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Real Screen Award 2014 wins

Real Screen Award 2014 wins

Rebuilding the World Trade Center won three Realscreen Awards. Best Non-Fiction, Social Issues and Current Affairs. Best Cinematography. Award of Excellence, Non-Fiction.


06/06/2014

Prix Jeunesse International 2014 win

Prix Jeunesse International 2014 win

Horrible Histories won The Special Prize for Best Children’s Non-Fiction Programme for the last 50 years. 

Yes “the last 50 years”.


06/06/2014

Televisual Bulldog Award win

Televisual Bulldog Award win

Horrible Histories won Best Children’s Programme.



06/06/2014

A Very British Airline

A Very British Airline

This brand new three part series provides a fascinating insight into British Airways - one of Britain's most visible brands.

Starts June 2nd at 9pm on BBC Two.




28/05/2014

 Broadcast  Digital Award Nomination for Sexy Beasts

Broadcast Digital Award Nomination for Sexy Beasts

Sexy Beasts is on the shortlist for the Broadcast Digital Awards – Best Entertainment series – which  is quite an achievement since the shows nominated were pilots.

Congratulations to all involved.


20/05/2014

Broadcast  Digital Award Nomination for Horrible Histories 5

Broadcast Digital Award Nomination for Horrible Histories 5

Horrible Histories series 5 has also been nominated for a Broadcast Digtial Award in the category of Best Scripted Comedy.

Congratulations to all involved.

20/05/2014

BAFTA win for Rebuilding the World Trade Center

BAFTA win for Rebuilding the World Trade Center

At yesterday’s BAFTA Craft Awards our very own Marcus Robinson won the Best Photography in a Factual Programme Award for his C4 film Rebuilding the World Trade Center.

Congratulations.


28/04/2014

The Dambusters' Great Escape

The Dambusters' Great Escape

The extraordinary story of how two RAF squadrons finally sank Tirpirtz, Germany’s most powerful and dangerous Second World War battleship after 33 failed attempts.

On March 30th, 8pm on Channel 4.

25/03/2014

Don't miss Fossil Wonderland: Nature's Hidden Treasures

Don't miss Fossil Wonderland: Nature's Hidden Treasures

In this revelatory series Prof. Richard Fortey tells the extraordinary history of palaeontology through three of the world's greatest fossil sites. Only a handful of them exist in the world, but each one of them has overturned generations of thinking and reconfigured our understanding of the past.

First episode on tonight at 9PM on BBC4.

11/03/2014

RTS nomination for  Rebuilding the World Trade Center

RTS nomination for Rebuilding the World Trade Center

Rebuilding the World Trade Center has been nominated for a prestigious Royal Television Society Award.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10675088/What-the-TV-Baftas-can-learn-from-the-RTS-nominations.html

06/03/2014

Don't miss Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

Don't miss Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

Historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb unfolds the extraordinary story of the tumultuous love affair between Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, and asks: Was it really love that brought them together?  And was it love that tore them apart?

20th and 27th February, 8pm on Channel 5.

18/02/2014

Horrible Histories wins big at Kidscreen 2014

Horrible Histories wins big at Kidscreen 2014

Horrible Histories scooped three more awards at the Kidscreen  Awards 2014 in New York in the categories of Best Non Animated or Mixed Series, Best Acting and Best Writing.

Congratulations !

13/02/2014

Don't miss Sexy Beasts

Don't miss Sexy Beasts

A fresh new twist on the dating show format, Sexy Beasts brings Hollywood standard prosthetics to the table. Will our singletons find love once the make up comes off?


On tonight at 10pm and 10.30pm on BBC Three.


11/02/2014

Officially Amazing 2 and Officially Amazing Extra

Officially Amazing 2 and Officially Amazing Extra

Don't miss the brand new series and its cheeky, shorter younger brother.  Both start today on CBBC.

03/02/2014

New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors

New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors

The Daily Mail recently published this article about the Lion production for Channel 4:

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2516445/Terracotta-Army-awesome-fighting-machine-weapons-powerful-kill-enemy-single-arrow.html

16/12/2013

Don't miss Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve

Don't miss Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve presents this epic three part series retracing the steps of our ancestors.

Starts Wednesday December 3rd at 9pm on BBC2.

02/12/2013

Horrible Histories BAFTA run continues....

Horrible Histories BAFTA run continues....

Horrible Histories has just won it's forth consecutive BAFTA Children's Award in the category of Best Comedy. A huge achievement as no other show has managed this before in the long history of the BAFTA's.

25/11/2013

Don't miss Tudor Monastery Farm

Don't miss Tudor Monastery Farm

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold turn the clock back over 500 years to run a farm at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex exactly as it would have been in 1500, during the reign of the first Tudor King, Henry VII.

This brand new series starts Wednesday November 13th at 9pm on BBC2.


11/11/2013

Don't miss Roman Voices

Don't miss Roman Voices

Historian Bettany Hughes explores what made Britain so attractive to the ancient Romans that they made it a province of their great empire.

This brand new series starts Thursday November 14th at 05.30 am on BBC Learning.

11/11/2013

Children's BAFTA 2013 Nomination

Children's BAFTA 2013 Nomination

Officially Amazing has been nominated for a Children's BAFTA in the category of Best Children's Entertainment.

