Unscripted

BBC orders series from Boundless, Rumpus Media, Owl Power

UK pubcaster BBC has announced a spate of commissions set to air on BBC1 and BBC2. For BBC1, FremantleMedia UK’s Boundless prodco will produce a pilot for The Recording Studio (working ...
October 6, 2017

UK pubcaster BBC has announced a spate of commissions set to air on BBC1 and BBC2.

For BBC1, FremantleMedia UK’s Boundless prodco will produce a pilot for The Recording Studio (working title, 1 x 60). The fact-ent program sees ordinary people being given the opportunity to walk into a recording studio and capture a song that holds significance for them.

The studio’s producers and team of musicians will help each participant share their story.

The Recording Studio was commissioned by head of content Charlotte Moore; head of commissioning, popular factual and factual entertainment, David Brindley; and commissioning editor Catherine Catton. Kat Lennox and Amelia Brown serve as executive producers, and Emily Smith is series producer. FremantleMedia will launch the program at MIPCOM 2017.

Meanwhile, BBC2 has commissioned Romesh’s Really Rough Guide (w/t) and Paul and Bob Go Fishing (w/t).

Produced by UK indie Rumpus Media, Romesh’s Really Rough Guide follows comedian and TV presenter Romesh Ranganathan (pictured) as he ventures to some of the most dangerous places on earth, with the help of local guides.

The 3 x 60-minute series was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland, Brindley and Catton. Emily Hudd serves as executive producer for Rumpus Media, and Chris Cottam is series director.

Finally, Paul and Bob Go Fishing follows longtime friends and comedians Paul Whitehouse, an experienced fisherman, and Bob Mortimer, a fishing novice, as they tour the UK to fish side by side.

The 6 x 30-minute series was commissioned by Holland and Brindley. It is produced by UK comedy prodco Owl Power, with Lisa Clark executive producing. Nicky Waltham serves as series producer, whil Leo McCrea is series director.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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