New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

12th October 2021

Watch Saving Notre Dame | Prime Video

Congratulations to all who worked on Saving Notre-Dame, including editors Hacene Azzoug and Sarjit Bains, as well as the production team at Windfall Films. This documentary following the efforts to rebuild the world-famous Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a year from the devastating fire that ravaged the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece was nominated as part of the documentary finalists of the New York Festival’s TV & Film Awards.

Chief architect Philippe Villeneuve urgently needs a complete picture of the damage sustained during the fire, so he initiates an unprecedented collaboration between architects and scientists. Their mission is to meticulously analyse the fallen timber, stone and fractured glass, to develop a decontamination and restoration plan. This unique opportunity offers a new insight into the medieval materials, techniques and people who built Notre-Dame.

The winners will be announced on 12th October 2021 during the National Association of Broadcasters’ Show in Las Vegas.

We’ve got our fingers crossed for you!

Russell Howard Stands Up To the World

Premieres on 31st May 2021 at 9pm

Avalon UK for Sky One

Editors: Connor Snedecor & Dan Knight

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Need to change horizons? Fancy a trip to the other side of the world? Or just a night out at the comedy club to have a good laugh? Russell Howard Stands Up To the World is the show for you!

This three-part travelogue produced by Avalon UK follows comedian Russell Howard as he prepares his new international tour in Australia and New Zealand, becoming the first comedian to do so post Covid. At a time when we’ve never felt further apart as a world, he plans to discover what our cousins across the seas are really like, celebrating our differences and unexpected shared passions.

Following two weeks in quarantine to gain access, Howard tries divebombing, sheep shearing, underwater driving and Maori hot pool cooking in New Zealand where he meets Kiwi actor Sam Neill, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford and comedian Urzila Carlson.

Then, on the Australian leg of his journey he spends time with Tim Minchin and meets real life mermaids and gets up close to koalas in the care of Robert Irwin, son of the Aussie zoo legend Steve Irwin.

Dan Knight worked on the first episode of the series and reflected that ‘it was challenging and fun to make a travelogue in lockdown- which is a central theme of the show. It was also exciting as an editor using stand up (rather than VO) as the main narration to the adventures. Creating a refreshing take on the genre with echoes of the classic Billy Connolly travelogues from the 90s.’

Connor Snedecor, who edited episode 2 said “It was a nice virtual holiday to cut Russell’s experiences in New Zealand, the only place you could pretend the world was back to normal at the time! The production team pulled off a real feat as we didn’t just edit the show remotely, it was basically shot remotely too, with local crews.”

Airing Monday 31st May  on Sky 1 at 9pm. Don’t miss take off!

Jabbed! Inside Britain’s Vaccine Triumph

Windfall Films for Channel 4

Editor: Sarjit Bains

Channel 4 tells the untold story of the government’s Vaccine Taskforce – the crack team responsible for finding, funding and procuring vaccines in one of the biggest public health gambles in UK government history.

For the first time on TV, this specialist team of experts, led by pharmaceutical venture capitalist Kate Bingham, give a blow by blow account of their race against time to secure the right vaccines as death rates soared.

Sarjit Bains edited this exclusive documentary for Windfall Films, catch it on Channel 4 at 10pm, Monday 10th May.

BAFTA TV 2021: Nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Award

6th June 2021

BBC One and BBC One HD

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Award season continues and our editors are on fire this year with some more nominations, this time for the British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Television Craft Awards. We couldn’t be prouder to see so many shows repeatedly being nominated and being given such brilliant praises.

Produced by Mongoose Pictures for PBS Frontline and BBC Two, Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary was nominated as part of the ‘Current Affairs’ selection. Ella Newton edited this documentary in which award-winning filmmaker Sasha Joelle Achilli captures the unforgettable and harrowing portrait of a doctor during the worst of the coronavirus crisis in one of northern Italy’s hospitals, revealing the struggles the medical staff had to face to fight the disease and save lives.

Another one for Bandicoot TV’s The Masked Singer which was selected as part of the ‘Entertainment Programme’ category. The wacky singing competition show’s popularity is ever growing as the judges and audience love to guess which celeb will appear behind the mask and editor Tim Fielding employed all his craft to build the tension!

The Masked Singer UK on Twitter: "3 Masked Singer have been UNMASKED 👀🎭  Who's NEXT? 🔍👀 #MaskedSingerUK… "

Masterchef: The Professionals has been nominated in the ‘Reality and Constructed Factual’ category. Editor Tom Savage has been whipping up some fiery episodes for this cooking competition show where professional chefs get put through their paces.

Hit BBC Two Series Hospital was selected in the ‘Factual Series’ category. Mohsin Bhatti edited this series which follows the NHS in unprecedented times, dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

ITV’s most challenging quiz show, produced by Potato, The Chase has been selected in the ‘Daytime’ category. Andrew Watters has been an integral part of the team and has edited numerous series of the show.

