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Thursday, 13 November 2014

BBC1 announces three new documentaries for 2015

The BBC has today announced three new factual entertainment series for BBC ONE to be broadcast in 2015.


Commissioned by Alison Kirkham, BBC Head of Commissioning for Factual Features and Formats and Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, these series will explore: the public’s spending habits and attitudes towards money; weight loss; and Britain’s hidden heroes.

Charlotte said: “Factual entertainment with purpose is a tone I want to see more of on BBC One, and I hope these new commissions will both reflect that and resonate with viewers.”

Alison said: “With these new factual entertainment titles we aim to entertain the audience but also to engage with them and with the issues we all face in our everyday lives – health, money, weight. I hope they all three will make us laugh and smile but also make us stop and pause for thought.”

Weight For Love (working title), a four-part 60-minute series by Renegade Pictures for BBC ONE, follows couples who have become locked in a cycle of overeating that is threatening both their health and their relationship. The series will explore whether bad habits are best broken through dramatic, disruptive intervention allowing new patterns of behaviour to develop. In Weight For Love, couples are separated for three months while they fight their diet demons and undergo a transformation not just in their eating habits but how they view their world. Their lifestyles are overhauled by a nutritionist and a psychologist with a view to helping them lose weight and changing their attitude to their well-being, their interests and their relationship.

After three months apart, the couples are reunited to find out just how successful they’ve been, in their quests to transform.


Britain’s Secret Spending Habits (working title), a two-part 60-minute series made by The Garden Productions for BBC One, will get under the skin of Britain’s attitudes to money and the public’s spending habits.

In Britain’s Secret Spending Habits some of Britain’s richest and poorest will cross the wealth gap and have their say on how the other half spends its money. The country’s super-rich and hard-up agree on one thing – they both think the other spends too much money. People who are strapped for cash are outraged that some people think nothing of spending £20,000 on a handbag. Whereas the financially better off question if someone is genuinely so poor, how can they afford a flat screen television.

The series will include a life-style swap with two people who have very different views about money where each person lives with and spends with their counterpart as well as featuring people from across the wealth and spending spectrum to find out what they really spend their cash on and why.

Best Day Ever (working title) is a one part 60-minute programme made by Little Gem for BBC ONE, in which unsuspecting, unsung heroes receive the recognition they deserve.  Nominated by friends and families, unwitting stars will be the subject of secret cameras and ambush stunts to  produce a funny, heart-warming format that will make you laugh and cry.

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