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Banijay secures commissions from BBC3, sets debut for C5 warships docuseries

UK pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned Fight Dirty, a single 30-minute entertainment format from entertainment label Fizz and Irish prodco Nice One Productions. The series will see two messy British households compete to “clean up their ...
August 22, 2019

UK pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned Fight Dirty, a single 30-minute entertainment format from entertainment label Fizz and Irish prodco Nice One Productions.

The series will see two messy British households compete to “clean up their act” and win a cash prize – but neither property knows the surprise that’s in store for both of them in the process.

Fight Dirty is the first commissioned from the co-development and co-production partnership between Nice One and Fizz, which is owned by UK-based prodco RDF, part of global producer-distributor Banijay Group.

The project, supported by funding from Northern Ireland Screen, was born out of a shared commitment between Fizz and Nice One to invest and grow production in Belfast. More commissions from this partnership are expected to be announced shortly, according to Banijay.

Clare Mottershead of BBC3 commissioned the show, which is co-executive produced by Neale Simpson for Fizz and Chris Jones for Nice One. All worldwide rights to Fight Dirty are owned by Banijay Rights.

“I’m so happy and grateful that BBC3 are the first broadcaster to back our partnership with Fizz and immediately saw the potential for big laughs and learnings in this ‘filthy-to-fabulous’ funny format from Belfast,” said Jones, founder and creative director of Nice One, in a statement.

In other Banijay news, Channel 5 has set a Sept. 4 premiere date for its previously announced three-part docuseries World’s Greatest Warships (pictured).

The series charts the history of the warship from the dawn of the 20th century to the present, including the HMS Dreadnought, USS Enterprise, Tirpitz and Ark Royal. Each 30-minute episode incorporates interviews, original filming aboard existing ships, archive footage and access to original ships plans and computer-generated animations of long-lost ships.

World’s Greatest Warships is executive produced by IWC’s Dominic Bowles. It was commissioned by Guy Davies at Channel 5. Banijay Rights is handling global distribution.

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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