Manchester based Purple Productions has secured two new Channel 4 commissions: Britain’s Most Beautiful Road and A Cotswold Farmshop.

Britain’s Most Beautiful Road will uncover the highs and lows of Scotland’s spectacular North Coast-500 route during its busiest season yet. With exclusive access to the Highland Council and its new ranger team, the 4×60 series will follow the people and the businesses behind the NC500 as well as the challenges that come with maintaining one of the top road-trip destinations in the world.

The 516-mile road runs from Inverness and covers the North Highlands. Local producers, farm shops, smokeries, delis, bakers and butchers dot the route and with the increasing popularity of the NC500 the demand for those that serve the route, as well as the infrastructure of the road itself, has grown significantly.

A Cotswold Farmshop will be showcasing the spectacular setting of Gloucester Services, their staff, visitors and the local community it serves.  The famous grass-roofed station was built in 2014 and is run by the family behind Tebay Services, which was the focus of Channel 4 and Purple Production’s returning series, A Lake District Farmshop.

Purple’s Pam Cavannagh and Dympna Jackson said: “We’re excited to take viewers along to these two iconic locations with Channel 4.  Both the NC500 route and Gloucester Services are stunning and have so much to offer, we can’t wait for people to discover these places and meet the wonderful people who work so hard behind-the-scenes.”

Clemency Green, Senior Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 said, “Britain’s Most Beautiful Road is a  celebration of this popular route that traverses the wild and beautiful landscape of Scotland’s north coast. We hope viewers will enjoy learning more about the people, produce and history of the most beautiful locations on our doorstep.”

Jane Handa, commissioning executive at Channel 4 said, “I am delighted to be working with Pam and Dympna at Purple on both series. Showcasing some of Britain’s most dedicated food producers and crafters, against such beautiful landscapes in the height of summer – these shows will be a real treat!”

Britain’s Most Beautiful Road was commissioned by Clemency Green for Channel 4 with commissioning executive Jane Handa. The series will be executive produced by Pam Cavannagh and Dympna Jackson.

A Cotswold Farmshop was commissioned for Channel 4 by commissioning editor Deborah Dunnett with commissioning executive Jane Handa. It is executive produced by Pam Cavannagh and Dympna Jackson.

Both series are distributed by All3Media International.

Jon Creamer

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