Women’s Full Monty saved two lives: Victoria Derbyshire in emotional meeting with women who spotted cancer after breast check plea

Victoria Derbyshire can vividly remember the moment the email arrived in her inbox. “Dear Victoria,” it read. “I want to thank you for saving my life.”

They were the words of Margaret Witts, who felt compelled to write to the journalist after she stripped off for the fundraiser The Real Full Monty.

The 86-year-old had listened to her on-screen plea to women to check their breasts and was shocked to find a lump, later diagnosed as cancerous.

“When the email dropped, I remember saying out loud, ‘Oh my God’,” Victoria tells the Mirror.

“One, the shock that someone else has breast cancer but two, a feeling of, ‘Thank goodness she checked herself after watching The Real Full Monty’.”

The TV presenter was staggered when, a short time later, she received a second email. “Marin Marshall, who was in her early 50s, told me a very similar story. She checked herself the next day, too, and within days she too was told she had breast cancer.

“She’s already had surgery. It was a similar emotion, I couldn’t believe it.”

Victoria had a special reason for stripping off for ITV’s show in March, with stars including Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan and comic Helen Lederer . In 2015 Victoria, who has two sons with BBC editor husband Mark Sandell, learned she had breast cancer.

She broke the news on Twitter and posted video diaries during her six rounds of chemotherapy, 30 doses of radiotherapy and a mastectomy.

Victoria hoped to reassure other women dealing with the devastating diagnosis and “demystify” treatment. During chemo, she told of feeling like she had a “severe hangover” and said it left her “drained and low”.

After receiving the emails, Victoria decided to meet up with Marin and Margaret. This will be shown today on the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

She says: “When I first saw Marin, she started crying. I gave her a massive hug. Then we drove to meet Margaret near Birmingham. Margaret was very composed and potentially still in shock, as she has surgery to come.

“Really touchingly, they were both grateful I talked about my symptoms on the show, and they found the same.

“They were numb as they had both been diagnosed within weeks, but so grateful.” In moving scenes, Victoria clasps hands with the women as they share stories. Recalling sitting down to The Real Full Monty, Margaret says: “I got a nice big glass of sherry, put my feet up and put a blanket over my legs.

“I laughed and I cried with you. And then, at the end of the programme, it flashed up to check my breasts.

“If I hadn’t, I’d have been none the wiser. It’s amazing what you did.”

She is having a mastectomy next week. Marin, who has had a lumpectomy, agreed that without Victoria stripping off, she too would still be in the dark.

She says: “Because of you bravely talking about it in front of goodness knows how many people, we both did something. I don’t believe I would have done something about it [otherwise].” She adds: “How does it make you feel knowing what you did had this effect?”

Victoria replies: “That’s a really hard question. I’m really sorry that you have, and have had, breast cancer. But I am also really glad that you took the message from the programme.

“You found something, but thank God you did; you very soon will be good, then hopefully you can get on with the rest of your life.

“I’d like to say to you good luck, loads of love, loads of strength; you know you have it in you. We are here for each other when you need it.”

Victoria has kept in constant contact with the pair. She tells the Mirror: “Margaret and I have been emailing loads and on the phone. Marin and I have shared lots of emails. I feel we can all support one another.” In The Real Full Monty, Victoria broke down in tears at their first rehearsal, saying: “This is so out of my comfort zone.

“This is day one, what the heck? I haven’t cried for ages about having cancer, or my body or whatever.”

After visiting the Moulin Rouge strip club in Paris on the TV show, she said she no longer wanted to do the topless routine to raise awareness of cancer.

But she bravely went ahead, and says all the tears were worth it. “We had no idea that women would take the message from the programme.

“People were saying they had the letter for the mammogram appointment in their drawer and they were now going to go. They’d ignored it until now. It seems to be having the desired e ffect. Thank God they have checked.”

Source: Mirror Author: Tom Bryant

Jane Treays preps Camilla Portrait for ITV

Spun Gold doc will be the first with full access to the future Princess Consort.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, is to be the subject of an ITV documentary from renowned filmmaker Jane Treays.

The Real Camilla: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, produced by Spun Gold TV, will be the first documentary with full access to the future Princess Consort.
Treays, who was also responsible for directing ITN Productions’ The Queen’s Green Planet which aired to 5.2m on ITV this week, shot the film throughout Camilla’s 70th year.

