ITV orders “Gino’s Italian Escape”

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned Gino's Italian Escape, a six-part primetime series presented by chef Gino D'Acampo.
June 11, 2013

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned Gino’s Italian Escape, a six-part primetime series presented by chef Gino D’Acampo.

The 30-minute series will be made in-house by ITV Studios Daytime, and promises to combine lifestyle, travel and cookery. Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment has brokered a deal with Hodder & Stoughton for a cookery book to accompany the series.

D’Acampo is known in the UK as the resident chef for popular morning show This Morning. In the series, he will uncover the best-kept secrets of Southern Italy – where he grew up – a region “renowned for its vibrant people, food and culture, all of which gave Gino the rich traditions that continue to inspire him today,” according to ITV.

Miles Jarvis, ITV Studios’ executive producer, said:  “Gino is already a familiar face to many viewers, and Gino’s Italian Escape offers the audience the chance to join him on a trip home to experience the unique Southern Italian lifestyle that has been so key to his identity.”

Gino’s Italian Escape was commissioned by Katy Thorogood for ITV. The deal marks ITV Studios Daytime’s first factual series commission for ITV primetime, and follows last year’s one-off documentary The Circus.

ITV Studios Daytime also produced Frontline Police for Channel 5 and the recently recommissioned Britain’s Darkest Taboos for Crime & Investigation Network.

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