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Realscreen: UKTV orders up antiques restoration series for Yesterday

BBC Studios-owned British broadcaster UKTV has commissioned a new restoration series for its factual channel, Yesterday. Restoration Workshop (10 x 60 minutes) sees antiques dealer Gary Wallis (pictured) and his team of fixer-uppers tracking down unloved antiques and objects to transform them into bespoke items for the high-end...

Broadcast Now’s Hot Picks: Poisonous Liaisons

‘Women seem to have an insatiable appetite for working out the psychology and motives of the perpetrator’ Distributor DriveProducer White Spark PicturesLength 13 x 60 minutesBroadcaster C+I (UK and Iberia) With so many crime stories and niches already covered on screen, Drive joint managing director Lilla Hurst says she was immediately...

Broadcast: UKTV finds home for The Good Nazi

Domestic broadcaster among a range of international buyers of doc UKTV is among a raft of global broadcasters to have picked up a documentary about a Nazi officer who mirrored the work of Oskar Schindler. The multi-channel network has acquired Canadian 60-minute film The Good Nazi, which tells the...

C21: Channel 5 takes Alaska’s Drugs for Fun

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a formatted documentary series about recreational cocaine use from independent production company Alaska TV. Doing Drugs for Fun is a three-parter in which four cocaine users follow the drug’s trail from the Colombian rainforests to the streets of the UK. On...

C21 Media: Drive motors to Cannes with royals

UK-based production funding and distribution agency Drive will launch three new documentaries about the UK’s royal family and an eight-part talkshow at MipTV next week. Commissioned by TrueRoyalty TV, the royalty-themed SVOD platform launched last year in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the...

Praise for Mars Uncovered: Ancient God of War

New show Mars Uncovered: Ancient God of War was very well received when it premiered at BBC4 last week. PICK OF THE WEEK ‘Engaging and clever’ The Observer ‘Hughes expertly traces Mars origins’ The Times ‘Hughes is a warm and authoritative presenter, always utterly engaged and at home amongst fallen columns...

C21Media: Back2Back reports weather series sale

BBC Earth and Discovery Italy are among the international broadcasters to have picked up a factual series on extreme weather conditions from UK-based funding and distribution outfit Drive. The World’s Deadliest Weather is produced by UK indie Back2Back and the third 13×60’ season has also been...