BBC Two is adding two factual entertainment series and a current affairs documentary to their 2019 slate. The channel has ordered the Dara O Briain fronted The Family Brain Games, competition series The Claim, and Who Should Get A British Passport?.
“I am delighted to announce these new commissions, they demonstrate our ambitions in terms of the scale and depth of storytelling on the channel”, BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland said in a statement.
“The Claim and Family Brain Games continue the rejuvenation of factual entertainment on the channel, following the recent successes of Sewing Bee and the launch of Race Across the World. Who should get a British Passport? shows our unparalleled commitment to the most important timely stories in peak, asking challenging questions about the biggest issues.”
The Family Brain Games follows eight families from all walks of life as they come together in a specially designed ‘games lab’ to compete in the ultimate test of intelligence. Each episode will see two families go head-to-head in a series of games, designed with the help of leading cognitive neuroscientist Dr Adam Hampshire from Imperial College London, to test mental ability. After four heats, three semi-finals and a grand final, just one family will emerge victorious. But as each family will be judged as a whole, individual brilliance will not be enough in The Family Brain Games, as the teams will have to work together as a high-performing team to succeed.
As these families tackle each demanding challenge, documentary cameras will follow them behind-the-scenes, helping us to understand what makes these relationships tick by exploring their family dynamics and their response to the pressure of intense competition. The eight episode series was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment David Brindley. The Commissioning Editors are Clare Mottershead and Ricky Cooper. Label1 is producing, with Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillip serving as the executive producers.
The Claim follows six British couples as they compete to win a remote, breath taking home deep within the Alaskan wilderness. The British couples will retrace the steps of a man who was the last person to claim five acres of virgin land under the American Homestead Act, and now after living there for 35 years with his wife is looking for an heir to take over the legacy. The couple built their incredible home, 60 miles from the nearest road, by hand. Now in their 70’s they are determined to pass on their life’s work to fresh blood.
But to win this life changing prize, one couple must prove over everyone else that they have what it takes to thrive in the wild. Battling sub-zero temperatures, wild bears and predators, who will have the grit, bravery and determination to make a success of living off grid? The six episode series is produced by TwoFour, with David Clews, Andrew Mackenzie, Nic Patten and Dan Adamson serving as the executive producers. It was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Head of Commissioning for Documentaries Clare Sillery. Emily Smith is the Commissioning Editor.
Who Should Get A British Passport? is a three-episode current affairs documentary that asks the controversial question who really deserves a place in the UK? In a divided Britain, who we let into the UK, or allow to stay here, is a never ending problem. As immigration lawyers up and down the country attempt to get their desperate clients a visa, they must try to work out fact from fiction. Between them they submit over 700,000 visa applications a year to the Home Office, over half a million of which are successful. It’s down to the tough talking lawyers to vet their clients, and to build the most compelling argument to get them the visa they need.
The series is being produced by TwoFour, with David Clews serving as the executive producer. “This revealing and provocative series picks apart the way our immigration system works, following a number of extraordinary stories, as the lawyers and their clients take on the ever changing and confusing rules set by the Home Office”, TwoFour’s David Clews said in a statement. “It presents the audience with the richness of detail and complexity of the cases and the system, so gives them the chance to decide for themselves – who they think deserves a place in the UK.”