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Channel 4 commissions ‘Illuminated River’ doc series

Channel 4 in the UK has tapped ITN Productions to produce a three-part series, London’s Great Bridges: Lighting the Thames, which documents the ambitious art project Illuminated River that will light up 15 ...
June 24, 2019

Channel 4 in the UK has tapped ITN Productions to produce a three-part series, London’s Great Bridges: Lighting the Thames, which documents the ambitious art project Illuminated River that will light up 15 bridges on the River Thames.

Presented by architectural designer Charlie Luxton, the series follows the progress of the infrastructure projects, and includes history, art and engineering to tell the story of Britain’s most iconic bridges, and will premiere in the summer.

The series features behind-the-scenes access to chart the journey of when the first four bridges – London Bridge, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridge – will be illuminated this summer, from a partnership between artist Leo Villareal and the British-based architecture practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The completed project will span 15 bridges.

“ITN has done a great job capturing this jaw-dropping and ambitious project that is full of challenges for the men and women involved,” said Sean Doyle, Channel 4′s commissioning editor, in a statement. “It’s a fascinating project that will transform the great bridges of London.”

The three-part series was commissioned by Lizi Wootton and Doyle at Channel 4. Andy Dunn and Will Smith are executive producers for ITN Productions with Matt Reid as series producer.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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