Messiah at the Foundling Hospital nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award


Messiah at the Foundling Hospital has today been nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award in the Sound: Factual category.  This is a phenomenal accolade for the film and in particular for the three nominees:  Mike Hatch, who engineered all the music so brilliantly; Kuz Randhawa who recorded all the location/documentary sound, and Matt Skilton at Envy 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.

The BAFTA Craft Awards take place on Sunday 26 April. 

Messiah at The Foundling Hospital to repeat on BBC Four, Friday 3 April, 7.00pm


Reef Television’s award-winning film Messiah at the Foundling Hospital is to be repeated on Good Friday (3 April 2015) at 7.00pm on BBC Four.  Winner of the prestigious Czech Crystal for Best Documentary, and recently nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, the film tells the extraordinary story of the fundraising performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital in May 1750.  Handel’s Messiah remains one of the most popular choral pieces in western music but few people know 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, the “Live Aid” of its day, heralding the dawn of a golden age of philanthropy and helping catapult Messiah to the universal popularity it has enjoyed ever since.

Reef nominated for a Royal Television Society Programme Award


Reef’s Messiah At The Foundling Hospital film for BBC Two has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Programme Award in the Arts category.

Richard Farmbrough commented "This is a fantastic tribute to the brilliant work of everyone involved in this film and a great reflection of the work of Reef Television as a whole.  Huge congratulations in particular to Ben Weston and the director Rob Coldstream who produced and directed Messiah so brilliantly. It’s also a great accolade for the BBC commissioner Jan Younghusband who gave the project her unstinting support.

Put Your Money On Air on BBC One


Series 11 of Put Your Money starts airing this week for four weeks. 

The series kicks off with Kate Bliss and Phil Serrel going crazy for cars at a Gloucestershire Auction!