Channel 5 has placed factual orders with both Spun Gold and STV Productions.

Spun Gold and Motion Content Group are co-producing three parter Inside the QE2 Hotel with STV Productions making a four parter about the Royal Family’s relationship with the press.

The Spun Gold show explores the new life of one of the world’s most famous ocean liners as a five star hotel.

Inside the QE2 Hotel (3×60’) has exclusive access to the QE2, now based in her new home as a floating hotel in Dubai.  Hotel QE2 has now been open for just under two years.  With a multi-million pound refurbishment ongoing, and a new team at the helm, the series explores whether it will be sink or swim for Hotel QE2.

Daniela Neuman, Managing Director of Spun Gold TV says: “Inside The QE2 reveals the inside workings of the world’s most glamorous floating hotel, its staff and holidaying guests – perfect escapism for Channel 5’s viewers for these times.”

Inside the QE2 Hotel is executive produced by Juliet Rice and series produced by Rebecca Nunn. Melanie Darlaston is Executive Producer for Motion Content Group. It was commissioned by Guy Davies and is being  distributed by Passion Distribution.

STV Productions’ documentary series is billed as a fresh exploration of the Royal family, told through their often troubled relationship with the British press.

Each of the 4 x 60” episodes provides a new take on the biggest Royal stories of the last 60 years, told through their sensational royal scoops, iconic pictures and most memorable front pages. Reflecting the social history of the time, it includes one episode exploring Diana’s relationship with the press, Diana Vs The Tabloids; and three episodes entitled The Palace and the Press: Held to Account / Young Royals Under Fire / Royals Behaving Badly.

The Commissioning Editor for Channel 5 is Lucy Willis.  The Executive Producer for STV Productions is John Redshaw.  The series will be delivered this month.

Craig Hunter, Creative Director, Factual for STV Productions, said: “Revisiting the stories that made the news while hearing from the journalists who wrote the headlines, gives a whole new perspective to the Royal scandals we think we know.”

The series will be distributed internationally by DCD Rights, who have already secured a pre-sale to SBS Australia for broadcast following its UK premiere.

Jon Creamer

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