Rose d’Or 2019 Finalists Announced

The 2019 Rose d’Or Nominees have been announced. The shortlist was voted for by 60 international judges made up of media industry professionals, chaired by The Bridge star Sofia Helin.

We are delighted to see that The Repair Shop has been nominated in the Reality and Factual Entertainment category. Congratulations to the team at Ricochet. Alex Marsh and Hugo Fowler have been working on this fantastic series which shines a light on the wonderful treasures to be found in homes across the country.

We are excited to see 8 Days: To The Moon and Back has been nominated in the Drama category. Duncan Hill edited this Feature-length drama documentary which uses dramatic reconstruction, declassified cockpit audio recorded by the astronauts and film archive to tell the story of the first moon landing.

8 Days: To The Moon and Back is available on Iplayer.

Good luck to all the nominees, a full list can be seen on the Rose d’Or website.

What Makes a Murderer


Thursday 21st November 9pm Channel 4

Executive producers Richard Bond; Tom Pullen; Adam Boome

Editor: Charlie Hawryliw

The series is made up of three episodes edited by the wonderful Charlie Hawryliw. It follows Professor Adrian Raine and Dr. Vicky Thakordas-Desai as they investigate a trio of convicted murders who submit themselves to a ground-breaking sociological, biological and psychological investigation to determine whether they truly had control over their actions.

Episode 1 premieres tonight 9pm on Channel 4 and will be available to watch on All 4.

A night at The Griersons 2019

Another amazing night at the Griersons Documentary Awards this year. The honourable Judge Robert Rinder was a witty and gracious host.

Thank you and well done to Kel McKeown who once again edited The Highlights Showreel and award packages to present the impressive nominees of this year’s ceremony.

A huge congratulations to Matt Lowe who edited the winning film in Discovery’s ‘Best Natural History Documentary’: Drowning in Plastic and to Ella Newton who edited ‘One Day in Gaza’, nominated in the Getty Images ‘Best Current Affairs Documentary’.

Drowning in Plastic

One Day in Gaza

This year’s Griersons Trustees’ Award winner was Channel 4’s very own Head of Current Affairs and News, Dorothy Byrne. This nomination recognized her unwavering honesty and praised her inspiring journey in media and constant fight to bring relevant and contemporary issues to the attention of the greater public by commissioning and supporting such programmes.

A night to Remember!

Home Free

Primal Media for Channel 4

Editor: Mohsin Bhatti

Mondays 18th and 25th November on Channel 4

Home Free follows a group of young people with learning disabilities as they leave home and move into supported living apartments. Living independently for the first the time, the new housemates will take a major leap in their lives with extraordinary access from the families. The observational documentary promises joy, laughter, new friendships, blossoming relationships and even tears and heartache.

Mohsin Bhatti, who edited two episodes said: “It was a joy and privilege to be allowed to tell the story of this group of 20 somethings transitioning to their next step of adulthood. Docs like these rarely come through the door and I feel extremely lucky to have been involved documenting their lives.”

The first episode of the series will air on Monday 18th November on Channel 4 at 10pm.

Maradona in Mexico

A Ronachan Films and Pacha Film production for Netflix

Editor: Nick Follows

Directed by Angus Macqueen

13th November on Netflix

In September 2018 the legendary Diego Maradona became Manager of the second division Mexican football team, Los Dorados de Sinaloa, who were bottom of the table. Last seen misbehaving at the World Cup in Russia, dire predictions were made when Diego, famous for his addictions as well as his football, descended on Culiacan, home to the world’s biggest drug cartel. (Just two weeks ago its streets were taken over by cartel gunmen.) With astonishing access to Diego and his players, the changing room and the town, the films are a study in passion in all its forms.

David Faitelson, ESPN: “Diego had to go to give life to a football team. Incredible. The city where they traffic the very substance that almost ended his life.”

Nick Follows cut the last episode of Maradona in Mexico available on Netflix from 13th Nov.

Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall

Editor: Ben Burgess

Thursday 24th Oct 9pm

BBC Studios for ITV ct 9pm

Two-part landmark observational documentary with privileged access to Prince Charles and his private domain, the Duchy of Cornwall, the ancient Royal estate which he has  built up over the last 50 years into a billion pound business to support himself, his immediate family and his charities. 

The films explore how the estate supports an ancient way of life on Bodmin Moor but also gives young families the opportunity to embark on a new start in farming. It’s all a stark contrast to the lives of residents in the Duchy’s ancient manor of Kennington, in inner-city London, and those of Poundbury, in Dorset, who are creating their own new community in a visionary and once controversial new town inspired by their Duke. 

Ben Burgess came in at the latter part of the edit to add last minute interviews with Prince Charles, make changes and get the two films over the line,  it was an intense few weeks!  He explained that there were so many levels of approval to get them past, because in addition to the usual exec and commissioning editor, the fact that the films were about the Royal Family meant they had to be shown to Clarence House, The Duchy Estate and Kensington Palace!  Ben did say “even though it was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed working on it, and think the series is a strong piece of work that I feel proud to have worked on”.

Ep 1 will be shown 24th Oct and Ep 2 on the 24th Oct.  9pm ITV

Spy Wars

Alaska TV for History and A&E Networks

Editors: Jayesh Lathia and Nick Follows

Featuring Damian Lewis in his first docu-drama role, this new 8×60 factual series will reveal the remarkable true stories behind some of the most gripping and important international spy operations of the last forty years. Packed full of espionage, surveillance, undercover work, and covert operations, the series brings forth these real events as well as the profound personal and geopolitical consequences for all involved. Utilizing innovative and highly stylized reconstructions, Spy Wars (W/T) is shot on location in London, Moscow and Israel. Damian Lewis is the guide through each in-depth episode that investigates the Cold War through to the ‘war on terror’ and the renewed espionage hostilities of present day.

Jayesh said ” The stories were huge, featuring the Cold War era, the Ethiopian exodus of Jews to Israel and the Iranian Islamic Revolution. The challenge was not only to tell the larger geopolitical story in each episode but also to make sure that the human story, whether it was civilians caught in a revolution or a double agent escaping certain death, had equal importance. I think we successfully achieved this goal and I am very proud to have edited on this thrilling series”

The series will premiere on Monday 7th Oct on The History Channel

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. 

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes

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The World According to Jeff Goldblum

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