C4 explores modern-day adoption
Although adoption numbers are on the rise in the UK, there are still over 3,000 children waiting to find a family.
These children are often older, part of a sibling group or have additional needs. The new series, Finding Mum and Dad (w/t), will explore the journeys of these children.
Each episode will also follow potential parents as they meet and try to match with children at an adoption activity day or party — a way of bringing families together now used by adoption organizations across the UK.
The 3×60′ series will be made by UK-based indie Ricochet, who are working with Coram, an umbrella adoption organization that runs activity days across the UK for children and prospective parents to meet.
Finding Mum and Dad was commissioned by Channel 4 Factual Entertainment commissioning editor Lucy Leveugle. The series will be produced by Ricochet with executive producers Joanna Ball and Nina Davies and series producers Mark Henderson and Alex Kohler.
Channel 4 heads down The Garden Path with Dee Hart Dyke
Mother-daughter team Miranda Hart and Dee Hart Dyke have teamed up for a new series that explores the wonders of gardening.
While Dee is one of Britain’s best amateur gardeners, her daughter, well-known British actress and comedian Miranda is lacking a green thumb.
In this 3 x 60′ series, Dee will help those trying to open their gardens for the first time, visit some of the most eclectic on offer, and drop into some celebrity gardens. Miranda will be narrating her mother’s journey.
Down The Garden Path With Dee Hart Dyke (wt) was commissioned by Chanel 4′s Head of Features Gill Wilson. It will be made by King Bert Productions with series producer Kaye Godleman and executive producer Jo Sargent.
“American Epic Sessions” comes to BBC and PBS
A new series exploring the pivotal recording journeys of the 1920′s is slated to air on PBS and BBC.
American Epic Sessions is a feature-length film and three-part series about the birth of modern music. The documentary captures a rotating cast of music stars including Jack White, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes and Merle Haggard as they record using antique 1920s equipment.
Meanwhile, the related series looks back at nine artists who recorded on the first electrical sound recording systems that travelled across the U.S. between 1926 and 1931.
American Epic Sessions, narrated by Robert Redford, tells the story of how ordinary people in America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time. The remarkable lives of these musicians are revealed through new film footage and photographs, as well as exclusive interviews with music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses to the era.
The films are the result of a ten-year journey undertaken by director Bernard MacMahon and producers Allison McGourty and Duke Erikson, and audio engineer Nicholas Bergh that involved tracking down forgotten musicians, restoring the music that they recorded, and reassembling the technology that created it.
American Epic premieres on BBC’s art strand ‘Arena’, BBC4, and on PBS in the U.S. in May 2017.