• Mentorn Media has been commissioned by BBC Three to make a fast turnaround documentary on the incredible story of the three women in Cleveland, Ohio, found alive 10 years after they went missing.

    Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were discovered after a neighbour heard screams from Ariel Castro’s house. The three women who had been missing were found with a six year-old girl at the home of the 52 year-old school bus driver on Monday, May 6. .

    The programme will examine claims that police and law enforcement agencies failed to find the girls despite visiting the house and receiving complaints from neighbours. Both maintain they did all they could and deny receiving information that could have led to an earlier discovery.   

    The 1 x 60 is commissioned by Fiona Campbell of the BBC and the Executive Producer for Mentorn is Steve Anderson. The team now filming in Cleveland includes Producer/Directors Rachele Dryden-Smith, Suzie Samant, and Producers Tom Goudsmit and Sarah Hunt.

    Mentorn made BBC Three’s recent fast turnaround, Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?, which looked at the events leading to the death of the athlete’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The documentary drew an audience of over 1million to the channel and has been sold to 68 territories worldwide by Passion Distribution.  The Cleveland documentary will also be pre-sold internationally by Passion Distribution.

    Fiona Campbell, Commissioning Editor for Independents at BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “BBC Three has proven their audience has a great appetite for fast turnarounds on big global news stories.  Following on from the success of Mentorn's Oscar Pistorius film for the channel we look forward to hearing new insight and exclusive interviews on the captive Cleveland women’s stories.”

    Steve Anderson added: “The world is following every moment of this unbelievable story. These women were missing presumed dead for 10 years; now they are discovered alive. And all the time they were being held captive in an ordinary house in a city neighbourhood, yet no-one knew. We’ll tell the most comprehensive story yet, with fresh interviews and new information.”

    The programme, The Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened? will air on BBC Three Tuesday 21st May at 9pm.

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

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Coventry on Thursday, May 9th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the historic Warwickshire city which sees Business Minister and Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, Jo Swinson; Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden and former Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis; Shadow Education Secretary and Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, Tristram Hunt; academic and feminist writer Germaine Greer, and former Conservative MP and criminal barrister Jerry Hayes, 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

  • Channel 4 has today ordered a brand new one-off documentary from Mentorn Media called 'I Heart One Direction (w/t)' meeting some of the boy band's biggest and most passionate young fans from around the world.

    In just two years, UK boy band One Direction has become the biggest global pop phenomenon since The Beatles. Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik have over 10 million followers on Twitter and have enjoyed extraordinary success since grouping together on a TV talent show becoming the first British group ever to enter the US Billboard chart at Number 1 with their debut album.

    The boys' youthful enthusiasm and clean-cut style has earned them an army of female fans - both young and old - who refer to themselves as the 'Directioners.' These fans are a very different breed to the boy band fans that came before them, when social media websites didn't exist. Through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and web chats, the 'Directioners' are closer to their idols than ever before and can even message and interact with them directly.

    Directed by the award-winning Daisy Asquith, this 1x60' documentary will air this summer as part of Channel 4's flagship documentary strand Cutting Edge. It will get under the skin of this new 21st century style of young fans to find out what it means to be a true 'Directioner.'

    I Heart One Direction (w/t) was ordered by Emma Cooper, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 who says, 'I am incredibly excited about this Cutting Edge film and proud to call myself a fellow 'Directioner.' It's brilliant to have Daisy Asquith involved who I know will make a young and joyful  documentary that will give a voice to the millions of the 1D fans who love and follow them obsessively.'

    Tayte Simpson, Director of Factual at Mentorn Media adds, 'We are delighted to be making this film showing what it is like to be a 'Directioner.' It will offer a fascinating insight into a new breed of idol worship.  Social media has created huge communities which connect millions of fans in a way that was never possible before.  One Direction's use of social media to diarise their inner thoughts gives fans a sense of intimacy and ownership, fuelling strong emotions.'

    The Director is Daisy Asquith and the Executive Producer is Tayte Simpson.

    For more information please contact either Sally Kent sally@plankpr.com

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Dartford on Thursday, May 2nd.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Kent borough on the night of the local elections which sees Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman MP; Lib Dem peer, Shirley Williams; historian David Starkey; Conservative MP and Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, and broadcaster and columnist, Victoria Coren, 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