• BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Luton on Thursday, June 28th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Bedfordshire town which sees Conservative MP for Putney, Roehamton and Southfields and Transport Secretary, Justine Greening; Shadow Olympics Minister and Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, Tessa Jowell; former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown; comic actor and broadcaster, Tony Robinson, and businessman and chief executive of the City brokerage Tullett Prebon, Terry Smith, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

    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 West Bromwich on Thursday, June 21st.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Justice Secretary Ken Clarke MP; Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP; Len McCluskey, General Secretary of the Unite trade union; economist Ruth Lea, and Midlands Business Woman of the Year Julie White, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

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

  • David Tennant (Fright Night, Dr Who, Hamlet, Casanova) and Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult, War Horse, Oranges and Sunshine) will star as husband and wife in Paula Milne's (White Heat, Endgame, Small Island, The Virgin Queen, The Fragile Heart) new drama The Politician's Husband, a 3 part serial about marriage, power and politics. A bookend to the multi award winning The Politician's Wife. The Politician's Husband will be produced for BBC Two by Daybreak Pictures and directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Our Friends in the North, The Borgias, Boardwalk Empire).

    A highly authored, gripping drama The Politician's Husband follows the shifting balance of power in a political marriage and the ensuing consequences when a wife becomes more successful than her husband.

    Writer and creator, Paula Milne, said: It is said that all power corrupts but the power balance within a marriage can be unspoken and subtle whereas the power games in politics are more overt and manipulatory.  The drama explores the personal realm of a political marriage played against the ruthless hubris of Westminster politics - and what can happen when those two realms collide.

    Senior Cabinet Minister, Aiden Hoynes (Tennant), is happily married to Freya (Watson), a junior Minister. When we initially meet Aiden he is considered to be a rising star in Westminster. He went into Parliament driven by idealism but after his son Noah was diagnosed with Aspergers he allowed himself to be sucked into the power games of Westminster.  It was somewhere to hide.

    Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, commented: "Paula Milne returns to BBC Two with a fine piece of drama that manages to combine the political and domestic worlds so elegantly starring David Tennant and Emily Watson, demonstrating the channels continued commitment to original British drama.""

    Freya Gardner (Watson), although equally able, had to put the brakes on her own political career in order to provide stability for the family.  Even so, as a Junior Minister, most recognize she is a political star in the making.

    David Aukin, Executive Producer and Creative Executive for Daybreak Pictures, adds: "We're delighted to be working again with Paula Milne who has delivered not only a cracking political thriller, but a forensic dissection of a modern marriage."

    Bruce Babbish played by Ed Stoppard (Upstairs Downstairs, Any Human Heart) is one of Aiden's closet friends. Bruce chose a political career, not out of ideology but because it suited his Machiavellian nature and lust for power and its trappings.  For him the fun lies in the chase, in second guessing your opponents. Bruce is ambitious and even Aiden isn't immune from his friend's ruthless streak.

    The stellar cast also includes: Jack Shepherd (The Nativity, WyCliffe) as Aiden's Father Joe, Roger Allam (The Queen, The Thick of It) as Chief Whip Marcus Fitzwallace and Oscar Kennedy (Toast, Great Expectations, Hunted) as the Hoynes' son Noah.

    The drama began shooting this month on location in London. Commissioned by Janice Hadlow Controller, BBC Two and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. This is a Daybreak Pictures production, executive producer for Daybreak Pictures is David Aukin (The Promise, Endgame, Mrs Henderson Presents), the director is Simon Cellan Jones and producer is Hal Vogel (The Promise, Endgame, The Trial of Tony Blair). Executive producer for the BBC is Lucy Richer.

  • Mentorn Media has appointed Mark Roberts, as Creative Director, it has been announced.

    Roberts will take up the position in September. He will be responsible for maintaining the already strong production slate upon which Mentorn has built its reputation, while generating more output with formats that can be exported across the Tinopolis Group.

    Roberts joins from Dragonfly where he has been Head of Factual acting as executive producer on projects such as Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia (Channel 4), The Town Taking on China (BBC Two), The Family (Channel 4), My Secret Past (Channel 5) and Kill it, Cut it, Use it (BBC Three).

    Chief Executive Mentorn Media, John Willis, said: "Mentorn Media continues to go from strength-to-strength and with creativity and format skills Mark is the ideal fit for the future Mentorn Media."

    Mark Roberts said: "Mentorn Media has a tremendous reputation and is the producer of some of the most iconic shows on British TV.  I am delighted to be joining at a time of expansion and am determined that Mentorn will build on its reputation and be acknowledged as the industry's most creative originator of contemporary television."

    Mark joined Dragonfly in 2010 from his position at Diverse Production as Head of Factual where he has spent three years with credits including Help! My House is Falling Down (Channel 4), Home Movie Roadshow (BBC Two), and The Real Slumdog Millionaires (Sky 1).

    Previous to that, Mark where he worked as Editor, News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 and during his career has been responsible for programmes for ITV, Nat Geo, and all BBC channels.

    He will report to John Willis who will continue as Chief Executive whilst devoting more time to expanding his role as Creative Director, Tinopolis Group in both the UK and US.

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Luton on Thursday, June 28th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which will see Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and Shadow Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell; Secretary of State for Transport and Conservative MP Putney Justine Greening, and actor, writer and historian Tony Robinson, amongst those on the panel facing questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

    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 Stockton-on-Tees on Thursday, June 14th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the market town which sees television executive and former Director General of the BBC Greg Dyke; President of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron MP; Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens; Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP, and Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry MP, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

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

  • Clive Holland is back with a fourth series of BBC One's popular Cowboy Trap and he wants to hear about your building problems.

    Presenter Clive and his team are filming throughout the UK looking for people whose lives and properties are currently in a state of chaos or disruption thanks to 'cowboy' workmen. Once the damage from work - or lack of it - is assessed, his team attempt to rectify the problems.

    Clive Holland said: "The series has really hit a chord with viewers and there are still builders out there behaving improperly and causing people anxiety and stress as a result.

    "We're looking for more stories from people who have been victim of bad workmanship that for example hasn't passed basic building standards or work that has never been completed or botched with builders refusing to return and remedy the bad workmanship; or people who have paid money up front to the builder who hasn't finished the job and walked off leaving the owner out of pocket.

    "In previous series we've heard from vulnerable people who builders have taken advantage of. I want to keep raising awareness of the pit falls out there and help viewers protect themselves."

    If you think Clive could help you or have had such an experience or know someone who could benefit from Clive's expertise and his team's help please contact Mentorn Media on 020 7258 6724 or email builders@mentorn.tv

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Inverness on Thursday, June 7th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Highland city which sees former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy MP; Alex Neil MSP, the SNP Government's Minister for Infrastructure; Labour's leader in Scotland Johann Lamont MSP; Conservative former Secretary of State for Scotland Lord Forsyth; Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, and the actor Alan Cumming, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk/questiontime

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