Broadcast – UKTV buys Outline BBCW’s global series


24 April, 2014 | By Peter White — UKTV has acquired a raft of shows that were commissioned by BBC Worldwide for its international channels. 

The series include Outline Productions’ Million Dollar Intern, which follows a group of whizz-kid entrepreneurs who go undercover as interns in struggling businesses in an effort to help them.

The series will air on entertainment channel Watch alongside Best In Town, which is produced by Richard Bacon’s Mox Productions. Best In Town features a range of businesses from dog groomers and florists to party entertainers and personal trainers as they battle it out for top ranking.

Meanwhile, Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook, produced by BBC Bristol, and Bill’s Kitchen, made by Furneaux and Edgar Productions, will both air on Good Food.

The shows were commissioned by BBC Worldwide as part of its drive to order more original programming for its raft of channels.

The move is being led by BBCW vice-president of commissioning Tracy Forsyth, who is looking to eventually commission around 140 hours of largely UK-produced content for channels including BBC Brit, BBC First and BBC Earth. Forsyth said she was pleased that these shows had been snapped up in the UK.

Speaking to Broadcast at the end of last year, Forsyth said BBCW would be interested in co-producing such shows with UK broadcasters in the future.

“We’re open to co-production because we obviously don’t have a UK window,” she said. “If you have an idea that’s right for the UK market and also fits our brief, we’d be interested in talking about taking the rest-of-the- world rights.”