January 25, 2022

BBC Studios Brings Topical, Culturally-Relevant Content Slate to U.S. Market

Genres Includes Kids, Factual Entertainment, Drama, Comedy, and Docs

New York, NY – January 25, 2022 – BBC Studios – creator, producer, and distributor of distinct British content globally – today announced a brand new slate of kids, factual entertainment, drama, comedy, and documentary titles coming to the U.S. content sales market this week, led by Dina Vangelisti, EVP Content Sales, BBC Studios.     

“We head into discussions with our U.S. clients armed with the very best of BBC Studios’ content. As ever, the storytelling is at the top of its game with a rich range of subjects and tone.  We’re excited to see these launch to a U.S. audience,” says Dina Vangelisti, EVP, Content Sales, BBC Studios. 

Below are programming details for a select sample of the significant slate offering.  


  • Nova Jones (10 x 24’): Follows teen pop star Nova Jones as she travels the universe in the Jefferson Spaceship, dropping smash-hit singles, killer videos – and playing sell-out gigs throughout the galaxy. 

A Jam Media production for CBBC. Distributed by BBC Studios. 

  • Number 1 Newton Ave (26 x 7’): Drop in at Number 1 Newton Avenue, where Freddie, Libby, Jayden, and Rio find that math influences everything, every day, often without us realizing. With catchy songs and colorful animation, counting, patterns, measurement, shapes, and numbers are brought boldly to life.  

A CBeebies production. Distributed by BBC Studios. 

Factual Entertainment 

  • Louis Theroux: Forbidden America (w/t) (3 x 60’): Traveling the length and breadth of the United States, Louis meets an assortment of fascinating and sometimes troubling content creators: young streamers who promote far-right views, rappers who commodify their often-chaotic lifestyles, and porn performers making their income via subscription-based social media accounts and using their new autonomy to call out bad – and occasionally illegal – behavior by alleged industry predators. 

A Mindhouse production for BBC Two. Distributed by BBC Studios. 


  • Danny Boy (1 x 90’): Starring award-winning Toby Jones, this is a powerful drama of a soldier’s journey from hero to alleged war criminal in Iraq, and his search for the truth.  

An Expectation production for BBC. Distributed by BBC Studios. 

  • Make Me Famous (1 x 60’): A thought-provoking drama exploring the impact of fast fame on reality show contestants and their families. A year on from appearing in a reality show, Billy is finding fame is not all it is cracked up to be. 

An Expectation production for BBC. Distributed by BBC Studios. 


  • Alma’s Not Normal (6 x 30’): This BAFTA award-winning series, written and starring Sophie Willan and featuring Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), is a candid comedy about a working class woman dreaming big in a small town with an unflinching take on class, sexuality, motherhood, abuse, and mental health. 

An Expectation production for BBC. Distributed by BBC Studios. 

  • Ladhood (6 x 22’): Award-winning writer Liam Williams delves into his adolescence to help understand the man he is today, in this innovative coming-of-age sitcom. Watching (and wincing) from the sidelines, Liam looks to his past for answers to his modern day millennial angst. 

A BBC Studios production for BBC. Distributed by BBC Studios. 


  • House of Maxwell (3 x 50’): This is the story of media mogul Robert Maxwell, his dramatic downfall, and the unravelling of his troubled family. Including details from the criminal case against his daughter Ghislaine Maxwell, this series reveals how Robert Maxwell impacted the lives of all his children and examines some of the biggest scandals to engulf the family over the years.  

An Expectation Entertainment production for BBC. Distributed by BBC Studios 

  • Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood (1 x 60’): In this intimate and powerful film, health and fitness guru Joe Wicks revisits his childhood struggles with his parents’ mental illnesses – and explores the connection between physical and mental wellbeing. 

A Mindhouse production for BBC, produced in partnership with the Open University. Distributed by  

BBC Studios. 

  • Madame Tussauds: The Full Wax (1 x 50’): Go behind the scenes at one of the UK’s most loved and most enduring visitor attractions – where ordinary people can get up close and personal with their idols. A Parable production for ITV. Distributed by BBC Studios. 
  • Sex Actually with Alice Levine (3 x 50’): A second sexual revolution is coming. In a fun and frank foray in the style of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, Alice Levine meets couples and individuals pushing the boundaries in their sex lives and relationships. 

A Mindhouse production for Channel 4. Distributed by BBC Studios 

  • Tareena: Return From ISIS (1 x 50’): This is the story of Tareena Shakil, a young British woman who took her young son to join ISIS in Syria. Told over three years, this is her story as she attempts to settle back into the community and come to terms with what she did, on release from prison.  

An Uplands TV and ACL production for ITV. Distributed by BBC Studios.  

  • The Bambers: Murder at the Farm (4 x 45’): This is a gripping true crime documentary about the  

UK’s notorious White House Farm massacre, when five members of a family were brutally killed inside their home. In 1986, Jeremy Bamber was found guilty of murdering his family and, though sentenced to life imprisonment, has always claimed his innocence.  Previously unheard audio recordings with Bamber, unseen archives, revealing interviews, and forensic storytelling are used to get to the truth. 

A Mindhouse production for Sky Crime. Distributed by BBC Studios 

About BBC Studios   

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions and programs and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programs made by the business are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specializations, with brands like Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing,Top Gear, and Doctor Who., BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, provides up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features to more than 139 million unique browsers each month.BBC Studios has offices in 20 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2,000 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Netflix, and Migu, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment, and international distribution for program titles.    

In the Americas, BBC Studios operates a diverse portfolio of businesses focused on bringing the best of British content to fans across the region. This includes joint ventures with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as a strategic partnership in Canada with Blue Ant Media for channels BBC Earth and BBC First. In February 2021, BBC SELECT, an ad-free, digital streaming channel offering all-new documentaries across culture, politics, and ideas, launched in the U.S. and Canada on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app. BBC Studios also runs a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation, as well as a franchise management business. In addition, BBC Studios operates one of its major scripted and unscripted production unit in Los Angeles, responsible the Emmy®-winning Dancing with the Stars, the multi-award-winning Life Below Zero, and the popular reboot of the classic quiz show Weakest Link, among others.   

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