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BBC2, Sundog Pictures prep Tony Slattery-fronted mental health doc

BBC2 has commissioned factual indie Sundog Pictures to produce the 60-minute documentary Whatever Happened to Tony Slattery? (w/t), which will form part of the pubcaster’s flagship ‘Horizon’ strand. The English comedian ...
November 14, 2019

BBC2 has commissioned factual indie Sundog Pictures to produce the 60-minute documentary Whatever Happened to Tony Slattery? (w/t), which will form part of the pubcaster’s flagship ‘Horizon’ strand.

The English comedian and actor rose to fame in the 1990s, most notably appearing as a regular guest on Channel 4′s Whose Line Is It Anyway?

In the early 2000s, Slattery (pictured) had a breakdown and vanished from public life.

Though bipolar disorder was discussed, the comedian was struggling with cocaine and alcohol addiction and unable to get a clear diagnosis.

The film follows Slattery and his partner of 35 years, Mark Hutchinson, as they visit the UK’s leading experts on mood disorders.

Whatever Happened to Tony Slattery? will also explore new developments in the science of understanding and treating complex mood disorders.

Katie Buchanan serves as executive producer for Sundog Pictures, and Claire Richards is director.

“The challenges Tony faces are reflected in the lives of countless other people with mental health and addiction issues who may not have received a clear diagnosis or been able to access the right support. We, like Tony, hope that the film will reduce stigma, help others in similar situations and bring to the fore what it is like to live with such complex mental health issues,” Buchanan said in a statement.

The film was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller for BBC2, and Abigail Priddle, commissioning editor of specialist factual.

It is distributed globally by BBC Studios Distribution.

Elsewhere, the Beeb has commissioned two non-scripted series from London-based documentary and factual indie Rare TV.

Produced out of Rare’s Belfast office, Mountain Vets (6 x 30 minutes) is set in Northern Ireland’s ancient Kingdom of Mourne, where people are outnumbered 10 to one by animals. The docuseries chronicles the mountain vets, nurses and stable hands at three practices as they care for a variety of animals.

Mountain Vets will premiere across BBC2 on Friday (Nov. 15) at 8 p.m. Season two was ordered by BBC2 channel editor Patrick Holland and BBC Documentaries commissioning exec Beejal Patel. The series is exec produced by Rare’s Rory Wheeler and Edward Hart. Francis Baker is series producer.

Rare has also been recommissioned to produce a new season of Tagged: Life on Lockdown (3 x 20 minutes) for BBC3.

The series returns to follow the lives of three young individuals ordered to wear electronic tags. The new season, which is currently being filmed in Liverpool, provides an intimate look into the reality of life under strict curfew.

Tagged: Life on Lockdown  is directed by Joshua Haddow, series produced by Jen Kerrison, and exec produced by Rare TV’s Rory Wheeler and Emma Barker. It was commissioned by Gian Quaglieni, BBC’s commissioning editor for current affairs.

With files from Daniele Alcinii. Photo: Noelle Vaughn

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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