give our audience their say on the issues that matter to them in this new regular format.”
Brendan Miller, the Series Producer said: “Our aim is to be open and genuinely hand over the power to our audience. We believe that for our audience - who are so often ignored by the politicians - this is a really powerful way of letting them know it’s genuinely their programme.”
Hayley Valentine, Mentorn's Director of Current Affairs added, “I am delighted to be overseeing this new series of Free Speech and really looking forward to tackling the big issues which Britain's young people want to debate, plus giving them the opportunity to shape the agenda and question decision makers direct about the policies which affect their lives.”
Free Speech, which launched in March 2012, will continue to push key topics and respond to breaking news. The last series saw hit shows including the fast turnaround Syria debate and included Tommy Robinson, former Leaders of the EDL, making a controversial appearance where he was confronted by Saria Khan, as well as seeing rapper Akala tackle racism head on.
Free Speech is a co-commission from BBC Three, BBC Learning and BBC News and Current Affairs.
The Series Producer is Brendan Miller. The Executive Producers are Hayley Valentine, Emma Morgan and Mark Roberts for Mentorn Media; Abigail Appleton for BBC Learning and Darren Kemp for BBC News and Current Affairs.
Transmission dates (tbc) and locations for the first four editions are:
Wednesday 12th March - Birmingham Central Mosque
Tuesday 25th March - Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham
Thursday 10th April - Winchester
Thursday 24th April - Nottingham
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BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Swindon on Thursday, February 20th.
David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Wiltshire town which sees with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond MP; Shadow Health Minister Liz Kendall MP; former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy MP; author Jeanette Winterson, and philosopher Roger Scruton, face questions from the audience.
After the success of the first series, BBC Three has re-commissioned Mentorn Media’s popular factual entertainment format programme, Hotel of Mum and Dad, it has been announced.
Building on the original format, the 6x60 series will see 12 more couples, who have had to ‘bunk up’ with their parents or in-laws, tackle the challenge of road testing a place of their own. With more focus on family dynamics before the couple moves out, the series will rig cameras in the parental home so viewers will witness the mayhem and excitement before the young lovebirds get to have a taste of freedom – and all the stress that comes with it.
In light of high house prices, unemployment, rent, debts and childcare costs, it’s a growing trend for multiple generations to live under one roof. This very 21st Century phenomenon isn’t always due to budgetary difficulties but can also be down to mollycoddling parents; Hotel of Mum and Dad will continue to show the real drama of what it takes to stand on your own two feet.
Mentorn Media’s Director of Programmes, Hannah Wyatt, said: “We’re delighted to be making another series of Hotel of Mum and Dad. We hope to continue to shine a light on how hard it can be to leave home but also how rewarding it is when couples take those first steps to independence by living on their own.”
Executive Editor, Entertainment Commissioning Alan Tyler said: “The first series of Hotel of Mum and Dad brought the BBC Three audience some terrific stories told with both humour and heart. We are really looking forward to seeing how a new group of young couples take on the challenge of moving out and moving on.”
The series has been ordered by and Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, and Alan Tyler, BBC Commissioning Editor.
It will be made by Mentorn Scotland and Executive Producers for Mentorn Media will continue to be Kat Lennox and Hannah Wyatt.
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BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Scunthorpe on Thursday, February 13th.
David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the North Lincolnshire town which sees Home Office Minister Damian Green MP; Shadow Employment Minister Chris Bryant MP; UKIP’s Janice Atkinson; scientist and broadcaster Lord Winston, and Daily Telegraph blogger Cristina Odone, face questions from the audience.
BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Gillingham in Kent on Thursday, February 6th.
David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Kent town which sees Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP; former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell MP; Respect MP George Galloway; historian David Starkey, and economist Professor Alison Wolf of King’s College London, face questions from the audience.
Mentorn Media has appointed the multi-award winning film-maker Iain Scollay as Creative Executive.
Scollay joins Mentorn from the BBC and takes on the brand new role of Creative Executive which will involve him developing new ideas as well as utilising his award-winning expertise to executive produce and make programmes and series, based in Mentorn Scotland’s Glasgow office.
