What TV’s on at BAFTA in June 2018? Including Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, The Staircase and This Country

This Country

Every couple of weeks so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

It’s been a while since the previous BAFTA post on TMINE, principally because BAFTA hasn’t been doing anything TV-related. However, there’s four – count ’em – new events lined up air between now and the first week of July, so let’s look at them.

Gone Fishing

TV Preview: Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Thursday, 7 June 2018 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

A preview of the new BBC Two series followed by a Q&A Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, in conversation with Charlie Higson.

Lifelong friends Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer have more in common than just their love of comedy – they have both recently suffered from heart disease and directly faced their own mortality.

We observe them as they re-connect with each other and share their personal and often hilarious experiences of life while testing the parameters of true friendship… on a soggy riverbank.

Experienced angler Paul takes Bob to some of the most tranquil and naturally beautiful places in the UK to try to teach him the peaceful art of fishing, while Bob reveals his new found culinary skills by cooking health conscious meals for Paul.

In this funny and poignant six part series they candidly discuss everything from showbusiness to solitude to relationships and romance, while trying to catch some of the most significant species of fish in the country.

This is as much an insight into the hearts and minds of two of the UK’s best loved comics as it is about capturing the extreme exhilaration and occasional monotony of one of the most popular past times in the UK.

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Staircase

TV Preview: The Staircase

Thursday, 14 June 2018 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of a new episode of the compelling story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16 year judicial battle that followed. Followed by a Q+A with creator and director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.

On December 9, 2001, in Durham, North Carolina, a 911 call summoned police to Kathleen Peterson’s house, where they discovered her lifeless body at the foot of a staircase. Her husband, Michael, a local public figure and successful novelist, quickly becomes the prime suspect. In October 2003, as his distraught children look on, Michael Peterson is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife. Twelve years after his five-month trial ends with a life sentence, four years after a startling twist wins him release under house arrest, Michael Peterson now faces his final trial.

Netflix will air three brand new episodes alongside the original 2004 series. We will be screening a recap episode (run time 25 minutes) followed by episode 12 (run time 45 minutes).

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This Country

Craft of Comedy Festival: This Country screening

Saturday, 16 June 2018 – 10:25am
Venue Cymru, Llandudno

A screening of the hit BBC Three comedy exploring the lives of young people in modern rural Britain, focusing on cousins Kerry and Kurtan and their lives in the Cotswolds.

This Country was recently awarded the Breakthrough Talent award at this year’s BAFTA Craft Awards and is nominated in multiple categories at the BAFTA Television Awards taking place in May.

There is an allocation of free tickets to this screening exclusively for BAFTA Cymru members. Please email Vicki to reserve your place.

More information about the full festival line-up can be found at www.craftofcomedy.com

Full festival passes are available at a discounted rate for BAFTA Cymru members. Please contact [email protected] with your BAFTA membership number.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Showcase: TV Comedy

Monday, 2 July 2018 – 7:00pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

A showcase of three TV comedy script extracts by emerging UK writing talent, selected by an industry jury.

Featuring industry guests producer Lindsay Hughes (Hunderby, Gavin and Stacey) and writer Robert Popper (Friday Night Dinner, Look Around You) who will critique three winning scripts performed by professional actors in front of a live audience as well as sharing insights into their own working processes.

The format selects three 10-minute script extracts from applications sent in by emerging writing talent from all over the country and the pieces have been chosen by industry experts.

For more information on Rocliffe, click here

View the industry Jury here

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