• BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Brighton on Thursday, March 27th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the East Sussex town which sees International Development Secretary and Conservative MP, Justine Greening; Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington; UKIP MEP, Roger Helmer; singer-songwriter Mick Hucknall, and Lord Wolfson Chief executive of Next, face questions from the audience.

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

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  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Warrington on Thursday, March 20th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the Cheshire town which sees Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liberal Democrat MP, Danny Alexander; Labour MP and Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burhnam; Dominic Raab, Conservative MP for Esher and Walton; former Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Jill Kirby, and crime writer Val McDermid, face questions from the audience.

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

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  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Nottingham on Thursday, March 13th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the East Midland city which sees Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP, Douglas Alexander MP; Liberal Democrat peer and Transport minister, Baroness Kramer; Nadhim Zahawi, Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon; journalist and commentator, Isabel Oakeshott, and TV presenter Nick Hewer, face questions from the audience.

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

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  • The hard-hitting three-part documentary Swansea: Living on the Streets, which originally aired in Wales, following the lives of homelessness people, is to air on BBC One, Tuesday 11th March at 11.35pm.

    Told through extraordinary personal stories and following the day to day struggles of those living on the streets as Christmas approaches. It’s the first of three series from film makers Chris Rushton and Tracy Harris which offers a unique insight into the lives of the homeless some of whom are trapped in a cycle of homelessness and live on the street whilst others sofa surf at friends places.

    The reasons for homelessness are complicated and disturbing – as well as alcohol and drug addiction unemployment is a cause, but by far the biggest factor is family breakdown and abuse. Some make ends meet selling the Big Issue, others beg to survive. This compelling character-driven portrait surprised and shocked viewers when it originally aired on BBC One Wales.  The film-makers worked closely with the charities in the city who were witnessing an increase in donations and a rise in the number of volunteers for the night shelter.

    Rushton said, “It has been an emotional journey, finding out how harsh life can be for those with nowhere to go. Those we met in such desperate circumstances have touched our hearts and remain a part of our lives even to this day and will continue to do so in the future.”

    The first episode of the three-part series Swansea: Living on the Streets, finds Christmas shopping in full swing for the majority - but Big Issue seller Georghika who is sleeping rough, struggling to make ends meet, finds the magazine may not be at the top of everyone’s Christmas list, Tracy ends up sleeping in a tunnel under Swansea railway station and homeless Adam escapes the violence of Swansea's streets by setting up a secret camp in the woods.

    The second episode sees ex professional golfer Alan, after 15 years living rough, struggle to get off the street, whilst local residents have no idea that a homeless migrant, Georghika is sleeping in their loft and police crackdown on the homeless drinking on the street. In the final episode we follow Stevie as he battles to get off drugs despite having nowhere to go over Christmas. Those still living on the streets compete for Swansea's one and only emergency bed and homeless Paul wakes up on Christmas day under a disused railway.

    Swansea: Living on the Streets, which originally aired in 2012 on BBC One Wales, is a Mentorn Cymru production for BBC Wales, the Executive Producer is Matt Holden for Mentorn and it was commissioned by Elis Owen for BBC Wales.

  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Barking on Thursday, March 6th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the East London town which sees Conservative and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine; Justice Minister and Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes; Labour MP and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves; Times columnist David Aaronovitch, and Daily Mail columnist Amanda Platell, face questions from the audience.

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

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  • Edwardian Insects on Film, which was produced by Mentorn Scotland, has been shortlisted as Best Use of Wildlife and Natural History Footage in the Focal International Footage Awards 2014.

    The one-hour BBC Four documentary, was presented by Charlie Hamilton-James and directed by John Holdsworth, and told the story of one of the great unsung heroes of Natural History filmmaking, Percy Smith.

    The Telegraph said of the film which was part of the channel’s Alien Nation Season: “Exploring dusty movie archives, mimicking his work by using similar photographic equipment and talking to David Attenborough, Hamilton James’ film pays fitting tribute to a fascinating and very driven man.”

    The Mail on Sunday described it as a “charming portrait” and Broadcast Magazine said, “Holdsworth captures the scene on a Canon C300, providing a perfect contrast between old and new.”

    Time Out said: “The more we learn about Smith, the more justified this ode to him seems, whilst his sweet funny and beautiful films are proof enough of their worth.”

    The eleventh annual FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive honour producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production.

    The FOCAL International Awards will be presented in Association with AP Archive on the evening of the April 30, 2014 at the Lancaster London Hotel.

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