BBC Factual announces 2 new commissions
May 16, 2023
The BBC has announced two new factual commissions at Wales Screen Summit. Both commissions are being produced out of Cardiff and are being made by South Shore.
Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment & Events, commeted: “These two new shows showcase the food, passion and creativity of people all across the UK and I’m very excited to be bringing them to BBC viewers. Andi Oliver is renowned for her legendary parties so what better person to help communities across the country celebrate in the most joyful way possible. And I’m so pleased that the Hairy Bikers are back on the road once again, this time discovering what makes our western shores, from Bute Island to Devon, so special.”
Andi Oliver’s Big Bash (working title)
This new series for BBC Two and iPlayer sees the renowned chef and restauranteur bring her party organising skills to towns and cities across the UK, galvanising communities with her unwavering belief in the power of food, good vibes and music to bring people together and lift the soul. Each episode will see Oliver’s creative sparks fly, devising unique themed dishes to serve up on the big day. For inspiration, she’ll meet local chefs and suppliers, getting to grips with the regional produce and recipes that make the area special.
Andi Oliver’s Big Bash (8×30 w/t) was commissioned by Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment & Events. The executive producers for South Shore are Andrew Mackenzie, Melanie Leach and James Hedge. The BBC commissioning editor is Patrick McMahon.
The Hairy Bikers Go West
The Hairy Bikers Go West celebrates the amazing food producers, cuisine and vista of Britain’s west shores. This eight-part series for BBC Two and iPlayer sees the return of best friends Si and Dave in a celebration of enduring friendship, foodies’ passion and the people of this part of the world. They will travel from north to south discovering the producers, farmers and chefs that are contributing to a modern British culinary revolution. Each week they’ll ride across one stunning part of the west coast and explore the changing area through restaurants, recipes, producers and inventive new food entrepreneurs.
The Hairy Bikers Go West (8×30) was commissioned by Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment & Events. The Executive Producers for South Shore are Andrew Mackenzie & Melanie Leach. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Jasmyn McGuile and the Series Editor is Francois Gandolfi.