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Aug 21, 2023

Get your first break in TV drama with shmu and ScreenSkills’ First Break programme

Station House Media Unit (shmu), one of the core cultural organisations in North East Scotland, is excited to share a new opportunity for people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to gain experience on a major TV drama, and learn about routes to working in TV.

The First Break programme is a new project being delivered in Aberdeen by shmu, in partnership with the UK-wide organisation ScreenSkills. It offers a day of training on working in the TV industry, for up to 50 local people. After the training day, four participants will get two-week paid placements behind the scenes of the second season of Granite Harbour, the hit TV drama set in Aberdeen, and then join a community of First Break alumni to get further opportunities in TV.

Crucially, participants don’t need any previous experience to join in. This project is specifically designed to offer routes into TV for people who haven’t had opportunities before. The only rules are that participants must be over 18, and not in full-time education: and they can’t have ever worked in TV before. But otherwise, it’s absolutely open to everyone.

Those interested are invited to sign up and attend an introductory session on the evening of Tuesday 12 September from 18:00 – 20:00. More information and the sign up form can be found at

If you require further information or have questions, Adam Pushkin at shmu is happy to chat to anyone interested in taking part via email at

About Granite Harbour

Granite Harbour, the Aberdeen-set murder drama premiered in December 2022 and was a standout hit for BBC iPlayer becoming one of the streaming platform’s favourites in 2022 with 7.6million streams.

Filming for season 2 will kick off later this year across Aberdeen and other parts of Scotland, with the series renewal also marking the return of series leads Romario Simpson and Hannah Donaldson.

Speaking about the series, Hannah Donaldson commented: “Growing up as an aspiring young actress in the north east of Scotland I didn’t often see the landscapes I recognised as home or hear the accents of my friends and family on screen. I’m very proud to be a small part of bringing Granite Harbour to life”

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