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Extra: BBC2 reorders “Race Across the World”; “Voice Senior” goes to Middle East

BBC2 commissions two more seasons of Race Across the World British pubcaster BBC2 has renewed Studio Lambert’s global travel competition Race Across the World (pictured) for two additional eight-episode seasons. The factual ...
July 9, 2019

BBC2 commissions two more seasons of Race Across the World

British pubcaster BBC2 has renewed Studio Lambert’s global travel competition Race Across the World (pictured) for two additional eight-episode seasons.

The factual entertainment title, which launched earlier this spring, follows pairs of travelers as they race to a finish line thousands of miles away for a cash prize without the use of air travel or any of the trappings of modern-day life. Navigating their way through countries at ground level, contestants are equipped only with the cash equivalent of the airfare to their final destination.

BBC2 controller Patrick Holland recommissioned the series alongside David Brindley, head of commissioning for popular factual and fact ent. The BBC commissioning editor is Michael Jochnowitz. Mark Saben, Stephen Day, Matt Smith and Tim Harcourt exec produce for Studio Lambert. Lucy Curtis is the series producer.

STV to promote inclusion in Scotland’s creative industries

Scottish broadcaster STV has launched a training program designed to increase diversity and promote inclusion on- and off-screen.

The network will deliver, over a three month period, training programs that are directed at candidates with disabilities, women pursuing careers in technology-related roles, and candidates from lower social economic backgrounds.

The paid training opportunities will provide work experience and insight across a range of areas including digital product development, broadcast operations, commercial and STV News.

STV’s training program will be launched in conjunction with partner organizations including Equate Scotland, Inclusion Scotland and the Social Mobility Foundation.

The program has been developed as part of the company’s wider “Open Access Charter,” which sets out STV’s commitments to deliver its inclusion, equality and diversity strategy.

“Broadcast media can play a crucial role in promoting positive attitudes towards disabled people. Despite making up one fifth of the Scottish population, disabled people are hugely under-represented both on-screen in mainstream programming and behind the scenes,” said Inclusion Scotland CEO Sally Witcher in a statement. “Working alongside disabled people every day as colleagues is often where attitudes really start to change for the better. That is why Inclusion Scotland is so delighted that STV has demonstrated its recognition of the creative value of a diverse workforce, of diverse perspectives and lived experiences, by offering a paid training opportunity to a disabled person.”

The Voice Senior travels to the Middle East

The Middle East has become the 10th territory to acquire talent competition format The Voice Senior from ITV Studios-owned Talpa Media.

The format will be produced locally by Talpa Middle East. The Voice Senior is slated to broadcast for Middle East audiences next year via MBC Group, following the third season of The Voice Kid.

The musical spin-off features a group of seniors who set out to prove you’re never too old to shine. Four celebrity coaches will compete to pick their favorite seniors in blind auditions. In the knockouts, each coach will select their two best seniors to take to the finals, where one contestant will be crowned winner.

The order follows in the footsteps of the Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Belgium, all of which have previously commissioned the elderly talent format.

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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