BBC3 turns to fitness and antiques

Banijay indie Wonder wins double short-form order

First published in Broadcast on 3rd May 2019

An inspiring fitness series and an examination of the second-hand sales market comprise a duo of BBC3 short-form fact-ent commissions.

The Fiona Campbell-led channel has ordered Work It and Deadstock, both 4 x 15-minutes, from Banijay-backed indie Wonder, which has just been rebranded from 7 Wonder.

In the former series, three inspiring fitness instructors who have overcome challenges will work in a gym that welcomes all shapes, sizes and physical abilities. The aim is to help people learn to both love exercise and become less body-conscious.

In Deadstock, two savvy second-hand resellers will set up a warehouse and offer free authentications of strange items, telling the stories of how people came to love the unusual articles, which include Pokémon cards and rare designer bum bags.

Both series were ordered by BBC3 commissioning editor Nasfim Haque and are being exec-produced by Sarah Trigg.

Banijay Rights will distribute globally.

Trigg said the series would bring “fresh new talent to BBC3 via fact-ent formats”.

“Both shows mix entertainment with fun, fascinating and often moving stories from young people, on a platform that speaks directly to them,” she added.

Katie Brewer
Walks of Life now on BBC1 Sunday's at 11:30AM

Mehreen Baig and JB Gill present a series of walks exploring attitudes to religion, belief and our relationship to the landscape

First published in The Sunday Times on 17th March 2019

Celebrating the joy, wisdom and beauty to be found in Britain’s sacred spaces and its people, Mehreen Baig and JB Gill present a series of walks exploring attitudes to religion, belief and our relationship to the landscape. Breathtaking views are a given, peace and spiritual fulfilment is an aim.

Katie Brewer
BBC2 enjoys big numbers for Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland achieved
2.2m (11.7%).

First published in Broadcast on 2nd January 2019

Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland (BBC2) 9pm- 10pm, 28 December 2.2m (11.7%). A celebration of the Scottish comedian proved the biggest draw of BBC2’s trio of celebrity profiles between Christmas and New Year.

Katie Brewer
7Wonder Nominated - Broadcast Awards Shortlist 2019

Best Specialist Factual Programme Transplant - A Chance to Live
7Wonder Productions for BBC Two Nominated

First published in Broadcast on 21st November 2018

Ceremony to be held at The Grosvenor Hotel in London on 6 February 2019

Best Specialist Factual Programme shortlist:

Basquiat: Rage to Riches
BBC Studios for BBC Two

Blue Planet II
BBC Studios for BBC One

The Football Club: Artist in Residence
Storyvault Films for Channel 4

Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage
Swan Films for Channel 4

Heart Transplant - A Chance to Live
7Wonder Productions for BBC Two

My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me
Dragonfly Film & Television Productions for BBC One

Katie Brewer
Sky 1 orders Micky Flanagan Christmas show

Comedian to front 7Wonder’s one-off special of Thinking Aloud

First published in Broadcast on 12th November 2018

Sky 1 has commissioned a one-off Christmas comedy special that reveals stand-up Micky Flanagan’s feelings about the festive season.

The 60-minute show Micky Flanagan’s Christmas is a seasonal special of Flanagan’s Sky 1 show Thinking Aloud.

Banijay Group’s 7Wonder and Flanagan’s Double Busy are the co-producers and Banijay Rights will shop the show internationally.

Flanagan will explore themes such as why so many people get divorced around the Christmas period, what a three-bird roast is and why Brits panic to get new sofas in time for the festive season.

“There is simply no one better qualified to talk about what makes a very British Christmas than Micky Flanagan,” said 7Wonder executive producer Mike Reilly. “Expect the most unexpected and hilarious points of view on this wonderful time of the year.”

Reilly is executive producer along with Christian Knowles from Double Busy and Shirley Jones, the commissioning editor at Sky 1 who ordered the programme.

Katie Brewer
Diversity drives BAME viewing

Revealed: How casting non-white talent helps shows attract broader audiences

First published in Broadcast on 12th September 2018

The injection of BAME talent into mainstream programming can significantly drive diverse viewing, according to research conducted by Broadcast.

Analysis of 2018 primetime shows from the PSBs has revealed that BAME viewers can make up a significant proportion of the audience when the talent, contributors or subject matter are attuned to diverse individuals.

Broadcasters have found success by imbuing established formats with a BAME sensibility as well as ordering shows with ethnicity at their heart.

Its high BAME profile was comparable to an episode of 7Wonder’s C4 wedding format Bride And Prejudice in June. That episode, which pulled in more than 200,000 non-white viewers (23%), focused on the decision of a black devout Christian to convert to Islam so he could marry his long-term girlfriend.

Katie Brewer
Back to the Land returns with 1.1m

Returning for an expanded and stripped 12-part second series, 7Wonder Productions’ showcase of rural entrepreneurs

First published in Broadcast on 9th May 2018

The first three-part series aired in an 8pm Tuesday slot and opened with an overnight audience of 1.9m (9.4%) and averaged 1.8m (9.1%).

Some 59% of viewers were aged 65 or over, up from the slot’s typical 47% profile. That gave BBC2 a 10.5% share of the demographic, beating its usual 10%.

Katie Brewer
Anita Rani to front two-part experiment from 7Wonder
Clinic 21 - Anita, Zoe & Jason holding.JPG

In 7Wonder’s Diabetes: The Fast Fix, five obese and overweight patients will move into the Fast Fix Clinic, where they will live on a radical liquid-only diet of 800 calories per day for four weeks in an attempt to shed more than 15kg.

First published in Broadcast on 9th May 2018

Anita Rani will present the two-part series, which will also feature British chef Rosemary Shrager and The Chase star Paul Sinha.

Rani will be joined by GP and diabetes expert Dr Zoe Williams and Professor Jason Gill, who was at the forefront of the diabetes research that inspired the programme.

Katie Brewer