Terrific TV for Tiny Towns

A Division of i2i TV
i2i programmes are quaity productions.
The teams creating and developing them are experienced professionals with a complete understanding of the type of viewer they need to satisy.

Presented by veteran broadcaster Keith Hayes, the first series of 8 programmes tells the story of a typical English High Street over the centuries.
Except that the High Street of Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex is far from typical   
With wry humour Hayes picks out key events and moments in history to take the viewer through a time tunnel from Saxon times to the modern day, demonstrating the blood and bravura that took place
on Lewes High street and locations close by.
The high street castle that was raised by the Normans, it's tilting ground turned to a bowls club, it's mighty Priory sacked by Henry V111, it's bonfire celebrations, burnings at the stake, it's time as a mighty port are all documented as the townsfolk are ravaged by leprosy and the Black Death. It's flourishing modern brewery producing beer for 250 years and it's halcyon days of 63 pubs and 16 breweries serving a population of just 12000.
With his jaunty array of hats, Hayes steers the viewer through the places and people who have made this town such a fascinating and historical adventure,
Life on the River Ouse over the ages, the coming of
the railway, Tom Paine kickstarting the American Revolution, the Prince Regent risking his neck for a
bet, Buffalo Bill’s Cowboys and big top elephants trundling along the street are all captured in this snapshot look at history through the vitality of a
small town’s Main Street. Not forgetting the impact
the Russians have made on this tiny town from the
first sales of Russian Ale from Harvey’s Brewery to the Russian Ambassador visiting the monument to dead Russian sailors in a town graveyard.
This Programme was shown in May and received excellent reviews. It is available for sale or sponsorship as are two further series of 8 half hour programmes.
Programmes in Development
Food Fit for a King

There was a huge number (estimates 10000) journalists in London for the Royal Wedding. This gives rise to an idea for a spin off on Royal Food'. An American chef cooks food that Royals eat. This could be either present day food or what Royals have eaten across the ages and across a variety of countries.
While gaining access to Buckingham Palace to cook might be a bit of a problem (but who knows?) there are still working kitchens in a whole variety of castles and palaces where kitchens have been maintained and in the original conditions (The Royal Pavilion in Brighton is one such).  The upsurge in interest in Royalty could make a series such as this a real hit.
In 1817 in Brighton Pavilion, Antonin Carême made eight confectionery centerpieces for a banquet honouring the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. The menu also included thirty-six main dishes and thirty-two side dishes. It's not difficult to imagine the kitchen as it then was: a working kitchen full of life; chefs and kitchen hands springing into action as Carême barked out his orders. Careme also cooked for the Rothschild family

What's In a Name


What's In A Name is a six part half hour TV documentary series. The programme brings back together two dynamic presenters who worked for a ten year period on trans Atlantic programmes.
Melissa Conti, PBS, APTV and Keith Hayes, BBC , PBS, Reuters TV compare the link between American Towns and their counterparts in the UK. They investigate the reason the communities,bear the same name, how they’ve developed and what they are known for today.
For example, Lewes Delaware is named through a link with Lord de LaWare who won the land in a card game with King Charles Lewes Delaware describes itself as the first town of the first state, referring to the community’s status at the time of Independence. Lewes UK was where revolutionary Tom Paine lived and worked and formulated his ideas of a just state, which triggered the American Revolution. He formulated his ideas for a just society in the town’s White Hart Hotel, which is now known as the cradle of American independence. There are many other colourful facts and figures which show both these towns to be lovely, charming, and full of a history that is common to both countries. The series follows other locations such as Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, and Hastings.
The programme is a romp through geography and history, with Melissa and Keith trying to best each other as they look across a mighty ocean to the settlements on each side of it which are joined together by the same name.
The firstof these programmes is scheduled for September
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” Benjamin Franklin

A food programme in which an American celebrity chef cooks a meal in UK Premises either lived in or visited by a famous historical American. The chef, with a co-presenter will cook a meal that would be representative of the time.
Example: Benjamin Franklin who lived in London 1757-1775. A meal is cooked at Franklin House in London where he resided or at The Cheshire Cheese tavern on Fleet Street, where he debated and conversed with other leading figures of the time.
The menu will be carefully researched but will be based on recorded food eaten in mid 18th Century London. The practice of eating meat pies cooked with spices and fruits continued well into the 18th Century. A sample of such pies were sweet beef pies, which contained layers of marrow above and below the meat, along with candied orange, raisins and brandy; other foods included Oleo, Pigeons, Sirloin of Beef roast, Venison, Chyne of Mutton, Turkey, Snipes, Ducks, Partridge, Artichoke, French Beans, potatoes, smoking hot and accompanied by melted butter of the ‘first’ quality, would be included in any dinner. In England during the 1700s tea was the national drink, while coffee was more popular in London than any other global location;
There would have been Pease-soup, made from dried peas, which would be simmered in stock or water with celery, onion, and seasoning; Peas were an integral part of the English diet during the eighteenth century; Syllabub made with cider or wine sweetened and flavoured with nutmeg, milk and then cream; Puddings were extremely popular. The chef/host would carefully select a representative meal and cook it.
A visual tour of Franklin House would be made by the co host while a short feature piece would explain what London of that period was like and what Benjamin Franklin was doing there.

This magazine programme was trialed on The Latest TV in autumn/winter 2016. It was extremely successful and is the basis for our network show SCENE IN SUSSEX 
The original programme was a series run of 13 weekly half hour episodes covering daiy life in a small town such as public and social events, food and wine, entertainment, crime, sport and music.
The new programme will follow the same format but will be a network looking at life in up to 12 communities from Chichester to Hastings, Seaford to Tunbridge Wells.
The first two programmes will open in Lewes and Eastbourne. starting this autumn.
This programme will be ideal for targeted advertising in each of these centres and will give both a focused messgae to the towns' customer base but also to people along the southern coastal strip who visit these places regularly.
Bloody Tales of a Tiny Town

With his jaunty array of outrageous hats, Presenter Keith Hayes steers the viewer through the places and people who have made Lewes and the villages around it such a fascinating, colourful yet bloody historical adventure …. Pausing along the way to test the delightful country pubs which litter the landscape