DNA Journeys- Series 2

Voltage TV for ITV

Editor: Steve Flatt

DNA Journey’s is back for a second series! This heart-warming ITV show takes celebrities around the world on a quest to discover where they come from and unearth secrets from their past. Cutting edge DNA technology and genealogy will uncover the truth behind their bloodlines, as well as coming face to face with living relatives they never knew existed.

Editor Steve Flatt cut two episodes from this series as well working on series 1. Steve said  “I always enjoy working on DNA, the challenge is trying to make it entertaining, and condensing the stories down”. He worked on the Torvill and Dean episode as well as the Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace (The Chase) episode.

Series 2 will start Tues 5th April on ITV.

Scouting For Toys

BBC Studios for Yesterday Channel

31st March 2022 at 9pm

Editor: Andreas Torner

Ever kept a toy in its box to make sure it’s pristine? Or looked for that vintage doll you had when you were a tot, that doesn’t exist anymore? In this new 10-part observational doc series, BBC Studios goes behind the scenes at Vectis Toys Auctioneers in County Durham where buyers and sellers from all over the world come to trade vintage and limited edition toys.

In collaboration with UKTV, the series discovers how toys are valued and catalogued ahead of their weekly auctions, taking viewers on a nostalgic journey back to their favourite childhood toys, from Sindy dolls and Thunderbirds figures, to Matchbox cars and treasured teddies and meeting the passionate people selling the treasured collections they’ve amassed over decades.

Andreas Torner commented: ‘it was a great programme to work on, with editors and producers logging in remotely from all over the UK and Europe. The world of Vectis auction house, which the series revolves around, is a real treasure trove of extraordinary toys and people. Part social history and part human interest, it’s a fascinating look into the age-old human urge to collect.’

The first episode, recommended by to watch by The Times is on tonight on Yesterday Channel at 9pm.

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

25th March 2022

We are delighted to report that ‘Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution’ has won best documentary series at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards on Friday.

Jen Hampson edited episode one in which we witness the start of the young MPs’ careers and the inception of the idea for the New Labour party.

A huge congratulations to Jen and all those involved in making this insightful series!

Available on BBC iPlayer.

The Real Peaky Blinders

Proper Job Films for BBC2

Editor: Sarjit Bains

9pm BBC2 Monday 7th March

‘The Real Peaky Blinders’ is a two-part BBC2 documentary that will reveal the true story behind the hit BBC1 drama Peaky Blinders, about Birmingham gangster Tommy Shelby and his dodgy brother, family and hoodlum entourage.

Editor Sarjit Bains worked on this series which explores the origins of the real Peaky Blinders phenomenon in Birmingham, starting with the first mention of the term in the popular press in 1890 and the street gangs that stretched as far back as the 1860s, when they were known as slogging gangs. The documentary builds a picture of the gang movement that has its roots in the working-class areas where territorial loyalty was all and underground gambling was common practice. Professor Carl Chinn uncovers the stories of the real Peaky Blinders, several renowned experts on the gang phenomenon are interviewed as well as Steven Knight, the writer of the Peaky Blinders drama, who based the series on his own family’s anecdotes.

The Real Peaky Blinders will be shown on BBC2 on Monday March 7 at 9pm. It will subsequently be available on BBC iPlayer.

East Mode

Viacom Studios UK for Comedy Central UK Youtube channel

Premiere’s Friday 4th Feb

Exec Producers: Emerald Paston and Rebecca Hewett

Editor: Hettie Griffiths

Brand new eight-part sketch show, Comedy Central’s East Mode, follows Nigel Ng and Evelyn Mok from popular comedy podcast, “Rice to Meet You.” In a UK first, Comedy Central is gathering an amazing line-up of East & South East Asian heritage comedy talent to turn a playful and utterly unique lens onto the world right now, providing a relatable and brilliantly funny commentary on modern life.

East Mode Premiere’s 4th Feb on the comedy Central UK Youtube channel

Celebrity Hunted for Stand up to Cancer

Shine Television for Channel 4

Editors: Steve Flatt and Simon Holmes

Assembly Editors: Will Adams and Matthew Henley

Sundays 9pm on Channel 4 or all episodes available on All4

Celebrity Hunted it one of our favourite reality shows. Famous faces attempt to avoid detection from a team of police, intelligence and military personnel armed with the powers of the state in this real-life thriller! Can the celebrities survive 14 days on the run? This year the teams consist of:

Olympic silver medallist Iwan Thomas and two-time Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead.

