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INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

A Brian Ashby film, directed by John Stephenson OBE

Starring James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Adrian Edmundson & Dervla Kirwan

The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE with final screenplay by       Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson O.B.E.

 

INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

From the makers of “Sense and Sensibility” and “Gosford Park”

This summer, prepare for a solar-plexus knockout as Carnaby International presents astonishing Mozart drama and British feature, Interlude in Prague, arriving in cinemas nationwide from 25th May 2017 and on DVD and Digital HD from 29th May 2017.

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

 

Shot and set against the beauty and splendour of the Bohemian capital, exactly where the story takes place and where Mozart himself walked the streets over 226 years ago, Interlude in Prague stars James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter, Ironclad), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, War & Peace, The White Queen), Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks and Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Falling) alongside Ade Edmondson (Ade in Britain, Guest House Paradiso, Bottom) and Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Entity).

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE (Animal Farm, Five Children and It, The Christmas Candle) with final screenplay by Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Interlude In Prague is produced by Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones (Damascus Cover, The Man Who Knew Infinity, The Edge of Love, Cold Mountain, Chaos) along with Hannah Leader (Damascus Cover, Lucky Number Slevin, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Brian Ashby with cinematography by Michael Brewster (The Christmas Candle, Five Children and It, Animal Farm) and production design by Oscar winning Luciana Arrighi (Only You, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Jakob The Liar). Hybrid’s Charlotte and Mike Truman, on board as composers and music producers, have collaborated with Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Miriam Němcová, whose work includes internationally revered recording of Mozart’s Requiem, to produce a captivating original music score inspired by Mozart’s work.

 

Interlude in Prague was adapted from screenwriter, Brian Ashby’s, original factional script about Mozart’s visit to Prague to conduct the Marriage of Figaro at the Nostitz Theatre. Working together with Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Ashby then adapted this into a screenplay for a full feature film. Ashby is currently penning a novel for Interlude in Prague, based on the screenplay.

Director, John Stephenson OBE, said: “When I first read the script for Interlude in Prague, I was immediately captivated. At its core it is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions and the characters, the passions, the heartbreak and catastrophic outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary story. We shot this entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, across spectacular locations steeped in history and cultural significance. We used a fast moving camera and cutting edge post-production techniques to capture the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller. The result, I believe, is a glorious heart-in-mouth thriller which we hope will strike a chord with audiences around the world.”

Creator, Brian Ashby added: “Having written three books I decided the next one should be a screenplay about Mozart’s intriguing life and glorious composition.  I began writing it way back in 1999 but because of my naivety about the film industry I made little progress in promoting it until I contacted a fellow Member of Mensa, Helen Claire Cromarty, who introduced me to a Director, John Stephenson.  That was some three and a half years ago and, from that meeting, the film has flourished with a red carpet world premiere set to take place in London’s Leicester Square. I knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.  I did not realise it was going to be vertical!  I hope the public thinks it is worthwhile.”

Interlude in Prague will be released in the UK by London-based Carnaby International, who is also handling worldwide rights for the film. A share of the film’s profits will be donated to two charities including Marie Curie1 and Foundation Derbyshire2.

 

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About Carnaby International                                                                                                                                                                         Carnaby International Sales and Distribution PLC is an all rights UK distributor and International Sales agent, whilst also offering co-production and financing. Carnaby International PLC was established in 2001 and is dubbed an ‘Indie Giant’.  The company was originally set up with the specific purpose of financing and producing British feature films with 14 feature films and over 800 hours of TV programming – which has sold extensively worldwide – to its credit.  The company’s Finance and Production Division is based in Essex and headed by Terry and Michael Loveday, whilst Co-production, Sales and Distribution is based in London’s Soho and run by Sean O’Kelly and Andrew Loveday.  The company has raised over $80M in the last 7 years and is continuously looking for commercial projects with strong talent.

Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness                                                                                                                                 Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk
About Foundation Derbyshire                                                                                                                                                       Foundation Derbyshire is improving the quality of life for people in Derbyshire by investing and distributing funds, on behalf of a wide range of donors, to local voluntary organisations, charities and projects.

