BBC lines up “Planners,” “Racing Legends”

UK public broadcaster the BBC has commissioned new shows for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3, including an ob-doc series following Council Planning Officers from across the UK.
May 24, 2012

UK public broadcaster the BBC has commissioned new shows for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3, including an ob-doc series following Council Planning Officers from across the UK.

The Planners (working title), is one of four commissions for the BBC’s in-house entertainment division.

The eight-part observational documentary series for BBC2 reveals the work of a number of Council Planning Officers. Shot over a six-month period, the series follows home owners, property developers and businesses as they navigate the planning process.

It was commissioned by Liam Keelan, BBC Daytime controller, and Pam Cavannagh, Daytime executive producer. It will be exec produced by David Williams and Kieron Collins.

Keelan said: “The Planners is a subject area that everyone has an interest in, particularly in these straitened times. Whether you’re doing it yourself or experiencing it on your own doorstep, I’m sure this series will be prove very popular with the BBC2 audience.”

Also for BBC2 is Racing Legends (3 x 60 minutes). The series follows three celebrity car enthusiasts as they re-trace the steps of great British racing legends, and will feature archive footage and interviews with family and friends of the drivers.

It was commissioned by Mirella Breda, executive editor of entertainment commissioning, and will be exec produced by Collins.

Elsewhere, Peter Jones Meets… (4 x 60-minutes) sees the titular Dragons Den judge interviewing some of the UK’s most successful and inspirational business giants, to find out how they grew their companies, the challenges they faced along the way, and work out what the anatomy of success looks like.

The show was commissioned by Breda and will be executive produced by Sam Lewens. Breda said: “As a hugely successful entrepreneur himself, Peter is ideally placed to ask the questions we want to hear.”

The broadcaster has also commissioned a third series of Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands (7 x 60 minutes), which airs on BBC3.

Finally, flagship channel BBC1 is bringing back iconic presenter Anneka Rice (Challenge Anneka) for a series which sets out to transform neglected outdoor plots of land into “life-changing spaces” for a variety of communities across Britain.

The Flower Pot Gang will see Rice joined by fellow celebs Phil Tufnell (Strictly Come Dancing) and Joe Swift (Gardeners’ World) as they take on challenges including developing a joint inspirational space for two specialist schools in Bristol, a care home in Sheffield and a carers’ center in Sunderland.

An air-date has yet to be set.

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