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

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

Spun Gold wins its first BAFTA!

Our ITV1 production of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, hosted by Ant & Dec, was awarded a BAFTA for Best Live Event at last night’s ceremony.

The co-production between ITV Entertainment, HPower and ourselves was a highlight of our year last year and we’re thrilled to be honoured in this way.  Congratulations to everyone involved and in particular Her Majesty.




Twenty years ago, the Full Monty sent the nation into a frenzy with the story of a group of unemployed miners stripping off to beat the dole queue.

Now to mark the film’s anniversary six famous men will get their kit off to replicate the film’s iconic climax – and in doing so raise awareness about men’s cancers – for a brand new ITV show.

Produced by Spun Gold Television, The Real Full Monty will see presenters Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo embark on a mission to round up famous male flesh and teach them how to expose it to full effect.

The group will learn how to strip tease over the coming weeks for this special, one-off documentary. Then, once their act is fully polished, they will boldly do the Fully Monty, performing in front of a 2,000 strong live theatre audience, which will feature in an episode of Tonight At the London Palladium.

Alexander Armstrong said: “We are using this film to raise awareness of men’s cancer prostate and testicular, encouraging guys to check themselves and look out for their friends and act on symptoms if they have them. 96 per cent of prostate cancer is curable if caught early, but many men leave it too late and the story is not a good one.

“I hope that by showing I’ve got the balls to strip off in front of thousands of people, it might encourage otherwise reluctant men to overcome their embarrassment and get themselves checked.”

Ashley Banjo said: “We’re going to have a ball making this show. I’ll make sure viewers are in for a treat by knocking a group of famous novices into shape and preparing them for the performance of their lives! Hopefully, by flashing their flesh, our fine men can strip away some of the inhibitions that prevent some men from making sure their health is properly monitored in their vital areas.”

The Real Full Monty is commissioned for ITV by Kate Teckman, Factual Commissioner and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.

Kate said: “Hats off to the men who are willing to lay themselves bare to the nation to show us everything they have for what promises to be a hugely entertaining programme and performance boldly led by Alexander and Ashley. We hope their efforts will give this important issue the exposure it needs.”

Source ITV

ITV Royal documentary eyes young viewers

Prince Charles Prince Of Wales 60th Birthday Portrait

Prince Charles is aiming to reach out to a younger audience by teaming up with Ant & Dec to go behind the scenes of the Prince’s Trust charity for ITV.

Clarence House and Prince’s Trust chief executive Martina Milburn specifically requested that ITV’s presenting duo front the 90-minute documentary, which will be produced by Spun Gold.

Spun Gold managing director Nick Bullen said the two organisations wanted to target young viewers with the yet-to-be-titled film, which will explore the work the charity has done for young people in its 40th anniversary next year.

“The documentary will inject some of Ant & Dec’s trademark humour, but they will be exploring strong subjects head on, while celebrating the success of the Trust,” said Bullen.

He was surprised that the pair, best known for fronting entertainment shows I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent, were available, but added that they “jumped at the chance” of getting into factual programming.

Spun Gold will benefit from a “huge amount of access” after building a relationship with Prince Charles’ personal aide, Kristina Kyriacou.

It is the latest in a long line of royal documentaries the indie has made for ITV, including Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope; All The Queen’s Men; and Alan Meets Prince Charles.

As well as exploring the work the Prince’s Trust is doing now, the Alan Meets Prince Charles: Alan Titchmarsh hosted previous Spun Gold doc documentary will look back at 1976, when the body was set up, and how Britain has changed over the past four decades.

It will touch on several key issues, such as mental health, drug addiction and homelessness “then and now”.

Ant & Dec will travel the country to discover how the Trust is improving the lives of disadvantaged people, stopping off in their home town of Newcastle to reminisce about their humble beginnings.

Filming will begin next month and the doc is being directed and produced by Our Queen director Michael Waldman.

It was commissioned by ITV director of factual Richard Klein and factual commissioning editor Andrew O’Connell, and is due to TX in early 2016.

“Cutting all the footage into a 90-minute film will be the biggest challenge,” said Bullen. “As well as exploring Ant & Dec’s journey, it will also investigate what happens to the Trust if and when the Prince becomes King.”

Ant & Dec move into factual with Prince Charles documentary


Ant and Dec are to make their first documentary – meeting the Prince of Wales to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust for ITV.

The 90-minute untitled film, produced by Inside The Royal Wedding indie Spun Gold, will follow the duo as they accompany the Prince on key engagements and explore the charity that improves the lives of young people.

The duo, better known for hosting entertainment juggernauts I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway, will also visit Prince’s Trust Centers and meet with 13-30 year-olds battling homelessness, mental health and unemployment.

ITV director of factual Richard Klein and factual commissioning editor Andrew O’Connell ordered the documentary.

Director Michael Waldman will start filming shortly on behalf of Spun Gold which is also responsible for  royal docs including Prince Phillip at 90, All the Queen’s Men, Alan Meets Prince Charles and Prince William’s Passion.

The film will air in early 2016 to coincide with the birth of the Trust in 1976.

O’Connell said the film would be a “major event” for ITV.

Spun Gold creative director Daniela Neumann added: “With Ant and Dec’s warmth and down to earth approach it is going to be such a moving and illuminating film.”