BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial arm, has scored its first ever fully-funded production commission in China: a factual series about tea for Migu, China Mobile’s digital content subsidiary.
One Cup: A Thousand Stories (6 x 50 minutes) will look at the history of tea and its impact on China and other civilizations around the world, including how tea has profoundly influenced Chinese lifestyles and rituals, like food and concepts of medicine and health, as well as how tea sits at the heart of Chinese traditions, attitudes, friendships and family ties.
The series has been developed and will be produced by BBC Studios in Scotland. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.
“I am delighted that we have secured our first production commission in China and will be making this fascinating and ambitious factual series for Migu,” said Lisa Opie, managing director for BBC Studios Productions, in a statement. “It’s incredibly exciting to be sharing our story-telling and production craft with new audiences and with content that has been specifically developed for this market.”
“BBC Studios Productions makes some of the best factual programs in the world and we are thrilled that they are producing this landmark series for us,” added Migu Video CEO Bin Wang. “It is a great opportunity to draw on their production skills and knowledge, covering a subject that is so important to us.”
Elsewhere, BBC has landed its first commission for short-form digital platform Quibi with the natural history blue chip series Fierce Queens (working title; pictured).
The series looks at female animals, including “the rebel matriarchs, powerful leaders and dangerous lovers of the natural world,” according to a release.
It is produced by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU). Jo Shinner serves as executive producer.
“We are delighted to have won our first Quibi commission and be part of this innovative and unique broadcasting initiative,” said Shinner in a statement. “We can’t wait to reveal the astonishing behavior of the powerful Fierce Queens of the natural world.”
A release date for Fierce Queens has not yet been set.