ITV has commissioned Little Gem to produce a 1 x 60 documentary, ‘People vs Post Office: The Real Story’ (w/t) that will accompany the four-part drama Little Gem is co-producing with ITV Studios to be broadcast next year.
The film has exclusive access to Alan Bates, the man who has campaigned tirelessly for nearly twenty years to expose a scandal that is now described as the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British legal history. Alan’s deal was negotiated by Luke Speed of the Curtis Brown Group.
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ITV has commissioned a companion doc for its upcoming drama: People vs Post Office.
The hour-long single will be produced by Little Gem, which is co-producing the drama with Patrick Spence at ITV Studios.
The film People vs Post Office: The Real Story (w/t) has exclusive access to Alan Bates, who campaigned for almost twenty years to expose the scandal now described as the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British legal history.
Over 14 years, Post Office accused hundreds of sub-postmasters of theft, with some going to prison and others losing their livelihoods. Bates refused to believe the accounting errors were his and began a campaign uniting hundreds of other affected sub-postmasters.
Natasha Bondy and Ben Gale serve as exec producers for Little Gem. The deal with Bates was negotiated by Luke Speed from the Curtis Brown Group.
The documentary was ordered by ITV’s controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis and head of factual entertainment Sue Murphy.
“Giving voice to the people who sacrificed so much to campaign for justice and expose a scandal at the heart of one of the UK’s most familiar institutions, this film promises to be an eye-opening, insightful and compelling companion piece to the new ITV drama,” Clinton-Davis said.
ITV has previously aired documentaries following true crime series, including Des accompaniment The Real ‘Des’: The Dennis Nilsen Story, which informed 3.1m (19%) in September 2020, consolidating to 5.3m (24.7%) after 28 days, and The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Gameshow Killer which engrossed 3.5m (18.2%) in January 2021 before reaching 6m (21.9%).
Yesterday, ITV aired the hour-long companion to breakout drama The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, which entertained 3m (20%) at 9pm.
The four-part drama, People Vs Post Office is due to air next year.