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

The 18-30 Stone Holiday

Eight Brits, some tipping the scales at more than 190kg (30st), head for the Bahamas and the plus-size-friendly environs of the Resort, a hotel with reinforced toilets and beds. Here, each spends time getting to grips with the kind of body issues encapsulated by call-centre worker Steven’s heart-breaking assessment of himself as “the beast of Fife”. It all culminates in a visit to a public beach, a tough assignment for those too often fat-shamed.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian