BBC Worldwide adds three to originals slate

BBC Worldwide has added three series to its portfolio of original commissions, and has greenlit a second run for Fishing Impossible (pictured).
August 24, 2016

BBC Worldwide has added three fresh titles to its portfolio of original commissions, and has greenlit a second run for an earlier series.

The latest orders include Are You Fitter Than A Maasai Warrior? (working title), a 6 x 60-minute series featuring UK comedians Joel Dommett and Nish Kumar as they immerse themselves in the lives of the strongest, fittest, and toughest people in the world for what’s billed as “the ultimate fitness bootcamp.” The show is produced by Rumpus Media, with Iain Wimbush and Emily Hudd as executive producers.

Also getting the go-ahead is Million Dollar Car Hunters (10 x 60 minutes). From Waddell Media, the series is a co-commission with Channel 4 for BBCWW’s global channel BBC Brit and Channel 4 in the UK. It takes audiences into the world of RM Sotheby’s, the world’s biggest classic car auctioneer. Jannine Waddell and Jon-Barrie Waddell are on board as executive producers.

Finally, Meet the Humans (working title) is intended as a fun science series produced by BBC Earth. Using a mixture of experimental set-ups and human environments, the 6 x 60-minute series sets out to analyse the way in which humans think and act. Executive producers are Mike Gunton and Katie Brosnan.

In addition, BBCWW confirmed it will be bringing back Fishing Impossible (pictured) for a second run. The second series (7 x 60 minutes) from Alaska TV follows the popular first series, which aired globally on BBC Earth earlier this year. Chris Fouracre is executive producer.

In all, commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson have now greenlit 10 series for BBCWW’s global channels. These titles will all be distributed outside of channel territories.

Photo credit: Fishing Impossible, BBC


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