23/10/2013

Rebuilding The World Trade Center

Rebuilding The World Trade Center

This is an unconventional documentary about a community of construction workers rebuilding The World Trade Centre.  Artist Marcus Robinson has been at the site since 2006, using a mix of time-lapse film, video live action, hand-painted animation and a specially designed sound-score to capture this complex, crowded and iconic corner of Lower Manhattan.


This is an immense artistic project that captures the scale and ambition of the reconstruction.


On Sunday September 1st at 7.30pm on Channel 4.


Don’t miss it.


29/08/2013

Don't miss Crash Test Dummies: A Smashing History

Don't miss Crash Test Dummies: A Smashing History

Jem Stansfield investigates how the Crash Test Dummy has become an icon for safety.

Wednesday August 28th at 9pm on BBC 4.


23/08/2013

Going Medieval with Mike Loades

Going Medieval with Mike Loades

Tune in to H2 this Sunday at 9pm for a Mike Loades two hour special.

Going Medieval is an action-packed, fact-rich, hands-on journey into the reality of the medieval world – overturning myths and exploring some of its most surprising and revealing truths.

02/08/2013

Don't miss Caligula with Mary Beard

Don't miss Caligula with Mary Beard

Piecing together the evidence, Mary puts Caligula back into the context of his times to reveal an astonishing story of murder, intrigue and dynastic family power.

Tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.


 

 



29/07/2013

Inside the Mafia Bunkers Screening

Inside the Mafia Bunkers Screening

Inside the Mafia Bunkers was successfully screened on 24th June at Trame.3, a cultural festival dedicated to material about the Mafia in Kamezia Terme in Southern Italy.  John Dickie, presenter of the BBC2 This World documentary and author of many reknowned books on the Mafia introduced the screening. 


24/06/2013

Horrible Histories returns....

Horrible Histories returns....

The award winning smash series Horrible Histories is back for it's fifth series at 5pm Monday May 27th on CBBC.

Be warned, it's more gloriously gory and hilariously horrible than ever.

24/05/2013

Clare Balding's Secrets of a Suffragette

Clare Balding's Secrets of a Suffragette

Suffragette Emily Davison threw herself under the king’s horse at the 1913 Derby.  A hundred years on Clare Balding investigates what really happened. Forensic re-examination reveals the truth.

On this Sunday May 26th at 8pm on C4.

Don’t miss it.

 


 

 


21/05/2013

Eddie Izzard's Mandela Marathons

Eddie Izzard's Mandela Marathons

Don't miss this brand  new 2 part series, broadcasting Thursday May 23rd and May 30th at 9pm on Sky One/Sky HD.

This series sees Eddie Izzard attempt to run an incredible 27 marathons in 27 consecutive days across South Africa to commemorate each of the 27 years of Mandela's incarceration.


20/05/2013

Officially Amazing starts Monday 11th March on CBBC

Officially Amazing starts Monday 11th March on CBBC

It scours the globe to bring the biggest, fastest and often weirdest Official World Record attempts, and record holders out there to CBBC.


Hosted by comedian Ben Shires it hurtles from record to record, from continent to continent to witness some of the biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest most officially amazing record attempts in the world.    


Ben meets record breakers from the sublime to the ridiculous, the wacky to the downright incredible: from the woman with the world’s longest nails to the largest snail. He takes part in record attempts like the Fastest chip wrapping, the longest basketball slam dunk, the most women crammed into a Mini, and the most dogs surfing a wave at the same time.

 Each programme also features one of two regular serial record breakers: Sizzlin’ Steve and the Space Cowboy. The Space Cowboy specialises in using his considerable skills to attempt dangerous records such as juggling chainsaws or using a whip to break roses held in Ben’s mouth.

 
Sizzlin’ Steve, in contrast, only attempts records he can try with no fear of injury, such as coin stacking or building pyramids with plastic cups – the perfect records to try at home.


Ben is joined in the US by comedian Al Jackson. He travels the States meeting people such as the 12 year old who holds the record for the first skateboard 1080 ( that’s 3 complete rotations in mid-air),  the woman with the World’s longest tongue, and a skateboarding goat!


Haruka Kuroda guides us on a tour of some astonishing people, sights and records in her native Japan.  Where else would you find the Official World Record for the most noodle strings made in one minute, a particularly Japanese art, or a guy called Cherry who attempts the record for the most walnuts cracked with his bottom – yes it’s true, buns of steel.


Adding to the fun are our two 2 animated characters, Officially and Amazing.  They introduce each item with Amazing usually ending up in some sort of trouble.    And each programme brings more record breaking stories to the screen in the form of a comedy song written by Rob Castell.


It’s all packed with action, fun and surprises and is… Officially Amazing.


Lion Television (makers of Horrible Histories) produce the series for CBBC in association with Zodiak Rights and all the records are recorded and verified by Guinness World Records.

http://www.officiallyamazing.tv/


06/03/2013

Officially Amazing

Officially Amazing

Currently in production for CBBC, the  energetic new series introducing the Officially Amazing world of record breaking and record breakers, hosted by comedian Ben Shires with co-hosts Al Jackson in the US and Haruka Kuroda in Japan. 

