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BBC England seeks “factual ideas of scale”


BBC Two is looking to commission a series of hour long films from production companies outside of London.

It will commission 8 x 60 minute films, which will air at 8pm on the channel.

BBC England says it’s seeking “factual ideas of scale” which have the potential to become returning series.

“BBC England’s priority is content that appeals to and reflects communities right across the country. We welcome ideas which tell positive stories about the lives of our audience in new and exciting ways,” explained Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning England.

They are primarily looking for observational documentary ideas, which are “contemporary in style and ambitious in scale”. However, they will also look at “talent-led” pitches along the lines of Remarkable Places to Eat or Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby.

The aim is to showcase the lives of “everyday heroes” in local communities and stories should be “warm, inviting and life-affirming.”

“BBC Two already has great success working with Indies across the UK for series like This Farming Life, Cornwall; This Fishing Life and Saving Lives at Sea and we want more shows that celebrate the lives of everyday heroes with people firmly based in particular communities whose jobs or activities make them a vital part of their communities and environment,” added Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two.

“We are looking to build on this tone and storytelling, to find major new brands that explore the lives of other types of work and activities that are based in different parts of the UK.”

The deadline for sending ideas is midnight on 21st December.

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