• BBC Four has commissioned a special documentary,from Mentorn Media part of the Tinopolis Group, that will see Alan Johnson MP, chronicling the transformation of the Post Office.

    Whilst Alan Johnson has been an MP for twenty years, in 1968 at the age of eighteen he first began working for the Royal Mail, initially as a postman and then later becoming general secretary of the Union of Communication Workers.

    In this hour-long documentary, titled 'Alan Johnson: The Post Office and Me', almost 40 years after he delivered his last letter, Alan is going back in time to look at how the  Royal Mail has changed Britain, from its creation in the 1500’s to the present day. Alan explores how the Post Office has transformed over the years, and even with digital advances such as the introduction of email, the public are still choosing to send a good old fashioned letter via the post.

    In addition, as part of the programme we see Alan go back to his old postal route in Barnes, visiting the sorting office in Mortlake, plus we hear contributions from historians and curators giving viewers exclusive access to archive material.

    'Alan Johnson: The Post Office and Me'was commissioned by Clare Paterson, BBC Commissioning Editor, Documentaries and Factual Commissioning. It has been executive produced by Iain Scollay, Head of Documentaries, Mentorn Media and Directed and produced by Andrew Abbott, Series Producer, Mentorn Media Scotland.

    Iain Scollay said: “The Post Office is an institution that Alan Johnson is incredibly passionate about, and we’re delighted that the BBC has commissioned this programme for BBC Four. This programme includes great archive content and facts, coupled with personal stories from Alan, which makes this a fascinating story charting the change of what many regarded as the best postal service in the world, and also the ethos of being a postman.”

     For more information please contact Effie Dufu, Effie@plankpr.com or 0208 995 3945

  • BBC Four has commissioned a special programme from Mentorn Media, part of the Tinopolis Group, where the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, will discuss his work as a foreign correspondent, with special guests Jon Snow, Max Hastings and Christiane Amanpour, it was announced today (WED).

    John Simpson is noted for breaking news stories from across the globe, and has received various awards, including a CBE. The hour-long discussion, titled ‘John Simpson: Stories From The Frontline’, will take viewers behind the scenes of this important and increasingly dangerous job. Simpson and his guests will discuss the difficulties, moral ambiguities and challenges of reporting under fire. They will be aided by a series of clips from the archives showing journalists doing their work in conflicts, both past and present - including the wars in the Falklands, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and Syria.

    ‘John Simpson: Stories From The Frontline’ will kick start a special evening of programming on BBC Four that will include a number of documentaries, chosen by John Simpson, that exemplify some of the best foreign reporting of the past fifty years. The documentaries include:

    • Charles Wheeler On America Documentary, presented by the late Charles Wheeler on the key changes in US social and political life in the late 20th Century.
    • Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? (1h15min) - Moving documentary about Tim Hetherington, the award-winning British war photographer and filmmaker killed in 2011 during the Libyan civil war. Director Sebastian Junger weaves together footage of Hetherington at work and emotional interviews with his family and colleagues to capture his collaborator and friend's compassion, and intense curiosity about the human spirit.
    • The Falklands Legacy – Reporting thirty years after the Falkland's War, journalist and military historian Max Hastings, who won awards for his reports from the Falkland’s War, explores the conflict's impact and its legacy.

    The programme, which has been commissioned by Clare Sillery, BBC Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, will be executive produced by Iain Scollay, and Brendan Miller is the producer, for Mentorn Media.          

    Iain Scollay, Head of Documentaries at Mentorn Media, said: “There is no one better placed to give viewers an insight into the challenging role of reporting from the frontline than John Simpson and our guests Jon Snow, Max Hastings and Christiane Amanpour. This will be a rare opportunity for the BBC Four audience to hear personal stories from our contributors about doing one of the toughest jobs in journalism.”

  • Mentorn Media, part of the Tinopolis Group, has been commissioned to produce a documentary investigating the Internet’s role in modern relationships for Discovery Networks International (DNI).

    The programme, titled Sex, Lies And Online Affairs has been commissioned by Sarah Thornton, VP, Production & Development, Factual Entertainment Discovery Networks International, and will be executive produced by Mark Procter, Executive Producer, Discovery Networks International, and David Emerson, Head of Features and Formats for Mentorn Media.

    The documentary comes in response to the recent hack of adult website AshleyMadison.com, which affected millions of users worldwide.

    Sex, Lies And Online Affairs investigates how the Internet is changing the modern relationship and seeks to understand and explain the driving forces leading to infidelity. With personal stories documenting people on their journey of unfaithfulness facilitated by Internet sites and celebrity accounts on their experience with privacy disruption, the special strives to inform the public about Internet hacks, the reasoning and motivations behind adultery, and the effects an invasion of privacy may take on any one person.

    Sex, Lies and Online Affairs is due to air in late September on Discovery Network International’s factual entertainment and lifestyle networks around the world.