Retrospective Season: Hello Do You Hear Us?

Screening Friday 8th January, 2010

As part of our retrospective season Richard Creasey presents a selection of the films from the Hello, Do You Hear Us? series.

As the Soviet Union collapsed, Latvian filmmaker Juris Podnieks provided first-hand insight on the unfolding events for Central TV. Over three years, Podnieks filmed a five-part documentary called Hello, do you hear us?

The films covered civil unrest in Uzbekistan, survivors of the earthquake in Armenia, striking workers in Yaroslavl and former residents in Chernobyl. The first film in the series was awarded the Prix Italia.

Frontline will be screening a selection of the films in the series.


Richard Creasey was Central/ATVs longest serving programme controller. For 14 years he ran the Network Factual department and was responsible for all aspects of the company’s features and documentary output. This encompassed nearly 400 programmes a year, ranging from dramas such as Ken Loach’s Game Keeper and Stephen Frear’s Walter, the award winning Viewpoint documentary series, major co-productions like the Vietnam: A Television History, as well as Central’s public service, educational and religious programming.