BBC3 turns to fitness and antiques


Banijay indie Wonder wins double short-form order

First published in Broadcast on 3rd May 2019

An inspiring fitness series and an examination of the second-hand sales market comprise a duo of BBC3 short-form fact-ent commissions.

The Fiona Campbell-led channel has ordered Work It and Deadstock, both 4 x 15-minutes, from Banijay-backed indie Wonder, which has just been rebranded from 7 Wonder.

In the former series, three inspiring fitness instructors who have overcome challenges will work in a gym that welcomes all shapes, sizes and physical abilities. The aim is to help people learn to both love exercise and become less body-conscious.

In Deadstock, two savvy second-hand resellers will set up a warehouse and offer free authentications of strange items, telling the stories of how people came to love the unusual articles, which include Pokémon cards and rare designer bum bags.

Both series were ordered by BBC3 commissioning editor Nasfim Haque and are being exec-produced by Sarah Trigg.

Banijay Rights will distribute globally.

Trigg said the series would bring “fresh new talent to BBC3 via fact-ent formats”.

“Both shows mix entertainment with fun, fascinating and often moving stories from young people, on a platform that speaks directly to them,” she added.

Katie Brewer