IWC, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned to make another 6×60’ series of Britain’s Most Historic Towns for Channel 4 following the ratings success of season one.
Presented by Professor Alice Roberts, each episode studies a key period in British history via the story of a single historic town. In season two, she will be exploring the Plantagenet, Stuart, Edwardian, Georgian, Civil War and World War periods in towns all over the UK. Roberts will visit historic sites and meet local historians to understand how each town was shaped by the dominant forces of the age and how people might have lived. Cutting-edge CGI will also be used throughout to bring long lost monuments back to life.
The first series of Britain’s Most Historic Towns aired in April this year and was a ratings hit, launching with a consolidated audience of 2.1m and a 9.7% share, nearly double the slot average of 4.9% share in the Saturday, 8pm slot on Channel 4.
Dominic Bowles, Executive Producer at IWC said: “The whole team is delighted to be working with Shaminder and Channel 4 on a second series. We’re lucky enough to live in a country with a varied and fascinating history which means we’ve had no problems in finding fantastic towns with amazing stories that help us celebrate that history.”
Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Shaminder Nahal said: “I loved the way series one of Britain’s Most Historic Towns brought the past alive with warmth, wit and masses of detail and I’m looking forward to what Alice Roberts and the team find in six more fascinating places in Britain.”
Britain’s Most Historic Towns was commissioned by Shaminder Nahal at Channel 4 and Executive Produced by Dominic Bowles at IWC. Banijay Rights holds international rights to the format and the finished programmes. The finished first series has already sold to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa.