British pay-TV network BSkyB has unveiled its fall slate of original programming for entertainment channel Sky 1 HD.
The commissions, which include factual and factual entertainment programs, are part of Sky’s intent to increase investment in original British programming by 50% over the next three years across its portfolio of channels.
Factual entertainment commissions include the strand ‘Winners’ (6 x 60-minutes), a series of documentaries about perfectionists in various professions, including cheerleaders, show-jumpers and brass bands. Films set to air during the strand are A Cut Above (Storyvault Films), Blown Away (Crocodile Media) and Icing On The Cake (Superhero TV), Show Ponies (Smoking Pony), and Cheerleaders (Sharp Jack Media), along with one more to be announced.
Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew (9 x 60-minutes) follows the titular street dancer as she attempts to transform average folk into a polished dance troupe. It’s produced by Princess Productions and executive produced by Kelly Webb-Lamb and Sky’s Sadia Butt.
In the factual realm, Sky 1 HD will air the one-hour documentary Ross Kemp: Invisible Wounded, about military veterans that suffer from mental illness and addiction. It was commissioned by head of factual Celia Taylor at Sky and is executive produced by Matt Bennett at Freshwater Films.
Meanwhile, Dai4films’ observational documentary series Brize Norton (8 x 60-minutes) embeds viewers in the Royal Air Force base, which is the size of a small city and includes a hotel, fire station, sports club, medical center and nightclub, among other amenities. It was commissioned by Siobhan Mulholland, commissioning editor, factual and will be executive produced by Neil Davies of Dai4films and Mulholland.
Finally, entertainment commissions include the Magnum Media Productions-produced trivia challenge show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (1 x 60-minutes), in which four celebrity contestants must use any means necessary to prove the veracity of a quirky fact. The series is executive produced by Andy Auerbach and Dean Nabarro for Magnum Mediaand Phil-Edgar Jones and Antonia Hurford-Jones for Sky.
Produced by Hat Trick Productions, Help Me I’m Human (1 x 60-minutes, pilot) is a comedy chat show that employs celebrity guests, hidden cameras and the home audience to put cringe-worthy social dilemmas to the test. The pilot will be executive produced by Richard Wilson for Hat Trick and Sky’s Edgar-Jones and Sky’s Hurford-Jones.
You and Whose Army (1 x 60-minutes, pilot) pits celebrities and their friends and family against one an other in a series of mental and physical challenges. It’s executive produced by exec produced by Ruth Phillips, Peter Holmes and Richard Osman for Zeppotron Productions and Sky’s Edgar-Jones and Hurford-Jones for Sky.
The slate follows the news that Sky 1′s sister channel Sky Atlantic is to launch a new documentary strand, ‘Footprints,’ with the commission of a Nick Broomfield doc and the acquisition of Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.