 

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The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Interlude in Prague is a story of love, lust, and murder based on true events that inspired Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Don Giovani.

 

LONG SYNOPSIS

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

CAST AND CREW

Baron Saloka

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Josefa Duchek

Zuzanna Lubtak

Herr Lubtak

Frau Lubtak

Constanza

Barbarina

Ferdinand

Fraulein Ribber

Marek Novak

Hana

Henry Novy

Johann Bohac

Jakub

Laporel Bloch

Hans

Maria

Wanda

Herr Burgen

 

 

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Hair and Make Up

 

Music composers

JAMES PUREFOY

ANEURIN BARNARD

SAMANTHA BARKS

MORFYDD CLARK

ADRIAN EDMONSON

DERVLA KIRWAN

CHARLOTTE PETERS

RUBY BENTALL

TRENT GARRETT

KLARA ISSOVA

NICKOLAS GRACE

ANNA RUST

EDMUND KINGLSEY

KRYSTOF HADEK

RAYMOND THIRY

IAN BONAR

JIRI MADL

ALENA DOLAKOVA

CLAUDIA VASEKOVA

ROSS WILLIAM WILD

 

 

JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

BRIAN ASHBY, HELEN CLARE CROMARTY & JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

HUW PENALLT JONES & HANNAH LEADER

 

DAVID MINKOWSKI

MATTHEW STILLMAN

 

SIMON MOSELEY

 

TOM HARBERD

 

HELEN CLARE CROMARTY

PHIL HUNT

SEAN O’KELLY

ANDREW LOVEDAY

COMPTON ROSS

 

MICHAEL BREWSTER

 

LUCIANA ARRIGHHI

 

EMMA E. HICKOX, A.C.E

DAVIDE FREEMAN

JOHN & ROS HUBBARD

 

PAM DOWNE

 

KATIE PICKLES

 

MIKE & CHARLOTTE TRUMAN

DIRECTOR’S VISION

It is rare to come across a film script that offers as much dramatic possibility as Interlude in Prague. It is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions.

Set in Prague during the year 1788, it tells the story of a few turbulent months that influenced the creation of an operatic masterpiece.

Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, a frustrated and misunderstood Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is brought to Prague by Baron Saloka, a narcissistic, vain and self-obsessed aristocrat.

We will feel Mozart’s relief to have left the drawing rooms and parlours of Vienna behind and his happiness to be in a place where he feels his talent is fully appreciated.

Zuzanna Lubtak, a soprano beautiful, young and innocent, is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter.

We will create a sumptuous world of Baroque theatre, where Saloka, who is a terrifying sexual predator, aroused by beauty, will become insanely jealous and develop an overwhelming hatred for Mozart. This results in callous brutality, rape and murder.

Mozart is a savant, ill-equipped to deal with the passion and violence which surrounds him. His whole being is affected by it and it becomes the creativity behind the astonishing music and drama of Don Giovanni.

In the finale we will see Mozart’s masterpiece mirroring the tragic events and the characters that took over his life in Prague, Saloka in particular being preserved forever as the anti-hero, Don Giovanni.

Shot entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, the film will combine all the beauty of eighteenth century bohemia with the glory of Mozart’s music. Yet the story centered around the sexual politics of 18C, the passions, the heartbreak and awful outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary setting.

