The Art of Casting | RTS West of England

A dive into the role of casting producer, to find out how to pull together a compelling cast who engage and entertain audiences.


Jo Somner, Senior Casting Producer, Plimsoll Productions (Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker)

Alastair McMullan, Casting Producer, RDF West (Tipping Point)

Claire Parry, Senior Casting Producer, Five Mile Films (The Dog House)

Rosie Smith, Casting Producer, Twenty Twenty Television (Teen First Dates)

Chair: Cherry Sandhu, Series Producer

The ins and outs of reality casting

“We’re looking for people who are going to surprise us... humour is a huge thing on First Dates... especially the teenagers’ [show]. Teenagers are so funny, even when they don’t mean to be,” said Rosie Smith, a casting producer at Twenty Twenty Television who has worked on Chan­nel 4 series Teen First Dates.

“Relatability” is also important, as are “layers”, she added. “You want some­ one’s story to unfold on screen.... Finally, [you want] someone who’s keen on your programme.”

Production Focus: Small Axe | RTS London

The production team behind Steve McQueen's drama, Small Axe, discuss the making of the love letters to resilience and triumph within London's West Indian community.

They share the casting, costume, screenplay and research processes behind each episode of the series.

Aradhna Tayal - Producer & Consultant, Clockhouse Media

Tracey Scoffield - Executive Producer
Courttia Newland - Co-Writer
Gary Davy - Casting
JoJo Williams - Hair & Makeup 

All About TV Casting | RTS Futures

Casting professionals discuss their TV careers working on shows such as Love Island, Saturday Night Takeaway, The Voice, and Take Me Out, and provide top tips on how to get into TV casting.

Henry Byrne, Casting Producer, Bianca Clayton, Casting Assistant Producer, Lewis Evans, Series Producer, Mo Mohsin, Casting Producer and Charlotte Welsh, Casting Researcher, join Lauren Evans, ITV Entertainment Talent Manager, for the RTS Futures event.