A 10 x 30 minute series on the efforts of a Victorian photographer to capture the UK in pictures will air on terrestrial channel BBC2.
Reef Television has been commissioned to produce Britain’s First Photo Album (w/t), which highlights the achievement of photographer Francis Frith. His project is seen as one of the first and most comprehensive pictorial records of the UK, taken during the second half of the 19th century.
Presented by UK journalist John Sergeant, each episode focuses on four storylines, all inspired by a Frith photo. The entire series will showcase 40 of Frith’s best images, while Sergeant will take 40 new photos of Britain as well.
This series marks the first time Frith’s collection has been brought together in one series. Britain’s First Photo Album will offer viewers a look back on the visual record of Britain, what has changed, what stays the same and what it says about the country today.
The series was commissioned by BBC Daytime controller Liam Keelan and the BBC exec producer is Gillian Scothern, while for Reef the series producer is Stephen Taylor Woodrow and executive producer is Richard Farmbrough.