BBC Two Commissions Three New Fact-Ent Series


BBC Two has commissioned a trio of new factual-entertainment series that range from the adventurous to the intellectually challenging and to complex current affairs.

A competitive series set in the Alaskan wilderness, The Claim features six British couples who have to not only contend with the region’s sub-zero temperatures but also its wild bears and other assorted predators. The couples will compete to become the chosen pair to inherit the last five acres of land claimed under the American Homestead Act.

Presented by Dara O Briain, The Family Brain Games follows eight families as they battle it out in a series of challenges meant to test their intelligence in such areas as communication, technology and strategy.

Lastly is the tentatively titled current affairs series Who Should Get a British Passport?, which takes a look at Great Britain’s immigration system. At the center of the show are immigration lawyers from around the country, who are endeavoring to vet and secure visas for their clients.

Patrick Holland, BBC Two Controller, said: “I am delighted to announce these new commissions. They demonstrate our ambitions in terms of the scale and depth of storytelling on the channel. The Claim and The Family Brain Games continue the rejuvenation of factual entertainment on the channel, following the recent successes of Sewing Bee and the launch of Race Across the World. Who Should get a British Passport? shows our unparalleled commitment to the most important timely stories in peak, asking challenging questions about the biggest issues.”