The BBC has ordered six new factual shows including a documentary about the role of railways during the First World War from FremantleMedia-owned Boundless.
1914-18: The Railway War (working title, 5×30′) will uncover how railways played a vital role across Europe during the conflict and has been slated to air on BBC2.
It will be fronted by Michael Portillo (Great British Railway Journeys, Great Continental Railway Journeys, Christianity: A History) and exec produced by John Comerford.
Meanwhile, BBC4 has ordered a host of gardening shows as part of a new season of programming, including British Gardens in Time (4×60′). The show sees experts travel the UK to uncover the secrets of gardens and joins The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearney (4×60′) and Everyday Eden: A Potted History of the Suburban Garden (4×60′).
Two specials have also been commissioned, Magic of Mushrooms (1×60′) and Dirt (1×60′).