Icon: Music Through the Lens

Eagle Rock for Sky Arts

Editor: Joe Swanson

The new six-part series ICON: Music Through The Lens relates the history and cultural impact of music photography. The series features interviews and images from artists including Elton John, Mick Jagger, Queen, Led Zeppelin and  Noel Gallagher to name a few!

The series explores studio portraits, record sleeves, music magazines, live shows , exhibitions, coffee table books & the fine art world. It puts amazing photographs at the centre, looking  at one of popular culture’s most striking and surprisingly popular art forms.

Joe Swanson edited eps 1 and 2. He really enjoyed getting to know these fascinating and legendary photographers and telling their stories. 

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/v9vfIkK8C3g

Icon: Music Through the Lens is premiering on Sky Arts at 10pm on Friday 6th November.

RTS Craft Design Awards 2020

The nominations for the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2020, supported by Netflix, have been announced.

Big Congratulations to Abraham Teweldebrhan who has been nominated in the Editing Documentary/Factual Category for his work on: Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King Optomen Television for ITV. Well done Abs!  Now you just need to work on your football managing skills..

The prestigious awards will be celebrated on Monday 23rd November on the RTS website with special guest appearances.

See the full list of Nominations here

The Wine Show

Editors: Dave Berezai, Jonnie Case and Gwyn Moxham

Jura Productions for Amazon Prime Video

Need some escapism? Grab your glass of vino and settle in for an evening with a new series of The Wine Show!

Matthew Goode, Matthew Rhys and James Purefoy are joined by Dominic West this season to capture the exciting and extraordinary world of wine in sunny Portugal.

Three Sastusfaction editors worked on the series and it sounds like it was a fun project. Jonnie Case said “it was a joy to edit as it is so well scripted, produced and shot. It was great fun working with a cast of well known UK actors who are happy to allow themselves to be gently educated in the ways of wine”.

Gwyn Moxham found it great working with the team “both the wider team and also our little editor huddle with Dave and Jonnie,  honestly the nicest bunch of people to be entering the weird world of lockdown editing with” He also added  “It was great also to work with footage from the most stunning parts of Portugal, and with such talented actors! A great gig and learned lots about wine, food and Portugal”.

Dave Berezai said “I can honestly say I knew next to nothing about wine before I started on this show. I have since learnt many of the nuances that help create a great bottle of wine. But I have barely scratched the surface. There is so much to know! This was my third season and it was great to work with such a lovely team again.The material was beautifully shot in some truly amazing places around the world. Us editors were given a great deal of autonomy to put our own stamps on things – a challenge which we all relished. And to top it off some top notch wine made it’s way into the edit from time to time. Cheers!”

The Faction ladies are now dreaming of sitting in the sun in Portugal sipping some lovely wine!

See the trailer here:

The Wine Show season 3 will be launching on Amazon Prime Video Thursday 31st Oct

Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina

Double Act for Nat Geo Wild and Disney +

Series Editor: Charlie Webb

31st Oct on Nat Geo Wild

The team here are really looking forward to this one!

World’s Biggest Zoo takes us to North Carolina which is home to the largest zoo in the world. The zoo is spread out over an enormous 2,600 acres, it has thousands of animals living within a diverse range of landscapes. The series gives a behind-the-scenes look at the work it takes to keep the zoo going, particularly in regard to the health and well-being of the animals.

Big congratulations to Charlie Webb, it was his first series editor role!

Charlie chatted to us about his experience on the series and said I really enjoyed working on the show and always enjoy working with the double act team and Alex Wood the Series Producer who was brilliant. It was a  big challenge being my first show as series editor but really pleased with the format and style we came up with. Each episode has a theme throughout which is all tied together at the end of the show, making it feel very filmic. The show has some great moments, both highs and lows, has beautiful photography and has been scored superbly by Matt De Luca at Figure and Groove. I’m really looking forward for people to see it on Nat Geo Wild and Disney +.

The first ep will be aired on 31st Oct on Nat Geo Wild.

The Rap Game

Naked Entertainment for BBC 3

Editor 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.

Joe thought the artists this year are all very talented and enjoyed the energetic style of the show which made it a lot of fun to cut. Each episode is shot over 5 days, meaning there has been 50 hours plus of rushes per show. The main challenge Joe had was getting such an immense amount of material down into a 1 hour show!

We are looking forward to catching this series which starts tomorrow 7pm on 22 October only on BBC 3 / BBC iPlayer.


