Tories at War

Oxford Film and Television for Channel 4

Editor: Simon ‘Badger’ Cooper

Producer Claire Kavanagh

Sunday 22nd Sept for Channel 4

Documentary filmed over the last nine months, telling the inside story of the bitter hatreds that mark the Conservative Party’s struggle over the defining issue of the day – Brexit. Edited by Badger Cooper, it features access to Cabinet ministers, Brexiteers and Remainer rebels, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sir Nicholas Soames, Anna Soubry, Sir Alan Duncan, Andrew Bridgen and Nicky Morgan, the programme starts in January as Prime Minister Theresa May battles to sell her hard withdrawal agreement to an increasingly sceptical House of Commons.

Sunday 22nd Sept for Channel 4 10pm

Odd One Out

October Films for BBC One and on BBC iPlayer

Editor: Charlie Hawryliw

Director: Adam Goodall.

12th September 9pm BBC One

When Jesy Nelson rose to fame with pop band Little Mix, she was abused online for being ‘the fat one’. Now, for the first time, she opens up about the heartbreaking effects cyberbullies have had on her life. In this intimate, personal documentary edited by Charlie Hawryliw, Jesy exclusively reveals the impact online trolls had on her mental health as she goes on a journey of rehabilitation. Allowing cameras a behind-the-scenes look at her personal and professional life, Jesy begins to understand the layers of protection she has built in order to cope with the bullies. To help her heal, she meets other victims of cyber abuse, sharing devastating stories of online trolling.

Jesy says her motivations for making the programme were to try to help others. “I’m a completely different person now, I’m a lot happier and mentally stronger,” she says. “I really wanted to make this because, as much as it was a horrible experience for me, I want to make something good come out of it. I’ve got this huge platform – why would I not use that to raise awareness of how social media is affecting people?”

Documentary will air on BBC One and on BBC iPlayer on Thursday 12 September at 9pm.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can find advice here.

The Big Hospital Experiment

Blast Films for BBC2

11th September 9pm on BBC2

Editor: Simon Badger Cooper

The Big Hospital Experiment is a four part documentary which follows a group of 18-23 year olds from all walks of life as they volunteer at Royal Derby Hospital. Working in different wards across the hospital this will be a life-changing experience as they learn for themselves what life on the frontline of the NHS is really all about. Taking on some of the toughest jobs, the volunteers get a chance to perform real tasks across all departments and make a significant impact – from assisting the crash team in A&E to holding a cancer patient’s hand in their last moments of life, to bed-bathing dementia patients. Armed with determination and two weeks of training our volunteers join a brilliant team of doctors, nurses, porters, domestic staff, midwives, registrars and healthcare assistants. Guiding them through the intricacies of hospital life will be the senior nurses and matrons, mentoring our group through one of the toughest experience of their lives.

Badger who edited the second part said it was a “difficult project particularly because we were trying to show care and how untrained young people could make a difference, not complicated surgery or dramatic accidents. This was a very tricky idea and challenge to get across in a way that held the viewers attention, but I’m really happy with the finished programme and so pleased it’s getting such good reviews.

The series is getting excellent reviews. Episode 2 which was edited by Simon Badger Cooper will be on Wednesday 11th September 9pm on BBC2. 

20 years of Naked Chef: Jamie Bears all

Editor : Abraham Teweldebrhan

Channel 4 is marking the twentieth anniversary of Jamie Oliver’s first TV series, The Naked Chef, with a new, hour long documentary presented by Davina McCall, highlighting memorable Jamie moments from the past two decades: the highs and lows, his accidental discovery at The River Café, his rise to fame as iconic Brit-pop chef, his restless campaigning to improve the food system, and the more recent closure of his much-loved restaurant group.

In 20 Years of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All, Channel 4 gets under the skin of Jamie Oliver and looks back at the rollercoaster of his past 20 years, uncovering emotional revelations and personal insights along the way – showing viewers the true Jamie, as never seen before.

Editor Abraham Teweldebrhan talks about his experience of working on this project sharing that this documentary was both challenging and interesting to work on. ‘It was commissioned and started off as a nostalgic look back over Jamie Oliver’s life and career for the 20th anniversary of his debut as he hit our screens with the Naked Chef. Then half way through filming, his UK restaurant groups collapsed so the film took a massive turn. It was challenging for us in the edit to get that balance of a celebratory look back at Jamie’s life and career as well as an honest report on his current, painful business problems.’

Airing on Channel 4 at 8pm tonight.

Director : Roeland Doust

 Executive Producer: Nicola Pointer

The South Bank Show: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

Editor: Andreas Torner

In this South Bank Show, Melvyn Bragg meets Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith – two of the country’s most original and versatile television screenwriters and actors.

They first made a name for themselves in the mid-‘90s as masters of comic horror with the groundbreaking BBC Two series, The League of Gentlemen, alongside Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson. The show became an instant cult hit, and picked up multiple awards including a BAFTA for Best TV Comedy in 2000.  Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith talk to Melvyn Bragg about their early influences and inspirations, which stem from a mutual love of both horror films, and British comedy. They discuss the genesis of The League of Gentlemen, and the stories behind some of its most infamous characters, including the murderous Tubbs, and the vicious Pauline, with contributions from fellow Gentlemen Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson.

The South Bank Show edited by Andreas Torner includes exclusive access to Steve and Reece’s writing process, as we see them working on scripts for the new series of Inside No. 9, and follows them on the set as they film one of the new episodes of their fifth series.

This film is a unique insight into the motivations and ideas behind some of the most ambitious, twisted and funny storytelling on television.  Inside No. 9’s blend of comedy, horror and pathos combined with devilish plot twists, stellar casts and ingenious innovations in form has allowed Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith to break new ground with their distinctive brand of dark humour and storytelling.

