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BBC2 orders fact-ent series from BBC Studios, Ricochet, Rumpus Media

BBC2 and iPlayer announced a number of new factual commissions Wednesday (June 23) on wedding planning, true crime and fast food. Master of Ceremonies is a six-part wedding planning competition series ...
June 23, 2021

BBC2 and iPlayer announced a number of new factual commissions Wednesday (June 23) on wedding planning, true crime and fast food.

Master of Ceremonies is a six-part wedding planning competition series made by BBC Studios Factual Entertainment Productions. The pubcaster said the series will be fronted by a big-name host with two judges from the top of the wedding industry, but no names have been attached to the series in these roles yet.

Each week, the planners on Master of Ceremonies will be tasked with creating dream weddings in a matter of days for couples from around the UK, many of whom had their plans derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The  series marks the first commission to come out of Glasgow since Adeline Ramage Rooney was appointed creative director for factual entertainment and events at the BBC Studios Scotland production base.

“Brilliant wedding planners need to be ultra-creative while spinning plates and herding cats simultaneously, so it’s quite a different skillset from the singular craft-based competition shows,” Rooney said.

“And the fact our contestants are working with real-life couples, many of whom have had their plans on hold for the past 18 months, means the stakes could not be higher.”

Rooney and Kelly Sparks are executive producers on the series for BBC Studios.

BBC2 also commissioned Britain’s Top Takeaways from factual TV producer Ricochet. The eight-part series will see independent food takeaways compete against one another, with a different winner crowned each week. The series will be hosted by English broadcaster Sara Cox, with each episode featuring five takeaways from the same sector, drawn from across the UK.

The contestants will work in a specially built kitchen inside a former foundry in Manchester, and their dishes will be biked to households within delivery distance, where those households will have the decision to judge that episode’s winner. Sarah Thomson-Woolley and Rob Butterfield will executive produce the series for Ricochet.

The broadcaster also commissioned Rumpus Media to produce the 3 x 60-minute series The Misinvestigations of Romesh Ranganathan. The series will feature Ranganathan (pictured) investigating mysterious high-profile deaths of major names like Jimi Hendrix and Tupac Shakur, to learn not just how they passed away at such a young age, but also about their achievements in life and their legacies today.

Ranganathan will receive assistance each episode from sources such as criminal psychologists and private detectives to help his investigation. Emily Hudd and Morgan Roberts will executive produce the series, slated to debut later this year.

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