Monday 19th Oct  8pm Channel 4

Quicksilver Media

Editor: Hass Azzoug

Matt Frei investigates the president’s policies, actions and decisions during the pandemic, which has cost more than 200,000 American lives. There are revelations gathered from months of conversations with White House advisers and insiders, whistle-blowers, politicians who have worked with Trump and leading US scientists, as well as loyal Trump supporters.

Hass edited the pre-titles and part four of this fascinating documentary. When Hass started the edit, President Trump has just been diagnosed with COVID-19 so there was lots of last minute changes and new footage to be added!  He worked remotely from home but with a camera set up on his edit suite, the exec was able to work closely with him throughout the edit.  Hass said it was a hard edit with a very fast turnaround but a really interesting project and he enjoyed working with such a lovely team.

Dispatches: Trumps Coronavirus will be on tonight 8pm Channel 4

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime

Editor: Myles Painter

Ex-Monty Python comic and travelogue veteran Michael Palin fronts this gentle retrospective series charting his three decades making travel documentaries.

The series will see Michael take the viewer back in time to encounter the places he visited – extraordinary countries and moments from Around The World In 80 Days, Pole To Pole, Full Circle and Sahara, allowing us to experience them as he did, and hear for the first-time his untold personal stories.

Viewers are invited to reflect upon global change and how travel has evolved over time, with additional insight from other famous fans, colleagues and television travellers who have admired his work. Michael will reveal just how challenging the journeys were – both personally and professionally – and how he became one of the most influential TV travellers of our time, discovering that his thirst for adventure was shared by millions of viewers.

Myles Painter who cut episode 3 of the series, looking back at the Full Circle series said that: ‘it was a joy to revisit one of my favourite programs as a child – my parents still have all the series on VHS – and spend time going through lots of rushes of the legend that is Michael Palin and listen to all his amazing stories.

Watch Episode 3 on Sunday 18th October at 8pm on BBC2 and BBC iPlayer.

Between The Covers

Editors: Gwyn Moxham and James Johnson

Have you been wearing out the pages of the same three old books during lockdown? Do you need something juicy and new to read? Our team of avid bookworms are really excited about the concept of this new BBC show where Sara Cox brings some of the nation’s best-known authors and celebrity guests to share and review their favourite books. That’s a book club we’d love to be a part of!

Gwyn and James worked on most of the 7 episodes of this series for Cactus TV over the past month. Gwyn shared that “it was great to be cutting Sara Cox and some of the UK’s finest comedy talent, and to help get books and the arts on to Friday night TV!” which James seconded saying: “ It was surprisingly fun to put together as the contributors were very eloquent and at times hilarious, a mixture of authors, comedians and tv personalities. It was a pleasure to work with Cactus tv, it’s a unique format that works really well in Covid times. Well done to Exec Producer Amanda Ross and Series Producer Pollyanne Conway!”

Join the book club every Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC 2 for more titles to add to your reading list.


Editor: Jenny Sheridan

Avalon for Channel 4

Taskmaster is set to make its Channel 4 debut with presenters Greg Davies and his sidekick and series creator Alex Horne. There is a great lineup of Comedians: This Country star, Daisy May Cooper popular comedian Johnny Vegas, The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson, stand up-comedian Mawaan Rizwan and veteran comic Richard Herring.

Jenny Sheridan who edited episodes 2, 5 and 8 said “It’s a great team to work with, they made me feel so welcome and it’s such a brilliant show! Definitely worth watching for Daisy May Cooper alone – endlessly entertaining”.

The show is set to make its Channel 4 debut on Thursday 15th October, with the first episode airing at 9pm.

A World of Calm

Nutopia and Calm for HBO Max

Editor:  Matt Scragg

Nutopia and Calm have partnered to create a revolutionary TV experience, ‘A World of Calm’. It’s the ultimate in relaxing viewing, combining mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars.

A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world. Transporting the viewer into tranquillity through scientifically-engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage, to naturally calm your body and soothe the mind. Each story is brought to life by a different iconic voice. Matt Scragg edited ‘The Birds Journey’ read by Nicole Kidman and ‘A Horses Tale read by Kate Winslet’.  He said that it was a joy to have been involved with.

‘The Birds Journey’ was ranked the fifth most soothing episode with  ‘A Horses Tale’ coming second!

Season 1 of ‘A World of Calm’ is available now on HBO Max.