Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis will present a new 7 x 60” series produced by Maverick Television for BBC Two: The Buying Game goes behind closed doors at some of the biggest names in UK retail to expose the secret world of buying for the first time. In a twist, these buyers won’t be turning to their trusted suppliers for the next big thing. Instead they’ll be gambling on the talents of the British public in their quest to find the best and most innovative new products. For the fledgling designer, this is a chance in a lifetime. Filming begins in February. Apply for the show here.
Founder and Digital Media Director of Maverick Television, Jonnie Turpie has been made an MBE for services to international trade. Congratulations Jonnie!
The nation’s favourite subject gets its own ten part series as Nadia Sawalha presents extraordinary stories of ordinary people caught up in extreme weather events in the UK. From flash floods to freak hailstorms, suburban homes swallowed up by the earth and terrified teens hit by lightning, Living Dangerously investigates what happens when the full force of nature strikes - and how to protect yourself, your home and your family from disaster.
The Golden Twits, the first annual Twitter awards, have taken place, with @4Homes picking up the award for Live Broadcast for our work tweeting along with shows like Relocation, Relocation and The Home Show. Other winners included the Compare the Meerkat campaign, Manchester City Football Club, Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger. Winners had to keep their acceptance speeches to 140 characters or less.
Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Designers - Britain's High Street Wants You! Do you believe you’ve invented the next Dyson? Concocted a successor to Innocent Smoothies? Discovered the next Protect and Perfect face cream? Then the BBC wants to hear from you! You can find information here.
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.