Inside Bristol’s indie powerhouse Plimsoll Productions

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By his own admission, Plimsoll Productions founder Grant Mansfield is an obsessive jogger. When we speak over Zoom at 9:00am, he has just returned from a run – one of four that he tries to fit in each week. “It has certainly helped keep me sane during the past eight months of this process,” he explains, referring to the recent sale of Plimsoll to ITV. 

Ellie Simmonds explores disability and adoption in ITV documentary


Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds will investigate why about 40 percent of children in the care system in England and Wales have a registered disability.

This is a marked increase compared to the rest of the population, which is eight percent, and Simmonds wants to learn why this is the case.

To uncover the truth behind these statistics, Simmonds meets families who have adopted disabled children and those who felt unable to raise a disabled child.

ITV commissions Camilla’s Country Life

The documentary will give exclusive access to the Duchess of Cornwall as she guest edits Country Life magazine to mark her 75th birthday.

Directed by Michael Waldman, viewers will get to watch The Duchess of Cornwall as she works to plan and oversee a special edition of Country Life in the magazine's 125th anniversary year. 

Alongside her work with the magazine, she will also be carrying out her regular royal duties. 

ITV commissions medical thriller Malpractice

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Directed by Philip Barantini (Boiling Point) and produced by World Productions (Line of Duty, Save Me), the cat and mouse thriller tells the story of a damaged doctor caught up in a dangerous conspiracy.  

The series stars RTS-Award nominee Niamh Algar (The Virtues) as Dr Lucinda Edwards, a battle-hardened doctor whose career is derailed after a nightmare shift ends in the death of an opioid overdose victim, Edith Owusu.

ITV commissions Gino’s Italy: Like Mamma Used to Make

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Gino D’Acampo is travelling back to his motherland of Italy to meet the mammas of Italy to discover how they make authentic Italian dishes.

D’Acampo travels the length of Italy visiting places like Naples, Florence and Bologna tasting local dishes made by local families and their matriarchs. 

The six-part series will celebrate the women who have helped shape the food of Italy and kept the country fed. 

D’Acampo begins in Napoli the place of his birth, where he was taught to cook by his Nonna Flora and Mamma Alba. 

ITV commissions People Vs Post Office: The Real Story

The film will be an accompaniment to the four-part drama coming to ITV next year and will give exclusive access to campaigner Alan Bates.

Bates has rigorously campaigned for nearly 20 years to uncover and expose the scandal that has been described as the most widespread miscarriage of justice in the British legal history. 

Over 14 years, the Post Office accused hundreds of sub postmasters of theft, over 700 were given criminal convictions and many went to prison, ruining livelihoods and destroying reputations. 

ITV to air first ever televised Platinum Jubilee Celebration for Queen Elizabeth II

Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Omid Djalili and Tom Cruise will lead the star-studded cast for the first ever televised event to mark such a historic occasion.

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host the live broadcast, joined by guests including Adjoa Andoh, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ant & Dec, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Mo Farah, Dame Maureen Lipman, Sir David Jason, Alan Titchmarsh, Dame Kelly Holmes, Moira Stuart and Sir Trevor McDonald.

ITV announces series two of Cooking With The Stars

Hosted by Emma Willis and Tom Allen, the cooking competition sees eight celebrities paired with a professional chef who will mentor them so they can go from passionate home cooks to creating food of fine dining standard.

The eight celebrities taking part are professional dancer and TV personality Anton Du Beke, Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes, This Morning’s Josie Gibson, Chaser Anne Hegerty, Love Island’s Maura Higgins, TV expert Dr Ranj Singh, comedian Joe Wilkinson and DJ Woody Cook.  

ITV launches new initiative for young content creators

The initiative will invite graphic designers, animators, editors and social media whizzes to put forward their best modern and relatable content ideas themed around mental health, diversity and inclusion.

The winning idea will be fully backed with a budget of up to £25,000 to collaborate with ITV’s BluePrint Network to produce digital content that will live on some of ITV’s biggest social media platforms. The winning up and coming content creators will also be paid for their time.

The initiative is open to anyone aged between 16-24 years old of all levels of experience.