bbc3_logoA fast-turnaround documentary has been ordered by BBC Three that will spotlight the Cleveland kidnappings.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were discovered after a neighbour heard screams from Ariel Castro’s house. The three women who had been missing were found with a six year-old girl at the home of the 52-year-old school bus driver on Monday 6 May.

The programme will examine claims that police and law enforcement agencies failed to find the girls despite visiting the house and receiving complaints from neighbours. Both maintain they did all they could and deny receiving information that could have led to an earlier discovery. Continue reading »

JamesNesbittActor James Nesbitt will act as a tour guide for viewers in a new documentary exploring New Zealand.

The Hobbit actor will feature in a 60-minute documentary for ITV that will show-off his adopted homeland of New Zealand.

Nesbitt has spent extended periods of time in the country during filming of The Hobbit, in which he plays the dwarf Bofur.

James Nesbitt will guide ITV viewers around his adopted homeland of New Zealand for a brand new factual documentary. Continue reading »

OneDirectionOne Direction will be the focus of a new Channel 4 documentary.

The broadcaster has ordered a one-off doco from Mentorn Media that will explore the worldwide phenomenon that is the five-piece boyband and attempt to discover why some young girls absolutely lose their minds when in the vicinity of the group.

In just two years, UK boy band One Direction has become the biggest global pop phenomenon since The Beatles. Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik have over 10 million followers on Twitter and have enjoyed extraordinary success since grouping together on a TV talent show becoming the first British group ever to enter the US Billboard chart at Number 1 with their debut album. Continue reading »

Channel5logoSexting will be the focus of a new documentary for Channel 5.

Students at the National Film and Television School will be behind the “light-hearted documentary looking at sexting”.

Ben Frow, director of programmes at Channel 5, said: “It’s crucial to support and nurture new talent in the TV industry. Through our relationship with the NFTS Channel 5 and this programme commission Channel 5 is doing just that.”

Channel 5 is the first broadcaster to commission a student TV project from the school.

NOW-84The music compilation franchise Now That’s What I Call Music will be the subject of an ITV documentary.

The one-hour documentary will look at the history of the successful series, which has sold over 100 million copies in the UK.

“Every Now album evokes particular points in people’s lives,” said ITV commissioning editor for comedy entertainment Claire Zolkwer.

“This show will take our viewers back through the soundtrack of their lives and help them relive many special moments.” Continue reading »

Stone Roses Made of StoneChannel 4 has confirmed the release date for their brand new Stone Roses documentary.

Shane Meadows’ highly anticipated documentary The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, about the legendary Manchester band, will open on 5 June across the UK and Ireland through Picturehouse Entertainment.

The release will follow a premiere on Thursday 30 May in Manchester at a location to be announced, with the band set to make a rare public appearance alongside director Shane Meadows and producer Mark Herbert. Herbert produced the film for Warp Films and the film was fully financed by Film4 and 4DVD. Continue reading »

Beyonce-hboBritish fans of Beyonce will be able to view the HBO documentary on the singer later this month.

The UK premiere of Life Is But A Dream will take place on BBC One on Thursday, March 28 at 10.35pm.

The singer herself directed and executive-produced the documentary, which explores her personal life with rapper husband Jay-Z and the birth of daughter Blue Ivy.

The doco features a mix of footage from both professional and private cameras as well as footage from Beyonce’s laptop. Continue reading »

benedict cumberbatch2Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch will feature in a new documentary on Stephen Hawking.

The actor will be among a raft of interviewees who will discuss the physicist for the film, which will be released in cinemas before airing on TV.

Sir Richard Branson, Jim Carrey and Buzz Aldrin are among the other names to appear in the film.

Cumberbatch played the role of Hawking in the 2004 BBC drama Hawking and also narrated the three-part documentary Stephen Hawking’s Grand Designs in 2012. Continue reading »

SKY-3DA 3D pandas special has been announced by Sky 3D.

The one-off special will be produced by Oxford Scientific Films alongside the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association and the China Conservation and Research Centre.

Caroline Hawkins, creative director of Oxford Scientific Films, said: “It is a privilege to have this opportunity. The Giant Panda is one of the most adored species on the planet but it is also one of the most misunderstood; with some suggesting that it is not worth saving from extinction.

“This film gives us the opportunity to show the advances the Chinese have made in understanding panda reproduction and the great progress they are making towards restoring populations in the wild. The fact that we are able to get unrestricted access to pandas in China and in 3D makes this film an exciting first.” Continue reading »

bbc3_logoThe BBC is yet to screen its documentary on the events surrounding Oscar Pistorius’s shooting of Reeva Steenkamp but already there’s been criticism over the title and timing of the documentary.

BBC Three today announced the title and airdate for the special – Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? – and several Twitter users have voiced their disapproval regarding the appropriateness of the title given the fact the trial is yet to even begin.

@KirsteenFraser said: “Is this really appropriate? The trial hasn’t even taken place yet, so we are in no position to comment on what really happened.”

@estikat said: “Some documentaties are speculative but in this case it should not be billed as “what really happened” as it’s not”

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