BBC Factual and BBC England have co-commissioned Soldier: Made in Yorkshire (w/t), a documentary series charting the progress of British Army recruits as they train for the frontline.
The six-part series, which will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, follows a group of recruits as they take on the grueling six-month training course at the British Army’s Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire. The recruits will be pushed to their limits as they navigate the ups and downs of their new world. If they can pass the tough course, they will take up roles in one of the British Army’s 18 infantry regiments.
The series comes from prodco Label1, makers of the award-winning BBC series Hospital. The company secured exclusive access to the training center to follow recruits over 26 weeks as they tackled the course, which is designed to test their physical and mental agility, military prowess, and survival skills.
Soldier is produced by Kim Rossiter and executive produced by Fran Baker and Label1 co-founders Lorraine Charker-Phillips and Simon Dickson (pictured), with Paul Wells serving as series director. The series was commissioned by BBC England’s Jack Bootle, head of science and natural history, and Aisling O’Connor, head of TV commissioning.
The new series is being described by the BBC as the latest example of the broadcaster’s commitment to producing more content from across the UK. In the next six years, the BBC plans to increase activity across northern England as part of its commitment to reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.
“At Label1 we’re well-known for our popular, award-winning documentaries about the NHS and the education system. Now, we are privileged to be working with the British Army on this series about one of the United Kingdom’s most historic and personally transformative military training courses,” said Label1′s Charker-Phillips in a release.