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Margaret Thatcher and No10

Vimeo / Lucy Baxter – via Iframely

A collaboration with the Kings College London Policy Institute and the Cabinet Office, a series of long form and short form interviews with Thatcher’s cabinet including Norman Tebbit, Bernard Ingham, Cecil Parkinson and Nigel Lawson. Interviewers include former Newsnight presenter Sue Cameron; Sir Kevin Tebbit, former GCHQ Director and Jon Davis of Kings College London.


Channel 4 Open Learning Platform

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We helped create the Open 4 Learning platform for C4, now live! If you’re interested in a TV career visit site by clicking the button below.

Visit site here


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Channel 4 Open 4 commissioner interviews

Interviews with Channel 4 Commissioning Editors in Documentaries, News and Current Affairs, Specialist Factual and Features, and CCO Jay Hunt. Register and watch on OPEN 4 WEBSITE HERE

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Heart Surgery Live

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Wellcome Trust

A cross platform, interactive Outside Broadcast, live at the Wellcome Trust, BBC and Guardian online. Part of the “Heart” exhibition, a commission from the Wellcome Trust. One of Wellcome’s most popular live events.

Watch the broadcast here

Specialist Factual New Talent Pitch

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Our Specialist Factual New Talent Pitch with Discovery Channel and Open University ran from 2010 – 2013 and our pitch winners have gone on to present series for Discovery Channel, BBC, Radio 4 and Channel 5. The pitch was a unique platform for academics and experts to show their potential as onscreen presenters to a panel of leading commissioning editors, presenters and producers. Chairs include James Cracknell OBE, Adam Ruthford and Liz McIntyre, Head of Production and Development at Discovery and soon to be Director of Sheffield Docfest. Winners include Saleyha Ahsan, currently presenter of Trust Me I’m a Doctor on BBC1.

winner Saleyha Ahsan’s pitch by clicking the button below.


Watch Saleyha’s film here

Specialist Factual Documentary in Practice

Specialist Factual Documentary in Practice

Mandrake Films Created a 12 week course in Specialist Factual Documentary with Queen Mary, University of London. The course ran at the QM Mile End Campus in the Film Studies dept, autumn term 2010. Watch this space for future dates, and Click HERE for further information.

Industry panels at Sheffield Docfest

Industry panels at Sheffield Docfest


Since 2008 we have run panels and workshops on science and media, working with experts and specialist factual documentary with Wellcome Trust and Queen Mary University. In 2010 we launched the Specialist Factual New Talent pitch with Discovery Channel, the first presenters pitch at Docfest. On the panel were commissioning editors from Ch4 Science, BBC, Open University, Wellcome Trust and Discovery Channel.