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RTS Masterclass: How to create a hit TV drama

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How do you go about creating a new TV drama for a worldwide audience? “It has to have something recognisable globally; it has to show good old England – you need to harness a global brand,” reckoned Jude Tindall.

The writer and producer Ella Kelly were sharing their secrets with students at an RTS Midlands masterclass at the University of Wolverhampton in mid-February.

RTS Scotland: TV Fight Club

Join RTS Scotland as we explore the relationships between TV directors, fight directors and talent in the company of David Goodall.

As a fight director, David worked on Red Road with Tony Curran, That Old One with Kevin McKidd and Dog Altogether with Peter Mullan. His experience includes long running commitment to Scottish network productions like Rebus, M.I. High and Taggart.

Ed Stafford: Treat the camera like your friend

Ed Stafford spoke to the Cavendish Conference Centre in Marylebone about his experience as a self-shooting adventurer and presenter of survivalist programmes.

His hit series Naked and Marooned saw him spend 60 days in total isolation, without any tools, on a tropical island. The RTS Futures event saw former Discovery Channel commissioner Elizabeth McIntyre quiz Ed on how he got started and his tips for the RTS Futures audience.

RTS Student Masterclass: Comedy

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Over almost two decades at the BBC and Sky, Lucy Lumsden has commissioned some of the country’s best-loved comedies, including Outnumbered, Miranda and Moone Boy.

But the commissioner has recently swapped sides – having made her first short film last year, Lumsden is now in the business of creating comedy.

The seeds of her future career were sown at Edinburgh University, explained Lumsden, who was giving the RTS comedy masterclass.

RTS Student Masterclass: Writing for drama

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You could be forgiven for thinking that the award- winning screenwriter and producer, Jeff Pope, approaches his work by trying to find the most gruesome story possible.

This is the man who has made TV dramas based on the dark deeds of serial killer, Fred West, Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, and Britain’s most prolific hangman, Albert Pierrepoint.

RTS Student Masterclass: Camerawork

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Television is at its core a visual medium and the cameraman exists at the very heart of it.

Tim Palmer, a cinematographer working predominantly in TV drama, and BAFTA winning documentary cameraman Steve Robinson turned the viewfinder on themselves to deliver an RTS craft skills camera masterclass.

The session was chaired by former Yorkshire Television high flier Helen Scott.