Watch this space.


12/02/2013

WCSFP

WCSFP

 The 20th World Congress of Science and Factual Producers has just concluded successfully in Washington DC.  Joint MD of Lion TV Richard Bradley is stepping down after two years as co-Chairman of the Congress.  The new Chair is Beth Hoppe of PBS.  Lion TV US CEO Tony Tackaberry has now joined the steering committee as a representative of United States Independent Production. The event brings together the worlds leading producers and broadcasters in science, history and specialist factual TV.  Highlights included Sparks of Inspiration from author Stephen Johnson, tech expert David Pogue,  James Garvin - NASA’s Chief Scientist, and science magician Marco Tempest as well as a fascinating ‘TV on Trial’ session.  Next year’s Congress takes place in Montreal.


13/12/2012

Wartime Farm starts September 6th on BBC2

Wartime Farm starts September 6th on BBC2

Wartime Farm – an 8-part series for BBC2 – sees historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, turning the clock back to run Manor Farm in Hampshire exactly as it would have been during the Second World War.

They will face up to the challenges of the biggest revolution ever seen in the history of the British countryside – in what Churchill called ‘the frontline of freedom’.

Not to be missed.


29/08/2012

Playing It Straight Award Nomination

Playing It Straight Award Nomination

Playing It Straight has been nominated for a National Reality Television Award in the category of Best Social Experiment. 

The award is decided by the public and you can vote here for us to win.

09/07/2012

Izzard's Mandela Marathons

Izzard's Mandela Marathons

This brand new two part Lion series is currently in production, Eddie Izzard has set himself the challenge to run 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in prison.

His route will take him from Mandela’s birthplace of Mvezo to the key points in this well-known story and beyond to Mandela’s living legacy.

Eddie experiences adversity along the way and has to rapidly re-think his plans producing a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela.


Watch this space.



28/06/2012

East to West

East to West

After having aired in Turkey, East to West: Between Two Rivers is currently showing on SBS One in Australia and receiving rave reviews:

"....beautifully constructed, thorough but accessible, full of fascinating detail and employing a range of enthusiastic experts from both sides of the globe to elucidate and engage. First-rate".


-The Sydney Morning Herald




25/06/2012

Scream Extreme airs on UKTV Watch

Scream Extreme airs on UKTV Watch

Scream If You Know The Answer goes to America and becomes Scream Extreme for a third series on UKTV Watch.

Hosted once again by Duncan James, this series sees British contestants take on American ones on board the rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain, alongside celebrity guests including Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, Corey Feldman, Shannen Doherty, Sheridan Smith and Sam Faiers.



08/06/2012

World Series Of Dating Coming March 2012

World Series Of Dating Coming March 2012

World Series Of Dating is a brand new 8 x 30min Lion Television series in production now.

Executively produced from our Scotland office by Andrew Snowball, alongside London executives Simon Welton and Joff Powell, it stars American comedian and actor Rob Riggle and sees dating turned into a competitive sport – complete with all of the sporting conventions that go with it - overblown graphics, music and scripted comedy analysis.

Producers Joff and Simon said: “Working with a contemporary comedy icon like Rob Riggle is an absolute pleasure and we wrote the role with him in mind. Using a cross-genre combination, we have been able to utilise our reality and comedy experience to create a unique entity. BBC3 is the perfect home to celebrate an awkward rite of passage we all go through, with humour and fun.”

World Series Of Dating transmits on BBC3 from March 2012.

Don’t miss it!

29/02/2012

Horrible Histories wins more Kidscreen Awards

Horrible Histories wins more Kidscreen Awards

Horrible Histories has won two more awards in the categories of Best Acting and Best Writing at the Kidscreen Awards 2012.

Congratulations!

21/02/2012

Venice 24/7

Venice 24/7

Venice Pronto Intervento is a brand new Lion series transmitting on National Geographic Italia now. Granted unprecedented access to Venice's emergency and public services we see behind the 15th century facades to experience the real living city.

We speed along canals with the fire brigade as they struggle to put out fires in a city built on wood. We're with the police on the tail of thieves who pray on carnival tourists and with the paramedics as they face life and death drama.

 UK version 'Venice 24/7' coming soon to BBC4.

17/02/2012

Bomber Boys Landing This Sunday

Bomber Boys Landing This Sunday

Following on from their last Lion project Battle of Britain, Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin present a brand new 90 minute film Bomber Boys, airing 5th February on BBC One.

The brothers meet members of the legendary Bomber Command and recall the remarkable story of thousands of young men who fought, and often died, in the night skies above Nazi Europe.
 

02/02/2012

Lion Makes The River Flows West

Lion Makes The River Flows West


This 20 part series is being broadcast to great acclaim in Turkey and the international version will be hitting the screens in 2012.

It is an epic and insightful retelling of the story of civilisation – taking a fresh perspective, placing the emphasis on how much of what we call modern civilisation began in the Middle East and then travelled West.



26/01/2012

Wartime Farm Coming Soon

Wartime Farm Coming Soon

The team behind the BBC2 hit series Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm are taking on the farming challenges of the Second World War.

