TV Students bring Arts and Sports to the Nation

Undergraduates and postgraduates create two series for a Sky TV channel

The creative skills of a group of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students are being seen on a national scale.

Undergraduate and postgraduate TV production students are producing two series focussing on the arts and sports which are now airing on two Sky TV channels.

Beyond: Arts, currently on air at 8.00pm on Thursdays, and Beyond: Sports, which is transmitted at 10.00pm on Sundays, have been planned, shot and edited by the small team.

The TV production students out on film shoots.

Series producer Samuel Liles, an MA television production student, said: “We have created 20 programmes, which are 30-minutes long, to showcase a range of stories and features relating to sports and arts.

“We have been working non-stop since September on this project with a tiny crew but a lot of passion for the shows. Some of the students on the MA had never even used a TV camera before and are now producing professional quality content that is being broadcast on Showcase TV and FrontRunner TV.”

The shows have been created as part of their University studies and they are being produced from the facilities on the Preston Campus.

Samuel, who last year was part of a team which created a TV series on Mixed Martial Arts, commented: “Last year’s project was a steep learning curve but it was a fantastic opportunity and one which I learned a lot from. To be able to draw on that experience to deliver two series covering different subject matters is something I’m really excited about.

“Most students can only dream of getting one opportunity to have their work broadcast to a national audience but to have another chance is amazing.”

Adam Robson, TV production course leader, added: “We are the only University in the UK that is making real regular content for the Sky platform. The value to students is phenomenal: gaining broadcast credits as they learn, being part of a legitimate production crew, travelling the UK meeting contributors and dealing with TV stations directly. We truly are one-of-a-kind and the feedback from viewers has been mind-blowing.”

The shows are running until the end of March. Showcase TV is available to access on Sky channel 192 while FrontRunner TV is available to access on Sky channel 431 and Freesat 250.

Words by Rachel Atkinson

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The Great Northern Creative Expo

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and to also introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals that we have working at the University, whilst opening our doors to the city, to the North and the world beyond. Once again, the expo will introduce a variety of talent which will include film, photography, media and journalism with performances, workshops, masterclasses, music, monologues, networking, animation and inspiration to one and all. The expo has attracted some of the leading creative talent (nationally and internationally) and we are pleased to offer students, academics and the general public the opportunity to share a stimulating experience of creative talent which can be viewed, evaluated and enjoyed by everyone!

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