Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is : Series 12


Series 12 of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is starts this week on BBC One. It’s on air every day at 4.30pm. The series kicks off with the return of Katherine Higgins up against the mighty Phil Serrell. Then next week, Put Your Money newcomer Danny Sebastian takes on gentleman auctioneer James Braxton.

La Traviata - Love Death and Divas on BBC Two, Saturday 20th June, 9.00pm


La Traviata is the world’s most popular opera.  But its London premiere in 1856 was denounced for promoting ‘the poetry of the brothel’ and unleashing uncomfortable truths on Victorian society.  Historian Amanda Vickery and Radio 3 presenter Tom Service reveal the story behind the La Traviata’s first night in London and its scandalous heroine, the courtesan Violetta Valéry whose dramatic life and tragic death were based on real-life events.  Amanda and Tom examine how its premiere marked an historic moment in social history and defined the role of the opera diva forever.  Scenes from Verdi’s masterpiece have been specially recreated for the film with Opera North alongside stunning location photography in Venice, Milan, Paris and London.

Ten Alps to acquire Reef Television


It has been announced this morning that Ten Alps is to acquire Reef Television. Reef chief executive Richard Farmbrough, who founded the business in 2003, will remain in his position and also become commercial director of the enlarged Ten Alps group. Paul Hanrahan will continue as Managing Director of Reef.

Ten Alps chief executive Mark Wood said: “The addition of Reef Television significantly extends the range of our TV production and turns Ten Alps into a mid-size independent production business.”

Reef chief executive Richard Farmbrough added: “For some time we have been looking to partner with another production business in order to give us the firepower to extend into new territories and engage with the new platforms which are changing the shape of the television market.”

The full trade press release can be read below.


Messiah at the Foundling Hospital wins BAFTA for Sound


Reef Television's landmark drama documentary Messiah at the Foundling Hospital has today won a BAFTA in the Sound: Factual category at the BAFTA Craft Awards.  This is a phenomenal accolade for the film and in particular for the three nominees:  Mike Hatch who engineered all the music, Kuz Randhawa who recorded all the location/documentary sound, and Matt Skilton at Envy Post Production who created the final audio mix.  It is a wider accolade for the team who masterminded this film:  Rob Coldstream the producer and director, Caroline Page the music producer, and Justine Field the line producer; as well as the whole team from Reef Television.