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C4, ITN ring in doc series about Big Ben restoration

ITN Productions and Channel 4 are teaming up with the British government on a documentary series about the restoration of iconic British clocktower Big Ben. Big Ben (3 x 60 minutes; ...
November 24, 2016

ITN Productions and Channel 4 are teaming up with the British government on a documentary series about the restoration of iconic British clocktower Big Ben.

Big Ben (3 x 60 minutes; working title) will chronicle the most extensive conservation effort in the 157-year-old structure’s history, which will last three years and cost £29 million (US$36 million).

The first program will air in spring 2017 and recap the history of Big Ben, the people who work there and the current state of the landmark, as well as the team of architects, engineers, clock makers, stonemasons and scaffolders that will work to upgrade the Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell.

Subsequent episodes will broadcast as each stage of the restoration is completed.

After the refurbishment was announced in April, the House of Commons vetted a number of documentary bids and accepted ITN in principal in July. The tower will close to the public at the end of December.

“While the works will necessitate a temporary closure of the tower to visitors, we hope ITN’s documentary will encourage more people than ever before to take an intimate look at the most beloved clock in the world,” said Paul Beresford, chair of the UK House of Commons administration committee, in a statement.

Channel 4′s commissioning editor for features Lizi Wootton commissioned the project. ITN’s Will Smith and Bernie Kay are exec producing.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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