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BBC Worldwide adds 4 new titles to slate of original commissions

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide is adding four titles to its slate of original commissions. These titles will air on BBC Earth and BBC Brit across 33 international channel feeds which carry the BBC Worldwide’s genre brands in over 100 countries.

The latest orders include ‘Are You Fitter Than A Maasai Warrior?’ (working title), ‘Million Dollar Car Hunters’, ‘Meet the Humans’ (working title), and the return of ‘Fishing Impossible’ for a second run.

With the addition of these new titles, commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson have now green lit ten series for Worldwide’s global channels. These titles will all be distributed by BBC Worldwide outside of channel territories.

BBC Worldwide has already seen success in original series with ‘Fishing Impossible’ surpassing channel slot average in Poland, Norway and South Africa, and ‘Round Planet’ ranking first in the time slot among its competitive set of channels on BBC Earth in Norway, with more than double the audience of its nearest rival.

Genre director for factual entertainment and entertainment Tracy Forsyth said, “Our focus has always been on building strong, returnable global brands with charismatic British talent at their heart. These shows feature personalities with wit, real expertise and infectious passion. We know this mix has great global appeal and believe it will work well for both our channels and our distribution pipeline.”

‘Are You Fitter Than A Maasai Warrior?’ is a new series which follows two of the UK’s brightest comedians Joel Dommett and his friend Nish Kumar as they take on the adventure of a lifetime, immersing themselves in the lives of the strongest, fittest, and toughest people in the world for the ultimate fitness bootcamp.

Produced by Rumpus Media, the show features diverse communities from round the world. Iain Wimbush and Emily Hudd are the executive producers for Rumpus Media.

‘Million Dollar Car Hunters’ is a new factual entertainment series from Waddell Media. It is a co-commission with Channel 4 for BBC Worldwide’s global channel BBC Brit and Channel 4 in the UK.

The exciting new series will give audiences exclusive access into the extraordinary and high class world of RM Sotheby’s, the world’s biggest classic car auctioneer. The series follows the firm’s employees and the climactic journey they go on to hunt down some of the world’s most iconic classic cars in time for sale at the upcoming auctions.

The second season of ‘Fishing Impossible Series 1’, which aired globally on BBC Earth earlier this year, is a 7 x 60’ from Alaska TV. Following a group of maverick fishing fanatics on a mission across the globe to catch ‘the un-catchable’, this series promises to surprise audiences with new epic adventures in search of even more weird and wonderful sea creatures that can’t be caught with a conventional rod and line. The three mates will travel to some of the world’s most extreme fishing locations to land some of the most extraordinary fish. From the Himalayas to Krakatoa, Iceland to Mozambique.

‘Meet the Humans’ is a fun and mischievous light science series for BBC Earth, observing, revealing and decoding the behaviour of the planet’s most fascinating species – humans. Using a mixture of experimental set-ups and dramatically shot distinctive human environments, ‘Meet the Humans’ sets out to analyse the way in which we think and act. Mike Gunton along with Katie Brosnan will be the executive producers for BBC Earth Productions.