Inside Obama’s White House: 100 Days

or millions of people, the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama marked a new era of hope. The energetic young President was eager to end the war in Iraq, close Guantanamo, fight climate change, and provide healthcare for all.

What happened instead was the worst economic collapse in living memory, minimal cooperation from the Republican opposition, and the rise of a populist anti-big-government Tea Party.

This four-part series, made by Brook Lapping for BBC Two, is an authoritative account of Obama’s successes and failures as told by his inner circle, including: David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Eric Holder, John Kerry, Robert Gates, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers – and his chief adversaries.

This is the story of how Obama tried to reshape America, from inside a White House unlike any other in history

Jan. 20, 2009 “President-elect Barack Obama was about to walk out to take the oath of office. Backstage at the U.S. Capitol, he took one last look at his appearance in the mirror.” (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Jan. 20, 2009
“President-elect Barack Obama was about to walk out to take the oath of office. Backstage at the U.S. Capitol, he took one last look at his appearance in the mirror.”
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

The Supergamers: Welcome to the world of professional video gamers


These young superstars have taken gaming out of teenage bedrooms and made it into a global sport. Young elite gamers now play for prize money of hundreds of thousands of dollars in football stadiums filled with fanatical audiences. This documentary opens a window on the bizarre community of e-sports that has been almost invisible to the outside world up to now. Three young British gamers at different stages of their careers all have dreams of reaching the very top. The film is presented by YouTube star and gaming addict Dan Howell, who’s watched gaming change from a hobby into a mass spectator sport watched by millions around the world. As he travels around Europe, he tries to understand the risks and sacrifices they’ve each made to reach the top of their chosen profession


The Murder Detectives: New series from Films of Record

The Murder Detectives


The Murder Detectives, a new series from Films of Record and BAFTA-winning director David Nath, airs from Monday 30th November. The three part series was filmed over the course of eighteen months following the investigation into the murder of a 19 year-old in Bristol.

Nath says: “This is the story of a senseless stabbing, a young life cut short. In Britain, it’s a story of now. If this series makes even one kid think twice about carrying a knife, then it will have been worthwhile. The impact of murder on a victim’s family is absolutely horrific and we are immensely grateful to them for allowing us access.”

30th November 9pm Channel 4

Royal Television Award win for Blakeway North


Blakweay North won Best Factual Entertainment Award at the Royal Television Society North West Awards on Saturday night for their documentary Michael Jackson’s Thriller with Ashley Banjo.

The Documentary was aired on ITV in April.

Reef to Travel the World with Top Baker Paul Hollywood

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Reef Television has been commissioned by Food Network to make a 10×30′ series with Paul Hollywood baking his way around the world. Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes will travel to Madrid, Miami, Munich, Warsaw, London, Naples, New York, St Petersburg and Copenhagen to explore the recipes that have shaped the baking heritage of each city. Paul will uncover family recipes, hotel delicacies and local favourites before adding his own ‘Hollywood twist’ to a classic.

Paul Hollywood said: “Food culture can reveal so much about a nation so it’s a privilege to be able to delve into the lives of fellow bakers and discover some really amazing international bakes.”

Richard Farmbrough, CEO Reef Television said: “Spending time with Paul Hollywood on his City Bakes mission will be a real treat for audiences around the world as they get to see a different side of this baking megastar from the man we know from Bake Off. Reef is delighted to be working with both Paul and Scripps on this mouth-watering project.”

Chris Kelly is to exec produce the series and Dunk Barnes is the Series Producer.

Ten Alps PLC Annual Report 2015

Ten Alps PLC Annual Report 2015

Films of Record Documentary Brett: a Life With No Arms


Filmmaker Roger Graef’s first-ever documentary, One Of Them Is Brett, was made 50 years ago. It was a portrait of Brett as a spirited four-year old – riding a bicycle, feeding himself, fighting his brothers with his feet. His parents, Barbara and Peter Nielsen, moved from Australia to Britain to get him prosthetic arms, which Brett immediately rejected. And it stayed that way.

Fifty years later, Roger has tracked down Brett back home in Australia. This follow-up film is about Brett’s life leading up to their reunion. His optimism and humour has remained undimmed.

