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Off the Fence lands first BBC1 doc commission

Anglo-Dutch producer-distributor Off the Fence has been commissioned to produce Britain's Broken Families, a one-off doc going behind the closed doors of troubled families, for UK pubcaster BBC1.
August 22, 2012

Anglo-Dutch producer-distributor Off the Fence has been commissioned to produce Britain’s Broken Families, a one-off doc going behind the closed doors of troubled families, for UK pubcaster BBC1.

The 50-minute special, set in the English town of Newcastle, follows the efforts of the Family Intervention Project (FIP) staff, who work with families with years of ingrained criminality, aggression, abuse and other antisocial problems.

The staff help address drug and alcohol problems, truancy, domestic violence and criminal behavior. The doc is Off the Fence’s first UK commission.

Britain’s Broken Families is a compelling film that looks in-depth at the work of the FIP in Newcastle,” said Allison Bean, managing director at Off the Fence Productions. “Using the Intervention officers as our way in, we will see both sides of the project – the families in crisis and the inspirational individuals who are trying to help them.”

Britain’s Broken Families is produced and directed by Martin Hicks. and is executive produced by Rob Maciver for Off the Fence and Maxine Watson for the BBC.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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