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BBC1 commissions Raw Television for “Surrogacy”

UK pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned London-based Raw Television for a single film featuring British swimmer Tom Daley who will explore the world of surrogacy. The one-hour project Surrogacy (w/t) features Delaney as ...
August 7, 2018

UK pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned London-based Raw Television for a single film featuring British swimmer Tom Daley who will explore the world of surrogacy.

The one-hour project Surrogacy (w/t) features Delaney as he examines the growing number of parents who are having children through surrogacy. Delaney and his husband, Dustin Lance Black, recently welcomed a baby through this process.

Delaney will explore how surrogacy works in the UK, where it’s illegal to advertise for or pay surrogacy for certain expenses. He will also head to one of Europe’s countries where the practice is totally illegal. The swimmer will also journey to California where the commercial surrogacy is much more the norm.

Delaney looks to answer why some women want to become surrogates, why commercial surrogacy is illegal in the UK, while also meeting with those who want to change the laws and those who oppose the procedure. Through his journey, Delaney will question whether the American or British system works best and if the UK needs to refresh its surrogacy system.

The executive producer on the film is Tom Barry. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content, and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning for specialist factual.

Surrogacy is slated to air in 2019 on BBC1.

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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