Due to air this spring, her latest effort will include scenes of decorating the Christmas Tree in Clarence House and welcoming pensioners for tea, taking rainy walks in Scotland with her pet Jack Russell terriers and dancing to Elvis songs with the Prince of Wales.

The film will also show Camilla working with some of the charities she supports.

It is the latest royal show produced by Spun Gold, which also produced recent Channel 4 seven-parter The Royal House of Windsor and ITV’s When Phillip met Prince Philip as well as coverage of The Queen’s 90th Birthday in 2016.

The Real Camilla will be exec produced by Juliet Rice and Nick Bullen.

Controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis ordered the show, which will be distributed by All3Media International.

Clinton-Davis said: “With candid interviews with The Duchess and HRH The Prince of Wales, family, friends and the people who know her best, The Real Camilla provides a unique insight into the life, relationships and work of The Duchess of Cornwall.”

Executive producer Rice added: “Viewers will see the private side of Camilla they’ve never seen before.”

Source: Broadcast

The Real Full Monty’ Heads To Australia’s Seven Network After All3Media International Deal – Mip TV

The broadcaster revealed that it struck a deal with All3Media International to adapt the non-scripted format at Mip TV. The series is produced by British producer Spun Gold, responsible for doc The Return of Courtney Love, and started as a a one-off documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the Simon Beaufoy-penned, Robert Carlyle-fronted movie.

The show, which was originally presented by Pointless host Alexander Armstrong and choreographer Ashley Banjo, follows a group of famous men as they learn to striptease and culminates in a performance in an episode of Tonight at the London Palladium. It averaged an audience of 5.4 million earlier this year and was a particular draw with women.

The show returned in the UK with a female version and the Australian version will be hosted by comedian Shane Jacobson

In addition to the Australian adaptation, the producers, which are represented by ICM Partners in the U.S., are looking at how they can remake the show for U.S. broadcasters and whether to keep the documentary tone or ramp up the entertainment element.

Daniela Neumann, MD of Spun Gold said: “The Real Full Monty is a big show with warmth, humour, joy and real emotion. And at its heart is an important message about the need for all of us to check ourselves regularly and not be afraid to talk about concerns we might have regarding cancer. We were inundated with messages from people saying that as a result of watching the show they got checked out and prevented a potentially fatal late diagnosis, so I’m incredibly proud that this deal with Seven Network and all3media international will provide the same opportunity to raise awareness but also bring great fun in a big entertainment show.”

Maartje Horchner, EVP Content at All3media international, noted, “We are delighted to continue our successful first look agreement with the team at Spun Gold – this great partnership has enabled us to represent an impressive roster of diverse and innovative content in the global market. The Real Full Monty is a perfect example of their strong sense of entertainment, and we’re pleased to find a partner in Seven for this fantastic series, in addition to the sales listed. We are also confident of a French version of the show via Pernel, with a format option signed on the eve of Mip Tv.”


Source: Deadline.com

Spun Gold TV in Real Screen’s Global 100

Spring arises, and brings with it another edition of the Global 100, Realscreen’s annual listing of the top 100 international production companies working in unscripted and non-fiction content as determined through input from the industry itself. Compiling the list for more than a decade has given the Realscreen team a remarkable vantage point from which to observe the evolution of the industry. True, it has also provided its share of sleepless nights for the team, but so it goes.

Headquarters: London
Number of hours produced in 2017: approx. 120
Number of employees: 120 (including freelancers)
Recent/current titles: The Real Full Monty; Love Your Garden; The Royal House of Windsor; Great Canal Journeys
Upcoming titles: Garden Rescue 3; Love Your Home and Garden; How the Other Half Lives

Headed up by founder and CEO Nick Bullen and managing director Daniela Neumann, Spun Gold had a notable 2017, with turnover increasing by 60%, a three-fold increase in the number of hours produced, and new business with U.S. networks and SVODs.

Known for its raft of Royal Family content, the past year saw Spun Gold deliver The Royal House of Windsor, a six-part doc series for Channel 4 and Netflix. But it was a cheeky entertainment show that perhaps brought the biggest buzz for the prodco in 2017. The Real Full Monty, commissioned by ITV to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the surprise hit film, followed a group of male celebrities as they learned the finer points of the art of striptease, to raise awareness about cancers affecting men. The one-off brought in 5.4 million viewers, including 3.7 million women. Naturally, more Monty is on the way for this year, this time featuring female participants as well as males.

