Channel 4’s Deputy Head of Features, Andrew Jackson, has commissioned a new 6 x 60 minute series from Maverick, which will explore weird and extraordinary conditions and ailments that affect a wide range of animals, from pets to livestock and creatures in zoos, and everything in between. From oversexed daschunds who can’t stop mating with their owner’s footstool to llamas with lazy bladders – nothing will be off limits.
The series will be fronted by three expert vets and will centre around a vet surgery, but our experts will also travel to source, be it homes, fields or zoos.
Maverick has produced a searing new film which for the first time follows three people who have been sectioned, on their journey through the mental health system. Sectioned will be shown on BBC4 on Weds 19th May at 9pm as part of the Out of Mind season. With unprecedented access to one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Sectioned follows Andrew, Richard and Anthony as they battle to regain control of their lives; it brings into sharp focus the huge challenges faced by patients and staff alike. More detail in The Guardian.
MTV is extending its global My Super Sweet 16 franchise up to 21 year-olds, with Maverick producing the series. My Super Sweet is access all areas to one young person’s outrageous journey as they plot, plan and prepare for the birthday party of a lifetime. The 10 x 30-minute order covers all territories outside of the US and is the first time MTV has commissioned an indie to produce the series or a spin-off. Jilly Pearce will exec the series. To apply to be on the show, visit our Be On TV section.
Embarrassing Bodies Live, our groundbreaking show which airs exclusively online, has been nominated in the Interactive Creative Contribution category at the Television Craft BAFTAs. Good luck to the team.
30th April sees the transmission of Maverick's new four part series for Channel 4, Embarrassing Bodies: Kids which comes to the aid of worried parents with the same straight talking approach to children’s health that has been so successful in Embarrassing Bodies. The resident medical team of doctors Christian Jessen, Pixie McKenna and Dawn Harper open a special kids-only clinic to deal with a myriad of medical conditions.
The recent Embarrassing Bodies special: Charlotte's Story, had an incredible response both from the public and in the media. The Antony Nolan Trust saw a huge rise in requests for information on Bone Marrow Transplant the day after transmission (1400 as opposed to the usual 30) and the Immunology team at Great Ormond Street has asked to use the programme to show families facing the same treatment, saying that it's the best exploration of the procedure they have ever seen.
The largest children’s hospital in the U.K, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, has opened its doors to television cameras for a brand new ITV1 series. Children’s Hospital, a new 12 part primetime series produced by Maverick for ITV1, shines a light on the bravery of the hospital’s young patients, the forbearance of their parents in the most testing circumstances, and the immense skill of the army of hospital staff pulling together to save the lives of their tiny charges. The series is narrated by actor John Thomson (Coronation Street), who is also a patron of the RMCH.
Channel 4 has commissioned a new series of Maverick's award winning Embarrassing Bodies, specifically targeting the illnesses and ailments associated with being overweight. As the UK’s waistline continues to expand, Embarrassing Fat Bodies (w/t) will address not only embarrassing physical conditions caused by obesity, but also the long lasting effects on the body internally and externally, even once a person has lost weight. The four part series expands further the brand which has already featured specials such as Embarrassing Teen Bodies, Embarrassing Old Bodies, and next month will see the launch of Embarrassing Bodies: Kids.
And after the continued ratings success of the main Embarrassing Bodies series (the current run is averaging a hefty 3.4m viewers and 13.5% share of viewing, up 17% on series 2), Kate Teckman, Features Commissioning Editor has commissioned a further 18 episodes. Kate Teckman says: “It’s a testament to the fabulous team at Maverick in Birmingham who every week comb the UK hunting down cases that help to demystify some of the most ordinary and extraordinary conditions. It’s quintessentially Channel 4 and PSB with capital letters!”
It has been announced that in 2010 Maverick is launching a groundbreaking digital project with the NHS, which will provide online health resources and information, accessible to NHS staff and the public in the West Midlands. Maverick is leading a consortium of health and digital organisations to deliver a unique interactive information service.