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BBC England shifts commissioning strategy; BBC3, BBC Scotland greenlights

BBC England is adopting a new approach to TV commissioning that will see its team work more closely with BBC networks and indies across the country. Factual programming underway as part ...
April 23, 2021

BBC England is adopting a new approach to TV commissioning that will see its team work more closely with BBC networks and indies across the country.

Factual programming underway as part of that shift includes Seadog Productions’ Commando: Britain’s Ocean Warriors (4 x 60 minutes), about The Royal Marine Commandos, co-commissioned with BBC2; and the Atypical-produced hour-long special Walking with Chris Packham, also co-commissioned with BBC2, featuring the English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author on a walk in Hampshire.

Fog on the Tyne: The Alan Hull Story (w/t), meanwhile, sees singer-songwriter Sam Fender delve into the archives to tell the story of the late Hull, member of Geordie super-group Lindisfarne. The film is produced by Daisybeck Studios.

Previously-announced co-commissions include the four-part docuseries Yorkshire Fighters from Wise Owl Films with BBC2, as well as Bricking It (w/t), produced by Button Down, No More: Bad Girl, produced by Clockwork Films, and Nail Bar Boys, produced by LA Factual, all with BBC3.

BBC England is expected to make further commissioning announcements later this year.

In other news, BBC3 has commissioned Summer Films’ investigative documentary Zara McDermott: Sexism in Schools (w/t).

The film will see McDermott explore sexism and rape culture in UK schools. She will speak to young women and girls about their experiences, and talk with those in both state and private schools.

McDermott will also hear from young men and boys about their perceptions.

Zara McDermott: Sexism in Schools (w/t) was commissioned by BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries, history and religion, and commissioning editor Max Gogarty.

Executive producers are Lucy Hillman and Sam Whittaker and the director is Angela Byrne.

Finally, Tern Television is set to produce In Sacred Island with Ben Fogle (4 x 60 minutes; pictured) for BBC Scotland and BBC1 Daytime.

The series will see the broadcaster, author and adventurer travel through Scotland and explore each island.

Steve Allen commissioned the series for BBC Scotland.

Daisy Scalchi, BBC commissioning editor for specialist factual, commissioned the series for BBC1.

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