UK’s BBC4 to end commissions & transition to archive service

UK pubcaster the BBC is to end commissions for its BBC4 channel, which will instead become an archive service, according to the corporation’s newly published annual plan. The decision, revealed in the BBC Annual Plan 2021/22, comes as part of the BBC’s push to achieve £950m in savings by next year and following the recent […]

BBC4 boards hunt for Gaddafi’s billions

The UK’s BBC4 has boarded a documentary from Zinc Media-owned factual outfit Brook Lapping examining what happened to Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi’s vast wealth after his death. The 1 x 90-minute investigative documentary, with the working title of The Search For Gaddafi’s Billions will follow two Dutch journalists, Misha Wessel and Thomas Blom, as they […]

UK’s BBC explores dementia as part of science-skewing slate

The BBC has ordered a raft of science-focused programming for linear networks BBC2 and BBC4 as well as online channel BBC3, including a show about dementia. Living With Dementia (2 x 60 minutes, working title) is being filmed over two years and will explore the lives of six people living with dementia and the complexities […]

October films wins BBC4 commission to create the perfect body

BBC4 has commissioned a landmark production from UK producer October Films, in which Professor Alice Roberts will set out to design and create a scientifically perfect body. Entitled Can Science Make Me Perfect?, the 90 minute special will see anatomist Roberts visit experts to get scientific inspiration to help her redesign the flaws out of […]

BBC buys Swedish drama

UK pubcaster the BBC has bought another foreign-language drama for BBC Four, picking up Swedish series Modus. The eight-part drama follows an FBI profiler Inger Johanne Vik as she returns to her native Sweden for family reasons. BBC Four continues to build on its reputation for acquiring the best in international drama with Modus; an […]

BBC Four embraces slow TV

UK public service arts and culture channel BBC Four is embarking on a season of slow TV, the real-time TV phenomenon that was started by Norwegian pubcaster NRK. The BBC Four slow TV season will comprise three voiceover-free slow series. Three-part half-hour series Make will be produced in-house and follow traditional craftsman as they make […]

BBC buys Martin Luther King doc for anniversary tribute

The BBC has acquired one-off doc MLK: The Assassination Tapes, a one-off documentary about iconic US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Junior. The UK public broadcaster will air the 1x60mins doc as part of its 50th anniversary programming commemorating Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. The Peabody Award-winning film will go out on […]