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The new eight-part series of Embarrassing Bodies will be shown in Spring 2010. As part of the new series, Maverick Television is producing Charlotte’s Story, which revisits a nine year old who first went to the clinic with verrucas and has consequently had a bone marrow transplant after a rare disease of the immunity system was diagnosed by Dr Christian Jessen.
Maverick Television has produced three special episodes of How To Look Good Naked for Channel 4 to be transmitted in the New Year. Gok Wan meets three women with zero body confidence and who all have a disability. Di lost her sight at the age of 28 following penicillin poisoning in her teens. Tracy is in a wheelchair because of a cystic tumour on her spine. And Clare lost her leg after a motorbike accident. Gok turns out every trick in his book – as well as learning a few new ones - to try to get these women to see just how gorgeous they are.
Maverick Television has won its first primetime ITV1 commission, the 12 part documentary series CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. Filming has begun at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in Europe. The series will shine a light on the army of staff who work there, the bravery of its young patients and the forebearance of their parents. Mark Downie will executive produce the series which will TX in Spring 2010. The series producer is Tanya Cohen.
Maverick Television has been nominated for two awards: the Cultural Diversity Network Award for Excellence in Off Screen Recruitment and MIND’s Mental Health Media Awards: Best Short TV documentary for The Shooting Party.
Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Pixie McKenna are kicking off Channel 4’s Coming Of Age: Life Begins at 60 week with Embarrassing Old Bodies on Sunday 22nd November. As part of the week’s programming, Maverick Television has also produced How To Look Good Naked: Sexy at Sixty and 10 Years Younger: The Bus Pass Challenge.
Maverick's 4Homes editorial team have secured a spot on the shortlist for the inaugural Golden Twits. The awards aim to acknowledge innovative use of the Twitter social networking platform. 4Homes are vying for the gong in the Live Broadcast category in recognition of the real-time commentary provided during the broadcast of Channel 4's portfolio of property shows. The awards take place on 26th November, and in true Twitter style, acceptance speeches are limited to 140 characters.
How To Look Good Naked’s style guru has delivered his body confidence petition – signed by over 45,000 supporters - to 10 Downing Street. The campaign aims to help teens grow up with a healthier body image by introducing a body confidence lesson to the national curriculum. Gok and 21 year old Shona Collins - winner of 2008 Miss Naked Beauty and now Gok’s Body Confidence Ambassador in the series – hope the issue will now be addressed by policy makers and education experts, as well as attracting supporting from schools across the U.K.
The new series of Bizarre E.R. has begun filming at Northampton General Hospital, featuring eye-watering accidents and remarkable tales of survival. One of BBC Three’s most successful shows, it focuses on the most extreme and unusual medical cases to hobble, stagger or skulk through the emergency room’s doors. Truth is certainly stranger than fiction on Bizarre E.R. The last series included a man who survived a million volts of lightning conducted through the crucifix he was wearing round his neck, a butcher impaled on a meat hook and a girl injured after being folded up inside a deckchair.
Allison Todd has joined Maverick TV as Head of Production from Cineflix, where she held the same role for the last three years. She will be overseeing programme management, and supervising all projects from development to delivery. Allison has extensive experience in production management roles on a range of primetime, Emmy and Bafta award winning landmark series, formats and specials