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BB2 unveils new slate; BBC3 readies “Porn Laid Bare”

UK pubcaster the BBC has revealed its newest slate of factual series coming to BBC2, as well as a BBC3 commission on the porn industry launching today. The Claim and The Family ...
March 14, 2019

UK pubcaster the BBC has revealed its newest slate of factual series coming to BBC2, as well as a BBC3 commission on the porn industry launching today.

The Claim and The Family Brain Games will see BBC2 in competition mode.

The Claim (6 x 60 minutes) follows six British couples retracing the steps of the last person to claim five acres of land under the American Homestead Act. After living there for 35 years with his wife, he is looking for an heir to take over the legacy. Competing to thrive in the wild, one couple will be selected to inherit this stretch of land.

The series is made by TwoFour. David Clews, Andrew Mackenzie, Nic Patten and Dan Adamson serve as executive producers. It was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries. Emily Smith is the commissioning editor.

The Family Brain Games (8 x 60 minutes) sees eight brilliant families from all walks of life coming together in a specially designed “games lab” to compete in the “ultimate test of intelligence.” Designed by cognitive neuroscientist Adam Hampshire from Imperial College in London, the games test more than traditional intelligence markers like IQ, and each family is judged as a whole.

The series is made by Label1, with Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillips serving as executive producers. It was commissioned by Holland and David Brindley, head of popular factual and fact ent. The commissioning editors are Clare Mottershead and Ricky Cooper.

Meanwhile, Who Should Get a British Passport? (working title, 3 x 60 minutes) looks at immigration in the UK, asking the controversial question “who really deserves a place in the UK?” and explores the work of the immigration lawyers who secure visas for more than half a million people each year.

“This revealing and provocative series picks apart the way our immigration system works, following a number of extraordinary stories, as the lawyers and their clients take on the ever changing and confusing rules set by the Home Office,” said exec producer David Clews in a statement. “It presents the audience with the richness of detail and complexity of the cases and the system, so gives them the chance to decide for themselves — who they think deserves a place in the UK.”

The series is made by TwoFour, with Clews serving as executive producer. It was commissioned by Holland and Carr. Gian Quaglieni, commissioning editor for current affairs, is the commissioning editor.

The Claim and Family Brain Games continue the rejuvenation of factual entertainment on the channel, following the recent successes of Sewing Bee and the launch of Race Across the World,” said Holland in a statement. “Who Should Get a British Passport? shows our unparalleled commitment to the most important timely stories in peak, asking challenging questions about the biggest issues.”

Elsewhere, BBC3 launches Porn Laid Bare (pictured) today.

The 3 x 45-minute series explores the ethics of the porn industry, following six 20-somethings with varying attitudes about pornography as they visit Spain, one of Europe’s biggest porn production hubs, to meet producers, performers and the people fighting back against the industry to consider their own relationships to porn.

The series is accompanied by an original survey of 1,000-plus 18- to 25-year-olds across the UK, conducted by Deltapoll. The survey revealed that 20% of respondents have been worried about being addicted to porn, a third say they’ve had riskier sex due to porn, and over half say that porn creates impossible standards for beauty and bodies.

The survey also found that 77% of men and 47% of women reported watching pornography within the last month.

Porn Laid Bare was commissioned from indie the Connected Set by Damian Kavanagh, former controller of BBC3, and Quaglieni. Jason Mitchell serves as executive producer for the Connected Set. The series has been acquired for distribution by Banijay Rights.

“Our instinct was the majority of young people are looking at online pornography regularly, something borne out by our survey, but many of these consumers don’t think about the wider implications of their porn usage,” said Mitchell in a statement. “By immersing six young people into Spain’s adult film industry where they can see the good and the bad of the industry up close they had to confront some ugly truths and try to reconcile what they saw with their own values and ethics.”

Porn Laid Bare is available on BBC3 as a boxset on iPlayer at 9 a.m. today (March 14).

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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