BBC2, France 5 order “Battle for the Cell”

The one-hour doc, from the UK's Wide-Eyed Entertainment, will recount the latest advances in molecular biology in the form of a "thrilling yet scientifically accurate cinematic adventure."
July 19, 2012

BBC2 and France 5 have commissioned London-based Wide-Eyed Entertainment (WEE) to produce one-off doc Battle for the Cell.

The hour-long program will recount the latest human cellular discoveries in the context of  viruses invading a cell. Producers promise to take a unique visual approach the material to create “a thrilling yet scientifically accurate cinematic adventure.”

David McNab, WEE’s creative director, said the indie was hoping “to define a new approach to science programming with this unique film,” adding: “It brings to life the oldest war in history, waged across the most alien universe imaginable – and its taking place inside every single one of us right now.”

Cassian Harrison, BBC2′s commissioning executive producer, added: “The story of life within the cell is one that science is only just beginning to reveal, but is filled with as much drama, jeopardy and extraordinary ingenuity as any of the staples of conventional natural history.”

BBC Worldwide will be handling distribution rights for the project, which is executive produced by Harrison for BBC2 and McNab for WEE.

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