The inimitable Tony Wilson always sought to champion North West talent, and this year's lecture features the Salford born star of The Fast Show, Men Behaving Badly and Cold Feet, John Thomson.
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RTS NW are delighted to announce our next fantastic event, a screening of Trust Me, the brand new drama thriller made by Red Production Company for BBC One. Plus an exclusive panel discussion about ‘women in television’. Are we doing enough to bring more women into the industry? Why are drama directors predominantly male? Is there a fundamental flaw in how we are hiring our crews?
The Lowry in Salford was packed for the screening of episode one, series 5, sponsored by The Farm, and to hear from executive producers Simon Ford and Tom Currie, series producer Peter Wallis-Tayler and members of the team about the work that goes into producing the “stories behind the sirens”. The programme, which is set in Manchester, returns to BBC One at the end of May.
Many of the show’s team past and present, together with some of its legions of fans, packed the Lowry’s Compass Room at an RTS North West event in early April to celebrate – alongside Tonight’s first host Sir Trevor McDonald – the show’s 20th anniversary.
ITV news chief Michael Jermey outlined “the alchemy which makes the show so successful”. Tonight, which has always been made in the North West, “has never been part of the ‘London bubble’,” he argued. “Its roots [are] in the ITV heartland.”
Clink begins its run on Channel 5’s young adult channel, 5 Star, in April.
At a screening of the first two episodes, hosted by RTS North West at the Lowry Theatre, Salford in early April, executive producer and LA founder Colin McKeown spoke of the “importance of research and authenticity”.
Following the screening of episode one, executive producer Catherine Oldfield, co-creator and writer Daragh Carville, and actors Morven Christie and Daniel Ryan were on hand to discuss the show with ITV Granada Reports presenter Ann O’Connor.
Christie plays a detective sergeant and family liaison officer, who is embedded to offer support to the family of missing teenage twins, which allows her to investigate their disappearance from within.