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BBC lines up sci-fi doc strand for iPlayer

The UK pubcaster is readying a three-part doc strand on science fiction that will be exclusive to its VoD service, the iPlayer. (Pictured, L-R: hosts Barry Nugent and Dave Monteith)
November 3, 2014

UK pubcaster the BBC is readying a three-part doc series on science fiction that will be exclusive to its VoD service, the iPlayer.

The strand, entitled “My Life in Science Fiction,” will accompany the forthcoming four-part BBC2 series Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction, in which historian Dominic Sandbrook investigates how science fiction informs dreams and nightmares. A premiere date has not yet been set.

The iPlayer series – which will be released on the same day as Tomorrow’s Worlds - will feature the films Invasion of the FansDays of Fear and Wonder, and Stories from the Stars.

In Invasion of the Fans, which is hosted by Barry Nugent (pictured above, left) and Dave Monteith (right) of ‘The Geek Syndicate’ podcast, British fans reveal how the genre has changed their lives, while Days of Fear and Wonder will again feature the pair, this time setting off on a road trip to understand the impact of the British Film Institute’s country-wide celebration of science fiction.

Finally, in Stories from the Stars, English actor Mark Gatiss interviews some of the genre’s most high-profile characters, including Close Encounters‘ Richard Dreyfuss, Star Wars‘ Anthony Daniels and Alien’s Veronica Cartwright.

The commissioning editor for the iPlayer films is Tom Williams, while Andy Hall serves as producer, John Das and Ben Southwell are series producers, and Michael Poole is exec producing.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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