This year’s Televisual Factual Festival will take place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November at BAFTA.

Fifteen sessions across two days will include panels with the UK’s leading Factual commissioners. The BBC’s controller of Factual commissioning Alison Kirkham will talk about factual plans for the broadcaster.

Top TV development execs will share their approach to thinking up the next big TV idea, while producers with experience of growing their business internationally will reveal where they think the opportunities lie beyond the UK.

As seismic political shifts inspire a new generation of documentary viewers, there will be a debate about how programme makers handle the power of TV.

Delegates can take a closer look at the anatomy of a Netflix commission and find out what producers need to know about the new rules of TV, as viewers change their habits and turn the old TV order on its head.

It’s no good just making an interesting show any more, so our session on Creating Compelling Stories will discover how the masters of factual TV engage the audience and keep them watching.

Speakers confirmed so far include the heads of documentary from ITV, the BBC and Channel 4 – Jo Clinton-Davis, Clare Sillery and Nick Mirsky; Factual Entertainment commissioners from ITV, the BBC and Channel 4 – Kate Teckman, David Brindley and Kelly Webb-Lamb; specialist factual commissioners from the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and National Geographic – Tom McDonald, John Hay, Ed Sayer and Hamish Mykura.

There are also speakers from Nutopia, Voltage TV, Label 1, Sky Vision, Films of Record and Avalon Television, with many more to come.

There will also be the opportunity to book one to one meetings with commissioners. Broadcasters already confirmed to be part of the Festival include the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, A+E and National Geographic.

The Festival website is being updated with new speakers every day. To find out more and to book tickets, go to

Pippa Considine

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