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    BBC ONE ANNOUNCES PANEL FOR QUESTION TIME BREXIT SPECIAL

    Brexit will be the topic of a special live edition of BBC One’s political debate show, Question Time on Monday, March 27th at 20.30.

    With the government about to trigger Article 50 and start the Brexit process, Question Time: Britain After Brexit will allow members of the public to put questions to a panel of leading politicians who campaigned on both sides of the referendum debate.  

    Commissioned from Mentorn Scotland, David Dimbleby will host the 90-minute debate from Birmingham, Question Time: Britain After Brexit. On the panel is: the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis; the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Sir Keir Starmer; the former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg; the former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond; the Deputy Chair of UKIP, Suzanne Evans; and the Times columnist, Melanie Phillips. 

    BBC Question Time Editor, Liam Hanley, said: “At a hugely significant moment in British history, this is an opportunity for members of the public to put their questions about Brexit to key political figures involved in the process. An extended Question Time will give us the time and space to explore what a post-Brexit Britain might look and feel like.”

    Follow the debate via @BBCQuestionTime or #bbcqt.

    For further information please contact Louise Plank on 07801 321 965 or lou@plankpr.com

     

  • MENTORN MEDIA FOLLOWS SCRUFFTS COMPETITION TO CROWN BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE DOG

    For the second year, Mentorn Media has followed Scruffts, the nation’s crossbreed dog competition, exclusively for Channel 4. Tonight at 8pm viewers can see the finalists who have beaten nearly 1,500 hopeful hounds to compete for the title of Britain’s Favourite Crossbreed Dog 2017.

    Focussing on the family dogs we love - and highlighting the amazing work done by dog rescuers – the competition celebrates the mixed-up mutts that prove it's what's on the inside that counts!

    This year’s competition has been tougher than ever and has seen heats and semi-finals across the UK, highlighting the unique relationship between dogs and humans. 

    Whittled down to just six canine competitors, the finalists get the chance to strut their stuff at the world’s most prestigious dog show, Crufts. 

    Finalists include: Most Handsome Dog Finalist – King Tommy and owner Monique; Good Citizen Dog Scheme Finalist – Biscuit and owner Joshua; Golden Oldie Finalist – Vinny and owner Sarah; Prettiest Bitch Finalist – Ginny and owner Judy; Child’s Best Friend Finalist – Bonnie and owner Grace; and Best Rescue Finalist – Fleur with owner Wendy.

    Tune in to Scruffts: Britain’s Favourite Dog, tonight, March 17th at 8pm on Channel 4 to find out who will be crowned champion.

     

     

     

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    ROBOTEERS WANTED!

    We are excited to announce that Robot Wars will be returning in May (TBC) this year.

    Last series we had some excellent applications and we would like to invite Teams from across the UK and beyond to enter with their heavyweight robots to take part in our new series.

    As well as heavyweights (110kg max, 4 team members max) for the series we would also like to invite applications from featherweight (13.6kg max, TBC max team members) teams. Roboteers are invited to apply in both weight classes if they wish and can also apply independently from a heavyweight team they are affiliated with. 

    We are looking for new unique and innovative designs and even deadlier weapons to compete in our fierce robot fighting competition.

    Application forms can be downloaded here:
    http://www.robotwars.tv/media/1456/robot-wars-3-application-form.pdf

    Once completed applications should be emailed to:
    Robotwars@mentorn.tv

    Applicants should send as much information about their robot as possible – Images, videos, diagrams, CAD renders etc. The more information you can provide about your robot, build, and team the better.

    We are currently reviewing the competition rules for heavyweights and featherweights and an update of the rules will be published on the www.robotwars.tvin the coming days.

    The closing date for the applications and record dates are currently TBC (but will be confirmed soon)

    Feel free to email us at the above email address with any further questions.

    See you in the arena!

    The Robot Wars Team

     

  • ROBOT WARS RETURN TO BBC TWO ON 5TH MARCH AT 7PM

    Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon (pictured) present the new series of Robot Wars, with battles commentated by Jonathan Pearce. This is the first group heat, as eight robot fighting teams battle for a place in the grand final.

    Each heat begins with two group battles; the four top teams go into a mini-league. Points are awarded to competitors based on control, damage and aggression with maximum points awarded to competitors who incapacitate their adversary.  

    This episode features Nuts 2, Jellyfish, Rapid, TMHWK, Sabretooth, Terrorhurtz, Aftershock, and Crank-E.

    Presiding over the battles are three judges: Professor Noel Sharkey, Dr Lucy Rogers and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar. In the case of no clear winner they will appoint a winner based on competitors’ control, damage and aggression.

    During their fights teams must try to dodge the arena hazards - The Pit, The Spikes, The Flipper and Fire. They also have the four House Robots to deal with: Matilda, Dead Metal, Sir Killalot and Shunt.

    This series there’s a menacing new twist. Hitting the Arena Tyre no longer automatically lowers The Pit. It can also activate a mode called Rogue House Robot. This releases a House Robot to attack the competitors for a period of ten seconds, anywhere in the arena.

    Let battle commence!

  • ANDREW ROBERTSON PROMOTED TO HEAD OF ENTERTAINMENT

    Mentorn Media has promoted Andrew Robertson to Head of Entertainment, it was announced today.

    Robertson, who has been at Mentorn Scotland for the past year as Executive Producer for Robot Wars, has been appointed Head of Entertainment, a newly created role.

    Based in Glasgow, Robertson will oversee all entertainment commissions for the company including the development of new formats. He continues to be Executive Producer of Robot Wars which is currently filming its second series for BBC Two and the two Christmas specials, Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars.

    CEO of Mentorn Media, Jonathan Hewes, said: “Andrew is a fantastic executive producer of Robot Wars and key to its successful return. Entertainment is a rapidly growing area for us, and Andrew’s experience on formats across all broadcasters makes him a real asset to the company.

    Before joining Mentorn Scotland as Executive Producer of Robot Wars, Robertson was Creative Director at STV. He worked at Tigress and Zeppetron and spent five years at Endemol as Executive Producer on hugely successful entertainment formats including Big Brother and was responsible for ground-breaking multiplatform content in their Digital Media department including creating The Million Pound Drop play along game and transforming Big Brother’s online strategy. Robertson started his career as producer of Big Breakfast and after that worked on numerous entertainment programmes including: Soccer Aid, Killer Shark Live, The Farm, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to name just a few. 

    Andrew Robertson said: “Bringing Robot Wars back to a BBC primetime audience has been a fantastic challenge and I’m delighted to be able to continue to work on this alongside developing other entertainment formats for Mentorn Media.”

    The second series of Robot Wars is due out in spring 2017 while Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars will transmit on 28th and 29th December at 8pm. Both series are distributed by Passion Distribution.

     

  • CELEBS COMMENCE BATTLE IN BBC TWO’S ROBOT WARS

    The Brownlee Brothers, Robbie Savage, Scott Mills and Suzi Perry are amongst the celebrities entering the Robot Wars arena with Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon for two Celebrity Christmas specials, Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars.

    In each hour-long episode on December 28th and 29th at 8pm, four celebrity teams get the chance to design their dream robot and compete against each other in the legendary arena, getting up close and personal with the formidable House Robots.

    The celeb teams are made up of avid Robot Wars fans and, together with their team mates, will have the help of an experienced roboteer from the series to mentor them through the competition.

    First up are: Welsh football pundit and former player Robbie Savage, who is joined by mentor, Jason Marston, from Team Thor; singer Jordan Stephens, and mentor John Reid from team Terrorhurtz; archaeologist, historian, author and presenter Neil Oliver with mentor Will Thomas from Team Shockwave; and Paralympian Kadeena Cox, will compete with her mentor Ellis Ware from Team Pulsar.

    Once in the arena the celebrities and their team members will battle it out, tackling the lethal arena hazards and those terrifying House Robots. Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal will not be giving any VIP treatment as they pace the Corner Patrol Zones desperate to destroy any celebrity robot that crosses their paths, and if the robots don’t knock each other out then the judges are on hand to decide the winners.

    In the next episode Olympic and World Championship winning medalists Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, are mentored by Gabriel Stroud from Team Sabretooth;  Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, are guided by mentor Shane Swan from Team Dantonkia; TV presenter Suzi Perry takes advice from mentor Suren Balendran from Team Supernova and completing this line-up are Radio 1 presenters Scott Mills and Chris Stark, who together with mentor and series one runner-up Dave Moulds from Team Carbide, hope to win the Robot Wars Trophy.

