Grierson Awards

Paul Holland, editor on Eps 1 and 2 of  Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World which is in the Best Music Documentary category.

Graham Taylor already has a few Grierson Award nominations under his belt and this year is no exception with FIFA Uncovered for Netflix nominated in the Best Sports Documentary category.

My Dead Body for Channel 4 is in the Best Science Documentary category. Well done to Matt Lowe who worked on this critically acclaimed, ground-breaking documentary with Director Sophie Robinson.

Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 – You Can’t Stop a Riot in the 90s for Netflix has been nominated in the Best Entertaining Documentary. Chris Duveen worked on this one along with Assistant Editor Bahader Mattu

Congratulations to Charlie Webb who was one of the editors on Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams for BBC One which is in the Best Contracted Documentary Series.  

The Crossing for ITV has already won an RTS and been nominanated for a BAFTA. It was edited by Ella Newton and is in the Best Current Affairs Documentary. Ella also edited Big Oil vs the World – Denial for BBC2 which is in the Best Natural History or Environmental Documentary. A huge congratulations to the teams involved on these two multiple-award winning documentaries.

Ben Burgess, Gwyn Moxham and Chris Naggs all enjoyed editing The Rap Game for BBC3 which is in the Best Constructed or Formatted Documentary Series.

Finally, Race Across the World for BBC One is in the Best Constructed or Formatted Documentary Series. Congratulations to Simon Holmes who was one of the editors on the team!

Congratulations again to all the nominees!  The winners will be revealed at the ceremony, hosted by Nish Kumar on the 9th November. We can’t wait!

Brawn: The Impossible Formula One Story

Exec Producers: Neil Duncanson and Keanu Reeves

North One for Disney+

Editors Matt Lowe, Jayesh Lathia and Bahader Mattu

This filmic four-part documentary series with Keanu Reeves uses interviews and archive to tell the incredible story of Ross Brawn who led a consortium that bought the former Honda Racing team for £1. With a smaller development budget than their Formula 1 rivals, minimal sponsorship and only customer support from engineer manufacturers, an understaffed, underfinanced and independent team won the World Championship.  There is exclusive access to the F1 archives, much of it previously unseen from a year that global sport will never forget, with contributions from British F1 driver Jenson Button and Ross Brawn, who led the team to victory.

Matt Lowe worked on Episode 4, Jayesh Lathia did some finishing work and Bahader Mattu did the archive replacement on the series.

Matt said “It was a joy to work on to be honest.  Great story, great access (everyone you would want an interview with, we had) and amazing archive.  Also, the team we had working on it were all lovely, so all-in-all, it was a pretty positive experience”.

The series will premiere on Disney+ later this year.

Celebrity Race Across the World

Editor: Simon Holmes Series 1. Episode 2.

Studio Lambert for BBC One

In this six-part celebrity version of the much-loved series, four celebrities and their racing partners will race to a finish line that’s thousands of miles away without the use of air travel or any trappings of modern-day life. Stripped of all mod-cons and all luxuries they will have to rely on their skills, ingenuity, and hard work in order to succeed. With just the cash equivalent of completing the route to their final destination by air, they will have to earn extra money along the way as well as call upon the kindness of strangers to help them progress.

This series sees broadcaster Alex Beresford and his dad, singer Mel Blatt and her mum, McFly drummer Harry Judd and his mum and British Racing Driver Billy Monger and his sister embark on their travels. Starting in Marrakech, Morocco, and ending in Tromsø, Norway, known as the Arctic capital, the epic journey will span 24 countries and over 10,000 km. This incredible journey will give a unique insight into the celebrities and their relationships with their travelling companions.

Simon Holmes who edited Episode 2 said “I’ve loved Race from series one, so it’s been a privilege to work on both main and the new celebrity strand this past year. Celebrity was a slightly different prospect from the main show, playing more for laughs yet still trying to maintain the human story elements that make the show so engaging. Its a test juggling race and contributor narratives, but with excellent exec guidance ever so satisfying when it comes together”.

Due to the devastating news in Morocco the launch of the series has now been postponed. The TX date is To be Confirmed.

Who Killed Jill Dando?

