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Pitch Battle: The Conclusion

Antonia Quirke and a panel of industry insiders hear pitches from historians and history buffs for new candidates for biopics.

With Antonia Quirke

In a year when we've seen yet more bio-pics about Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria, The Film Programme decided to do something about and find some subjects that are also suitable for the movie treatment. They put out a call to historians and history buffs for some serious alternatives. The candidates have ranged from the queen who was behind the Gunpowder Plot to an African American bare knuckle boxer who tried to take the British title at the start of the 19th century. And in this week's edition, those pitches are heard by a panel of industry insiders - BFI Senior Production Executive Lizzie Francke, Head Of Creative at Film 4 Ollie Madden and development consultant Rowan Woods. Find out what they would green-light in this concluding part of Pitch Battle.

They hear pitches from historians Tracy Borman, Kate Williams, Helen Antrobus, and Stephen Bourne, writers Jack Bernhardt and Greg Jenner, and listener Gerard Corvin.

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