BBC Three announces new reality entertainment series with Charlotte Crosby
Geordie Shore and Celebrity Big Brother UK alum Charlotte Crosby (pictured) will headline a new reality entertainment series for BBC Three.
Titled Charlotte in Sunderland, the 10 x 30-minute series will follow the reality star and entrepreneur in her hometown as she goes about running her businesses while preparing for the impending birth of her first child with her boyfriend, Jake Ankers.
In addition to offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Crosby’s personal and professional life, the series also promises to shine a spotlight on England’s northeast, a region that the BBC has sought to emphasize through such initiatives as its partnership with the recently renamed North East Screen.
Charlotte in Sunderland will be produced for BBC Three by Brighton-based Chatterbox Media. Chatterbox co-founders Nav Raman and Ali Quirk are executive producers on the series, which was commissioned by BBC Three channel editor Nasfim Haque. Rachel Ashdown is the BBC commissioning editor.
Paramount+ adds docuseries Murder of God’s Banker to its global content slate
A new docuseries, Murder of God’s Banker, was among the slate of new internationally produced titles announced on Monday (June 20) by Paramount+, as the streaming platform prepares for its launch in the UK and Ireland on June 22 and its expansion to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France through the rest of 2022.
The four-part series focuses on the death of Milanese banker Roberto Calvi, who was found hanging from the scaffolding of London’s Blackfriars Bridge in June 1982. Calvi had recently fled from Italy following the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, which he had presided over as chairman and whose largest shareholder was the Vatican. While Calvi’s death was initially ruled a suicide, subsequent investigations uncovered indications that he may have been murdered by one or more of the host of shadowy figures involved with the labyrinthine financial network that linked Banco Ambrosiano to the Vatican, the Mafia, and neofascist circles.
The series is produced by Brooklyn-based CreativeChaos VMG in association with Paramount Global’s Viacom International Studios (VIS). It will debut on Paramount+ in all international markets.
The scripted-dominated slate released by Paramount+ today reflects the streamer’s commitment to expanding its global content offerings, with a target of commissioning 150 international originals for the platform by 2025.