Empress Films for Netflix

Director: Marcus Plowright

Executive Producer: Emma Cooper

Editor: Abraham Teweldebrhan

In 1999 BBC presenter Jill Dando was sadly shot dead outside her home in west London, her murder led to a high profile and complex investigation. A suspect, Barry George was convicted and imprisoned for eight years, but was later acquitted following an appeal and a retrial. After his release, he took libel action against the News of the World and The Sun which suggested he was guilty of murdering Jill in articles published following his acquittal. In 2009, Barry was paid substantial damages by the newspapers after a High Court case.  Jill Dando’s death remains unsolved. This documentary series directed by Marcus Plowright (creator of Fred and Rose West: Reopened) uses archive footage as well as new research and insightful interviews to explore Dando’s life, career, legacy, and her death. It’s the first time a documentary has covered the whole story in terms of everyone involved. It has interviews from the police, media, Jill’s family as well as wrongly accused Barry George and his family.

Abraham edited episode three and said it was probably one of his best editing experiences he’s had. Quite a statement Abraham!

He told us;  “it was tough at the beginning as I was cutting archive and interviews with placeholders as the drama recon hadn’t been shot yet.  The production ended up shooting the drama recons almost identical to the placements I had used and in the end they used music very similar to the guide tracks that I had used too”.

Once the Drama reconstructions were in Abs really enjoyed working with Emma and the team at Empress Films to unfold the story properly. They took the approach of a thriller “ We were telling the tale as if it’s unfolding in real time. This made cutting the interviews really challenging but it all came together really well” Abs also mentioned that he loved having creative freedom, to be able to have the documentary “stay in the moment”  at times of drama.  “One last challenge was Barry George agreeing to be interviewed late on in the process, but Abs explained that it bought so much to the documentary it was well worth it!”

All three episodes of Who Killed Jill Dando? will be released on 26th September on Netflix

Gordon, Gino and Fred: Viva España

Studio Ramsay for ITV and ITVX

Exec Producer: Charlotte Woolley

Series Director: Ben Archard

Editors: Sean Schmolz, Paul Bussey and Roy Williams

The Culinary Trio are back!

Gordon Ramsay, Fred Sirieix and Gino D’Acampo are at it again, this time they’re road tripping in Spain battling it out for supremacy in everything from driving to cooking to some of their most extreme high adrenaline activities yet. They visit Andalusia, where they taste tapas in Malaga. They then head to the ancient town Ronda and finish in Jerez to sample sherry, whilst seeing if they’ve got the Flamenco flair.

Editors: Sean Schmolz, Paul Bussey and Roy Williams worked on this series.

Episode 1 is available on ITVX

Episode 2 airs on Mon 4 Sep 9pm – 10pm

Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn

Franco Bogino: Finishing Editor and Additional Editor.

Duncan Hill and Phil Bowman – Additional Editors.

Executive Producers: James Gay-Rees, Martin Conway, Paul Martin

Box to Box for Apple TV+

This Four-part docu-series charts the extraordinary rise and fall of former Nissan and Renault boss turned disgraced international fugitive Carlos Ghosn. He was arrested in Japan for financial misdeeds. After being held there in what he called unjust conditions, he escaped — in a trunk on a private plane.

Franco helped out editing across the series and was also the Finishing editor, he said “It was a great team and everyone really believed in the project. It’s a great story and they had the conviction to tell it in an interesting way,  so it was nice to work on something that has that gravitas”.

It’s had some brilliant reviews so far. Rolling Stone has stated it “Wanted is a gripping take on a wild story that provides generous helpings of rich context, a necessary if sometimes overlooked ingredient in nonfiction filmmaking. It turns out Wanted isn’t just an investigation; it’s also a caper, depicted in reenactments that boast the editing and cinematography chops of an Ocean’s Eleven movie. The series has its cake and eats it, too, blending high-stakes, shoe-leather reporting with thriller sizzle.”

We’re looking forward to watching this one!

Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn is available now on Apple TV

Ambulance (Series 11)

Dragonfly for BBC One

Exec Producers: Simon Ford & Peter Wallis-Tayler

Editor: Ben Burgess

(Photo credit: Dragonfly Productions)

The observational medical documentary series is back on BBC One with a new instalment, produced by Dragonfly and following ambulance services in real time throughout the UK.

