BBC Studios wins its first production commission in China - landmark factual series One Cup, A Thousand Stories

It’s incredibly exciting to be sharing our story-telling and production craft with new audiences and with content that has been specifically developed for this market.”Lisa Opie, Managing Director for BBC Studios Productions
Date: 02.07.2019     Last updated: 02.07.2019 at 11.00
Category: BBC Studios
BBC Studios has won its first fully-funded production commission in China, a brand new landmark factual series for Migu, China Mobile's only digital content subsidiary, telling the remarkable story of tea and its impact on China and other civilisations around the world.

One Cup, A Thousand Stories will look at tea on a scale never attempted before, journeying across the beautiful and varied landscapes of China to explore its many teas, the people who have built a life around it and the culture it has created. It will reveal how tea has profoundly influenced Chinese lifestyles and rituals, including food and concepts of medicine and health and how tea sits at the heart of Chinese traditions, attitudes, friendships and family ties, bringing different generations together and even the nation. This unique series will also seek to tell the story of tea’s influence on other countries and China’s role in the global tea culture.

BBC Studios has previously worked with other Chinese broadcasters to co-produce titles such as Dynasties and Blue Planet II. In recent months the BBC Studios Factual production team has had a presence in China, working closely with Kelvin Yau, SVP and GM, Greater China, BBC Studios, to explore opportunities with potential partners and this is the first fully-funded commission as a result of that.

Lisa Opie, Managing Director for BBC Studios Productions said: “I am delighted that we have secured our first production commission in China and will be making this fascinating and ambitious factual series for Migu. It’s incredibly exciting to be sharing our story-telling and production craft with new audiences and with content that has been specifically developed for this market.”

Bin Wang, CEO of Migu Video said: “BBC Studios Productions makes some of the best factual programmes in the world and we are thrilled that they are producing this landmark series for us. It is a great opportunity to draw on their production skills and knowledge, covering a subject that is so important to us”

The 6 x 50 minutes series has been developed and will be produced by BBC Studios’ in Scotland and will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios. 

 

For more information, please contact: Georgie Heslett georgie.heslett@bbc.com

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About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK, and a further nine wholly-owned and production partnerships internationally. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

About BBC Studios Productions

With British creativity at its heart, BBC Studios produces around 2000 hours of content every year for a variety of UK and global broadcasters, across a broad range of genres and specialisms. Bringing together BBC editorial values, cutting-edge production craft and story-telling skills and diverse creative talent, it is the most awarded producer in the UK, receiving over 100 awards and 200 nominations in the past year. Its programmes are loved by audiences around the world. Credits include world-class dramas like Luther and Doctor Who, landmark Natural History such as Dynasties and Blue Planet II, much loved comedy and entertainment shows such as This Country, Inside No. 9, Strictly Come Dancing and Glastonbury and an extraordinary range of factual programming, including Louis Theroux, Horizon, Killed By My Debt and Life And Death Row.

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