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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.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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