London-based sales house Passion Distribution has acquired a collection of docuseries and docs.
In the constructed docuseries Spies, (pictured) three former British Secret Intelligence Services operatives from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ put a diverse group of 14 men and women to the test to see if they have the skill and qualifications required for an invisible war against a host of hidden threats. The ex-spies judge who has the character, wit, and confidence needed to make it through to the end. Spies (4×30) aired in January 2017 on Channel 4 and is produced by Minnow Films and GroupM Entertainment.
In The Art of Japanese Life, (3 x 60) art historian Dr. James Fox takes audiences on a journey through the art and history of Japan’s culture. Fox travels the length of Japan, from the rugged north to the tropical south, and climbs mountains, visits temples, strolls through falling cherry blossom and cities. Along the way, Fox will learn the secrets of brush-painting, block-printing, bonsai-trimming and the Way of Tea. Accompanying The Art of Japanese Life is Handmade in Japan (3 x 30 or 1 x 60), celebrates Japan’s craft heritage with three films about the making of a Samurai sword, traditional pottery and distinctive Japanese lacquer ware. A BBC Studios production for BBC Four.
Docuseries Black is the New Black brings together a selection of influential figures drawn from the world of politics, business, culture, religion and science to face the camera to share their experiences of being black and British. Directed by Simon Frederick, contributors include Naomi Campbell, David Harewood, Thandie Newton, Malorie Blackman, Lenny Henry, Trevor McDonald, Reggie Yates, Baroness Patricia Scotland, John Sentamu – Archbishop of York, Ozwald Boateng, Alesha Dixon and Tinie Tempah amongst others. Black is the New Black (4 x 30) is a Pulse Films production for BBC Two.
And in The Trouble with Dad, the documentary explores the relationship between comedian and writer David Baddiel, his brother Ivor and their father Colin who suffers from a form of dementia called Pick’s Disease, which has stripped Colin of all his inhibitions and stolen his memories. The doc follows Baddiel and Ivor as they struggle with caring for someone with this rare and incurable form of dementia. The comedian has also created a one-man show partly about his father and his illness and through meeting audience members, keen to share their stories, the brothers come into contact with others caring for relatives with Picks Disease – and the sufferers themselves. The Trouble with Dad (1 x 60) is a Sundog Pictures production for Channel 4.
“We are thrilled to expand the network of producers we represent and build relationships with talented UK producers who are delivering stand-out content. It is a testament to Passion Distribution’s reputation in the marketplace and the result of the on-going success of our content acquisition strategy,” said Jimmy Humphrey, head of acquisitions at Passion Distribution, in a statement.