• BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Swansea on Thursday, November 29th and Charlotte Church joins the panel for the first time.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Welsh coastal city which also sees Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant MP; Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP; Neil Wallis, former Executive Editor of the News of the World, and columnist Simon Jenkins join the panel facing questions from the audience.

    The programme transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission. Follow the debate on Twitter via #bbcqt and @bbcQuestionTime.

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

  • In this one hour documentary, which airs tonight, Monday 26th November on BBC Three at 9pm, Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney explores the impact that acne can have on young people and the side effects which can be caused by some of its more extreme treatments.

    Dying for Clear Skin, part of the Body Beautiful Season, considers how society's obsession with looks puts extraordinary pressure on young people to have perfect, smooth skin. In February 2011 Jesse Jones went missing and five days later his body was found at a local beauty spot. Made alongside Jesse's father, director Derek Jones, Gemma speaks to his friends and family as she investigates how a young, confident boy transformed into a 24-year-old young man whose obsession and worry about his acne had tragic consequences.

    85% of young people get spots but for some, bad skin can take over their lives. In her search to find out just how bad this battle can be Gemma meets people all over Britain who are fighting their own war with acne and asks how far some people will go for clear skin.  She meets 15 year-old Will who has severe acne which has impacted his school life and his confidence, resulting in him not being able to look people in the eye. After trying a number of different remedies he opts for some radical treatment at a Harley Street clinic and Gemma catches up with him to experience first-hand how a supposedly minor issue impacts a teenager's self-esteem; she explores what treatment is available and talks to leading experts about what can be done to help people with the condition.

    Expensive procedures are not an option for many however and although GPs can prescribe a range of treatments when all other possibilities are exhausted a dermatologist can prescribe a drug called isotretinoin. Commonly known as Roaccutane in the UK the medication has split opinions across the board. Jesse Jones had been prescribed it and began his course of the medication without telling his parents. With side effects that can be as minor as dry lips but as extreme as liver damage and depression, Gemma speaks to people who have used Roaccutane and looks into some of the pros and cons of taking the drug.

    With YouTube blogs, diary entries and personal video footage Dying for Clear Skin meets young people who face not just their own demons but the ever critical eye of their peers as they try to deal with an all too common but all too damaging condition.

    Links to reviews and news pieces here:

    http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/s4pjk/dying-for-clear-skin

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/tvmagazine/tvmagazinefeatures/4658922/Jesse-Jones-24-was-found-dead-and-his-dad-fears-controversial-acne-drug-Roaccutane-was-to-blame.html

    http://www.metro.co.uk/tv/918836-girls-stephen-fry-gadget-man-and-dying-for-clear-skin-tv-picks

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234470/Roaccutane-effects-Warning-father-Jesse-Jones-talented-musician-commited-suicide.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/20468591

    For more information please contact Sally Kent on 020 8995 3945 or sally@plankpr.com

  • BBC One is to air a special edition of The Big Questions this Sunday lunchtime, November 25, at 12.20pm following the Church of England's rejection of the introduction of women bishops, it has been announced.

    Presented by Nicky Campbell and produced by Mentorn Media, The Big Questions will include an audience of 60 people, plus front row guests arguing for and against the decision.

    On Tuesday, 324 members of the synod voted for women bishops - but its voting rules meant the 122 votes against were enough to block it. Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said the Church had "lost a measure of credibility" over the decision but  to others in the Church it was a validation of their faith.

    With church rules stating that the measure cannot be brought back before the synod "in the same form" until 2015, The Big Questions asks what is next step for women in the Church?

    The Editor of The Big Questions is Jill Robinson and the Executive Producer is Steve Anderson. The programme has been commissioned by Aaqil Ahmed,  Commissioning Editor, Head of BBC Religion and Ethics, and Liam Keelan, Controller,  BBC Daytime.

    You can apply to be in our audience for the programme by emailing audiencetbq@mentorn.tv

  • Question Time comes from Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament tonight at 10.35pm on BBC One.

    David Dimbleby chairs questions posed to the panel which includes: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith MP; Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP; former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy MP; businesswoman and star of Dragons' Den Deborah Meaden, and the Independent columnist Owen Jones.

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

  • Mentorn Media's Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera delivered successful ratings on Thursday 15th November.

    BBC Three's fast-turnaround documentary, Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera, which was on at 10pm, averaged at 752,000 viewers. Building from 540,000 to 895,000 it overtook ITV 2's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, winning the end of the slot.

    Mentorn Media's Editorial Director, Steve Anderson, said: "The audience watched the programme that the audience made. We asked for first-hand eye-witness footage and received some unforgettable material. People were fascinated to see images of Superstorm Sandy that they had not seen anywhere else."

    Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera, a 1 x 60' special commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Commissioning Editor for Independents at BBC News and Current Affairs, saw how young people took to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to record Superstorm Sandy, from first dark warnings to devastating reality and chaotic aftermath. The first great natural disaster documented and shared on the social network, the programme spoke to those who captured history with mobile phones and mini-cameras.

    Producers and researchers sent to New York by Mentorn had to make do with nights in makeshift accommodation as fuel shortages paralysed roads from the airports into the city.

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

  • Mentorn's fast-turnaround documentary, Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera, airs tonight on BBC Three at 10pm.

    How young people took to social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to record Superstorm Sandy, from first dark warnings to devastating reality and chaotic aftermath. The first great natural disaster documented and shared on the social network, we speak to those who captured history with mobile phones and mini-cameras.

    Executive Producer Steve Anderson said: "From the moment that weather forecasters made their predictions, people in New York and New Jersey documented the preparations, and then the frightening reality.

    "Trees uprooting, power stations exploding and people being evacuated from homes while waist-deep in water; everything has been caught on personal phones and cameras by a generation that understands the power of instant video messaging."

    Producers and researchers sent to New York by Mentorn had to make do with nights in makeshift accommodation as fuel shortages paralysed roads from the airports into the city.

    For more information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3945 or lou@plankpr.com

  • Question Time comes from the Northamptonshire town of Croby tonight at 10.35pm on BBC One.

    As the polls close in the by-election, David Dimbleby chairs questions posed to the panel which includes: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP; Labour's Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman MP; UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP; Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt MP, and Moray MacLennan, chief executive of the advertising agency M&C Saatchi.

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

  • Mentorn's Panorama special, Stephen Lawrence: A Time For Justice has been shortlisted for The FPA Media Awards, it has been announced.

    Stephen Lawrence: A Time for Justice, a Mentorn Media produced documentary for the BBC's Panorama strand, first broadcast on 3rd January on BBC One. On the day Gary Dobson and David Norris were finally convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Panorama told the private story of the tenacity of his mother Doreen Lawrence and her 18 year wait for justice.

    The film has been shortlisted for the TV Feature/Documentary of the Year Award and the Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 20th November 2012.

    For 12 months leading up to the conviction Panorama reporter Mark Daly was been granted exclusive access to Doreen Lawrence and her family. In 2006, Daly made a documentary for the BBC revealing fresh evidence about the suspects alibis, which helped put the case back on the political agenda. The case had been dormant, but a fresh forensic review was launched, resulting in the dramatic discovery of new scientific evidence.

    Daly followed Doreen from legal meetings to the crucial double jeopardy hearing at the High Court in April 2011 which sanctioned the murder re-trial and throughout the recent trial itself.

    In the programme, Daly travelled with Doreen as she worked to keep her son's memory alive through her work as a director of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, through memorial services and her visits to his graveside in Jamaica.

    The programme was made by Mentorn Media. It was produced and directed by Ken Kirby and Neil Grant was the Executive Producer.

    For further information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3945 or lou@plankpr.com or sally@plankpr.com

  • A fast-turnaround documentary looking at how mobile phones and personal cameras captured the unforgettable images of Superstorm Sandy has been commissioned from Mentorn Media by BBC Three.

    Superstorm USA: Caught on Camera, a 1 x 60' special commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Commissioning Editor for Independents at BBC News and Current Affairs, will air at 10pm on Thursday, 15th November.

    Executive Producer Steve Anderson said: "From the moment that weather forecasters made their predictions, people in New York and New Jersey documented the preparations, and then the frightening reality.

    "Trees uprooting, power stations exploding and people being evacuated from homes while waist-deep in water; everything has been caught on personal phones and cameras by a generation that understands the power of instant video messaging."

    Producers and researchers sent to New York by Mentorn had to make do with nights in makeshift accommodation as fuel shortages paralysed roads from the airports into the city.

    Currently the number of fatalities caused by Superstorm Sandy stands at over 110 across the US and the Caribbean. 

    Mentorn International will be distributing the documentary and Alex Pickering is Line Producer for Mentorn Media.

    Mentorn are still accepting footage of #Superstorm #Sandy captured on iPhones or mini-cam. Contact on twitter @BBCSandyCam or email dgilmore@mentorn.tv

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

  • Question Time comes from the East Sussex town of Bexhill-on-Sea tomorrow night at 10.35pm on BBC One

    David Dimbleby chairs questions posed to the panel which includes: Police Minister Damian Green; Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna; Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams; novelist and Sun columnist Jane Moore, and Professor David Blanchflower, economics editor of the New Statesman and former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

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

  • Did you record #Superstorm #Sandy on your iPhone or mini-cam? If you did, the BBC wants to hear from you. We're making a documentary on how social media tracked Sandy.

     

    Contact us on @BBCSandyCam or dgilmore@mentorn.tv

     

    The footage may be featured on a BBC documentary. Full terms and conditions of how the BBC would use your footage can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/terms/personal.shtml#5.