Thames Valley

Membership of The Union Club

Bookings may only be made by using the dedicated email in the RTS Members Area and all visits to the club must be pre-booked with bookings being made within seven days of the visit – phone bookings and walk-ins are not permitted.

The Union Club was set up in 1993 by ex-North Sea oil rigger Pete Cross and Chef Carolyn Dawson, and both are (for their sins) still at the helm of the Club today. Opening a private members club had been a long held dream for the duo, and they took the plunge after buying a dilapidated building at 50 Greek Street, Soho.

THE RTS BIG CHRISTMAS TELLY QUIZ

Get in the mince pies, mull that wine, and dust down your festive glad rags, as impressionist and standup comedian Darren Altman once again returns with another edition of the Royal Television Society's very own Big Telly Quiz. With questions all about TV past, present, and future, don't be a Scrooge. Join Darren and a host of celebrity guests as they test your knowledge of all things telly. Compete yourself or just watch along, either way, 'yule' be thoroughly entertained — and it’s free and fun for the whole family!

Witch Hunt: Preview Screening + Q&A

Inspired by the true stories of Norwegian corporate whistleblowers, Heksejakt (Witch Hunt) looks at how those fighting for justice often become targets themselves.

Following an exclusive virtual screening of episode one, series co-creators Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen, along with lead actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal join the Radio Times’ Frances Taylor for this live behind-the-scenes discussion ahead of Witch Hunt's release on All 4 and Channel 4.

This event will include a live audience Q&A.

KIDS, COVID & CONTENT

In January 2020, we held a joint event with the Children’s Media Foundation: “Are the Kids Alright?” The session looked at how the mainstream media were providing engaging content for our youngest audiences. Then the pandemic changed everything. How did the media industry rise to the challenge? 

Children of 9/11: Production Focus

On 11th September 2001, many children lost their parents, with over 100 born after their fathers’ deaths on that fateful day. Children of 9/11: Our Story does not return to that dramatic day but looks forward, to follow some of those children, now coming of age, from all sorts of diverse backgrounds across America and the world beyond, in order to unveil the hidden cost of the tragedy.

Televising the London 1948 Olympics: A Talk by Norman Green

The London 1948 Olympics were officially the Games of the XIV Olympiad, and the first to follow a 12 year hiatus caused by World War II. Dubbed the Austerity Olympics, due to the aftermath of the War, no new venues were built. The Empire Stadium and Empire Pool at Wembley Park were among the main venues. 

The BBC bought the rights for £1,000 - around £73,000 in today's money - and broadcast to to a service that was officially only available in the London area.