• Channel 4 has commissioned a powerful and shocking new documentary from Mentorn Media, which delves into the world of the far-right in the UK, it was announced today (Monday).

    Angry, White and Proud is a remarkably candid and disturbing look at the growing number of far-right splinter groups that have emerged since the fragmentation of the English Defence League. 

    In his first full-length film, director Jamie Roberts spent a year getting to know members of the far-right: men who call themselves “patriots” but include some who openly admit to being racist and hating Muslims.

    With unprecedented access Jamie captures all aspects of their lives: from violent street protests and dramatic police arrests to the surprising reality of their domestic lives.  It is an unflinching look at their extreme views on religion, race and immigration. The documentary also gives us an insight into the hidden agendas, and true motivations of the men who have dedicated themselves to the far-right. 

    The increase of such groups acting independently without one unifying leader puts added pressure on the police resources and the documentary also examines whether this makes the far-right more dangerous than ever before.

    Commissioned by Emma Cooper, Documentaries Commissioner at Channel 4, Angry, White and Proud, will air in January 2015.

    Emma Cooper said: “Jamie is a key directorial talent for the Channel. It was important that we gave him support and space to make this extraordinary film about the current far-right in England. The final film is a sensitive and intelligent documentary which examines this current movement with extraordinary access and insight.”

    Mark Roberts, Creative Director Mentorn Media, said: “This is a film that demands your attention.  It is too easy to make the far-right appear as a caricature of racist thugs. Instead Jamie’s extraordinary film reveals a group of men who are desperate, angry and lost. It’s a combination that makes them potentially very, very dangerous.”  

    Jamie Roberts said: “I really wanted to find out who the people that consider themselves far-right really are, to hear their stories and attempt to understand their motivations. Channel 4 and Mentorn granted me time and support to build relationships and foster access with individuals involved in the nationalist street movement, a process that has yielded this film.”

  • Channel 5 today announced it has commissioned an entertaining new show ‘Cats Do the Funniest Things’ from Mentorn Media.

    The internet is flooded with irresistible photos and videos of cats caught on camera doing the most outrageous things and Mentorn Media has scoured the net to bring together an enjoyable compilation of some of the best cat-clips online.

    Narrated by comic Iain Lee, the hour-long episode will showcase the amazing and jaw dropping skills of talented, funny and unusual cats using clips and viral videos that have taken the internet by storm. 

    From genius cats that can talk or play musical instruments to the-not-so-clever moggy that gets stuck in a hamster ball, cat behaviour experts explain why some of the clips give us a fascinating insight into the characteristics of our beloved pets. In addition, famous cat-lover and comedian,Susan Calman, will provide priceless and quirky commentary to accompany the footage of these adorable cats.

    Viewers will be introduced to the cats so famous they now have their own Hollywood agent and a piano playing cat named Nora, the only feline in the world to have starred in her own cat concerto!

    The programme will also turn the spotlight on the people behind these infamous cats – from crazy cat-loving owners who dream up imaginative and quirky ideas for videos, to the cat bloggers who’ve made a fortune cashing in on the popularity of online cat-stars, for example Texan ‘Shark Cat’ Max-Arthur, who thinks he’s the cats whiskers, riding his own customised Roomba and taking a swipe at whoever gets in his way.

    Michelle Chappell, Commissioning Editor – Factual, News and Current Affairs for Channel 5 said: “Cats are the new TV personalities. This show feels fresh and fun and promises to have the whole family hooked.”

    Kat Lennox, Executive Producer, said: “The behaviour of the domestic cat is something that fascinates many of us and this show will be a cheeky look at the funniest, cutest and silliest cat clips online. This programme is a combination of stand-out videos, comical narration and expert analysis, which makes it an entertaining watch for everyone.”

    Cats Do The Funniest Things will transmit on Channel 5 in January 2015.

  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Canterbury on Thursday, 11th December 2014.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Canterbury in Kent where Conservative Communities and Local Government Minister Penny Mordaunt MP, Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary Mary Creagh MP, the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage MEP, comedian and campaigner Russell Brand and columnist for The Times Camilla Cavendish, face questions from the audience.

    Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.35pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

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

    For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com

  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Doncaster on Thursday, 4th December 2014.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from Doncaster in South Yorkshire where Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP, Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams, actor and comedian Omid Djalili and the former director of the Centre for Policy Studies Jill Kirby, face questions from the audience.

    Question Time transmits on Thursday evening on BBC One at 10.45pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

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

    For further information please contact Effie Dufu on 020 8995 3945 or effie@plankpr.com