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Russell T Davies in conversation
RTS events

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

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the RTS will be presenting around the country

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

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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Motherland
BAFTA events

What TV’s on at BAFTA in September? Including Pili Pala, Motherland, Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith) and Rhys Ifans

Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

August has been pretty quiet for BAFTA events – although it’s not like I’ve been paying close attention over the holidays – but September is shaping up pretty nicely, particularly for Welsh TV. Here’s what we’ve got so far, as usually we can expect more events as we head into September itself:

  • A preview of S4C’s Pili Pala
  • A preview of series 2 of BBC One’s Motherland
  • A celebration of Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith)
  • An audience with Rhys Ifans
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On The Edge
BAFTA events

What TV’s on at BAFTA in August? Including 4Stories: On the Edge series 2

Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

BAFTA’s already looking ahead to the summer, so although there’s bound to be more events to add to June and July’s roster, we have our first August event already.

Preview screening – 4Stories: On the Edge series 2 + Q&A with key creatives

Wednesday, 14 August 2019
6:00pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

On the Edge, Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated anthology of short films is back for a second series. The films, which were shot in Wales, were developed though the 4Stories initiative, and written and directed by the most exciting new talent in the UK. They look at the lives of three diverse characters trying to find their place in the world.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with key creatives. 

Members: Email Hannah to reserve your place.
Non-members: tickets will be available to purchase via the Chapter box office (but not yet as far as I can see)

Adulting
Writer – Chinonyerem Odimba
Director – Ash Morris

Candice is a young vulnerable woman who desperately wants some independence and has moved into her own flat. Kems is a young man, down on his luck, sleeping on his mate Olly’s sofa to get away from his alcoholic dad. A chance meeting leads to an intimate friendship, but when Olly calls in a favour, Kems’ feels under pressure to take advantage of Candice. Have they all underestimated her?

Cast – (newcomer) India Eva Rae, Jack Rowan, Michael Socha 

For You
Writer – John Servante
Director – Stroma Cairns 

A romantic comedy about mental illness. Rev and girlfriend Alex are passionately in love but Rev suffers from anxiety and depression which he tries to control with therapy, medication and mindfulness. Things come to a head at Alex’s sister’s wedding weekend when Rev is confronted by her families prejudice. Will the pressure be too much to bear? Can Rev and Alex’s relationship survive? And will he ever be able to master a golf swing in front of his father in law? 

Cast – Rudi Dharmalingam, Catherine Steadman, Amanda Redman 

BBW 
Writer – Yolanda Mercy
Director – William Stefan Smith 

Remi, a vibrant plus-size British Nigerian woman is looking for love, and for a job, and generally just trying to navigate her impending adulthood. She lives in buzzing Brixton with her single mother, has a great group of friends, and has met a new guy down at the job centre who’s not only fit but seems genuine. But Remi has father issues and uses food to eat her emotions. Can she find a place for herself in this world? 

Cast – (newcomer) Juliet Okotie, Andi Osho, Jamael Westman 

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Un Bore Mercher (Keeping Faith)
BAFTA events

What TV’s on at BAFTA in June and July? Including Dark Mon£y and Keeping Faith

Every Tuesday, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

After a bit of a breather, TMINE’s regular round-up of BAFTA TV things is back again with a couple of events, one at the end of June, another in July.

I’m not sure why they’re doing a ‘premiere’ of series 2 of Keeping Faith, given S4C has just finished airing the Welsh language version Un Bore Mercher, but it’s there if you want it.

Dark Money

TV Preview: Dark Mon£y

Tuesday, 25 June
6:45pm 
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

A preview of the first episode of new BBC One drama followed by a Q+A with writer Levi David Addai, actors Jill Halfpenny and Babou Ceesay, and director Lewis Arnold.

Written by BAFTA-nominated writer Levi David Addai (Damilola, Our Loved Boy); starring BAFTA-nominated Babou Ceesay (Damilola, Our Loved Boy) and Jill Halfpenny (Three Girls); and directed by Lewis Arnold (Broadchurch), Dark Mon£y tells the fictional story of The Mensahs, an ordinary working-class family from North London whose youngest son has recently finished filming a major Hollywood movie role.

But Manny (Ceesay) and Sam’s (Halfpenny) world is shattered when Isaac reveals he was abused whilst out in America by a renowned filmmaker. Although guilt-ridden, the family decide to accept a substantial pay-off to keep silent, believing the money will help start a new life, enable them to heal and avoid the publicity hell of pressing charges against a celebrity. They are wrong. Damage runs deep, and the price of taking the money may be too high.

Also joining the cast are Rebecca Front (War and Peace), Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum), Olive Gray (Home from Home), Ellen Thomas (Teachers), Arnold Oceng (The Good Lie), Joseph May (Resident Evil), Rudi Dharmalingam (Our Girl) and Gary Beadle (EastEnders).

Produced by The Forge Entertainment, Dark Mon£y is a 4×60’ drama series. Executive Producers are George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for BBC One and Levi David Addai. Producer is Erika Hossington.

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Premiere event: Keeping Faith – Series 2

Monday, 8 July
6:00pm 
National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff

BBC Wales and BAFTA Cymru have great pleasure in inviting you to the première of the first episode of the second series of Keeping Faith.

Be the first to see Faith fighting to keep her family together, her business afloat and her friend out of jail…

Stars of the show Eve Myles (Faith Howells) and Bradley Freegard (Evan Howells) will be attending ‎the screening, along with the writers and producers.

Public tickets will be distributed by random draw.‎ To enter the ballot, please click here before 11.55 on Wednesday 19 June.