What TV’s on at the RTS in June and July? Including Normal People

Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events the Royal Television Society is holding around the UK

All the UK television organisations have started to get the hang of their Zoom Pro subscription, with the RTS now cranking up its output at speed. Coming up in the next month, with possibly more events to come, are no fewer than three online meets.

After the jump, you can learn how you can attend Normal People: Working With Sound For Drama, The Future of the Studio Audience, and TV Brand Cut-through Re-Envisioned.

Normal People: Working With Sound For Drama

Date: Tuesday 23 June
Timings: 6.30pm

The adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People by Element Pictures in 2020 is a highly successful series on linear television, online players and subscription video on demand. This RTS discussion explores the creativity and the practical techniques involved in crafting sound for the television drama Normal People.

The production sound mixer and the sound designer who worked closely on creating the soundscapes for Normal People discuss their use of sound skills as art and as craft. This involves approaches to preparation work, collaborating with the production team, production recording for indoors and on external locations, sound editorial, Foley and, finalising the mix for this drama series that the television critic Lucy Mangan described as “perfect in every way”. (Guardian 26th April 2020)


  • Steve Fanagan, M.P.S.E. Sound Designer, Editor and Re-Recording Mixer.
  • Niall O’Sullivan, MA. S.A.I. Production Sound Mixer

Chaired by: Dr Helen Doherty, RTS Republic of Ireland

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The Future of the Studio Audience

Date: Tuesday 25 June
Timings: 5.00pm-6.00pm

While our favourite television shows have quickly adopted new ways work working, using video chat platforms, adhering to social distancing guidelines and using reduced crews – the studio audience is one area that has not been easily replaced.

As production navigates this ‘new normal’ this session asks what is the future for the studio audience. How do we replace the energy that an audience brings? Looking around the world; a French Karaoke show has used mannequins to fill the audience, football is being played behind closed doors in Germany and Aussie soap Neighbours is digitally adding extras into scenes – what will the UK do longer-term across different genres of sport, comedy, gameshows and chat?

  • Chair: Professor Lyndsay Duthie – Head of School for Film, Media & Performing Arts at University for the Creative Arts
  • Jamie Hindhaugh – Chief Operating Officer, BT Sport
  • Adeel Amini – Entertainment Producer, credits for: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Catchphrase, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
  • Mark O’Sullivan – Comedy Producer / Actor / Co-creator C4’s Lee & Dean
  • Honey Langcaster-James – TV Psychologist with credits for SKY, ITV, BBC
  • Michael Geissler – CEO Mo-Sys Engineering Ltd

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TV Brand Cut-through Re-Envisioned

Date: Thursday 9 July
Timings: 1pm-2pm

The fight to be found, heard and consumed is getting more complicated for TV brands. Brand cut-through now means understanding digital platforms, mobile devices and where to find consumers; who in addition to traditional channels now also get their recommendations from friends on social media.

This session will investigate how consumers are responding to all this choice, delve into what drives their choice, and investigate how both legacy TV and video brands are tackling the new world and expand their tool kits to stand out find audiences?


  • Selma Turajlic, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Little Dot Studios
  • Zaid Al-Qassab, Chief Marketing Officer, Channel 4
  • Rob Campbell, Head of Strategy, R/GA EMEA

Moderator: Boyd Hilton, TV Editor, Heat

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