Made in Chelsea stars Ollie and Gareth Locke.

Actress Chizzy Akudolu and queen of UK garage Lisa Maffia.

Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne and international reality TV star Chloe Veitch.

The hunters are led by Hunted’s first female chief, Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Lisa Theaker. The celebrities will be taking part for Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. Simon Holmes edited Episode 4 and Steve Flatt worked on Episode 4 and 5. Assembly editors Will Adams and Matthew Henley also worked on the series.

Celebrity Hunted is on Sundays 9pm on Channel 4 or all episodes of the brand-new series are currently available to watch on All4

The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver

Plum Productions for Channel 4

Editors: Melanie Golden & Gwyn Moxham

Jamie Oliver and Plum Pictures bring a brand-new format to Channel 4, unlike anything the channel has aired before. The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver will see a group of wannabe cookbook authors from across the country pitch their unique cookbook ideas. The contestants will compete in both cooking and publishing challenges in front of a panel of judges, to win a publishing contract with Penguin Random house. All the while, Jamie, a cookbook star himself, will mentor them and share his experience to help each of them develop their cooking and publishing skills.

Gwyn Moxham and Melanie Golden worked on the second half of the series (Episode 4 and 5 respectively) and enjoyed the challenge of creating a totally new format of cookery/competition show. Melanie commented: ‘it’s a really positive show, warm, funny with great insight into what goes into creating a cookbook, which is not the same thing as being a great chef! I hope everyone has as much fun watching it as we are having creating it.’

Get ready to find out the secret recipe to becoming a real cookbook star. First episode will air at 8pm on Channel 4, Monday 31st January. And who knows, maybe you can be the next Naked Chef?!

Landscape Artist of the Year

Storyvault for Sky Arts

Editor: Trevor Smith

MAKING A MARK: Review: Episode 1 of Landscape Artist of the Year 2021 at  Chartwell

Newest edition of the Sky Arts competition show presented by Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan where amateur artists create paintings of various landscapes around Britain to win a prize and become Landscape Artist of the Year.

Trevor Smith, a LAOTY afficionado for many years, returns to edit 3 episodes of this new series. On the Whitstable episode airing tonight, Trevor commented ‘it was such a busy working harbour and with the rising tide the artists were really under pressure.’

Watch Episode 3 on Wednesday 26th January at 8pm on Sky Arts.

The Caribbean with Andi and Miquita

Sun 23rd Jan and Sun 30th Jan 9pm on BBC Two

Editor: Dan Knight, Episode 2

Somethin’ Else for BBC2

Andi Oliver and daughter Miquita go on the journey of a lifetime to the Caribbean. It’s a chance to see the changing West Indies from the perspective of two generations, with stops in Antigua, Barbuda and Barbados..

In Episode 2 edited by Dan Knight, Andi and Miquita travel to Barbados as this most British of Caribbean islands prepares to become a republic, cutting ties with the UK.

As prime minister Mia Mottley is preparing to modernise the constitution, which still outlaws gay sex, Andi and Miqutia meet members of the LGBTQ+ community to talk about the island’s first pride marches. They then have an unsettling meeting with the descendants of slave owners at a plantation house, where they have tea with resident Brits and tourists who remain a powerful force on the island. They get their perspectives on republicanism and the modernisation of Barbados.

They also explore their African roots when they receive their DNA results and visit Ngozi Farm, where African culture and its connection to the Caribbean is celebrated.

Episode 2: Sunday 30th Jan.

Eps 1 and 2 will be available on BBC iPlayer

Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion

Captive Minds for Channel 4

Editor: Desiree Ivegbuna

Former model Katie Price and her relatives put on their overalls and try to renovate her home, which sprawls across a huge 10 acres and has fallen into disrepair over the years. Katie tries to put her bad memories and the traumatic events that have taken place there behind her in a bid to create a `happy home and sanctuary” for herself and her family.

From designing the perfect bedrooms for her children to overseeing a kitchen makeover and replacing chimney pots, we see Katie like never before, crafting, decorating and upcycling. We also see Katie as a mum, daughter and sister as well as hearing about her journey to mental healing as she discusses hitting rock bottom and accepting the need for help.

Desiree edited one of the 3 episodes of the new factual series produced by Captive Minds for Channel 4.

Watch the first episode at 9pm on Wednesday 26th January.

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