The three original formats cover fashion sustainability, sexual health and body image and will feature prominent female figures from comedy and the digital space.
Studio71 has announced production of a trio of factual series commissioned by the BBC. Fashion Conscious, Period Dramas and Sex in Seconds are being developed and produced by the UK arm of the global content studio for BBC digital platforms including iPlayer, YouTube and social.
All three series are female-led, featuring a variety of rising UK-based talent from different sectors and explore contemporary themes such as fashion and sustainability, body positivity and sexuality/sexual health.
The productions continue the studio’s global commitment to develop and produce innovative formats that speak directly to a core audience of 18-30-year-olds.
Fashion Conscious hosted by Grace Mandeville
Actor, presenter, model and internet personality Grace Mandeville will host the six-episode short-form series Fashion Conscious which looks at the fashion industry’s sustainability problem and explores consumer alternatives. Featuring a range of contributors from the fashion community, the series investigates topics such as future materials, transparency around who makes your clothes and the issue of microplastics in clothing, providing viewers with easy-to-follow advice to lead the change.
Sex In Seconds hosted by Come Curious
Sex In Seconds provides straight-up sex and sexual health advice, in easy-to-digest episodes, in a bid to remove the confusion and stigmas around sex for young people. It’s hosted by Florence Barkway and Reed Amber who are better known as Come Curious, and features a cast of young people who bring their own attitudes and experiences to the table. Come Curious are experts in this space, providing advice to a predominantly young audience via their YouTube channel. The series will encourage young people to participate in healthy, informed conversation and is designed for social.
Period Dramas is a funny factual series featuring a cast of 12 of the UK’s funniest new female comedians, including Kemah Bob, Sarah Keyworth, Maisie Adam and Rosie Jones. The six-part series presents unfiltered stories about one of the remaining things society still won’t talk about: periods. The show hopes to break this taboo, and have viewers laughing along, cringing and most importantly relating to these open and honest stories.
Jody Smith, Creative Director of Studio71 UK, says: “We’re thrilled to be making three distinctive series for the BBC, all united in how they talk to a young audience. We’ve leant on our experience of working with new and digital talent to produce series that aim to resolve challenges through storytelling and discussion – that begins in the shows and will continue in people’s lives.”
Daisy Griffith, Digital Commissioner, BBC Factual, says: “It’s been great working with Studio71 and making the most of their expertise in creating content for younger audiences – they really understand the topics and talent that appeal to this demographic, as well as the pace and style of the content.”
The Fashion Conscious, Sex in Seconds and Period Dramas commissions follow Forged With Steele, an A+E commissioned series for HISTORY UK starring 20-year-old blacksmith and YouTube personality Alec Steele which consists of 18 x 30′ episodes and is running now on HISTORY UK, Thursdays at 10pm.
All three BBC series have gone into production and will be broadcast during early 2019. Sex in Seconds is the first series to be released from the three, launching on Tuesday, February 12 and running every Tuesday following.
The series are Executive Produced by Jody Smith, Studio71 UK Creative Director and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Daisy Griffith. They will be available across BBC iPlayer, YouTube and social.