University students produce live TV show

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The winner of last year’s The Voice, Jermain Jackman, was among a line-up of guests interviewed for a live show put on by University of Bedfordshire TV students last week.

The live show was produced by 24 first year TV students and 19 second year Media Performance students, as part of a collaborative assessment.

The TV undergraduates took on 144 different roles to produce six interviews as they streamed the event live onto the internet.

Terry McMahon, who plays a part in Batman Begins and Richard Vranch, a comedian, actor and musician, were among the guests, interviews were arranged by the Media Performance students.

Speaking about the day, Jermain Jackman said: “I absolutely loved it. I love Luton and the University. I have quite a few friends who study here, it is a great place.

“If I can help raise aspirations and inspire people in any way, it is only right that I do so.”

Kathryn Wolfe, Senior Lecturer in Media Performance and course co-ordinator Television Production at Bedfordshire, said: “This event is a collaborative assessment we put on each year, and each year we add more to it and it becomes a little bit harder for our new students who have been here just over a term.

“There were many jobs involved including lights, sound, set, directing, floor management, camera, vision mixing, graphics, streaming and much more.

“And it was all completed in front of a live guest audience, and indeed the world where anyone could be watching online!

“These students responded fantastically well to the challenge, producing a top-quality show using the very best of the equipment we have at the University including the new LED lighting.

“This is real-life experience the students are gaining here, so we can’t wait to see how these undergraduates progress.”

In his interview Jermain spoke about his rise in the industry, his time on The Voice and his future plans.

The 20-year-old said: “Growing up I always loved music. I was singing Whitney Houston songs all day. I learnt the piano and after a while many opportunities were coming my way so I wanted to pursue it.

“Being on The Voice was a lot of pressure and hard work. Having will.i.am as a mentor though opened my mind to different genres and where a song can go.

“I discovered you can change the foundation of a song and therefore change its content.

“To win was surreal. It didn’t sink in for a few days.”

You can watch the interviews here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1768895/live2015?t=1421870809934