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Holby City “Severed”

BBC 1 20:00hrs Tuesday 18th November.

This was one of my favourite episodes to direct, the action is fluid, the performances strong and my crew were fantastic!

Debbie Chazen and Hari Dhillon prove the series still has legs – the clue is in the title.

"so where does this bit go?"

“so where does this bit go?”

Catherine Russell and Sandra Voe are once again magnificent as we say farewell to a series regular, and we have some wonderful guest performances from Sarah Beck Mather

I don't need this script, I know it honest"

I don’t need this script, I know it honest”

and Hubert Burton.

Did someone call me "Wingnut"?

Did someone call me “Wingnut”?

As always we were supported by a fantastic and  wonderful, creative and supportive crew. and not forgetting our producer, Ailsa Macaulay.

Ailsa on the Holby set poses for a brief second

Ailsa on the Holby set poses for a brief second

"What does this bit do?"

“What does this bit do?”

Hari - as always, surrounded by beautiful women.

Hari – as always, surrounded by beautiful women.

Jez at his favourite mixing desk

Jez at his favourite mixing desk

Julie showing what all nurses do best after a tough shift...

Julie showing what all nurses do best after a tough shift…

Liz Stoll, Queen of Holby casting.

Liz Stoll, Queen of Holby casting.

Dick fiddles with his lights again

Dick fiddles with his lights again

"what?"

“what?”

"Never let the wig do the performance"

“Never let the wig do the performance”

"Billy the Quiz fixed it for me"

“Billy the Quiz fixed it for me”

Bob "where are you in my episode - Barratt"

Bob “where are you in my episode – Barratt”

Holby Remembrance Day Episode

Holby City – Remembrance Day.

HC Remembrance Day

The wonderful Dudley Sutton and my equally wonderful script supervisor Katie Harlow, on the set of tonights episode of Holby City, BBC 1 20:00hrs.

Dudley plays Eric Patterson a retired ex para who has the misfortune of being injured whilst selling poppies at the hospital. His intervention with Adrienne and Serena, wonderfully played by Sandra Voe and Catherine Russell, begins to shine a light on Adrienne’s condition and reveal that despite her Alzheimer’s  she is still there to be found.

 

Holby City Aerial shoot.

On Holby City at the BBC, I am currently experimenting with replacing crane moves using this wonderful little flying camera. It’s a bit noisy so the dialogue will have to be ADR but hopefully we will be able to record guide tracks on radio mic’s.

aerial camera platform

aerial camera platform

It will enable me to chase my ambulance in during the opening of the episode and elevate to give a wide angle view of the whole of the Holby City entrance and introduce the guest characters in the same instant.     This amazing 6 rotor camera platform is just one of the latest concepts in aerial photography from SkyPower. BESTEADY Multirotor Flight from Skypower Aerial Filming on Vimeo. I hope to use it with great effect on the opening sequences of my latest episodes of Holby City for BBC1. Watch this space – to see how we got on…..

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Paradise UK

I am currently developing “Paradise UK” with the writer Tracy Brabin who is adapting the story from her debut novel “Paradise”.

Broadwaterfarm estate

This is the story of two London kids, Julienne and Beti, from the Broadwater farm Estate in Tottenham.

Born of Congolese parents and both raised and schooled in London whilst the family wait endlessly for their “Right to Remain”.

children in detention centres

Unable to work legally for fear of deportation nor eligible for DSS benefits, Samuel their father must seek out the charity of food-banks, churches and organisations like the Medical Foundation which can offer counselling to these refugees who are often, also victims of torture.

As well as being some of the most vulnerable in our society, these children and their families not only live hand to mouth but also under the constant threat of night time home office raids, followed by weeks in detention centres, and ultimately, deportation to a country they not only fear but do not recognise as their own. By night, they fear the knock on the door, by day, government vans trawl their estate with hoardings advertising for illegal refugees to give themselves up and be deported – Welcome to Cameron’s London!

Step forward JULIENNE and BETI.
Broadwater_Farm_EstateThe heroic and protective teenager Julienne with her little sister Beti will take us on a journey across a London rarely advertised in the property pages of the Ham & High. We will fear for their safety, have empathy with their predicament, and we will want to see them win against all the odds. These are London kids, survivors, using their nous to keep the family from deportation by splitting up the family unit, resulting in a journey of unforeseen and dangerous consequences. This is a teenage Thelma & Louise on the Broadwater Farm estate.
tory poster van immigration

 

Paradise UK will wake you up to realise that whatever you may be missing in this life, you are rich beyond compare if you have the peace afforded by a safe nights sleep in your family home.