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Ross Kemp signs exclusive two-year deal with Sky1

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Ross Kemp has signed a two-year golden handcuffs deal with Sky1 to produce two new factual series.

Under the exclusive deal with Sky1, Kemp will front two factual series between July 2009 and July 2011.

Although he is most famous for his role as Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, Kemp's TV career has been reinvigorated since he turned to documentary film-making for Sky1. Ross Kemp on Gangs, his first Sky1 project broadcast in 2006, picked up a Bafta for best factual series.

Kemp followed this with two documentary series in which he and his team were embedded with British forces in Afghanistan, at considerable personal risk. Most recently Sky1 broadcast Ross Kemp in Search of Pirates.

"I'm fortunate to have had a great working relationship with the channel over the last few years and I look forward to this continuing for the next two," he said.

Stuart Murphy, Sky1's director of programmes, added: "In an era of often bland and stuffy current affairs reporting, Ross brings colour, passion and insight, and opens the stories first to millions of viewers."

Celia Taylor, Sky1 factual and features commissioning editor, will be executive producer on Kemp's upcoming series. Both shows will be filmed in high definition and broadcast on Sky1 HD.



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