Lumley and Quentin to front ITV1 shows   
Catherine Neilan
Broadcast    22 June 2012

Clive Tulloh’s new indie Burning Bright has secured two new celebrity-fronted commissions for ITV1.


Joanna Lumley’s Ark (w/t) is a single 90-minute documentary that will see the Absolutely Fabulous star travel across three continents to find the truth behind the origins of the story of the Flood.


She will investigate the existence of the Ark and whether its remains can be found, as well as questioning if there was a flood that covered the entire globe. Lumley will also look at the existence of the flood in other cultures, and the significance the legend has for mankind.


Men Behaving Badly actress Caroline Quentin also returns to the channel to investigate secrets closer to home.


Caroline Quentin’s National Parks (w/t) is a 3 x 60-minute series that explores the natural beauty of parks in England (the New Forest), Scotland (Loch Lomond) and Wales (Snowdonia).


Both series have been commissioned for ITV1 by Jo Clinton-Davis, controller of popular factual and Alison Sharman, director of factual and daytime.


Joanna Lumley’s Ark will be produced and directed by Matt Bennett and executive produced by Tulloh.


Clinton-Davies said: “Noah’s Ark is one of the world’s most famous and easy to grasp stories on one level, but it sits on a bedrock of fascinating subject areas from anthropology to religion and geography to archaeology, all bound together with a sense of mystery which Joanna Lumley is passionate to unravel.”


Caroline Quentin’s National Parks will be series produced and directed by Sam Grace, and executive produced by Nicky Taylor and Tulloh.


Tulloh said “Burning Bright is delighted to win its first ITV commissions with Joanna and Caroline; two great authors that the audiences love.”


Sharman and Diana Howie have also commissioned a second 10-part series of Cornwall with Caroline Quentin, produced by Twofour.


Series two will see Quentin delve further into the Cornish county, exploring tales of community spirit and personal endeavour, past and present.