BBC2 readies “Super Rich” season

UK pubcaster BBC2 is to examine the "super rich" with documentaries such as the tentatively titled Rich Russians (pictured) and The Super Rich and Us set to begin airing in January.
November 20, 2014

UK pubcaster BBC2 is to examine the lifestyles of the “super rich” with documentaries such as the tentatively titled Rich Russians (pictured) and The Super Rich and Us set to begin airing in January.

The True Vision TV-produced hour-long documentary Rich Russians is set to examine the Russian diaspora in London through the lives of its wealthiest expats, including a billionaire businessman, a major art collector and Russia’s top supermodel. Clare Paterson is the BBC commissioning editor for the doc while Brian Woods is exec producing for True Vision TV.

Meanwhile, the Jacques Peretti-directed two-parter The Super Rich and Us examines inequality along the measures of wealth in British society, which is concentrated among a small percentage of the population. The Fresh One-produced series was commissioned by Clive Edwards, head of commissioning for current affairs, and exec produced by Fresh One’s Dermot Caulfield.

Elsewhere, the hour-long Inside Necker Island (w/t) goes behind-the-scenes at the British Virgin Islands destination – a luxury spot for international elite – and follows the numerous staff who care for just a handful of guests who have paid up to £40,000 (US $62,800) a night.  The doc was commissioned by Tom McDonald, acting head of commissioning, science and natural history, and Stuart Cabb is exec producing for Plum Pictures.

Finally, the format Car Dealers: The Trade Off (w/t) will examine inequality by profiling car dealers from different socioeconomic statuses – one sells Ferraris and the other, used cars – who will swap jobs and salaries for two weeks. Craig Hunter is the BBC commissioning editor, while Cate Hall is exec producing for FremantleMedia UK-owned indie Boundless.

“From exposing the jaw-dropping luxury in which the richest one percent of society live to exploring the impact such lifestyle extremes have on contemporary Britain, this will be a fascinating and thought-provoking season of films for BBC2,” said BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw in a statement.

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