Documentary, factual and formats producer, Rare TV has won two new commissions from the BBC: primetime series Mountain Vets (6 x 30 mins) for BBC Two and Tagged: Life On Lockdown (3 x 20 mins) for BBC Three.
Mountain Vets, produced out of Rare TV’s Belfast office, is set in Northern Ireland’s ancient Kingdom of Mourne, where animals outnumber people by ten to one. The new six-part series revisits the mountain vets, nurses and stable hands who work in three very different practises, caring for a variety of animals — from rare five-legged calves through overweight cats to orphaned seals.
Ordered by BBC Two Channel Editor Patrick Holland and BBC Documentaries commissioning executive Beejal Patel, the series is produced by Francis Baker, and exec produced for Rare TV by Rory Wheeler and Edward Hart. Series one of Mountain Vets TXs on Friday, November 15 at 20.00 on BBC Two.
Rory Wheeler, Rare TV’s creative director, said: “It shows great faith on the part of the BBC to commission series two of Mountain Vets before series one has even been broadcast. But it’s a fabulous show, full of warmth and wonderful characters — animal as well as human — so we’re confident that the BBC’s faith will be repaid with dividends.”
Tagged: Life On Lockdown returns to follow the lives of three young people who have been ordered to wear electronic tags. The new series, which is currently being filmed in Liverpool, gives an unflinching look at the reality of life under strict curfew. Tagged: Life On Lockdown was commissioned by Gian Quaglieni, the BBC’s commission editor for current affairs. It is directed by Joshua Haddow, series produced by Jen Kerrison, and exec produced for Rare TV by Rory Wheeler and Emma Barker.
Wheeler added: “Tagged: Life On Lockdown reflects back to a BBC Three audience the choices and consequences they face every day as they attempt to define who they are, offering a non-judgmental look into the lives of Britain’s young people.”
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