BBC1 greenlights “The Betrayed Girls”
BBC1 has commissioned a new documentary (pictured) that looks at the conviction of nine men in 2012, found guilty of the grooming, rape and sex trafficking of teenage girls.
It was discovered later that police and social services had known about the abusers for years and the crimes took place in cities across Northern England.
The 1 x 90-minute doc features interviews with people at the heart of the story, including testimonies from the victims.
The Betrayed Girls is being made by Sandpaper Films. It is being executive produced by Simon Ford and produced by Rob Miller. The doc was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of content, BBC1 and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries. The commission editors are Clare Paterson and Maxine Watson.
Remarkable commissions “House of Games”
BBC has commissioned a new celebrity quiz show, hosted by British presenter Richard Osman.
House of Games, which will air on BBC2, will see celebrities test their quiz knowledge in a round of fast-paced games.
The 15 x 30-minute series was developed by Remarkable Television’s in-house creative team, and is executive produced by Richard Hague and Tamara Gilder.
House of Games was commissioned by Dan McGolpin, BBC controller of programming and daytime, and Alex McLeod, commissioning editor BBC daytime and early-peak.
ITV puts “The World’s Ugliest Pets” on display
ITV is diverting from the standard showcasing of adorable kittens and puppies in the new one-off program, The World’s Ugliest Pets.
Produced by Spungold TV, the 1 x 60-minute show will feature everything from hairless guinea pigs to one-eyed dogs. It will follow host Caroline Quentin as she journeys to the mecca of mutt-ugly animals: The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, CA.
Starting her journey in the UK, Quentin will search for Britain’s ugliest pooch to take to America and represent the UK. After Caroline has selected her favorite canine, she crosses the Atlantic to California, along with the dog and its owner, to enter the contest.
The series has been commissioned for ITV by Amanda Stavri, commissioning editor, entertainment. Daniela Neumann will executive produce, with Jaimi West as producer director.
DCD unveils new content deals
Indie UK distributor DCD Rights has signed a host of new deals for its factual and factual entertainment content.
Viasat World (Scandinavia and Eastern Europe) and DMAX (Italy and Spain) have secured the new second season of Aussie Gold Hunters at presale. This adds to further acquisitions of season one by RMC Decouverte for France and French-speaking Europe, Fokus TV for Poland and Discovery for Norway, Germany and German-speaking Europe.
Tern Productions’ Morocco To Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure has been picked up by Knowledge Network (Canada), FTV Prima (Czech Republic) and Arte (France and Germany). Nine Network Australia has secured rights to Popkorn TV’s Trolls: We’re Coming to Get You, a three-part documentary produced for Channel 5.
Also picked up by Nine Network Australia and new at NATPE Budapest is BBC Productions’ I Shot My Parents. Further acquisitions of this one-hour special include Medialaan (Belgium), TV2 (Norway) and TV2 (Denmark).