Village of the Year 2017 with Penelope Keith


Over this summer, Penelope Keith and her team of judges will be visiting villages across the UK to determine the winner of this brand new programme, with a £10,000 prize to be spent on your village up for grabs. We want you to apply if you think your village should be considered for the programme. In order to apply you just need to send us an email with some basic information about your village. Further details on how to apply can be found on the Village of the Year website.

Once you have emailed us, the team will be in touch to request more information. After that, we will review the applications and, if your village is selected for the shortlist of around 76 villages, you will be informed and our team will arrange a day when we can come and film at your village.We will be grouping our villages into four broad regions of the UK depending on the spread of applications. Each region will have one winning village that will go through to a grand final with an opportunity to win the £10,000 prize.

Lucy Worsley's Nights At The Opera


Reef Television has been commissioned to produce a landmark two-part series exploring the history of opera for BBC Two presented by Lucy Worsley, historian and Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces.  

Across two one-hour films Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera (w/t) will explore several pivotal operas against the backdrop of the cities in which they were premiered.  The commission forms the centrepiece of a wider focus on opera and the role music plays in pivotal moments in history.  These landmark programmes across BBC Television and Radio in Autumn 2017 coincide with the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new exhibition in collaboration with the Royal Opera House: Opera: Passion, Power & Politics (30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018).  Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House, will also play a key role in the series explaining the music from the operas featured.

Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, BBC Music Television and Patrick Holland, BBC Two Channel Editor. It will be directed by acclaimed producer/director Guy Evans who made The Secrets of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with Ian Hislop for BBC Two last year.  The executive producers will be Reef’s Head of Factual Ben Weston and Elizabeth Hartford.

Brand new commission from BBC One - Getting The Builders In


Reef has been commissioned by BBC daytime to make a 15 x 45 factual entertainment series called 'Getting The Builders In'. This brand new format sees Britain’s builders going head-to-head pitching for jobs and bringing homeowners' design dreams to life.

We’ve all seen programmes about bodge-it builders and DIY disasters; this is a chance for viewers to see how it should be done and avoid the pitfalls so often associated with the building trade.

Each week our highly-skilled builders will go head to head with each other, pricing up the job and offering their own take on what is needed to complete the task in hand. Once the homeowners pick their favourite builders, the winning team gets to work, whilst the rival teams watch on – giving a cheeky running commentary on their efforts. Expect plenty of banter and friendly competition with real builders, real homeowners and real projects.

Every episode will be packed with warmth and humour, build and design tips, and of course, the makeover reveals viewers love so much.  With more and more of us choosing to upscale our homes rather than move, this series will help viewers to get the best of their builds and home transformations.

Reef Television Announces Management Changes


Reef Television Managing Director Paul Hanrahan is to leave the company at the end of the year.

Paul has decided to look for a new opportunity after twelve years at Zinc Media-owned Reef Television. Paul was instrumental in the sale of Reef to Zinc Media in 2015 and the subsequent integration of the business into the super indie. Paul's departure leads to a reorganisation of Reef's management team headed by CEO Richard Farmbrough. Rob Dersley has been appointed Director of Production and will report into Farmbrough and will work closely with the Zinc management team.

Richard Farmbrough said: "It's with a heavy heart that I accepted Paul's decision to head off to pastures new. He has done a terrific job at Reef over the twelve years culminating in our acquisition by Zinc Media eighteen months ago. Paul feels he needs a change of scene and a new challenge and he departs with the best wishes and thanks of many, many Reefers. I'm delighted that as part of our restructuring Rob Dersley is to join us on 1st January as Director of Production - a new adventure for him which I know he will relish."

Paul Hanrahan commented: “After twelve years I'm leaving Reef on a real high at a time of record turnover and profitability and following its successful integration into the Zinc Media PLC Group. We've not only produced high quality programmes but I have also been fortunate in working with a fantastic team. I'm excited by the opportunity of greater responsibilities in my next role within the broadcasting sector”.

Reef's management team now comprises Rachel Platt, Head of Features and Formats, Ben Weston as Head of Factual and Justine Field as Acting (maternity cover) Head of Production.