The Chase - Home | Facebook

Vice’s Disabled not Defeated: The Rock Band with Learning Disabilities – Delta 7 was selected in the ‘Short Form Programme’ category. Editor Dan Knight loved working on this short doc that follows the story of a post-punk band made up of adults with learning disabilities, who discover the power of creativity after the heart-breaking death of one of their band members.

Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band with Learning Disabilities

Two Four Productions and Boomerang’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats has been nominated in the ‘Features’ category. Gavin Ames enjoyed working on the series not just for the great comedy but also for the mouth-watering foods that DJ Big Zuu shared with family and friends on his road trip around the UK.

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Selected in the ‘Specialist Factual’ category, Putin: A Russian Spy Story is a ground-breaking new doc series to Channel 4 about the life and career of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Simon ‘Badger’ Cooper edited one of the three episodes for Rogan productions.

Watch Putin: A Russian Spy Story | Full Season | TVNZ OnDemand

The British Academy Television Awards winners will be announced on 6th June on BBC One.

Huge congrats to all nominees and fingers crossed!

World’s Greatest Shipwrecks: History Beneath the Waves

MSPTV for More 4 and Nat Geo

26th April at 9pm

Editors: Richard Lester and Simon Warner

World's Greatest Shipwrecks: History Beneath the Waves

Produced by MSP TV for National Geographic, Ocean Wrecks Investigations / World’s Greatest Wrecks is a ten-part series delving into the stories of some of the world’s most dangerous and famous shipwrecks with ground-breaking CGI reconstructions and cutting edge maritime archaeology.

Satusfaction’s Simon Warner and Rich Lester both worked on the project.

Richard worked on Episode 10: Collisions at Sea which investigated history’s most lethal collisions, from the HMS Curacoa sliced in half by the Queen Mary – to a schooner boat that sunk the mighty SS Oregon. Phil Craig, creative director at MSP said ‘It was a true pleasure having Richard edit on our latest series. Despite all of the many problems of working in lockdown he produced some absolutely 1st class work for MSP. He’s got a natural sense of style, pace and emotion and everything he touched looked like it cost a lot more to make than it actually did! We’d welcome him back anytime.’

Simon edited 2 episodes – Episode 3: Danger Ahead and Episode 8: Toxic Wrecks and even Edit Produced across a third. Creative director Phil went on to say that ‘During his time at MSP, Simon distinguished himself in many ways.  His work was fast, intelligent and full of flair.  He took charge of complicated edits, sometimes with the most minimal of supervision, and he turned difficult half-baked assemblies into truly impressive finished films in a remarkably short space of time. He was unfailingly positive and collegiate despite the many pressures of remote working, and the ticking clock of a very tight schedule. It’s no exaggeration to say that he will be the first person we hire when we get another series.’

The first episode will air Monday 26th April at 9pm on More4. Watch it and discover the secrets of these historical shipwrecks!

Broadcast Awards 2021

Streaming Live 27th May 2021

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Broadcast have released their short list for this year’s Awards and once again the line up is incredible and we’re so proud and delighted to find a number of programmes our editors have worked on in the selection.

Produced by Potato for ITV, everybody’s favourite quiz show, The Chase has been selected as part of the shortlist for ‘Best Daytime Programme’. Andrew Watters has worked on the show for many years and continues to love every minute of it.

Two Four Productions and Boomerang’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats has been nominated in the ‘Best Multichannel Programme’ category. Comedy editor and unparalleled gourmet Gavin Ames  worked on this series which follows DJ Big Zuu around the UK as he takes his passion for cooking on the road.

Big Zuu's Big Eats - Series 1 - Episode 1 - Jimmy Carr - UKTV Play

Both Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 2 and Putin: A Russian Spy Story have been selected as part of the ‘Best Documentary Series’ category.

Produced by Box to Box for Netflix, Formula 1: Drive to Survive has brought a new dimension to the motor sport and takes fans beyond the track, behind the pits and into the Paddocks to show the inner workings of F1 racing. Duncan Hill, Chris Duveen and Matt Henley worked on the series.

With Putin: A Russian Spy Story, Rogan Productions brings a ground-breaking new doc series to Channel 4 about the life and career of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Simon ‘Badger’ Cooper edited one the episode of the three episodes showing how Putin’s knowledge of spy-craft defined his presidency of a nuclear power and enabled him to change the world.

Watch Putin: A Russian Spy Story | Full Season | TVNZ OnDemand
Drive to Survive Season 2 | Gravity Media

Once again, The Masked Singer, produced by Bandicoot TV for ITV, made the cut as part of the ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ selection. Tim Fielding worked across the series of this eccentric singing competition show where celebrities hide their identities behind unbelievable and innovative costumes. Who can be found behind the canary, octopus, unicorn, sausage, is up to the judges to figure out!

