Actor Robson Green is to front two new ITV factual series on the north of England, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal. The Soldier Soldier star will return to his northern roots to guide viewers through his home county in Robson Green's Northumberland - an eight-part series which will see the 48-year-old immersing himself in various activities, including stargazing, visiting Holy Island and Hadrian's Wall and camping wild in Britain's most remote spot.
Green, whose father was a fourth generation miner in the pits of Dudley, will also head up Robson Green: How the North Was Built - a two-part documentary set to air in July telling the story of how industry shaped the country, from his native north-east across to Lancashire in the west. The presenter will look at the impact of the major heavy industries of coal mining, cotton, steel and ship-building before looking at the new culture that has sprung up around industrial life, from working men's clubs, pubs and music to sport, education and politics.
Speaking of the new commissions, ITV's controller of factual, Jo Clinton-Davis, said, "Both projects offer an enriching approach to Britain's Northern heritage and Robson Green's passion for and authentic experience of both subjects makes him the perfect person to mine this rich seam of our history, culture and landscape."