Students to stage Question Time event

Students to stage Question Time event - image of the film studio

TV PRODUCTION students at Staffordshire University are set to stage a Question Time style panel discussion amongst MPs, NUS and media representatives next week.

The topic of discussion is tuition fees and the protests in London last year.

The panel will be made up of Vice President of the National Union of Students (NUS), Usman Ali, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East and shadow junior Foreign Office Minister, Emma Reynolds, Conservative MP for Stafford, Jeremy Lefroy, and Associate Editor of the Sunday Times and Columnist, Eleanor Mills.

They will be filmed by Film Production Technology students who are creating the show, called Politics Review, as part of their course.

The students are: Mark Grigg (Director), Alex Morris (Producer), Adam Evans (Casting Director), Tara Kelk (Lighting Director), Simon Ammundsen (Camera Operator and Lighting Assistant), Chris Holt (Camera Operator), Scott Davenport (Audio), and Matthew Clements (Vision Mixer). And graduate Thomas Finch will be hosting.

Director Mark said: “The idea for the show came from the student protests in London last year. It was really big at the time and we went along and filmed vox pops of the students there, which we will be using on the Politics Review.”

He added: “The show is part of one of our course modules, called Studio Production Technology, where we got a brief to make a 20 minute programme of our choice.

“It’s a massive opportunity to get an inside view of how a TV programme is put together – using the facilities here, in the University’s TV studio. And we’ve got guests that could quite easily be on Question Time.”

Casting Director Adam, who was in charge of securing the panellists, said: “A lot of hard work, a lot of phone calls and emails, went into getting the panellists.

“We wanted people from a variety of backgrounds to represent the entire public opinion and generate lively debate and we’re really pleased with whose taking part.”

The show will see the panellists questioned on the success of the NUS organised demonstration last year, the media’s portrayal of the event, what effect Government cuts to university budgets will have, and how fair the new tuition fee system will be.

Director Mark said: “Now that the show is getting closer it’s nerve wracking for sure. It’s come around very quickly. I keep saying, though, it’ll be alright on the night.”

Producer Alex added: “It’s the first time we’ve done a programme like this and it’s very hard to determine the flow because there’s obviously no script for the panellists. But it’s good to have on the CV because it’s so relevant to the industry.”

And Lighting Director Tara said: “It’s TV that’s doing well at the moment, while film is struggling a bit more. We are making more and more programmes than ever, so it’s great to get involved making a programme like this.”

The show is taking place at 2pm on April 1, in the Television Studio, Ruxton Technology Centre, Beaconside Campus, Stafford. It is open to the public and free to attend. However, places are limited and booking is essential. Please email to book tickets.


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