Spun Gold also picked up a BAFTA for best live event, for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, coproduced with ITV Entertainment and HPower. Other highlights included the ITV quiz show Masterpiece and the two-part Secret Life of Crocodiles for the BBC.

Source: Realscreen. Link

Author(s): Realscreen staff

The Real Full Monty

ITV asks Ladies for Full Monty

ITV in the UK has ordered a spin-off from celebrity stripping show The Real Full Monty from indie prodco Spun Gold.

The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night (1×90’) follows the Spun Gold-produced male equivalent, which has been recommissioned for a second run following its debut in 2017.

Participants such as former pop star Coleen Nolan, broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford and singer Michelle Heaton will take part to raise awareness of breast cancer. Their mission is to overcome nerves and inhibitions about their bodies to strip for a good cause.

“The boys were so amazing last year and I loved watching the show from home, so I can’t quite believe I’ll be taking part myself this time with a group of fabulous ladies who, like me, have all been touched by the shadows cancer casts over us,” said Nolan.

Both Full Monty shows are exec produced by Kevin Mundye for Spun Gold and directed by Will Yapp. They were commissioned for ITV by Kate Teckman, factual commissioner, and Sue Murphy, head of factual entertainment.

Already in rehearsal, The Real Full Monty’s second run will feature presenter Alexander Armstrong, The Only Way is Essex star James ‘Arg’ Argent, presenter Jeff Brazier and retired England Rugby international Ugo Monye, among others.

Source: C21 Media Author: John Elmes

UK Production Company Spun Gold Signs With ICM Partners As It Looks To Crack U.S – Deadline Hollywood

The production company, which was founded by Nick Bullen in 2004, has produced much of celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh’s programming as well as a raft of royal shows including C4 and Netflix’s The Royal House of Windsor and BBC’s Royal Recipes. The firm will look to replicate its UK success in North America as it looks to reformat its existing formats as well as produce original ideas for US broadcasters and streaming services.

One of its priorities will be to assess how to adapt The Real Full Monty, a one-off show that that marked the 20th anniversary of the Simon Beaufoy-penned, Robert Carlyle-fronted movie. The event special, which followed a group of famous men as they learn to striptease and culminates in a performance in an episode of Tonight at the London Palladium, averaged an audience of 5.4 million and was a particular draw for female audiences. It will work closely with ICM Partners’ Head of International Television Michael Kagan on this project as well as a slew of others.

Spun Gold is run by Chief Executive Bullen alongside Managing Director Daniela Neumann, the former ITV Commissioner, who joined the company in 2014. Its current production slate includes ITV Christmas special All Star Musicals as well as long-running daytime formats such as ITV’s Masterpiece with Alan Titchmarsh, BBC1’s Garden Rescue with Charlie Dimmock and Great Canal Journeys for Channel 4 and true crime series When Kids Kill for Viacom-owned Channel 5.


Source: Deadline Hollywood

Secrets Of The National Trust | Series 2

Alan Titchmarsh is back for a second series of Secrets of the National Trust, giving us an insider’s view into Britain’s most intriguing estates and properties, as he uncovers hidden stories, is given privileged access to unseen objects and is taken behind the scenes of our great historic houses. In this 12 x 60” series, produced by Spun Gold TV for Channel 5, Alan will again be based at a different location for each episode, joined by a variety of experts as well as a host of familiar faces who will be helping him to unlock Britain’s extraordinary past through these great properties and the people who have lived in them.

Great Canal Journeys

Timothy West and Prunella Scales are in heaven on their latest water-based jaunt as they venture up the Rio Douro in Portugal. The pair are fond of a tipple and are following the route from Porto taken by the port barges up the river, stopping at the odd estate to sample some of the fortified wine that is much loved by the British. However, it’s not all about getting tipsy, so the couple also visit a site of historical important and negotiate the deepest lock in Europe. “It’s so beautiful here, one hardly needs alcohol,” West says. “But it helps,” Scales replies.

Joe Clay, The Times