BBC orders Digby Jones series, “Junior Paramedics”

BBC has commissioned a series about British manufacturing starring businessman Digby Jones (pictured); the social experiment No Country For Young Men; and Junior Paramedics: Your Life In Their Hands.
August 7, 2013

British businessman Digby Jones (pictured) is to star in a docuseries for the BBC, marking one of three commissions the British pubcaster has ordered from in-house division BBC Entertainment Production North.

Digby Jones’ New Industrial Revolution (3 x 60-minutes) follows the UK business ambassador and former minister of state for trade and investment as he immerses himself in three different manufacturing businesses, in a bid to improve each company’s fortunes. The series will air on BBC2.

“It is vital that a wider audience understands how business ticks, especially smaller businesses wherefrom will come so much of the growth and employment in our economy over the next few years,” he said in a statement. “I want to get the audience thinking and asking questions as well, and hopefully the younger members of local communities will also find something in the programs for them to see why developing skills is so important.”

The network has also commissioned two BBC3 series focused on young Brits looking for employment.

No Country For Young Men (6 x 60-minutes, working title) is billed as a “huge social experiment” that will offer 100 unemployed young people a shot at a job in Christchurch, Dorset where more than a third of the population is over 65.

The candidates will be interviewed by elderly residents and whittled down to the most deserving, who will work for local businesses and ultimately decide whether to stay or return to their previous lives.

Junior Paramedics: Your Life In Their Hands (7 x 60-minutes), meanwhile, follows a group of paramedic science students attempting to land jobs in the face of government cuts and stiff competition. The show is being produced by the team behind Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands.

Finally, the has BBC renewed ob-doc series The Planners under the new title Not In My Back Yard (8 x 60-minutes) for BBC2. The series follows government planning officers as they juggle the interests of developers, homeowners, architects, builders and neighbors in deciding to approve or refuse planning applications.

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