30 SEP 2021

Beyond Rights launches more than 200 hours of fresh unscripted content

The company also signals a focus on premium factual with the acquisition of two powerful new feature docs and a milestone investigative series.

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Beyond Rights has revealed its autumn slate, launching more than 200 hours of fresh unscripted content - both new titles and returning series –across a variety of different genres, as well as a new kids’ series. The company also signals a heightened focus on premium factual with the acquisition of two powerful new feature docs and a milestone investigative series. Connie Hodson, head of partnerships and business development at Beyond Rights comments: “During a year that has seen both production hiatuses and reduced commissions, we are thrilled to launch such a healthy slate this autumn, welcoming a number of new producer partners to the Beyond Rights business, as well as supporting our existing partners with their successful returning series."

New Content

Leading the autumn slate are feature docs "Facing Monsters" and "MILKED", both 1x90. "Facing Monsters", from sister company Beyond West, Red Eye Productions and Veerhuis Pictures, is a beautifully shot film that digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic free surfer Kerby Brown as he pursues the ultimate ferocious and deadly ‘slab’ waves along the coast of his native Western Australia.  "MILKED", meanwhile, is a topical, investigative film, produced by Suzy Amis Cameron’s Ahimsa Films and led by young activist Chris Huriwai, that exposes the whitewash of New Zealand’s multi-billion-dollar dairy industry. "Premium factual is an important part of our business, so we are especially proud to launch two such compelling and intelligent new feature documentaries as 'Facing Monsters' and 'MILKED'. With a wealth of new opportunities on linear channels and a constant demand from SVOD platforms for unique and powerful stories, told in-depth, we are confident that these two remarkable and memorable films will readily find new homes in the international marketplace this autumn,” added Hodson.

As the tenth anniversary approaches, "The Costa Concordia: Why She Sank" (2x60) from ITN Productions, will tell the story behind one of the biggest maritime disasters since the Titanic in forensic detail. Automotive meets science with the launch of "Motor MythBusters" (8x60), produced by Beyond Media Rights. With former MythBusters presenter Tory Belleci, along with sassy mechanic Faye Hadley, and engineer extraordinaire BisiEzerioha, this entertaining series delivers undiscovered facts and applies rigorous science to everything from Hollywood car stunts to everyday automotive questions that grind the gears of car owners and enthusiasts. 

In history, "Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom" (1x90), based on Iain Ballantyne’s best-selling book and produced by Screen Story, tells the thrilling story of the iconic WW2 battle in the North Atlantic between Germany and Britain following Bismarck’s sinking of HMS Hood. "Canada’s West Coast: An Untold Story" (4x60), produced by Screen Siren, is an immersive, inclusive, and diverse history series telling the myriad stories -from early Indigenous resistance to the fight for equality by immigrants – that helped turn British Columbia into a contemporary centre for social activism. "Race for the Future" (3x60/1x90) from Dash Pictures and "Expedition Asia" (10x60) from Ryan Pyle Productions led Beyond Rights’ new travel and adventure titles.

Also new for autumn is "Animal Emergency", a 5 x 60 obs-doc series from Scratch Films, set in Ireland’s premier vet hospital, and "Pooch Perfect USA" (8x60), the American version of the popular competitive dog grooming series, produced by Beyond Media Rights. Reality series "Britain’s Biggest Families" (1x60) completes the key new unscripted titles.  Finally, the lead kids’ show for autumn is the gorgeous new animated series "Nina & Olga" (52x7), produced by Enanimation& Mondo TV Producciones Canarias, in partnership with Rai Ragazzai.

Returning series

Returning series include a wide range of hugely popular and successful programming brands. In science and engineering there’s "Abandoned Engineering" S7 (12x60, Like A Shot Entertainment) and "Massive Engineering Mistakes" S4 (10x60, Britespark Films), while returning automotive titles include "Bangers and Cash" S4 (13x60, Air TV), "Flipping Bangers" S3 (12x60, Just Might TV), and "Ultimate Rides 2" (20x30, Barcroft Studios).

In Beyond’s reality genre there are "Highway Thru Hell" S10 (18x60, Great Pacific Media), "Ice Vikings" S2 (8x60, Farpoint Films), "Train Truckers" S2 (8x60, Windfall Films) and "Undercut: Wooden Treasure" S3 (5x60, GiUMa Productions), while enduring natural history series "Monkey Life" returns with series 14 (20x30, Primate Planet Productions).

Property series "Love It Or List It" sees a ninth series of the original show launch this autumn (26x60, Big Coat Productions), along with a sixth series of "Love it Or List It: UK" (4x60 + 3x60 revisits, Raise the Roof Productions), while "Pati’s Mexican Table" (10x30, Mexican Table) dishes up a tenth series of this food show. Series four of "Extreme Treks" (5 x 60, Ryan Pyle Productions) gets underway, while "Inside British Airways" (2x60, Title Role Productions) will have a second season. Finally, history series "Underground Worlds", returns for a second 10x60 series.