The House of Commons has revealed that a series of programmes for Channel 4 will document the huge and long-term transformation of the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben
This is a three year project undertaken by Channel 4 and ITN Productions, which gives them unprecedented access into the Big Ben refurbishment. The world famous landmark will disappear from view behind scaffolding for the next three years, and will undergo an extensive £29 million refurbishment in its 157 year history.
It will be documented in 3x60 minute programmes, with the first in 2017 to introduce audiences to the current state of Big Ben, as well as the dedicated architects, engineers, clock makers, stonemasons and scaffolders who will repair it.
Sir Paul Beresford, Chair of the House of Commons Administration Committee, has said:"While the works will necessitate a temporary closure of the tower to visitors, we hope ITN’s documentary will encourage more people than ever before to take an intimate look at the most beloved clock in the world.”
Lizi Wootton, Commissioning Editor for Features, Channel 4, also said: “I am delighted to be working with ITN and the UK Parliament; As the great clock reveals its secrets, the skill and craftsmanship of today and yesterday is going to be astonishing to watch.”