BBC entertains with a host of new commissions

We are delighted to be able to announce these commissions. It is a diverse group of projects which goes from prime-time Saturday night entertainment to comedy entertainment."Alan Tyler, Executive Editor, Entertainment Commissioning
Date: 03.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.03
The BBC Nations and Regions Entertainment Commissioning Conference took place today at BBC Scotland Pacific Quay, Glasgow.

The conference, an annual event established three years ago, featured participants including Acting Head of BBC Vision, Roger Mosey; BBC Three Controller, Zai Bennett; Boom Pictures’ Lorraine Heggessey; BBC Controller Entertainment Commissioning, Mark Linsey; Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning, Alan Tyler; Avalon's Richard Allen Turner; Thames' Head of Entertainment, Suzy Lamb; So Television’s Graham Stuart; Daytime Commissioner, Jo Street; 12 Yard's Andy Culpin; and BBC Scotland’s Ken MacQuarrie. Sarah Millican and Kevin Bridges were 'beamed in' with a variety of links across the day, while Mrs Brown closed proceedings with some useful words of advice for all in attendance. A number of commissions, recommissions and pilots were announced.

Break The Safe (8x40mins) is a new quiz show for BBC One Saturday nights. The show sees three couples battle it out to break the safe and take up to £100,000 as a 40-minute clock counts down. The show is a Thames Scotland (part of FremantleMedia UK) production and will be shot in the pacific Quay studios. The executive producers are Suzy Lamb and Sarah Woolley.

The Sarah Millican Television Programme (7x30mins) has been recommissioned for a third series. The show, which is a So Scotland/Chopsy co-production for BBC Two, has just completed filming a second series and will TX from Christmas of this year. The executive producer is Graham Stuart.

BBC Scotland's in-house entertainment department has been commissioned to make a 6x30min series of The Hoff's ever! for BBC Three. Each week, the comedy entertainment clip-show takes a different area of film from 'action' to 'dance' and sees a mix of stars and comedians running through the ingredients needed for perfection in that category. Actor David Hasselhoff will anchor the show from his HQ. The executive producer is Eileen Herlihy.

The Many faces of... BBC Two’s hugely successful biography brand produced by Green Inc has had a further recommission, with four more shows added for 2013. The executive producer is Stephen Stewart.

Chris Ramsay's Social network is a pilot from Avalon Scotland for BBC Three. The show will see the Hebburn star take on the week through everything that is happening in social media. The pilot will shoot at the beginning of 2013 with a series expected to follow.

Avalon Scotland has also won a development deal on a new format from Steve Williams. A key writer on Russell Howard's Good News, Williams’ format is a comedy entertainment project built around the idea of one-upmanship. The executive producers on both projects are Richard Allen Turner, Jon Thoday and Toby Stevens.

12 Yard Scotland has also won recommissions for Lottery shows In It To Win It and Who Dares Wins on BBC One. Executive producers are Andy Culpin and Michael Mannes.

STV and Wild Rover will work together to produce a low-cost pilot of a new 60-min format aimed at BBC One Saturday nights. The show is a combination of not only high-stakes game play, but also humour, as it involves the participation of a number of famous faces. Executive producers are Liam Hamilton, Phil Morrow and Gary Chippington.

Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning, Alan Tyler, who commissioned the shows alongside BBC Controller Entertainment Commissioning, Mark Linsey and Channel Controllers Danny Cohen (BBC One), Janice Hadlow (BBC Two) and Zai Bennett (BBC Three), says: “We are delighted to be able to announce these commissions. It is a diverse group of projects which goes from prime-time Saturday night entertainment to comedy entertainment. With the other commissions we have made this year that range really is the perfect illustration of the increasing maturity in nations and regions production. We are delighted that the conference has been so well attended again this year. It is an important forum for a really full and frank exchange of views between producers and commissioners.”