This is a story of triumph over adversity. In the words of Brett, “it doesn’t matter what happens to you in your life, it matters how you deal with it.”

13th October 10.35pm BBC 1

Disappearing Britain Begins 8th October on More 4

Disappearing Britain

Maureen Lipman, Larry Lamb, Michael Buerk and friends feature in Reef TV’s latest series, Disappearing Britain, which starts 8th October at 9pm on More 4. The series of 12 x 60 minute films is a celebration of Britain’s heritage obsession as they meet the people keeping our traditions alive.

Hebdo documentary to be given French prime time on anniversary of atrocity

Charie Hebdo

France 5 has acquired Films of Record’s Charlie Hebdo: 3 Days That Shook Paris, to be broadcast prime time on the anniversary of the atrocity in January next year. The documentary was commissioned and broadcast on More 4. France 5 said the  documentary was completely absorbing and extraordinary,  also that a film of this distinctiveness and quality on this- an iconic landmark French story- was produced by a British television company.

Neil Grant, Films of Record Managing Director and Executive Producer said, “we are chuffed to bits that the premier French broadcaster has chosen our  film  against domestic companies and is testimony to Ursula Macfarlane and her creative team and the support of Channel 4.”

27th September 10pm More4

Ten Alps Communicate produces new short film: ‘What Makes BTG Different?’


Ten Alps Communicate have produced a new short film for BTG. An insight into their company culture, whilst being ‘anti-corporate video’, the film demonstrates BTG’s DNA messaging to both internal and external audiences. What Makes BTG Different? positions BTG as an attractive and different place to work for prospective graduates and tempts the most sought-after talent in the industry to join BTG. It also gives a platform to the company’s unsung heroes, showcasing their commitment, passion and drive. The film can be viewed here.

Ten Alps Communicate launch Children’s Traffic Club London site.


After 6 month’s hard work, the team at Ten Alps Communicate have launched the new Children’s Traffic Club London site. The page has been developed with Transport for London and aims to teach pre-school children vital road safety and active travel advice. It has been an incredible amount of work to deliver in such a short space of time. The programme has both web and print content, the online element can be viewed at

Preliminary results for the year to 30 June 2015

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Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris

Three Days That Shook Paris

Eight months after the terror that swept Paris following the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, survivors, police and families tell their story. The definitive story of last January’s attacks in Paris by Islamist militants against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the police and a Jewish supermarket.

A Films of Record production.

24 September 10pm More4

Films of Record groundbreaking new series announced


A prime suspect with an alibi, a fugitive on the loose, and a murder detective and his team that has to find a murderer and answers for a grieving family; Channel 4 have commissioned Films of Record for a series of films looking in-depth into a murder investigation.

The films follow a major crimes unit through the course of an investigation into the stabbing of a teenager in Bristol.

The films go inside the mind of the detectives as they are determined to achieve justice and the victim’s family, as well as following the family of a suspect determined to keep their son free.

Taken into a world of guns and disrespect – the currency of the street- we are led into a world of bad choices and moral dilemmas and as the net closes in we begin to see the ripples that spill out when a murder is committed.

Ebola Frontline Nominated for Grierson Award


Blakeway Productions’ film Ebola Frontline has been shortlisted for the 2015 Grierson Awards.

The film, part of BBC One’s Panorama series, is nominated in the Best Documentary on Current Affairs category and was first shown in November.

The film follows British A & E Doctor Javid Abdelmoneim on a month-long posting to an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

The film has already won the Popular Features category at the One World Awards in June.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on 2nd November.

Emmy Nomination for Blakeway


Hunted: The War Against the Gays in Russia has been nominated for an Emmy in Outstanding Investigative Journalism- Long-Form.

The Documentary, a Blakeway Production, won a Grierson award in 2014 in The Open University Best Current Affairs Documentary category.

The film was originally commissioned for the Channel 4 Dispatches series in the UK and then acquired by HBO for broadcast in the US.

The 36th annual News and Documentary Emmy awards ceremony will take place in New York on 28th September.

Panorama: Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s Earthquake



On 12 September the Labour Party will elect a new leader. Jeremy Corbyn, a rank outsider just a few weeks ago, is now the hot favourite with the bookies. If he wins, it will be nothing less than a politicalearthquake. What’s the secret of his meteoric rise? And who are the people who have signed up in their thousands to vote for him?

