Simon Raikes

BBCWW buys into Red Planet unscripted unit

BBC Worldwide has bought a 25% stake in the new unscripted arm of UK indie Red Planet. The deal gives Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, exclusive international rights to all of the new unit’s programming for five years. Red Planet is the drama indie created by veteran UK TV writer Tony […]

UK indie poaches C5 commissioner for reality push

UK-based drama producer Red Planet Pictures has recruited Channel 5 commissioner Simon Raikes to spearhead a push into unscripted. Red Planet was set up by veteran writer Tony Jordan in 2005 and its drama credits include BBC series Death in Paradise and The Ark. Raikes will be work up a slate of factual and fact-ent […]

Channel 5 orders polygamy, amnesia docs

The UK’s Channel 5 has commissioned a trio of one-off documentaries on subjects including Britain’s only openly polygamous family and teenage amnesia. The 1x60min films are Ellie’s World (working title) and Teen Amnesia (w/t) from OR Media/GroupM Entertainment and The Man Who Ate Himself to Death from Electric Sky. Ellie’s World follows a ten year-old girl […]