Fast moving camera, modern post-production techniques, shot and edited with the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller it will result in a film which delivers passion, emotion and heart-in-mouth entertainment

John Stephenson OBE, Director, Interlude In Prague

 

 

 

 

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Nadiya Hussain is supporting ‘Be School Ready’, PTA UK’s national campaign to help families with children starting school in September

Exclusive interview with The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

NH Nadiya with Bake Me A Story

Nadiya Hussain is supporting ‘Be School Ready’, PTA UK’s national campaign to help families with children starting school in September. The Be School Ready magazines, produced by PTA UK, which is also celebrating its 60th year, have been distributed providing both practical and emotional support for parents, carers and children so they can start school life with confidence.

http://www.pta.org.uk/BeSchoolReady

Get your kids making their healthy after school snacks as well as eating them! Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story is a book of recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself. Cook up a batch of Carrot and Nutmeg Cookies on a Sunday afternoon and share the story of Rapunzel’s Enchanted Carrots while the cookies bake or read about Ruby-Red and the Three Bears and their Very Berry Muffins while you wait for your own to rise! Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story publishes 8th September 2016 in hardback, priced £14.99

 

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As a mother of three very lively children it is safe to say that I have had my fair share of ‘mum I’m starving’ ‘how long before dinner?’, I’m so hungry’, ‘please can I have a crisp?’, ‘if I can’t have crisp, can I have a small biscuit?’. Whether you have one child, three like me or more, I know it’s the worst feeling trying to decide whether your child should have a snack or should I just let them have whatever they want. If not to just keep them quiet before dinner but ease your own guilt.

I spent years wondering what the right thing was to do during that very intense time between school pick up and dinner time. I will not lie, there have been times where I have just given the kids the easiest option, a packet of crisps, a small bar of chocolate, a biscuit (or two). But I noticed that the kids were like yoyos. After school the kids slumped, tired and exhausted from the day. They walk through the door and as I rush around they have a quick sweet treat and they are then the polar opposite, high as kites, excitable before the inevitable sugar crash to follow.

A few years ago I decided that I needed to overhaul my eating habits along with the kids. I just couldn’t do the constant peak and trough that come with lots of sugar all day long. Better eating habits didn’t mean taking everything away, it just meant eating sugar in moderation and incorporating more fruit and vegetables where possible. I thought it would be a difficult change to make when in fact the transition was the opposite of our sugar crashes and slumps. The transition was smooth.

One of the first things I knew I had to tackle was the time between school pick up and dinner. Upon picking the children up my first question is always ‘how was your day?’ and all three kids always respond with ‘Great, what’s for dinner?’ One of my first tips is that I always take a bottle of water (not chilled). I find children are weary of drinking chilled water because it’s cold and harder to drink quickly. So I take a bottle of water at room temperature and allow them to drink to their fill as soon as I see them. I never believe my children when I’ve asked them if they’ve drunk lots of water through the day. What I like to address is the fact that they may just be very thirsty.

As a fruitier alternative to plain water I like to have water bottles with wide necks and to this I add slices of oranges, kiwi and strawberries and leave it to infuse during the day and take that with me on the school run. Once they have drunk all the water they can finish the fruit inside too.

In between sorting the children, preparing for dinner, finishing emails and doing laundry, I always have a few snacks that I have pre prepared or snacks that can be quickly made. Here is a list of a few of our favourites:

  1. Frozen Yoghurt – small pots of yoghurt, I just pierce a lolly pop stick through the covering and stick the whole thing in the freezer. When frozen, peel off the top of the yoghurt pot and ease the frozen yoghurt out of its pot.
  2. Frozen Blueberry Yoghurt Sticks – take a wooden skewer and pierce it with about 10 blueberries. Dip the whole stick into yoghurt and place the sticks on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen take them off the sheet and place inside a freezer bag and store in the freezer.
  3. Apple and Peanut Rings – core and horizontally slice a green apple, spread the tops with smooth peanut butter and eat straight away.
  4. Houmous Celery Sticks – cut slices of celery sticks about 2 inches long. Fill the inside with houmous and serve.
  5. Summer Fruit Spring Rolls – take a circle of rice paper and soak for a few seconds till soft. Squeeze off any excess water and place down. Add any fruit, the more colourful the better and wrap like a spring roll.
  6. Boiled eggs – I like to keep boiled eggs in the fridge during the week. They are quick simple and nutritious and very easy to eat.
  7. Turkey Ham wrapped Cheese sticks – take a small stick of cheese and wrap around a slice of turkey ham.
  8. Mini omelettes – whisk up some eggs and add onion, cheese, chives and chopped peppers. Pour the mix into a 12 muffin cupcake tin and bake in the oven. Once cooled these can be stored for a week.
  9. Steamed edamame beans – these are great placed in a bowl, splashed with a little water and the covered in cling. Cooked in a microwave for 3 minutes and then sprinkled with salt and paprika.
  10. Plain popcorn – plain popcorn, quickly popped and a large handful is just enough.