Wartime Farm is in production now. The team are currently running a farm for a full calendar year, using only the tools and materials of the era. And recreating the demands of an agricultural endeavour unparalleled in British history.

More details to follow


18/01/2012

15 Kids and Counting

15 Kids and Counting

A new 3 part series looking at some of the largest families in the UK starts tonight on Channel 4 for 3 weeks.

Tune in.

17/01/2012

Lion’s Going Medieval – with Mike Loades.

Lion’s Going Medieval – with Mike Loades.


History Channel’s new H2 channel has commissioned Lion to make an action history special – presenter Mike Loades gets as close as you can without a time machine to the real medieval world. Due for tx at the end of Feb 2012.


17/01/2012

Transplant – BBC One

Transplant – BBC One


The number of people signing up to be organ donors on the Organ Donor Register went up by 500% as a direct result of the transmission of the programme.

10/01/2012

Young Soldiers -  Homecoming on BBC Three

Young Soldiers - Homecoming on BBC Three


Following the acclaimed four part series following young soldiers from their first day in the army training at Catterick through to active service in Afghanistan, BBC Three will show a new film featuring the reflections of three of the soldiers who were followed, as the first of the recruits return from the front line.


09/01/2012

Horrible Histories wins BAFTA

Horrible Histories wins BAFTA

Horrible Histories scooped the Best Comedy BAFTA  at the 2011 British Academy Children's Awards on Sunday night. A massive congratulations to the whole team.

29/11/2011

Horrible Histories BAFTA nominations

Horrible Histories BAFTA nominations

Horrible Histories has been nominated for 3 BAFTA's in the categories of Best Comedy, Best Writing (team) and Best Performer - Martha Howe-Douglas. The results will be in November 27th.

Good luck to the whole team

07/11/2011

Horrible Histories wins  Broadcast Digital Award

Horrible Histories wins Broadcast Digital Award

Horrible Histories has triumphed spectacularly yet again, bringing home a prestigious BDA Award in the category of Best Use of Interactive. The team accepted the award at a glittering Hilton Park Lane ceremony last night.

Congratulations all round.

16/06/2011

Horrible Histories nominated for Broadcast Digital Award

Horrible Histories nominated for Broadcast Digital Award

Horrible Histories has been nominated for a Broadcast Digital Award in the category of Best use of Interactive.

Congratulations!



20/05/2011

Horrible Histories wins  RTS Award

Horrible Histories wins RTS Award

Yet more awards for the Horrible Histories team. This time it's an RTS Award in the category of Best Children's Programme.

Keep 'em coming guys.


18/03/2011

Horrible Histories nominated for RTS Award

Horrible Histories nominated for RTS Award

Lion's hit series Horrible Histories has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in the category of Best Children's Programme. The ceremony will be held on March 15th at the Grosvenor House Hotel - hosted by comedian Dara O’Briain.

Good luck.

09/03/2011

Horrible Histories scoops 3 KidScreen Awards

Horrible Histories scoops 3 KidScreen Awards

As if all the success at home wasn't enough, Horrible Histories is now garnering international plaudits with another hat trick, this time at the KidScreen Awards in New York. The triumphant categories  were Best Kids Non-Animation or Mixed series, Best Writing and Best Acting. 

Congratulations all round.

08/03/2011

Victorian Pharmacy returns to BBC Two

Victorian Pharmacy returns to BBC Two


In a unique experiment, historian Ruth Goodman, Professor of Pharmacy Nick Barber and PhD student Tom Quick are recreating an authentic 19th century pharmacy.

The team discover the world of the pharmacy at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837 - a world where traditional remedies such as leeches, Oil of Earthworm and potions laced with cannabis and opium were popular and regularly used.

Ruth gathers herbs and plants to make a traditional cough medicine for a customer to try while other volunteers try some safe cures from Victorian times – will any of them work or was it all just quackery?

The eight part series begins on Thursday 10 February at 10pm on BBC Two.

For more information see here

15/02/2011

'The Spice Trail'    Coming Soon

'The Spice Trail' Coming Soon

'The Spice Trail' is a new 3 x 60 series for the BBC produced by Lion Television.

It is the story of the discovery and trade in spices – how the search for spices drove the creation of new trade routes from Europe into the East and what the eventual discovery of the legendary ‘’spiceries" at the far end of the world reveal about colonialism, national pride and international trade, and of smuggling and greed.

The series is part history and part modern-day odyssey as our presenter Kate Humble takes us on the trail of some of the most coveted spices in the world.

Over the series her journey from the UK to Mexico, to Spain and the Middle East, through India and Indonesia to a remote set of islands in the far ends of the earth reveals the gradual and progressive exploration of the world Eastwards in the great age of Western expansion  in the 15th and 16th Centuries.

Watch this space.

03/02/2011

Horrible Histories Interactive wins History Makers Award!

Horrible Histories Interactive wins History Makers Award!

The Horrible Histories Interactive team have picked up a well deserved History Makers Award in the category Best Interactive Production. 

Managing Director Nick Catliff and Interactive Producer Michelle Feuerlicht graciously accepted the award on behalf of the team in New York last night.

Congratulations!

