Savile Investigator Deal

Williams Thomas' experience "was the driving force behind our Jimmy Savile Exposure," says Shiver boss Alex Gardiner.

Mark Williams Thomas to work exclusively with Shiver on undercover investigations. First to air later in 2013.

Mark Williams-Thomas, the criminologist and investigative journalist who worked closely on ITV’s Jimmy Savile Exposure film, has struck an exclusive deal with Shiver, the factual division of ITV Studios.

Williams-Thomas will work on undercover investigations for the channel, the first of which will air later this year.

Shiver director Alex Gardiner described him as “one of the most respected experts in his field and his vast experience in a wide range of high profile investigations was the driving force behind our Jimmy Savile Exposure. This programme deal illustrates the breadth of factual content that Shiver is producing and the array of talent we’re working with from our bases in London, MediaCity and Leeds.”

Williams-Thomas said: “I firmly believe the media has a vital role through investigative journalism in exposing issues that affect the public and I am delighted to be working with ITV and Shiver on an exclusive basis. I will continue to concentrate on exposing some of the most shocking criminal activity both in the UK and overseas as well as hunting people down.”

In other exciting news, Shiver has also won several commissions from ITV network, including 30x 60-minute daytime series, Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover. The series will refresh the 60 Minute Makeover format and will see him leading a team of designers and workmen to refresh people’s homes.

Katy Thorogood commissioned the series which will be executive produced by Amanda Stavri.

The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song, a 90-minute primetime special celebrating Elvis Presley will also be produced by Shiver. It will tell the story of 20 “greatest” Elvis songs in consultation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, based on record sales, cultural impact and their significance in Elvis’ career. The favourite song will be voted for by a panel of ITV viewers.

Shiver creative director Mark Robinson will executive produce with John Piper as producer. ITV factual commissioning editor Diana Howie ordered the programme.