360 Productions a UK production house for a docuseries titled “Hero in My Family” which explores how celebrities’ ancestors contributed to the war effort in WWII, was recently in Malta to shoot an episode, which was made possible with the assistance of the Malta Film Commission.
As the Second World War begins to recede from living memory, “Hero in My Family” a prime-time documentary factual series for Channel Five featuring twelve well-known people who are on a personal journey to trace their family’s involvement in WWII, uncovers the remarkable stories from this period through the acts of heroism and individual self-sacrifice of their own ancestors. The programme provides a great opportunity to gain a very personal insight into the dramatic, epic story of World War Two.
The Malta episode shot in Valletta at a number of locations including the Upper and Lower Barraka, the Casino Maltese, and the Grand Hotel Excelsior follows the story of TV personality, Angela Rippon who reveals how her father John Rippon was a Royal Marine who served on board HMS Rodney and on HMS Newfoundland. John Rippon was also present during the sinking of the Bismarck, the Malta Convoys and saw action in the Pacific as part of the British Pacific Fleet, followed by attendance at the surrender of Japan in September 1945. John Rippon passed away on Tuesday May 6th 2003. The episode also highlights the Malta Convoys story and bears in mind the 70th anniversary of Operation Pedestal coming up this August.
Angela Rippon is an award-winning journalist and familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for over 40 years. She trained as a journalist in her home town of Plymouth, and has worked for both BBC Plymouth and the ITV station Westward Television before joining BBC National News in 1973. She has presented a wide variety of programmes from hard news and current affairs, to quiz shows and magazine programmes for both BBC and Commercial radio and television. Titles include Come Dancing; Top Gear, the Antiques Roadshow, Masterteam, Crufts Championship and The Holiday Programme. She currently presents BBC's Rip-Off Britain and Cash in the Attic and is a regular reporter for The One Show on BBC1 reporting from various locations across the UK.
360 Production was founded by John Farren in partnership with Impossible Pictures in November 2008. Based in Derry, Northern Ireland, its clients include BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC Worldwide, National Geographic Channel US and International, the Discovery Channel and the Open University. 360 Production forms part of the Impossible Pictures group of companies. Impossible Pictures is a multi-award winning independent television production company based in the UK and led by Tim Haines, best known as the creator of the ground-breaking WALKING WITH DINOSAURS and the co-creator of the hugely popular PRIMEVAL series. Impossible Pictures recently completed production on SINBAD a 12-hour drama series for Sky1 and BBC Worldwide. From its factual stable, the company recently produced the critically acclaimed series WORLD WAR II: THE LAST HEROES.