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    Richard Bacon Returns to BBC Three with Young Voters' Question Time Tonight at 8pm

    For three weeks the political parties have been having their say, and now it's the turn of an audience of people all aged under 25.

    Richard Bacon presents live from Salford, as the Conservative Party conference takes place in neighbouring Manchester.

    In a year that has witnessed widespread looting and thieving, as well as violent protests over increased to tuition fees, young voters put their questions to a panel of decision makers. Viewers at home can also join the debate via text and social networking sites.

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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, comes from Liverpool this evening, Thursday 29th September.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme and is joined by Grant Shapps, Tim Farron, Caroline Flint, Janet Street-Porter and Peter Oborne.

    To apply for a seat in future audiences 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 International has announced that it is launching a new comedy division at MIP 2011, with three new comedy series.

    These are An Idiot Abroad 2 and Sirens as well as their recently announced representation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's new sitcom Life's Too Short.

    The announcement comes in the week that An Idiot Abroad has been nominated for a Grierson Award and An Idiot Abroad 2 transmits on Sky1HD. The first series has sold in more than 70 countries and the second series has already pre-sold in a number of territories ahead of the market including Discovery/Science USA, Discovery Canada, NRK Norway, SVT Sweden, TV3 Denmark, Ten Australia and ITC Iceland.

    It once again stars Karl Pilkington with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in a documentary travelogue as he is sent off to do "the things to do before you die".

    Life's Too Short is Gervais and Merchant's latest "observational comedy" a sitcom starring Warwick Davies with Ricky and Stephen and with cameos from a host of Hollywood stars, which follows the huge international success of their previous hits The Office and Extras.

    And as well as these series from Gervais and Merchant, Mentorn International's comedy distribution arm also boasts the critically-acclaimed Sirens series which debuted recently on Channel 4. The six-part comedy drama series, follows three young paramedics who explore sex, love, life and friendship from the jaded point of view of people who see too much of the worst (and some of the best) of humanity.

    Managing Director of Mentorn International, David Leach, said: "We're very excited about the launch of our comedy division with three such high profile series, including two very different shows from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

    "An Idiot Abroad has been a huge hit for us around the world and we're already pre-selling the second series. And Life's Too Short has naturally attracted an enormous amount of interest, being the third sitcom in Ricky and Stephen's trilogy, following The Office and Extras. While Sirens is a wonderful dark comedy drama. Mentorn International is the one-stop shop for the best new comedies at MIP."

    Visit Mentorn International at MIP 2011 - stand 11.29

     

    Notes to Editors:

     

    An Idiot Abroad 2 is produced by Risk Productions while Mentorn Media produced An Idiot Abroad.

     

    Life's Too Short is a BBC/HBO production in association with Backlash Productions.

    Sirens is produced by Daybreak Pictures, producers of the Emmy-nominated dramas Endgame and The Hamburg Cell, (Mentorn International also represents its Drama projects including The Promise, a four-part political thriller set in contemporary Israel and in British Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Second World War.)

    Mentorn International is a long-established international distributor of programmes and formats for TV companies including Mentorn Media, BBC World, Pioneer Productions, Daybreak Pictures, Quicksilver, Fiction Factory, Folio, Ludus, A Smith & Co, Base Productions and Mentorn USA. Mentorn International distributes formats and programmes in the genres of reality, entertainment, comedy, factual entertainment, documentary, drama, science, history, lifestyle and popular factual.

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

     

  • Priti Patel, Conservative MP for Whitham, Essex, voiced her support of Capital Punishment as a deterrent on BBC One's Question Time tonight.

    Responding to a question about the role of Capital Punishment in a civilised society, she said: 'I do actually think when we have a Criminal Justice system which continuously fails in this country and where we have seen murderers, rapists and people who have committed most abhorrent crimes in society, going to prison and then are released from prison to go back into the community and then re-offend and do the type of crimes that they've committed again and again, I think that is appalling and on that basis alone, I would actually support the re-introduction of Capital Punishment to serve as a deterrent because I do think we do not have enough deterrents in this country for criminals.

    'And let's not forget, murderers and rapists and criminals of that nature, choose to commit the crimes they commit.'

    Question Time comes from Birmingham tonight and is on BBC One at 10.35pm or available on BBC iPlayer.

     

  • BBC Television and United Agents have appointed Mentorn International to distribute Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's new comedy series Life's Too Short, it has been announced.

    The series is the third in the trilogy of sitcoms from the pair following their hugely successful series The Office and Extras and is an observational comedy on the day-to-day life of actor, Warwick Davis, who runs an agency for actors of a similar height. It also features cameo appearances from a host of Hollywood stars, such as Johnny Depp, Steve Carell, Liam Neeson and Helena Bonham Carter.

    The seven half-hour programmes are written, directed and executive produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who also co-star. The series is a BBC/HBO co-production in association with Backlash Productions, launching on BBC Two in the autumn and subsequently on HBO in the USA.

    Mentorn International's Managing Director, David Leach, said: "We're delighted to be continuing our relationship with Ricky and Stephen. Life's Too Short is another example of their incredible comedic talent and there is no doubt that this will be a global hit, following The Office and Extras.

     

    "Mentorn International has had enormous worldwide success with An Idiot Abroad, Ricky and Stephen's series with Karl Pilkington, and we're very excited to be launching their latest series on an expectant World."

    Ricky Gervais said: "Third in our trilogy of TV sitcoms, Life's Too Short is another naturalist observational comedy dealing with everyday problems, human foibles, and social faux pas…but with a dwarf."

