BBC2 controller Patrick Holland has announced three new fact and ent and current affairs series.

The Claim is a competitive new series where six British couples will brave sub-zero temperatures, wild bears and predators as they compete to win a home deep within the Alaskan wilderness. The British couples will retrace the steps of a man who was the last person to claim five acres of virgin land under the American Homestead Act, and now after living there for 35 years with his wife is looking for an heir to take over the legacy.

Dara O Briain presents The Family Brain Games which follows eight families as they go head to head in a series of games to compete in the ultimate test of intelligence. In order to be crowned the winner, families will have to work together as one-high performing team as they tackle games that have been designed with the help of a cognitive neuroscientist to test mental ability and are put to the test in areas including communication, technology and strategy, now seen by experts as critical components of 21st Century intelligence.

New current affairs series Who Should get A British Passport? (w/t) takes a look at Britain’s immigration system to ask the controversial question, who really deserves a place in the UK? The series follows immigration lawyers across the country as they set out to separate fact from fiction in their attempts to get their clients a visa.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: “I am delighted to announce these new commissions, they demonstrate our ambitions in terms of the scale and depth of storytelling on the channel. The Claim and Family Brain Games continue the rejuvenation of factual entertainment on the channel, following the recent successes of Sewing Bee and the launch of Race Across the World. Who should get a British Passport? shows our unparalleled commitment to the most important timely stories in peak, asking challenging questions about the biggest issues.”

The Claim, a 6×60′ for BBC Two, is made by TwoFour. The Executive Producers are David Clews, Andrew Mackenzie, Nic Patten and Dan Adamson. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. Emily Smith is the Commissioning Editor.

The Family Brain Games (8×60’) was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The Commissioning Editors are Clare Mottershead and Ricky Cooper. It is made by Label1, the Executive Producers are Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillips.

Who Should Get a British Passport? is a 3×60′ film commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Joanna Carr, Head of BBC Current Affairs. The Executive Producer is David Clews for Twofour. The Commissioning Editor is Gian Quaglieni.

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