15th February, 2021
A+E Networks® UK has commissioned Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, for a returning series of Forged with Steele starring 22-year-old blacksmith and YouTube star Alec Steele, to be broadcast on SKY HISTORY on the 18th February 2021.
Forged With Steele follows blacksmithing wunderkind and renowned YouTuber (2+Million subs) Alec Steele, as he creates an array of iconic weaponry from across the ages. Steele draws on his love of history and incredible talent for blacksmithing, honed over a decade, to examine some of the past’s most deadly weapons.
Alec Steele says “I’m so excited for the launch of series 2 of Forged With Steele where viewers can follow me as I create even more of history’s most astonishing weapons. Since series 1, I’ve advanced my blacksmithing skills and begun learning the art of gem-setting, inlaying and engraving so I can recreate these incredible pieces of history with even more detail.”
The new series follows Steele as he crafts a new set of impressive apparatus from a number of historical eras. In the series, he acquires ancient skills including gem-setting, inlaying and engraving, to reconstruct more of history’s most remarkable armaments, including the mighty 16th Century Zweihander – sword which stands at 1.4m high, an ornate Cavalry sabre inspired by those used in the American Civil War, as well as a wicked-looking scythe, worthy of the Grim Reaper, and eighteenth-century naval boarding axes. Steele also tries his hand at playful – but deadly – concealed weapons such as Chinese rope darts and a sword cleverly disguised as a cane.
29th January, 2021
The format’s episodes follow the hours leading up to a couple’s wedding ceremony, entirely self-shot by the bride, groom, friends and family. And one year on, the couple look back at the moments they’ll treasure forever… and those they’d rather forget!
Studio71’s “Countdown To I Do” is a reality wedding series which follows couples in the nail-biting last moments before they say, ‘I do’ and returns to the couple one year on to revisit their magical day and explore it in finer detail.
In “Countdown To I Do”, viewers are given a behind-the-scenes look at the run-up to the big day of five sets of partners. Self-shot documentary footage from the perspectives of the wedding VIPs allow viewers to witness all the unfolding nerves, drama and joy that comes with the most important day in a couple’s life.
The format also sees couples look back at their big day – giving further context to any dramas and answering the question of were they to do it all again, would they change anything?
Couples reveal all the intimate details of the wedding day that made their day special, from the proposal, the planning, the dress and the venue, including specifics on how much they intended to spend – and how much they actually spent!
11th January, 2021
Marina Abramović is a pioneer of performance as an art form; using her own body as subject and object, she has pushed the physical and mental limits of her being. This was the first major performance by Abramović since her monumental piece The Artist is Present, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2010, in which visitors were invited to sit in silence opposite the artist and gaze into her eyes for an unspecified amount of time. Abramović performed this work every day for three months. (512 hours)
The feature documentary is co-directed by Giannina La Salvia and Adina Istrate from production company ToyBox Films
In Summer 2014, in a unique work created for the Serpentine, the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramović performed in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition: 10am to 6pm, 6 days a week, attracting a total of 129,916 visitors.
Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials were herself, the audience and a selection of props. On arrival, visitors both literally and metaphorically left their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras were not permitted to accompany them. The public became the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art.
05th January, 2021
Staged season 2 premiered on BBC One on Monday 4th January and is now available on BBC iPlayer. David Tennant and Michael Sheen are joined by their partner actresses Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg, who play themselves, Simon Evans as himself, Lucy Eaton (Simon’s sister) and Nina Sosanya (Jo).
The new series is set to be just as relevant and funny as series 1, as Tennant and Sheen find out their ‘new normal’ and deal with their American agent Tom, played by Ben Schwartz.
The BBC has also promised that series two will also feature “a whole host of unexpected guests”.
“The series hopes to capture our shared feelings of frustration and confusion at a world not quite ready to re-open,” the BBC teases. “Moments that promise normality dashed before they can take hold. The tantalising prospect of comfort kept at bay.”
31st December, 2020
This short form documentary is from Tyke Films, produced by Rebecca Mark-Lawson and Daria Nitsche & Directed by Rhys Lewis.
In just under 20 minutes we follow a youth basketball team in Leeds. One team mate Andy, a 15-year-old from Cameroon, has lived in Leeds for half his life and dreams of playing in the NBA.
Northern Ballers follows Andy’s struggles both at home and on the court as he tries to bring his team of novices to the English Junior National Basketball League.
Despite his height and skill at the sport, Andy has never achieved the ultimate basketball goal: the slam dunk. With GCSEs fast approaching and familial pressure to pursue academics rather than sports, will Andy be able to focus on basketball, help his team get to the league and most importantly... Will he dunk during a game?
With Editor Vera Simmonds, Sound Effects and Dialogue Editor Rick Blything, re-recording mixer Raoul Brand, and OnSight’s Colourist Andy Lee and Sound Supervisor Andy Coles on dubbing mix.