More information on the acclaimed series at the official Horrible Histories website

28/01/2011

'Scream If You Know The Answer!' :  Series 2      Coming Soon

'Scream If You Know The Answer!' : Series 2 Coming Soon

A second series of the hi octane game show Scream If You Know The Answer! is currently in production for UKTV Watch. Ten brand new episodes featuring  celebrity guests including John Barrowman, Louie Spence, Janice Dickinson, Jack Osbourne and Vanilla Ice should be hitting your screens soon.

Watch this space.

25/01/2011

Horrible Histories win British Comedy Award

Horrible Histories win British Comedy Award

Stop the press! This is a big one. Horrible Histories triumphed at the British Comedy Awards winning Best Sketch Show - fighting off tough competition from Harry and Paul and Armstrong and Miller.

Executive Producer Richard Bradley said:  "It’s the first time a children’s show has won a Comedy Award. So Horrible Histories made History! It’s an amazing accolade from the comedy community for a show that has already garnered three Baftas, the AIB Award for Children’s Programme, and the Prix Jeunesse 2010. The team would like to thank a number of people including Caligula, Nero, Elagabalus, King Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, the Aztecs and the Egyptians for the inspiration."

Congratulations all round.



24/01/2011

Horrible Histories nominated for British Comedy Award

Horrible Histories nominated for British Comedy Award

As if the Horrible Histories mantlepiece isn't crowded enough, the acclaimed series has now been nominated for a British Comedy Award in the category of Best Sketch Show.

Up against industry heavyweights 'Harry and Paul' and 'The Armstrong and Miller Show' it's a real achievement and also the first time the BCA has ever nominated a children's show.

The results will be aired 22nd January live on Channel 4 presented by Jonathon Ross.

Do tune in.

18/01/2011

Commission Update

Commission Update

BBC3 has commissioned Lion to make a series to mark the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

Would You Join The Army? (5x60', working title) charts the lives of new recruits and their families over 18 months, from their first day in the army to frontline combat operations in Afghanistan. Lion Television exec producers are Donna Clark and Jeremy Mills and the series producer and director is Dov Freedman.

For more information see: www.c21media.net/resources/detail.asp

11/01/2011

Horrible Histories nominated for 2011 Broadcast Award!

Horrible Histories nominated for 2011 Broadcast Award!

Horrible Histories has been shortlisted for a Broadcast Award in the category of Best Children’s Programme. The award ceremony is held on Wednesday 2nd February 2011 at the London Grosvenor House Hotel. Fingers crossed.

14/12/2010

Horrible Histories BAFTA clean up!

Horrible Histories BAFTA clean up!



Sunday night was a far from horrible night for Lion Television’s ‘Horrible Histories’ at the Children’s BAFTA’s. The series picked up not one, not two, but THREE BAFTA’s.

It is an amazing achievement. Congratulations to a wonderful team – spearheaded by Executive Producer Richard Bradley and led by Caroline Norris - that has worked so hard behind and in front of camera in pursuit of the historical education of the nation’s youth. The BAFTA awards were as follows:


Performer: Jim Howick

Writer: The Writing Team – Giles Pilbrow, Larry Rickard, Ben Ward et al

Best Comedy: Horrible Histories


Big hats off to everyone involved.

30/11/2010

More BAFTA Nominations!

More BAFTA Nominations!

Lion Television have been nominated for Independent Production Company of the Year by BAFTA Children's Awards.

The ceremony will be held 28th November - lets keep our fingers crossed.

More information here

15/11/2010

Horrible Histories wins 2010 AIB Award

Horrible Histories wins 2010 AIB Award

Horrible Histories has picked up an AIB Award in the category of 'Best Children's Factual Programme or Series'. Judges described it as "thoroughly engaging and educational – a format that will work in territories worldwide – looks great on the screen with inventive use of graphics and first-rate story-telling....."

I think congratulations are in order.



15/11/2010

Horrible Histories nominated for 3 BAFTA Children's Awards

Horrible Histories nominated for 3 BAFTA Children's Awards

The Horrible Histories team are celebrating yet again with the news the hit series has been nominated for 3 BAFTA Children’s Awards. The production team are nominated in the Comedy category, John Howick is nominated in the Performer category and the writing team of Caroline Norris, Giles Pilbrow, Dominic Brigstocke, Laurence Rickard and Jim Howick (Lion TV/Citrus TV/CBBC) are nominated in the Writer category.

Congratulations and good luck!

08/11/2010

Syrian School wins Japan Prize 2010 Youth Award!

Syrian School wins Japan Prize 2010 Youth Award!


The Syrian School team has won the coveted Japan Prize 2010 Youth Award for their film on Palestinian rappers in Damascus – ‘Rap Refugees’. Director Max Baring attended the award ceremony in Tokyo last week in the presence of the Crown Prince of Japan no less.

Massive congratulations to Executive Producer Bill Locke, Max and the whole team.

01/11/2010

Brand new series Edwardian Farm begins Wednesday November 10th

Brand new series Edwardian Farm begins Wednesday November 10th

After the success of the critically acclaimed Victorian Farm series, we rejoin Alex Langlands Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman as they live the lives of Edwardian Farmers for a full calendar year. Over twelve episodes the team are going back to an age that saw the dawn of our modern world – and a time of new and exciting ventures.

