Classicist and English scholar Mary Beard will explore the nude human figure in the art world in The Nude Uncovered by Mary Beard as part of the new BBC2 factual slate.
The docuseries (2 x 60 minutes) will follow Beard (pictured) as she looks at the history and politics of the naked human body in art while speaking with contemporary artists and image-makers to question enduring attitudes on nudity and nakedness. The Nude Uncovered by Mary Beard is produced by UK-based Lion Television and is executive produced by Denys Blakeway. It was commissioned for the BBC by director of arts Jonty Claypole.
Also on the slate, The Iraq War (w/t) (5 x 60 minutes), from director James Bluemel, looks back at the U.S. and British invasion of Iraq, charting the ramifications all the way to the present day. The series is produced by KEO Films for BBC2. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2, and Clare Sillery, BBC’s head of commissioning, documentaries. Jo Abel serves as series producer, with William Anderson and Andrew Palmer executive producing for KEO.
Race Across the World is a six-part series following pairs of contestants as they race to a far-away destination with only the equivalent of airfare in cash to get them there. The catch is that they can’t fly. The series is produced by Studio Lambert, with Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt and Mark Saben executive producing and Stephen Day serving as series editor for Studio Lambert. It was commissioned by Holland and David Brindley, head of commissioning, popular factual and factual entertainment. Michael Jochnowitz serves as BBC commissioning editor.
The Rise of the Nazis (w/t) (3 x 60 minutes) charts the rise of fascism in 20th-century Europe. Produced by 72 Films production for BBC2, it was commissioned by Holland and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual. Simon Young serves as BBC commissioning editor.
In the weekly The Ranganation, stand-up comic Romesh Ranganathan looks back on the week’s biggest events and consults with a focus group of 25 characters — including Ranganathan’s own mother — meant to represent a cross-section of modern Britain. The Ranganation is produced by UK-based comedy production company Zeppotron for BBC2. Ruth Phillips is executive producing for Zeppotron, and it was commissioned by Holland and Kate Phillips, controller, entertainment commissioning for BBC. Ruby Kuraishe serves as BBC commissioning editor.
No air dates have yet been announced.