Film and TV students get involved with new online show

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.”

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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

Success stories

Celebrating Success 2022: Maison Lundrigan

Celebrating Success 2022: Maison Lundrigan

Course studied

Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 3 Diploma

It’s a great college, especially for people with disabilities. The support I received from my tutor Charlie was brilliant. I really enjoyed the practical, hands-on aspect of the course.

Maison Lundrigan was named Motor Vehicle Student of the Year for his dedication and the consistent hard work he put into his studies.

The 18-year-old was praised for the high quality of his work and the fact that he was the first to pass his online exams. 

He has excelled during his time at the college, so much so, he is now embarking on a three-year apprenticeship programme at the college.

Maison has achieved all this despite living with additional needs.

He said it felt ‘brilliant’ to win the award and ‘it’s made me realise that I can achieve even with my disability.’

He added: “I chose the college because it offered the right course for me.

“It’s a great college, especially for people with disabilities. The support I received from my tutor Charlie was brilliant. I really enjoyed the practical, hands-on aspect of the course.”

Maison is now looking forward to his apprenticeship so he can pursue his dream of becoming a car mechanic.

His tutor said: “He is a pleasant and well-mannered young man that any college or employer would be pleased to have. Maison has a very bright future ahead of him.”

Celebrating Success 2022: Luke Lambert

Celebrating Success 2022: Luke Lambert

Course studied

Performing and Production Arts (Musical Theatre) Level 3 Extended Diploma

I have enjoyed receiving honest feedback and having the opportunity to grow as a performer. Tutors really encourage their students.

Performing Arts Student of the Year, Luke Lambert, has won his award because in every respect, his development and improvement has been outstanding.

Luke said that he feels extremely proud and grateful for the recognition. 

He said: “I chose to study at the college because I went to the open day with my parents. We were all really excited by the course and impressed by Richard and his ambition for his students.”

He added: “The course has been great for learning professional etiquette, as well as the actual training. I have enjoyed receiving honest feedback and having the opportunity to grow as a performer. Richard and Neil really encourage their students.” 

Luke’s tutor said: “Luke is an outstanding student. The development of his skills set during his time at this college is phenomenal which has been rewarded by casting him in the lead of the cohorts FMP production of ‘Spring Awakening’. As a result of his continuous diligence and want to improve, he has achieved offers from four top London Drama Schools to study Musical Theatre, Bird College, Arts Educational, Italia Conti and Guildford Conservatoire (GSA). This is far above what was expected at the beginning of his training. 

“He has demonstrated that he is highly motivated to succeed in this industry and aspires to always do his best. He is polite and well-mannered at all times to both his peers and his tutors. He is extremely well respected  by his cohort. He is always supportive of them and goes out of his way to help them. 

“He has become a very influential member of the group in so many positive ways. Behaviour, focus and attention to detail is impeccable and cannot be faulted. He has met every deadline for both practical and academic tasks. A faultless time at this college.”

Luke will be studying for a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at ArtsEd in London from September and his ultimate ambition is to be performing leading roles in the West End. 

Celebrating Success 2022: Zoe Souto

Celebrating Success 2022: Zoe Souto

Course studied

Animal Care Level 2 Diploma

Zoe Souto, 17, from Rayleigh, studied Level 2 Animal Care at the college’s Southend campus.

She was nominated for the award for her excellent attendance and attitude to college life and for completing work before deadlines to a very high standard.

Her tutor said: “Zoe is a very calming influence on the group. She keeps up-to-date with all work and goes above and beyond what is expected.

“Zoe may be hearing impaired but she never lets that act as a barrier to her learning and does everything to a great standard. I often have to set her work from level 3 to keep her ticking over.”

Zoe said: “I feel so proud of myself and surprised as I didn’t expect to be nominated, let alone win. I enjoyed all the support that was given during my course and have always been made to feel at home at the college.”

Zoe’s ambition for the future is to run her own pet services business or run her own cattery.