The independent jigsaw puzzle and board game company, Gibsons, is to play a starring role in this week’s episode of ITV’s Made in Britain, a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the country’s most iconic brands are made.
Having been approached by the production company, Daisybeck Studios last autumn, the TV segment will follow the creation of Trevor Mitchell’s 4×500 piece puzzle, The Florist’s Round, as it showcases the British puzzle brand that still manufactures its products here in the UK today.
Made in Britain will visit the artist Trevor Mitchell, who has been creating artwork for Gibsons for 15 years and is now well known for painting the firm’s popular 4×500 piece puzzles, before sitting down with Gibsons’ managing director, Kate Gibson and operations director, Geoff Lee, who is responsible for ensuring the puzzle images are busy and colourful enough to piece together.
The ITV show will then visit the factories where the puzzles are produced in a thorough process including cutting the images to size, mounting the artwork to the board, cutting it up and scrambling the puzzle pieces. It will showcase the operation as the pieces then get vacuumed sealed into a bag and placed into their boxes for delivery.
Samantha Goodburn, marketing and PR manager at Gibsons, said: “We are so excited to be a part of Made in Britain. As a British company that was founded over 100 years ago, manufacturing in Britain and supporting the British high street is a core part of our company ethos and we feel honoured to share our story.
“The filming crew were really professional despite the COVID-19 precautions, and we are so pleased with the result.”
Episode 10 of Made in Britain airs at 8pm on ITV4.