Liam Keelan announces raft of new commissions as BBC Daytime tackles the issues that matter
Update – 1 October 2008: this press release has been updated to reflect changes in the planned commissions.
Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, today announces a raft of
new commissions tackling the issues that matter to the daytime
In a series of week-long programmes and seasons, BBC
Daytime will cover subjects ranging from missing people to organ
donation and the property slump.
Liam Keelan says: "We have a history of producing very strong event-led
programming in BBC Daytime.
"I'm keen for this to continue,
combining drama and factual genres to expand this further in the
schedule and ensure that campaigns and seasons get the attention
First up, acclaimed actress Pauline Quirke will be starring in a
new drama (5 x 45 minutes; title to be announced) about people
who go missing.
Produced by Leopard Films, the exclusive daytime
drama will air on weekday afternoons.
This brand new drama will run parallel to the return of the
hugely successful series Missing Live (20 x 45 minutes). In the
first series, 19 missing people featured in the programme were
Missing Live, presented by Rav Wilding and Louise Minchin,
will return for a second four-week run next year.
The new series will follow a similar format to the first series
with a mixture of filmed reconstructions of individual cases
alongside live studio interviews with friends and family, to
explore the true-life drama of missing persons investigations.
The series will also include direct appeals for missing people,
up-to-the-minute information on cases featured and stories of
people re-united with their loved ones who have been missing, sometimes for years.
The second major commission to be announced is Property Week,
produced by True North, where BBC Daytime's family of property
experts give viewers the definitive guide on coping with the
property downturn whether buying, selling or struggling with
The next commission is a week-long organ donation roadshow, produced by Leopard. The series will include moving and compelling stories of "medical miracles" to show how organ and blood donation can change people's lives.
Finally, BBC Daytime's consumer expert Dominic Littlewood cuts
through all the red tape and offers advice on getting the best
deal from the health service in Dom Does. The NHS, produced by BBC Current
Also in development is a week-long season on Britain's roads and transport.
Notes to Editors
Missing Live, organ donation week and Dom Does. The NHS are executive produced by Gerard Melling.
Property Week is executive produced by Jacqueline Hewer.