Penelope Keith explores Britain’s Vanishing Villages for Reef Television


Reef Television has been commissioned by More 4, to produce Penelope Keith’s Vanishing Villages, a 3 x 60 series looking at the changing face of rural Britain, to air late autumn 2014.

Actress Penelope Keith will be travelling through some of the most glorious landscapes of Britain, reflecting on rural life through the stories and experiences of the communities she meets. Having herself lived in a rural village in Surrey for 36 years, Penelope has a keen sense of what makes villages special and she will discover whether our much-cherished villages are as robust as ever or struggling to survive under the pressures of the 21st century.

Richard Farmbrough, Managing Director of Reef Television said: “We are delighted to be working with Penelope Keith on this new series for More 4. Vanishing Villages will be a delightful combination of stunning landscape, compelling stories and charming personal anecdotes from one of Britain's best loved actresses.”

Executive Producers are Lizi Wootton for More 4 and Chris Kelly for Reef.  Series Producer/ Director is John Hodgson.

Selling houses goes into production on a third series


More 4 has ordered a further series of Reef’s hit show Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb. The 20 x 60’ production was commissioned by David Sayer for More 4 and will air in 2015. The new series producer is Martin Dowd and Rachel Platt will executive produce for Reef. The series is being distributed by Passion Distribution. 

Channel 4 commissions reef for more french collecting


French Collection series II has been greenlit by Channel 4 Daytime. The series will return with Mark Franks at the helm and once again feature a dazzling array of vintage items from brocante markets across France. Rob Dersley is the series producer and Rachel Platt is the executive producer. The series is being distributed by Shine International.

Reef Appoints a new Head of Popular Factual


Reef Television has appointed Chris Kelly as Head of Popular Factual. Kelly joins the Reef management team with a wealth of experience both in domestic and international markets.  Kelly’s remit will be to grow new business and build on Reef’s established slate of popular factual commissions for a range of broadcasters.  These include hit shows Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb, Reef’s prime time ratings winner for More 4 and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Reef’s afternoon favourite on BBC 1. 

Kelly joins Reef Television from his last position as Executive Producer, Popular Factual, at Spun Gold TV where he was responsible for programmes including: Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds, Prince William’s Passion and Through A Child’s Eyes. Prior to this he held executive positions at Mentorn Media, Twofour Broadcast, Ricochet Television, Lion Television and in-house at the BBC. An award-winning executive producer, with an outstanding track record, Kelly plans to use his relationships to attract new talent, programme makers and senior commissioners to work with Reef.