Beginning his career at London Weekend Television, he produced ITV's weekly political talk show with Jonathan Dimbleby, Iain subsequently joined RDF where he won BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast awards for Faking It. Moving back to Glasgow Iain co-founded production company Matchlight.
He directed documentaries for strands such as Cutting Edge, One Life and BodyShock. In addition he won Scottish BAFTAs for Best Factual Series for Mountain With Griff Rhys Jones (BBC1) and Afghanistan: The Great Game with Rory Stewart MP and Best Documentary for Blackwatch: A Soldier's Story (BBC2 Scotland and BBC4).
Chief Executive of Mentorn Media, John Willis “We are delighted to welcome Iain to Mentorn where his versatility and experience will be a real asset for the team.”
Creative Director of Mentorn Media Mark Roberts said: “This is a very exciting time for Mentorn and Mentorn Scotland and we are thrilled that Iain has chosen to join us.”
Iain said: “I’m delighted to be joining the creative team at Mentorn, and look forward to helping them grow production from their office in Scotland.”
Based in Glasgow, Scollay joins Hayley Valentine the recently announced Director of Current Affairs in the Mentorn Scotland office.
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BBC Two has commissioned Mentorn Media to make a prime time observational documentary series following one of the largest water companies in Britain, it has been announced.
Mentorn has gained unique access to United Utilities, the UK company who supply water to more than seven million people in North West England. The scale of their operation is enormous; the biggest water firm on the FTSE 100, they manage 42,000 kilometres of water pipes and 72,000 kilometres of sewage networks across a vast and varied region with differing environments posing a new set of challenges.
Everything they do is about keeping the water supply flowing to the public and if there are any problems, the customers are the first to let them know. From sewer men to call centre staff, the series will shine a light on just what it takes to keep water flowing and what happens each time we flush the loo, wash our face or have a drink from the tap.
Commissioned by Maxine Watson, the 6x60 series Watermen (working title) will follow the 9,000-strong workforce as they ensure that safe, clean water runs to our homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Commissioning Editor, Documentaries for BBC One and Two, Maxine Watson said, “We rarely think about what it takes to bring clean water to every household in the country. This series will hopefully change that as we follow the dedicated cast of characters who take pride in doing the sometimes dirty and filthy jobs essential to bringing us clean and safe water.”
Executive producer for Mentorn Media, Hannah Wyatt, added, “Without clean water we couldn’t survive. It’s easy to think it just falls from the sky and someone collects it but in fact it’s a huge and complex operation from customer services to ground breaking engineering projects. The series will go behind-the-scenes of this process and meet the unsung heroes who keep our taps flowing.”
The programme will be pre-sold by Passion Distribution.
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Channel 4 Head of Factual Ralph Lee has commissioned Mentorn Media to produce a 1 x 60 live debate around the issues brought to the fore by the observational documentary series Benefits Street. This series, filmed over the course of 12 months, documents the reality of life on a street in Birmingham where the majority of households are dependent on benefits and in an area of Birmingham that has had the highest rate of unemployment in the country for the last eight years. It has attracted a great deal of attention - generating tens of thousands of responses on Twitter, press headlines and questions raised in parliament.
Lee says: “This is a series which reflects the reality of day-to-day life of some the residents of a single street who, for the most part, rely on benefits to survive. It does not, and never has set out to reflect the experiences of every person who receives benefits yet it has triggered a national debate about state welfare at a time in which further welfare reforms are being proposed. We feel it is timely to provide a forum in which these issues can be raised and discussed.”
The programme will be live and interactive allowing viewers to submit questions; it will be chaired by broadcaster Richard Bacon. The panellists will be confirmed closer to transmission but will represent the views across the political spectrum – and crucially those who claim benefits.
Mentorn Media's Director of Current Affairs, Hayley Valentine, said: "It is vital that voices on all sides are heard, and we are pleased to be providing a forum for both public figures and viewers to debate the series that has brought a pertinent political issue to life so vividly."
It will be broadcast at 10pm on Monday 10th February, directly after the final episode of the five-part documentary series airs. The Executive Producer is Hayley Valentine.
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