BBC calls on Rare TV for daytime factual show ‘Expert Witness’

UK pubcaster BBC One has commissioned Expert Witness, a new 15-part BBC Daytime factual series exploring how expert witness testimony helped to solve some of the UK’s most complex crimes using forensic science. Produced by Belfast-based Rare TV, the series will come to BBC One in autumn, with each episode going behind the scenes of […]

Show of the Week: Accused

In a crime drama landscape populated by slow-burning whodunnits, Accused is a welcome respite; an anthology series focusing on ‘regular’ people who find themselves on trial for various crimes.

BBC appoints editors for BBC One, Two & Four following commissioning overhaul

The BBC in the UK has promoted two execs as portfolio editors for its flagship channels, following the “radical” overhaul of the public broadcaster’s commissioning team that was revealed late last year. The revamp, which handed more commissioning power to streamer iPlayer, saw channel controller roles being replaced with genre-focused execs able to order programming without the need […]

HBO Max joins BBC drama ‘The Girl Before’ with Gugu Mbatha-Raw & David Oyelowo

US streamer HBO Max has confirmed it has linked up with the UK’s BBC One to adapt The Girl Before, with The Morning Show’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Selma’s David Oyelowo set to star. The four-part psychological thriller, which will use the same title as the novel, is being produced by UK prodco 42 and is being directed […]

Show of the week: Pooch Perfect

Combining canines, curling tongs and competition, Pooch Perfect aims to capitalise on the world’s love of dogs and their owners’ love of grooming them. The show is billed as a primetime entertainment format that features 16 professional dog groomers competing in a series of heats across various themed challenges. Each week, the groomers will reveal […]

Nine Network, Movistar+ strike pre-sale deals for BBCS’s ‘Perfect Planet’

Nine Network in Australia, Movistar+ in Spain and public broadcasters across the Nordics have all struck pre-sales deals for BBC Studios’ new blue chip natural history series A Perfect Planet. The five-parter is produced by Silverback Films for BBC One in the UK and US partner Discovery, with China’s Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF in Germany, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Where next for linear TV’s Covid boom?

Covid-19 enforced lockdowns around the world had propelled viewing figures for linear networks skywards but with people now able to move more freely, what’s happened to those viewers? Adam Thomas, lead analyst for global TV markets at TBI sibling Omdia, reports. As of the end of August 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused more than […]

BBC One checks in for Gordon Ramsay-fronted gameshow ‘Bank Balance’

BBC One in the UK has ordered a new primetime gameshow hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Bank Balance has been devised and produced by Studio Ramsay and is described as “a high-stakes, high-pressure game show where contestants test their poise, precision, knowledge and nerve to succeed to build themselves a fortune – or see […]

Korea’s JTBC strikes ‘Undercover’ remake deal with BBC Studios

South Korean broadcaster JTBC has ordered a local remake of Peter Moffat’s political drama Undercover, after acquiring format rights from distributor BBC Studios (BBCS). The show will be re-made by local prodco Story TV for audiences in South Korea, with the deal marking the first global format sale for Undercover and the third scripted format […]

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