Sherwood: BPG Zoom with star David Morrissey and Writer, Creator and Executive Producer James Graham

The writer and star of the hit BBC One drama Sherwood spent an hour with over a dozen members in June via the latest BPG Zoom Lunch and gave a masterclass on how the series came into being.

James Graham and David Morrissey were candid about the reasons for the programme’s success; spoke about its impressive ensemble cast; and also gave insights into the production issues with some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.

David said that he would be very happy to reprise his character, Detective Chief Superintendent Ian St Clair, and a second season is now confirmed. Stories by BPG members later appeared in both the Daily Telegraph and Broadcast.

BPG Lunch with I,Sniper: The Washington Killers exec John Smithson and Channel 4 commissioner Sacha Mirzoeff

The Broadcasting Press Guild held its first lunch of the year in late January with Arrow Pictures’ John Smithson and Channel 4 commissioner Sacha Mirzoeff. 

The pair were discussing Channel 4 true crime doc I, Sniper: The Washington Killers, which gave a minute-by-minute account of the 2002 Washington, D.C. sniper case – one of the most terrifying crimes in recent history.

Mirzoeff said he had immediately wanted the show for his true crime strand, while the Oscar-nominated Smithson said his team spoke to 450 people during the making of the doc. 

The key was using the voice of Lee Malvo, one of the perpetrators, added Smithson, who is now serving a life prison sentence and spoke to Smithson and his team on the phone.

“It was one of the most difficult things I’ve done,” said Smithson.

He added later: “The barriers with linear world and the streaming world are breaking down . It helps (producers) rather than hinders to have the streamers as buyers because it creates competition and there is a quality threshold. I,Sniper is a streaming proposition for Channel 4, for example. And we are talking to Channel 4 now about other streaming commissions.” 

Mirzoeff said: “We are seeing a shift into true crime on All4. Both in commissions and acquisitions. Viewing figures have been astonishing.” 

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