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Channel 4 orders BBC Studios to perform Fatberg Autopsy

Fatberg AutopsyJust two days after unveiled its first non-BBC commission, BBC Studios has landed a second – 1x60mins science programme looking at a grim urban phenomenon.

Fatberg Autopsy will take an in-depth look at fatbergs, which are giant masses of congealed fat and waste that are clogging up and blocking sewers under London.

The doc will focus on a recently detected fatberg – one of the largest found in the capital – following a major engineering project to extract the massive mass and bring it to the surface to an autopsy theatre.

There a team of experts, including a pathology expert, will analyse its contents to reveals truths about how people are living.

BBC Studios Science Unit is producing in conjuction with Thames Water.

BBC Studios executive producer Paul Overton said the doc would be “both shocking and fascinating, and should be an unforgettable sight”.

The commission marks BBC Studios’ first from a UK broadcaster – earlier this week it received its first overall, for conservation series The Red List from US-based Discovery Channel.

The BBC’s production wing, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK pubcaster in April last year, is currently in the process of merging with its distribution cousin, BBC Worldwide.

Channel 4 commissioning editor for factual entertainment Gilly Greenslade ordered the show, which Overton and Rob Liddell are exec producing.