ITV orders “Carry On” doc, five more from Shiver

Rita & Me, a 60-minute special commemorating Coronation Street character Rita Littlewood, is one of six docs ITV has commissioned from Shiver.
November 20, 2014

Commercial UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned its factual prodco Shiver to produce six entertainment documentaries, including two more additions to its The Nation’s Favourite format.

Produced respectively by John Piper and Kerry Alison, the 90-minute The Nation’s Favourite 70s Number Ones and The Nation’s Favourite 80s Number Ones count down the UK’s most beloved hits from those respective decades, covering such musical trends as glam rock, disco and electro pop in the process.

Shiver’s Mark Robinson serves as executive producer for both, which were commissioned by ITV’s factual commissioning editor Andrew O’Connell.

Elsewhere, Carry On Forever is a 3 x 60-minute look at the famous British comedy brand, interviewing cast members like Jim Dale, Angela Douglas and Fenella Fielding at original filming locations to capture humorous anecdotes. Classic film clips, TV spin-offs and behind-the-scenes footage will also tell the franchise’s story.

Commissioned by factual commissioning editor Katy Thorogood and series produced by Ali Lynch – with Robinson fulfilling the role of executive producer for Shiver – Carry On Forever will air next year on ITV3.

Produced by Stuart Ramsay with Andrew Nicholson acting as executive producer for Shiver, The Magic Show Story is a 60-minute sequel of sorts to 2013′s Come On Down: The Game Show Story.

Hosted by Stephen Mulhern and scheduled to air on ITV in 2015, The Magic Show Story promises to show how British TV fell in love with magic and hosted programs featuring such international superstars as David Copperfield. Mulhern will cover 60 years of magic and recreate some of the tricks TV audiences enjoyed along the way. Claire Zolkwer, comedy entertainment commissioning editor, ordered the documentary.

Shiver will also deliver You’ve Got to Love Christmas, a 60-minute special produced by Stephen McGinn and exec produced by Shiver’s Nicholson, which airs on ITV in December. It mixes archive clips with comic tales from comedians, journalists, celebrities and the public on their attempts to stage the perfect Christmas. Asif Zubairy commissioned the show for ITV.

Next month, ITV will also air Rita & Me, a special hour-long celebration for the 50th anniversary of Barbara Knox first introducing the character Rita Littlewood on the enduring British soap opera Coronation Street. With input from her friends and colleagues, Rita & Me will examine how Knox has tackled some of the soap’s toughest storylines and helped transform Rita into one of the soap’s most resilient characters.

Rita & Me is produced by Patrick Talbot for Shiver, with Robinson serving as EP. Thorogood commissioned the show.

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