BBC Studios has won its first fully-funded production commission in China.
The landmark factual series for Migu, China Mobile’s only digital content subsidiary, will tell the story of tea and its impact on China and other civilisations around the world.
One Cup, A Thousand Stories will travel across the varied landscapes of China to explore its many teas, the people who have built a life around it and the culture it has created. It will reveal how tea has profoundly influenced Chinese lifestyles and rituals, including food and concepts of medicine and health and how tea sits at the heart of Chinese traditions, attitudes, friendships and family ties, bringing different generations together and even the nation. This unique series will also seek to tell the story of tea’s influence on other countries and China’s role in the global tea culture.
BBC Studios has previously worked with other Chinese broadcasters to co-produce titles such as Dynasties and Blue Planet II. In recent months the BBC Studios Factual production team has had a presence in China, working closely with Kelvin Yau, SVP and GM, Greater China, BBC Studios, to explore opportunities with potential partners and this is the first fully-funded commission as a result of that.
Lisa Opie, Managing Director for BBC Studios Productions said: “I am delighted that we have secured our first production commission in China and will be making this fascinating and ambitious factual series for Migu. It’s incredibly exciting to be sharing our story-telling and production craft with new audiences and with content that has been specifically developed for this market.”
Bin Wang, CEO of Migu Video said: “BBC Studios Productions makes some of the best factual programmes in the world and we are thrilled that they are producing this landmark series for us. It is a great opportunity to draw on their production skills and knowledge, covering a subject that is so important to us.”
The 6 x 50 minutes series has been developed and will be produced by BBC Studios in Scotland and will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.