Congrats to Channel 4 winning live coverage of Richard III reinterment

Good to hear Channel 4 has beaten the BBC to provide live coverage of the King Richard III reinterment on Thursday 26 March (see RT piece ‘BBC left scratching its head after C4 snaps up Richard III burial show’ for more).

It was of course in pole position after its documentaries on finding the ‘king under a car park’ in Leicester.

So in case it’s of interest below is their initial response (26 August 2012 email reply) to a group effort I took part in to try to persuade the broadcaster to cover the royal archaeological exploration:

Dear Stuart,

Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries.

Unfortunately, we do not have any plans to make a documentary based on a search for Richard III’s remains; however, please be assured that your comments have been passed on to our Commissioning Department so that they are aware of the interest this would receive.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us here at Channel 4 and for your interest in our programming.


Grace Dawson

Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries


Surprisingly inspiring town of Leamington Spa

Thanks to Powershift (motto: “data science is the new rocket science”) I recently visited Leamington Spa to present a few simple growth hacking ideas.

In the process of wandering around waiting for our meeting, I picked up two curious historical facts about WWII, which was unexpected as I associated the town’s history around the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths:

  • The blast from a bomb dropped by the German Luffwaffe moved the statue to Queen Victoria in the centre of town by one inch, but failed to destroy it.
  • The HQ for the Camouflage Unit was based in RLS during WWII, and employed many artists, including Christopher Ironside, who later designed the decimal coinage.

I also stumbled across a large Polish Club down one of the backstreets of the town. However, I missed the fact that the Free Czechoslovak Army, which was based there during the war.

If I get the chance to travel to Leamington again I’ll be sure to visit the memorial in Jephson Gardens, and do a little more ‘growth hacking’, history-geek-style.

While I was ‘killing time’ I also popped into see the film ‘Lucy’, directed by Luc Besson, at Leamington’s Vue Cinema, but had to leave at a critical point to make our meeting!

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