Alongside its Winter issue, Televisual also published its annual Inspirations magazine – a series of interviews with the winners of the annual Televisual Bulldog Awards, quizzing them on what it takes to make TV that truly stands out from the crowd.
Best in Show went to Wimbledon, which won the Televisual Bulldog Award for Live Sport, and received the most votes overall. BBC Sport’s Ron Chakraborty describes the production sorcery and resilience in the year presenter Sue Barker stepped down.
Two of the UK’s longest running entertainment shows found themselves holding the Televisual Bulldog, both for their nineteenth outing and both productions still firing on all cylinders. Strictly’s creative director Jason Gilkison and Gogglebox executive producer Victoria Ray describe how the production teams have adapted to keep the magic.
Creator, writer and show-runner of comedy Derry Girls Lisa McGee talks about the creative freedom that inspired the final series. While producer of This is Going to Hurt Holly Pullinger takes us through the painful, but triumphant process of making the black comedy during Covid. And the executive producer of The Tourist Chris Aird describes how they brought a cinematic feel to the outback setting of the offbeat thriller.
Glastonbury exec producer Alison Howe takes us on this year’s musical multi-platform journey. And composer Julian Oli tells how he built on his work across all three seasons of Sex Education where the music has been described as a character of its own, while Sex Education editor David Webb shares how he crafted to keep the teen comedy fresh.
Executive producer Mike Gunton brings to life how the cinematography on The Green Planet worked horticultural magic and the way that MPC’s VFX for Prehistoric Planet took viewers back 66 million years.
There are two 9/11 shows that won their categories: filmmaker Adam Wishart talks about recording the testimony of George Bush in 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room; and co-founder of 72 Films and executive producer on 9/11: One Day in America David Glover describes the scale of research and story-telling involved.
This was just one show that persuaded the industry voters that 72 Films should receive the best indie award. Having mastered the documentary box-set, the company is moving into factual entertainment in style, with a world-class James Bond competition format.
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