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Alan Whicker’s Journey of a Lifetime

Posted on February 16th, 2009 in Celebrity PR,Television PR,Travel PR.

alanwhickerCelebrating a remarkable fifty years on our screens, broadcasting legend and undisputed travel king Alan Whicker dusts down his suitcase for a nostalgic  journey around the globe.

The four x 60 minute specials will be broadcast on BBC Two starting Wednesday 25th March at 9pm.

Whicker revisits some of his most groundbreaking interviews, favourite destinations and reflects on his incredibly varied life and career.  In this landmark series, Alan Whicker takes us on an autobiographical journey through the second half of the 20th century. Classic clips from Whicker’s World are inter-cut with new material as the nation’s best-known international reporter retraces his steps, catches up with past interviewees and reflects on how the world has changed – for good and bad – over the last six decades.

An extraordinary series reveals the number of genuine TV firsts established by Whicker – moments that have been endlessly copied ever since. Apart from landmark interviews with a diverse mix of characters ranging from Papa Doc to John Paul Getty, Whicker was a pioneer who brought subjects including plastic surgery, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, gay weddings, polygamy, swinging and gun-toting cops, fly-on-the-wall style, to British screens for the first time. There’s also the poignant, prophetic last ever interview given by Peter Sellers in 1979 in Beverly Hills, where the actor eerily predicts his own death shortly before tragically suffering a fatal heart attack.

Produced by DCD Media-owned September Films.

Alan Whicker is available for limited interviews. Contact [email protected]

Bookaboo: Rock and Read!

Posted on January 29th, 2009 in Book PR,Children's Brands PR,Television PR.

meatloaf-and-bookaboo1Veteran rock star Meat Loaf will join a drum-playing puppy in a new TV series aimed at helping children and adults to enjoy reading.

The 13-part CiTV series is based around picture books read by celebrity guests to a rock star dog called Bookaboo, who needs to hear “a story a day or he just can’t play”.

In the first programme, the Bat Out Of Hell singer will read The Lamb Who Came For Dinner.

Other celebrities sharing a story with Bookaboo include Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, comedian Al Murray, former Spice Girl Mel C, singer Alesha Dixon and TV presenter Fern Britton.

Bookaboo starts on March 2.

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Polar Bear Stranded on The Thames for Eden Launch

Posted on January 26th, 2009 in Publicity Stunts,Television PR.

eden-polar-bearA 16 foot high sculpture of an iceberg featuring a stranded female polar bear and her baby cub was launched on the River Thames today providing Londoners with a timely reminder of the dangers of global warming.

The sculpture, which was specially commissioned to mark the launch of Eden, a new digital TV channel devoted to natural history, graphically brought to life one of the most iconic images of climate change – the melting ice caps.

A team of 15 artists spent two months constructing the 20ft by 20ft square structure which was launched in Greenwich, South East London at 6:30am, before travelling up the Thames to stop beside Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament for a national photocall. The structure weighing 1.5 tonnes was winched into place in freezing temperatures, before travelling 7.5 miles along the Thames.

The melting of the ice caps will not only affect the polar bears, there will also be serious repercussions for the two billion people who depend on the glacial meltwater that feeds their rivers. The polar bears’ presence in London highlights these issues which will also be addressed in Eden’s Fragile Earth series which will run throughout the week.

Broadcaster and eminent wildlife conservationist, Sir David Attenborough says: “The melting of the polar bears’ sea ice habitat is one of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time. I commend Eden for highlighting the issue; we need to do what we can to protect the world’s largest land carnivores from extinction.”

Eden’s Channel Head, Adrian Wills, says: “”The Earth is a fragile place and we were keen to launch with a message that would draw attention to the uncertain state of our finely balanced environment. Our aim is to reflect one amazing world, with one amazing channel that can address issues like climate change whilst providing an entertaining, informative experience by airing a range of high-end premieres, landmark natural history programmes and first class wildlife documentaries.”

Now the polar bears’ have finished their journey along the Thames, they will be taking the message about global warming to Hampstead Heath as well as key cities across the UK including Birmingham and Glasgow.

The Thames is familiar with unexpected visitors. In January 2006 a seven-tonne bottle-nosed whale became trapped in shallow water near Battersea Bridge. Crowds gathered as the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) attempted to save its life. But despite the team’s efforts to move it into deeper water, the whale died.

Other mammals which have strayed into The Thames include a family of Harbour Porpoises, which were spotted near Vauxhall Bridge in December 2004. Three years previously, a Bottle- nosed dolphin was discovered swimming past Tower Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.

Eden’s programming starts at 9am, Monday 26th January 2009 with Attenborough Explores…Our Fragile World at 10pm. A programme schedule for new digital Natural History channel Eden can be found at: www.exploreeden.co.uk.

For further information contact Nicola Dann or Hayley Dodd at Taylor Herring PR on 0208 206 5151 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
 

Note to editors:

The Eden sculpture is certified as 100% recyclable by the Set Salvage Company authorised by the Mayor of London’s office. Eden goes live at 9am on 26th January with a schedule packed full of high-end premieres. From the scale and beauty of Superstorm, Ganges and Wild China to the revelation and intimacy of Tribe (series 3), Elephant Diaries (series 2) and Tribal Wives – that will play alongside landmark series such as Planet Earth, Ray Mears’ Extreme Survival, Life of Mammals and Full Circle with Michael Palin. A complementary website with the url www.exploreeden.co.uk goes live on the same day. Eden can be found on Sky Channel: 532 or Virgin TV Channel: 208Formed in 1997, UKTV is an independent commercial joint venture, between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Virgin Media. Attracting 34 million viewers each month, the network consists of 10 distinctive TV channels – Watch, G.O.L.D., Dave, Alibi, Eden, UKTV Style, UKTV Food, UKTV Gardens, UKTV History and UKTV People  – offering a broad range of quality programming across entertainment, lifestyle and factual programming. UKTV currently operates 18 broadcast streams when multiplexes (+1s) and broadband are taken into account, and 11 highly successful websites. Promising to creatively connect its audiences with great programming, UKTV’s successful programming strategy combines quality content from the BBC with high profile original commissions and key acquisitions. All UKTV channels are distributed on Sky and Virgin Media. Dave and UKTV History are also available on Freeview. More detail can be found on uktv.co.uk 

New Series: The Apprentice

Posted on January 7th, 2009 in Television PR,The Apprentice.

apprenticeMulti award-winning business reality show, The Apprentice returns for a fifth run to BBC ONE this Spring, in what promises to be the toughest series yet.

The aspiring tycoons have courageously quit their jobs to embark on a 12-week interview from hell with no-nonsense, self-made millionaire, Sir Alan Sugar. Aided once again by his advisers Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford, Sir Alan will be sorting the wheat from the chaff through a series of gruelling tasks and explosive boardroom scenes.

Viewers will be kept on the edge of their seats as candidates are whittled down after hearing Sir Alan’s infamous words: “You’re fired!”. With new candidates and new tasks, this is set to be the most tense and gripping series yet.

Contact: [email protected]

Britain’s Next Top Model: Series 5

Posted on January 7th, 2009 in Television PR.

lisa snowdonUltra bitchy and uber glamorous Britain’s Next Top Model, the original and best modeling show, is back for a fifth series.

The twelve week battle sees the catwalk’s fiercest contest kick off this spring, exclusively on LIVING, with Lisa Snowdon returning to front the series.

Watch as twenty girls learn from the best with a series of glamorous guest judges and contributors, to battle it out and become crowned as this year’s Britain’s Next Top Model.

For further information please contact: [email protected]

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