    Robbie Savage said: “I am a big fan of Robot Wars so I am really excited to get into the arena and experience the fights first hand. Flipper robots did really well in the series so I hope our robot doesn’t let us down and flips the competition out of the arena once and for all.”

    Neil Oliver said: “Robot Wars is a wonderful family show and something my kids really enjoyed watching this year. When I asked my two sons if they wanted to come on the show with me they leapt at the chance to meet Sir Killalot. Fingers crossed their imagination has inspired the creation of a mechanical monster with the apocalyptic power to crush our competition into a festive pulp.”

    Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee said:Robot Wars was one of our favourite shows when we were growing up, so to be on the show is fulfilling a childhood dream of ours. It will be a nice change working as a team rather than competing against each other and we hope we can add a Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars title to our collection of medals.”

    Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE said: “I’m so looking forward to competing in Robot Wars as I’ve watched the show from the start.  It really is a dream fulfilled – and I’m especially delighted to have my family alongside me.  Above all, it will give me a chance to put my engineering skills to the test!”

    Suzi Perry said: “I've waited a long time for this. Tech, tactics and titanium all rolled into one battleground – Robot Wars special, it should be such fun. I've designed the robot, now it's all down to gadget warfare and I can't wait to get into the arena to take on my opponents.”

    Scott Mills and Chris Stark said: “We are so excited about getting involved in Robot Wars this Christmas - what’s more festive than getting to play with a new remote controlled toy?! Sir Killalot should watch out, we’re coming for you…!”

    The returning series of has been commissioned by BBC Two Channel Editor, Patrick Holland, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, Kate Phillips, and Alan Tyler, BBC Commissioning Editor. Produced by Mentorn Scotland in association with SJP Media, it will be executive produced by Andrew Robertson, Head of Entertainment for Mentorn Media and Alan Tyler for the BBC.

    For further information please contact Annabel Rudden at Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 annabel@plankpr.com

  • Mentorn Media's The Jihadis Next Door Nominated for Broadcast Award 

    Mentorn Media's critically-acclaimed documentary The Jihadis Next Door has been nominated for a Broadcast Award in the Best News and Current Affairs Programme category, it was announced today.

    The one-hour documentary for Channel 4, which was directed by Jamie Roberts, focused on one of the world’s most wanted men, Abu Rumaysah, a suspected British jihadi who is believed to have appeared in an Isis execution video. 

    The film, which was two years in the making, challenged the behaviour and motivations of extremists with unprecedented access to Abu Rumaysah himself; and allowed viewers to understand the stark reality of the new wave of British extremists and the threat they pose to the UK’s security. 

    The Broadcast Awards 2017 will take place on 1 February at London’s Grosvenor Hotel.

    For more information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936.

  • QUESTION TIME ANNOUNCES NEW EDITOR

    Mentorn Scotland has appointed Liam Hanley as the Editor of Question Time, BBC One’s premier political debate programme, it was announced today.

    Liam joins Question Time from Radio 5 live, where he's worked for the past 12 years in a number of senior editorial roles. He takes up the position ‪from 1st December and will be based in Mentorn Scotland’s Glasgow office. 

    Liam said: “Question Time is the people’s programme – the programme where the audience gets to set the agenda and hold those in power to account. The chance to lead it through a time of such uncertainty and change, where the questions about what happens next just keep on coming, will be an enormous privilege. I can’t wait to get started.”

    He replaces Nicolai Gentchev who after five-and-a-half years as editor of Question Time has become Director of Current Affairs for Mentorn Media and is also Executive Producer of Question Time. 

    Nicolai said: “Question Time is a unique programme. In a time of great change, it has been a privilege to be at the helm and to experience the events of the last few years alongside audiences from around the country. I am looking forward to working with Liam, who has what it takes to be an outstanding Editor and keep making the programme essential viewing in the years to come.”

