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Cineflix UK preps “Pet School,” “Claimers”

Cineflix Productions UK has won two commissions from British pubcaster the BBC, for a series looking at pets, and a daytime observational series exposing fraudsters.
May 31, 2012

Cineflix Productions UK has won two commissions from British pubcaster the BBC, for a series looking at pets, and a daytime observational series exposing fraudsters.

Pet School (10 x 30-minutes) is a format which sees eight children who are desperate to own a pet face up to the daily reality of caring for an animal.

At the end of the CBBC series, and in the run up to the festive season, the children will have to decide whether they still want a pet, and find out whether their parents think they are capable and committed enough to have an animal.

The series is part of a BBC season on pet ownership, and will link up with other programs including Blue Peter, Newsround, Dick and Com Go Wild, BBC Breakfast and The One Show, as well as content on BBC Online.

Meanwhile, BBC1 series Claimers (10 x 30-minutes) is a documentary series that uses secretly filmed footage, observational footage and interviews with dedicated teams of inspectors and the police to tell the stories of some of the most outrageous scams in the UK.

The executive producers for both series are Camilla Lewis and Nick Cory-Wright, with Suzy Davis series producing Claimers. Claimers was commissioned by Liam Keelan, BBC Daytime controller and Gerry Melling, Daytime commissioning exec producer.

Pet School was commissioned by CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh and exec produced for the BBC by Kez Margrie, CBBC executive producer for independents.

Camilla Lewis, MD of Cineflix Productions UK, said: “CBBC have given us a fantastic opportunity to explore the perennial problem all parents and kids face about getting a pet:  will kids really be ready to take on the full commitment of pet ownership or do they just like the fantasy?

“As with Cineflix’s recent commissions for the Channel 4 Goes Mad season, Pet School and Claimers take on serious and important subjects and find new and entertaining ways to engage the widest audience.”

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