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Another week and another Red Bull Bedroom Jam, this time the live feed heads down to London, for the interestingly titled 'Why Whiskey Why?'

Why Whiskey Why? sound like the evil twins from The Shining with a sad guitar, a little like Coco Rosie, but less serious and ethereal and more like they're from below the Watford Gap. The duo, consisting of Josie and Sian, describe themselves as "two girls who can't play guitar, trying to make music." After a storming set at this year’s Underage Festival their pleasant guitar playing has completely thrown that description out of the window. We and their growing legion of fans like them and we think that they are destined to become embedded in your brain, or at least in a few playlists!

Check them out live on the latest Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Thursday 23rd October live @ 7pm only at www.redbullbedroomjam.com

What is Red Bull Bedroom Jam?

Red Bull Bedroom Jam aims to give wiiings to new musical talent, of any genre, aged 19 years or younger. Every week the Red Bull Bedroom Jam panel of experts choose one band to be the focus of a LIVE webcast. Then, with the help of local young promoters, Red Bull produced marketing materials are distributed around the local area in order to raise awareness ready for show time!

How do artists or viewers get involved?
Artists and musicians can register and upload a music video or live performance at: www.redbullbedroomjam.com. Once moderated, the content appears in the ‘Watch and Rate” section of the website. Bands can then ask their mates and fans to watch the content and rate it. There is no registration process to rate tracks but there is an optional newsletter sign up so viewers can be alerted when bands are selected for LIVE performances.

Year Dot, Channel 4’s interactive education project following a group of
fifteen 16-20 year-olds for a year, launches on TV this month in the
first of three ten-part series. The Year Dot teens are a varied bunch,
but they all think this coming year is crucial for shaping what they
want to do with their lives. Since the project began on June 30th 2008,
the audience have been following their lives online via blogs and video
diaries and are encouraged to offer help and support to them as they try
to achieve their goals for the year.

16-year-old Sam from Frome in Somerset is desperate to represent the UK
at Eurovision. Will he be able to write a new song to get him past the
first selection stage? And will 18-year-old female wrestler Chloe get
herself on track for the 2012 Olympics? And will 20-year-old Claire,
standing as one of the youngest female Labour Party candidates, be able
to convince people in the Tory heartland of Skipton and Ripon that she’s
a credible choice and balance her political work with getting a decent
degree from York University?

These are just some of the real life stories the public and the Year Dot
production team are following online and on TV, testing how far social
networking can help achieve ambitions as well as providing an insight
into the diverse journeys of fifteen inspirational young people.

Year Dot has an official Site at www.yeardot.co.uk, a MySpace Profile at
www.myspace.com/yeardot and starts on TV on Mon 22nd September at
11.25am.

The Ambulance: 8 Minutes to Disaster
Cutting Edge on Channel 4

This week Cutting Edge charts a month in the life of ambulance 212 and its crews as they attempt to comply with Government targets to reach 75% of life threatening calls within eight minutes. But how much of their work actually involves saving lives? And how much is tea and sympathy? This insightful documentary provides a fascinating view of modern British society and daily lives of the Paramedics on the front line of the NHS.

Cameras fixed in the ambulance, and shoulder cams for the crew, capture these committed men and women coping with everything from binge drinking and suicide attempts to repeat callers who just want a chat and a cup of tea.

Working 10 to 12 hour shifts, and averaging four shifts in eight days, the Ambulance Service of Reading Central deals with upwards of 300 calls a day. They never know entirely what situation they will face on their arrival – childbirth, domestic incidents, life-threatening situations – and making the right decision under extreme pressure is vital. However, almost half their calls are from elderly patients and, as paramedic Iain Darby points out, “Only about 30% is emergency stuff. The rest is social work”.

He and partner Stella have been working together for four years. Much of their time is taken up with ‘frequent callers’ who regularly contact them with non-emergencies, though they are obliged to attend. “It’s frustrating that ambulances keep going to the same people day after day when they know there’s nothing wrong with them,” says Mark Ainsworth, Head of Operations.

The calls increase dramatically at weekends, many are alcohol related. “Alcohol is a problem in every country…but it’s out of control here,” comments another paramedic Paul. “I find it amazing every weekend…we go to people who have beaten each other up…it’s a bit weird when you go to a job and you don’t have someone beating someone else up. That’s really sad isn’t it?”

As Paul and his partner attend yet another alcohol/drug related incident their manner is wholly professional, yet he is clearly frustrated. “It’s amazing how people cannot look after themselves and rely on the ambulance service to do it for them. Little old ladies will sit at home for hours and hours because they don’t want to bother us.”

But when they attend the scene of a five-year-old boy who has been seriously wounded in a car accident, and fight to keep him alive on route to the hospital, the crucial nature of their role and true extent of their skill is apparent. “This is what the ambulance is for,” says Paul before checking the radio to see what the next job has in store for them.

Assistant Director George Waldrum talks about what the film is about

A new series of Cutting Edge Films starts 9pm Thursday 11th September on Channel 4. The Ambulance: 8 Minutes to Disaster airs at 9pm on Thursday 18th September.

For further information please contact Richard Hill at Holler: Richard@holler.co.uk / 0207 209 2691

Britain’s most cherished social institution, the family, is the subject of fresh scrutiny ahead of a major new Channel 4 documentary series. The new research reveals that while half of families admit to arguing every day, 98% of teenagers say they love their parents. The poll results also show that over a third (35%) of mums and dads spend at least an hour a day shouting and one in five parents (19%) confess to loving the family pet as much as their own children.

Ahead of the launch of a major new observational documentary series, The Family, Channel 4 commissioned a poll which questioned 1000 parents with children under 18 living at home and 500 teenagers. The findings will form the basis of the marketing campaign for the series.

* 98% of teenagers love their parents
* More than one in ten fathers admit to have been unfaithful
* 42% of boys would like to marry someone like their mum
* One in five teens think their parents aren’t happy

The results offer a fascinating insight into what really goes on behind Britain’s closed doors. 69% of teenagers said their families are the most important people in their lives, with almost half of boys (42%) confessing they would like to marry someone just like their mum. In a surprisingly positive show of adolescent emotion, 98% of teens admit they love their parents but one in five (19%) thought their parents weren’t happy.

In a concerning turn of events, over a third (35%) of British parents said they would log onto their children’s personal social networking pages to check up on them. More than one in ten fathers (13%) said they had been unfaithful to their partners and one in three parents also confessed to having had an unplanned child but 39% of parents think they do a better job of raising children than their parents did.

Over half of mums (60%) claimed they wear the trousers but one in four (35%) dads declared themselves to be the funniest members of their household. Nine of out ten (91%) families still manage to sit down to dinner as a unit and over 80% of parents say I love you on a daily basis but 13% of mums and dads also admitted to having a favourite child.

Launching next month, Channel 4’s The Family is a compelling and distinctive new observational documentary series which is set to lift the lid on British family life in the 21st Century. The eight part documentary series will present a revealing portrait of a modern British family unit, documenting the everyday dilemmas and decisions that are typical of those faced by families up and down the country from teenagers testing the boundaries to simply maintaining a happy married life.

From arguments over bedtimes and curfews to stressful wedding plans and work issues, The Family captures the challenges faced every day by people up and down the country. The fly-on-the-wall series follows the family as they cope with everything that life throws at them, their day-to-day activities and the trials and tribulations involved in getting everyone round the dinner table at the same time. The predicaments they face, the choices they make and challenges of family dynamics and communication they meet will be familiar to millions.

The Family TXs on Channel 4 on Wednesday 17th September at 9pm.

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