News round-up: BBC’s ‘Gavin & Stacey’ set for finale; DocuBay orders identity doc; ‘Split’ returns to BBC

James Corden & Ruth Jones (Source: BBC)

BBC’s Gavin & Stacey set for finale

BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey is to air its final episode on Christmas Day this year, with the UK broadcaster and the show’s creators confirming the return of the long-running series.

Gavin & Stacey is written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, who posted on social media yesterday that they had completed the final episode’s script.

It is produced by Baby Cow Productions and will air on BBC One, as well as becoming available on iPlayer.

DocuBay orders Indian social identity doc

Indian streamer DocuBay has picked up rights to 12 Digit Masterstroke – The Untold Story of Aadhaar, which provides a behind-the-scenes story of the creation of the world’s largest social identity program.

The doc will explore how the ‘Aadhaar Card’ identity scheme was rolled out, exploring the untold story of an unlikely team of public and private sector professionals who came together to design and implement the system. It has been produced by Wide Angle Films.

“While there is a lot of awareness about the remarkable initiatives that have benefited over a billion beneficiaries of various government schemes, through the Aadhaar project, not many people are aware of the gigantic efforts which were required from a team of technocrats led by Mr. Nandan Nilekani that executed the project to fruition,” said Girish Dwibhashyam, COO of DocuBay.

Split returns to BBC

The BBC and production firm Sister have started production on a two-part special of The Split.

The show, created and written by Abi Morgan, will air on BBC One and iPlayer later in the year and explores themes of love, legacy and modern marriage from the point of view of a family of divorce lawyers.

The special is set in Spain and will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios, which has sold the previous three seasons into more than 120 countries.

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