UKTV entertainment channel W has commissioned a series that sees TV presenter Alex Jones train as a fertility assistant in Alex Jones: Making Babies. The announcement was made during UKTV’s session at the Edinburgh International TV Festival.
The series finds Jones (pictured) training at one of the UK’s leading fertility clinics, known for its world-renowned research and innovation. Jones, who opened up about her own struggles with fertility several years ago, immersed herself in the job at King’s Fertility, a partnership between the Fetal Medicine Foundation and King’s College Hospital and headed up by Dr. Ippokratis Sarris. Jones provides hands-on support to couples as they try to have a baby, all under the guidance of the clinic’s skilled team and while working towards a fertility assistant certificate.
Alex Jones: Making Babies (10 x 60 minutes) was developed by Little Wonder and will be produced by RDF West for broadcast next year. The series was commissioned for UKTV by Kirsty Hanson, commissioning editor, and ordered by Adam Collings, channel director for W. Steve North is genre general manager for comedy and entertainment and Hilary Rosen is head of factual and factual entertainment. The series is executive produced for RDF West by Jo Scarratt-Jones.
“This promises to be an emotional, uplifting, and timely series, and we’re delighted to be granted such privileged hospital access during these unprecedented times,” said Claire Morrison, creative director of Little Wonder, in a release. “The hardships of this past year have shaken up our priorities and having a family has become more important than ever to many couples across Britain. Alex is excited to accompany them on their journey and witness the miracle of life as she trains to become a Fertility Assistant. Combining great talent and access is one of Little Wonder’s USPs, and we’re so excited to work with Kirsty Hanson at UKTV on Little Wonder’s first commission.”
Added Jones: “Trying to conceive can truly be a rollercoaster, and I have no doubt that it’ll be a very emotional and unpredictable journey. This series is really close to my heart, it’s truly a passion project, and I feel privileged to be able to join the team at King’s Fertility and help them with the very special job of making babies.”