• CELEBS COMMENCE BATTLE IN BBC TWO’S ROBOT WARS

    The Brownlee Brothers, Robbie Savage, Scott Mills and Suzi Perry are amongst the celebrities entering the Robot Wars arena with Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon for two Celebrity Christmas specials, Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars.

    In each hour-long episode on December 28th and 29th at 8pm, four celebrity teams get the chance to design their dream robot and compete against each other in the legendary arena, getting up close and personal with the formidable House Robots.

    The celeb teams are made up of avid Robot Wars fans and, together with their team mates, will have the help of an experienced roboteer from the series to mentor them through the competition.

    First up are: Welsh football pundit and former player Robbie Savage, who is joined by mentor, Jason Marston, from Team Thor; singer Jordan Stephens, and mentor John Reid from team Terrorhurtz; archaeologist, historian, author and presenter Neil Oliver with mentor Will Thomas from Team Shockwave; and Paralympian Kadeena Cox, will compete with her mentor Ellis Ware from Team Pulsar.

    Once in the arena the celebrities and their team members will battle it out, tackling the lethal arena hazards and those terrifying House Robots. Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal will not be giving any VIP treatment as they pace the Corner Patrol Zones desperate to destroy any celebrity robot that crosses their paths, and if the robots don’t knock each other out then the judges are on hand to decide the winners.

    In the next episode Olympic and World Championship winning medalists Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, are mentored by Gabriel Stroud from Team Sabretooth;  Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, are guided by mentor Shane Swan from Team Dantonkia; TV presenter Suzi Perry takes advice from mentor Suren Balendran from Team Supernova and completing this line-up are Radio 1 presenters Scott Mills and Chris Stark, who together with mentor and series one runner-up Dave Moulds from Team Carbide, hope to win the Robot Wars Trophy.

    Robbie Savage said: “I am a big fan of Robot Wars so I am really excited to get into the arena and experience the fights first hand. Flipper robots did really well in the series so I hope our robot doesn’t let us down and flips the competition out of the arena once and for all.”

    Neil Oliver said: “Robot Wars is a wonderful family show and something my kids really enjoyed watching this year. When I asked my two sons if they wanted to come on the show with me they leapt at the chance to meet Sir Killalot. Fingers crossed their imagination has inspired the creation of a mechanical monster with the apocalyptic power to crush our competition into a festive pulp.”

    Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee said:Robot Wars was one of our favourite shows when we were growing up, so to be on the show is fulfilling a childhood dream of ours. It will be a nice change working as a team rather than competing against each other and we hope we can add a Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars title to our collection of medals.”

    Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE said: “I’m so looking forward to competing in Robot Wars as I’ve watched the show from the start.  It really is a dream fulfilled – and I’m especially delighted to have my family alongside me.  Above all, it will give me a chance to put my engineering skills to the test!”

    Suzi Perry said: “I've waited a long time for this. Tech, tactics and titanium all rolled into one battleground – Robot Wars special, it should be such fun. I've designed the robot, now it's all down to gadget warfare and I can't wait to get into the arena to take on my opponents.”

    Scott Mills and Chris Stark said: “We are so excited about getting involved in Robot Wars this Christmas - what’s more festive than getting to play with a new remote controlled toy?! Sir Killalot should watch out, we’re coming for you…!”

    The returning series of has been commissioned by BBC Two Channel Editor, Patrick Holland, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, Kate Phillips, and Alan Tyler, BBC Commissioning Editor. Produced by Mentorn Scotland in association with SJP Media, it will be executive produced by Andrew Robertson, Head of Entertainment for Mentorn Media and Alan Tyler for the BBC.

    For further information please contact Annabel Rudden at Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 annabel@plankpr.com

  • Mentorn Media's The Jihadis Next Door Nominated for Broadcast Award 

    Mentorn Media's critically-acclaimed documentary The Jihadis Next Door has been nominated for a Broadcast Award in the Best News and Current Affairs Programme category, it was announced today.

    The one-hour documentary for Channel 4, which was directed by Jamie Roberts, focused on one of the world’s most wanted men, Abu Rumaysah, a suspected British jihadi who is believed to have appeared in an Isis execution video. 

    The film, which was two years in the making, challenged the behaviour and motivations of extremists with unprecedented access to Abu Rumaysah himself; and allowed viewers to understand the stark reality of the new wave of British extremists and the threat they pose to the UK’s security. 

    The Broadcast Awards 2017 will take place on 1 February at London’s Grosvenor Hotel.

    For more information please contact Plank PR on 020 8995 3936.

  • QUESTION TIME ANNOUNCES NEW EDITOR

    Mentorn Scotland has appointed Liam Hanley as the Editor of Question Time, BBC One’s premier political debate programme, it was announced today.

    Liam joins Question Time from Radio 5 live, where he's worked for the past 12 years in a number of senior editorial roles. He takes up the position ‪from 1st December and will be based in Mentorn Scotland’s Glasgow office. 

    Liam said: “Question Time is the people’s programme – the programme where the audience gets to set the agenda and hold those in power to account. The chance to lead it through a time of such uncertainty and change, where the questions about what happens next just keep on coming, will be an enormous privilege. I can’t wait to get started.”

    He replaces Nicolai Gentchev who after five-and-a-half years as editor of Question Time has become Director of Current Affairs for Mentorn Media and is also Executive Producer of Question Time. 

    Nicolai said: “Question Time is a unique programme. In a time of great change, it has been a privilege to be at the helm and to experience the events of the last few years alongside audiences from around the country. I am looking forward to working with Liam, who has what it takes to be an outstanding Editor and keep making the programme essential viewing in the years to come.”

    Gary Smith, BBC Scotland’s Head Of News And Current Affairs, said: “Question Time is the BBC’s flagship debate programme and lets the British public directly hold senior politicians to account and discuss issues with commentators. During a time of momentous political change our audience will continue to be poised with their questions, and Liam will lead the Question Time team brilliantly to ensure that one of our most successful programmes goes from strength to strength.”

    In his time at 5 live, Liam has covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine, President Obama's inauguration and Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Before 5 live, Liam spent six years at Radio 4, where he output edited World at One, PM, Broadcasting House and The World This Weekend. He's also spent time at BBC World Service and Newsround. 

    Mentorn Scotland is part of Mentorn Media, which has produced Question Time since 1998.  

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