• BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow Airport on Thursday 29th May.

    David Dimbleby will chair the debate which will take place in the departures area of the newly rebuilt Terminal 2, which officially opens to passengers on 4th June.

    Conservative Universities and Science Minister David Willetts MP; Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran MP; newly elected UKIP MEP Louise Bours; journalist and television presenter Piers Morgan, and the QPR footballer Joey Barton, face questions from the audience.

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

    Question Time is produced by Mentorn Scotland for BBC Scotland.


    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 Radlett in Herfordshire on Thursday, May 22nd

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme on the night of the European and local elections, which sees Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP; Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP; Liberal Democrat former Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne MP; UKIP Deputy Chairman Neil Hamilton; television presenter Kirstie Allsopp, and the writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, 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

  • Mentorn Media has promoted Tayte Simpson to become Director of Programmes.

    Tayte Simpson joined Mentorn Media a year ago as Director of Factual and takes up his new position with immediate effect.

    In the last year, Simpson has been responsible for three-part series Freshers for ITV2, Crazy About One Direction for Channel 4 as well as being key in a number of current commissions across a range of broadcasters including Taxidermy, a one-off hour-long documentary for Channel 4 which was announced last week.

    Creative Director, Mark Roberts, said: “Tayte has made a significant impact to our programming commissions. Currently working on commissions spanning six channels – from formats to access docs - he is the obvious choice to become Director of Programmes. He has great relationships with commissioning editors and talent alike as well as with our production teams and other executive producers. We’re thrilled he’s taking up this role.”

    Simpson said: “Mentorn Media continues to be a force in television production, generating new creative programme ideas whilst maintaining established brands like Question Time, Motorway Cops, Free Speech and The Big Questions. I’ve greatly enjoyed my first year and I’m delighted to be taking on such an exciting role.”

    Chief Executive, John Willis, said: “Tayte Simpson has been a fantastic addition to Mentorn Media. As the executive team go from strength-to-strength developing a wide range of commissions across all broadcasters, Mark and Tayte are a dynamic duo to help lead our slate of programming.”

    Tayte Simpson joined Mentorn Media from his position as Head of Factual at RDF Television. Over the past ten years he has been responsible for seven series of the hugely successful Secret Millionaire; BBC Three’s Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents; Wife Swap, as well as numerous popular factual documentaries including I Hate My Body: Skinny Boys and Muscle Men for BBC Three, and Freaky Sleepers; Cutting Edge: Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder; Cutting Edge - Attack Of The Trip Advisors, and Party Paramedics – all for Channel 4.

    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 Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow Airport on Thursday 29th May.

    David Dimbleby will chair the debate which will take place in the departures area of the newly rebuilt Terminal 2, which officially opens to passengers on 4th June. The panel of guests facing questions from the audience will be announced in due course.

    Question Time Editor, Nicolai Gentchev, said: “The new Heathrow Terminal 2 will be a spectacular setting for Question Time. After recent programmes from historic locations such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Hall in Parliament, we are looking forward to going to a huge workplace through which millions of people will travel.

    “Whether we are in Wormwood Scrubs prison, Winchester Cathedral, or in theatres, schools or community halls, we will continue to take Question Time and its audience to diverse places that reflect the range of debate on the programme.”

    Question Time is produced by Mentorn Scotland for BBC Scotland.

    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 Coventry on Thursday, May 15th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Conservative Employment Minister Esther McVey MP; Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint MP; former leader of the Liberal Democrats Lord Ashdown; SNP External Affairs Minster in the Scottish Government Humza Yousaf MSP, and Daily Telegraph blogger Tim Stanley, 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 commissioned a one-off documentary special from Mentorn Media, on the growing trend of taxidermy, it has been announced.

    Directed by award winning director Matt Rudge and commissioned byEmma Cooper, the hour-long documentary with the working title of Get Stuffed!, will enter into the world of taxidermy practitioners, its collectors and its businesses, illustrating the breadth of the people involved in the craft, and the variety of creations they produce.

    In recent years, the craft of taxidermy has seen an increase in the number of people participating in it, and also the number of people purchasing it.  Most associated with Victorian times, nowadays taxidermy is very much in vogue, and sees a whole range of people involved in its creation, from hobbyists attempting to preserve a dead mouse, to modern artists using it to create a flying helicopter Cat. Their creations can be as varied and wide as those involved.

    From the more experimental taxidermy professionals to members of the public who are buying taxidermy kits and going to beginners classes we’ll delve into the weird and wonderful world of stuffing.

    Emma Cooper, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 said: “Taxidermy as a pastime is having something of a renaissance around the world at the moment. This revealing one-off documentary will cast an eye on the characters behind the craftwork and the ways in which some people are making a living from the dead.”

    Mentorn Media’s Director of Factual,Tayte Simpson, said: “We are delighted to be making this film for Emma Cooper and working with director Matt Rudge. His film offers a jaw dropping look at the new world of taxidermy, its huge surge in popularity and how different people deal with death.  One contributor has stuffed his pet cat and turned it into a helicopter – taxidermy has come a long way from mounted animals in glass cabinets.”

    For more information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or sally@plankpr.com

  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Southampton on Thursday, May 8th.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps MP; Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP; Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Williams; UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP, and the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas 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

  • BBC One’s political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Leeds on Thursday, May 1st.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme from the West Yorkshire city which sees Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP, Yvette Cooper; President of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP; Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, Conor Burns; UKIP’s Communities Spokesperson, Suzanne Evans, and Guardian columnist 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

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

     

  • Mentorn Media has been commissioned to make a six-part series for Channel 5 on some of the most extraordinarily angry moments ever caught on camera by ordinary members of the public.

    The series entitled Angry Britain was commissioned by Michelle Chappell, Commissioning Editor, Factual, News and Current Affairs at Channel 5 and will transmit later in 2014. 

    Focusing on six different themes each hour-long programme will combine explosive user generated footage with first hand testimony from those who were there at the time. Perpetrators and victims will explain their hot headed actions and experts will analyse what caused their extreme behaviour.

    The series will include road rage; nightmare neighbours; hellish holiday meltdowns; fury on the streets (whether it’s angry shoppers or public transport rows), finally focusing on the most extreme and furious folk of Britain. From kamikaze cyclists and warring neighbours through to revengeful boyfriends and bosses exploding with rage, the series will highlight all aspects of Britain’s angry and incensed individuals.

    Mentorn Media’s Executive Producer Popular Factual, Matt Holden, said: “I’m delighted Channel 5 are commissioning another new series from us, we’ve had great success with our other UGC shows on the channel and I am sure we’ll replicate this success again.”  

    Channel 5 Commissioning Editor for Factual, News and Current Affairs said, Michelle Chappell said: “Angry Britain combines the best of rubbernecking television. We have all witnessed people losing it in public and this series will show those moments and unpack why Brits who traditionally kept a stiff upper lip are increasingly flying off the handle.”

    The series producer is Patrick Keely.

    Passion will be distributing the programmes.

    For further information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or sally@plankpr.com