We're delighted that Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic has received two nominations at the 2012 British Interactive Media Awards. The awards take place on 22nd November 2012 - congratulations to all the team.
The full shortlist is available on the BIMA website >
The opening episodes of Maverick’s Island Hospital (ITV1, Fridays at 8pm) have achieved fantastic ratings of over three million viewers. And there’s been a further benefit for the tourist industry in Guernsey, where local hotels have reported a huge increase in bookings. The Visit Guernsey website has also enjoyed a 400% increase in traffic since the hugely popular series began on ITV1.
The BFI has described Maverick’s award winning corporate film for PEF as “ a test case in the power of film to promote social causes... Finely executed, emotionally affecting, it’s also richly thought-provoking when viewed through the lens of history”.
Island Hospital shines a light on the beautiful Bailiwick of Guernsey: a group of Channel Islands with the charm of rural France and the reassuring familiarity of Britain. At the heart of the community is the Princess Elizabeth Hospital which serves its 66,000 residents. Through the eyes of the staff who work at the general hospital and the patients receiving expert care, this 12 part series will explore every side of island life.
In the first episode, surgeon and pilot David Pring shows us why some patients receive a flying visit; hospital chef Wilkie embarks on an ambitious ice-cream wedding cake for a nurse’s wedding; and hotelier Michael finds out whether he can continue work after falling down the stairs.
The series begins on Friday 14th September, 8pm on ITV1.
A survey conducted by NHS Local – the digital platform created and managed by Maverick TV – has shown that more than 40% of people have difficulties accessing their GP.
When members of the public were asked how access to their GP could be improved, an overwhelming number – 52% of respondents – said they would like to use video calling, such as Skype, to virtually “see” their doctor. Less than 1% of those questioned currently have the Skype option available.
Consulting a doctor via Skype could be "invaluable" for housebound patients for example, said the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Professor Clare Gerada.
Professor Gerada said: "We are certain we'll see a leap in the wider use of technology in general practice over the coming years, and not just telephone consultations, which have moved into the mainstream of daily GP triage over the last ten years: we are already seeing many patients booking consultations online and receiving text reminders for appointments, registering online and ordering repeat prescriptions remotely.
"We may see a lot more self-monitoring of diagnosed conditions by patients in their own homes, perhaps using small systems to take temperatures, monitor heart-rate and feed information automatically back to the surgery for the scrutiny of GPs and their teams. Indeed, some companies are already piloting these systems within communities."
Technology was particularly beneficial for GPs and patients in rural areas – and patients and carers unable to leave their homes, Professor Gerada added.
The research coincides with a growing number of private health clinics and Lloyds pharmacies using new technology, including Skype and text messaging to improve their advice and diagnosis services.
However, Professor Gerada also said new technology would never replace the benefits of a face-to-face surgery consultation.
"Technology has an important place in helping to monitor conditions and alleviate immediate concerns, but should never replace the consultation," she commented. "In fact, digital health works best once there is a trusting relationship built up between doctor and their patient – a relationship built up over many face-to-face consultations."
Maverick have produced a series of eleven films showcasing outdoor dance. Choreographed by Shaun Parker, Spill – a playground of dance has been produced in conjunction with Birmingham’s DanceXchange and has been chosen to be broadcast on The Space - a new international digital platform created by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC.
The films are part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Comprised of ten short episodes and a 30 minute film, Spill combines quirky, dynamic dance with high energy street gymnastics using children’s playground equipment as the set.
Spill is now available to view on The Space, which aims to bring innovative digital interpretations of different art forms to an international audience. This new on-demand digital arts service is available via the internet, smartphones, tablets and connected TV on Freeview and Freeview HD, and is enabling people from all over the world to access and experience the biggest Summer of arts the UK has ever seen – for free.
The films are complimented on The Space website with four short films with DanceXchange’s Artistic Director David Massingham, Choreographer Shaun Parker, Assistant Choreographer Corey Baker as well as the dancers. These short films provide insight into the artistic vision, ambition and actuality of Spill.
With over 30 entries in the Best Multiplatform Project category, the judges deemed Live From The Clinic to be the strongest.
One judge summed up the project as “a landmark event in the history of multiplatform,” because of the impressive idea to use Skype at the heart of the programme.
Photograph courtsey of Broadcast.
The 33rd annual Banff World Media Festival held the Rockie Awards ceremony at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Canada in June.
The festival hosts the world's largest gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media.
Joint executive producers Steph Harris and Dan Jones attended the festival and were delighted to collect the award.
In attendance to collect the award last night were Dan Jones, Dr Dawn Harper, Sandra Gorel, Rich Payne, Claire McArdle, Alasdair McClure and Steph Harris.
The new series of Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic begins Tuesday 15th May at 8pm on Channel 4.
With over 30% more entries than last year - making it onto the shortlist at the Broadcast Digital Awards is a massive achievement. Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic has been nominated in the Best Multiplatform Project category. The awards celebrate the best content across the UK and fully reflect the evolving digital markets. Industry judges say that the “shortlist demonstrates the level of sophistication and creativity that digital broadcasting and multiplatform content has to offer.” The ceremony will take place on 20 June at the Lancaster, London.