The UK’s most talented woodworkers are to be put to the test in a new, six-part factual entertainment series from Plimsoll Productions.
Presented by Mel Giedroyc, Good With Wood sees a group of woodworkers challenged to craft beautiful and ambitious builds to exacting briefs. Over a series of competitive rounds taking place in a stunning woodland setting, they will have their skills tested to the limits.
Each episode centres around a ‘Big Build’ in which the contestants will create large and imaginative wooden structures and objects, as expert judges scrutinise their designs, techniques and skills. The competitors will be pushed to their limits, with only crowned as winner in the ultimate whittle whittle.
Mel Giedroyc said: “In the words of Ian Faith, the manager of Spinal Tap, ‘... in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful.’ I would add to that by saying that in the topsy-turvy world of 2020 IN GENERAL, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is pretty much ESSENTIAL. So, if you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise. Good With Wood is going to be something we can all lean on. I can’t wait to make like Edward Woodward and get WOODSWARD.”
Karen Plumb, head of factual entertainment, Plimsoll Productions, said: “In a throwaway world, more and more people are turning to woodwork to connect them to nature and their creativity. We’re delighted to be making this escapist and ambitious competition for Channel 4.”
Daniel Fromm, commissioning editor, Channel 4 Popular Factual, said: “Joyous, insightful and entertaining, this series is feel-good Fact Ent and an antidote to our times, as it celebrates the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistry of the country's finest woodworkers."
Good With Wood is produced by Plimsoll Productions, from their Cardiff office, and the executive producers are Grant Mansfield and Karen Plumb. It was commissioned for Channel 4 by Bristol-based Daniel Fromm through the Factual Entertainment department. The series will be distributed worldwide by Magnify Media.
ABOUT PLIMSOLL PRODUCTIONS:
Headquartered in Bristol, Plimsoll is one of the largest independent television production companies in the UK. Its BAFTA, EMMY and Academy Award-winning team specialize in wildlife, documentary, live and factual entertainment shows and it is a global leader in natural history programs. Since the business was founded in 2013, Plimsoll has grown rapidly, with a total workforce of more than 400 across its offices in Los Angeles, Bristol and Cardiff. It is behind more than 50 series, 14 live shows and seven films including the Emmy nominated Hostile Planet with Bear Grylls (National Geographic), Yellowstone Live (National Geographic), Night on Earth (Netflix), Rescue Dog to Super Dog (Channel 4), Britain’s Parking Hell (Channel 5), Life at the Extreme (ITV), and Sit Baby Sit (Channel 4). The company distributes to more than 50 countries worldwide through Magnify Media, a company it took a significant stake in three years ago. Today its content is broadcast across more than 70 international territories. In 2019, Plimsoll formed a partnership with Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), a deal valuing the company at over $100 million.