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BBC1 Northern Ireland sets “Countryside College”; BBC3 orders Ovie Soko doc

BBC1 Northern Ireland is set to premiere the three-part observational docuseries Countryside College from Irish prodco Waddell Media, shot in part during the first months of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The ...
August 24, 2020

BBC1 Northern Ireland is set to premiere the three-part observational docuseries Countryside College from Irish prodco Waddell Media, shot in part during the first months of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The series, airing Wednesday (Aug. 26), follows students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Viewers will see a selection of students who “thrive on cutting edge practices and getting their hands dirty” — whether through farming, food, flowers or foals — and work to become qualified “Custodians of the Countryside.”

Each episode concentrates on the chronological seasonal unfolding of the college term.

Countryside College was filmed from September 2019 to June of this year, Waddell Media MD Jannine Waddell said in a statement.

“We made the decision to try to keep filming with the students as they dealt with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic,” she added.

The series is narrated by County Tyrone actor Fra Fee. Veronica Cunningham is series producer for Waddell Media.

In other BBC news, BBC3 will follow Love Island star Ovie Soko in the documentary Ovie: Life After Reality TV.

The film follows the 29-year-old — who appeared on the ITV format in 2019 — as he decides whether to continue in the reality TV business or return to basketball.

To help him, Soko speaks to reality stars such as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here‘s Vicky Pattison, who has also appeared on Geordie Shore and Celebrity MasterChef, and former The Only Way Is Essex cast member Mario Falcone.

An air date for the project has not yet been announced.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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