The event will focus on the general (freelance-centric) workforce in the TV industry and the mental health issues they may experience. It will also look at how companies can be “good employers”, and will highlight good examples of on-screen representation of mental health in general.
Early Evening Events
4 Blocks tells the story of the Hamady crime family, which is engaged in a bloody fight for control of the drug trade in the Neukölln district of Berlin with the rival al-Saafi clan.
Kida Khodr Ramadan, who plays the head of the clan, Ali “Toni” Hamady, was at the screening, and told the audience: “It’s a pleasure to see you all here in my first time in London."
Anita Singh, arts and entertainment editor of the Daily Telegraph, chaired this festive RTS event, looking at Christmas television's past, present and future with Lord Grade, BBC Entertainment Controller Kate Phillips and BBC Click presenter Kate Russell.
Over nearly four decades, Michael, now Lord, Grade walked the corridors of power at London Weekend Television, the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV – no one is more qualified to discuss the enduring appeal of Christmas telly.
Lord Grade commissioned many of the nation’s most memorable festive programmes, including the 1986 Christmas Day EastEnders when Den issued Angie with divorce papers. Ratings topped 30 million, although that figure includes viewers of a repeat showing.
Police drama Line of Duty was the latest TV show to get the RTS Anatomy of a Hit treatment.
Chair Anne Robinson was joined on the panel by:
Jed Mercurio, Creator, writer, director, Executive Producer
Adrian Dunbar, Actor (Superintendent Ted Hastings)
Simon Heath, Executive Producer
Priscilla Parish, Script Executive
Anne Robinson, Chair