BBC4 orders “Constable,” “Treasures of the Indus”

UK net BBC4 has commissioned Tern TV to produce arts titles Constable: The Country Rebel and the tentatively-titled Treasures of the Indus.
August 28, 2014

UK net BBC4 has commissioned factual prodco Tern TV to produce two arts titles: the one-off special Constable: The Country Rebel and the tentatively-titled three-part series Treasures of the Indus.

Produced in partnership with V&A Museums and hosted by art critic Alistair Sooke, Constable: The Country Rebel is a stand alone 60-minute special that focuses on British landscape painter John Constable, who inspired modern impressionism, and will run in late September prior to the new Constable exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Commissioned by BBC4 channel editor Cassian Harrison and head of arts commissioning Mark Bell, Constable: The Country Rebel was written and directed by Spike Geilinger, and exec produced by Tern creative director Harry Bell and BBC commissioning editor Greg Sanderson.

The art exhibit, Constable: The Making of a Master, runs September 20 through January 11, 2015 at the V&A Museum.

Meanwhile, the 3 x 60-minute Treasures of the Indus looks at how a trio of disparate treasures from three people, places and dynasties have shaped the modern Indian world.

Hosted by Dr. Sona Datta (pictured above), the first episode will focus on the Indus Valley of modern Pakistan, which was home to one of the first decimal systems, one of the first children’s toys, and was one of the first planned cities. Episode two will visit temples at Tamil Nadu and reveal the Hindu works of art that helped establish an empire along the southern India coast.

Also commissioned by Harrison and Mark Bell, Treasures of the Indus was directed by Hugh Thomson and Spike Geilinger, and exec produced by Harry Bell and Sanderson.

“These are surprising new takes on old stories and exactly the type of programming that Tern strives to be recognized for,” said Harry Bell, creative director and exec producer for Tern TV, said in a statement.

Tern TV has won two other BBC arts commissions in 2014: the recently aired The Beauty of Anatomy for BBC4 and the upcoming, jointly commissioned BBC4/BBC Northern Ireland series Great Irish Journeys (4 x 30-minutes, working title).

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