WFTV Screening: Daytime Screening followed by Q&A and Networking

23rd July 2019 11:00

Tuesday 23 July | 11:00am – 1:30pm| Soho Hotel | 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH

A great opportunity for those of you who have commitments which mean you can’t always make our evening events!

Join us for a sensory adjusted (lights left on low and quieter sound) screening of Emma Willis: Delivering Babies (Series 2). The event is timed to accommodate for those with morning and evening commitments, and you are welcome to bring along a child, friend or relative you may be caring for. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with some of the team behind the show who will be talking about how they juggle family life with work, lessons they’ve learnt and how companies can support working mums and carers.

There will also be an opportunity for a relaxed networking (with tea and cakes!) afterwards.

Emma Willis: Delivering Babies – Series 2. Picture shows: (L-R) Katie, Naghmeh, Tilly, Emma Willis, Val and Zoe

Last year, television presenter and mother of three, Emma Willis, spent 10 weeks working on the frontline of a busy maternity unit. Now, in a brand new eight-part documentary series for TV channel W, she’s been given the chance to return to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex to complete her training. Over the course of 16 weeks she will immerse herself in the role, supporting the hospital’s charismatic midwife team. She will learn, once again, that no two births are the same and that every mother and a father-to-be has their own remarkable story to tell.


11:00am: Arrival and welcome

11.15am: Screening begins

12:00pm: Panel discussion

12:40pm – 1:30pm: Tea and cakes


Panellists Include:

Panel Host – Zeb Achonu, Freelance Editor & Board Member of WFTV

Zeb is a London based Film and TV editor with strong credits across various genres, working for numerous broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and UKTV. With almost 2 decades in the industry she has cut a wide range of styles including drama, factual, obs docs, entertainment and music documentaries. She is a member of the Guild of British Film & TV Editors (GBFTE), and was a participant in the WFTV Mentoring Scheme in 2016.   She is also a mother of 3 young children aged 7, 3 and 8 months and is currently navigating the chaos of childcare and returning to work again.

Helen Nightingale, Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV

Helen has been commissioning and exec producing shows for UKTV for the last four year. She is now a senior commissioning editor and her commissions include: Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, Dr. Christian Will See You Now and Emily Atack: Adulting for W, and Hurricane Man for Dave.


Tilly Samson, Ward Manager at Princess Alexandra Hospital

49yr old Tilly has been a midwife at PAH for over 25 years and her daughter is now an MCA at the Princess Alexandra Hospital too. Tilly is referred to as the “breast feeding queen”. She has a great track record for getting tricky babies to feed. Tilly spends most of her time on Samson Ward taking on the day to day management role. Tilly qualified as a nurse and midwife in 1993 in India then moved to Dubai 1997. In 2005 she moved to the U.K. – became a midwife here after being a gynae nurse. The training was box ticking really as she was already so experienced. Metelda is her name but when she moved to the U.K. her colleague asked if she could call her Tilly and she was confused. But now it’s stuck. She was born at 28 weeks in the sack in India 2 hours from hospital. Mum had huge blood loss and they took her for dead. Cut open the sack once they got to hospital and she started crying. Doctors thought she’d be brain damaged but she was fine – always top of the class. But that’s why she’s so driven.

Her master interview quotes from episode 1;

“I was a premature baby, I was born at 28 weeks and weighed 900 grams. And this is why I say I always had that passion thinking when I become a grown up girl I want to look after babies.”

 “I love spending that one to care with a woman, her journey from start to finish, safely discharging them from the unit is the most happiest moment in my life.”

Cat Gradwell, Freelance Series Producer

Cat is a freelance Series Producer, who has been working in the industry for the last 20 years. Her career has spanned across television entertainment and documentaries. Often setting programme styles in the edit for new series like ‘Mums Make Porn’, ‘Bodyshockers’ with Katie Piper and ‘Employable Me’ which won Best Popular Factual at the RTS awards. She has also self-shot and directed programmes including ‘OCC, Country House Rescue’, ‘Gogglesprogs’ and ‘Underage and Pregnant’. Plus produced big names like Idris Elba and Paloma Faith in Sky Ones ‘Launching People’ and directed multi camera rigs for documentaries like ‘The Family’ for C4.


This event is open to WFTV members and Non-members.

It is  also a sensory adjusted screening.