BBC Studios has bagged three commissions from Channel 5.

Two of the three commissions will come from BBC Studios’ factual department in London.  Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat, plus a three-part presenter-led series on the Bermuda Triangle.  Both projects will be executive produced by Creative Director, Lisa Ausden, and were developed by the Topical and Live Unit led by Gareth Collett.  The third commission is Top of the Box, a four part archive entertainment series from BBC Studios’ Entertainment North.

Two parter Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat, is an access doc about the Hotel Chocolat company. The Bermuda Triangle has a team of presenters on a mission to explore some of the theories behind the stretch of sea that has seen ships and planes disappear without a trace. Top of the Box is an archive entertainment series that “celebrates the best television programmes across four iconic years.”

Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios says: “To be announcing these three exciting new commissions today for Channel 5 is such a thrill for BBC Studios and I sincerely hope it marks the start of a long and fruitful relationship between us. We’ve loved developing these shows with Channel 5 and I can’t wait to see them on air.”

Adrian Padmore, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5 adds:  “We’re extremely pleased to be working with BBC Studios on such an exciting range of commissions. These fascinating series will certainly add to the wonderful mix of programmes already in the pipeline this year.”

Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat (2 x 60’) is commissioned by Adrian Padmore at Channel 5, Lisa Ausden is the executive producer and Charlotte Bridger is the producer/director for BBC Studios’ Topical and Live Unit. The Bermuda Triangle (3 x 60’) is commissioned by Adrian Padmore, executive producer is Lisa Ausden and series producer is Sarah Sarkhel for BBC Studios’ Topical and Live Unit. Top of the Box (4 x 120’) is commissioned by Greg Barnett at Channel 5, John Piper is the series producer and Kieron Collins is the executive producer for BBC Studios’ Entertainment North.

Staff Reporter

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