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ITV launches fall slate, raft of docs

British commercial broadcaster ITV has launched its fall line up with a raft of factual series, a Sarah Ferguson-fronted reality project, new gameshows and a handful of drama commissions.

The network has commissioned a number of big ticket documentaries, significantly ramping up its factual output. It will launch Catwoman with Joanna Lumley, an ITV Studios production that follows the Absolutely Fabulous star across the world investigating the feline world; Tiger Aspect-produced Robson Green’s Wild Swimming Adventures, which investigates the increasing trend of outdoor swimming in Britain; Mentorn Media-produced John Sergeant’s Tourist Trail; Second World War doc Outbreak and Alan Titchmarsh-fronted The Seasons.

The ailing broadcaster is also launching Duchess on the Estate, a Spun Gold Production series that following The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson on a housing estate, and The Cube, a Philip Schofield-fronted gameshow from Obejctive Productions.

ITV has, however, scaled back its drama production, announcing the launch of a handful of new drama series including Touchpaper-produced crime series Murderland, which stars Robbie Coltrane and is distributed internationally by RDF Rights. This comes on the back of previously announced drama commissions including Greenlit Rights-produced Collision and John Hurt-fronted An Englishman in New York.