BBC Worldwide Channels has ordered two series, Bill’s Kitchen: Notting Hill and Stargazing, as part of its ongoing plan to make more original content.
Furneaux and Edgar Productions will produce Bill’s Kitchen: Notting Hill for BBC Lifestyle, while Stargazing has been commissioned from BBC Science for BBC Knowledge.
Bill Granger (pictured, above) is the star of Bill’s Kitchen, the 10 x 50-minute series that follows the cook at work and at home in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. In the series, Granger brings his brand of modern Australian cooking to UK diners at his new London restaurant.
The culinary series will air from June 2013 on BBC Lifestyle in Poland, South Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Nordic Region; on BBC HD in EMEA and Latin America; and on BBC Entertainment in Latin America.
Stargazing is a customized version of BBC2′s annual astronomy event Stargazing Live designed for an international audience. The 3 x 50-minute series will have themed episodes focusing on Mars, Earth and the Big Bang.
Broadcast from the control room of the Jodrell Bank radio observatory in Cheshire, the series will feature professor Brian Cox, renowned astronomer Mark Thompson, and presenter Liz Bonnin reporting from around the world, while Dara O Briain will anchor from the studio.
Stargazing will air in early 2013 as a synchronized broadcast on BBC Knowledge in Africa, Asia, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Poland and the Nordic Region; and BBC HD in Latin America, Turkey, Poland and the Nordic Region.
“These two new projects are prime examples of our strategy to produce programming with global appeal which complements our current slate,” said BBC Worldwide Channel’s VP of commissioning Tracy Forsyth.