Discovering Britain on More 4 every Wednesday at 9.00pm


Discovering Britain, formerly Disappearing Britatin, is back on More 4 every Wednesday starting on 3rd February at 9.00pm. Hosts Larry Lamb and Maureen Lipman, alongside Michael Buerk and numerous famous faces, travel the country to unpick our astonishing heritage.

Rave Reviews Greet Reef's Leningrad Film


Reef Television’s latest landmark music film, Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler, premiered on BBC Two on Saturday 2 January 2016 to universal critical acclaim.  The 90 minute film was Pick of the Day in virtually every British daily and Sunday newspaper, the Daily Mail calling it “astonishing”, the Daily Telegraph and Guardian both describing it as “terrific” and the Radio Times calling it “an astonishing story of art used as an instrument of war”.  The film also was the subject of prominent feature articles commissioned specially by the Guardian, the Times, Daily Telegraph and Radio Times, and presenters Amanda Vickery and Tom Service appeared to discuss it on Radio 4’s Start the Week and Radio 3’s In Tune.  The social media response from viewers of the film was unprecedented, and one letter published in the Radio Times read as follows:  “THE POWER OF MUSIC  - Once in a while there comes along a programme of such quality, so deeply moving and respectfully made, that alone it commands an entire year’s licence fee.”

Leningrad and the Orchestra That Defied Hitler to air 2nd January at 9.10pm on BBC Two


BBC Two is to broadcast Reef Television’s biggest landmark music film yet at 9.10pm on Saturday 2 January 2016.  Shot entirely in St Petersburg, Russia, this 90 minute film tells the extraordinary story of a concert took place in this historic city at the height of the Siege of Leningrad.  A year before the Germans had begun the deadliest blockade in history which would kill three quarters of a million civilians.  Now, in the midst of the terror, a group of starving musicians assembled to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony in what would become a defiant moment in the city’s survival.  Historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service reveal the story of triumph of the human spirit over unspeakable barbarity.  The film is interwoven with excerpts of the symphony performed specially by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg where the 1942 concert took place, conducted by Maxim Shostakovich, the composer’s son.

The film was produced and directed by Tim Kirby, with Caroline Page as producer and Ben Weston and Liz Hartford as executive producers.

Reef to Travel the World with Top Baker Paul Hollywood


Reef Television has been commissioned by Food Network to make a 10x30' series with Paul Hollywood baking his way around the world. Paul Hollywood's City Bakes will travel to Madrid, Miami, Munich, Warsaw, London, Naples, New York, St. Petersburg and Copenhagen to explore the recipes that have shaped the baking heritage of each city. Paul will uncover family recipes, hotel delicacies and local favourites before adding his own 'Hollywood twist' to a classic.

Paul Hollywood said: "Food culture can reveal so much about a nation, so it's a privilege to be able to delve into the lives of fellow bakers and discover some really amazing international bakes."

Richard Farmbrough, CEO Reef Television said: "Spending time with Paul Hollywood on his City Bakes mission will be a real treat for audiences around the world as they get to see a different side of this baking megastar from the man we know from Bake Off. Reef is delighted to be working with both Paul and Scripps on this mouth-watering project."

Chris Kelly is to exec produce the series and Dunk Barnes is the Series Producer.