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Tern re-teams with Darren McGarvey for BBC factual series ‘Mind The Gap’

BBC Scotland and BBC Factual have co-commissioned Darren McGarvey – Mind The Gap (working title), a docuseries from UK-based factual producer Tern for BBC Two and VOD service BBC iPlayer. The 3 x 60-minute series explores how Britain’s biggest public services – health, justice and education – face major challenges affecting millions of people. He […]

BBC picks up ‘Colin From Accounts’ S2 after recent renewal

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired the recently announced second season of Australian comedy Colin From Accounts for BBC Two and VOD service BBC iPlayer. Originating commissioner Foxtel ordered the sophomore run last week, with well-travelled comedy first unveiled at LA Screenings last year. The series is produced by Easy Tiger Productions and CBS Studios […]

US series ‘The Bold Type’ & Oz drama ‘Bad Behaviour’ come to UK’s BBC Three

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired all five seasons of US comedy-drama series The Bold Type, as well as Australian drama Bad Behaviour, for its youth-skewing BBC Three and VOD service BBC iPlayer. Both shows were picked up following a deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution, with The Bold Type offering a glimpse into the outrageous […]

BBC & Channel 4 seek ‘noise’ & ‘mischief’ for digital teen audiences

UK broadcasters the BBC and Channel 4 have shared their digital content strategies for teen audiences, with calls for “noisy” and “mischievous” shows. Speaking at the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) in Sheffield today, Cerys Griffiths, head of content production at BBC Education, which is behind the British pubcaster’s education campaigns and educational support portfolio, including […]

BBC & CBC partner with Idris & Sabrina Elba & Supercollider for docuseries co-commission

UK and Canadian pubcasters, the BBC and CBC, have co-commissioned Paid In Full: The Battle For Payback (working title), a docuseries about the systematic exploitation of Black artists by the music industry. Zinc Media-owned Supercollider, Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures and Sabrina Elba’s Pink Towel are co-producing the series, which will explore what it would […]

Netflix, Prime Video & Disney+ to face Ofcom scrutiny as UK gov’t reveals media reforms

The UK government has outlined plans to bring global services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ under new Ofcom rules to allow British pubcasters to “better compete with streaming giants”. Publishing its long-awaited draft media bill this week, the UK’s department for culture, media and sport (DCMS) shared proposals that will see streaming viewers […]

BBC acquires Australian comedy ‘Colin From Accounts’ for UK

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired Australian scripted comedy series Colin From Accounts for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. The series, which was originally commissioned for the Foxtel Group in Australia, is produced by Easy Tiger Productions and CBS Studios and was acquired by the BBC from Paramount Global Content Distribution. It was unveiled to […]

BBC investigates true crime gold heist doc from Bohemia Films

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned one-off true crime documentary The Gold: The Inside Story. Produced by by Bohemia Films for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the 1 x 60-minute doc hears from the detectives who investigated Britain’s biggest bullion heist and led the hunt for three tonnes of gold. In November 1983, armed robbers […]

Exclusive: ‘Blue Lights’ creators on taking BBC police drama from script to screen

Mark Layton delves into the creative process with screenwriting partners Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson about Blue Lights, their new Belfast-based police drama headed to the BBC later this year Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson, the writing and directing partners behind 2020 BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings, are back with Blue Lights, a new six-part […]

Sales round-up: China goes Beyond for kids & factual; BBC takes ABC’s ‘Born To Spy’; ‘The Water Guardians’ land in Canada & Europe

China goes Beyond for kids & factual Chinese broadcasters and platforms have acquired a range of children’s and factual titles, following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. Youku, the streaming platform of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, has now picked up both series of pre-school animation title Hushabye Lullabye (30 x 3-minutes), a MaraKids production […]

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