A Films of record production.

7 September 8.30pm BBC 1

Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Luxurious Shoes

Christian Louboutin: The World's Most Luxurious Shoes -12th August at 9pm on Channel 4


World’s Most Luxurious Shoes: This film has unprecedented access to Christian Louboutin’s extraordinary world as he tries to introduce his famous footwear to super-rich markets in Asia.


29th August 9pm Channel 4

Chrysalis Vision Investment

Chrysalis Vision Investment

Completion of Reef Acquisition

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Ten Alps plc, multimedia producer of high quality TV and radio together with integrated publishing and communications content, is pleased to confirm that following approval by Ten Alps shareholders at a general meeting of the Company held on 10 July 2015, it has today completed the acquisition of Reef Television Limited.


Completion of Acquisition – 14.07.15

Home and Build Supports Building Excellence Awards 2015

Stephen Parry Anwyl Construction Ltd receives the LABC Residential Site Manager of the Year award at the 2015 North Wales LABC Building Excellence Awards at the De Vere Village Chester St Davids, St Davids Park, Ewloe, Flintshire, 24th April

Stephen Parry Anwyl Construction Ltd receives the LABC Residential Site Manager of the Year award at the 2015 North Wales LABC Building Excellence Awards at the De Vere Village Chester St Davids, St Davids Park, Ewloe, Flintshire, 24th April
The LABC Building Excellence Awards celebrate all that’s good in the construction industry.

The awards look for the sometimes unseen, but vital elements, in the creation of excellent buildings; technical innovation, sustainability and high performance.

In addition the awards recognise the ‘X’ factor special working relationships that produce new or creative solutions.

One such relationship is that between the Local Authority Building Control team and the developer. This is the LABC Site Supervisor of The Year Award.

Home and Build are sponsors of this category across the 12 regional awards for 2015.

Stuart Brown – Home and Build Managing Director commented – “Home and Build are delighted to provide sponsorship to the Building Excellence awards for 2015, and in particular the LABC Site Supervisor of The Year category. This category recognises and awards the most effective working relationships between the Local Authority and their customers”

Dispatches: The Secrets of Sports Direct



Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the secrets of the sports retailer’s success. Reporter Harry Wallop explores the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes and discount gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the trend on the high street, making billions for its elusive owner Mike Ashley.

27th April 8pm Channel 4

Gallipoli: When Murdoch Went To War



To commemorate one of the First World War’s most important and dramatic anniversaries – the Gallipoll campaign of 1915 – this hour-long special tells the true story behind the ‘Gallipoli Letter’, written in September 1915 by a young Australian journalist, Keith Murdoch.

25th April 8.30pm BBC 2

Michael Jackson’s Thriller – With Ashley Banjo



Ashley Banjo, leader and choreographer of Diversity heads to California on the trail of the man who inspired him to dance: Michael Jackson. Ashley talks to the people who helped Jackson to create his masterpiece, the bestselling album– Thriller.

19th April 10.35 pm  ITV

Benefits and Bypasses



Exploring how self-inflicted health problems caused by people who drink, smoke and eat to excess are costing the NHS a fortune.

7th April 9pm Channel 5

Dispatches: Britain’s Defence Squeeze



Following cuts to the defence budget, can the UK defend itself against a range of new threats, from terror groups like IS to Russian bombers close to UK airspace?

16th March 7.30pm Channel 4




This documentary about British artist David Hockney draws on its subject’s own family photos and home movies to provide an intimate, authoritative portrait. From Bradford to London to California and back again, we see the places that have informed Hockney’s remarkably varied output, from the British pop art of his youth and celebrated West Coast swimming-pool pictures to the expansive Yorkshire landscapes that have brought the sprightly septuagenarian renewed critical and popular acclaim.

14th March 9pm BBC 2

Voices from our Industrial Past



Professor Emma Griffin examines the lives of working women during the industrial revolution, drawing on previously neglected sources to bring their voices alive once more.

30th April 11am BBC Radio 4

Exposure: The Kill List



Exposure looks at how special forces targeted, captured and killed insurgents during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and the consequences its legacy has left behind today.

