European pay-TV operator Sky Arts has commissioned UK indie 7 Wonder to produce a docuseries set to explore the landscapes that have inspired Britain’s most beloved paintings.
In partnership with London-based art museum Tate Britain, Tate Britain’s Great British Walks (6 x 60 minutes) will journey across the British countryside – from London’s backstreets to the mining villages of South Wales – to discover the backdrops that have seduced some of the nation’s most renowned painters, from John Constable, William Powell Frith and J.M.W. Turner to William Hogarth, Josef Herman and Alfred Wallis.
Presented by British curator and cultural historian Gus Casley-Hayford (pictured), the series will uncover each artist’s story and re-discover their landscapes while touring the local communities caught on canvas decades ago.
Featured in the series are such British talent as Michael Sheen, Miriam Margolyes, Danny Baker, Cerys Matthews, Simon Callow and Richard E. Grant.
Creative England has co-invested in the series and Solomon Nwabueze serves as executive producer, through its partnership with Sky. 7 Wonder’s Mike Reilly is executive director and Michelle Crowther serves as series producer on the program that was commissioned by Sky Arts’ Bill Hobbins.
7 Wonder was founded in 2014 with backing by Australia’s Seven Network and, earlier this year, launched a regional office within The Library of Birmingham. It has produced programs for ITV, Channel 4, Sky 1 and the BBC.
“In each film, we are art detectives in the magnificent company of well-loved British figures, undertaking epic journeys across the nation to discover paintings that hold a personal resonance for them,” said Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, in a statement. “The guests have been remarkably open and passionate, not just about art, but about their lives, Britain and the timeless spirit of its landscape and peoples.”