Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun

28-Jan-2013
Contact: Julie Miller 020 8612 7751

Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun Coming soon to Channel 5, Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun, an observational documentary series produced by Shiver, an ITV Studios company, about Gibraltar, one of the world’s smallest overseas territories.

 

With the blessing of Gibraltar House and the support of the Gibraltarians and expats, the series weaves a fantastically original narrative about a beautiful, sun-drenched rocky outpost that is a reflection of life on mainland Britain.

 

Two miles long and only one mile wide, Gibraltar is a wedge-shaped lump of limestone at the bottom of Spain and crammed inside are 27,000 larger than life Brits. Free roaming apes contrast with the red phone boxes and traditional British Bobbies - Gibraltar is Britain in the sun.

 

It may only be two square miles but size doesn’t matter when you have characters as big as the Gibraltarians. The programme has gained access to The Border Police and Customs, the hospital, the airport, navy, mortuary, wedding planner, lifeguards as well as the numerous characters living and working in the docks, beaches and tourist attractions.

 

This programme was ordered by Andrew O’Connell, Channel 5’s Head of Factual, News and Current Affairs and overseen by Michelle Chappell. Michelle Chappell, Commissioning Editor of News, Current Affairs and Documentaries, says: “It turns out Gibraltar is a honey pot of wonderful characters – loud, proud and loving a much simpler way of life. I hope our viewers will enjoy this unusual access which is both illuminating and amusing.”

 

Mark Scantlebury Executive Producer for Shiver, an ITV Studios company, commented: “One of Shiver‘s specialities is offering viewers an insight into some of the world’s most extraordinary locations and communities and Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun is no exception. The series follows an eclectic mix of residents at work and play to capture life in this truly unique colony.”

 

Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun is executive produced by Mark Scantlebury, series directed by Jill Worsley and series produced by Kate Jackson for Shiver, an ITV Studios company.

 

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Note to Editors: The series will take the following format: 6 x 60 minutes For all the latest about Channel 5, follow twitter.com/channel5press

 

For further information please contact:

 

Julie Miller -  Publicity Manager Channel 5

 

T: 020 8612 7751 E: Julie.miller@five.tv

 

 

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