    BBC Head of In-House Comedy, Mark Freeland, said: "Life's Too Short is all about a man facing everyday problems very, very badly indeed. Because the themes are universal, because Gervais and Merchant have of course written them so brilliantly, because Warwick Davis is such a star, I'm sure this is a show that will be loved by audiences in many territories."

    Life's Too Short is a BBC/HBO Production in association with Backlash Productions.

    Visit Mentorn International at MIP 2011 - stand 11.29

    Notes to Editors:

    Mentorn International is a long-established international distributor of programmes and formats for TV companies including Mentorn Media, BBC World, Pioneer Productions, Daybreak Pictures, Quicksilver, Fiction Factory, Folio, Ludus, A Smith & Co, Base Productions and Mentorn USA. Mentorn International distributes formats and programmes in the genres of reality, entertainment, comedy, factual entertainment, documentary, drama, science, history, lifestyle and popular factual.

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

  • Following Tinopolis' acquisition of US production companies A. Smith & Co and BASE Productions, Mentorn International are launching two US series at MIPCOM 2011, it has been announced.

    Mentorn International will be distributing the US companies' programmes and formats internationally and Crash Course and Full Throttle Saloon are the first two shows to be brought to market under the new arrangement.

    Crash Course is an action competition format and completed series, produced by A Smith & Co for ABC Network in the USA, pitting five teams of drivers against spectacular and surprising obstacles that test their driving skills in unique ways. The six-part series challenges the best drivers to attempt the most unbelievable and hilarious stunts.

    In addition, Mentorn International are offering three series of the long running US hit Full Throttle Saloon for sale. Produced by A. Smith & Co, the popular factual series follows the big characters and craziness at "the Mecca for Motorcycles". For one week each year more than half a million motorcyclists cruise into the sleepy little town of Sturgis, South Dakota for the largest, most legendary bike rally and music festival in the world. In the middle of this two-wheeled insanity is the craziest place of all: The Full Throttle Saloon, the world's biggest action-packed biker bar.

    Twenty five episodes are available: the first series of six hour long programmes with a 60 minute special; second series of nine hour long programmes and a brand new third series of ten hour long episodes.

    David Leach, Managing Director of Mentorn International, said: "We're delighted to be commencing our relationship with our new US partners and representing their great programmes and formats internationally. They are a perfect fit for our catalogue: Crash Course, featuring the best drivers attempting outrageous stunts, is the ideal companion to our Worst Driver format, and Full Throttle Saloon is a terrific hit series full of compelling characters, dramas and action, which will entertain viewers around the world."

    Notes to Editors:

    Mentorn International is a long-established international distributor of programmes and formats for TV companies including Mentorn Media, BBC World, Pioneer Productions, Daybreak Pictures, Quicksilver, Fiction Factory, Folio, Ludus, A. Smith & Co, Base Productions and Mentorn USA. Mentorn International distributes formats and programmes in the genres of reality, entertainment, comedy, factual entertainment, documentary, drama, science, history, lifestyle and popular factual.

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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Birmingham this evening, Thursday 22nd September.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme as the Liberal Democrat Party Conference comes to a close and sees Business Secretary Vince Cable, Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman and Conservative MP Priti Patel, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in future audiences 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 Media's commission for BBC Four, Rex Appeal, transmists on Wednesday 28th September at 21.00. From the beginnings of filmmaking to the triumph of Jurassic Park - the dinosaur has always been a movie star. Over 60 minutes, Rex Appeal takes a bite out of the cretaceous cinema and reveals the truth about T-Rex.

    It's a story that stretches from the charming cartoon apatosaurus Gertie ( 1914 ) to the vicious and cunning velociraptors of Spielbrerg's imagination.

    But it's not all teeth and trashing city centres - as our critics explain, dinosaur movies are always about more than just dinosaurs. The 'nature finds a way' DNA argument in Jurassic Park directly mirrored the arguements about GM crops in the early 90s; Godzilla - the radioactive breathed dinosaur emerged from the seas of Japan just 9 years after the nuclear attack on Hiroshima; King Kong and his dinosaur pals on Skull island have sparked a million film school theories.

    Of course, not all dino dramas are so high minded - in the Hammer film One Million Years BC, the audience were just as fascinated with Racquel Welsh's fur tops as they were with the Triceratops. Despite Hammer's claim that 'This is the Way It Was', the science was a little dubious- the last dinosaur died 64 million years before the first modern human appeared.

    Whatever cultural anxieties dinosaurs represent, they've always been a cinematic spectacle that has thrilled audiences on a instinctual level - with each each new breakthrough in special effects giving us ever more real Rex's.

    Willis O'Brien gave us the legendary Kong v Rex fight that taught us to love Kong, Ray Harryhausen invented 'dinomation' and put dinosaurs and cowboys together in The Valley of Gwangi. And since the 90s - CGI has banished the man in the dino suit, and made prehistoric protagonists are more real than ever.

    Contributors include film critics James King, Kim Newman, science broadcaster Adam Rutherford, comedian Susan Calman and broadcaster and film historian Matthew Sweet.

    For more information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Northern Ireland this evening, Thursday 15th September.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Londonderry which sees Labour MP Diane Abbott; Martina Anderson MLA for Sinn Fein; Democratic Unionist Party Deputy Leader and MP Nigel Dodds; Business woman Nicola Horlick; and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in future audiences 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