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News round-up: Germany’s Redseven returns to production; BBC Two, Arte explore US foreign policy; Silverlining’s ‘Farm’ to open in July

Redseven returns for Sat.1’s The Taste Red Arrow Studios-owned German producer Redseven Entertainment has returned to studio production for the first time since the outbreak of Coronavirus to work on an eighth season of culinary format The Taste. The show, which has been extended by broadcaster parent ProSiebenSat.1, started production on its eighth run in […]

BBC ‘not immune’ to Covid-19, seeks factual entertainment formats

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland has said the UK broadcaster is “not immune” to the impact of Covid-19 on its programming, after it emerged that the organisation will have to shave a further £125m ($140m) from budgets this year. Staff will be invited to work part-time or take unpaid leave during the lockdown to deal […]

BBC orders Peter Sellers doc from Brook Lapping

BBC Two in the UK has commissioned Brook Lapping, part of Zinc Media, to produce an in-depth documentary about English actor and comedian Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy (working title) is a 1 x 75-minute programme that will explore the comedian’s many acclaimed works, alongside his personal life, including his multiple […]

BBC orders ‘Lightning’ quiz format

BBC Two has ordered a new entertainment format, Lightning, hosted by comic Zoe Lyons, to play in a late afternoon, teatime slot. Devised and produced by Banijay Group’s Fizz and Northern Ireland-based Nice One TV, the 25×30-minute Lightning is billed as a fast-paced and frantic format that sees the traditional quiz show collide with gameshow, and leaves […]

BBC Natural History Unit plunges into ‘Waterhole’ for BBC Two and PBS

BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit is producing new BBC Two series ‘Waterhole’ (w/t), a specialist rig show which sees presenters Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi create a waterhole in Tanzania. Waterholes are vital to the African ecosystem, but little is known about how they support so much life. BBC Studios Natural History Unit is working […]

BBC Two orders social history format ‘Unforgotten’ from Blink Films

BBC Two has commissioned a new three-part social history format from Blink Films, Unforgotten (w/t), which reveals the personal stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events -and follows their quest to find the person who made a huge impact on their lives. Presented by Anita Rani, the 3×60-min series explores the experiences of two […]

BBC Two, HBO explore Silicon Valley with ‘Leaving Neverland’ director Dan Reed

BBC Two and HBO have commissioned a four-part documentary series about Silicon Valley that is being executive produced by Leaving Neverland’s Dan Reed. The Tech Transformers (4 x 60 minutes, working title) aims to give viewers an insight into how the past decade has unfolded in Silicon Valley, focusing on the impact that companies such […]

BBC Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew draws record ratings

An episode of BBC Two investigative strand Newsnight that featured Prince Andrew discussing his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has gripped the UK and drawn record ratings. In the episode, the prince is interviewed by Newsnight journalist Emily Maitlis about his relationship with US financier Epstein, who committed suicide this summer while awaiting […]

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