Early Evening Events

Sky Arts and RTS present The South Bank Show Live

Edited and presented by Melvyn BraggThe South Bank Show is the longest-running arts show on British television and has showcased both high art and popular culture to a mass audience for over 40 years.

Television drama has been a prioritised subject on the show since its inception in 1978, and the new four-part series, which will air in July on Sky Arts – the UK’s only TV channel dedicated to arts, music and culture - profiles some of the most powerful and celebrated British television drama writers working today.

His Dark Materials creators discuss why collaboration was the foundation of the series

Jack Thorne, Dan McCulloch, Joel Collins, Jane Tranter and Russell Dodgson (Credit: Phil Lewis)

That was the main takeaway from an RTS question and answer session following an exclusive screening of the final episode of season one.

All five panellists emphasised how working as a team was fundamental to the show, described by one reviewer as “a riveting realisation” of Pullman’s world.

“We did a lot of talking. It’s not me alone at my desk but a lot of people working together,” explained Jack Thorne who wrote the script for His Dark Materials.

Why We Love… Quiz Shows | Full video

Watch the full session from our panel discussion on the enduring British addiction to quiz shows and the memorable moments they create.

The event was chaired by Boyd Hilton, entertainment director of Heat magazine, who was joined by panellists Anne Robinson, TV presenter, Jo Street, Channel 4’s head of daytime, James Fox, managing director of Remarkable, and Judith Keppel, the first millionaire UK winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

Why We Love… Quiz Shows | Highlights

The highlights from our panel discussion on the enduring British addiction to quiz shows and the memorable moments they create.

The event was chaired by Boyd Hilton, entertainment director of Heat magazine, who was joined by panellists Anne Robinson, TV presenter, Jo Street, Channel 4’s head of daytime, James Fox, managing director of Remarkable, and Judith Keppel, the first millionaire UK winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

Quiz show legends discuss the popularity of hard questions

Jo Street, Judith Keppel, Boyd Hilton, Anne Robinson and James Fox (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

She was speaking at an RTS early-evening event in early December that celebrated the enduring appeal of quiz shows.

The audience were treated to a clip of Keppel’s triumph – one of British TV’s most iconic moments. Despite appearing calm and clear-headed as she pondered the jackpot question –Which king was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine?* – Keppel admitted: “I was like a duck – I was paddling madly underneath.

“I wasn’t calm at all. I thought my heartbeat was so loud that the mics would pick it up.”

Ad funded TV: How brands are boosting budgets

Kate Bulkley, Greg Barnett, Emily Hudd, Saj Nazir and Simon Wells (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

With programme budgets under pressure, TV is turning to advertisers to fund shows directly. And the amounts that brands can bring to the table are significant – anything up to half a million pounds for an hour of TV.

This was the message from a packed RTS early-evening event in October, at which a panel of leading commissioners, producers and advertising experts discussed how they make branded programming.

The creators of Britannia talk making history at RTS screening

Tom Butterworth, Annabel Scholey, Jez Butterworth, Eleanor Worthington Cox and James Richardson (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

But the makers of Sky Atlantic’s Britannia starring David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook and Zoe Wanamaker took a more imaginative and freewheeling approach to their costume creation. 

The series is set approximately 2000 years ago when the Romans are attempting to stamp their bloody authority on a tribal land made up of Celts and Druids.

Branded Content Comes of Age | Full video

Watch the full session from our panel discussion on how the entertainment values of editorial TV content, talent and other editorial assets are being used to create more advertising and funding opportunities across the UK TV industry.

The panel included Channel 5's Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment, Greg Barnett, Joint Managing Director at Rumpus Media, Emily Hudd, Wavemaker's Head of Integrated Delivery, Saj Nazir and Channel 4's Controller of Funded Content, Simon Wells.

Branded content comes of age | Highlights

The highlights from our panel discussion on how the entertainment values of editorial TV content, talent and other editorial assets are being used to create more advertising and funding opportunities across the UK TV industry.

The panel included Channel 5's Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment, Greg Barnett, Joint Managing Director at Rumpus Media, Emily Hudd, Wavemaker's Head of Integrated Delivery, Saj Nazir and Channel 4's Controller of Funded Content, Simon Wells.

Commissioners, advertisers and producers discuss the future of ad funded TV

Greg Barnett, Saj Nazir, Kate Bulkley, Simon Wells and Emily Hudd (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

At a jam-packed RTS early evening event in late October, a panel of leading commissioners, producers and advertising experts explained how to make branded programming – and identified some of the pitfalls.

Greg Barnett, long-serving commissioning editor for factual entertainment at Channel 5, argued that the way programmes are being made is changing.