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Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh and more line up for Pilot Light Festival


The Pilot Light TV Festival in Manchester has announced its line-up, which includes Julie Hesmondhalgh, Christopher Eccleston, Walter Iuzzolino, Sue Johnston, Kevin Eldon and Michael Cumming.

Taking place at Home, it will also feature content from Walter Presents, Sky Atlantic/HBO, Blue Peter, CBeebies, Arrow TV and shortFLIX.

Now in its 3rd year, it opens with the season 2 premiere of Sky Atlantic’s Westworld.

Christopher Eccleston will be in conversation with the University of Salford School of Arts and Media’s Dr Kirsty Fairclough; while director, Michael Cumming will discuss some of his favourite work from Brass Eye and Toast of London to The Mark Thomas Project and Snuff Box.

A new In-Memoriam strand is dedicated to celebrate outstanding series “that left us too soon, with those who brought them into this world.”

The first will look at Dennis Kelly’s Utopia, with Kelly and some of the cast of crew.

Meanwhile Sue Johnston will join The Royal Family co-star Peter Martin (Joe Carroll) and director, Steve Bendelack to talk about the sitcom.

There will also be a series of panels and workshops with expert panellists from Danger Mouse’s Andrew Burrell, to EastEnders writer, Lisa Gifford.

The festival takes place from 3rd to 6th May.

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