01/11/2010

First Light at BAFTA

First Light at BAFTA

On September 6 at 10:30 AM, BAFTA is holding a very special screening of the Lion Television/Manray Media co-production First Light. The screening will be followed by a Q&A conducted by Guardian writer Jonathan Glancey with Geoffrey Wellum, actor Sam Heughan and writer/producer director Matthew Whiteman.

To find out more and buy tickets.
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=401771&interface=bafta

09/08/2010

Horrible Histories Wins Award!

Horrible Histories Wins Award!

Lion’s hugely popular series Horrible Histories has won a Prix Jeunesse Intl 2010 Award in the 7 -11 Non fiction category. 

Congratulations to all the team on their well-deserved victory!

01/07/2010

Record-setting double Emmy win for Cash Cab team!

Record-setting double Emmy win for Cash Cab team!

All hail the cab once more!
Our very own “Cash Cab” left the opposition trailing in its (low emission) exhaust fumes again. For the third year in a row the cab won the Daytime Emmy for Best Gameshow while our beloved Ben Bailey took his rightful place on the podium winning Best Host.

What a triumph for the cab and all who ride in her.

Congratulations to the whole team.

01/07/2010

The Real Battle Of Britain

The Real Battle Of Britain

Coming soon to your screens...

The one-off documentary, The Real Battle Of Britain, will be shown on BBC One this September as part of a wider season to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Second World War air campaign.

Read more

01/07/2010

First Light

First Light

Coming soon to your screens...

Leading the programming on BBC Two, First Light is an intimate one-off drama-documentary, that tells the extraordinary story of nineteen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum – one of the youngest pilots to participate in the battle, who was posted at the beginning of the war having never flown a Spitfire.


Read more

01/07/2010

Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

A brand new adventure in the Horrible Histories: Terrible Treasures game has launched on CBBC.

Horrible Histories: Terrible Treasures is an online, immersive experience for children. Their aim is to help the Rat find pieces of a map to some terrible treasure. In each historical environment the children speak to live-action characters, discover horrible facts and play gruesome games.

The Awful Egyptians is the latest episode in the series which also includes the Terrible Tudors and the Rotten Romans. Measly Middle Ages is the next adventure to launch (on 21 June) followed by a final game to draw all the episodes together.

Produced by Lion Interactive in association with Littleloud, the game is a top destination on the CBBC website.

Series two of Horrible Histories has also started airing, and is on CBBC on Tuesdays at 5.15 until July 20.

Play the Horrible Histories game at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/horriblehistories/game.shtml

11/06/2010

Horrible Histories on BBC Breakfast

Horrible Histories on BBC Breakfast

Horrible Histories returned to CBBC this week, to delight viewers with its funny and sometimes gruesome sketches from real historical events. Laurence Richard and Mathew Baynton, who wrote and performed in the series, visited BBC Breakfast to talk about all things horrible.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/8717460.stm

02/06/2010

Lion Interactive and Modern Masters website

Lion Interactive and Modern Masters website

The BBC Modern Masters website is now live at www.bbc.co.uk/modernmasters An IWC multiplatform commission, Lion Interactive worked closely with the production team and digital agency Numiko. The website features a virtual exhibition of the modern masters, curated by presenter Alastair Sooke, plus 10 specially authored Art Walks in cities across Britain, providing an opportunity to see art, sculpture and architecture influenced by these masters first hand. The content is also available on mobile.

02/05/2010

Scream if You Know the Answer!

Scream if You Know the Answer!

Duncan James to present Lion's new extreme game show on roller coasters for Watch

Lion TV's new format Scream if You Know the Answer! Has been commissioned by UKTV for its entertainment channel, Watch. This brand new family game show is played entirely on roller coasters.

Filmed at Thorpe Park and hosted by Blue’s Duncan James, this exciting and entertaining new 10 x 30 format will see members of the public team up with celebrities to compete a series of hilarious challenges - all of which take part ON the rides themselves - for a potential prize pot of £5,000. Celebrities confirmed for filming to date include Katie Price, Phil Tuffnell, Ben Shephard and Matt Willis. Scream if You Know the Answer! will premiere on UKTV’s pay TV channel Watch on Sunday 2nd May 2010.

30/04/2010

Richard Bradley in C21

Richard Bradley in C21

Lion Television MD Richard Bradley uses his company's hit CBBC series Horrible Histories as an object lesson in the challenges of making factual programming for a young audience. To read the full article go to:

http://www.c21media.net/features/detail.asp?area=24&article=54900

07/04/2010

Victorian Farm RTS Nomination

Victorian Farm RTS Nomination

Lion’s hugely successful Victorian Farm series has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. The series, which attracted over 6 million viewers a week in 2009, was one of the year’s biggest hits on BBC2. The book of the series also went to No.1 on the Sunday Times best seller list. Executive Producer, David Upshal, says: “It’s great to see Victorian Farm honoured by the industry in this way. And it’s a huge boost to the team who are currently midway through filming the 12-part follow-up series Edwardian Farm.”

29/03/2010

Hiorrible Histories Award Nominations

Hiorrible Histories Award Nominations

Horrible Histories added to its numerous awards nominations with an RTS nomination for best Children's Programme. It has also been nominated for Europe's most prestigious children's award the Prix Jeunesse. Executive Producer Richard Bradley said, ' After one series, Horrible Histories' unique blend of historical fact and gory, grisly, bloody comedy has clearly made its mark with children and a surprising number of adults. We look forward to laughing ourselves even smarter with series two and three.'

29/03/2010

Horrible Histories nominated for a BAFTA

Horrible Histories nominated for a BAFTA

The production team behind Lion's hit children's series Horrible Histories are celebrating the fact that the series has been nominated for two Baftas at the 2009 EA British Academy Children's Awards. The nominations are in the categories of Best Writing and Best Factual programme. The nominees are Caroline Norris, Chloe Thomas, Steve Connelly, Giles Pilbrow, Ben Ward and Laurence Rickard

The series with its irreverent mix of gruesome and gory facts and laugh out loud humour was an instant hit with its young - and judging by the comments on You Tube - many not so young - viewers. Exec Producer Richard Bradley says 'We are thrilled that Lion's first venture into children's television has been acclaimed in this way. It's a tribute to all the efforts of an incredibly talented team in creating such a fresh, innovative and ambitious show.'

02/12/2009

Lion nominated for 5 Broadcast Awards!

Lion nominated for 5 Broadcast Awards!

Lion is very excited to be nominated in the following catagories:

Best Documentary Series,
Victorian Farm, Lion Television for BBC Two
Best Popular Factual Programme,
Victorian Farm, Lion Television for BBC Two
Best Daytime Programme,
Homes Under The Hammer, Lion Television for BBC One
Best Children’s Programme,
Horrible Histories, Lion Television for CBBC
Best Independent Production Company,
Lion Television

The awards will be held on 27th January 2010... fingers crossed!

02/12/2009

Britain From Above nominated for DADI Award!

Britain From Above nominated for DADI Award!

Lion's digital partner on Britain from Above, Numiko has been nominated for a DADI Award, the digital agency awards. Britain from Above is up for Best Public Sector Website or Campaign, which is for any public sector organisation, service or individual project.

Good Luck Numiko!

04/09/2009

Cash Cab wins another daytime Emmy

Cash Cab wins another daytime Emmy

For the second year in a row, Cash Cab has won the Emmy for Best Game Show, beating Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Congratulations to all the Cash Cab team.

You can see the acceptance speech here.

02/09/2009

Lion Interactive in New Media Age Magazine

Lion Interactive in New Media Age Magazine

Lion Interactive are featured in the New Media Age magazine (27th August 2009, pg. 22). The article looks at the team's past success with Britain From Above, recent work, the Horrible Histories game for CBBC, and their future plans.

You can download a scan of the article below or online at New Media Age.

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27/08/2009

On Tour With the Queen earns rave reviews

On Tour With the Queen earns rave reviews

Since the first episode aired on the 10th August, On Tour With the Queen has picked up some high praise:

“Likeable, intelligent and the son of immigrants from the Commonwealth, Kwei-Armah is a good choice as presenter and he approaches his journey with an inquiring mind and understandable relish.” Sunday Times, 09/08/2009

“… (An) entertaining and engagingly bemused travelogue…. Kwei-Armah is an excellent guide, but the real treasures are the archive clips.” Guardian, 08/08/2009 and 10/08/2009

“...Excellent new four-part series…” Times Playlist, 08/08/2009

“This week’s most fascinating new documentary series…” Express, 08/08/2009

“…Fascinating four-part series…” News of the World, 09/08/2009

“This is a charming, insightful series and Kwei-Armah is a delightful presenter who is not afraid to ask tough questions. Channel 4 should fund whatever he wants to do next.” Sunday Times, 23/08/2009

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25/08/2009

Edwardian Farm - In Production

Edwardian Farm - In Production

Following the huge success of the Victorian Farm series, BBC Two is presenting the same intrepid team with a brand new set of challenges as they are forced to get to grips with the trials and tribulations of life on an Edwardian Farm.

Archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and domestic historian Ruth Goodman will return to front Edwardian Farm, spending a full year delving into Britain's rural heritage.

They will make their home in a stunning new location, exploring the challenges posed by the British countryside at a time of great change and tumult; a time when farming was becoming increasingly mechanised at home, and abroad the world was moving gradually towards war.

As in the first series, the action will be based primarily on the farm, but the new setting will also allow the team to explore wider aspects of the working countryside, including rivers and coasts, boat-building, mining, fishing and market gardening.


13/08/2009

Horrible Histories game is No.1 on CBBC!

Horrible Histories game is No.1 on CBBC!

The Horrible Histories Terrible Treasures game produced by Lion Interactive in association with Littleloud received six 5 star votes within an hour of introducing the game to the CBBC Games environment.

The game shot to number 1 position and has been there since. Now with 900+ votes and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5.

You can see the live ratings here (top left is number 1 position).



13/08/2009

Kwame goes On Tour With the Queen

Kwame goes On Tour With the Queen

Monday 10th August marks the start of Lion's new four part contemporary travelogue for Channel 4 - On Tour With the Queen, exploring the Queen's 1953 Coronation Tour of the Empire.

Over the course of the series, Kwame Kwei-Armah retraces the young Queen’s journey across five continents – from the Caribbean, Australasia and the Pacific Islands, to Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean.

