Somesuch director Dan Emmerson has helmed a new film for the BBC to demonstrate its role as a public service broadcaster in a time of national crisis.


The film ordered by BBC Creative, is aimed at showing that while people are physically apart, the BBC helps create shared experiences and emotions to bring society together.

The film is a montage of real life footage of the events of the past few weeks, moving from empty supermarket shelves, and deserted streets to interviews, viral moments like the ‘Clap for our NHS carers’ as well as personal videos from NHS staff and the construction of the NHS Nightingale hospitals.


Accompanying the pictures is the poem Don’t Quit by Edgar Guest, which in the 90 second edit released today is read by Idris Elba.


There are also 2×60 second edits which will be released in the coming days with the poem being read by Vicky McClure and Stephen Graham.


Helen Rhodes, Executive Creative Director, BBC Creative said: “This is a time when everyone is pulling together to get through this crisis. We really hope we’ve managed to capture the emotion of that and show the ways in which the BBC is trying to help by using all our resources to keep us connected and bring us closer”.




BBC Creative

Executive Creative Director: Helen Rhodes

Creative Directors: Lambros Charalambous & Becca Pottinger

Creatives: Matt Pam & Simon Hipwell

Head of Planning – Michael Lean

Head of Project Management – Diya Hofman

Agency Producer: Liz Dolan

Production Manager: Clare Donaldson

Production Co-Ord: Beth Morson

Researchers: Ed Hobson, Caleb King & Farard Painchun


Production Company – Somesuch

Exec Producer – Tash Tan

Director – Dan Emmerson

Producer – Tom Gardner

Editor – Tom Lindsay from Trim Editing

Colourist – Jason Wallis at ETC

Composer – Alex Baranowski

Sound Mix – Anony Moore & Mark Hills from Factory


Staff Reporter

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