Shiver takes to the sea

ITV Studios' factual division is producing a maritime series with comedian Ade Edmondson (pictured), a special exploring major world events captured by members of the public, and a doc examining the appeal of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.
September 26, 2013

Shiver, the factual division for ITV Studios in the UK, is prepping three new factual programs for ITV, while the company’s entertainment team has been commissioned to produce a new season of BBC2′s Christmas University Challenge.

Shiver’s upcoming slate includes Ade at Sea, a 6 x 30-minute series featuring comedian and presenter Ade Edmondson and exploring Britain’s maritime past while also looking at those whose lives revolve around the sea today.

The prodco is also at work on I Shot 2013, a 1 x 45-minute current affairs program marrying footage of the world’s top news events shot by the general public with interviews of eye-witnesses and others involved in the stories as they happened.

Also, Shiver will produce Being Poirot, a 1 x 60-minute documentary that serves as a complement to the ITV detective drama Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The special features the series’ star, David Suchet, exploring the enduring allure of Christie’s fictional Belgian detective.

Meanwhile, the entertainment team at ITV Studios will produce a second, 10 x 30-minute series of Christmas University Challenge, starring Jeremy Paxman, for BBC2.

Each series will be produced out of ITV Studios’ production hub in Media City, Manchester.

Ade At Sea is executive produced by Sally Evans for Shiver and was commissioned by Katy Thorogood, factual commissioner for ITV. Being Poirot is executive produced by Mark Robinson for Shiver and was also commissioned for ITV by Thorogood. I Shot 2013 is executive produced by Mark Robinson for Shiver and was commissioned by Ian Squires, controller of current affairs and news operations for ITV.

Christmas University Challenge is executive produced by Peter Gwyn for ITV Studios and was commissioned by Janice Hadlow for BBC2 and Pinki Chambers for entertainment commissioning.

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