Line Of Duty Creator Jed Mercurio Headlines the Midlands’ First Ever TV Festival ‘Square Eyes’

Tue 19 October 2021

BAFTA nominated writer-producer Jed Mercurio (Line Of Duty, The Bodyguard) headlines the line-up for the Midlands’ first ever TV festival this autumn.  Running from Friday 5th November to Sunday 14th November, the Square Eyes TV festival will be delving into television’s past, present and future at a time when the Midlands is finally putting itself back on the televisual map.  

Highlights include: - 

Line Of Duty - Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and executive producer Simon Heath look back over six series of the hit BBC cop show, talking about the series’ Midlands roots, the divisive ending to series six and the show’s possible future. 

Cathy Tyson retrospective – join acclaimed actor Cathy Tyson as she looks back on her extensive televisual career, including Channel 4 mini-series Scully, Kay Mellor’s hit ITV drama Band Of Gold and the 1990 Pebble Mill production Out Of the Blue. 

From Script To Page – the Midlands born brother and sister writing team of Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin host a live panel discussion about adapting novels for the screen, featuring screenwriter Shola Amoo, who recently adapted de Waal’s Birmingham based novel My Name Is Leon for the small screen. 

Twin Peaks – alongside a live panel discussion that examines the most recent series of David Lynch’s cult hit, audience members will be given the rare chance to experience a key episode from the series on the big screen, with the blessing of executive producer Sabrina S. Sutherland. 

Kaleidoscope weekend – immerse yourself in two days of classic television unearthed by Midlands archivists Kaleidoscope, featuring rarities and unseen clips from classic shows like Doctor Who and Monty Python, as well as a visit from chatty Rainbow legend Zippy. 

A Celebration of Father Ted - we welcome seasoned stand-up comic Joe Rooney to MAC for a night of all things Father Ted, who played the rebellious Father Damo in classic episode The Old Grey Whistle Theft.