BBC In-house Entertainment announces compelling raft of new programmes

We’re thrilled to be adding such a diverse and exciting raft of new series to the existing portfolio of programming based in Salford and growing our in-house output on a Pan-UK basis."David Williams, Creative Director, Entertainment North
Date: 24.05.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
Category: BBC Two; BBC Three
BBC In-house Entertainment today announces the commission of four series for BBC Two and BBC Three, including two brand new series.

David Williams, Creative Director, Entertainment North, said: “We’re thrilled to be adding such a diverse and exciting raft of new series to the existing portfolio of programming based in Salford and growing our in-house output on a Pan-UK basis.”

The Planners (working title) 8 x 60 mins - BBC Two

The Planners (working title) is an eight-part observational documentary series that reveals the work of a number of Council Planning Officers from across the UK. Shot over a six-month period, the series follows home owners, property developers and businesses as they navigate the planning process.

Each episode will include a range of different stories highlighting properties and buildings at different stages within the Planning process and will show what it takes to build the most inspirational, complex and beautiful homes and buildings in Britain today.

We'll take viewers into the architects' offices, the planning meeting, on site and up the scaffolding to show the work at every stage and reveal it requires much more than bricks and mortar. The story is told through the eyes, ears and drawings of the Planners themselves - the people who interpret the rules, evaluate the proposals and make the recommendations.

The Planners has been commissioned by Liam Keelan, Controller, BBC Daytime and Pam Cavannagh, Executive Producer Daytime. It will be executive produced by David Williams and Kieron Collins.

Liam Keelan said: “The Planners is a subject area that everyone has an interest in, particularly in these straitened times. Whether you're doing it yourself or experiencing it on your own doorstep, I'm sure this series will be prove very popular with the BBC Two audience.”

Racing Legends 3 x 60 mins – BBC Two

Racing Legends is a new BBC Two series that follows three celebrity car enthusiasts as they re-trace the steps of Great British Racing Legends.

Through a combination of revealing interviews with family and friends and fascinating archive footage, each celebrity will pay tribute to the racing legend by learning what made them great. By charting the highs and lows, the victories and the near-death experiences, the enthusiasts will discover what it took to succeed in a dangerous era of motorsport. They'll learn about the vehicles they drove, the engineering they employed and try to understand what put them in pole position.

Racing Legends has been commissioned by Mirella Breda, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning. It will be executive produced by Kieron Collins

Peter Jones Meets… 4 x 60 mins – BBC Two

Peter Jones Meets… is a new commission for BBC Two following on the success of last year's pilot episode where the nation's tallest Dragon interviewed two of the UK's most well-known entrepreneurs. Having exposed a new dimension to his traditional Den persona, Peter will be interrogating more of the country's most successful and inspirational business giants, to find out how they grew their companies, the challenges they faced along the way, and work out what the anatomy of success looks like.

Peter Jones Meets... has been commissioned by Mirella Breda, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning and will be executive produced by Sam Lewens.

Mirella said: “This promises to be a fascinating watch. As a hugely successful entrepreneur himself, Peter is ideally placed to ask the questions we want to hear. I’m really looking forward to seeing Peter find out how Britain’s top entrepreneurs made their millions and what lessons they’ve learnt along the way.”

Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands 7 x 60 mins – BBC Three

The third series of the hit BBC Three series Junior Doctors, which follows a group of new doctors as they take their first steps, not to mention their first samples and swabs as a qualified doctor, will be made by Entertainment Production North. Over the course of seven episodes we follow them as they embark on their foundation years in some of the busiest and most challenging departments.

Junior Doctors has been commissioned by Karl Warner, Executive Editor Entertainment, and will be executive produced by David Williams.

Karl said: "We're really looking forward to getting to know a new set of junior doctors in a totally new city, and we're hopeful that the fresh mix of their home life and hospital drama will continue to grip the BBC Three audience."

Notes to Editors

BBC In-house Entertainment and Events is responsible for some of the UK's most watched and loved entertainment and factual entertainment formats, most notably Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Dragons' Den, Eurovision Song Contest, Junior Doctors and Mastermind to name but a few.

The department is also responsible for the coverage of huge events such as the upcoming Diamond Jubilee Concert and the Thames Pageant, as well as Trooping the Colour, the Dimbleby Lecture, Festival of Remembrance and Children in Need.

The department is run by Katie Taylor, Head of Entertainment and Events.