British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned BBC Studios’ Science Unit to produce an hour-long documentary that will examine the waste that is clogging city sewer systems, otherwise known as fatbergs.
Congealed lumps of fat and waste, fatbergs consist of sanitary napkins, wet wipes, diapers and similar items that do not break down like toilet paper.
The tentatively titled Fatberg Autopsy will provide exclusive access to a recently discovered giant fatberg in London, believed to be one of the largest ever found in the UK capital.
Hosted by Rick Edwards, the film will conduct the first ever fatberg “autopsy” to determine what exactly is clogging the city’s pipes and tunnels, while also revealing the truths of how we live today.
BBC Studios’ Paul Overton is the executive producer alongside BBC Studios Science Unit’s Rob Liddell who is producer.
The 60-minute investigative program was commissioned for Channel 4 by Gilly Greenslade, commissioning editor for factual entertainment.
“It’s fantastic to be working with Channel 4 and exciting to be carrying out a world first,” said Overton in a statement. “The project promises to be both shocking and fascinating and should be an unforgettable sight for viewers.”
“We hope to present our inquisitive viewers with a unique and accessible exploration of an issue affecting Britain’s growing towns and cities,” added Greenslade.
The Channel 4 deal marks the first non-BBC commission for another British network and the second third-party commission to date for BBC Studios, following Discovery’s order of The Red List earlier this week.
In November 2017, BBC announced that BBC Studios, its independent production unit, and BBC Worldwide, its commercial division, would merge to form one commercial entity.