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BBC2 orders comedy drama based on doctor’s diaries

BBC 2 has commissioned an eight-part comedy drama based on This Is Going To Hurt, the best-seller from former junior doctor Adam Kay. The show is being produced by scripted specialist Sister Pictures, which picked up the rights to the book in autumn 2017. This is Going to Hurt is described as “a blisteringly funny, […]

BBC2 greenlights October Films Iraq production

BBC 2 in the UK has commissioned a two-hour mini-series from UK producer October Films, in which journalist and former British soldier Adnan Sarwar returns to Iraq to explore how the country has changed since he served there during the Iraq War. Sarwar went to Iraq in 2003 as a 24-year-old soldier with the British […]

UK factual prodco gets MD, expands remit

Zinc Media, the indie group formerly known as Ten Alps, has put Lucy van Beek in charge of its factual prodco Blakeaway. The company said van Beek will expand Blakeaway’s remit beyond current affairs and historical programming, and move it into the broader world of specialist factual. Van Beek has been an exec producer for […]

Dutch broadcaster intent on Keeping the Netherlands alive

Dutch public broadcaster Ned 1 has ordered a local version of the Keeping The Nation Alive format. The ob-doc is pitched as a behind-the-scenes snapshot of 24-hours in the nation’s healthcare system. The show was created by ITV-owned producer The Garden and the original version, Keeping Britain Alive, went out on UK channel BBC2. ITV […]

Programming team changes at Shine’s Dragonfly

Shine Group-owned Dragonfly has created a new specialist factual role and recruited a new head of development from rival UK producer North One. Edwina Silver has become Dragonfly’s first head of specialist factual. She joined the producer in 2006 as head of development and exec-produced The Burrowers: Animals Underground (above), the 3x60mins natural history series that debuted […]

Oppenheimer to helm Carnival US push

NBCUniversal International has handed Deborah Oppenheimer a new role that will see her helm a push to fully establish Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films in the US. Oppenheimer is currently in charge of NBCUI Television Production’s LA operations, working across prodcos including Carnival, which is producing NBC’s Dracula. She has also worked on series such […]

iPlayer content boss leaves for Livity

Derren Lawford is leaving his position as head of programming and scheduling for Global BBC iPlayer to join youth agency Livity. At Livity, Lawford will be head of conent, providing direction across its activities with a focus on the youth engagement agency’s online video output. The organisation has produced multiplatform content including Channel 4’s teen […]