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Size Matters: A provocative look at short-form content (RTS FUTURES)

From YouTube to Channel 4, Snapchat to BBC Three, the revolution is happening and you can be a part of it!

RTS Futures is hosting a unique event where we invite you to learn from some of the greatest short-form pioneers.

An esteemed panel of industry leaders is ready to share their advice, trends and insights. Topics include how to create a career online, what short videos gets commissioned and what the future holds for emerging creative talent.

Channel 4 wins big at the Grierson Awards

Grayson Perry at the Grierson Awards

Channel 4 swept the boards at last night’s Grierson Awards, which celebrate documentaries that have made a significant contribution to the form.

RTS award-winner Grayson Perry was crowned Documentary Presenter of the Year for his Channel 4 series Who Are You? with Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey calling Perry a national treasure who “is an interviewer who gets under the skin of his subjects and an artist who captures their essence.”

An accidental career: Jed Mercurio headlines the RTS Midlands Careers Fair

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio decided he probably should learn to write – after he’d already penned a hit BBC drama series. “I did it backwards,” the former medic told the RTS Midlands Careers Fair 2020.

Mercurio had been a junior doctor working in Birmingham hospitals when he replied to an advert in the British Medical Journal. It had been placed by a production company looking for drama ideas.

BBC Three announces RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series two return and series three casting

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The show has also opened its casting process for the third series, calling all UK drag queens to compete in the Olympics of Drag.

The second series will see Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton returning as judges, with a host of other top-secret celebrity judges to be announced. Over the ten-week series, 12 British queens will battle it out to be crowned the Next Drag Superstar.

Series one saw Liverpool’s finest The Vivienne take the title in a close final with Divina De Campo and Baga Chipz. The second series promises to be even bigger than the first.

BBC Three commissions new entertainment show from Dane Baptiste

At its centre is the mythical NASBLAQ, a Stock index for diverse talent which controls their movement up and down the ladder of fame.

In this pilot, Dane and his cast will investigate the workings of the NASBLAQ and attempt to crack the code to success with a series of sketches, stunts, interviews and social campaigns.

BBC Three announces God Shave The Queens with RuPaul's Drag Race UK stars

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The eight-part documentary series will give viewers an insight into the hard graft behind the glitz and glamour of the Drag Race UK tour.

The series begins only a few days after The Vivienne won the UK’s first Drag Race and was crowned Drag Race Superstar, with all the queens working together to put on big, showstopping group performances and captivating audiences with their own individual talents, from circus skills, to power ballads.

US comedy series Twenties is coming to BBC Three

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Written and created by Lena Waithe, Twenties is inspired by Waithe's own life and follows Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs), an aspiring young black lesbian writer. Hattie and her friends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham) fight to realise their dreams while living in LA.

While homeless and struggling to make her dreams a reality, Hattie meets a successful writer and producer who gives her a chance and hires her as an assistant on a show.

BBC Three and BBC England announce Northern Voices commissions

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With the aim of reflecting the life experiences of 16-24 year-olds in the region, the Factual Development Scheme invited local independent production companies to submit ideas which, if successful, would undergo development and gain a commission.

The Northern Voices collaboration furthers BBC Three’s commitment to uncover original and untold stories from exciting new voices outside of London.