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What TV’s on at the RTS in October? Including Traces and Britannia – season two

RTS is taking a leaf out of BAFTA’s book in terms of sneaking out events without telling anyone. Notably, tomorrow, at 6.30pm at 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB, it’s organising an exclusive screening of UKTV’s new crime drama, Traces. Not much notice, hey?

Anyway, said screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew, as well as “lots of food, drink and forensic science!”

Why forensic science? Well, it’s based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid and explores the world of the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy.

Who are the cast and crew? Well, it’s written by Amelia Bullmore and directed by Rebecca Gatward and Mary Nighy. It stars Molly Windsor, Laura Fraser, Jennifer Spence, and Martin Compston, as well as Laurie Brett, Vincent Regan, Michael Nardone and John Gordon Sinclair.

How many of them will be showing up? Well… dunno.

Good luck finding any of details of that on the RTS web site, but you can book tickets here.

Fortunately, there are more details about the other new showing this month (here are the other ones).

Britannia - season 2

Exclusive screening of Britannia Season 2

Date: Tuesday 29 October
Timings: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start
Venue: Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY

On behalf of the RTS, Vertigo Films and Neal Street Productions, we would like to invite you to an exclusive screening of Britannia Season 2 on Wednesday 29 October, ahead of its broadcast on Thursday 7 November on Sky Atlantic.

Following the screening of the first episode, there will be a Q&A with key cast and creatives behind the series, including Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth, David Morrissey, James Richardson, and key cast members.

Tickets for RTS Members are complimentary but must be booked in advance. Tickets for non RTS members are £10.

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Russell T Davies in conversation
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What TV’s on at the RTS in October? Including Russell T Davies in conversation and Zomboat!

Oddly, there doesn’t appear to be much on at the RTS in September, but October is giving us a couple of interesting events. Tickets for the Russell T Davies event are going fast, but a new batch have just been released, so get them while you can.

Plus if you can work out when the Zomboat! screening is actually going to take place, let me know.


Zomboat! premiere screening and Q&A

Date: Thursday 3 October
Timings: Not listed
Venue: IET, Cambridge Street, Birmingham

The premiere of new ITV2 comedy series, Zomboat!, is being held at the IET Birmingham on Thursday 3 October with its four stars in attendance.

The Royal Television Society (Midlands) event at the canalside IET building is set to welcome stars Leah Brotherhead, Hamza Jeetooa, Ryan McKen and Cara Theobold; and they will be joined on the night by Executive Producers Camilla Campbell and Robert Wulff-Cochrane from Noho Films and Writer Adam Miller, for a Q&A straight after the screening.

When the zombie apocalypse is unleashed in Birmingham, sisters Kat and Jo, together with unlikely travel companions Sunny and Amar, must flee for their lives… by canal boat. Jo has just returned from a season as a club rep and has decided to move back in with younger sister Kat, a computer game addict who buys into every conspiracy theory around. Jo struggles to take her sister seriously when Kat claims the zombie apocalypse is real and happening, right now…in Birmingham. Alongside gym bunny Amar, the upbeat and ready to face things head on character and his oldest friend Sunny, a wannabe misanthrope who’d rather sit out the apocalypse from the comfort of his sofa, Kat, Jo, Sunny and Amar find themselves trapped together on board Dorothy, a narrow boat on the Grand Union canal. As they journey along the canal in their tightly packed living quarters, friendships develop, alliances form, arguments occur and romance blossoms. Along the way, they realise there is no escaping the problems of everyday life, even in a zombie apocalypse.

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In Conversation With Russell T Davies

Date: Monday 28 October
Timings: 7.00pm
Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ER

The Royal Television Society commemorates 60 years in Wales with an evening dedicated to Swansea-born screen writer and executive producer, Russell T Davies, hosted by Gethin Jones.

Russell has penned ground-breaking shows such as Queer As Folk and The Second Coming, while his recent adaptation of A Very English Scandal for the BBC has won numerous awards.

This year, his latest drama, Years And Years, received outstanding critical acclaim.

We’ll speak with Russell about his entire career including, of course, Doctor Who and its family of shows.

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Jeff Pope
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What TV’s on at the RTS in August? Including Jeff Pope in conversation

One event for August so far, but maybe there’ll be more…

In Conversation With Jeff Pope

Date: Thursday 29 August
Timings: 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start
Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

As his latest drama, A Confession, airs on ITV in August, join writer Jeff Pope in conversation with journalist Caroline Frost as he takes us behind the scenes of the making of this new detective drama.

Starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, A Confession is based on the true story of Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who breached police protocol to catch a killer, costing him his career.

As the writer of dramas including Mrs Biggs, Little Boy Blue and Cilla, Jeff will also discuss highlights from his award-winning career. Filled with clips and stories, this promises to be an evening not to be missed.

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The South Bank Show Live
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What TV’s on at the RTS in June? Including The South Bank Show live

Only one event that I’ve seen for June, but it looks pretty good.

The South Bank Show Live

Date: Thursday 27 June
Timings: 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start
Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Join The South Bank Show‘s Melvyn Bragg in conversation with TV writers Jed Mercurio, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Heidi Thomas as they discuss the ideas and influences that inspire their work, how they go about writing their scripts and how they reach out to such substantial audiences.

Edited and presented by Melvyn Bragg, The South Bank Show is the longest-running arts show on British television and has showcased both high art and popular culture to a mass audience for over 40 years.

British TV drama is currently commanding huge audiences – and has become one of our main cultural talking points. The subjects of the new South Bank series are Jed Mercurio, the writer and showrunner of Line of Duty and Bodyguard; Jack Thorne*, writer of Skins, National Treasure, This Is England and the theatre production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, writers and stars of The League of Gentleman, Psychoville and the multi-award-winning Inside No. 9 and Heidi Thomas, creator and writer of Call the Midwife, who has also adapted Cranford and Little Women.

An evening not to be missed, this event will give an exclusive insight into how the best British TV drama writers work.  There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A session with the panel after the discussion.

*Please note that Jack Thorne is unavailable to attend this event due to the opening night of his new play.

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What TV’s on at the RTS in May? Including Why We Love Food

So, new feature. I’ve spotted there’s this thing called the Royal Television Society (RTS) and that they do TV-related events that are open to the public, as well as to members. Brainwave – why don’t I tell y’all about them, like I do with the BFI, BAFTA and Institut Français?

There are a few events scheduled for this month already, but I thought I’d start off with one you might stand a chance of getting tickets to.

Why We Love Food

Date: Tuesday 21 May
Timings: 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start
Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Cookery and food programming have been a successful staple of schedules for as long as there has been TV. Reflecting the nations tastes and sensibilities over the years, it seamlessly moves from practical to flamboyant; competitive to journalistic, attracting broad and loyal audiences year after year.

One of the richest genres on television it’s launched celebrity chefs as famous as movie stars, instigated political change and gripped the nation with show stoppers and soggy bottoms.

So what is it about food on television that is so compelling? What are the must have ingredients for a successful food show and just how important is the food itself? In world of Netflix and Instagram how is the genre evolving and who will be the big names of the future?

To discuss we have Channel 4’s Head of Features & Formats, Sarah Lazenby, Managing Director of Shine TV (makers of MasterChef), Tanya Shaw, restauranteur, food writer and presenter and cook, Nisha Katona MBE and cook, bestselling author and champion of sustainable, nourishing food Melissa Hemsley.

  • Melissa Hemsley
  • Nisha Katona MBE
  • Sarah Lazenby, Head of Features and Formats, Channel 4
  • Tanya Shaw, Managing Director, Shine TV
  • Chair: TBA

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