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BBC orders three sports docuseries

Cyclist Chris Hoy was among Team GB’s gold medal winners at London 2012
(photo: Mark Harkin via CC)

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered three sports-themed docuseries and has opened applications for its fourth Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME writers.

The first docuseries, Gold Rush (3×60’), is produced by Blast Films for BBC1 and tells the story of Great Britain’s sporting journey from international embarrassment at the 1996 Atlanta Games to Olympic glory in London 2012. Blast Films creative director Tanya Winston exec produces.

Also from Blast Films is Freeze, an 8×45’ docuseries for online-only channel BBC3 about figure skating. The series follows some of the UK’s best skaters over the course of a year as they compete on the national and international circuits. Winston exec produces with Blast Films head of popular factual Sarah Spencer.

For BBC2 is Gods of Snooker (working title), a 3×60’ docuseries from Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse Productions about the ‘golden age’ of snooker in the 1980s. Theroux exec produces with Mindhouse Productions co-founder and creative director Arron Fellows.

Elsewhere, BBC Comedy has opened applications for its fourth Felix Dexter Bursary, which provides training to aspiring comedy writers or duos from BAME backgrounds.

The four-month bursary is designed to find writers with a fresh, unique point of view and aims to address an underrepresentation of BAME professionals in comedy production.

The bursary was launched in 2017 in memory of the late comedy actor and writer Felix Dexter (The Real McCoy). Last year’s recipient, stand-up comedian Athena Kugblenu, has since worked on programmes such as The Lenny Henry Show, The Russell Howard Hour, Newsjack, The Now Show and Dead Ringers.

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