BBC Studios Production is to make a new six-part biographical documentary series In Ten Pictures (working title) for BBC Two.

Produced by the BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit, the 6 x 60 min series re-examines the lives of six famous faces from the recent past through the photographs that have come to define them.

Each episode is dedicated to a single celebrated figure and examines their lives using ten key images, from their earliest photo to one of their last, exploring milestones, moments of conflict and turning points such as their breakthrough moment or their fall from grace. The subjects can range from film stars and musicians to sporting heroes and cultural figures. The photographs featured will be selected from every stage of their lives, and along the way the films will explore contemporary themes about identity, sexuality, race, gender and more.

The photos themselves range from little-known family snaps to iconic images, but each tells the story of a moment in time, with hidden clues within the frame as to what was really going on for our subject.  Alongside these pictures, the series uses personal testimony from people close to the subjects or connected to the photographs.

Julia Harrington, Executive Producer said: “In an age where our lives are documented through photos posted on social media, In Ten Pictures demonstrates the power of photography – not just what photographs show but also – often by intention – what they keep hidden.”

Abigail Priddle, Commissioning Editor, BBC Factual said: “We’ve all heard the saying ‘every picture tells a story’ and these images – famous, shocking, forgotten, or unseen – each help reveal the fascinating life and times of these remarkable characters.”

In Ten Pictures (w/t)  was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two and Clare Sillery, Head of Documentaries, History & Religion. The Commissioning Editor is Abigail Priddle. It is produced by BBC Studios Documentary Unit. The Executive Producer is Julia Harrington. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios Global Distribution.

Jon Creamer