Unscripted

Channel 5 commissions new series from Barcroft and Naked Entertainment

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned indie factual content producer and distributor Barcroft Productions to produce three films for its ‘Extraordinary People’ strand. The (3×60) films include World’s Heaviest Child, The ...
May 23, 2017

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned indie factual content producer and distributor Barcroft Productions to produce three films for its ‘Extraordinary People’ strand.

The (3×60) films include World’s Heaviest Child, The Solar Boys (w/t) and The Butterfly Boys (w/t) which all feature stories of young people battling extraordinary medical anomalies.

The first film, World’s Heaviest Child (pictured), follows 11-year-old Arya Permana from Indonesia who is nearly three times the weight of an average man. His status as the world’s heaviest child has brought him fame and financial benefits. However, Permana’s weight reached a critical point last year when he became housebound.

The film follows Permana’s journey through treatment with his doctors and weight control specialist Dr. Grace Judio and ultimately, surgery, as he becomes the youngest ever patient to undergo a gastric sleeve operation.

Guy Davies commissioned the films for C5. The three films are produced by Barcroft Productions with Sam Barcroft, Peter Wyles and Jude Parker serving as EP’s for the company.

The broadcaster has also commissioned prodco Naked Entertainment to produce the new factual entertainment series Secret Admirer (w/t).

In each episode of this new series, a group of people from different ages and backgrounds confess their love to people they’ve secretly admired for months, years, and even decades.

Secret Admirer (w/t) is produced by Naked Entertainment — a partnership between producer Simon Andreae and multinational production and distribution group FremantleMedia — for C5. Executive producers are Andreae and Matthew Cox for Naked Entertainment and Sebastian Cardwell for Channel 5.

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