Jun 18 , 2020

Producing TV during COVID: BBC's Keeping Britain Fed with Directors UK

  • When: 18th Jun 2020, 11:30-12:45
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Matthew Ainsworth and Karolina Mottram discuss with Anna Thomson the process and challenges of directing BBC2s documentary Keeping Britain Fed - a behind the scenes insight into the food industry during the pandemic.

They will highlight the role of the director as an enabler and problem solver in the current situation as more productions return under new guidelines designed to work within COVID restrictions. Karolina and Matthew will discuss with Anna how health and safety can be addressed whilst maintaining high standards and quality on set and how the leadership skills of the director can be at the forefront moving forward.

This session is part of our Producing TV during Covid strand. Do check out our other sessions this week on Socially Distant with Susan Calman & Spring at Jimmy’s Farm, Making long form animationDispatches - Britain’s Coronavirus Catastrophe & The Country That Beat The Virus and Making ITV’s ‘Tonight’ during lockdown.


Karolina Mottram has been directing specialist factual and current affairs documentaries for over a decade. She’s worked in over 20 countries and some of her recent credits include Africa With Ade Adepitan (BBC2), World’s Busiest Cities (BBC2), Inside Hotel Chocolat (C5), The Fight for Women’s Bodies (BBC3), Unreported World (Channel 4), and Sport Relief (BBC1).

Matthew Ainsworth has an extensive background producing and directing specialist factual programmes, including science and history for a variety of UK and US broadcasters. Recent work includes: What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day (BBC2), World's Busiest Cities (BBC2), Made in Great Britain (BBC2), Kingdom of the Mummies (Nat Geo), The Bermuda Triangle Enigma (C5), The Truth about Fat (BBC1), Nature's Boldest Thieves (BBC1).

The session will be chaired by Anna Thomson, Vice-Chair for Directors UK.

Directors UK is the professional association of UK screen directors. It is a membership organisation representing the creative, economic and contractual interests of over 7,500 members – the majority of working TV and film directors in the UK. 

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email

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