TV current affairs and documentaries are obsessed with the new. That means we can ignore problems which continue over decades. My month begins with watching Channel 5’s Raped: My Story for a panel I’m on.
It’s a really daring programme precisely because there is nothing new in it; it is a devastating document of the way rape ruins lives and survivors are denied justice. And that’s a story we need to tell again and again.
For scripted projects such as dramas and comedies, an editor will have a script to work to, choosing the best combination of shots to tell the story.
“The script is like a blueprint,” explains The Crown editor Una Ni Dhonghaile,
A documentary is a rather different beast. “You may be faced with 400 hours of footage shot across many years in a sprawling way. The people making the film don't know what's going to happen next,” says editor Ben Stark whose credits include Dispatches, Baby P: The Untold Story and 9/11: The Falling Man.
The World According to President Trump will see RTS award-winner Matt Frei talking to those in the know in an attempt to get to the bottom of what a Trump presidency means.
Will Trump really seek to ban all Muslims from entering the United States? Will he actually build The Wall? What will the US-Russia relationship look like?
There was a time when ITN was simply a news provider struggling to make money. Not any more. Today, the company is highly profitable and is as likely to film a Football League match or produce a feted Lego ad for BT as it is to send Tom Bradby to Brussels to anchor News at Ten. ITN is even developing drama.
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How the Rich Avoid Tax
Actor Greg Wise goes undercover for Dispatches to expose legitimate tax schemes that the rich can use to keep HMRC’s hands off their cash.
The upstart news network is winning new respect