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BBC commissions Tern for doc special on Dolly, the cloned sheep

BBC Factual and BBC Scotland have commissioned factual producer Tern Television, part of Zinc Media Group, to produce Dolly: The Sheep That Changed the World for its BBC Two ‘Horizon’ ...
November 15, 2021

BBC Factual and BBC Scotland have commissioned factual producer Tern Television, part of Zinc Media Group, to produce Dolly: The Sheep That Changed the World for its BBC Two ‘Horizon’ strand.

The hour-long film covers the story of the genetic scientists who created Dolly, a cloned sheep. Their work was praised and criticized, and the scientists discuss facing firebombs and kidnappings. The documentary uses privileged access and never-before-seen archive footage.

“Dolly was a sensation when she captured the imagination of the world 25 years ago,” said Harry Bell, Tern Television managing director, in a news release. “Her birth sparked moral outrage from the White House to The Vatican as cloning became a reality. How did a tiny band of boffins on a farm near Edinburgh crack the holy grail of modern science – with a sheep? Told for the first time, this is the bonkers but brilliant story, about how they created the sheep that changed the world.”

The film was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Jack Bootle and David Harron. It’s executive produced by Harry Bell¬†for Tern, and it will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.

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