More than 8m people tune in to final of ITV's The Masked Singer | TV  ratings | The Guardian

Produced by Mongoose Pictures for PBS Frontline and BBC Two, Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary was nominated as part of the ‘Current Affairs’ selection. Ella Newton edited this documentary in which award-winning filmmaker Sasha Joelle Achilli captures the unforgettable and harrowing portrait of a doctor during the worst of the coronavirus crisis in one of northern Italy’s hospitals, revealing the struggles the medical staff had to face to fight the disease and save lives.

The winners of the Broadcast Awards 2021 will be revealed on 27th May at a live virtual award ceremony hosted by a special guest presenter and featuring a wealth of leading industry names.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Fast Justice

ITN for Dave Channel

Editor: Ben Burgess

Sunday 18th April at 6pm

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ITN brings audiences a new thrilling 10-part television series focusing on the crime-fighting work of Suffolk constabulary’s Sentinel squads as they proactively battle organised crime, county lines drug gangs and human traffickers. 

This is the first time Suffolk police has allowed such unprecedented access to its operations and the work that goes on behind the scenes. 

ITN Productions spent three months following officers during the latter part of 2020, recording high speed multiple car chase, arrests and gruesome discoveries in houses full of human-trafficked workers in potential modern slavery situations.

Editor Ben Burgess cut several stories to be included in various episodes across the series.

Ben reflects that: “the show was quite challenging due to the number of cameras, gopros and bodycams, not to mention microphones. But that was also the satisfying part – bringing all this stuff together to paint a picture of what a unified team effort policing is.”

Don’t miss the first episode of the high octane Fast Justice on Sunday 18th April at 6pm on Dave.

Predator: Catching the Black Cab Rapist

October Films for Channel 5

Editor: Tanya Trochoulias

Wednesday 24th March at 9pm

Predator: Catching The Black Cab Rapist - Channel 5

Documentary offering a new analysis of the investigation into the prolific serial rapist John Worboys, who drugged, raped and sexually assaulted over 100 victims in the back of his black cab between 2000 and 2008. With access to some of his victims, and the police team that finally cracked the case once flaws in the original investigation emerged, this film’s new analysis of the facts explains why it took years before Worboys’ long and violent campaign of terror against women was finally brought to an end.

Watch it Wednesday 24th March at 9pm on Channel 5

DNA Journey

Voltage TV for ITV

Editor: Steve Flatt

Wednesday 17th March at 9pm

Amanda Holden & Alan Carr

BGT judge Amanda Holden and comedian and chat show host Alan Carr enthusiastically embark on a road trip across the UK to unlock the secrets of the past and meet family they never knew existed!

Amanda’s journey starts in the grounds of a stately home in Cornwall, while Alan’s journey takes him to a pub in Erith with something of a colourful past.

Steve Flatt edited this episode in which both celebrities are shocked and emotional to find ancestors with lives spookily entwined with their own modern-day histories and passions. It’s almost like it’s written in their DNA…

Watch their genealogy unfold on Wednesday 17th March at 9pm on ITV.

RTS Programme Awards 2021 – Nominations

16th March 2021 at 6:30pm

Streaming Live and presented by Jonathan Ross

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The nominations for the 2020 RTS Programme Awards, in partnership with Audio Network, have been announced. We are proud to see a few programmes that our editors have worked on nominated again this year:

Junior Bake Off was nominated as part of the ‘Daytime Programme’ selection. Belle Borgeaud worked on the series where Junior bakers compete to be ‘Junior Bake Off’ Champion by taking part in a series of Technical Bakes and Showstopper Challenges. Love Productions for Channel 4.

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Big Zuu’s Big Eats has been nominated in several categories including ‘Breakthrough Award’ and ‘Entertainment’. Gavin Ames (renowned mulcher as well as editor) worked on this series which follows DJ Big Zuu around the UK as he takes his passion for cooking on the road. Two Four Productions and Boomerang for Dave

Big Zuu's Big Eats - Series 1 - Episode 1 - Jimmy Carr - UKTV Play

Also part of the ‘Entertainment’ category both Beat The Chasers and The Masked Singer have been nominated for this year’s selection.

Produced by Potato for ITV and edited by top scouser, Andrew Watters, Beat the Chasers is a spin off of famous quiz show The Chase in which contestants take on the greatest quiz team on the planet ‘The Chasers’.

The Masked Singer, the new crazy singing competition show where you can find celebrities dressed as a giant sausage/badger/Viking (the list is endless) had Tim Fielding editing it for Bandicoot TV for ITV

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Last but not least, The Rap Game UK was nominated in the ‘Formatted Popular Factual’ category. In this series edited by Joe Swanson, UK rap legends DJ Target, Krept and Konan are putting seven unsigned MCs head to head in a battle to become the first ever signing for Krept and Konan’s record label. Naked Entertainment for BBC3.

The Rap Game UK Series 2 Trailer - YouTube

The awards will be presented, and the winners and nominees celebrated, on Tuesday 16th March at 6:30pm and hosted by renowned British television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross. The ceremony will be streamed live here.

Congratulations to all nominees, we’re routing for you!

Full list of nominees can be found here.

Taskmaster

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