5th Jul, 2022

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio headlines Midlands TV Careers Fair in virtual Q&A

BBC LINE of Duty creator Jed Mercurio is to take part in a virtual Q&A session for aspiring writers at a Midlands TV Careers Fair next week.

The four-day virtual event, run by The Royal Television Society (RTS), taking place from Monday October 12 to Thursday October 15 will include over six hours of live-streamed sessions, master classes and practical workshops on each day.

The screenwriter, producer, director and novelist, who also created of BBC hit The Bodyguard starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, will join a full line-up of industry heavyweights for its annual RTS Midlands TV Careers Fair.

He will be in conversation with William Gallagher discussing how he writes, produces and directs, providing his insights on how best to enter the industry, and sharing his tips and tricks on writing a hit drama with students.

Caren Davies, Chair of RTS Midlands, said: “Moving the Careers Fair online hasn’t curbed our ambition for the event and we have 24 hours of brilliant sessions covering the world of broadcasting – from podcasts to animation, working in TV with a disability to news, and digital effects to sport. We have it all, and it’s free. I urge anyone who has an interest in TV to sign up.”

Other expert speakers include Barbara Slater, OBE, Director of BBC Sport; Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three; Isa Guha, the BBC cricket presenter and commentator; Chris Stark who presents The Peter Crouch Podcast; Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani, from the Brown Girls Do It Too podcast; Jacqui Oatley, sports broadcaster, journalist and presenter; Mark Cole, MD, Whisper TV; Martin Dougan, Newsround; and Louis Cryer, Comedy Central.

There is also a visit to the set of BBC One’s Doctors for a tour and a Q&A with cast and crew.

For further information and the full session programme, go to: https://rts.org.uk/event/rts-midlands-careers-fair-0

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