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If you're planning on attending this year’s Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival later this month, be sure to join us there.
On Thursday 22 August, we'll be taking the BAFTA Rocliffe Forum to GEITF for the first time. Earlier this year BAFTA and Rocliffe set out in search of the UK’s most promising comedy writers as part of a nation wide competition and as a result, comedy writer Christiana Brockbank and writing pair Andrea Hubert and Ryan Cull will be joining us and showcasing their winning scripts with professional actors in front of an industry audience. On the following day, we'll be supporting the debating session Battling for the Control: Television vs. The Politicians which will feature Damian McBride and Michael Cockerell on the panel and will be chaired by Kirsty Wark. BAFTA will also be supporting Pointless: A Masterclass, as part of the practical training scheme The Network.
Click here to view the full programme for the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival 2013.
Pointless: A Masterclass
Thursday 22 August | 10:45 – 11:45
Panel: David Flynn, Chief Creative Officer, Endemol UK and Richard Osman, Co-host of Pointless
Since 2009 Pointless has turned from a cult hit into a BBC One favourite. Its leisurely pace, love of esoteric knowledge, and (what Richard Osman has described as) the "Brokeback Mountain-style sexual frisson" between himself and presenter Alexander Armstrong has seen it turn into a Saturday night fixture. Join the co-host of the show, Richard Osman and co-creator and exec producer David Flynn to hear about how the show was conceived, how it moved to BBC One, and find out how Richard - once a jobbing exec producer - ended up on screen.
Supported by BAFTA, this session is a part of the new talent scheme, The Network - an intensive introduction to working in the TV industry, run by the world’s leading TV festival. This session is open only to delegates of The Network.
BAFTA Rocliffe Sitcom Showcase
Thursday 22 August | 13:45 – 14:45
Chair: Farah Abushwesha, Award Winning Filmmaker & Founder of Rocliffe
Catch the future of British comedy at this session.
In March, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Rocliffe and GEITF launched a nationwide search for the comedy writing stars of the future. A top team of British comedy greats came together to select the best two scripts from over 475 screenwriters all vying for the opportunity to have their work performed and showcased at GEITF. Our comedy jury included Andrew Newman, Jessica Hynes, Kenton Allen, Myfanwy Moore and Charlie Hanson.
After sifting through hundreds of manuscripts, four rounds of voting, several interviews and a lot of deliberation, two outstanding and rib tickling scripts will shine brightest – performed by professional actors, two writers will join GEITF to present their work to an expert industry panel for feedback, network tirelessly, and soak up the best insights the Festival has to offer to develop their future writing careers. Also, one of the two scripts selected for GEITF will be paid for a full script commission for the BBC.
Click here to find out more about the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum
Battling for the Control: Television Vs. The Politicians
Friday 23 August | 15:15 – 16:15
Chair: Kirsty Wark
More than half a century after the first ever on screen interviews, the relationship between politicians and television is as important and as contentious as ever. From being grilled by Paxman, to being tested by ordinary voters, politicians have learnt that the screen can be a both an opportunity for power and disaster. In this session we will watch a number of the encounters between television and politics that have shaped recent political history, and analyse and debate them with the help of political journalist and film-maker, Michael Cockerell, and Labour's former spin doctor, Damian McBride. Are aggressive interviews the best means to hold our political masters to account or is seduction more effective? Should Sky have released the private recording of Brown talking about 'that bigoted woman'? Were the leadership debates good for our democracy? Chairing the panel is distinguished political interviewer and Newsnight presenter, Kirsty Wark.