Channel 4 crosses the channel with Reef


The French Collection (W/T)  has been commissioned by Channel 4 - this 15 x 60 daytime series 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 (Life Laundry, Cash in the Attic, Put Your Money When Your Mouth Is), 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 has been commissioned by Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Daytime, David Sayer.French Collection will be executive produced by Alex Dundas, Reef’s Head of Popular Factual and series produced by Rachel Platt.

Messiah at the Foundling Hospital


Reef Television has been commissioned to produce a drama documentary for BBC Two for TX in Spring 2014. Messiah at the Foundling Hospital (wt) will tell the story of how Handel’s Messiah, often considered the most popular choral piece in western music, first came to public attention when it was performed as an annual fundraiser at the Foundling Hospital in 18th century London.

Presented by the historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service, the 60-minute film will unearth how child neglect in 18th century London led Thomas Coram to open the Foundling Hospital, and it will re-create the famous first performance of Messiah that took place in the chapel there in May 1750. Messiah at the Foundling Hospital was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, BBC Commissioning Editor for music and events on behalf of Controller of BBC Two, Janice Hadlow.  It will be directed by Rob Coldstream, and executive produced by Reef Television’s Head of Specialist Factual Ben Weston and Liz Hartford.


Put Your Money Series 8 premieres on BBC One


A brand new series of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is is now showing each day, Monday to Friday, on BBC 1 at 4.30pm. Each day, two well-known experts from the world of antique dealing will be going head to head to see who can make the most money from buying and selling antiques and collectibles - all of which will be donated to the charities of their choice.  Once the deals are done, one expert will be crowned the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is champion. Eric Knowles will be going up against Kate Bliss, Mark Franks will be taking on John Cameron, Jonty Hearnden will be battling Paul Hayes, and James Lewis will be trying to beat James Braxton.

C5 asks for Christmas doc from Reef


Channel 5 has ordered a one-off doc Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights from Reef Television. The one-hour doc, which is co-produced by GroupM Entertainment, will look at people who festoon their households with extraordinary Christmas displays and paraphernalia. It will feature people who deck out their homes with everything from computer-controlled lighting rigs to animatronic Santas. The doc was commissioned by Channel 5 commissioning executive Jason Wells and exec produced by Reef’s head of specialist factual Ben Weston and GroupM Entertainment’s Tony Moulsdale and Abigail Adams. The director is Paul Barnett, who has worked on Come Dine With Me.