New Commissions for BBC Worldwide Factual Titles


LONDON: BBC Worldwide has landed a season two commission for Fishing Impossible, in addition to orders for three new factual series.

The seven-episode sophomore season of Fishing Impossible from Alaska TV follows a group of maverick fishing fanatics as they travel to some of the world’s most extreme locations to hook extraordinary fish. The first season has been successful in Poland, Norway and South Africa. It airs on BBC Earth.

BBC Worldwide’s commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson also ordered Are You Fitter Than a Maasai Warrior? (working title), Million Dollar Car Hunters and Meet the Humans (working title). Are You Fitter Than a Maasai Warrior? (Rumpus Media) follows British comedians Joel Dommett and Nish Kumar as they take on the adventure of a lifetime, immersing themselves in the lives of the strongest, fittest and toughest people in the world for the ultimate fitness bootcamp.

The ten-part series Million Dollar Car Hunters from Waddell Media is a co-commission for BBC Worldwide’s global channel BBC Brit and Channel 4. The series gives viewers access to the world of classic car auctioneer RM Sotheby, following the firm’s employees as they hunt for iconic classic cars. The tentatively titled Meet the Humans (BBC Earth Productions for BBC Earth), meanwhile, analyzes the way people think and act.

Tracy Forsyth, BBC Worldwide’s genre director for factual entertainment and entertainment, said, “Our focus has always been on building strong, returnable global brands with charismatic British talent at their heart. These shows feature personalities with wit, real expertise and infectious passion. We know this mix has great global appeal and believe it will work well for both our channels and our distribution pipeline.”

The titles will all be distributed by BBC Worldwide outside of channel territories. They will air on BBC Earth and BBC Brit across 33 international channel feeds that carry BBC Worldwide’s genre brands in more than 100 countries.