13 APR 2023

MIPTV 2023: Passion Distribution to present new formats and documentaries

Some of the new titles are "The Royals: a history of scandals"; "JFK: the home movie that changed the world"; “Pet Psychic” and “Better Date Than Never.”


"The Royals: a history of scandals"


Ahead of MIPTV 2023, Passion Distribution announces its new lineup of non-scripted TV programming, including entertaining new formats, documentary films and series, and returning franchises. Reflecting the continuing demand for Royal documentary series, "The Royals: a history of scandals" (4x60’) sees Historian Suzanne Lipscomb lead the investigations into Royal scandals from medieval to modern times. The series was produced by Hello Mary for More4.

Continuing the historical theme, November 2023 is the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Documentary "JFK: the home movie that changed the world" (1x60’), produced by Shearwater Media, tells the story of the home movie footage that captured the event from start to finish.

Further single documentaries include "The Crossing" (1x60’), produced by DM Documentary Productions for ITVX, pieces together a tragedy in the English Channel when over 30 people died as they attempted to seek asylum in the UK. "Bend It Like Bollywood" (1x60’) from ClockWork Films for BBC Three, explores gender, family and community.

Also from ClockWork Films, the documentary series "Classic Car Garage" (10x60’) follows a classic car specialist, and his band of vintage vehicle enthusiast mates who help get much loved dream machines back to their peak performance.

The slate includes new Channel 5 series "Pet Psychic" (4x60’) produced by Middlechild Productions, where a professional pet psychic telepathically communicates with family pets to reveal their innermost thoughts and desires. Animals also feature in documentary series "Gold Coast Ocean Rescue" (10x30’) from CJZ for Seven Network (Australia) which takes viewers inside drama-packed marine life rescues.

From the creators of "Love on the Spectrum", "Better Date Than Never" (6x30’ and Format) from Northern Pictures for ABC (Australia), is a factual entertainment series that follows a diverse group of single love seekers as they take their first step into the dating world.

A very different dating format, "One Night Stand" (4x60’ and Format), produced by hello Mary for E4, follows lovestruck singles as they surprise someone who they previously had a one-night stand with. "Chore Wars" W/T (6x60’ and Format) is a brand-new entertaining format looking at domestic modern life. The title is produced by Proper Content for Channel 5. Also included is Passion’s slate is "Australia’s Most Identical", a reboot of the classic Mentorn Media format "Most Identical", which is in production for 9Network and produced by Helium.

Passion is also bringing to MIPTV crime documentary "Swipe With Caution" (1x60’) from Great Southern Television for TVNZ, which delves into the dangerous world of dating app and returning series "Special Ops Crime Squad" S2 (10x60’), "Car Pound Cops" S3 (20x 60’), "Traffic Cops" S12 (21x60’), "Killer At The Crime Scene" S3, "Trailblazers" S2 (8x60’ & 2x120’), "Find It Fix It Flog It" S5 (30x60’), "World's Most Expensive Cruise" S3 (5x60’) and "Lap Of Luxury" S3 (6x30’).

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