ITV has commissioned a current affairs series starring Trevor
McDonald for its spring/summer schedule. Unveiling the schedule on
Wednesday, ITV director of programmes David Liddiment said the new
series, Trevor McDonald Meets the Newsmakers, would be moving to ITV
from its digital channel, ITV2, where it has been established.
In the series McDonald interviews the people behind the headlines.
Previous guests have included John Major, Desmond Tutu, Glen Hoddle and
Richard Branson. The new series has been commissioned from ITN, which
was already producing it for ITV2.
ITV’s other factual programmes include a new series of Real Life. The
latest series focuses on the gay couple who adopted surrogate twins, the
Royal Marines commando selection course, and the experience of having a
child in later life. Stephen Lambert, former editor of BBC2’s Modern
Times, continues to edit Real Life.
Brian Lapping Productions has been commissioned to make a series,
National Disaster, which tells the story of some of the worst disasters
in living memory, using first-hand testimony from survivors and rescue
In May ITV is devising special programming for its Day of Promise. The
day is part of the broadcaster’s Year of Promise campaign, where people
are encouraged to make a promise to do a good deed such as dropping in
on an elderly neighbour, giving blood or helping a youth theatre.
Programming for the day will be produced by David Mannion, in
conjunction with ITV’s Year of Promise campaign director Susannah
The day will feature the first celebrity edition of Who Wants to be a
Millionaire, where TV stars will play the top-rating game show for