BBC3 greenlights “Heartbreak Holiday”, “Galdem Sugar”

UK pubcaster BBC3 has unveiled a raft of new commissions following the announcement that the channel’s programming will be given a regular spot on BBC1. Anchoring the slate is the digital-first ...
February 28, 2019

UK pubcaster BBC3 has unveiled a raft of new commissions following the announcement that the channel’s programming will be given a regular spot on BBC1.

Anchoring the slate is the digital-first reality series Heartbreak Holiday (working title). Developed by BBC3′s in-house production team, the series will follow 10 young Brits as they journey to Greece to deal with issues of broken friendships, familial tensions, romance, issues of acceptance and identity. This intervention will explore modern relationships and the causes of break-ups and heartbreak.

The constructed reality short-form series Galdem Sugar (pictured), meanwhile, follows the personal lives of a group of women living and performing in London’s grime music scene. The series will spotlight what it’s like to be a female rapper in the predominantly male industry. The series will have an accompanying podcast available on BBC Sounds where the women discuss and debate issues and subjects within their community.

In the factual department, The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon tells the story of Daryll Rowe, the first person to be convicted in the UK for deliberately infecting others with the HIV virus, while Coal Town Cops (w/t) follows up from Valley Cops and documents the work of Durham Constabulary, where the cops and criminals lives are intertwined.

In Chanell Wallace’s The Final Chapter: Life After My Brother’s Murder, the director tries to uncover what happened to her older brother, Daniel, who was murdered when she was 11. More than a decade after his death, the murderer faces parole and Wallace will write a victim impact statement that will be included in the parole process. In order to do so, however, she must find out what happened to Daniel. The Final Chapter: Life After My Brother’s Murder serves as Wallace’s first film after winning the BBC and Sheffield Doc/Fest Northern Filmmakers Pitch in 2018.

In current affairs, journalist and filmmaker Stacey Dooley returns with two documentaries for the pubcaster.

In Stacey Dooley and the Bounty Hunters: The Good, The Bad And The Deadly, Dooley heads to America where she meets bounty hunters on the job as they attempt to bring fugitives to justice and for monetary reward. Elsewhere, Stacey Dooley: Face To Face With The Arms Dealers traces the journalist as she goes behind closed doors to follow a company that outfits armies, law enforcement agencies, private security companies and individuals with million dollar arms contracts.

Meanwhile, the docuseries Big In The Valleys travels to the Welsh valleys, an area with some of the highest levels of obesity in the country, to follow young people living and struggling with the disease.

Elsewhere, BBC3 has commissioned Rumpus Media for a first season order of Blindboy Undestroys the World following a successful one-off program showing. The four-part series will feature Blindboy Boatclub, real name Dave Chambers and one part of Irish comedy hip-hop duo, The Rubberbandits, who sets out to tackle a range of issues, from work and money to the chaos brought about by the internet, anxiety and modern slavery.

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 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.