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Common Sense

13 January, 2017

This topical comedy news show from BBC 2 showcases real people, and their real opinions on the week's topical talking points whilst in conversation with one another in everyday situations - at work, on a tea break or relaxing down the pub.

Amongst the 'cast' are a couple of east end market traders, dinnerladies from Leeds, Mancunian male nail technicians, Brummie butchers, Scottish launderette owners, supermarket co-workers and three great grandmothers from Hull.

The show is narrated by Ruth Jones.

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Film in Production

Bohemian Rhapsody

Prod Comp:
  Tribeca Productions & Others
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Pre-production

An upcoming British-American biographical-drama film with 'Mr Robot' star Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. It will focus on Queen's formative years and the period leading up to the celebrated performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

Accidental Anarchist

Prod Comp:
  Hopscotch Films
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Post-production

This film traces the journey of Carne Ross, a former government high flyer, as he travels across the globe to answer the question so many people today are asking themselves: isn't there a better way?

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom

Prod Comp:
  Universal Pictures & Others
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

Universal Pictures are releasing a sequel to 2013's popular Pacific Rim. Starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, and Jing Tian, it is scheduled to be released on February 23, 2018.

M:I 6 - Mission Impossible

Prod Comp:
  Paramount Pictures
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

Paramount will release another sequel to the hugely popular Mission Impossible franchise which will see Tom Cruise return as IMF agent Ethan Hunt.

A Wrinkle in Time

Prod Comp:
  Walt Disney Pictures & Others
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

A young girl traumatized by the disappearance of her father is aided by three supernatural beings to space, on the hunt to find him.

Darkest Hour

Prod Comp:
  Focus Features & Others
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

Gary Oldman will portray the former British Prime Minister - Winston Churchill. The Darkest Hour recounts the proposed peace treaty with Nazi Germany and the fight for the liberty and freedom of a nation.

Girls Trip

Prod Comp:
  Universal Pictures & Others
Date:
  TBC
Status:
  Production

An upcoming romantic comedy telling the story of four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans where they rekindle their sisterhood at an annual Essence Music Festival and rediscover their wild sides.

Recent TV Commissions

Ali-As Superchargers

Title:
  Ali-As Superchargers
Channel:
  CBBC
Genre:
  Childrens
Prod Comp:
  Endemol
Description:
  Children are given the opportunity to makeover the family car without involvement of their parents.
Duration:
  10x20mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Clean Break

Title:
  Clean Break
Channel:
  ITV 1
Genre:
  Drama
Prod Comp:
  Sister Pictures
Description:
  A cleaning lady struggles to maintain her life as a devoted mother after becoming addicted to gambling.
Duration:
  6x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Harlots

Title:
  Harlots
Channel:
  ITV Encore
Genre:
  Drama
Prod Comp:
  Monumental Pictures
Description:
  A woman struggles to balance her roles as a mother and brothel owner in 18th century London.
Duration:
  8x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

The Ganges

Title:
  The Ganges
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Folk Films
Description:
  Sue Perkins explores the reality of life along the banks of the iconic river Ganges.
Duration:
  3x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Seven Year Switch

Title:
  Seven Year Switch
Channel:
  Channel 4
Genre:
  Factual Ents
Prod Comp:
  7 Wonder
Description:
  Relationship format that follows the journeys of couples who have hit breaking point in their relationships.
Duration:
  TBC
Status:
  Pre-production

Royal Recipes

Title:
  Royal Recipes
Channel:
  BBC 1
Genre:
  Factual Ents
Prod Comp:
  Spun Gold
Description:
  Michael Buerk visits Audley End where top chefs cook royal dishes from the past and present.
Duration:
  1x45 mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Trigger Happy TV Christmas Special

Title:
  Trigger Happy TV Christmas Special
Channel:
  Channel 4
Genre:
  Comedy
Prod Comp:
  Spirit Digital
Description:
  The hidden camera show will include the best clips from the all 4 series
Duration:
  1x30mins
Status:
  Pre-production

The Nine

Title:
  The Nine
Channel:
  Fox
Genre:
  Drama
Prod Comp:
  Endor Productions
Description:
  Centres on ex-spy Max Easton who is lured back to the field to avenge the death of his son.
Duration:
  8x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Exodus Series 2

Title:
  Exodus Series 2
Channel:
  BBC 2
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Keo Films
Description:
  Refugees and migrants will once again film their own journeys across Europe.
Duration:
  3x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Call The Cleaners

Title:
  Call The Cleaners
Channel:
  ITV 1
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Curve Media
Description:
  Frontline cleaners visit squats and grimy homes to transform the living habits of residents.
Duration:
  6x30mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Tree of the Year

Title:
  Tree of the Year
Channel:
  Channel 4
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  STV Productions
Description:
  Documentary will reveal the winner of the Woodland Trust Tree of the Year 2016 competition.
Duration:
  1x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

In Solitary

Title:
  In Solitary
Channel:
  Channel 5
Genre:
  Entertainment
Prod Comp:
  Stellify Media
Description:
  George Lamb hosts as contestants undertake a test of mental endurance to survive solitary confinement.
Duration:
  1x90mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Secrets of the National Trust

Title:
  Secrets of the National Trust
Channel:
  Channel 5
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Spun Gold
Description:
  The charity has opened its doors to allow viewers to explore its landscapes and historic houses
Duration:
  6x60mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Accused

Title:
  Accused
Channel:
  Channel 5
Genre:
  Factual
Prod Comp:
  Brinkworth Films
Description:
  Featuring men and women arrested for crimes and follows them, all the way to the verdict.
Duration:
  1x90mins
Status:
  Pre-production

Events

BSC Expo

Battersea, London

Date:
  3-4th February 2017

The UK's premier dedicated film and TV production show. In addition to a huge line up of exhibitors showcasing the latest kit available, the Expo will also host two full days of presentations and discussions.

Contact:
  www.bscexpo.com

RTS Television Careers Fair

London

Date:
  1st February 2017

An exclusive chance to meet leading companies and find out exactly what you need to do to land your first job in TV. Network and learn about schemes and opportunities.

Contact:
  rts.org.uk/event/rts-futures-careers-fair-2017

Northern Writers' Awards 2017

Not Applicable

Date:
  Ends 2nd Feb

The Northern Writers' Awards 2017 will open for entry on 30 November until 2 February 2017 with £40,000 worth of awards for work-in-progress by writers based in the North of England.

Contact:
  www.bit.ly/2hHXizI

BFI Film Academy

Norfolk & Suffolk

Date:
  7th, 21st, 28th Jan 2017

Are you aged 16-19 and living in Norfolk or Suffolk?
Are you keen to 'have a go' and gain practical experience in film making? If so, the BFI Film Academy is for YOU.

Contact:
  http://www.cultureworkseast.co.uk/filmacademy

The BFI Documentary Residential

Southbank

Date:
  Friday 20th January 2017

Offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet OSCAR and BAFTA winning documentary film-makers. Open to 16-19 years who have a passion for documentary film.

Contact:
  http://www.vividecho.co.uk/bfifilmacademy/