Edinburgh ’16: BBC unveils blue-chip series

The British pubcaster has greenlit a six-part series about the Serengeti and a one-off doc about stalking. (Pictured: BBC director of content Charlotte Moore)
August 24, 2016

BBC1 has greenlit a six-part, blue-chip wildlife series about the Serengeti as well as a documentary about stalking.

During the Edinburgh Television Festival, director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore (pictured) announced that Serengeti will weave together multiple story lines about warthogs, lions, mongooses, cheetahs and other animals living in an unspoiled corner of the Tanzanian national park.

Produced by XIX Entertainment and John Downer Productions (the prodco behind Dolphins: Spy in the Pod), the series is using specially created camera devices, including moving spy cameras, near-silent aerial devices and drone technology, to film the animals up close. The series will also use VR, 360-degree shooting.

John Downer and Simon Fuller are executive producing. Lucinda Axelsson is the commissioning editor for BBC and BBC Worldwide is handling international distribution.

The UK pubcaster has also ordered Stalkers from Wild Pictures, a 60-minute doc with exclusive access to Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service.

The program follows live unfolding cases that encompass abusive phone calls and attacks on a family home and explores why only one percent of stalking cases results in a criminal conviction.

“Stalking in Britain is significantly on the increase,” the network said in a statement. “It’s estimated that one in five women are stalked at some point in their life. Nearly 50% of the cases turn violent and many victims are forced to flee their homes and change jobs.”

Stalkers is being produced and directed by Kat English. Exec producers on the doc are Paul Hamann and Tom Anstiss.

About The Author
Jonathan Paul is a Toronto-based writer into creativity, content, advertising, tech, comics, video games, film, TV, time and space travel.