ITV has ordered Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure, a new two-part documentary from Viacom International Studios UK. This marks the first third party commission for VIS, who up until now have only produced content for Viacom’s UK channels.
Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure follows McDonald as he travels in elegant style from Mumbai to Delhi on board one of the world’s most breathtakingly luxurious trains. From Maharaja to young entrepreneur, he disembarks 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.
The two-parter was commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Factual Jo Clinton-Davis and ITV’s Head of Factual Entertainment Sue Murphy. Viacom International Studios UK’s Director of Factual Jeff Anderson and Creative Director Ed Taylor will serve as executive producers. John Holdsworth is attached to direct. Viacom International Studios will handle global sales. The commission comes as VIS looks to expand production output for its own network of international channels, as well as third party broadcasters and VOD platforms
“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”, ITV’s Controller of Factual Jo Clinton-Davis said in a statement.
While executive producer Ed 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.”