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BBC2 orders Tern Television’s “The Secret Science of Sewage”

BBC2 has commissioned a 60-minute doc feature exploring sewage from Tern Television, part of Zinc Media Group. Ordered for the BBC’s flagship Horizon strand and produced in partnership with The Open University, ...
March 4, 2021

BBC2 has commissioned a 60-minute doc feature exploring sewage from Tern Television, part of Zinc Media Group.

Ordered for the BBC’s flagship Horizon strand and produced in partnership with The Open University, this follow-up to Tern’s RTS-winning and Grierson-nominated The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History, finds George McGavin and Zoe Laughlin (pictured), along with a team of scientists, wade in to expose The Secret Science of Sewage.

The documentary explores the biology, chemistry, natural history and social history of feces from inside the pools, tanks and bowels of one of the UK’s largest and most technologically-advanced sewage works.

The film commission, made jointly with The Open University, furthers Tern’s growing relationship with the BBC, including its 35 hours of both original and returning shows announced last year.

The Secret Science of Sewage was ordered by Jack Bootle, head of commissioning, science and natural history, and Patrick Holland, channel controller of BBC2, and was commissioned by Tom Coveney, science commissioning Editor at the BBC.

It is executive produced by Harry Bell for Tern Television at Zinc Media and distributed internationally by DCD Rights.

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