Nat Geo to co-produce Peter Kosminsky ISIS drama with Channel 4
UK pubcaster Channel 4 and National Geographic Channel are teaming to produce a four-part scripted drama about British men and women who decide to join ISIS in Raqqah, Syria. The as-yet-untitled show is being written and directed by Wolf Hall’s Peter Kosminsky based on research and first-hand accounts. It will premiere next year. Archery Pictures’ Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier are exec producing alongside NGC’s Carolyn G. Bernstein, the network’s exec VP and head of global scripted development and production. Piers Wenger and Beth Willis commissioned the series for C4.
European nets order “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Hotel Hell” formats
Kitchen Nightmares is headed to Portugal. TVI has picked up a three-episode local version of the reality culinary series from distributor All3Media International that will be produced by Shine Iberia and air later in the year. The format was originally produced by Optomen for the UK’s Channel 4 and aired in the U.S. on Fox. Spain’s La Sexta has also ordered a sixth season of Kitchen Nightmares featuring host Alberto Chicote (pictured) from Warner Brothers that will take the total number of episodes produced for Spain to more than 60.
Meanwhile, All3Media has sold One Potato Two Potato’s Hotel Hell to Discovery in Spain. The channel has picked up an eight-episode run to be produced by Shine Iberia. A local version of the hotel renovation series was recently picked up for a second season by Discovery in Italy.
BBC lines up doc about teenage classical music virtuoso Skeku Kanneh-Mason
BBC4 has ordered a documentary about 17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won this year’s BBC Young Musician competition. Young, Gifted and Classical (1 x 60 minutes, working title) will profile the musician and his six musically gifted brothers and sisters along with their parents. Due to air in November, the doc will also explore issues of diversity and access in the classical music world and is part of the network’s previously announced ‘British and Black’ season of factual programming exploring diversity. Outline Productions is producing with Bridget Boseley serving as executive producer.