MEDIA: ITV focuses on the facts of life

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.

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

workers.



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

Wheeler.



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

charity.



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