RTS West of England

RTS West of England audience welcomed to an exclusive screening of McDonald & Dodds

Credit: ITV

He was talking after an exclusive RTS West of England screening of the show in Bath at the end of February.

The series pairs Jason Watkins as the diffident Bath-born-and-bred DS Dodds and his ambitious boss, DCI McDonald, who has transferred from south London to further her career. She is played by Tala Gouveia.

“It was always going to be Bath. Cop shows are often set in stations. It was important for Dodds, as a different kind of cop, to be out in the field,” said Murphy, who wrote both feature-length episodes, which aired on ITV in March.

Creative Diversity Network tackles lack of regional diversity with RTS West of England

The series of events, which are taking place at RTS centres across the UK, are an attempt to find regional solutions to the lack of diversity in the television industry.

Representatives from a range of independent production companies and post-production facilities discussed diversity in the West of England production community. 

The discussion was led by the facilitator, performance poet and film-maker Alison Smith, the access and engagement coordinator of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival. She focused on how best to hire and retain diverse talent.

RTS West of England host Futures Festival

This year, RTS West of England partnered with Bristol UNESCO City of Film and welcomed 17 companies from the creative community to meet those hoping to break into the industry. Edinburgh TV Festival talent scheme The Network and BFI Network South West highlighted opportunities alongside indies such as Aardman, Icon Films, True to Nature, RDF West, as well as a range of post-production facilities.

Experts discuss music rights with RTS West of England

This was one of the many facts revealed by Anne Miller, director of TV and film at Accorder Music Publishing, during a wide-ranging session on music rights at an RTS West of England workshop at the Square Club, Bristol, in late November.

She discussed copyright, the Independent Production Companies licence, fair dealing and fair use of parody, citing real life examples and taking audience questions throughout.

Loud and proud: Gentlemen Jack creators celebrate the drama's success

O’Hooley & Tidow , Anne Choma, Sally Wainwright and Dr Finn Mackay (Credit: Dee Robertson)

Gentleman Jack wowed critics and audiences alike when it aired on BBC One earlier this year. This was a Sunday-night period drama with a difference – based on the diaries of early 19th-century landowner, industrialist and traveller Anne Lister, it revealed a woman determined to explore her lesbian sexuality.

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland shares his vision for the channel

Patrick Holland (Credit: Jon Craig)

“We’ve seen big audience demands for shows on iPlayer after their initial TV release. You can’t judge numbers on the overnights anymore. We don’t aim for a focused demographic. It has to appeal to the whole audience and there needs to be a big sense of purpose that shines through,” added Holland, who was interviewed by RTS West of England Chair Lynn Barlow at the Everyman Cinema in Bristol.

Documentary makers discuss the making of Last Breath with RTS West of England

Sam Rogers, Kate Beetham, Richard da Costa and Alex Parkinson (Credit: Jon Craig)

Four years in the making, the film has been described as “Gravity meets Touching the Void – 100 metres underwater” and tells the story of a commercial diver, Chris Lemons, who is stranded on the seabed with five minutes of oxygen left – but no chance of rescue for more than half an hour.

RTS West of England explain the risks of copyright

Abbas Media Law (Credit: Abbas)
In mid-May, around 40 people from the television and film production community joined the leading media lawyer, Nigel Abbas, at The Square in Bristol to learn about the key areas of copyright.
 
During the two-hour session, Abbas covered the main risks associated with copyright and how to avoid them, as well as licensing copyright works. He also tackled defences to copyright infringement, including fair dealing with quotations, reporting current events and incidental inclusion.