Actress Vicky McClure, television writer Jed Mercurio, comedian, presenter and actor Russell Kane, political commentator Ayesha Hazarika MBE, double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand, and BAFTA and RTS-award-winning actor Asim Chaudhry, are amongst the latest TV talent to address The Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Delegates will join a Line of Duty Masterclass between one of TV’s best screen actors Vicky McClure and acclaimed writer and creator of Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio.

Famed for his meticulous attention to detail, plot twists that push all the limits and a penchant for killing off his leads, Mercurio has become one of the leading writers of his generation. In this unmissable session he will discuss the genesis of the series, which is produced by World Productions and began life on BBC Two, and reveal the opportunities and challenges involved in making it a ratings hit for BBC One.

Mercurio is also credited with creating some of the strongest and most complex female characters on screen and Vicky McClure will talk about her role at the heart of AC-12 as the trusty Kate Fleming. McClure will also give us an insight into performing the series’ intense interrogation scenes and reveal what it’s like to work with a famously involved writer, producer and director as well as other acclaimed cast including Keeley Hawes, Adrian Dunbar and Thandie Newton.

Diederick Santer, Advisory Chair said: “Line of Duty is one of the most talked about dramas of the last few years. I want delegates at this year’s Festival to be inspired, and told something they didn’t know, and what better way than to be taken deep into the workings of this show by Vicky and Jed, two people who have had us all on the edge of our seats.”

Back by popular demand for 2017, EdTalks: Failed It will be presented by comedian, presenter and actor Russell Kane. For most people failure is something to be ashamed of, buried away and never to be spoken of again. For others, it’s one of the most valuable experiences of their career, and quite possibly, the secret to their success. Russell will be joined by a host of inspirational speakers including: Political commentator Ayesha Hazarika MBE, double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand, and BAFTA and RTS-award-winning actor Asim Chaudhry as they each discuss their lowest points, how they dealt with them and how they moved on.

Lisa Campbell, Festival Director said: “Every year EdTalks delivers a breadth of speakers, each offering their own stories and life experiences, and this year is no different. We are ready to embrace failure and find out candidly from our esteemed speakers how this has helped shaped their careers to date. Be prepared for reflection and inspiration – and in this industry, much-needed reassurance!”

The Festival also has a bigger focus on international commissioning opportunities and in 2017 has introduced a Meet the US Commissioners strand featuring among others, BBC America, Discovery and A&E Networks. And with the signing of the UK/China Co-Production Treaty at the end of last year, the Festival will also feature a Meet the Chinese Commissioners strand, with speakers from Hunan TV, Dragon TV, CICC with more still to be announced.

Signing the treaty in December, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: “The UK and China have entered a golden era of collaboration and it’s fantastic to see a flourishing relationship between two countries that have both made the creative industries one of their priorities. In fact, the creative industries are a key part of the UK Government’s industrial strategy and form part of China’s thirteenth 5 Year Plan.”

One-to-one speed meetings are now available with key decision-makers from: BBC America, Discovery, A+E Networks, as well as the Chinese delegation. Book these now at

As a Festival and a charity, the Edinburgh International Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.

Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

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