Extra: Chalkboard crime series comes to BBC1; Polish nets pick up Beyond shows

BBC1 greenlights “My Grandad was Innocent” from Chalkboard London-based Chalkboard TV has won an order from BBC for the historical-crime series My Grandad Was Innocent. The 10 x 60′ format sees two ...
June 23, 2017

BBC1 greenlights “My Grandad was Innocent” from Chalkboard

London-based Chalkboard TV has won an order from BBC for the historical-crime series My Grandad Was Innocent.

The 10 x 60′ format sees two top criminal lawyers, Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein, investigate historical murders where the convicted went to the gallows pleading their innocence. The pair join forces with a living member of the convicted criminal’s family to re-examine the crime and evidence, employing modern forensic techniques to ask whether the original conviction was safe.

The series was commissioned by Dan McGolpin, controller BBC programming and daytime and Lindsay Bradbury, BBC Daytime and early peak commissioning editor. It will be executive produced by Mike Benson and Warwick Banks for Chalkboard

My Grandad Was Innocent will broadcast on BBC One in early 2018.

All 4 commissions “Rage Room

All 4 has greenlit a new series where individuals will compete to have a mental breakdown.

Hosted by British comedian and actor Russell Kane, each week two people will enter Russell’s Rage Room and pitch their own personal gripe, irritation or annoyance.

Kane, along with a weekly celebrity host, will interrogate their stories to find the most deserving of the two. While the loser is sent home with a stress ball, the winner gets the Rage Room of their dreams, which they will then be allowed to trash.

Eight episodes of 15 minutes have been commissioned. The series was commissioned by Joshua Buckingham, and will be executive produced by Lynn Sutcliffe of Mighty Productions. Danny Bell is the series producer.

Beyond delivers over 400 hours of programming to Poland

London-based sales house Beyond Distribution has announced programming deals for 430 hours of factual content to broadcasters in Poland at NATPE Europe.

Polsat Group acquired nearly 200 hours of content for Polsat Play and Polsat Doku channels, including six series of Mythbusters (30×60), the first series of Highway Thru Hell (10×60′) and World’s Weirdest Restaurants (13×30′).

TV Spektrum Sp. z.o.o. acquired 73 hours of content for Fokus TV, including five series of Highway Thru Hell and the first series of Heavy Rescue: 401 (8×60′). The broadcaster also acquired a further 50 hour package deal for titles including Monster Bug Wars Series 1 and 2 (13×60′), I Could Do That! (13×30′), the entire series of Medical Incredible (22×60′) and Mountain Rescue (6×60′).

ITI Neovision S.A. acquired programming for its channels Domo+, Kuchnia+ and Planete+, including both series of Love It or List It UK (14×60′) as well as the second series of Game of Homes (8×60′), Carluccios Six Seasons (6×30′) and The Other Prince William (1×60′).

Wp1 acquired 26 hours of content, while the Metro Channel acquired a 36 hour package deal, including three series of the award-winning lifestyle series, Income Property (13×60′) while TVN acquired both series of You Should Really See a Doctor (6×30′).

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