Rare TV


Rare TV expands int’l focus with Zig Zag appointment

UK-based factual producer Rare TV has appointed Zig Zag Productions’ Chris Sanders to an internationally facing development role. Sanders becomes development producer at the Digging For Britain prodco and will specialise in projects for the global market. He report into VP of US development Christian Broadhurst and joins from Zig Zag, where he was assistant […]

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 […]

Rare TV appoints head of development & unveils first true crime order

Factual producer Rare TV has promoted Susannah Zeff to become its first head of UK development and revealed its first domestic commission for a true-crime series. Zeff has been with Rare TV for a decade and has been behind shows including Chitty Flies Again for Channel 4, The Nile: Egypt’s Great River With Bettany Hughes […]

Indielab Accelerator reveals 15 entrants for 2021 scheme

UK-based Indielab Accelerator has announced the 2021 cohort for its sixth edition, with 15 production firms joining the scheme. The Accelerator provides early and mid-stage production companies with advice on how to hone their business vision and explore growth opportunities. The 2021 entrants are: Big Little Fish Television, Black Camel Pictures, Blazing Griffin Pictures, ClearStory, […]

UKTV’s Yesterday orders model railway obs doc from Rare TV

UKTV’s factual channel Yesterday has ordered a 10-part obs doc about model railway manufacturer Hornby. Hornby: A Model World (10 x 60-minutes) is in production with UK prodco Rare TV and will follow the company and its brands – including Hornby Railways, Corgi, Airfix and Scalextric – as they gear up for new product launches. The […]

Pandemic series ‘Contagion’ sold to European, Asian broadcasters

UK production house Rare TV’s medical documentary Contagion has been picked up for re-broadcast in several countries in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. The one-hour special was originally commissioned by BBC Four and first broadcast in 2018. It was retransmitted on the UK pubcaster last month and has since been sold by UK-based distributor Magnify […]

Rare TV replaces CEO Fraser with Channel 4’s Gardiner

UK-based factual producer Rare TV has appointed Channel 4 executive Alexander Gardiner as its CEO, replacing Antony Fraser. Gardiner was most recently a consultant commissioning editor at Channel 4 having previously been managing director of UK prodco Shiver, where he led the restructuring of the ITV Studios-owned outfit. He has also served as creative director […]

BBC Four commissions Rare TV’s ‘The River’

BBC Four has commissioned Rare TV for a feature documentary on Scotland’s longest river.  In The River: A Year In The Life Of The Tay, award-winning writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald observes the Tay — which begins as a small Highland watercourse and ends as a vast torrent spilling into the North Sea at Dundee — over the […]

Rare TV scores engineering six-parter for Smithsonian

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned UK producer Rare TV for a six-part series exploring the innovations that changed the world. Inside Mighty Machines is hosted by ex-NASA jet engineer Chad Zdenek and examines the engineering principles that make machines such as a 747 jumbo jet or a North Sea oil rig run. Along the way, Zdenek […]