Fresh off of picking up a further two seasons of police anti-corruption drama Line Of Duty, BBC Two, under the leadership of Acting Controller Adam Barker, today confirmed the renewal of the James Corden and Mathew Baynton fronted dramedy The Wrong Mans, whilst also announcing new comedy Nurse and a number of factual and history commissions.
“BBC Two enters its 50th year of broadcasting on thoroughbred form, offering some of the most distinctive and challenging mainstream programmes on the BBC, ahead of its main competitors in peak and with audience appreciation as high as ever”, said Adam Barker, Acting Controller of BBC Two. “These new commissions, from some of our most talented presenters, film-makers and writers, demonstrate the range and ambition we have for the channel as we look forward to the next 50 years.”
Nurse is based on the Radio 4 sitcom of the same name and follows Elizabeth, a community psychiatric nurse, into the homes of her patients and recounts their humorous, sad and often bewildering daily interactions with their nurse, whose job is to assess their progress, dispense medication and offer comfort and support. The series, penned by Paul Whitehouse and David Cummings, stars Esther Coles as Elizabeth and Whitehouse as many of her patients.
The World Made By Women is a four part historical series fronted by Amanda Foreman which will explores 20 000 years of women’s history, from Wu Zeitan to Margaret Thatcher and Alexandra Kollentai. The series also promises to explore the lives of ordinary women alongside the more notable women of history. The World Made By Women is being produced by Silver River, with Emma Hindley serving as the executive producer.
In addition to The World Made By Women, BBC Two has ordered a slew of documentaries exploring key moments in women’s history. Those documentaries include three-parter Women In Power, which takes a look at the Suffragettes; The Real Calender Girls, which is presented by Lucy Worsley and explores the history of the Women’s Institute; Joan Of Arc, in which Helen Castor explores the history of the martyr; and an as-yet untitled piece in which Joann Fletcher will look back at four powerful women of Ancient Egypt.
Beyond Human, from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, explores how animals sense their world in ways far beyond our human capabilities and reveals the most incredible ‘super senses’ of the animal world. The series is presented by physicist Helen Czerski and biologist Patrick Aryee with each episode focusing on a different sense: sight, sound and scent.
On the ob-doc side of things, BBC Two has commissioned Foster Parents, a four-part series explores the complex world of fostering. The series, which has secured access to Dorset social services and foster carers, will follow the amazing human stories of foster carers and their charges alongside the real-life dilemmas of social workers and decision makers. Foster Parents will also explore all the different types of foster care and the services that surround and support them, the process by which children are placed, how they progress through foster care and what happens when they leave.
War In Afghanistan is a two-part series set to mark the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. The series, executive produced by Denys Blakeway, is described as a thought provoking analysis of Britain’s fourth war in Afghanistan, examining the legacy of the conflict, and the impact on Britain and its place in the world.