This new and ambitious veterinary science series, presented by Liz Bonnin (Big Blue Live; Drowning In Plastic), takes you into the dramatic - and often dangerous - world of big animal surgery. Filmed around the world, from the mountains of Uganda to the rainforest of Sierra Leone, Liz takes us to the heart of the action, as the planet’s most iconic animals undergo life-or-death operations.
From the jaws of a lion to the heart of a chimpanzee, every surgery is experimental - and risky. We capture the drama in real time as some of the most skilled vets in the world work against the clock, often able to discover exactly what the problem is only when their extraordinary animal patient arrives in the operating theatre.
Every operation offers a unique insight into the wonders of natural engineering hidden inside big animal bodies, helping to uncover how nature’s greatest beasts survive and thrive.
Commissioning credits Big Animal Surgery (w/t) (3x60’) is a BBC Studios Science Unit (Scotland) production for BBC Two. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The BBC Commissioning Editors are Craig Hunter and Jack Bootle. The executive producer is Jacqueline Smith.
Extraordinary Places To Eat: The Insider’s Guide (w/t)
Experiencing great food is one of the best things about visiting a new city but how can you be sure you find the hidden gems? In each episode of this visually stunning series, celebrated Maitre d’ Fred Siriex is accompanied by one of Britain's biggest-name chefs as they open up their little black books and take him to their all-time favourite places to eat.
Fred’s companions are Michel Roux Jr (Paris), Nisha Katona (San Sebastian), Tom Kerridge (Edinburgh) and Angela Hartnett (Venice).
Together, they travel to some of the world’s hottest food destinations, from San Sebastian to Venice. But they aren’t just eating, they’re going behind the scenes to understand what really goes into delivering perfect service, world-class food and an unforgettable experience. From the simplicity of the perfect Parisian ham baguette to a Michelin-starred experience in Edinburgh, this is the ultimate insider’s guide.
Commissioning credits Extraordinary Places to Eat (4x60’) is an Outline production (Chepstow, Wales) for BBC Two. The executive producers are Katy Fryer, Laura Mansfield and Helen Veale. The producer/directors are Michael Ratcliffe, Tara Jang, Ed St. Giles. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two and David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Catherine Catton.
Gordon Buchanan’s Bringing Up Grizzly
Gordon travels to the snowy Russian wilderness to help return six orphaned bear cubs back to the wild in a heart warming two-part Christmas special.
Around the world each winter, thousands of baby grizzly bears are left orphaned after their mothers are killed or frightened away by humans. But can these hand-reared predators ever be safely returned to the wild? Starting in winter and over the course of one year, Gordon will live with a remarkable Russian family to find out.
For 25 years the Pazhetnov family have devoted their lives to help release orphaned bears and this year Gordon will join them. Tending to the bears every need he will become a surrogate parent to the cubs. Bottle feeding them every four hours, teaching them how to climb, how to forage and even how to swim, before releasing them into the wild to fend for themselves.
Can this years youngsters be safely reared and rehabilitated? What Gordon learns may change our perception of bears forever. But is it too late for this feared predator, in a land where conservation and hunting go head to head?
Commissioning Credits Gordon Buchanan’s Bringing Up Grizzly (2x60’) is made by Hello Halo (Scotland) and Oak Island. The Executive Producers are Wendy Rattray and Ted Oakes. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Craig Hunter.
This six-part series invites you to the ancient Kingdom of Mourne, where animals out number people ten to one, and where no two days are the same for the busy mountain vets.
Rising up from lakeshore lowlands to Mountain peaks, the Mourne area is well known for its stunning natural beauty and traditional country life - and it is here we will follow the work of nine mountain vets, several nurses and stable hands in three very different vet practices, observing as they care for a diverse range of animals in clinics, on farms and smallholdings. From old-hand to new recruits working together, the three practices cover the whole Mourne Mountain area, responding to over 100 clinic cases and call outs a day.
From a rare five-legged calf to emergency surgery on a horse, overweight cats and rescued seals, the doors are constantly revolving with an array of unusual and unexpected cases for the vets to treat. And though things might not always go according to plan and tragedies do happen, the Mountain Vets do everything they can for the animals in their care.
Commissioning Credits Mountain Vets (6x60’) is a 360 Production (Northern Ireland) production for BBC Two. The executive producers and Amanda Murray and Belinda Cherrington. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Beejal Patel.
A new BBC Wales and BBC Two co-commission will cast four families back in time to survive the extremities of the water, weather and working, in one of the most dangerous jobs possible at the beginning of the 20th century.
Set on the beautiful remote island of Llanddwyn in Anglesey, this living history project will see four families live as a fishing community in the early 1900s. The families will travel back in time to live in the original cottages on Llanddwyn, and will learn the necessary skills to make a living from fishing in the challenging waters of the Menai Straights and the Irish Sea. The series promises to bring the rugged coastline, the beautiful backdrops and the unique sense of community to life.
Commissioning Credits The series (4x60’) is made by Wildflame Productions. The Executive Producer for BBC Wales is Christina Macaulay. It was commissioned by BBC Wales Head of Commissioning Nick Andrews.
Trust Me, I’m A Doctor
Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, BBC Two’s highly successful, popular health magazine show, returns for its ninth series. Led by Michael Mosley and a team of doctors, the series cuts through the hype and headlines to uncover the truth about the health questions that matter: is yoga better than medicine? Can chocolate boost your brain? Should you eat more fat to lose weight?
The team run original experiments and delve into the scientific evidence to bring you health advice you can really trust.
Commissioning credits Trust Me I’m A Doctor (6x30’) is a BBC Studios Science Unit (Scotland) production for BBC Two. The Executive Producer is Jacqueline Smith. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Jack Bootle.
Great British Menu
Great British Menu will return for 2019 and - for the first time ever - the nation’s top professional chefs will compete for the coveted ‘Champion of Champions’ title in a brand new kitchen in Stratford-upon-Avon.
This series will celebrate British Pop Music on the 50th anniversary of the last live gig performed by The Beatles, with chefs cooking themed dishes to celebrate the artistic contribution of British pop music over the last half-century. Back in charge of picking the perfect four-course menu are judges Andi Oliver, Oliver Peyton OBE and Matthew Fort.
Helping the judges to select the winning dishes are guest judges who represent the incredible range of talent over the last 50 years of British Pop. They include Reverend Richard Coles, formerly of The Communards; Pete Waterman, pop mogul and part of writing partnership Stock, Aitken and Waterman; Gary ‘Mani’ Manfield, formerly of The Stone Roses, and new talent Benjamin Gerald Coyle-Larner, aka Loyle.
Commissioning credits Series 14 of Great British Menu (21x60’, 8x30’) is an Optomen production (Birmingham) for BBC Two Daytime. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Dan McGolpin, Controller, Daytime. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Julie Shaw.