Over the twenty years they have been working together, Steve and Reece have proved themselves to be two of the most talented writers of their generation.

Tuesday 30th July, 10:00pm on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

The Grierson Trust Awards: Shortlist Announced

We are super proud that several projects that our editors have worked on have been shortlisted in the Grierson Awards. The Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar with the ceremony taking place in November.

A big congratulations to Charlie Hawryliw. Three amazing projects that he edited have made it on to the shortlist:

Massacre at Ballymurphey Awen Media for Channel 4 has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Historical Documentary category.

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me Films of Record for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Single Documentary’

The Choir: Our School By the Tower. Twenty Twenty Television for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Constructed Documentary Series’

Graham Taylor edited the wonderful Children of Snowland which has been shortlisted in the Best Cinema Documentary. Picture on the Wall Productions & Mayfly TV for General theatrical release.

Matt Lowe edited ‘Drowning In Plastic’ Raw TV for BBC One which has been shortlisted in the Best Natural History Documentary category.

Dom Lester edited ‘Australia : Earths Magical Kingdom‘ Oxford Scientific Films for BBC 2 which has been shortlisted in the Best Natural History Documentary category.

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted. See the full list here

Armstrong

Armstrong – Feature Documentary- 1 hour 40 minutes.

Editor: Paul Holland

Director: David Fairhead

Narrated by Harrison Ford

ARMSTRONG is a dramatic and emotional documentary that features never-before-seen family home-movie footage, along with still and moving images that chronicle Neil Armstrong’s incredible life.  

Armstrong is in all cinemas nationwide on July 9th for one night only then will be on general release from July 12th.

Paul spent nearly 9 months editing this film and it was quite possibly the most painless experience he’s ever had in an edit suite- he even uses the word ‘fun’!   He puts this down to the director who used to be an editor and therefore understood exactly when Paul needed support and when to let go of the reins. The small team behind the project also contributed greatly in the shaping of the film and the whole process felt like a truly collaborative experience between 5 people.

We can’t wait to watch it!

Death Row: Countdown to Execution

Thursday 13th June

9pm ITV – 2 parts

Edited by Matt Lowe and Jen Hampson

This new two-part documentary series in ITV’s Crime & Punishment strand sees Susanna Reid travel to Huntsville in Texas, home of the most active death chamber in the United States, to come face-to-face with death row inmate Patrick Murphy, who is confronting the imminent prospect of being put to death as his execution date draws ever closer. Murphy was one of the members of the notorious ‘Texas 7’ gang who violently murdered a police officer while on the run, after he and six other criminals launched one of the most infamous prison breakouts in American history. Delving into the details of the crime, Susanna discovers that Murphy may not be as culpable as she first thought of the murder itself. He didn’t pull the trigger that killed the police officer, and he wasn’t at the scene of the murder in the year 2000. Susanna meets lawyers fighting for and against his execution, the family of the victim, as well as Murphy’s son, who grew up not knowing his father until he broke out of prison and became one of the most wanted men in the United States. As Murphy lives out his last few days and hours, she gains a vivid insight into the impact his execution will have on them all.

Episode 1  on air Thursday 13th June (Pick of the week in Radio Times)

EditorJen Hampson

Episode 2  on air Thursday 20th June

Editor – Matt Lowe

Broadcast Digital Awards 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Broadcast Digital Awards has been announced and we are excited to see that several programmes that our editors have cut have been shortlisted.

After the Screaming Stops’ has been shortlisted in the Best Documentary Programme. Made by Fulwell 73 for BBC4 Matthew Henley was edit support on this documentary about the tense reunion of pop band Bros.

In the Best Entertainment Programme is Lime Pictures ‘Celebs Go Dating’ edited by  Mike Kerr, Chris Naggs and James Moriarty and  ITV’s ‘Love Island’ Series 4 which has also been shortlisted. Tim Fielding worked on this series and is lucky enough to be out in Majorca now cutting the current season 5!

Britain’s Youngest Football Boss has been shortlisted in the Best Popular Factual Programme category. Made by Curious Films for BBC Three, this series follows top flight football club West Ham United Women’s team and their 19-year-old Managing Director Jack Sullivan. Editors: Jamie Williams and Mark Pickles.

In the Gamechanger Programme category, Avalon’s ‘Al Murray; Why Does Everybody Hate the English’ has been shortlisted. This programmes sees Al Murray, the award winning comedian and history fanatic find out what lies behind England’s greatest feuds with its closest neighbours: Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and France.  Broadcast on The History Channel. Roy Williams– Editor for Ep 1.

The winners will be announced on 3rd July, best of luck to all the nominees!

Puppy School

Editor: Adam Mitchell

Friday 17th May

Red Sky Productions for Channel 4

As training centres for first-time dog owners spring up across the UK, new Channel 4 series, Puppy School will invite puppy parents to a bespoke school, to help them contend with the challenge of bringing a puppy into their lives. Set against the stunning backdrop of Chatsworth, its curriculum will include exercises to develop doggy IQs and social skills, and help the furry family members successfully settle into their new home. Each episode of Puppy School will chronicle the puppies’ first six months, covering the highs and lows of becoming a new puppy parent, as well as recording the moving, heart-warming and sometime tumultuous events in the lives of the owners as they face a challenging or exciting new chapter.

Adam Mitchell worked on all four episodes of the series.

Episode one will be aired Friday 17th May Channel 4

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Nutopia for Nat Geo and Disney+ Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new series. Each episode is centered around something we all love — like trainers or ice cream — as Jeff pulls the thread on these… Read More