British television prodcos Spun Gold TV and Expectation Factual have been commissioned by BBC1 and BBC2, respectively, to produce new unscripted content.
Spun Gold’s A Very Modern Grand Hotel (pictured, w/t) is a two-part doc directed by Jane Treays that follows the staff of London’s Corinthia Hotel as they face the daily challenges of running a world-class hotel.
The series goes behind the scenes with exclusive access to the hotel and even some of its celebrity guests, including Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and Grammy-winning musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am.
“Jane Treays’ passion for exploring behind the scenes of an institution and uncovering what really makes it tick has made her one of our greatest filmmakers,” said Spun Gold managing director Daniela Neumann in a statement. “A Very Modern Grand Hotel is a highly engaging, insightful and humorous look at the everyday lives and challenges of the dedicated staff at Corinthia, from cleaners to the general manager, as they seek to stay ahead of the competition in a fiercely competitive environment.”
Meanwhile, Expectation Factual’s The Brigade follows a crew of undiscovered talent from British catering as distinguished chef Jason Atherton transforms their careers, turning them into a ‘Brigade de Cuisine’ or ‘Kitchen Brigade,’ a 100-year-old hierarchical structure that forms the basis of restaurant kitchens throughout the world.
The six-part series is produced by Expectation Factual, with creative director Colin Barr and Dominique Foster serving as executive producers, and Graham Sherrington as director and series producer. It was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries. The commissioning editors are Emily Smith and Clare Sillery.
“This series moves back-to-basics, focusing on the theory that the best food is cooked by the best kitchen and driven by the raw energy and spirit of talented chefs,” said Barr in a statement. “Jason Atherton is an incredible mentor, his knowledge, technical ability and his inspiring attitude make him the perfect chef to lead The Brigade and help change people’s careers by learning how to live the life of a successful chef.”
The Brigade is due to air on BBC2 in 2019.