RDF Television West announces fresh commissions, renewals

Bristol-based RDF Television West will be serving up new commissions Bush Pilots and The World's Richest Songs as well as recommissions for various series including Secret Dealers (pictured).
May 3, 2012

Bristol-based RDF Television West will be serving up new commissions Bush Pilots and The World’s Richest Songs as well as recommissions for various series including Secret Dealers (pictured).

New commissions include BBC4′s The World’s Richest Songs, a 90-minute documentary presented by Mark Radcliffe. The one-off will list the songs which have earned the most amount of money for their composers, revealed for the first time, and tells the stories behind the music.

“This is an exciting, clever, entertaining and informative way of dealing with the changing face of music copyright in recent years, and Mark Radcliffe is the perfect person to present and analyze the statistics available to us,” said  Nick Shearman, the commissioning executive for the BBC.

UKTV’s Dave channel commissioned the Zodiak Media company to produce Bush Pilots, a 10 x one-hour documentary series, which follows young pilots working in Botswana in Africa.

Series being recommissioned include Emergency Bikers, returning for a fourth 12 x one-hour series with Channel 5 and Watch, and a 4 x 60-minute run of Ultimate Emergency Bikers for Channel 5, due to air later this spring.

History UK has ordered a second 12 x one-hour run of salvage dealer documentary series Seeking Salvage. The series, airing in the fall, focuses on deal making, restoring and preserving history.

Secret Dealers has been commissioned for a third 30 x one-hour series for ITV1. The format has been updated to have the dealers become the stars of the show, placing their secret bids against each other and competing in bidding wars.

Lastly, Dickinson’s Real Deal has been commissioned for a ninth series of 90 x 60-minute episodes for ITV1. The ninth series will feature the 600th episode.

“It’s obviously very good news to have so much in production and to be working with so many existing and new clients and we hope to keep expanding the business this year,” said Mark Hill, head of programs for RDF Television West.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.