Glasgow-based Red Sky Productions and Northern Ireland indie Alleycats Films have secured commissions from BBC2 and BBC4, respectively.
For BBC2, the 20 x 30-minute series Saved and Remade, hosted by Supershoppers presenter Sabrina Grant (pictured), will bring together expert craftspeople to help convert viewers’ treasured but purposeless items.
Jane Rogerson is executive producer for Red Sky Productions; Kim Rossiter is series producer. The series was commissioned by Helen Munson for the BBC.
The greenlight for Saved and Remade follows other recent commissions for Red Sky Productions, including Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm (Channel 4), Socially Distant with Susan Calman (BBC Scotland) and Jimmy’s Big Bee Rescue (Channel 4).
Derry-headquartered Alleycats Films, meanwhile, will produce the 60-minute special Plague Fiction, produced and directed by David Starkey (The Great Salvador Dali).
Plague Fiction is hosted by Laura Ashe, professor of mediaeval literature at the University of Oxford, who has spent much of her career studying the impact of plagues on societies and cultures.
Recognizing the similarities between the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating plagues of the 14th and 17th centuries, Ashe delves into historical records and literature, as well as nearly seven decades of BBC archive material to offer practical advice, stories of human heroism, descriptions of medieval medicine and accounts of life under plague.