• BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Portsmouth on Thursday, March 29th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the waterfront city which sees comedian Alexei Sayle; Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP; Liberal Democrat MP and Children's Minister Sarah Teather; Conservative MP Anna Soubry, and columnist and chair of the National Trust Sir Simon Jenkins 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

  • The Mentorn Media production, Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs delivered successful ratings last night for BBC Three, it has been announced.

    BBC Three's documentary on teen gang culture presented by the Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates secured over 530,000 viewers for the channel on Tuesday, 27th March.        

    The programme, which was part of BBC Three's Criminal Britain Season, saw Reggie explore the culture of fear, anger and violence which drives young people into the dangerous world of teenage gangs. Over the course of three months he spent time with a number of young people who gave him an insight into the world of street gangs, as he asked the key question: Where does responsibility lie for the alarming number of young people drawn into gangs, questioning whether it down to individuals and the choices they make, or is it a result of their environment - factors they can't control.

    Executive Producer is Steve Anderson, Producer/Director is Mark Gregory and Assistant Producer and DV Director is Paul Wells. 

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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Grimsby on Thursday, March 22nd.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the seaport town which sees Liberal Democrat MP and Business Secretary Vince Cable; former Shadow Home Secretary and leadership candidate David Davis MP; Labour MP and Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna; Spectator columnist Melissa Kite, and novelist Marina Lewycka 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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from St Andrews on Thursday, March 15th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Scottish University town which sees former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy MP; Member of the Scottish Parliament and leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson; broadcaster and journalist Janet Street-Porter; Labour MP for Birkenhead Frank Field, and SNP Member of Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Humza Yousaf 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

  • An Idiot Abroad 2 and Life's Too Short, have sold around the globe, Mentorn International has announced.

    An Idiot Abroad 2 which stars Karl Pilkington with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, has followed the success of the first series and has already sold in 62 territories.

    Following its huge ratings on Sky 1HD, Mentorn International has sold the series to countries including: Network Ten in Australia, SVT in Sweden, Discovery in USA, NRK in Norway, TV3 in Denmark, ICT in Iceland, and Turner in Latin America, Planète (Canal +) in France, Sogecable in Spain, and Discovery in CEEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa), as well as channels in Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand and Asia. Discussions with broadcasters in Finland and Germany are also in advanced stages of negotiation.

    Life's Too Short, Ricky Gervais' and Stephen Merchant's latest sitcom follow up to The Office and Extras, is also an international hit with Mentorn International securing sales in 35 territories to date.

    These include: Paramount Comedy in  Spain, TVNZ in New Zealand, ABC in Australia, DBS in Israel, TV Norge in Norway, SVT in Sweden, TV2 in Denmark, as well as a number of in-flight deals. Mentorn International is also in advanced negotiations with HBO in Asia.

    The seven-part observational comedy follows 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. Written, directed and executive produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who also co-star, the series was a hit both on BBC 2 in the UK and HBO in the USA.

    Mentorn International's Managing Director, David Leach, said: "We're delighted that both An Idiot Abroad 2 and Life's Too Short have done such excellent business around the world. It's proof that great comedy has worldwide appeal."

    "We launched our Comedy Division last year and it's proving a great success with these new series following the global sales of An Idiot Abroad 1 and Sirens as well as our Worst Driver series."

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    Notes to Editors:

     

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

    BBC Television and United Agents appointed Mentorn International to distribute Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's comedy series Life's Too Short. The series is a BBC/HBO co-production in association with Backlash Productions, launching on BBC 2 in Autumn 2011 and on HBO in the U.S. in February 2012.

    Mentorn International is a long-established international distributor of TV programmes and formats for British and American companies including Mentorn Media, BBC, 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 Guildford on Thursday, March 8th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Surrey town which sees Conservative MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles; Labour's Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Caroline Flint; singer Will Young; Daily Mail columnist Janice Atkinson-Small, and novelist Will Self, 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

  • BBC Three's new fully interactive, live debate show, Free Speech, is being hosted from Bethnal Green tonight, Wednesday, 7th March at 10pm.

    Jake Humphrey chairs the programme from East London which sees BAFTA winning Kidulthood actor Adam Deacon; BBC Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney; British Entrepreneur Dominic McVey and Conservative MP for Wirral West Esther McVey, face questions from the audience and viewers at home.

    Michelle de Swarte will be in the audience speaking up for the web responses and online comments.

    Free Speech will involve viewers from beginning to end: proposing stories they want on the agenda and showing whether they like or dislike the panellists and their opinions via The Control Panel. Responses and updates from the viewers will be displayed throughout the show and for the first time, viewers can use hashtags to show their like or dislike of panellists as they speak in real time.

    It's your show, get involved via bbc.co.uk/freespeech; facebook.com/bbcfreespeech; @bbcfreespeech; #freespeech

    The promo video for the show can be seen here: http://bit.ly/xdvEJ1

    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 Dewsbury on Thursday, March 1st.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the West Yorkshire town which sees Conservative MP John Redwood; Labour's Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves; Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson; Historian David Starkey, and the chair of the Professional Footballers Association Clarke Carlisle, 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