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I Never Knew That About Britain

Published: Thu 31 Oct 2013

ITV Studios production label Potato has been commissioned by ITV to produce I Never Knew That About Britain (8 x 30’), a companion series to Christopher Winn’s best-selling series of books.
Anchored by Paul Martin, I Never Knew That About Britain will explore Britain’s rich and surprising history, unearthing eccentric characters and stories from Britain’s past and celebrating some of the greatest technological, artistic, scientific and political achievements of the British people. Paul will be joined by Steve Mould, who will look at scientific stories and Suzannah Lipscomb, who will investigate historic stories.
Travelling the length of the British Isles via modes of transport as varied as hot air balloons, steam trains, classic cars and canoes, I Never Knew That About Britain’s presenters will reveal unusual stories and meet the people connected with them. From technological innovations conceived in Britain - such as the lift, invented in Cornwall and the world’s first tarmacked road in Nottingham - to the origins of the word Geordie for people from Newcastle or the Bedfordshire grave where the bodies of Long John Silver and Peter Pan’s Wendy lie, the series is an entertaining cornucopia of all the things you never knew about Britain.
Ed Taylor, Executive Producer for Potato, said: “I Never Knew That About Britain brings the hugely popular books to life, revealing some of the nation’s most unusual and fascinating stories. We think viewers around Britain will be surprised and amazed by the incredible history of the places they live and thought they knew!”
I Never Knew That About Britain is series produced by Kate Jackson and series directed by Ros Edwards for Potato and was commissioned by Katy Thorogood, Commissioning Editor, Factual for ITV. It will TX in early 2014.
ITV Studios label Potato produces a range of entertainment, factual and factual entertainment programming, headed-up by Managing Director, Michael Kelpie. Its credits include the hugely successful The Big Reunion (ITV2) which led to a sell-out national tour; smash hit game show The Chase (ITV), currently in production on a seventh and eighth series; long-running factual entertainment show Four Weddings (Sky Living) and popular factual series Britain’s Secret Homes and Britain’s Secret Treasures  (ITV).
ITV Studios UK is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, creating over 3,500 hours of original programming each year. Building on a heritage of over 50 years of quality programme-making, ITV Studios UK produces across a wide range of genres, from drama and entertainment to factual and lifestyle, for channels including ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery, National Geographic Channel, History and Channel 5. It is based in London, Manchester’s MediaCityUK and Leeds.