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.

Messiah at the Foundling Hospital Nominated for an International Emmy


Reef Television's landmark drama documentary Messiah at the Foundling Hospital has been nominated for an International Emmy in the Arts Programming Category. The announcement of the film's nomination for this highly prestigious award was made at MipCom in Cannes on Monday 3 October 2015. "We're absolutely over the moon" commented Ben Weston, Reef Television's Head of Specialist Factual. "This is monumental testimony to the fantastic team that created this film, led brilliantly by the producer/director Rob Coldstream". 

The International Emmys will be held in New York on Monday 23 November 2015

Disappearing Britain to air 8th October at 9pm on More 4


Disappearing Britain is the ultimate celebration of Britain’s heritage obsession. Last year, we flocked in record numbers to the great outdoors, exploring castles, palaces and gardens, parks and country fairs. But we don’t just visit, we volunteer and join in. 

In this 12 x 60' series, Maureen Lipman and Larry Lamb get to the heart of what makes British heritage so great, as they meet the people keeping our traditions alive and explore what possible threats there are to it. Throughout the series, they’ll be joined by Michael Buerk who returns to the patch he worked as a young reporter 40 years ago. They'll also be a host of familiar faces - including Emilia Fox, Peter Davison, Wendy Craig, Mica Paris, Don Warrington, Janet Ellis, Arthur Smith, Shobna Gulati and Bill Paterson - who will indulge their own personal heritage passions and help build a picture of the ultimate ‘Britishness’. 

At a time when heritage funding is being scaled back, and yet visitor numbers at these attractions are on the rise, Disappearing Britain is a timely series that recognises how strongly we feel about promoting the past and preserving the future.