Published: Thu 02 May 2013
James Nesbitt tours his 'Hobbit homeland' for new ITV series
James Nesbitt will guide ITV viewers around his adopted homeland of New Zealand for a brand new factual documentary.
The actor will offer his unique and personal perspective on a country he has huge affection for after living there with his family for extended periods in recent years while filming his role as dwarf Bofur in the Hobbit trilogy.
The 1x60 documentary, James Nesbitt's New Zealand [WT], produced by Alaska TV, will follow James as he travels the 1600 km length of the North and South islands, immersing himself in the characters, culture and scenery that define New Zealand life. From being tattooed [temporarily!] by the Maoris and whale watching at Kaikoura to performing the haka, James will delve into its history and offer his take on the country’s enduring allure for Brits.
The film was commissioned for ITV by Priya Singh, Commissioner Factual and Daytime, with Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Popular Factual.
Priya said: “New Zealand is a magical combination of both the far away and the familiar and we're delighted that James Nesbitt will be our host, bringing his personal insight to this journey for the ITV audience."
Ian Lamarra, from Alaska, said: “Coming into our third year, it is great to be working with a talent like James Nesbitt and for ITV. I think New Zealand's combination of the unique and the beautiful combined with James' ability as an author and his very real fascination with the country will make for a rewarding blue chip travelogue with a hugely broad appeal."
Paul Sommers will Exec Produce on behalf of Alaska.