    Gary Smith, BBC Scotland’s Head Of News And Current Affairs, said: “Question Time is the BBC’s flagship debate programme and lets the British public directly hold senior politicians to account and discuss issues with commentators. During a time of momentous political change our audience will continue to be poised with their questions, and Liam will lead the Question Time team brilliantly to ensure that one of our most successful programmes goes from strength to strength.”

    In his time at 5 live, Liam has covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine, President Obama's inauguration and Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Before 5 live, Liam spent six years at Radio 4, where he output edited World at One, PM, Broadcasting House and The World This Weekend. He's also spent time at BBC World Service and Newsround. 

    Mentorn Scotland is part of Mentorn Media, which has produced Question Time since 1998.  

    For more information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

     

     

  • BBC TWO INVITES THE HOUSE ROBOTS BACK FOR MORE ROBOT WARS

    BBC Two is going back for more action from the famous House Robots as Robot Wars is set to return for a second series after its reboot this summer. Mentorn Scotland, part of the Tinopolis Group, has been re-commissioned to produce another series of the hugely successful entertainment show.

    Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon shall once again take up the reins in hosting another six-part series.

    The show returns to the purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, which allows viewers to get even closer to the action, with state-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail. The House Robots are back to stamp their authority on the competing robots and make their time in the arena more difficult than ever before, while reigning champions Team Apollo will return to defend their title.

    The returning series of has been commissioned by BBC Two Channel Editor, Patrick Holland, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, Kate Phillips, and Alan Tyler, BBC Commissioning Editor. Produced by Mentorn Scotland in association with SJP Media, it will be executive produced by Andrew Robertson of Mentorn Scotland and Alan Tyler for the BBC.

    Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, said: “Robot Wars is a brilliant BBC Two show, full of passion, specialism and spectacle.  I am delighted that Dara and Angela will be once again challenging Britain’s finest robot builders to take on the dreaded House Robots.”

    Kate Phillips, BBC Controller of Entertainment Commissioning said: “The return of Robot Wars with Dara and Angela at the helm has proven that BBC Two viewers, like our robot creators, haven’t lost their passion for creative wizardry and mechanical warfare. With even more formidable House Robots and very determined teams we can’t wait for the battles to begin!”

    Andrew Robertson, Executive Producer for Mentorn Scotland, said: “We’re delighted that the first series proved such a success and we can’t wait to see more amazing teams with the next generation of incredible robots in the arena.”

    To apply please email robotwars@mentorn.tv

    For further information please contact Annabel Rudden at Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 annabel@plankpr.com

     

  • EVER WONDERED IF THERE IS SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE YOU? CHANNEL 4 SEARCHES FOR THE WORLD’S MOST IDENTICAL STRANGERS.  

    Channel 4 has commissioned The World’s Most Identical Strangers (w/t), a one-off documentary from Mentorn Media in association with VIP, it was announced, today (Tuesday 11th October, 2016)

    It is thought that for every face, there are seven doppelgänger matches around the world. Social media is fuelling a huge global phenomenon of people searching for their doppelgängers.

    The phenomenon has also caught the attention of leading twin-experts at the Department of Twin Research at St Thomas' Hospital, London. They have been studying similarities between identical twins for years but now they're interested in seeing what they can learn from these non-related pairings.

    In the hour long documentary, The World’s Most Identical Strangers (w/t), cameras follow the scientists and seven pairs of twin strangers as they meet, get to know each other and undergo tests to reveal which pair is the most identical doppelgängers.

    Lucy Leveugle, Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment at Channel 4 said: “With social networks meaning the world is effectively a smaller place, this programme documents and heightens the phenomenon that are twin strangers. With extraordinary visuals, it’s a great play along too – spot the difference.”

    Tayte Simpson, Director of Programmes and Executive Producer, Mentorn Media said: “In a time of the selfie culture, people’s curiosity with finding their doppelgänger has become a fascinating obsession. With the experts at St. Thomas’ Hospital we hope that The World’s Most Identical Strangers will prove that we are more alike than we know and shed light on how we perceive each other.”

    The World’s Most Identical Strangers (w/t) has been commissioned by Lucy Leveugle for Channel 4 and will be executive produced by Tayte Simpson, Director of Programmes, for Mentorn Media

    For more information please contact Annabel Rudden at annabel@plankpr.com or 07763420892