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Curious Films preps Amy Winehouse doc for BBC2, BBC3 slates Alleycats format

BBC Two and BBC Music have greenlit a new one-off doc about the life and legacy of Amy Winehouse. Curious Films’ Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On (w/t) will explore the singer’s ...
March 31, 2021

BBC Two and BBC Music have greenlit a new one-off doc about the life and legacy of Amy Winehouse.

Curious Films’ Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On (w/t) will explore the singer’s private life via interviews with her mother, Janis, as well as the experiences of close friends and family, as the 10th anniversary of the singer’s passing approaches in July.

The series will primarily focus on new stories, featuring footage both from never-before-seen family archives as well as content pulled from BBC archives.

The doc will be supported throughout the BBC, with content and performances playing out across television, iPlayer and BBC Sounds. BBC Radio 6 Music will commemorate the anniversary with an Artist Collection. Radio 2 is planning a doc about Winehouse’s influence on the next generation of female singer-songwriters. Radio 1, meanwhile, will be revisiting some of her most memorable live performances.

Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On (w/t) is a 60-minute special produced by Curious Films. It was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Catherine Catton, head of popular factual and factual entertainment. The commissioning editors for the BBC are Rachel Davies and Max Gogarty. The director is Marina Parker and the executive producers are Dov Freedman and Charlie Russell.

Throwing a big proud party

Meanwhile, over on BBC3, the channel has commissioned The Big Proud Party Agency (w/t) from Northern Ireland prodco Alleycats. The 6 x 30-minute series follows a team of LGBTQ+ professional party agents as they plan iconic events.

From inspiration to celebration, each episode sees the team tasked with creating an extravagant event for a “party star.” They are given a brief and have to pitch their idea before one is chosen, with the party star’s best friends on hand throughout to help pull off a memorable night.

Creative director and executive producer Des Henderson said in a release: “At Alleycats we’re all about celebrating individuality and we’re thrilled to be bringing fabulous queer parties to life on BBC3.”

BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell added: “We first heard about this idea through our partnership with BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen and loved it so much we had to bring it to series straightaway. After a year with no parties, The Big Proud Party Agency is here to bring the BBC Three audience some much needed joy.”

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