In terms of drinks on a warm day I love to make the kids a quick cold smoothie after school and a nice warm drink on the colder school days.

Cold Drink – in a smoothie maker I like to add ice, mint, 1 green apple, the juice of a lime, half water and half apple juice and whizz.

Hot Drink – in a pan add coconut milk and heat up, to this I like to add unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract and honey, boil and serve.

These are all great ways to give the kids a little something to eat to take the edge off the hunger before dinner. But also a great way of getting some of their 5 a day in too.

This is just enough food to keep them sustained long enough to get on to help cook dinner in the kitchen with me, which is their favourite thing to do after school.

Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Baking Busy…Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Baking Busy…

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

 

  • The pie’s the limit for Michelle Heaton, but will Sooty’s cakes rise like a well-behaved soufflé or fall at the final curdle?
  • Limited edition Orla Kiely apron for Sport Relief – perfect for those wanting to get messy in the kitchen

 

Roll up, Roll up, CITV’s Sooty and Sweep have collaborated with TV personality Michelle Heaton in the kitchen for a fun-packed photo shoot to raise some dough for Sport Relief.

 

The nation’s favourite bear has been ‘Izzy Wizzy’ baking cakes for a Sport Relief Bake Sale in a bid to inspire the nation to get their baking trays out and raise some money for Sport Relief. Meanwhile, Sweep has slipped on his boxing gloves to show his knockout support for Sport Relief.

 

Sooty and Sweep’s new look is thanks to designer Orla Kiely, who has created a limited edition apron for Sport Relief. The apron is presented each episode to the winner of ‘The Great Sport Relief Bake Off’ and is available to buy exclusively from Sport Relief official partners: brands-for-less homewareretailer, HomeSense, TK Maxx stores, tkmaxx.com and sportrelief.com. The apron retails at £12.99 with at least £5.25 going to Sport Relief.

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

Sooty, Sweep and Michelle Heaton battle it out in the kitchen for Sport Relief 2016

The nation has been inspired to join in the Sport Relief fun and games and host their own bake sales to raise money to help transform people’s lives both across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities. So if you’re a fan, the apron is the perfect way to ‘rise to the occasion’, supporting a great cause whilst baking yourself proud in the kitchen.

Sooty’s right hand man, Richard Cadell told us Sooty had whispered in his ear that holding a bake sale is a piece of cake and he and Sweep had loads of fun with their new friend Michelle, even if she was a little bit messy in the kitchen!

 Michelle Heaton said: “I urge everyone to put on a pinny, get baking and throw a showstopping bake sale for Sport Relief. Baking with Sooty & Sweep was the icing on the cake for me! By purchasing this apron from HomeSense and TK Maxx you can help to transform people’s lives both across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities.”

 Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £262 million. The Sport Relief Games will take place between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th March, bringing the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives.

The money raised from the apron will go towards helping people living incredibly tough lives. Half of the money raised by the public for Sport Relief is used to make a difference right here at home in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world’s poorest communities.

Don’t miss out on your very own limited edition Orla Kiely apron from HomeSense, TK Maxx stores, tkmaxx.com, sportrelief.com and help raise money for Sport Relief 2016

 

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Details and Prices:

All profits from the sale of the apron and the tea towels will be donated to Sport Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Apron £12.99 with at least £5.25 going to Sport Relief

 

ABOUT SPORT RELIEF

 

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £262 million. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.  It all leads up to the Sport Relief weekend and an unmissable night of TV on the BBC, broadcasting live from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

Sport Relief 2016 will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016. You can run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country. There’s a distance for everyone in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, whether you’re sporty or not. Find out more at www.sportrelief.com.

Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty.

 

Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.

For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

 

About HomeSense

HomeSense launched in the UK in April 2008 and has 39 stores in the UK. HomeSense operates a unique ‘off-price’ concept, which offers quality and branded homeware for less than the recommended retail price. These savings are passed on to customers through a combination of opportunistic buying, established relationships with manufacturers and simple, no-frills operation. HomeSense is part of TJX Europe, a subsidiary of TJX Companies, Inc. Find your nearest store and loads more information at www.homesense.com

 

About TK Maxx

TK Maxx and HomeSense are the official Sport Relief sponsors for the fifth campaign running and have raised £17.7 million since 2005 through sales, customer donations and staff fundraising. TK Maxx is a designer brands-for-less retailer implementing a unique ‘off-price’ concept which originated in the US. It sells designer and high street brands of womenswear, menswear, homeware, gifts and accessories at up to 60% less than the recommended retail price (RRP). TK Maxx launched in the UK in 1994 and now has over 250 stores nationwide. Opportunistic buying and a no-frills operation means TK Maxx can pass huge savings on to the customer. A typical store has over 50,000 items in stock and receives 10,000 new pieces, styles and colours a week, which means stock is consistently fresh. TK Maxx is part of TJX Europe, the European subsidiary of the US group TJX Companies Inc. For more information see www.tkmaxx.com

 

Orla Kiely

The creative world of Orla Kiely was founded in 1995 to express visually, her love of pattern, colour, texture and rhythm, which as components all play and work together. Once hailed as the ‘queen of print,’ she is world renowned for her instinctive graphic discipline to simplify and stylise everyday motifs and forms. With clean, orderly repeat constructions and a boldness of scale, her work achieves strength with a very modern quality, while her love for all things mid century creates charming, uplifting and instantly recognisable prints.

 

From a small collection of accessories, commissioned exclusively by Harrods following her graduation from the Royal Academy of Art, the range has grown to include a complete ready-to-wear collection as well as homeware and stationery. Through key collaborations, Orla Kiely has launched a perfume, designed sold out shoe collections for Clarks – an ongoing partnership as well as publishing two books –  ‘Pattern’ & ‘Home’ which celebrating both her prints and her love for interior design.

 

Globally, the brand is gaining momentum with key stockists in both fashion and home. Orla Kiely has a number of shops through the UK and has grown significantly with global reach in New York following the launch of her collaborations with Uniqlo and Target.

 

The Orla Kiely customer is creative, intelligent and stylish. She is not afraid to stand out and does it fashionably. The combination of luxurious fabric and attention to detail leads to a loyal following including Kate Middleton, Kirsten Dunst , Keira Knightley, Alexa Chung and Emma Watson.

 

She continues to work with fashion contemporaries, Leith Clark, Liz Goldwin and Venetia Scott.

 

Orla Kiely regularly presents at London Fashion Week and continues to surprise and impress, her presentations reaching cult status amongst fans and press alike.

 

The Sooty Show

The Sooty Show is the longest running children’s TV show in the world. The iconic yellow bear made his TV debut on the BBC in the 1950s and is currently enjoying a revival in the UK, with The Sooty Show airing daily on CITV and on ITV at weekends. Sooty, Sweep and Soo, with their current owner and presenter Richard Cadell, perform to sell-out audiences in their live tours and Sooty the Movie is set to go into production this year. www.thesootyshow.com

 

Connor PR promoting The Dog Rescuers Puppy Farm Special

The Dog Rescuers Puppy Farm Special

Channel 5, 8pm

Tuesday 27th October 2015

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In this special puppy focused episode of Dog Rescuers Alan Davies reveals how the RSPCA cracked one of Britain’s biggest puppy farm operations in Manchester, rescuing 87 puppies from harrowing conditions and eventually bringing the owners of the racket to successful convictions just one week ago. Operation Pagan lasted 5 years and we will see exclusive footage from the raid and talk to the Special Operations Officers who conducted the investigation, who explain how they managed to bring this barbaric business to an end.

