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What (yet more) TV’s on at the RTS in July? Including Cracking the Format and It’s All About the Sound

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

Yes! More RTS events!

Cracking the Format – alchemy or science?

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

An exploration of the elements that make a successful and long-running format from the teams developing some of the most vibrant formats on TV today. We ask what makes a hit format? How do you keep it fresh? And what’s the appetite for formats in the current COVID climate?

RTS Southern presents a webinar with:

Rob Butterfiield and Hannah Lamb from Ricochet, the creators of formats such as the hugely successful Repair Shop (now in its fifth season for the BBC), Cowboy Builders (ten series for Channel Five) and Food Unwrapped (with a mighty 165 episodes ready to watch on All4).

Sarah Freethy, an Executive Producer tasked with creating branded formats for Woodcut Media and the development brains behind The Hotel Inspector (Channel 5), Country House Rescue (Channel 4) and The Food Hospital (Channel 4).

Claire Masters and Chris Riley from Topical TV a production company which specialises in building long running formats with many returning over 100 episodes. Currently Topical is producing two long running shows for the BBC – Caught Red Handed and Close Calls on Camera both in their ninth series.

The webinar will be chaired by Derren Lawford, Creative Director of Woodcut Media known for the international hit series such as Fiennes: Return to the Nile, Britain’s Most Evil Killers, Paranormal Captured and How Hacks Work.

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It’s All About The Sound

Date: Tuesday 14 July
Timings: 1pm-2pm

Michael McCarthy in conversation with Richard Sillitto.
Michael shares anecdotes and behind the scenes stories in a relaxed conversation with his longtime colleague, Richard. He covers the changing world of TV since he first started at TV Centre in 1961.

The RTS Lifetime Achievement Award was recently presented to Michael McCarthy, veteran Sound Designer whose career has spanned six decades, and a range of changing technologies.
Michael’s credits include Doctor Who, Morecambe and Wise, Miss World, The Two Ronnies, Top of the Pops, Lennie Henry, Who Dares Wins, The National Lottery and many, many more.
Michael has delivered pristine sound on many iconic moments of TV, from ‘Four Candles’ and ‘All the Right Notes But…’ through to the strange microphone on Blankety Blank.

Richard Sillitto’s sound credits include Dancing on Ice, Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Would I Lie to You.

Producers: Terry Marsh and Phil Barnes

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More pandemic soothing from Doctor Who

The first two showrunners of 21st century Doctor Who have already offered some solace in this time of quarantine. Now Doctor Who herself and the current showrunner, Chris Chibnall, have done the same.

Jodie Whittaker has made this nice little video to soothe children in distress:

Meanwhile, Chris Chibnall has written a short story.

I hope you all feel better now.


How the former showrunners of Doctor Who are helping us survive the quarantine

There happen to be some important nuWho anniversaries happening around now. Apparently, it’s some anniversary or other for Day of the Doctor and Steven Moffat has written a new introduction for it featuring Dan Starkey as Strax (who introduced the cinema version, if you recall).

The observant may notice a few references to/potshots at the most recent season of Doctor Who

Meanwhile, coming up on Thursday, Russell T Davies will be live Tweeting for the 15th anniversary of Rose. There’ll be some extra material released on the day, too.


An American Pie reunion; Doctor Who guest stars; + more

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What TV’s on at the BFI in March 2020? Including Doctor Who and Yes Minister

And it’s a very quiet March for TV at the BFI. While there’s a plethora of movies to watch, there’s a mere two TV events lined up. But they are pretty decent at least:

  • Yes Minister at 40, with a showing of Party Games and co-creator Jonathan Lynn in conversation
  • A showing of the Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, complete with Q&A with Louise Jameson (aka Leela)

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