DISPATCHES: TRUMP’S CORONAVIRUS

Monday 19th Oct  8pm Channel 4

Quicksilver Media

Editor: Hass Azzoug

Matt Frei investigates the president’s policies, actions and decisions during the pandemic, which has cost more than 200,000 American lives. There are revelations gathered from months of conversations with White House advisers and insiders, whistle-blowers, politicians who have worked with Trump and leading US scientists, as well as loyal Trump supporters.

Hass edited the pre-titles and part four of this fascinating documentary. When Hass started the edit, President Trump has just been diagnosed with COVID-19 so there was lots of last minute changes and new footage to be added!  He worked remotely from home but with a camera set up on his edit suite, the exec was able to work closely with him throughout the edit.  Hass said it was a hard edit with a very fast turnaround but a really interesting project and he enjoyed working with such a lovely team.

Dispatches: Trumps Coronavirus will be on tonight 8pm Channel 4

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime

Editor: Myles Painter

Ex-Monty Python comic and travelogue veteran Michael Palin fronts this gentle retrospective series charting his three decades making travel documentaries.

The series will see Michael take the viewer back in time to encounter the places he visited – extraordinary countries and moments from Around The World In 80 Days, Pole To Pole, Full Circle and Sahara, allowing us to experience them as he did, and hear for the first-time his untold personal stories.

Viewers are invited to reflect upon global change and how travel has evolved over time, with additional insight from other famous fans, colleagues and television travellers who have admired his work. Michael will reveal just how challenging the journeys were – both personally and professionally – and how he became one of the most influential TV travellers of our time, discovering that his thirst for adventure was shared by millions of viewers.

Myles Painter who cut episode 3 of the series, looking back at the Full Circle series said that: ‘it was a joy to revisit one of my favourite programs as a child – my parents still have all the series on VHS – and spend time going through lots of rushes of the legend that is Michael Palin and listen to all his amazing stories.

Watch Episode 3 on Sunday 18th October at 8pm on BBC2 and BBC iPlayer.

Between The Covers

Editors: Gwyn Moxham and James Johnson

Have you been wearing out the pages of the same three old books during lockdown? Do you need something juicy and new to read? Our team of avid bookworms are really excited about the concept of this new BBC show where Sara Cox brings some of the nation’s best-known authors and celebrity guests to share and review their favourite books. That’s a book club we’d love to be a part of!

Gwyn and James worked on most of the 7 episodes of this series for Cactus TV over the past month. Gwyn shared that “it was great to be cutting Sara Cox and some of the UK’s finest comedy talent, and to help get books and the arts on to Friday night TV!” which James seconded saying: “ It was surprisingly fun to put together as the contributors were very eloquent and at times hilarious, a mixture of authors, comedians and tv personalities. It was a pleasure to work with Cactus tv, it’s a unique format that works really well in Covid times. Well done to Exec Producer Amanda Ross and Series Producer Pollyanne Conway!”

Join the book club every Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC 2 for more titles to add to your reading list.

A World of Calm

Nutopia and Calm for HBO Max

Editor:  Matt Scragg

Nutopia and Calm have partnered to create a revolutionary TV experience, ‘A World of Calm’. It’s the ultimate in relaxing viewing, combining mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars.

A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world. Transporting the viewer into tranquillity through scientifically-engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage, to naturally calm your body and soothe the mind. Each story is brought to life by a different iconic voice. Matt Scragg edited ‘The Birds Journey’ read by Nicole Kidman and ‘A Horses Tale read by Kate Winslet’.  He said that it was a joy to have been involved with.

‘The Birds Journey’ was ranked the fifth most soothing episode with  ‘A Horses Tale’ coming second!

Season 1 of ‘A World of Calm’ is available now on HBO Max.

Rose West & Myra Hindley: Their Untold Story with Trevor McDonald

Blink Films for ITV

Editor: Tanya Trochoulias

West and Hindley: The Untold Story' Is Coming To ITV Later This Year - Tyla

As part of ITV’s Crime and Punishment series, this revealing documentary focuses on the untold story of Britain’s two most infamous female criminals; Myra Hindley and Rose West – the only two women to ever receive life sentences.

Moors murderess Myra Hindley was considered the most wicked woman in Britain for killing five children in the 1960s, with her lover Ian Brady. West was found guilty of ten equally terrible murders, with her husband, Fred West, including killing her own daughter.

Sir Trevor McDonald shares the story of West and Hindley’s relationship and sheds light on their psychology and criminal behaviour while they were both incarcerated in HMP Durham, alongside Britain’s most serious female prisoners, including IRA terrorists, sex offenders, and arsonists.