 

We see incredible footage of the puppies being rescued and taken to be examined by [RSPCA?] vets and we also visit them now to see how their lives have been turned around by living in loving new homes.

 

The programme also features; information on how viewers can give a rescue puppy a loving home, brand new dog rescues; and a story from Somerset, where we meet three adorable Japanese Chin puppies who, at six weeks old, are enjoying their final days at the animal centre before getting rehomed.

 

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And finally we meet Bruce and Rebel, two 18 month old Lurcher pups who are long term residents of Newbrook Animal Centre. They were saved from living in terrible conditions for days on end and we will do a “live” appeal to see if we can find them a new home. In their heart breaking story we’ll hear how they will have to be rehomed together as Bruce has a degenerative eye disease and will be blind within a year, so will need to rely on best mate Rebel to lead him around in the future.

 

Connor PR specialists in TV promotion, Connor PR specialists in Entertainment PR, Connor PR and The Dog Rescuers

 

Connor PR’s latest TV project 41 Dogs In My Three Bed Semi – Friday 9th October 2015, 8pm, Channel 5

41 Dogs In My Three Bed Semi 

Friday 9th October 2015, 8pm, Channel 5

  • Dog-mad Lynn Everett loves her pet dogs so much she shares her semi-detached home with 41 of them
  • Meet animal owner of 60, Steve Lucock, who claims his appearance on Britain’s Got Talent contributed to a failed marriage and left him with a home full of animals
  • Dog enthusiast Emmie Stevens, 27, is so devoted to her pets that she has spent £60,000 on pampering them – with two hounds even getting hitched
Lynn Everett

Lynn Everett

There are estimated to be 71 million pets in Britain today, and 45% of households now own at least one. However, for some, one is nowhere near enough. In this remarkable film, a Middlechild production – we reveal Britain’s most staggering animal obsessives and witness what happens when animal obsessions get out of hand; the animosity, the relationship breakdowns, the risk of losing everything, and the tales of people who love animals so much they collect dozens of them in their homes.

In this one-hour documentary screened on October 9th at 8.00pm on Channel 5, we meet 57-year-old dog-mad Lynn Morgan from Barnsley, a dog obsessive. Many people have one of their favourite breeds of dogs as a pet, Lynn has one in every colour! At last count, Lynn had 41 dogs, all living inside her modest semi-detached home. Lynn lives with 25 French Bulldogs, six Chinese Crested dogs and 10 Miniature English Bull Terriers.

41 Dogs in a 3 bed Semi

41 Dogs in a 3 bed Semi

 

We follow Britain’s Got Talent performer Steve Lucock and his 60 animals as he battles to put food in the mouths of his beloved wild family, whilst attempting to feed his own obsession; and dog-lover Emmie Stevens from Croydon who has a paw print tattooed on her wedding finger.

 

Lynn Everett and husband, Tony Morgan, live amongst their 41 dogs in her three-bedroomed semi on a very normal-looking street in Barnsley. The dogs are free to roam the downstairs of the house and share the sofas with Lynn and Tony. 41 is the maximum number the council will allow her to keep but if she could, she’d have many more. It’s a stressful existence living amongst 41 dogs and Lynn and Tony have a very fiery relationship, especially when it comes to matters concerning the dogs.

41 Dogs in a 3 bed Semi

41 Dogs in a 3 bed Semi

 

 

In this film, we learn all about their lifestyle and witness the effect it has on their relationship. We meet Lynn’s disabled dogs and she explains how she gives every dog a chance, no matter how much it costs her. We reveal that Lynn breeds some of her more prized pooches and that this helps fund the upkeep of her extra-large family.

