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BBC Doc Unit unveils new hires and commissions

The new head of BBC Studios’ documentary unit, Alan Holland, is wasting no time in transforming the Beeb’s production arm’s factual mandate with a strategy centred around three genre pillars: ...
December 7, 2021

The new head of BBC Studios’ documentary unit, Alan Holland, is wasting no time in transforming the Beeb’s production arm’s factual mandate with a strategy centred around three genre pillars: documentary & crime, specialist factual and popular factual, each overseen by a creative director.

Kirsty Cunningham will oversee documentary & crime, while Abigail Priddle will pilot specialist factual, and Ben Mitchell will serve as creative director of popular factual.

Holland, who is based in Scotland and has been in the role for six months, has also announced a trio of executive producer hires: Amanda Lyon will work across multiple specialist factual series; while Sam Emmery and Anna Sadowy will support documentary productions.

The BBC Studios doc unit is also hard at work on three new commissions.

For Inside the Autistic Mind (w/t), presenter Chris Packham immerses himself in the everyday experiences of those who live with Autism, observing and learning about the unique ways these individuals sense and interact with the world.

Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure follows Emmerdale star and Strictly Come Dancing winner Kelvin Fletcher (pictured) as he and his family leave the city behind to start a new life and business in the country.

The final series will focus on hip-hop history and culture and feature Public Enemy frontman Chuck D., with more details to come.

These commissions add to an already busy production slate, including a series about Brazilian President Jai Bolsonaro; a David Dimbleby-fronted three-parter about the key turning points in the BBC’s history and UKTV’s Scouting For Toys, which follows the world’s largest toy auctioneers.

Holland’s division is also in production on a number of yet-to-be-announced titles for Channel 4, Channel 5 and a number of international streamers and platforms.

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