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BBC ‘Storyville’ launches mini-seasons, expands to BBC3

BBC4′s ‘Storyville’ strand is reinventing itself, with mini-seasons of thematic documentaries to be commissioned alongside landmark single-subject docs, with the first mini-season set to focus on corruption. In addition, according to ...
June 10, 2019

BBC4′s ‘Storyville’ strand is reinventing itself, with mini-seasons of thematic documentaries to be commissioned alongside landmark single-subject docs, with the first mini-season set to focus on corruption.

In addition, according to the news shared at Sheffield Doc/Fest by BBC’s ‘Storyville’ strand commissioning editor Mandy Chang, the strand will expand to BBC3.

‘Storyville’ on BBC3 will focus on subjects and issues that matter to young audiences, and launches with three films, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, Amy Goldstein’s Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl, and Nancy Schwartzman’s Roll Red Roll, a true-crime thriller about a high-school sexual assault.

The revamping of the long-running strand includes a contemporary new logo that will work on BBC3 and BBC4.

Later this year, BBC4′s corruption mini-season of ‘Storyville’ films set to air includes Inside Lehman Brothers: The Whistle Blowers; On The President’s Orders, the story of President Duterte’s campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines; and The PM, The Playboy And The Wolf Of Wall Street. 

The new single landmark 9 p.m. Storyville films include One Child Nation, the Sundance festival’s U.S. Grand Jury Prize Documentary-winner, which sees co-director and new mom Nanfu Wang traveling back to the rural Chinese village she was born in to examine the devastating effects of the One Child Policy.

Also airing is inspirational story Maiden, the Alex Holmes-directed doc on the skipper of the first all-female yacht crew to compete in 1989; and Cold Case Hammarskjöld,  an investigation by Danish director Mads Brügger into the the mysterious death of the Secretary-General of the United Nations that unearths a major secret.

“The great thing is that we’re able to grow the BBC ‘Storyville’ portfolio so lovers of feature docs have even more films to watch online, wherever they are,” said Chang in a statement.

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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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