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BBC orders RDF’s robotics social experiment docuseries

British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a two-part social experiment docuseries set to explore the latest innovations in robotics from Banijay-owned prodco RDF Television. The tentatively titled 6 Robots and Us (2 ...
December 4, 2017

British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a two-part social experiment docuseries set to explore the latest innovations in robotics from Banijay-owned prodco RDF Television.

The tentatively titled 6 Robots and Us (2 x 60 minutes; pictured) will provide exclusive access into the lives of six British families with specific needs as they’re assisted by robots, who help them get into shape, ease the burden of care or help them understand the world.

The social experiment series, which follows each family from initial meeting to growing dependence on a machine, will look to reveal the latest in robotics research; how they’re made, how they work and both the possibilities and limitations of how they interact with humans.

RDF’s Dan Barraclough┬áserves as executive producer on the series, which was commissioned by BBC’s Abigail Priddle

6 Robots and Us is scheduled to broadcast across BBC2 in early 2018.

“What is fascinating about this project is taking the rarefied world of robotics research and planting it squarely in the rough and tumble of the average British home. How will ordinary families react to their new guest?” said Barraclough in a statement. “What will work and what won’t, and will emotional bonds form that may surprise us and the scientists? This is an experiment and an adventure where none of us know the result. And that makes it slightly nerve wracking but also more exciting.”

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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