Ben Burgess is no stranger to blue light and was very excited to join the editing team on this series. He cut episode 3 which follows the night shift facing an infectious disease outbreak at Fairfield General Hospital. Ben told us he had a good experience working on the show:  ‘It was definitely a challenge, because the possible combinations of stories is seemingly infinite and the USP of the show – in which you create ‘islands of real time’ – provides a restriction which is both useful and challenging. But we ended up with an episode which everyone was happy with and which we were told is a little bit different from your ‘average’ episode of Ambulance.’

Follow the drama as it unfolds, tonight on BBC One at 9pm.

David Hockney: A Celebration

Exec producer:  Suzannah Wander

Editor: Andreas Torner

Directors Cut Productions for Sky Arts

Mon 28 Aug 9pm

Image: Sky Arts

Celebrating David Hockney covers several eras and aspects of Hockney’s work through interviews and archive footage . The programme will explore his early days in Bradford, his time at the RCA in London and his move to Los Angeles in the 1960s. It was at this time he produced some of his most famous pieces, including the swimming pool series. The legendary artist sits down with Melvyn Bragg for a definitive interview.

Andreas worked on the film and he said “It was a real pleasure and honour to work on this. Possibly David Hockney’s last documentary – an amazing man and artist – so much amazing archive as well as beautifully shot new material to pick from. It was also Melvyn Bragg’s final Southbank Show – a man who has been a champion for the creative industries in the UK for almost 50 years.  There have been many films made about Hockney throughout his career so it was important to us that it didn’t feel repetitive – hopefully we got it right!” I’m sure you did Andreas!

Celebrating David Hockney will be shown on Monday 28th August 9pm Sky Arts

Boot Dreams: Now or Never

Expectation Entertainment for BBC Three

Exec Producer: Anna Bonaddio


Steve Flatt Ep 1

Finishing Editor Mohsin Bhatti Ep 5

A group of ex-footballers who have been rejected from football clubs have 7 weeks at a unique football academy, giving them the opportunity to train and play games in a bid they maybe scouted for full time professional football again. Presented by Roman Kemp and filmed with multiple camera’s/fix rig, the real challenge for each player is to look a little deeper in themselves than they may have done before. A team of coaches is on hand to help them with their struggles, both on and off the pitch. Leading the coaches is ex-Watford, Stoke and Burnley striker Gifton Noel-Williams. Other high-profile footballers will coach the team too, including England captain Millie Bright and Manchester United legend Bruno Fernandes.

Mohsin Bhatti who worked on Episode 5 said “I stepped in to do 6 weeks, it was a challenge to pick up stories which needed a lot of work to create an interesting narrative arch for featured players of that episode. Look forward to watching the series with kids!”

All six episodes of Boot Dreams are available now on BBC iPlayer

AP Dhillon: First of a Kind

Passion Pictures for Amazon Prime

Exec Producer: Amy Foster

Series Director: Jay Ahmed,

Editor: Sarjit Bains

Premieres 18th August

This four part fly on the wall docuseries delves into the life of Amritpal Singh Dhillon, the self-made superstar known globally as AP Dhillon. He is known for his tracks such as “Brown Munde”, “Insane” and “Excuses”. The series features a combination of Dhillon’s personal accounts and interviews with his close-knit circle of family and friends. It follows his journey from Gurdaspur, a small village in the Punjab, to the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, where he has become a global music sensation and Icon of our time.

Sarjit Bains worked on episode’s 3 and 4. He explained that “As one of the editors working on Amazon Prime’s AP Dhillon documentary, the key challenges included reviewing hundreds of hours of raw footage, identifying the most compelling narrative arcs, seamlessly interweaving visuals and interviews, maintaining pacing and rhythm, and crafting a cohesive story that captured the essence of this iconic Punjabi singer’s meteoric rise to fame. My fluency in Punjabi proved invaluable, enabling me to pick up on subtle linguistic cues and understand cultural references that enriched the storytelling. Our goal was to craft an inspiring narrative that did justice to this talented musician’s journey from anonymity to stardom.” It sounds like a brilliant project. Sarjit went on to say that “It was a privilege to help bring his powerful story to life on screen”.

It’s going to be a popular series with the trailer already having 13 Million views! The series will be available across 240+ countries and territories.

AP Dhillon: First of a Kind will be streaming on Amazon Prime Video from 18th August.