• Question Time DD (new image 21)BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Manchester tonight.  

    Scene of the Labour Party conference, David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Conservative Party Chair Baroness Warsi; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes; Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott; historian David Starkey; and the Hollywood actor Brian Cox, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk /questiontime or call the audience line on 01299 829 299.

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

  • Mentorn's established hit formats Worst Driver and Paradise Hotel are continuing to experience format revivals, Mentorn International has announced as it prepares for MIPCOM 2010.

    Worst Driver is being launched in France for the first time on M6, and will consist of two episodes of 120-minute duration and one episode of 110 minutes.

    Managing Director of Mentorn International, David Leach, said: "Worst Driver has always been a popular format around the world, but this year we have seen a breakthrough into three major territories: the USA, Germany and now France. I think it is indicative of a growing feeling within the international TV industry that there is a shortage of really exciting new formats around. 

    "Broadcasters are naturally more risk averse at the moment and know they can trust a successful format like Worst Driver which is a proven hit across the world from America to Australia, and Canada to Belgium, it's a solid format to rely on."

     

  • Following the extraordinary global success of Katie: My Beautiful Face, Mentorn International will be showcasing the incredible follow-up series at MIPCOM 2010, it was announced today.

    The four-part series, Katie: My Beautiful Friends made for Channel 4 in the UK sees Katie Piper as she sets out on an extraordinary journey: to use her personal experience to help rebuild the lives and confidence of people like her who are fighting for normality with a disfigurement or disability.

    Katie, a beautiful young model who was disfigured after an acid attack, was contacted by hundreds of people after the original programme transmitted on Channel 4 UK and ABC Network in the US, who identified with her story and asked for her help. The new series will follow Katie overcoming her fear of meeting strangers to encounter some of the extraordinary people who have contacted her - while continuing to overcome the personal challenges of her changing appearance, new independence and relationships as Katie rebuilds her own life.

    Mentorn International Managing Director, David Leach, said: "Katie's story touched people deeply and her first documentary reached all corners of the globe. This series promises to be as moving and inspirational as the first programme and will appeal to viewers everywhere."

    The four-part documentary complements the raft of other series represented by Mentorn International at MIPCOM 2010 which includes many more series - read more in the attached press release.

  • On Question Time from Manchester, Dianne Abbott MP, a leadership candidate, describes for the first time the moment when ahead of the Labour conference hearing the result, the five candidates were told privately who had won.

    She said: "I was in the room when the candidates were told the result and David's first response was to stand up and go across to his brother and hug him and it was really very moving."

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Coalition Government Minister, Grant Shapps MP; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes; Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott; historian David Starkey; and the Hollywood actor Brian Cox, face questions from the audience.

    Question Time is on BBC One at 10.35pm.

  • Last night's preview of An Idiot Abroad on Sky1HD was watched by 821,000 viewers according to unofficial overnights.

    The eight-part series launched with Karl setting off on his global voyage of discovery and visiting the Great Wall in China.

    The Mentorn-produced, eight-part series stars Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in a documentary travelogue following world-record breaking podcast star Karl Pilkington as he embarks on a journey to discover the Seven Wonders of the World.

    Executive Producer for Mentorn, Dan Goldsack, said: "It's a fantastic start and we hope that people continue to enjoy the rest of Karl's trip around the world."

  • MENTORN INTERNATIONAL TO DISTRIBUTE CHILEAN MINERS DOCUMENTARY

    Mentorn International is to launch at MIPCOM the one-hour documentary made by Pioneer Productions following the plight of the Chilean Miners.

    Channel 4 in the UK and PBS' NOVA in the US have ordered the original commission which follows the story of the 33 miners trapped in their copper mine after it collapsed in Chile on 5th August.

    Incredibly, 17 days after the roof of the San Jose mine had collapsed and when the families of the men had all but given up hope, rescue workers reported hearing knocking noises coming from the vicinity of the collapse.

    This special film investigates the many challenges involved - for both the 33 trapped underground and for those working around the clock in a desperate bid to rescue them. Extraordinary feats of engineering, as well as biological, geological aspects, are explored in the documentary and the psychological impacts of both the miners and those involved in the rescue attempt. 

