Media release: Joe Lycett in conversation with Jess Phillips MP at Edinburgh TV festival

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COMEDIAN and presenter, Joe Lycett, will be in conversation with Labour MP Jess Phillips (pictured) at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, it was announced today (WED).

It’s been a big year for Phillips, who won Celebrity Bake Off in March, and was all over the news in July after taking her ten-year-old son to do his homework on the front step of 10 Downing Street, to highlight the problems caused by an increasing number of schools closing early.

Lycett talks to his good friend, Jess, about her ability to win headlines and her passion for television programmes that represent the whole of the UK.

She will also tell him why she thinks there isn’t enough political satire on TV anymore and the big difference she thinks female political correspondents, including Laura Kuenssberg are making.

Described as a heroine by JK Rowling after the publication of her first book, ‘Everywoman’, Jess’s passion for improving the world and empowering women is infectious as is her self-depreciating wit.

Jess Phillips MP said: “I’m excited to be taking part in the prestigious Edinburgh TV Festival and keen to talk about how important it is that TV producers ensure every voice across the UK is heard.”

Joe Lycett said: “Jess thinks I’m going to go easy on her because we’re friends, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’m going to go easy on her because I am a coward.”

Advisory chair, Kelly Webb-Lamb, said: “Jess is one of the funniest, smartest and most important women out there right now, and with the brilliant Joe Lycett sitting next to her, this session is sure to strike the perfect balance between political and industry discussion and pure Brummie banter.”

The session is produced by Cat Lewis, CEO and executive producer, Nine Lives Media.

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh 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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Notes for editors:

The Edinburgh TV Festival is further expanding its remit as the foremost charity dedicated to supporting the television industry with the launch of a new division – The TV Foundation – ushered in by a living wage campaign.

The TV Foundation has tied with the Living Wage Foundation to substantially increase the number of employers in the industry which pay staff the real living wage.

As part of the launch, The TV Foundation has also unlocked a £150k dedicated development funding pot, which it expects to be matched by funding grants and industry support.

This includes the launch of nationwide talent labs, alongside TV Foundation Bursaries for industry schemes, including writing initiatives backed by Thousand Films, Kudos and Hartswood West.

The TV Foundation will also take control of long-running talent schemes The Network and Ones To Watch, supported by YouTube, as well as more recent year-round initiatives including the Social Mobility Summit and New Voice Awards.

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