BBC2 orders “Vogue” docuseries from Lightbox

The UK pubcaster has ordered a two-part ob-doc on fashion institution British Vogue from LA- and London-based indie Lightbox. (Pictured: Lightbox co-founders Simon and Jonathan Chinn)
August 20, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC2 has ordered a two-part observational documentary on fashion institution British Vogue from LA- and London-based indie Lightbox.

The two-parter will examine the fashion magazine’s role and influence in the UK as well as its centenary celebrations in 2016. The documentary will be filmed at some of the world’s most important fashion shows, providing backstage access to photographers, models, and editors.

Directed by Richard Macer, in association with his Platform Productions shop, the series will be exec produced by Katie Buchanan. It was commissioned by Maxine Watson, BBC’s acting head of documentary commissioning.

UK-based finance specialist Drive is providing oversight on pre-sales and copros for the series, which is scheduled to air in 2016.

“There will be big characters, compelling storylines and plenty of glamour, but we also want to explore some important questions about the role fashion plays today in Britain and the world beyond,” said Simon Chinn, co-founder of Lightbox, in a statement.

Lightbox was formed in late 2013 by Chinn (pictured, left) – the Oscar-winning producer of Man on Wire and Searching for Sugarman – and his cousin Jonathan Chinn (right).

Elsewhere, BBC1 has set a September 6 air date for the documentary The Queen’s Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria, which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II as the longest reigning monarch.

Produced and directed by The Diamond Queen’s Sally Norris, the documentary marks Queen Elizabeth surpassing the reign of her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria – who was seated on the throne for 63 years and seven months – on September 9.

Presented by British journalist Sophie Raworth, the film is to examine the similarities and differences of both rulers, and question the nature of sovereignty, longevity and stability during periods of momentous social change. It is to include interviews and commentary from such dignitaries as Sir Roy Strong, Lord Julian Fellowes and Lord Professor Peter Hennessy.

The Queen’s Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria was commissioned by Martin Davidson, head of specialist factual, for Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC One. The film is to premiere September 6 on BBC1.

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