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BBC readies Banksy’s “Alternativity,” game show “And They’re Off”

British pubcaster BBC has commissioned Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle to direct Banksy’s Alternativity performance, as well as a six-part Saturday night game show from STV Productions. Directed by Martin Webb and ...
December 12, 2017

British pubcaster BBC has commissioned Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle to direct Banksy’s Alternativity performance, as well as a six-part Saturday night game show from STV Productions.

Directed by Martin Webb and Lauren Jacobs, Alternativity will feature Boyle traveling to the city of Bethlehem to capture a festive performance of the anonymous England-based graffiti artist’s take on the nativity play staged in the parking lot of his Bethlehem hotel.

Produced by Acme Films, the hour-long observational arts documentary was shot over a six-week period. Boyle overcomes a myriad of restrictions to assemble a cast and crew in the occupied Palestinian territories to create a theatrical play from scratch. The film will also feature the director meeting with local children and theatrical performers.

Jaimie D’Cruz and Simon Ford serve as executive producers. The film was ordered by Danny Horan, BBC commissioning editor for documentaries, and Mark Bell, BBC’s head of arts commissioning.

Elsewhere, BBC1 has unveiled STV Productions’ six-part Saturday night game show And They’re Off For Sport Relief (pictured) in preparation for the 2018 Sport Relief campaign.

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champion Ore Oduba, the competition will feature famous faces including former athletes Michael Owen, Mike Tindall and Helen Glover, as well as celebrities such as Penny Lancaster, Russell Kane and Saira Khan. They will attempt to complete a series of challenging obstacle courses mixed in with puzzling quiz questions.

Audience members will also take part in the series, with selected viewers needing to correctly predict which celebrity will win during each race.

Sport Relief serves as a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, to raise money for vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

The format was co-developed by Motion Content Group and was commissioned by Kate Phillips, controller of BBC Entertainment, and Jo Street, commissioning editor of entertainment and daytime.

STV’s Gary Chippington executive produces the series.

And They’re Off For Sport Relief will premiere across BBC1 on Jan. 6, 2018.

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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