UK Keynote: Carolyn McCall, ITV | RTS Cambridge Convention 2023

In conversation with BBC Chief Economics Correspondent Dharshini David, ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall, gives a progress report on ITVX, and talks about the company’s upcoming business challenges.


  • Dharshini David, Broadcaster, Economist and Author


  • Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV

The session was part of the RTS Cambridge Convention 2023, with Principal Sponsor Channel 4. The convention took place on 20 - 21 September at King's College, Cambridge.

My Mum, Your Dad to return for more single parent matchmaking

The hit format sees the wholesome role-reversal of a group of twenty-something children overseeing their single parents as they take their first tentative steps back into the world of dating.

With such cross-generational appeal and reality TV icon Davina McCall as host, the debut series received an average of 2 million viewers across all devices.

ITV reveals first look clip of Sir Lenny Henry's Windrush drama Three Little Birds

Inspired by his mother and all those who braved the leap to Britain in search of a new life, Henry has written a "spirited, moving, funny and utterly heartfelt" series that celebrates immigration, community and Black womanhood.

Opening in 1957, the clip introduces Rochelle Neil's Leah and Saffron Coomber's Chantrelle, two gregarious sisters who are seen persuading Yazmin Belo's Hosanna to join them in emigrating from Jamaica to Britain.  

How The Effects of Lying 'transcends race'

The Effects of Lying is a remarkable film, not least because it was made on a microbudget in only 12 days. And despite a cast of high-profile, mostly British Asian, actors, there’s not a curry in sight.

Its writer, director and actors were keen to point out, following a screening at Birmingham Indian Film Festival – an event held in partnership with RTS Midlands – that the script transcends ethnicity.

The Effects of Lying, currently streaming on ITVX, is a comedy about a dysfunctional family who could be from anywhere.

Big Zuu and ITV cook up new food travelogue with a twist

Having cooked for stand-ups touring the UK across three series of Big Eats for Dave, Big Zuu is now hitting the road himself for a European culinary travelogue.

In each of the six parts, Big Zuu will aim to teach viewers and celebrity guests everything they need to know about a particular European city by sampling 12 of its local delicacies.

"It's the best thing that's happened to me": an update from RTS Bursary scholars

RTS Bursary scholars and alumni share how their lives have changed since applying for the scheme, what they have learned about themselves and the industry, and why they think you should apply.

In late June, Fremantle UK hosted the RTS’s annual summer networking session, welcoming past and present RTS Bursary scholars to their London office. Alongside their personal mentors, the attendees connected and exchanged contacts with each other and industry professionals.