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BBC3 announces two fact-ent commissions

British digital-only pubcaster BBC3 has unveiled the first commissions to come from the channel’s new formats-focused editorial pillar – Glow Up and Couples on the Couch. In March, BBC3 received £10 million (USD$14 ...
July 5, 2018

British digital-only pubcaster BBC3 has unveiled the first commissions to come from the channel’s new formats-focused editorial pillar – Glow Up and Couples on the Couch.

In March, BBC3 received £10 million (USD$14 million) to expand its commissioning focus, looking for new contemporary takes on factual entertainment, formats and entertainment.

“When we announced that we were extending the focus of our commissioning on BBC Three, we wanted ideas that could bring a new dimension to the channel,” said Damian Kavanagh, BBC3 controller, in a statement.

Glow Up (w/t, 8 x 60 minutes) is an eight-part competition series from Wall to Wall that looks for the next breakout make-up artist. The series will see a talented cast of hopefuls live and work together as they try to prove themselves to industry professionals from fashion to film.

With regular eliminations, the challenges will test the contestants’ skills under pressure while giving them the opportunity to unleash their creative visions.

The executive producer is Melissa Brown. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries. Commissioning editor is Emily Smith.

Couples on the Couch (w/t, 6 x 45 minutes), meanwhile, is a six-part series from BBC Studios that offers insight into modern relationships by following real-life couples as they bring their sexual and emotional issues to a specially rigged clinic.

With the support of a team of experienced therapists, the couples will get to the heart of their issues, revealing their most intimate secrets and fears while facing up to uncomfortable truths or making vital breakthroughs.

The executive producers are Caroline Short and Rob Unsworth. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh and David Brindley, head of commissioning, factual entertainment and popular factual. Commissioning editor is Clare Mottershead.

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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