UK prodco Potato is set to make a series on British history called I Never Knew That About Britain, as a companion to Christopher Winn’s book series.
The 8 x 30-minute series, hosted by Paul Martin, will air on ITV early in 2014. Steve Mould will serve as the scientific presenter while Suzannah Lipscomb will investigate the historic stories.
I Never Knew That About Britain will see the presenters traveling the British Isles via hot air balloons, steam trains, classic cars and canoes, as they highlight technological innovations, as well as artistic, scientific and political achievements of the country.
Potato is an ITV Studios production label, with other credits including The Chase and Four Weddings.
“I Never Knew That About Britain brings the hugely popular books to life, revealing some of the nation’s most unusual and fascinating stories,” said Ed Taylor, executive producer for Potato. “We think viewers around Britain will be surprised and amazed by the incredible history of the places they live and thought they knew.”
The series is produced by Kate Jackson and directed by Ros Edwards for Potato. It was commissioned by Katy Thorogood, ITV’s factual commissioning editor.