Danny and the Human Zoo is a fictionalised account of Lenny Henry's life as a teenager in 1970s Dudley. The story centres on Danny Fearon, a talented impressionist, and his working-class Jamaican family, as herises to fame as a stand-up comedian.
When Danny wins a local 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 an unscrupulous agent takes advantage of Danny and forces him to star in The Black and White Minstrel Show. Danny hits rock bottom. Having made his name by becoming other people, Danny has to save himself by finding out who he really is.
If you missed it, click here to catch up on BBC iPlayer. Watch the trailer above.
Over the next year, 12 drama directors will be mentored on one of the 4 flagship continuing dramas (EastEnders, Holby City, Doctors & Casualty); and, as part of their training, they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme. If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within 9 months for a full directorial commission.
Comedy legend Harry Enfield stars in a new Creative Skillset film highlighting the issues of diversity in television.
The film was premiered at the 2015 Guardian Edinburgh TV Festival at a Creative Skillset diversity networking drinks attended by many of the heavyweights of the TV industry and the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey.
Harry stars as Haanes, a South African émigré who arrived in the UK in the late 1980s and then found work in television in this country. To say the very least, he has a rather backward and outdated view of the world – based around an era that we all thought had passed. Nevertheless Haanes sees many things that he recognises in the Television industry in 2015.
Also showcased at the networking event on Wednesday was a brochure Making TV more diverse that sets out some of the many ways that Creative Skillset and partners are helping change the face of television production by creating opportunities for people from a diverse range of backgrounds in a wide range of roles.
GoThinkBig is looking for aspiring directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers, sound mixers, editors and production desigers to join their film-making crew. See below for more information:
Only 14% of UK films were directed by women. And of those, just 14% had female writers behind them.*
GoThinkBig thinks it's time to shift the balance. We're looking for talented young men and women who feel the same to join our crew.
We're looking for 3 crews of 18-24 year olds to join a week long film making experience from 8-15 October at the BFI London Film Festival. You'll have the amazing opportunity to write, shoot and direct a short film based on the theme ‘The Time Is Now’, inspired by the rally-cry of new film SUFFRAGETTE. the film was written, directed and produced by a female team and hits cinemas on 12 october.
To help you make it, top talent from the BFI Film Academy will show you the ropes in everything from writing and storyboarding to directing and operating the cameras.
And when the film's ready, you'll get a chance to see it unveiled during a screening of SUFFRAGETTE at the BFI London Film Festival.
Check out the powerful trailer for Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba and introducing Abraham Attah.
When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier. The Netflix Original Film is available on the on demand platform and in select theatres on 16th October.
The multi-talented and award-winning Javone Prince has landed on BBC Two with a brand-new sketch series. The Javone Prince Show looks at all facets of contemporary multicultural Britain; it questions who we are, what our attitudes are and why we have them. Each week, self-professed original loverman, Javone (PhoneShop, Horrible Histories) and friends will dissect 21st century Britain with a series of comedic takes on everyday life.
The Javone Prince Show (4×30') is the first production for Phil Bowker (PhoneShop, Pulling, 15 Storeys High) and Lee Tucker's (Silver River, Avalon) indie 'Lovely Electricity' and will be made jointly with BBC In-house Comedy Production. Myfanwy Moore (Little Britain) will be the executive producer.
Click here to watch Ep1 on iPlayer and brand new episodes Sundays 10pm on BBC Two.
Dane is 29, ambitious, frustrated and very funny. He (still) lives with his parents, in a crammed box room which he shares with his Mum's cleaning equipment. He's a twin, which guarantees that any affection,support and enjoyment in his homelife has always been split in half. Alongside Kadean, his twin sister, Dane's nemesis is his boss, Steve, who represents everything that Dane is determined to escape from.
Dane needs his salary if he's ever going to break away from his privacy-free homelife, but he's desperate to follow his dream. Driven on by personal ambition, the support of his girlfriend, Nicola and best friend Sam, today could finally be the day when everything's about to change…
Feeling a little suffocated, Sean encourages Jamie to go on a few more dates…but his plan backfires.
Wedding Dates is written and created by Daniel Rusteau – to catch up on the rest of the series, click here.
Lightbox Media is a new TV and Media company dedicated to producing the highest quality non fiction content for the international market. There is a current vacancy for a runner; the contract is 6 months with the possibility of promotion afterwards. Lightbox have signed up to the CDN diversity pledge and are very keen to meet and recruit people from all areas of life. Please see job description and details on how to apply below:
The Runner position at Lightbox is an entry level position. LB has signed up for the CDN pledge and we are keen to meet and recruit people from all areas of life. The successful candidate will be given a LB mentor who will help and guide during the contract and will ensure that during the contracted period, the runner gets introduced to all departments and production activities.
6 month contract, paid, @£400/week plus oystercard zones 1-4
To assist the Director of Operations and Production Managers with all administrative duties to ensure the smooth running of the relevant production(s)
To assist the Office Manager with all administrative duties to ensure the smooth running of the office
To Director of Operations and Production Managers. Works closely with Office Manager
Working to the Production Managers and Production Co-Ordinators to ensure efficient administration within the production(s).
Clean driving licence essential as some driving work included for location filming
Office reception work – answer telephones, meet & greet, photocopying, transcript typing, order stationery and couriers, arrange and cater for meetings
Assist the Office Manager – set up new starters on computers; troubleshoot IT problems; maintain print supplies for printers and photocopier; order kitchen and toilet supplies; liaise with contractors.
Long hours on occasion during busy periods of production and where necessary to ensure smooth running of the production process.
Some Location and Weekend work.
An ability to communicate effectively with all people within and outside the company, both verbally and in writing as appropriate.
Ability to pay attention to detail as well as take an overview of the situation.
Experience of working as part of a team, maintaining good working relationships and knowing when to refer to others.
A good operational knowledge of computer systems and editing software.
Knowledge of and experience in handing cameras, domestic and professional ones.
An ability to adapt to changing priorities and circumstances as appropriate (this may include working flexible hours or weekend working depending on deadlines).
An ability to work well in a high-pressure environment, working to tight deadlines.
Maintaining integrity and discretion despite pressure from time and peers.
Knowing who/where to go in order to get what you need.
Giving help, advice and information to others as needed.
Capacity to multi-task over several on-going projects or areas of production and able to define priorities.
Confidence to recognise and deal with arising problems.
The ability to think clearly, logically and objectively.
Passionate about film and tv production, a desire to be part of it, and to do well.
To apply, email your C.V. to: email@example.com
Meet the fighters living with disabilities who participate in full contact sports. In the clip above, meet Dave, the UK's only one-armed cage fighter. For more Disabled Fight Club shorts, click here to head over to All 4.