New Lives in the Wild

Renegade Pictures for Channel 5

Editor Melanie Golden

Ben Fogle: Photo Channel 5

Ben Fogle is back with the eleventh series of his popular New Lives in the Wild where he travels the world to meet people who have turned their back on the rat race and set up home in remote locations.

Melanie Golden worked on this series.

Melanie arrived in the UK a few years ago from South Africa, and it’s been wonderful seeing her career go from strength to strength. Renegade booked her for one episode of Ben Fogles New Lives in the Wild but loved her so much they snapped her up for another one straight after!

Melanie has really enjoyed working on this series, her episode sees Ben Fogle travel to Oregon USA to meet up with Pirate Rob, a single homeless Dad, who is bringing his son, Damion. Rob and Damion live 6 months of the year on an Island and Ben discovers another side to Rob, and the reasons behind this chosen lifestyle.

Melanie’s episode will be on Tuesday 7th February.

SAS Who Dares Wins: Jungle Hell

Minnow Films for Channel 4

Exec Producer: Liam Humphreys, Ricky Kelehar and Richard Cook

Minnow Films for Channel 4

Editors: Kel McKeown John Watts, Mikhael Junod and Mike Kerr

Monday 23rd Jan

SAS Who Dares Wins: Jungle Hell. Picture: Channel 4

In the 8th series of SAS: Who Dares Wins, a new group of recruits face the toughest challenge of their life, in one of the toughest environments faced by Special Forces operatives. Over six episodes twenty brave men and women are put through jungle hell, in Thung Ui, North Vietnam, to attempt to complete the punishing jungle phase of SAS selection. It’s the ultimate endurance test. Who will have the mental strength to survive jungle hell and make it to the end. The line up for the most brutal season to date includes a firefighter, a ballet dancer, a stay-at-home mum, a bin man and a farmer’s wife.

This is one of those series that a lot of editors specify they’d like to work on and it had been on John Watt’s list for a while!  We also had Kel, Mikhael and Mike cutting on the series. Dream team!

SAS: Who Dares Wins – Jungle Hell begins on Monday, 23 January at 9pm on Channel 4.

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life

Dragonfly TV

Exec Producer: Daniel Barry

Editor: Tanya Trochoulias and Jayesh Lathia

Photo: Surgeons at the Edge of Life. Dragonfly

Bafta winning Surgeons: At the Edge of Life has returned with a new series which started on Wednesday 18th January.

World renowned surgeons at Addenbrooke’s Hospital perform complex procedures to save lives. The hospital in Cambridge is an internationally renowned university teaching hospital and a centre of excellence for a number of specialities. The surgeons here take on complex cases where a successful operation can save and transform the patient’s quality of life. Technical skill is paramount as even the smallest slip of the scalpel would result in catastrophe, the surgeons bear the ultimate responsibility.

Footage for the documentary series is from fixed rig cameras linked to a remote gallery. Shots include close-ups of surgeons and other members of the surgical teams at work during the most critical moments during the operations.

Jayesh Lathia who edited the pre-title teasers for this series said that ‘This was a fascinating series to work on. There was much to learn about new medical advances and as always the key was to make sure that the emotional journey of surgeons and patients remained with the audience throughout’.

Tanya Trochoulias edited episode 5. She explained that “Surgeons has a dedicated team behind it, it’s well covered and is really enjoyable to work on. The operations are often complex and decoding the process, to get the drama of the surgery, is both interesting and rewarding”.

The series is currently on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC Two and then available on BBC iPlayer.  Episode 5 which Tanya edited will be on Wednesday 15th Feb.  

Deep Fake Neighbour Wars

Tiger Aspect

Editor: Gavin Ames

Deep Fake Neighbour Wars is a brand new comedy show premiering on ITVX in January 2023.

Produced by Tiger Aspect the series uses the very latest in AI technology to turn the UK’s best new impressionists into the world’s most famous celebrities – only here they are ordinary people who happen to be embroiled in petty silly neighbour disputes!

Gavin is a seasoned comedy editor who has been focusing on scripted comedy in recent years.  So when he was asked to work on this ground-breaking new comedy series with one of his favourite directors, Tom Vinnicombe, and involving some of Britain’s most talented comedians and impersonators, it was a no-brainer!

Deep Fake Neighbour Wars is a complex production which harnesses state-of-the-art visual technology to take some of the most famous people in the world and put them in down-to-earth situations. This Deep Fake technology results in Actor Tom Holland and rapper Nicki Minaj living together and arguing with Mark Zuckerberg over the garden fence. Gavin did face some technical challenges in the edit which he hasn’t come across before as this is the first time deep-fake technology has been used at this scale for broadcast globally.  He said “As well as having to cut the scenes for maximum comedy we also had to work closely with the deep fake experts at Studio Neural to make sure the shots we were providing would work with the AI. It was a pretty steep learning curve but I’m really pleased with how the show has turned out”.  

We are hugely looking forward to this one!

The series starts on the 26th January on ITVX.

Break Point

Box to Box Films for Netflix

Editor: Belle Borgeaud

Satusfaction has been asked to source many editors for Box to Box’s numerous commissions, some returning series such as Drive to Survive and some new ones such as Break Point. Break Point is a behind-the-scenes documentary series about the 2022 tennis season.

