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BBC Scotland commissions Escobar assassination doc

BBC Scotland has commissioned a new feature-length documentary exploring the story of a Scottish mercenary sent to assassinate Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar. Killing Escobar (1 x 90-minutes) is co-produced by UK-based prodcos Two Rivers Media and Salon Pictures, with the team securing exclusive access to the story of Peter McAleese, an ex-SAS operative who […]

BBC Scotland spreads Christmas magic with North by NorthNorth commission

BBC Scotland has commissioned a one-off Christmas special from Edinburgh-based North By NorthNorth Media that follows four of the UK’s most talented young magicians. The 1 x 30-minute Pure Magic follows the group as they put on displays of mentalism, illusion and scale magic to a variety of prominent locations in Scotland before performing them to […]

BBC Scotland orders ‘fish-out-of-water’ Oz vet series

BBC Scotland has commissioned a new obs-doc series from Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment, following a pair of Scottish vets working to help animals in Oz. The 12 x 30-minute series Scottish Vets Down Under centres on Dr Chris Allison and Dr Mike Whiteford, who have travelled to the bushlands of Bendigo in the Australian […]

Mediaset takes Magnify Media car-based gameshow into Italy

Mediaset in Italy has ordered a local remake of an automotive-focused gameshow that was first ordered by the BBC in Scotland. Test Drive follows three teams as they embark on a road trip through beautiful scenery en route to a mystery destination. During the drive, they must answer questions via a specially adapted satnav, with […]

BBC Scotland exec boards IWC to head factual

BBC Scotland’s Pauline Law has joined Banijay-owned IWC as head of factual. The exec most recently served as head of multi-platform production at the broadcaster, overseeing a team of 300, including teams in music, entertainment, events and digital. She also led a development team that won more than 80 commissions, including Emeli Sande’s Street Symphony […]

Love Nature, Smithsonian, Arte team on ‘Stormborn’ series

Love Nature has partnered with Smithsonian Channel, France’s Arte and BBC Scotland on a blue-chip natural history series that follows a dramatic breeding year in the North Atlantic. Produced by Scotland’s Maramedia, Stormborn (w/t; 3 x 50 minutes) follows animals that survive on the northern edges of the Atlantic Ocean, and will have its broadcast […]

Dragonfly, Optomen and IWC land BBC commissions

Dragonfly TV and Optomen are among the prodcos to have scored recent documentary commissions with the BBC, while IWC Media is launching a book club for BBC Scotland.  BBC One has ordered six-part obs-doc series Birth (working title) from Dragonfly TV. The programme follows expectant parents and the staff who care for them at the UK’s busiest and […]

BBC hands commissions to Bandicoot, Naked Entertainment

BBC Scotland has commissioned two seasons of eight-part quiz show format Test Drive from Argonon-backed Bandicoot. Scottish pro wrestler and actor Grado will front the car-based gameshow (8 x 30 minutes), where three teams of family members and friends go on a road trip through Scotland en route to a mystery destination. The group uses […]

BBC Scotland names new commissioning head

BBC Scotland has appointed Steve Carson as head of multi-platform commissioning. Carson will become responsible for BBC Scotland’s programme output across TV, radio and online, leaving his current post as head of content production at BBC Northern Ireland. He will be responsible for leading the team who will launch BBC Scotland’s new TV channel while […]