BRITESPARK EAST TO TRAVEL FURTHER ON THE WORLD’S MOST SCENIC RAILWAYS
Monday 2nd December 2019 BriteSpark East, part of Argonon Group, today announces the recommission of The World’s Most Scenic Railways, for two further six-part series.
The Bill Nighy-narrated title was commissioned by Channel 5’s Daniel Pearl and the first series came to a close on Friday 29th November, having peaked at 1.7 million viewers so far.
The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys is a visually-arresting series, telling the stories of epic train journeys through the characters who travel, work and live near them.
Series two and three will continue the ambition to take viewers on twelve awe-inspiring train rides through some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. Exploring the UK and far beyond across the globe, these scenic routes will take in unique and picturesque surroundings – from breath-taking coastlines, to remote mountains and river valleys.
As well as highlighting the stunning natural beauty of the landscapes, the episodes will offer insight into the challenges faced by the trains and local people along the route – from coping with the impact of natural disasters, to migrating animals on the line, or passengers the staff deal with aboard the train. The series will also tell stories of how and why the railways were built.
The history of the railway, the people and goods they carry, and the places they stop, are as fascinating as the remarkable landscapes through which they travel.
BriteSpark Films’ Director of Programmes, Tom Porter, says: “We are thrilled with the critical and ratings success of series one and delighted to be making more of these beautiful hours of TV escapism.’’
Channel 5’s Daniel Pearl says: “The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys was one of Channel 5’s hits of the autumn. Millions of viewers have enjoyed taking a trip with us through some of the most stunning scenery the world has to offer. We are all very much looking forward to two more seasons of adventure.”
The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys will be two series of 6 x 60’ executive produced by Tom Porter and series produced by Clare Fisher, distributed by TCB Media.
For further information contact: Cécile Quinney firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8995 3936
Notes to Editors
Launched in January 2013 as a joint venture and now owned by Argonon Group, BriteSpark Films has an international reputation for distinctive and innovative film-making. BriteSpark Films has an arm based in Chelmsford, BriteSpark East. Other recent commissions include Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords Series 6 and How to Stop Your Nuisance Calls for Channel 5, The Prince and the Paedophile, and Banged Up: Teens Behind Bars for Channel 4.
About Argonon Group
Founded in 2011 by CEO James Burstall, Argonon is an independent production group headquartered in London with offices in Manchester, Glasgow, New York and Vancouver. Argonon is led by a board of creatives and entrepreneurs with James Burstall (CEO), Laura Bessell (COO), David Dugan (Chairman, Windfall Films). The group consists of 12 companies producing multi award-winning programming for a wide range of major broadcasters in the UK, the USA and Canada, and specialises in factual, factual entertainment, entertainment, drama, arts, comedy and children’s programming. Argonon has won Emmys, BAFTAs, RTS Awards and many others – more than 60 in total and over 150 nominations. Argonon is made up of Leopard Pictures, Leopard USA, Remedy Productions, Windfall Films, BriteSpark Films, Transparent Television, Barefaced TV, Bandicoot and Like a Shot. Argonon also has its own successful rights and intellectual property distribution company with a catalogue of more than 2,000 hours of content – Argonon International. Argonon Group brings together exceptional creative and business talent from around the world and is committed to fostering a true spirit of independence and diversity both on and off-screen. In 2017 and 2016, the London Stock Exchange cited Argonon as one of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain. In 2016 Argonon was featured in the Sunday Times HSBC Fast Track 200.
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