Tiger Aspect’s head of Comedy David Simpson and Guz Khan have today announced that the Man Like Mobeen Trainee Programme will  be returning to offer six paid trainee positions to applicants from the West Midlands on the BAFTA®-nominated comedy.

Those who want to be like Mobeen (or, more’s the point, have a passion to work in TV) can do so by heading to mobeentrainees@tigeraspect.co.uk before September 30th. The Man Like Mobeen Trainee Programme is open to individuals over the age of 18 from under-represented backgrounds who live in the West Midlands and successful applicants will experience credited, behind the scenes roles across a range of departments such as costume, makeup, camera, sound, art department and production on the critically acclaimed series.

First introduced in 2019, in partnership with BBC Comedy and Film Birmingham, the programme has seen previous alumni go on to work at Tiger Aspect and on further shows, including Tiger’s BAFTA nominated Please Help.

This year’s interviews will take place October 6th and 7th and the successful six will begin the scheme on October 17th or October 31st depending on the department they are selected for. All six will be assisted by a mentor, who will be there for the trainee at the beginning, middle and end of their time with the production. The trainee’s respective HoD will also spend weekly sessions with them to ensure they are not only enjoying the experience but learning and making the most of their time with Tiger Aspect.

At the end of the programme, the trainee will spend a day with a member of Banjiay’s talent team and workshop their CV to optimise their success in an ongoing career in the industry. They will also be introduced to other Banijay labels and participate in three pre-arranged monthly check-ins, allowing them to feedback and receive further advice on how to reach out to other productions and production companies in the future.

Of the scheme Guz Khan says, “Although we are so proud of what Man Like Mobeen has achieved, starting from nothing and becoming a cult classic, there’s so much more to be done. Our wonderful cast in front of screen started from humble beginnings, but we must ensure that people from our backgrounds are across the project holistically. I’m so excited to announce that we are undertaking our trainee programme once again for this fourth series. So please, if you have the passion, skill and hunger to learn new skills, come and be part of our team.”

Head of Comedy for Tiger Aspect David Simpson says, “We are delighted to see the return of this programme which aims to give an opportunity to new off-screen talent to help them break into the industry. We have tried to develop what was built last time to offer the best experience and the best support we can both during and after. We hope it can be the start of a brilliant career for those involved.”

The fourth series of Man Like Mobeen is set to commence filming this Autumn. It will be Produced by Tiger Aspect for the BBC, in association with Dice Roll Productions and executive produced by Head of Tiger Aspect Comedy David Simpson, Gill Isles, Guz Khan and co-creator Andy Milligan. The Director for the new series is Akaash Meeda (The Lazarus Project, Mobility), the Producer is Lynn Roberts, and the series was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Tanya Qureshi, and the series will be distributed by Banijay Rights.

Pippa Considine

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