BBC Worldwide Channels on hunt for “Best in Town”

The Mox Productions competition show pits three business owners against each other in a series of challenges, and marks the business's first fully-funded series with an indie prodco under its new original programming strategy.
November 29, 2012

BBC Worldwide Channels has commissioned Best In Town (10 x 50-minutes), a factual competition series that pits three business owners against each other in a series of challenges to determine which is the best.

Produced by London-based Mox Productions, the series is the business’s first fully-funded production with an independent prodco since Tracy Forsyth, VP, commissioning, announced plans in September to triple original programming hours ordered for BBC Knowledge, BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle and UKTV.

Best In Town is part of Forsyth’s twin-track commissioning strategy of ordering international formats to air in all markets alongside local, market-specific series, with the goal of increasing the number of original hours airing internationally to 100 by 2014.

The show will begin airing next year on BBC Entertainment in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Poland and the Nordic region and on BBC HD in the EMEA region and in Latin America.

“We believe that the competition between passionate business owners in Best in Town will provide fertile territory for creating some truly entertaining moments in this returnable factual entertainment format,” Forsyth said in a statement. “We think this desire to be the best is universal and will be of great appeal to our global audience.”

In October, BBC Worldwide Channels ordered two coproductions with its in-house team: culinary series Food and Drink for BBC Lifestyle and the science magazine format Dara O Briain’s Science Club for BBC Knowledge. More productions will be announced later this year.

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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.