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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.”

Meet the queens of Canada’s Drag Race

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The ten-part series will introduce viewers to the drag scenes across Canada, with plenty of shade being thrown between the Montreal and Quebec queens.

Each week, RuPaul will deliver challenges by Rumail and the competing queens will need to prove they have what it takes to deliver showstopping looks and stay in the competition.

If the queens want to hear the words “shantay you stay”, they will need to be able to sing, dance, act, improv, sew, beat, throw shade, death drop and lip sync, all with their own unique spin.

BBC Three to air Reggie Yates drama Make Me Famous

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The consequences of being pushed into the spotlight so suddenly is the main focus of the drama and tells the story of Billy (Tom Brittney), a young man who gets a shot at fame when he impresses the producers of a fictional reality show.

Billy is excited for his life to change, but a year after the show has aired he is struggling to balance his newfound fame, social media pressures and tabloid kiss and tells.

With his other co-stars enjoying thriving careers, Billy has to deal with strangers making assumptions about him and deeply buried insecurities coming to the surface.

BBC announces month of programming to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

The curation includes several brand new productions and a range of documentaries from the last two years all chosen to provide support to those struggling.

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, said: “Mental health is important - and during this pandemic more important than ever. Many people may be struggling alone, they may be worried about maintaining their own well-being or want to better equip themselves to help loved ones.

“That’s why bringing mental health issues out into the open is so important. Our programmes aim to do just that.”

BBC Three and BBC England launch Factual Development Scheme for Northern England

BBC Three and BBC England have collaborated to form a new Factual Development Scheme for the North of England called Northern Voices.

The partnership is offering commissions to local independent production companies for new ideas for documentaries that reflect the experiences of young people in the region.

A new documentary talent must be attached to the pitch with a view to nurture them throughout production, as the partnership aims to improve both the production supply and talent pool from the region.

BBC Three commissions Michelle Visage show How’s Your Head, Hun?

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Filmed from her home in LA, where she is currently locked down with her family, Visage will be hosting a weekly house party to lift everyone’s spirits.

Along with her husband David, teenage daughter Lola, Lola’s relatively new boyfriend and a menagerie of pets, Visage will take viewers on her high jinks lockdown adventure.

From baking her first banana bread to reorganising her extensive wardrobe and investing in glamorous loungewear, How’s Your Head, Hun? will show Visage like never before.

BBC Three announces premiere date for Normal People with new trailer

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All 12 episodes of the upcoming drama will be available to watch on BBC Three from Sunday 26th April.

Daisy Edgar-Jones (War Of The Worlds) and newcomer Paul Mescal star as Marianne and Connell, two young lovers who have a complicated on-off relationship spanning across their teenage years in a small town west of Ireland through their student years at Trinity College, Dublin.