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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.”

BBC Three acquires second series of US comedy Shrill

Lolly Adefope and Aidy Bryant in Shrill (credit: BBC)

The eight-part series will re-join Annie, played by Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant, after she’s quit her miserable job and confronted her demons: her boss (John Cameron Mitchell), her mother (Julia Sweeney) and her troll.

With her best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope) and boyfriend Ryan (Luka Jones) by her side, she’s ready to begin a path of self-discovery to figure out what she truly wants in life.

US comedy series Shrill heads to BBC Three

Aidy Bryant (Credit:BBC)

The six-part series will become available on BBC iPlayer from the 15th December.

Executive produced by Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, Shrill stars Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

Changing her life won’t be easy though.

As Annie tries to start her career in journalism, she is also dealing with bad boyfriends, a sick parent and a perfectionist boss.

Dark comedy Back To Life will return for second series

Daisy Haggard in Back to Life (credit: BBC)

Co-created by and starring Daisy Haggard, the first series of Back To Life follows Miri Matterson as she returned to her quiet seaside town after a lengthy spell in prison.

Having entered prison during her formative years as a young adult, the series comically traverses her naïve attempts to fit into the modern world that has changed significantly in the 18 years she has spent away from it.

Over the course of the six-part series, her community’s refusal to accept her catalyses the reveal of the truth behind her crime.

Documentary masterclass with Arthur Cary

Arthur Cary (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

From comedy to docs, via reality TV: “With my writing partner from university, I was writing script-based comedy… we got close a few times to getting things away but it wasn’t quite working,” recalled Cary.

He landed a job as a runner at Endemol, working on BBC Three show Celebrity Scissorhands and then Big Brother: “I exploited every connection I had at Endemol and got a job at North One, which used to make a lot of Cutting Edge [documentaries] for Channel 4.”

RuPaul's Drag Race UK creators discuss bringing drag to screens at RTS Futures event

Sally Miles, Fenton Bailey, Ruby Kuraishe, Scott Bryan, Navi Lamba and Bruce McCoy (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Drag queens and TV are like peanut butter and jelly – the perfect combination,” added the show’s creator Fenton Bailey.

McCoy and Bailey – executive producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, both here and in the US – were talking at a lively RTS Futures event in November that looked at how the show was brought to the UK.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series two is confirmed by BBC Three

RuPaul (Credit: BBC)

Series one was met with critical acclaim, gaining 6.5 million iPlayer requests just over halfway through the series.

BBC Three has opened applications for the next series, ready to find another group of queens who will show off their talents and slay the competition.

During series one, the queens faced several challenges to test all elements of their drag ability, from forming standout girl bands, to strutting down the runway in a regal creation.

Host RuPaul thanked the BBC and fans for the “overwhelming” support for the UK series.