BBC preps weight loss format, music docs

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a new weight loss format along with two feature-length docs about seminal music movements. Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge (pictured) will follow ...
July 16, 2019

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a new weight loss format along with two feature-length docs about seminal music movements.

Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge (pictured) will follow English chef Kerridge over six episodes as he returns to his hometown of Gloucester to catch up with family and friends. While there, he’ll spend two months with a group of volunteers to lose weight, get fit, and rethink cooking and exercise habits.

“I lost a load of weight a few years ago but lately I’ve seen it creeping back up. And I’m not as fit as I want to be at my age,” said Kerridge in a statement. “So I’ve set myself and a gang of volunteers a challenge — to lose weight and get fit together.”

This is Kerridge’s third BBC program centered on weight loss, following Lose Weight For Good in 2018 and Fresh Start in 2019.

Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge (6 x 30 minutes) is produced for BBC2 by Bone Soup. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2, and David Brindley, head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment. The BBC commissioning editor is Michael Jochnowitz. Richard Bowron is executive producing for Bone Soup.

The series will air in early 2020.

Meanwhile, BBC4 has ordered two 90-minute films about music centered on Ibiza and Woodstock.

Ibiza: The Silent Movie was conceived by Malcolm Gerrie, CEO of Whizz Kid Entertainment. Without words or narration, the film covers 2,000 years of dance music history on the influential island, with music curated and composed by Fatboy Slim.

“I wanted to make a film about Ibiza for the clubbers who go there but don’t necessarily know where that vibe they enjoy so much actually comes from,” said director Julien Temple in a statement. “Hopefully the film can work as a time travel trip informing them of all the characters cultures and civilizations that have been on the island before them.”

The film was produced by Essential Arts Entertainment, Nitrate Film, Whizz Kid Entertainment and Polite Storm for BBC4. It was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning for BBC Music TV, and Cassian Harrison, BBC4 channel editor. Malcom Gerrie, Alison Thompson, Mark Gooder, Younghusband, Gerd Schepers, Claudia Bluemhuber, Ian Hutchinson and Florian Dargel serve as executive producers, and the producers are Richard Conway and Andrew Curtis.

Elsewhere, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation tells the story of the legendary 1969 concert in upstate New York, where almost 500,000 people gathered to see and hear the hottest musicians of the day.

The film focuses on the audience, young people part of a generation rocked by conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War, all set against the moon landing.

Woodstock is an Ark Media Production for American Experience WGBH/PBS, in association with NDR, BR and SWR, acquired for BBC4. It was commissioned by Mandy Chang, commissioning editor of factual, and Cassian Harrison. Mark Samels is executive producer. Barak Goodman and Jamila Ephron produce.

Said Harrison: “Music has the extraordinary power to turn a single moment or a place into something that resonates through history and culture: These two brilliant films explore how this can happen in the most unexpected of ways, and are a fantastic illustration of BBC4′s commitment to music programming of real depth and insight.”

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