ITV heads back to Grantchester
Grantchester debuted in 2014 starring Robson Green and James Norton
UK broadcaster ITV has greenlit a fifth season of period detective drama series Grantchester.
Grantchester first aired in 2014, starring Robson Green as a police inspector who calls on a vicar turned amateur detective, played by James Norton, for assistance.
The fourth season, which ran from January to February this year in the UK, will premiere in the US on Masterpiece PBS this weekend.
Norton has now left the series and S5 will feature actor Tom Brittney as another investigative clergyman, while Green will reprise his role. The new season is set in Cambridge in 1957, a year after S4.
Grantchester is a coproduction from Endemol Shine UK-owned Kudos and Masterpiece. It is distributed by Endemol Shine International and has been sold into 176 countries.
S5 will begin shooting this summer in Cambridgeshire and will be executive produced by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd and Daisy Coulam for Kudos and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. Gordon Anderson will direct alongside Christiana Ebohon and Rob Evans.
Adapted from the Grantchester Mysteries novels by James Runcie, the series was developed for TV by Coulam, who shares writing duties with John Jackson, Carey Andrews, Jake Riddell and Joshua St Johnston.
- May 2019. Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle nominated for a Broadcast Award.
April 2019. Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle wins a Screen Nation Award 2019.
25 FEBRUARY 2019
In The Spotlight: Director Christiana Ebohon-Green
Christiana Ebohon-Green is an award-winning drama director, and 2015 WFTV Mentee. She graduated from the National Film and Television School’s Directing Fiction MA and found early success making shorts. In 1998 she directed In Your Eye, which won her the Kodak Award USA that same year, and was screened at the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase at Cannes the following year. She went on to hone her directing skills on a number of well-known TV series, including EastEnders, Father Brown and Holby City.
In 2015, as well as being on the WFTV Mentoring Scheme, Christiana was selected for Directors UK’s prestigious High-End TV Drama programme, where she worked alongside director Carl Tibbetts (Humans, Black Mirror) on The Tunnel. In 2017 she was selected for BAFTA Elevate, a programme which was designed to support female directors progress in their careers, and her Creative England and BFI funded short, Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote (which starred Sir Lenny Henry, Wunmi Mosaku, Colin Salmon, and Arinze Kene) was longlisted for Best British Short at the 2018 BAFTA Awards.
Fast forward to 2019 and, in February alone, two episodes of the BBC’s hugely popular series, Call the Midwife that Christiana directed were broadcast, and two episodes of BBC Four’s Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle. WFTV caught up with Christiana to find out what it’s like directing on some of the UK’s most well-known TV series, how she preps for jobs and works on set, and what advice she would give to the next generation of directors…
“It’s often hard to know if you are a million miles away from your goal, or almost there, so keep at it.”
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BAFTA Elevate 2017 | Female Directors
BAFTA Elevate launched in May 2017 for female directors looking to progress in high-end television and features.
The inaugural programme included networking introductions, industry mentoring and expert workshops, all designed to elevate these talented women to the next stage of their career.
The 2017 programme was designed in response to research we carried out to examine the career success factors of film, television and games practitioners from under-represented groups, in partnership with Creative Skillset and the BFI. From that research, it was clear that the disparity between the ratio of male and female film school graduates (50:50) and the ratio of men and women industry directing hires (87:13) had to be addressed. We also felt compelled to address the claim that female directors were in demand yet hard to find.
Meet the female directors of BAFTA Elevate 2017
- Bafta Elevate unveils 15 female directors
BY MANORI RAVINDRAN, BROADCAST18 MAY 2017
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Participants revealed for year-long initiative.
Bafta has named the 15 female directors taking part in its inaugural career development programme for under-represented groups in film and TV.
Launched in February, Elevate will initially focus on helping women progress their directing careers in high-end television and film. According to 2016 data from Directors UK, only 13.6% of working directors between 2004 and 2014 were female.
The programme, delivered by Bafta in association with indie Pia Pressure, was developed following a consultation period with commissioners, television execs and producers, agents and directors.
Bafta film committee chair Pippa Harris added: “The women identified through Bafta Elevate demonstrates just how much female directing talent there is in the film and television industries, and how important it is to support these women and ensure that their talents are being recognised.”
This article first appeared on Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.
FEB 05, 2019
Best of the Fest Winner, Christiana Ebohon-Green’s “Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote” is now available to view online. If you didn’t get chance to attend TriForce Short Film Festival in 2018, you can now view the winning film in full on Vimeo.
NOV 08, 2018
The shortlist of films for the 2018 TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) has been announced at an exclusive launch at the BFI, Stephen Street. This morning, TFSFF also announces the final four films selected for the ‘Best of the Fest’ award, to be screened at a red carpet Gala event at BAFTA on 1st December.