Steve McQueen. Photo by Brian J. Ritchie/REX

Steve McQueen. Photo by Brian J. Ritchie/REX

This week was a week of award shows.

First up was the brightest and the best – The Baftas– and what a good night for diversity

After kicking off with Tinie Tempah as opening act, award for Best supporting actor went to newcomer Barkhad Abdi for his role in Captain Phillips, Best Movie went to 12 Years a Slave , and Chiwetal Ejifor got the gong for Best Actor his role in the same movie. Hell they even had Oprah presenting an award!

Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw argues that 12 Years… should also win the Oscar for Best Picture. Fingers crossed….

On Wednesday night it was the turn of the music biz awards The Brits, and the Royal Television Society’s awards.

The Brits were a typically boring affair – no on stage drama, just a procession of flat jokes from host James Cordon and safe performances from rock bands. I only stayed tuned to see Beyonce’s star turn, but was disappointed to see that in stark contrast to her raunchy performance at the Grammy’s that saw her drenched in water and gyrating on stage with hubby Jay-Z, for the Brits she was on best behaviour and in full evening dress! Paradoxically the Brits were a social media sensation, but a TV ratings failure, getting its lowest viewing figures for 15 years (peaking at 5 million – that’s 2 million down on last year) , but at the same time was Britain’s most tweeted TV show – with 4.17million posts. An indication of where broadcast media is going maybe??

 Beyonce at the Brits


I’ve no idea how the RTS Journalism awards were as they were not televised. They are much more of an industry affair devoid of the glamourous A-List celebrities, focussing instead on program makers and journalists patting each other on the back.  But I do know Marcus Ryders team won Nations and Regions Current Affairs and News Events if you’re interested, for a full list of the winners check here
If you weren’t at the RTS awards, but hope to be one day, you may want to check out this.
The GEITF Edinburgh International Television Festival is a charity which funds two talent schemes – The Network for people with little or no experience looking to get into the industry, and Ones to Watch, targeted at those with 3-5 years’ experience.

The Network is now open to applications and will select 50 people to go to Edinburgh for four days of practical training, workshops and networking.

Applications are open until 31st March.

In other industry news, the 7th Future Film Festival starts today  (Friday 21st) and takes place over next three days. Each day looks at a different aspect of the film industry with Documentary covered on the opening day; Fiction on Saturday 22nd and finally Animation on Sunday 23rd.  Each day consists of mixture of hands on workshops, talks and masterclasses all with the aim of inspiring and educating participants in the UK film industry.

To take part will cost as little as £6 for a day pass to £20 for a weekend pass which can be purchased here.
Back to on-screen matters, the ratings-bait bandwagon of Benefits Street finally ground to a halt this week, with both Channel 4 and Channel 5 trying to squeeze the last juice out of it, by hosting live debates.  Unsurprisingly, they both generated more heat than light, and added nothing constructive to the current political controversy over the benefits system.  Personally, I preferred Charlie Brooker’s take on the whole series.


And finally the funniest thing I saw on the web this week………..

On US TV, the Tonight Show is a national institution. It became a late night staple when hosted by Johnny Carson in the 70s and was then taken over by comedian Jay Leno in the 90’s and a poorly received short run of hosting by Conan O’Brien in the 00’s.

It’s now being given a new lease of life as Jimmy Fallon takes over the hot seat. For his debut Fallon, welcomed Will Smith and U2 as his first official guests, and the show also featured appearances from Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.  But the highlight was Will Smith joining Fallon to demonstrate the evolution of hip-hop dance. Watch it below


That’s all for this week folks. But if you can’t wait until next week for your next fix of TV news , stay tuned to the TVC facebook page for daily updates.