Channel 4 Announce Winners of Writing for Television’ Award

Nuzhat Ali

Nuzhat Ali

Nuzhat Ali and Sharma Walfall have won the Channel 4 and Northumbria University Writing for Television Award at the Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony in Newcastle this evening.

Launched by Northumbria University in partnership with Channel 4 as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards last November, the new award seeks to identify raw and diverse writing talent from the North of England. The award is one of the many initiatives launched as part of Channel 4’s 360 Degree Diversity Charter launched earlier this year.

Nuzhat and Sharma were selected from 264 entrants to win the award, which offers them the unique opportunity to be mentored through the script commissioning process with Lime Pictures and RED Production Company. As part of the judging process, six finalists pitched their ideas earlier this spring. From July 2015, the writers will spend ten months being mentored by Lime Pictures and RED Production Company.


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Trailer| The Interceptor – BBC One Drama starring O.T. Fagbenle

Reposted from TVWise

Created by Tony Saint, The Interceptor follows a state of the art law enforcement team, known as UNIT, whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. The series is produced by BBC Drama Production in association with BBC Worldwide and stars O.T. Fagbenle (Looking), Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead), Jo Joyner (EastEnders), Robert Lonsdale (From Here To Eternity), Ewan Stewart (Titanic), Lorraine Ashbourne (Playing The Field), Anna Skellern (Heading Out), Gary Beadle (EastEnders) and Lee Boardman (Da Vinci’s Demons).

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Watch| Wedding Dates: Episode 1 – The Walking Rules

Wedding Dates, a brand new series on BWNG TV, follows engaged childhood sweethearts Sean and Jamie who fear they have missed out on all the fun 21st Century dating has to offer. They agree to spice up their ten-year relationship by allowing each other to go on dates with other people –  as long as they don't break 'the rules'! What could go wrong? 

Written and created by Daniel Rusteau. Starring Daniel Rusteau and Chinwe Nwokolo.

Watch: Trailer – ‘Double Cross’ a Short Film by Kyla Frye & Sam Benjamin

Cocky young con-artists, Jenn (Kyla Frye – Edge of Tomorrow, The Key, West10 LDN) and George (Sam Benjamin – BBC's The Crimson Field, Sky One's Little Crackers) have been making all the right moves, breaking the law, and having fun doing it. But one night after making suspiciously light work of a heavy score, they find themselves crossing the line into dangerous territory…in more ways than one…

Written, produced and starring Kyla Frye and Sam Benjamin. Directed by Sam Bradford and shot on RED (cameras used for Hollywood movies like Skyfall, Avengers and The Hobbit) with Praxima Film (who have just finished work on Will.I.Am's Lexus Commercial), DOUBLE CROSS is a five minute crime caper about two con artists who bite off more than they can chew.

Check out the trailer above. Release date: tbc.

News: Idris Elba & Debbie Tucker Green Drama ‘Second Coming’ Lands U.S. Home at Film Movement


Reposted from The Hollywood Reporter

Film Movement has acquired Olivier Award-winning playwright Debra Tucker Green’s feature film debut Second Coming, which stars Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall as a modern-day London couple who find themselves in the middle of a miracle.

Written and directed by Tucker Green, Second Coming follows Jackie (Marshall) and Mark (Elba), a middle- class couple who, along with their 11-year old son, Jerome (Kai Francis Lewis), must grapple with a unique situation. Jackie has just learned that she is pregnant, but she hasn’t been intimate with anyone for a long time, including her husband. She confides in her co-workers but takes a while before she tells Mark. When she finally breaks the news, Mark does not take it well, and the family must find a way to recover. Click here to watch the trailer. 

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Watch| Trailer: Wedding Dates – a new comedy drama from BWNG TV

BWNG TV  is launching a brand new web series on their YouTube platform. Wedding Dates, created by Daniel Rusteau, follows engaged childhood sweethearts Sean and Jamie as they try to spice up their ten-year relationship by dating other people. Everything should be fine as long as they don't break "the rules". Watch the trailer above. 

News| Polly Hill becomes new controller of BBC drama commissioning

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Polly Hill, the BBC executive responsible for Wolf Hall, Poldark and The Missing, has been appointed the new controller of BBC drama commissioning, one of the most powerful jobs in UK television. Hill succeeds Ben Stephenson, who is leaving to join Star Wars director JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in the US.

Hill, who is currently head of independent drama at the BBC, has overseen productions including BBC1’s Poldark, The Missing, Ripper Street and Death in Paradise, and Wolf Hall, The Honourable Woman and The Shadow Line on BBC2.

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Kascion Franklin To Star In Lenny Henry’s BBC One Drama ‘Danny And The Human Zoo’


Kascion Frankin and director Destiny Ekaragha

Reposted from TV Wise

Television newcomer Kascion Franklin has been tapped to play the lead role in Danny And The Human Zoo, BBC One’s upcoming 90 minute one-off drama which is inspired by the life of Lenny Henry and hails from Happy Valley indie Red Production Company.

Danny And The Human Zoo tell the story of Danny, a talented impressionist from a working class Jamaican family. When Danny wins a talent competition, he soon finds himself working the comedy circuit. Audiences can’t get enough and applaud Danny as he effortlessly morphs into Mohammed Ali, Tommy Cooper and Frank Spencer, eventually hitting the big time on TV. But when an unscrupulous manager takes advantage of Danny, he hits rock bottom. Having made his name by becoming other people, Danny has to save himself by finding out who he really is.

Kascion Franklin, repped by RED Talent Management, will lead the cast of the one-off drama as Danny. Other cast members include Lenny Henry (The Syndicate) as Danny’s dad Samson, Cecilia Noble (The Bill) as Danny’s mum Myrtle, Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as Danny’s Manager Jonesy, Richard Wilson (One Foot In The Grave) as promoter James Broughton and Mark Benton (Waterloo Road) as seasoned entertainer Syd Bolton.

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Watch| Trailer for ‘Honeytrap’ – in Cinemas Now

Set in Brixton, South London and inspired by true events, HONEYTRAP tells the story of 15-year-old Layla, who sets up the boy in love with her to be killed. SKINS alumnus Jessica Sula gives a star-making performance as Layla, perfectly capturing the agonising contradiction of Layla’s choice, caught between local top boy Troy (Lucien Laviscount) and loyal but low status friend Shaun (Ntonga Mwanza). Writer/Director Rebecca Johnson makes her feature debut with a rarely seen female perspective on gang culture, as Layla negotiates becoming a woman in an unforgiving, hyper-masculine world. Tense, shocking and incredibly moving film is a true tour de force.

Honeytrap was released in UK cinemas on 8th May.