RTS events

Rob and Romesh Vs: A pandemic pick-me-up

Comedy is hard graft. But comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan made light work of an RTS session that turned the spotlight on the pair’s hilarious Sky One entertainment documentary series, Rob and Romesh Vs.    

In the series the likely lads gamely take on unfamiliar worlds and situations. It could be basketball or more unlikely still, ballet.       

They even underwent the agonies of colonic irrigation for the benefit of the cameras – an experience Ranganathan told the RTS he still regrets – while in LA getting the lowdown on the NBA.     

The changing face of the TV political interview

John Whittingdale, MP, Minister of State for Media and Data, speaking at an RTS event said that in the 1980s ITV’s Brian Walden would devote all his hour-long programme to a set-piece interview with a senior politician.  

“Several times I helped Margaret Thatcher prepare for a Walden interview,” he recalled. “We don’t have that in-depth interview any longer.

Can TV Save the Planet? | RTS Futures

An RTS Futures panel discusses the initiatives encouraging production teams to embed sustainability into the programmes you see on screen - from drama, right through to comedy, and of course, high-impact environmental shows. They also offer practical advice about how everyone can play their part in making productions more environmentally friendly, like carbon calculating, sustainable lighting, and meat-free meals.

Emerging Out of Lockdown and Beyond | RTS Midlands

Lindsay Bradbury, Commissioning Editor, BBC Daytime and Early Peak, Sarah Eglin, Executive Producer at Optomen TV and Sabrina Ferro, Production Executive, speak to Perjeet Aujla, Series Producer, about some of the practical aspects of production in lockdown, including safety, budgets and home working, and consider the potential for new ways of working and the creative opportunities that may have emerged over the past few months.