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Griff’s Great Britain

Published: Tue 01 Dec 2015

Following the success of A Great Welsh Adventure, Griff Rhys Jones sets out on a typically intrepid series of explorations and challenges in a brand-new ITV series for early 2016.
 
With his trademark inquisitiveness and thirst for the eclectic and little-known, Griff sets out to explore eight very disparate kinds of quintessentially British terrain, from downs to highlands, coasts to wolds and everything in between – unearthing some quirky and funny facts en route. 
 
Britain is home to a huge variety of landscapes, and their sheer natural abundance takes centre stage as Griff investigates how they have each dictated different ways of living, working and playing – both in the past and as they are now - across the entire country.
 
And as he embarks on each stage of his journey, Griff encounters a unique challenge. It could be posted in a shop window, stuck inside a parking ticket, even emblazoned across a deckchair, and demanding an often bizarre-sounding task, from finding a golden eagle to hunting a vampire. 
 
‘I loved the challenges in my Welsh adventure’ comments Griff. ‘They got me frightened, exhilarated, entertained or wet on the way - so I’ve come back for more!  And it was an interesting mission in itself extending the idea to the whole of Britain.’
 
The 8x30 series is produced by Modern Television.  The director and producer is Christopher Bruce and the Executive Producer is Griff Rhys Jones.
 
Griff’s Great Britain is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton Davies, Controller of Factual and Richard Klein, Director of Factual.
 
Jo said: “Griff’s delight at taking viewers on adventures and his willingness to throw himself into the full range of experiences makes for a series that delivers rich and engaging information in the most entertaining and accessible way.”  
 
Notes to Editors:
 
Griff Rhys Jones is one of our most accomplished comedy actors on both stage and screen, and a regular presenter of literary and heritage programmes. Rhys Jones’ comedy career started with the iconic Not The Nine O Clock News. Rhys Jones is well known for his partnership with Mel Smith for TV series including Alas Smith And Jones; The World According To Smith And Jones; Smith And Jones and The Smith and Jones Sketchbook. Rhys Jones’ presenting roles include Restoration (BBC Two), The Quizeum (BBC Four), Greatest Cities of the World and A Great Welsh Adventure With Griff Rhys Jones, It'll Be Alright On The Night (all ITV), Three Men in a Boat, Burma, My Father and the Forgotten Army, Rivers With Griff Rhys Jones (BBC One), Britain’s Lost Routes (BBC One) and National Treasures Of Wales (BBC Two).