Viacom International Studios UK has won its first ever third-party commission, a two-part series for ITV, Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure.
Before this, the studio has produced content solely for Viacom’s UK channels, including Channel 5, MTV and Comedy Central.
The 2 x 60 minute documentary series will follow the newsreader and presenter, Sir Trevor McDonald, as he make a luxurious train journey from Mumbai to Delhi and disembarks along the way to meet people “from all walks of life along the thousand-mile journey and share the rich variety of sights, sounds and tastes he encounters, to provide fascinating insight into rapidly changing modern India.”
Following its TX on ITV, VIS’s content sales team will distribute the two-parter internationally.
Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV Controller of Factual, and Sue Murphy, ITV Head of Factual Entertainment. It will be executive produced by Ed Taylor, Creative Director and Jeff Anderson, Director of Factual for VIS UK, and directed by John Holdsworth.
Clinton-Davis commented: “Trevor’s infectious curiosity makes him the perfect travel guide for this journey that sweeps you along on board the elegance of the Maharajas’ Express and reveals the colours, contrasts and surprises that India offers.”
Taylor added: “Sir Trevor visited India regularly as a foreign correspondent and has borne witness to its transformation over recent decades. In this series he will give viewers a fascinating insight into India today. It’s an exciting first third-party commission for VIS UK and we’re currently in talks with other UK and international broadcasters to seek out further opportunities.”
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