Intercut with rarely-seen archive footage from the Queen’s tour, this is the story of Britain’s fight to keep its status as a world power, even while its Empire was slipping away. It is also the story of a 27-year-old woman sent on a mission to re-establish Britain’s place in the world.

05/08/2009

CBBC calls for more Horrible Histories

CBBC calls for more Horrible Histories

UK children's network CBBC has ordered a second season of its live-action sketch show Horrible Histories.

CBBC controller Anne Gilchrist has ordered a second 13x30' season of Lion Television's factual entertainment show, which is based on the books by Terry Deary and looks at gruesome events and ghastly characters from worldwide history.

The first series debuted this spring on BBC1's CBBC kids block, pulling in a 13.3% audience share of six- to 12-year-olds. It peaked at an 11.8% share when it was repeated on the CBBC digital channel.

Read the article on C21 Media here.

08/07/2009

Jack The Ripper - Tabloid Killer: Revealed

Jack The Ripper - Tabloid Killer: Revealed

Join former-tabloid editor, Kelvin Mackenzie and historian, Andrew Cook as they re-examine the Ripper murders, uncover startling documentary evidence and identify a new set of suspects; the crooked journalists who faked evidence, printed fantasy and mislead the police investigation, all to keep the Ripper murders on their front pages.

Jack The Ripper - Tabloid Killer: Revealed is on five, Wednesday 24th June at 8pm.

Don't miss it!

23/06/2009

"Homes Under the Hammer" to move to Scotland

The BBC announced today that production of “Homes under the Hammer”, the property auction television show, is to move to Scotland.

The move is part of the Network Supply Strategy, the BBC’s plan to greatly increase network television production from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

With a commission of 160 programmes over the next three years, the move of the programme team will be phased.

The show will be led from Scotland and the team will include a mix of members of the existing production and Scotland team.

The new episodes will start to TX from mid 2010.

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12/05/2009

"Fun, filthy and genuinely engaging..."

Alice-Azania Jarvis of the Independent gives her view of the first episode of Horrible Histories:

“I loved last night's show, with its sketches of the four King Georges as a boy band and gladiator school as Grange Hill… (it was) fun, filthy and genuinely engaging in a peer-to-peer way”

Read the full article here.

18/04/2009

Britain From Above wins International Digital Emmy

Britain From Above wins International Digital Emmy

Britain From Above has won at the prestigous International Digital Emmy Awards for best nonfiction programme.

Britain From Above took the idea of multiplatform production to new heights: the entire project was commissioned, planned, scripted and shot as one joint television and online project.

Congratulations to all the team.

Check out the award winning website here.

31/03/2009

Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories is coming to CBBC!

Lion have produced 13 episodes based on Terry Deary's popular children's books (published by Scholastic) that have sold 21 million copies around the world.

The series starts on the 16th April 2009.

Check out the BBC Press Pack.

26/03/2009

Hottest Place On Earth - Coming Soon!

Hottest Place On Earth - Coming Soon!

Don't miss The Hottest Place On Earth, airing on Thursday the 19th and 26th March at 9pm on BBC One.

A team of experts make the very tough journey to the Danakil Depression, officially the hottest place on earth, to see how its people and animals survive.

16/03/2009

Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer

Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer

Lion's latest production, Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer comes to BBC One on Monday the 23rd of March at 9pm.

This is a story of intrigue, incest and murder, of a woman so ruthless she would have her own siblings murdered to ensure her hold on power.

16/03/2009

Britain From Above wins award!

Britain From Above wins award!

Last night Britain From Above picked up a Media Innovation Award.

Congratulations to the team.

13/03/2009

Britain From Above nominated again.

Britain From Above nominated again.

Lion has been nominated for Britain from Above in the International Digital Emmys which are announced March 30th at MIP.

12/03/2009

All3Media named top UK independent producer

All3Media named top UK independent producer

Midsomer Murders and Richard and Judy producer All3Media has come top in an annual survey of the UK's biggest independent producers, with a turnover of £241.6m.

Founded just five years ago by former ITV executives Steve Morrison, Jules Burns and David Liddiment, All3Media has moved ahead of rivals such as IMG Media and Endemol to become the sector's highest revenue earner and take the so-called "super-indie" crown, according to trade magazine Televisual's annual Production 100 survey...

Read the full article in the Guardian online.

22/08/2008

Cash Cab wins Emmy

Cash Cab wins Emmy

Lion Television's US Show Cash Cab won the Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.

10/08/2008

Britain From Above airs on the BBC

Britain From Above airs on the BBC

Britain from Above, the major series presented by Andrew Marr, has aired on the BBC.

You can check out the website at bbc.co.uk/britainfromabove.

05/08/2008

Chinese Food Made Easy - coming to a screen near you soon

Chinese Food Made Easy - coming to a screen near you soon

Lion has recently completed production on Chinese Food Made Easy.

An exciting new cooking discovery show where Ching-He Huang reveals the secret of cooking quick, healthy and delicious Chinese cooking in the home.

It will air on BBC2, on Mondays at 8.30pm from July 7, 2008.

A book full of delicious recipes will also be available.

20/06/2008