Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages to start on 11th November on More4


Cream teas, bunting, thatched cottages swathed in roses and quaint church spires; for generations this rural idyll has conjured the very best of Britain. In this three part series, Penelope Keith takes to the road to explore British villages.

A villager herself for the past 36 years, Penelope’s travelling companion is a series of guide books illustrated with evocative paintings that offer a window on our rural way of life. Published 80 years ago, they are the perfect yardstick for her to examine what makes our villages so unique and why we love them so much.

In this three part series, Penelope travels across three very different landscapes, from the epic plains of East Anglia through the rugged hills and valleys of the North and on to the bucolic splendour of the South West. Penelope will discover traditions that are under threat, visit communities undergoing huge change and explore what the future holds for our villages.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Series 9 is nominated for the National Television Awards


Series 9 of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is has been nominated for the 2015 National Television Awards in the Best Daytime category. 

The National Television Awards are voted for by the general public, with a glitzy televised ceremony in January 2015. Longlist voting is open from 14th-26th October, with the shortlist announced in January. You can vote for us at

 So go on, what are you waiting for?!!

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Series 10


The tenth series of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is will be shown every weekday from Monday 20th October at 4.30pm on BBC One. The series features British TV’s best-loved antiques and collectibles experts putting their own money – and reputations – on the line in an all-out battle to see who can make the most profit across five days of challenges. 

In week one, Christina Trevanion plays David Harper; week two sees Eric Knowles take on Put Your Money rookie Will Axon; in week three, Jonty Hearnden fights it out with James Braxton; and week four sees John Cameron go up against Kate Bliss. 

Reef Television and BBC Two win prestigious Czech Crystal for Messiah at the Foundling Hospital


Reef Television and BBC Two tonight won the Czech Crystal award at the Golden Prague TV Festival for their 60 minute drama documentary Messiah at the Foundling Hospital which told the extraordinary story of how Handel’s Messiah helped raise vital funds for Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital rescuing tens of thousands of abandoned children from London’s streets.

The drama documentary presented by historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service was part of the BBC’s cross-channel arts season, Eighteenth Century Britain: Majesty, Music and Mischief.  It was executive produced by Ben Weston, Head of Specialist Factual at Reef Television and ordered by Jan Younghusband, BBC’s Head of Commissioning, Music and Events TV.

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two, commented: “BBC TWO is delighted that Messiah at the Foundling Hospital has won this prestigious international award which recognises the channel's role in showcasing the very best music and arts programmes as well as the hard work and dedication of the commissioning and production team.”

Richard Farmbrough, Managing Director Reef Television commented: “Winning the Czech Crystal is a wonderful accolade for this ambitious and profoundly moving film. I am delighted that the hard work of the production team, led by Ben Weston, and the eloquence of presenters Tom Service and Amanda Vickery has been recognised by the jury here at The Golden Prague Festival. Our thanks go to all our talented musicians and performers along with Jan Younghusband at the BBC for helping us bring to life the extraordinary story of Messiah at The Foundling Hospital.”