    Pioneer Productions Executive Producer, Stuart Carter, said: "Uniquely for this type of disaster, we are aware of the miners' ordeal, as it plays out in front of the whole world. It isn't just about the engineering effort to save them, the effects are far reaching - the psychological and physical strain that they are under is extreme."

    David Leach, Managing Director of Mentorn International, said: "This extraordinary event has gripped viewers around the world as we have watched the progress of rescue efforts and followed the response of the trapped miners. The programme follows the international success of Pioneer's other recent fast-turnaround programmes: on the Haiti earthquake, and on the Icelandic volcano, which combined the human stories with accessible and informative explanations of the geological issues, using CGI and spectacular filming."

    For further information please contact Louise Plank at Plank PR on behalf of Pioneer Productions on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

  • Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP, told the Question Time audience: "The banks are crucifying large numbers of small companies that can't get credit on reasonable terms." 

    Asked to explain why there isn't going to be a tax on bankers' bonuses Mr Cable replied: "We don't know that there isn't."

    He added: "We have a range of sticks and carrots which do include various sorts of taxation as this situation evolves we will come up with effective action to get banks lending to get them to support the real economy."

    David Dimbleby was joined in Liverpool by Vince Cable, John Redwood, Caroline Flint, Ian Hislop and Mehdi Hasan.

    For further information please contact Louise Plank on 07801 321 965

  • BBC3 is positioning itself as the home for politics aimed at young people with four new editions of a youth-based Question Time.

    The programmes have been commissioned from Question Time-producer Mentorn on the back of BBC3's First Time Voter's Question Time which ran in the build up to the general election in May hosted by Dermot O'Leary.

    In the same vein, Young Voters Question Time will cover political issues for 16-to 34-year-olds. The first episode will air in October, to tie in with the government's spending review. The panel will be announced closer to the time.

    Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC3, said: "There was great vibrancy and energy to First Time Voters' Question Time in the run-up to the General Election, and we want to build on this and make political coverage - and young people's views on politics - a regular feature on BBC3."

    Steve Anderson, executive producer for Mentorn Media, added: "This is an innovative programme which has really engaged audiences."It was a bold move by Danny and the BBC3 team to provide election coverage that addressed the concerns of young people, but the politicians responded and audiences came to the programmes."At a time of great political turbulence, with policy decisions affecting the lives of millions of young people, it's important that they can have their say on the BBC and hold decision-makers to account."  

    For more information please contact Louise Plank at Plank PR on behalf of Mentorn Media on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

  • Mentorn International has secured pre-sales deals of An Idiot Abroad with Network Ten Australia and TV3 New Zealand, as well as interest from broadcasters Worldwide ahead of MIPCOM.

    The Mentorn-produced, eight-part series stars Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in a documentary travelogue following world-record breaking podcast star Karl Pilkington as he embarks on a journey to discover the Seven Wonders of the World.

    As well as pre-sales for Network Ten Australia and TV3 New Zealand, Mentorn International already has interest from a further 15 territories ahead of its MIPCOM launch.

    David Leach, Managing Director of Mentorn International, said: "Karl is a tremendous talent and the series which is a spectacular travelogue, which delivers a unique look at the Seven Wonders. The combination of Karl with Ricky and Stephen has generated unprecedented interest and this promises to be one of our biggest selling titles at MIPCOM."

    The eight hour-long programmes were originally commissioned by Sky1 HD and transmit from the 23rd September.

    For further information please contact Louise Plank on behalf of Mentorn Media on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

  • Mentorn International has sold the gripping documentary, Madness in the Fast Lane to six territories ahead of MIP COM.

    The documentary originally broadcast on BBC ONE follows the remarkable story of two sisters. In an episode of BBC One's Motorway Cops last year, more than seven million viewers saw terrifying footage of the two women rushing headlong across the M6 motorway and careering into oncoming traffic in an apparently random incident. Just as astonishingly, they both survived.

    David Leach, Managing Director of Mentorn International, said: "This is an extraordinary programme and the footage is astonishing with the subsequent events tragic and shocking. This programme, along with the initial documentary, were two of the highest rated BBC Factual programmes of the past year."

    For further information please contact Louise Plank on behalf of Mentorn Media on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com