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C4, Plimsoll team on “First Brit”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man from Bristol-based prodco Plimsoll Productions The First Brit will unveil the face of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton. ...
January 25, 2018

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man from Bristol-based prodco Plimsoll Productions

The First Brit will unveil the face of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton. For the first time, a team of scientists at the Natural History Museum and University College London, working on the UK’s Ancient DNA project, have analyzed the DNA of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton known as ‘Cheddar Man.’

This human male fossil was unearthed over one hundred years ago in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.

Through the combined efforts of scientific research and facial recreation, this 1 x 60-minute film will allow Britain to see the first inhabitant directly connected to Britons today.

Produced and directed by Steven Clarke, The First Brit looks to answer the questions of Cheddar Man’s story and answer the questions of what he looked like and where he came from.

Channel 4 specialist factual commissioner Rob Coldstream ordered the film. Andrew Jackson is executive producer for Plimsoll.

The First Brit will air as part of the broadcasters ‘Secret History’ strand.

 

 

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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