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BBC unveils documentary, unscripted slate

British pubcaster BBC has unveiled a host of new entertainment and documentary commissions from acclaimed and established directors and producers across its four channels. Projects will include BBC1′s singing competition pilot ...
June 12, 2017

British pubcaster BBC has unveiled a host of new entertainment and documentary commissions from acclaimed and established directors and producers across its four channels.

Projects will include BBC1′s singing competition pilot The Chart (from Thames), in which singers from across the UK upload their performances to an app with the public voting on their top 10. The 10 singers then battle it out in a weekly live show, culminating in the naming of the week’s number one. The series is executive produced by Andrew Llinares and Ben Thursby, and is hosted by Zoe Ball and Roman Kemp.

All titles that follow below are working titles.

BBC1

No Limits (2 x 60 minutes; Unscripted Productions, BBC Studios Bristol), a travelogue adventure featuring six Britons on a road trip set to challenge perceptions of what it means to live with disability. Executive producer is Lucy Carter, the series producer/director is Sophie Todd and the producer/director is Anna Llewellyn.

BBC2

Arthur Cary and Morgan Matthews will direct the 90-minute Holocaust (Minnow Films), in which survivors living in the UK tell their stories of survival through archive material. Katherine Anstey is producer.

Obs-doc series Gifted (6 x 60 minutes; Blast! Films) takes a look at social mobility in the UK by following highly promising children from families on low incomes over three critical years at school, at social mobility, and the factors which affect it in Britain today. Executive producers are Edmund Coulthard and Sacha Baveystock.

Lynn Alleway’s hour-long special For Richer for Poorer: The Ex-Wives (Century Films) gains exclusive access to the private battles of high net worth divorce. Executive producer is Katie Bailiff.

The docuseries Redcar (3 x 60 minutes; 72 Films) tells the stories of the town of Redcar, North Yorkshire youth as they decide where, and what, home really means and see what their future has in store for them. It’s made by Mark Raphael, John Douglas and Daniel Dewsbury.

BBC3

Filmmaker Dan Murdoch’s Britain’s Forgotten Men (6 x 15 minutes) explores white working-class men on the fringes of Manchester struggling in today’s British society. Holly O’Donnell is producer, Max Gogarty is exec producer.

BBC4

BBC4′s Storyville Summer will showcase a host of documentaries including Angus MacQueen’s Oink: Man and Pig explores man’s relationship to pigs, from keeping pigs in your bed to factory farming; Morgan Matthews’ The Rise and Fall of Geoffrey Matthews follows 10 years in the life of Morgan’s father Geoff and his partner Anna; and The Great European Cigarette Scandal, unraveling an investigation into a conspiracy at the European Commission.

Also airing on BBC4 are John Archer and Clara Glynn’s Accidental Anarchist: How to Avoid the State, tracing Carne Ross’s quest to find a better ways of doing things; Daisy Asquith’s Queerama, chronicling a century of gay experiences; Mark Lewis’ Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web, following the case of the black market website Silk Road and its creator Ross Ulbricht, aka The Dread Pirate Roberts; and Dylan Howitt’s Out Of Thin Air: Murder In Iceland, detailing the 1974 unsolved murder of two men in Iceland.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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