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BBC orders three primetime series from Outline

UK pubcasters BBC1 and BBC2 have commissioned three primetime lifestyle series covering driving, food and gardening from London-based indie Outline Productions. (Pictured: chef Tom Kerridge)
May 20, 2014

UK pubcasters BBC1 and BBC2 have commissioned three primetime lifestyle series covering driving, food and gardening from London-based indie Outline Productions.

The BBC1 commission is 1 x 60-minute driving special entitled So You Think You Can Drive? (working title), which sees hosts Dom Littlewood and Cherry Healey correcting the abysmal driving habits of two British motorists.

For BBC2, Outline will follow the success of Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food with a 6 x 30-minute series entitled Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes, in which the double Michelin-starred chef (pictured above) creates the best versions of British specialties.

The prodco has also been recommissioned by BBC2 for a second season of 10 x 60-minute series Great British Garden Revival, in which a cast of British gardeners shows off their gardening styles as they nurture different groups of plants and flowers.

“These commissions demonstrate our ability to create new programming which delivers ratings successes and can be developed and extended into new areas for broadcasters and viewers,” said Laura Mansfield, MD of Outline Productions, in a statement.

Mandy Thomson is series producer of So You Think You Can Drive?, which is being co-exec produced for Outline by creative director Helen Veale and director of programs Bridget Boseley. Tom Edwards is exec producing for the BBC.

Meanwhile, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes is series directed by Sarah Myland, and series producers are Tanya Gottlieb and Sally Wingate. Great British Garden Revival is series edited by Gary Broadhurst. Both series are exec produced by Bridget Boseley for Outline and BBC commissioning editor Lindsay Bradbury. They were commissioned by Bradbury and BBC commissioning editor of factual and formats, Alison Kirkham.

All three series are being distributed internationally by Hat Trick International.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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