BBC Worldwide has made its first original commissions for global-facing channel BBC Brit.
The factual entertainment series Stupid Man Smart Phone and MotorHeads are both headed to the channel, which launched earlier this year and is now available as a linear channel in Poland, the Nordics and South Africa.
Stupid Man Smart Phone - a co-commission with BBC3 – is to debut on the channel in 2016. The 6 x 60-minute series sees comedian Russell Kane (pictured) undertake a series of survival challenges around the world with the help of various digital stars. Together, the team can use only their smartphones to access the help of its global audience.
Stupid Man was coproduced by Kalel Productions and Objective Productions, and the series will be exec produced by BBC Brit commissioner Hannah Demidowicz, BBC entertainment commissioner Ed Sleeman and Kalel CEO Nick Parnes. The program will launch on BBC Brit early next year.
Meanwhile, MotorHeads sees the return of Mud, Sweat & Gears duo Tom Ford and Jonny Smith as they search the web for its funniest auto-focused videos.
Produced by October Films for BBC Brit, the 10 x 60-minute series will be exec produced by Demidowicz for BBC Brit, along with October Films executive producers Gareth Cornick and Denman Rooke. A release date for the series has not yet been announced.