On the second day of the Edinburgh TV Festival BBC One controller Charlotte Moore and her commissioning editors announced a raft of new programming for broadcast in 2017 and 2018. All of the titles below are subject to change.
The Button – Eight-part Gameshow which can arrive in any home around the country, will visit five families or friends each week and place a talking button at the heart of their front room where the teams face spontaneous challenges against the clock to win a cash prize. The teams must keep a beady eye on the button which turns from green to red when it’s time to play. They miss it at their peril as it’s a race against the clock to hit the button and start the game. The Button delivers the task they must complete in the quickest time, interacts with them, and also reveals their rival teams on screen and the results.
Grenfell – This single documentary will bring together the powerful human stories from the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, drawing on the collective testimonies of the men, women and children who were directly affected by the most devastating tower block fire in British history.
Featuring intimate and moving accounts from the people whose lives were forever intertwined and irrevocably changed by the fire, the documentary will not only remember those who lost their lives, but will also hear from those who survived and those who have been involved in the relief efforts – as well as the emergency services and others who were in positions of responsibility before, during and after the fire.
Marigold on Tour – Second four-part series moving from BBC Two to BBC One. Miriam Margoyles, Wayne Sleep, Bobby George and Jan Leeming will head to the hot and vibrant city of Havana, Cuba, where life expectancy is high, food is rationed, and the way to travel is in iconic 50s cars. The group will learn what life is like for pensioners in this fascinating and fast changing country. Paul Nicholas, Dennis Taylor, Sheila Ferguson and Rosemary Shrager will explore Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand, to find out what the city can offer in retirement. The pensioners will immerse themselves in the food and traditions that have attracted a generation of younger travellers, and is now a desirable place for elderly Thais to live.
The Stephen Lawrence Story – In a landmark documentary series from Academy Award winning documentary makers James Gay-Rees and Asif Kapadia, BBC One will examine one of the most famous cases of 20th century Britain, the murder of 18 year old black student, Stephen Lawrence by a group of white teenage boys. What followed was one of the longest, most complex and mishandled murder investigations in Metropolitan Police history allowing the suspected killers to evade justice for almost 20 years.
Season on obesity – BBC One is to explore this increasingly nationwide crisis with a season of dedicated programmes exploring the truth about obesity and the science around the crash diet revolution using the latest research, as well as a ground-breaking social experiment with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall where he will challenge the people of Newcastle to lose a staggering 100,000lbs in a year.
On the Drama front Piers Wenger announced…
The Barking Murders – From Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the award-winning team behind The Moorside and Appropriate Adult, a new factual drama which goes beneath the headlines to shed new light on this story by telling it from the point of view of the families of Stephen Port’s victims, focusing on their fight to uncover the truth about what had happened to their lost sons and brothers.
The Cry – Written by Jacquelin Perske, adapted from the novel by Helen FitzGerald, The Cry is a thrilling, psychological drama set in Scotland and Australia that chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy, and explores the myths and truths of motherhood.
The Victim – A four-part contemporary legal thriller told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused. Set in Edinburgh, within Scotland’s unique legal system, the show offers a constantly surprising and twisting perspective on who is really ‘the victim’.
Carl, a hard working family man from Dundee, is the victim of a random, unprovoked attack, after being identified online as a notorious child murderer living under a new identity. With his life collapsing around him, should Carl keep his head down and pray for the smoke to clear – or try to prove his innocence? Is he simply the tragic victim of mistaken identity; or the dangerous killer he is suspected of being? Anna is the mother of a teenage boy who was murdered twenty years ago by a then fourteen-year old boy. Having campaigned to be told of the killer’s new identity and whereabouts, she is then accused of revealing his identity online and conspiring to have him murdered. Has the anger of a grieving mother turned her into a criminal too? What exactly is she guilty of – and what is she capable of doing in her son’s name? Played out through the lens of one criminal trial, moral dilemmas will be thrown up and sides will be taken in these two very different quests for justice.