Beyond Rights Unveils Stacked Spring Unscripted Slate


Beyond Rights’ spring content slate features a slew of new unscripted titles, including the Big Coat Media-produced six-parter End of the Rope.

The series provides a look into the high-octane world of rope access technicians. It follows an elite team as they travel the U.S. to undertake fixes on major landmarks across the country, with only a rope for support.

Beyond Rights is also highlighting two new crime and investigation series. Santa Claus the Serial Killer, produced by Forest, examines the case of shopping mall Santa Bruce McArthur, who was convicted of killing eight young men in Toronto. Loot, from EQ Media Rights, travels the world for an investigation into how the trade in stolen antiquities and art has become a major source of income for criminal syndicates, gangs and terrorists across the globe.

Custody Cops, produced by Double Act, captures life working in one of Britain’s custody suites. Yorkshire Midwives on Call, from Candour Productions, follows a team of homebirth midwives as they help families welcome their new arrivals. Back with the Ex, from Seven Studios, reunites singles with the one that got away.

New history titles on Beyond Rights’ slate include Underground Railroad: The Secret History, produced by Attraction Media, which uses archaeology and technology to reveal the hidden network of secret routes and places that helped enslaved people escape to freedom in 1800s America; and Trains at War from Pernel Media, which explores the role of the train in conflict—from logistics to weaponry.

There’s also the new single documentary, 54 Hours Beneath, from One Tribe TV, which looks into what happens when caving goes wrong following the story of English caver George Linnane.

Pernel Media’s Europe’s Greatest Train Journeys is a new travel series featuring stunning train routes, while Best of Britain by the Sea, from Blink Films, is part food show and part travelogue, hosted by Grace Dent and Ainsley Harriott. Another new food title, ECG Productions’ Taste the Diversity, explores different cultures, history and personal stories from around the world through national dishes and recipes.

Beyond Right’s latest slate also features a number of new seasons for long-running, popular returning series, including: Abandoned Engineering (Like A Shot Entertainment), Heavy Rescue: 401 (Great Pacific Media), Love It or List It (Big Coat Media), Love It or List It: UK (Raise the Roof Productions), Filthy House SOS (Gobstopper TV), Aussie Snake Wranglers (Breakout Productions), The Secret Life of Lighthouses (October Films), Forbidden History (Like A Shot Entertainment) and Carnival Eats (Alibi). There are also two new seasons of Kalel Productions’ Rich Kids Go Skint and two seasons of the new spin-off Rich Kids Skint Holiday. Finally, ITN Productions has added a new hour to its documentary series Elizabeth to bring the story of Queen Elizabeth II up to date for her Platinum Jubilee year.

David Smyth, CEO of Beyond Rights, said: “We are delighted to be launching such a strong and diverse new slate of programming this spring and are especially looking forward to discussing it face-to-face with as many buyers as possible at MIPTV next month. Not only do we have some fantastic new titles in genres for which we are very well-known, but our ability to return with new seasons of long-running programs each year is always well-received, as many of these go on to become anchor brands on channels around the world.

“We are also pleased to extend our relationships with so many leading producers, such as Big Coat Media, Great Pacific Media and Pernel Media, and to welcome a number of exciting new partners to our roster this year, including Candour Productions, Forest, Double Act Productions and One Tribe TV from the UK and ECG Productions from Canada.”