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.

French Collection TX dates announced


Channel 4 has announced that Reef’s vintage and travel show, French Collection, will broadcast daily at 1.40 pm from Monday 19th May. The show will run for three weeks. French Collection sees three amateur vintage dealers travel to brocante markets in France to acquire a host of varied items with the aim of returning to the UK to sell them for a profit. Presented by wheeler dealer Mark Franks, the show will feature stunning French locations, eye catching renovations and up-cycling, alongside great advice on buying and selling vintage homewares.

The French Collection was commissioned by Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Daytime, David Sayer and series produced by Rachel Platt.

Messiah At The Foundling Hospital on BBC Two, Saturday 19th April, 9.30pm


Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in western music. Yet few people know the extraordinary story of how this much-loved piece came to public attention or how it helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children. Historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service present this one-hour drama documentary which re-creates the first performance of Messiah at London’s Foundling Hospital in 1750.