BBC Arts has ordered The Real Story of Inigo Philbrick(w/t), a 3 x 60’ box-set series for BBC2 on the meteoric rise and spectacular fall of Inigo Philbrick, once the art world’s go-to contemporary art broker.

With exclusive documentary access to Inigo Philbrick and his fiancée, Made in Chelsea star Victoria Baker-Harber, the series follows the rise and fall of UK-born, US-bred wunderkind Inigo Philbrick, who fast became the art world’s go-to art dealer, until it all came tumbling down.

The couple were the subject of a six-month international manhunt by the FBI. Philbrick’s ‘catch me if you can’ disappearance spectacularly ended with his arrest on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. He was tried and convicted and is currently serving seven years in prison in Pennsylvania.

Alistair Pegg, BBC Arts Commissioning Editor, says: “This compelling series promises exclusive access to one of the most jaw-dropping art world stories of recent years.”

Jennifer Harkness, Executive Producer, Blue Ant Studios, says: “We’re thrilled to be working with BBC Arts, to bring this multi-layered story to UK screens. This project is the first documentary that provides exclusive access to both Inigo Philbrick and Victoria Baker-Harber, a love story that spanned multiple countries, multi-million dollar art deals and an international manhunt ending in an exotic, South Pacific archipelago.”

Alongside the inside story from Inigo Philbrick and Victoria Baker-Harber, the series features interviews with leading art world figures, fine artists, buyers, dealers, lawyers, and law enforcement, to uncover the truth about the value of art in today’s market.

The Real Story of Inigo Philbrick (w/t) is made by Blue Ant Media for the BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. The director is Jamie Crawford. The series producer is Sarah Sharkey Pearce. The series was commissioned for BBC Arts by Alistair Pegg.

Jon Creamer

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