BBC Four’s Storyville announces premieres on BBC iPlayer and new autumn run

This is a bold experiment. Storyville has been doing very well on BBC iPlayer and we want to see how our films do when they are premiered there. It's another step on the way to making documentaries freely available in any medium through the BBC."Nick Fraser, Series Editor, Storyville
Date: 27.09.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
BBC Four’s flagship documentary series Storyville today announced it will, for the first-time, premiere three of its documentaries on BBC iPlayer ahead of being broadcast on the channel.

Collectively known as the Modern Outlaws Season, Storyville’s three documentaries, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers and The Great Hip-Hop Hoax, will each premiere on BBC iPlayer on Saturday 12 October. They will then broadcast on BBC Four from Monday 21 October.

Nick Fraser, Series Editor, Storyville, says: “This is a bold experiment. Storyville has been doing very well on BBC iPlayer and we want to see how our films do when they are premiered there. It's another step on the way to making documentaries freely available in any medium through the BBC. And these films are not only exceptional - but exceptionally entertaining. They're up-to-date, sometimes funny and often subversive."

Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content, BBC iPlayer, says: “By network premiering these three powerful Storyville films on BBC iPlayer and featuring them as a single Modern Outlaws Season, we want to increase their exposure and attract audiences who might miss them in the schedule. This forms part of our BBC iPlayer trial to premiere up to 40 hours of programmes across the service and we’re excited to see how the audience respond to us more creatively harnessing BBC iPlayer to complement how they discover our programmes.”

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer tells the compelling story of how a group of young, feminist punk rockers, known as Pussy Riot, captured the world’s attention by protesting against Putin’s Russia. Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers is a thrilling heist documentary about the world’s most notorious gang of diamond thieves. Finally, The Great Hip-Hop Hoax tells the audacious tale of how two lads from Dundee duped the record industry and nearly destroyed themselves.

Each of the Storyville documentaries in the Modern Outlaws Season feature unprecedented material - from never-before-seen footage of the Pussy Riot trial, the first televised interviews with members of the Pink Panthers and exclusive interviews with hip-hop duo Silibil N’ Brains.

As well as announcing the Storyville iPlayer premieres, BBC Four has also announced the rest of the autumn run which is set to continue in November with four further ground-breaking documentaries, including, Hotel Folly - Folie a Deux; The Spy Who Went Into The Cold – Kim Philby, Soviet Super Spy; Black Fish; and Fame In China.

Hotel Folly - Folie a Deux follows Helen, a single mother of seven who, along with her new lover, risks bankruptcy and homelessness to fulfil a dream. The Spy Who Went Into The Cold – Kim Philby, Soviet Super Spy tells the story of the later years of one of Britain’s most notorious spies. In the emotionally charged Blackfish, the story of the world-famous performing whale Tilikum is unravelled. Tilikum, unlike any orca in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Finally, Fame In China follows students at the Central Academy of Drama in China as they compete for a spot in the prestigious graduation production of Fame, which will be the first official collaboration between China and Broadway.

The series will run as follows (Please note that the running order is subject to change, and all programme titles are working titles at this stage):

  • Friday 11 October: BBC Two Scotland - regional premiere of The Great Hip-Hop Hoax
  • Saturday 12 October: Storyville: Modern Outlaws Season premieres on BBC iPlayer
  • Monday 21 October: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer on BBC Four
  • Tuesday 22 October: Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers on BBC Four
  • Wednesday 23 October: The Great Hip-Hop Hoax on BBC Four
  • Monday 11 November: Hotel Folly - Folie a Deux on BBC Four
  • Monday 18 November: The Spy Who Went Into The Cold - Kim Philby, Super Soviet Spy on BBC Four
  • Monday 21 November: Black Fish on BBC Four
  • Early December: Fame In China on BBC Four

Full programme information for Storyville’s Modern Outlaws Season is listed below:

Storyville: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

This Sundance award-winning Storyville documentary tells the compelling story of how a group of young, feminist punk rockers, known as Pussy Riot, captured the world’s attention by protesting against Putin’s Russia.

Through first-hand interviews with band members, their families and the defense team and exclusive footage of the trial, Storyville highlights the forces that transformed these women from playful political activists to modern-day icons.

In early 2012, members of the collective donned their colourful trademark balaclavas and participated in a 40-second “punk prayer protest” on the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral. Once arrested, Nadia, Masha and Katia were accused of religious hatred in a trial that triggered protests and arrests in Russia and caused uproar around the world.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer reveals the personal motives and courage of the women behind the balaclavas and exposes the state of Russian justice through the court’s final verdict.

Storyville: Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers

A thrilling heist documentary about the world’s most notorious gang of diamond thieves, and for the first time on television includes exclusive interviews with the Pink Panther members.

The Pink Panthers have stolen over 270 million pounds in diamonds in more than 241 robberies in cities from Paris to Tokyo. The film explores the rise of the group during the 1990s Balkan conflict when economic sanctions imposed on Serbia fuelled illegal activities. The criminals reveal an underworld driven by fast wealth and paranoia, while the detectives and inspectors, who are working with Interpol, are on a mission to stop the Pink Panthers' crime spree with growing success.

Combining surveillance footage of the heists, archive of the Balkans’ turbulent past, animation and strong testimonies, this Storyville draws connections between international affairs, economics and the shady world of part of the diamond industry.

Storyville: The Great Hip-Hop Hoax

Foul-mouthed Californian hip-hop duo Silibil N' Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really amiable Scotsmen, with fake American accents and made up identities. This Storyville documentary tells the audacious tale of how two lads from Dundee duped the record industry and nearly destroyed themselves.

When their promising Scottish rap act was branded “the rapping Proclaimers” by a scornful record industry, friends Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain reinvented themselves as Los Angeles homeboys. The lie was their golden ticket to a record deal and a dream celebrity life.

With confessions from the rapping imposters, insight from the music industry they duped, and animated elements, the film charts the rollercoaster story of this outrageous scam. A stranger-than-fiction true account of fractured friendship, the pressure of living with lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame.

Note to Editors

Schedules are subject to change.

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