With a host of exclusive contributors, including former Category A prisoners, the programme reveals how West and Hindley grew close in jail, bonding over their similar crimes, then had an affair, which cooled as they became rivals to be ‘prison royalty’. 

Editor Tanya Trochoulias said: ‘While the subject matter was horrific, it was a privilege to work with such a small and dedicated team to bring a fresh take on some of the worst crimes in British history.’

Airing on ITV, Monday 21st September at 9pm. Don’t miss it!

Broadcast Digital Awards 2020

The shortlist for the Broadcast Digital Awards has been announced. We are proud to see that some programmes that our editors have cut have been shortlisted.

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out has been nominated in the Best Documentary Programme. Made by October Films for BBC 3 and edited by Charlie Hawryliw, the documentary follows Jesy Nelson, Little Mix singer as she opens up about the impact cyberbullies have had on her life.

Mark Pickles worked on Peggy Pictures’ Mimi on a Mission: Sex Ed for BBC iPlayer. Whether she’s taking a group of teens to Holland to explore sex education or opening up her front room for a virtual lockdown get-together, Mimi Missfit wants to get young people talking.

Gavin Ames and Connor Snedecor worked on Blindboy Undestroys the World made my Rumpus for BBC3. With a combination of investigative journalism, undercover filming, and jaw dropping stunts, satirist Blindboy is on a mission to undestroy our broken housing system.

The UK’s very best digital content, creators and channels will be announced at a virtual show on the 14 October 2020. Good luck to everyone Shortlisted!

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Nutopia for Nat Geo and Disney+

We are so pleased to see that The World According to Jeff Goldblum has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Hosted Non-fiction Series or Special.

Paul Holland cut two eps of the first series, Jamie Williams cut one episode and Desiree Ivegbuna also worked on the series!

Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems. Each episode is centred around something we all love  like sneakers or ice cream as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of surprising big ideas and insights.

Congratulations to everyone involved. The Emmy winners will be announced 20TH September.

Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border

Big Wheel Film & TV

2 x 60min for BBC1

Editor Charlie Hawryliw

In this two-part series edited by Charlie Hawryliw,  Sue Perkins travels 2,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico to meet people on both sides of one of the most contentious borders in the world: The US-Mexico border. Along the way, Perkins meets people who take pride in what both sides of the border have to offer, as well as families who have been separated by the border wall.

Part 1- Available on BBC Iplayer.
Part 2 Tonight 8th Sept 9pm BBC1

All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur

Editor: Duncan Hill

72 Films for Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video have announced the release date for the new sports documentary series All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur 31st August 2020.

Fans will be shown unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage documenting the downfall of Mauricio Pochettino, who was dismissed from the club in November 2019, and the swift arrival of Jose Mourinho. The highs and lows will be documented throughout, with a clear focus on Mourinho as the ringleader of the operation.

Editor Duncan Hill who worked on Eps 1, 7 and 8 said “It was a very challenging project with a huge amount of rushes to navigate but with a crazy, unprecedented season, there were some amazing diamonds to be found in the rough”.

All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the UK from 31st August 2020. Three episodes will be released that day, with the remaining episodes to follow

The Grierson Awards

The shortlist for the 2020 the Grierson Awards has been announced! Congratulations to all the filmmakers on the list. We are excited to see that lots of projects that our editors have worked on have been shortlisted:

The Day California Burned- Brook Lapping Productions & BBC Current Affairs London for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the Open University Best Single Documentary – International. Edited by Ella Newton

Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret – Episode 2- Top Hat Productions for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the Channel 5 Best Historical Documentary. Edited by Franco Bogino

8 Days: To the Moon and Back- BBC Studios – The Science Unit & The Open University for BBC Two, shortlisted in the Sargent-Disc Best Science Documentary. Edited by Duncan Hill.

Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King – Episode 2. Abraham Teweldebrhan worked on all three episodes of this series.

The Rap Game- Naked for BBC Three- Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series- Editor Jack Brown worked on the series.

The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes- CPL Productions & Motion Content Group for Channel 4- Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series. Editor Belle Borgeaud worked on the series.

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out- October Films for BBC One- Shorlisted for the  Warner Bros TV Production Best Documentary Presenter. Edited by Charlie Hawryliw

Good luck everyone! The nominations will be announced Monday, 21 September and the

Awards ceremony is due to take place Tuesday, 10 November at Southbank Centre, London

Taskmaster

Editor: Jenny Sheridan Avalon for Channel 4 Taskmaster is set to make its Channel 4 debut with presenters Greg Davies and his sidekick and series creator Alex Horne. There is a great lineup of Comedians: This Country star, Daisy May Cooper popular comedian Johnny Vegas, The IT Crowd’s Katherine… Read More

Guessable

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