 

Lynn leaves the house just once a year, to go on a scouting mission to Crufts. Lynn began by breeding Bull Terriers but soon found that she couldn’t bear to part with them once born. She has sold some of her more prized puppies in the past but even though she has been breeding dogs since she was 18, she admits it’s becoming nearly impossible to let any new ones go. And now, as long as she sticks within the 41 she’s allowed, instead of selling, she’s buying too! Lynn has five chest freezers and spends £280 on tripe each month to feed her pets. She also buys copious amounts of fabric softener for the dogs’ blankets and there are beds set up for them in the front room.

 

Not many people could cope with the set-up the couple have in the house but Lynn’s personality seems to suit it perfectly. The worst consequence of their lifestyle choice is the abuse they attract from outsiders who don’t believe the dogs can be healthy or happy in such an environment. This has resulted in substantial trolling over the Internet, on dog-based forums and social media. The pinnacle of the abuse came during Christmas 2014, when a brick was thrown through their window.

 

Meanwhile in Blyth, Northumberland, animal addict 47-year-old Steve Lucock was at the peak of his career as a magician in the mid-2000s, performing around the country with his wife as his on stage assistant. As Steve is so obsessed with animals, he based their entire show around them. When their act featured on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent, the exposure resulted in 100 animals in need of a home being dropped on their doorstep, in addition to the 60 they already had! Steve’s reluctance to part with the new animals put a strain on his marriage, eventually leading to divorce and plunging Steve in financial disarray.

 

Not every animal act on Britain’s Got Talent goes the same way as Pudsey or Matisse it seems. Now, unemployed and without a performing partner, Steve has been forced to reduce the number of animals he lives with back to a more modest level of 60. Steve’s living room is home to a parrot and around the rest of the house you’ll find dogs, cats, meerkats, owls, raccoons, skunks, snakes, turtles, rats, doves, rabbits and Steve’s showpiece… his foxes.

 

The foxes are house-trained and his red fox, identical to the ones who roam the streets at night, is as tame as a ‘well-trained dog’. He often takes his fox when he entertains at children’s parties, much to the amazement of the attendees, who cannot believe how domesticated it is. Steve’s animal obsession has had serious financial repercussions. He only manages to feed his animals through donations given to him after shows he puts on for free locally. However, he is determined to continue growing his collection and is always on the lookout for new additions. In this film, we follow Steve as he tries to turn his fortunes around. We witness a rather tragic performance at a holiday camp and see evidence of Steve’s problems with money. However, he’s come up with a new idea for a show that he hopes will be a big hit on the kids’ party scene. Called Animalgique, it tells the story of the animals’ struggle against man and what children can do to help. Steve rehearses his show and promotes it around Blyth before the big night of his premiere arrives.

 

In Wiltshire, Mary Cunningham’s small house is overrun with cats. For many years she’s been taking them in and providing homes to any that are offered to her. Her whole life revolves around her feline family. Mary’s house is also brimming with clutter, she claims that this in fact just ‘stock’. Mary raises money for her cats by visiting car boot sales and fetes, selling her ‘stock’. In this film we learn that Mary faces the threat of eviction if the number of cats increases in her home, or if she can’t maintain the property. We watch as Mary attempts to secure a pitch at the biggest event of the year, The Calne Summer Festival and Carnival. If she can get a stall there, she’ll clear a lot of her ’stock’ and make enough money to do some decorating.

 

Emmie Stevens’ is an animal obsessive in training – her current 12 dogs are some of the most pampered pooches in the country. Emmie, 27, from Croydon, South London, is obsessed with dressing up canines and even calls them her children. Over the past seven years she has spent £60K on them. To Emmie, her dogs are her children and she feels a very maternal connection to them. As she says, “parents like dressing their children up” and that’s precisely what she does with her dogs. She has a whole room devoted to their outfits. Recently, Emmie married two of her dogs at a lavish ceremony attended by 30 of their best doggie friends. In the film we learn that Emmie’s addiction to dogs started after enduring years of confidence-destroying bullying before buying her first dog, Doodles. The love and happiness she got from him, and the compulsion to care that grew inside her, drove her to seek that ‘buzz’ over and over again. If there was more room in her house she’d have more dogs and one day Emmie fully intends on increasing her collection.

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