Editor Belle Borgeaud is working on part two of this series which is due to be released later in the year.  She is enjoying working on this new series and says that she is “working with a lovely team of people on a great show”.

The series follows a select group of top tennis players as they compete in gruelling Grand Slams and tournaments. It get’s up close and personal with the top players through an entire year travelling across the globe for all four Grand Slams and the ATP and WTA tours showing the pressure and the emotional ups and downs of being a top tennis player.

Part One of the first series has been released on Netflix, and features Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Also Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur and Aryna Sabalenka. We look forward to Part Two being released later this year.

Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Editor: Paul Holland

Photo: BBC Studios

Series Director: Yemi Bamiro

BBC Studios for BBC

Produced in partnership with BBC Music, the four-part docuseries will premiere on BBC Two on the 21st January. Developed by Chuck D and his producing partner, Lorrie Boula.

Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World features insightful and intimate interviews with Chuck D and hip hop icons Grandmaster Caz, Ice-T, Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Roxanne Shanté, Run DMC, John Forté, will.i.am, MC Lyte, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Melle Mel, Fat Joe, Lupe Fiasco and more. It weaves these interviews with archive footage to tell the story of the relationship between politics and the hip hop movement and to explore how hip hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history.

Paul Holland is a big hip hop fan so this was the perfect project him. Speaking about the docuseries, he said “it was one of those  rare jobs where the narrative didn’t have to be unearthed in the edit thanks to director Yemi having a firm grip on the story he wanted to tell from the outset. The main challenges came from outside the edit suite and there were occasions when we had to fight for the cut. Ultimately everyone came on board and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to work on such a series”.

Part one will air on Saturday 21st January on BBC Two and iPlayer.

Britain’s Notorious Prisons: Strangeways

Minnow Films for ITV

Editor: Charlie Hawyrliw

Photo: ITV 2023

The Times’ critics choice for tonight, this documentary looks at the history of Manchester’s high security prison, Strangeways. It has housed some of the country’s most dangerous convicts including serial killers Ian Brady and Harold Shipman. Charlie Hawryliw edited this documentary which features first-hand testimony from past inmates and staff. It tells the truth about life behind the walls of one of Britain’s most notorious jails and looks at the 1990 riot as well as the horrific conditions that sparked the event.

Thursday 12th January 9pm@ITV 

Build Your Dream Home in the Country

Pi Productions for Channel 5

Editor: Manus Fraser

In this new primetime series, TV’s favourite builder Mark Millar helps people around the UK build their own homes, sometimes from scratch and on limited budgets. 

When the client got in touch about this project, we immediately thought of Manus Fraser who had recently returned to broadcast editing and is a big fan of renovation shows. To describe his approach to the edit, Manus said: ‘Home build shows are great! The process of a house build provides a tangible narrative to build an emotional journey around. Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful things you can do so ploughing your life savings into a build in economically uncertain times is rich soil for a gripping watch. And you can pick up some DIY tips along the way.’

Watch the dream come to life on Thursday 5th January at 8pm on Channel 5.

The Unofficial Science of Home Alone

Naked Entertainment for Sky Max

Editor: Jonnie Case

Thurs 22nd Dec 8.30pm Sky Max

THE UNOFFICIAL SCIENCE OF HOME ALONE PIC: 2022 SKY UK

Comedians James Acaster, Guz Khan and Alex Brooker have all been obsessed with the 1990 comedy Home Alone ever since they were kids but there’s one big burning question that all fans including the Faction’s Katie M need answering; would Harry & Marv have survived those traps in real life?

Jonnie Case worked on this super fun programme which see’s Guz & James assisted by an engineer, build their own versions of some of the most memorable boobytraps from the film such as the ‘The Blowtorch to the Head’ and ‘The Swinging Paint Can’. Meanwhile Alex Brooker  heads to the States to meet some of the cast and stuntmen involved in the film, visit some of its iconic locations and learn more about the traps and stunts that Guz and James will be attempting along the way.

Thursday 22nd Dec 8.30pm on Sky Max

It will also be repeated on

24th Dec 9.30am
25th Dec 1.30pm
26th Dec 7.30pm

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!

Prince Andrew: The Musical

Hat Trick Productions for Channel 4

Executive producers: Stu Mather and Jimmy Mulville

Editor: Gavin Ames

Prince Andrew: The Musical. (Photo Channel 4)

Written by comedian Kieran Hodgson, the two hour long satirical musical extravaganza features original musical numbers and sends up the life and times of the Duke of York’s life from his marriage to Ferguson to the Virginia Giuffre’s allegations.

Hodgson plays Andrew, with Munya Chawawa as Prince Charles and it also stars comedian Harry Enfield playing Tony Blair.

This was a dream job for editor Gavin Ames, combing his favourite things of music and comedy. He said  “This job was so much fun I don’t know where to start. The show is a really interesting mix of scripted comedy, archive packages and full-on musical numbers. Apart from working with a great team the most interesting part of the process was collaborating closely with the composer throughout the edit and attending the orchestra recording session”. Original music is by Freddie Tapner, who has previously worked on Nick Mohammed’s Mr Swallow shows about Dracula and Houdini, with tracks including I Nailed It – reflecting the Prince’s deluded belief the Newsnight interview had gone well.

The musical is part of the channel’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The ladies at the Faction are intrigued by this one and will be watching!

Thursday 29th December on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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