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UK update: BBC orders “This Is MY House”, A+E Networks commissions “Family Man”

English television presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley (pictured) is adding another project to her C.V.: the primetime entertainment format This Is MY House for British pubcaster BBC1. Produced by Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks‘ multi-genre ...
October 20, 2020

English television presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley (pictured) is adding another project to her C.V.: the primetime entertainment format This Is MY House for British pubcaster BBC1.

Produced by Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks‘ multi-genre indie Expectation, the 6 x 60-minute series will see four individuals walking into a home to declare that they own the property and its belongings. However, only one contestant will be telling the truth, with the remaining three competitors serving as actors that have stolen the homeowner’s name.

Featured alongside the four contestants will be a team of celebrity judges that must work together to figure out who is the honest homeowner and which three are the imposters.

This Is MY House is slated to broadcast on BBC1 and BBC iPlayer in 2021.

Expectation’s Tom Whitrow and Richard Bacon serve as executive producers on the format created by Bacon and U.S.-based TV producer Nick Weidenfeld.

The format was commissioned by BBC1′s acting controller Kate Phillips and Jo Wallace, acting controller entertainment commissioning. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Sarah Clay.

Elsewhere, A+E Networks UK has commissioned the one-off documentary special Family Man for its Crime + Investigation channel.

Produced by non-fiction content producer and distributor Off the Fence, the film explores the growing phenomenon of familicide, in which an entire family is murdered by a family member, often followed by the suicide of the perpetrator.

The film will examine the murder-suicide cases of Paul Newman, who battered his wife to death before killing their two young children and committing suicide; Darren Sykes, who set fires in his home, killing himself and his two young sons; and Robert Mochrie, who murdered his wife and their four children before ending his life.

Family Man will additionally offer professional insight into the methodology and elusive combination of triggers that motivates some men to take the lives of their loved ones.

Family Man has been ordered by A+E Networks UK’s Dan Korn, VP of programming, and Diana Carter, commissioning editor and head of talent.

Off The Fence ‘s Allison Bean and Fiona Scott also serve as executive producers on the special.

Family Man will premiere across Crime + Investigation on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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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