11th February 10.40pm ITV

‘Churchill’s Other Lives’


10 x 15:00

To mark the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s funeral, Sir David Cannadine explores Churchill’s extraordinary rich and varied life outside politics. Produced by Blakeway Production for BBC Radio 4 ten-part series for BBC Radio 4 commences 19th-30th January 2015.

19th-30th January 1.45pm BBC Radio 4

Panorama: Battle for British Islam



As France tries to come to terms with the deaths of the 12 people murdered in the Islamist attack at the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, John Ware from Panorama hears from Muslims facing an angry backlash for trying to promote a form of Islam which is in synch with British values.

12th January 8.30pm BBC 1

Ten Alps plc announces appointment of new CEO

Ten Alps plc announces appointment of new CEO

Ten Alps Plc, multimedia producer of high quality TV and radio together with integrated publishing and communications content is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Wood as Chief Executive of the Group with immediate effect.

Kids’ Hospital at Christmas


3 x 60:00

Three-part series following staff and patients at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital over the festive season. 15-year-old Emily has spent nearly all of the past year in hospital and now faces the possibility of a Christmas on the ward. Elsewhere, eight-year-old Hya’s kidney failure means that she now faces a risky transplant operation.

9th-23rd December 9pm Channel 5

Ten Alps Communicate Win Gold!


Ten Alps Communicate are the proud winners of a gold award at the Pharmaceutical Society Marketing Awards for their Sanofi Pasteur MSD ‘Wise Up to STIs’ Tool Kit.

At the glittering event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, before an audience of around 1000 from industry and agencies, they scooped gold in the Geoff Brook Innovation Award category. The awards recognise the best in advertising and marketing communication and highlight the most creative and engaging work in the industry.

Find out more from the news item ‘Wise Up to STIs‘ launched and their Sanofi Pasteur MSD case study.

Panorama: Ebola Frontline



British-born Dr Javid Abdelmoneim has his every moment filmed working in Sierra Leone at a treatment centre run by the charity MSF. Using specially adapted cameras, Dr Javid records the physical and emotional impact of this deadly virus on whole families and on the medical staff treating them. Even in these desperately difficult circumstances there are moments of euphoria as patients who have been cured leave the centre.

17th November 10.35pm BBC 1

Angelina Jolie for BBC Radio 4



Angelina Jolie shares some very personal insight into the important role that American war hero Louis Zamperini has played in her life in `The Louis Zamperini Story’, 11.00 Friday Nov 7 on BBC Radio 4.

7th November 11.00am BBC Radio 4

Hepster’s Dictionary



In 1938 the singer and band leader Cab Calloway became the first known African American to publish a book and call it a dictionary. His book of jive talk, Cab Calloway’s Hepster’s Dictionary, translated some of the lively and inventive slang being used among musicians and entertainers in New York’s Harlem, for a new audience of jazz fans who weren’t yet ‘hep to the jive’.

The poet Lemn Sissay finds out how Calloway, famous for his hit song Minnie the Moocher, came to write a dictionary, and how it became the official reference book of jive in the New York Public Library, at a time when black people in America were still highly segregated from the white mainstream.

Lemn speaks to Cab Calloway’s eldest daughter Camay Murphy who remembers Harlem in the 1930s and 40s, and Cab’s grandson Christopher Calloway Brooks, who is a bandleader himself, about how the language was used and how it developed. Jive grew out of older African American vernaculars, which had their roots in slave plantations in the nineteenth century. As people came up from the southern states to the northern cities to look for work jive developed around the world of jazz music, entertainment and night life in Harlem. It was a private, ‘in the know’ language, a form of protection, and a way to get past the authorities, but it was also fun and incredibly creative, like jazz itself.

Some words survive: hip, chick, groovy, dig, cool and beat. Other jive terms may no longer be in use, like collar to comprehend, pounders for policemen, or a rug cutter for a good dancer, but the words of jive remain a revealing portrait of Harlem in its heyday.

As the hipster image is back in the public eye, Lemn takes the word and its unique language back to its origins.

