Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Film and TV students at South Essex College involved with exciting project to put skills to the test

FILM and TV students at South Essex College have been involved with an exciting project to put their skills to the test.

Second year students have been working on a new live streamed online show ‘Not on Your Telly’.

Not On Your Telly is an hour long show, broadcast live once a month from Chinnerys on Southend seafront hosted by Radio Essex presenters and comedians Ross McGrane and John Oakes. It’s produced in front of a live audience and includes a mix of comedy, music, and chat. The show is free to watch via its Facebook page and it is then reshared on YouTube.

Students help out with operating cameras, lighting, and audio equipment. They also form part of the audience, giving them experience in a lot of different areas.

Student Jacob Noble said: “Doing work experience for a new show like Not on your Telly is a fantastic opportunity for me as an aspiring filmmaker because of the experience I can gain from being in a live show environment without having the stress of having my own role.”

Student Billie Perry added: “While filming the Not on your Telly VTs I developed my problem solving skills when we had to film outside and deal with background noise.”

The idea for the show was born in the first lockdown, when a few creatives in the town got together to see what they could do to keep themselves creatively engaged and provide some entertainment for a stay-at-home audience. Together, they produced a live monthly chat show with a musical guest.

The same team then got together to create a special one-off fundraiser live show for Colchester Zoo, which was suffering financially due to lockdown closure. The zoo show saw hundreds of people watch the show live as it was broadcast throughout its two-hour duration. The success of that show led the group to create a new format, again hosted by Ross and John, and Not On Your Telly was born.

Director Simon Frith said the idea was to create content that appeals to local audiences.

He said: “With TV shows increasingly moving online, and having witnessed the quality of live TV shows dropping temporarily during the lockdowns, I saw the opportunity for us to produce our own local content to challenge that being offered by the major channels.

“My aim is to produce a show that’s entertaining, fast moving and above all fun. We’ve got all the ingredients – great hosts, comedy, live music – and each show focuses on aspects of the local community, showcasing places or activities that the audience can get out and experience for themselves and celebrating local unsung heroes. 

“We’re really pleased to be collaborating with South Essex College on the project, whose students are helping us to crew the show. It links so well with the community spirit that we’re looking to grow – they help us and we help them gain the skills that they need to start their careers when they leave education.”

If you want to learn more about the college visit

If you would like to speak to a member of the Media department about upcoming work experience opportunities for students, please contact Cathy Mayo by emailing  

For more information about Not on Your Telly, visit


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