Pubcaster BBC2 has a new slate of titles for spring and summer that examine some of the pressing issues facing modern day Britain.
The line-up includes programs focusing on the political — from Brexit to the death of MP Jo Cox — to inequality and poverty, which many British families suffer from. History also takes center stage in a doc about legendary rock band The Beatles and a series on Queen Elizabeth I’s secret service.
According to Patrick Holland, channel editor, BBC2, the three themes that underpin the broadcaster’s lineup are reasserting the role of authorship; being relevant to audiences and embracing all the specialisms on the channel, from science to religion and documentaries.
The new programs (all working titles) are included below with descriptions from BBC2.
- A new documentary series from Keo Films, the makers of Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, explores what it means for families to be living and working on the poverty line in Breadline.
- 20 Days – Battle for Supremacy, goes behind the headlines to reveal the extraordinary sequence of events following the resignation of David Cameron (Juniper TV).
- Patrick Forbes traces the turbulent months following the referendum in the Oxford Film And Television produced Brexit Means Brexit.
- Jo Cox: Death of an MP – A new film that tells the inside story of the murder of the Labor MP, produced by Amos.
- Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles in Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution (Huge Films).
- The history series Queen Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents from 72 Films reveals the creation of the first national secret service during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
- Operation lifts the lid on the latest innovations in surgery, as revealed in the operating theatres of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The series is produced by Dragonfly Film & TV.
- A new profile of legendary writer John le Carré (BBC Studios, Pacific Quay Productions).