Producer Jo Wheeler

A Brook Lapping Production for BBC Radio 4

October 28th 11.30 am BBC Radio 4



2 x 60:00

This two-part series tells the story of the conflict in Afghanistan and asks what has been achieved in the last eight years and whether, after such a bruising experience, the British have the will to fight in distant lands again. Part one examines the build up to the conflict and reveals a story of misplaced hope and confused aims that quickly led to the very real threat of a catastrophic defeat.’ Blakeway production

26th October & 2nd November 9pm BBC 2

The winning team Mole Valley Farmers


NFU President Meurig Raymond, who was a member of the awards judging panel, congratulated the winners, while food industry marketing guru Hamish Renton was the keynote speaker at the event which was held at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham.

“The Cream Awards have really built on their position as the benchmark Industry Awards,” says organiser Caroline Whibley. “For this, the second year of the awards, the entries were once again fantastic and the winning line up is hugely impressive.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who entered for helping us to keep the standard so high, the judges for their hard work and the speakers keeping us so well entertained and informed,” she says. “It was a superb evening, well worthy of the industry’s very best.”

The overall winner of THE CREAM AWARD sponsored by Merial was Mole Valley Farmers with Wyke Farms as runner up. The TASTE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD, sponsored by Morrisons Supermarkets was won by Yorvale, with two highly commended entrants
Belton Cheese and Burt’s Cheese for their wonderful cheeses.

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My Shakespeare


6 x 60:00

In each episode, one star will explore an iconic work by William Shakespeare, revealing their personal connection to the work and how it has shaped them professionally. They embark on a journey to find out how their chosen play was written, as well as meeting actors, historians, and directors to understand how the plays have been performed and developed over time. They aim to find out where Shakespeare got his stories from and what makes these plays, now over 400 years old, universally acknowledged as great masterpieces of theatre.

22nd September-27th October 9pm Sky Arts 1 HD

The Rules of Abstraction with Matthew Collings



How do we respond to abstract art when we see it? Is it supposed to be hard or easy? When abstract artists chuck paint about with abandon, what does it mean? Does abstract art stand for something or is it supposed to be understood as just itself? It turns out there are hidden rules to abstraction that viewers of this intriguing, groundbreaking programme may never have expected.

8th September 10pm BBC 4

David Hockney Documentary



BBC Two has commissioned a feature-length documentary about the iconic artist, David Hockney. The 105-minute film will be made by the team behind the award-winning film, Lucien Freud: Painted Life and broadcast on BBC Two in 2015 following a cinematic release by Picturehouse Entertainment on 28th November 2014. The programme was produced by Blakeway Productions, a Ten Alps Company, and Fly Film Company

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two: “Arts on BBC Two is all about bringing the biggest and best documentaries to the broadest of audiences, and I know this film will be a riveting and inspiring watch”.

HOCKNEY will be the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life.

14th March 9pm BBC 2

Exposure: Don’t Take My Child



Exposure investigates how and why social workers are increasingly prepared to remove children from their birth parents through forced adoption.With powerful testimony from parents who claim to have been unfairly dealt with by the system alongside insight into the prevailing climate from leading social workers and legal practitioners, Exposure considers whether child protection is increasingly geared towards the permanent removal of children as opposed to providing the necessary support for families to stay together.

15th July 10.40pm ITV

Dispatches: The Great British Break Up



Antony Barnett investigates claims of dubious tactics and misinformation on both sides of the Scottish independence debate…

7th July 8pm Channel 4

Brook Lapping Wins Gold Award


‘The Secret History of Bossa Nova’ wins a gold award at New York Festivals International Radio Programme Awards

Brook Lapping has won a Gold award in the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Programme Awards for ‘The Secret History of Bossa Nova’, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, September 2013. The programme was presented by Monica Vasconcelos and produced by Simon Hollis. The ceremony was held in at the Manhattan Penthouse, New York City on Monday June 23rd.

Month of Madness


5 x 15:00

Professor Christopher Clark explores the complex sequence of events during the ‘July Crisis’ leading to outbreak of the First World War.

SARAJEVO – 23rd June at 9.45
VIENNA – 24th June at 9.45
BERLIN – 25th June at 9.45
THE FRENCH IN ST. PETERSBURG – 26th June at 9.45
LONDON – 27th June at 9.45

Written and Presented by Professor Christopher Clark Produced by Melissa FitzGerald

23rd-27th June 9.45am BBC Radio 4

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