The BBC has announced a slate of factual entertainment commissions, including a new series from Romesh Ranganathan and the return of Interior Design Matters.
Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Entertainment, Catherine Catton, commented: "The new commissions I’m announcing today demonstrate the strength of the department, with three new series that celebrate and engage with contemporary British life in a timely and relevant way.
"Factual entertainment at the BBC is all about bringing viewers joy and pleasure, and I hope that these new shows continue to do just that.”
Britain’s Top Takeaways
A brand new eight-part series that pits the UK’s favourite independent takeaways against each other in a fast-food face-off.
Each stand-alone episode will draw five takeaways from the same cuisine to compete in the specially built kitchen in a former foundry in Manchester. BBC Radio 2 host Sara Cox will host the proceedings.
Each takeaway will have to include a classic dish, a chef’s special, a veggie option and sides on their menus, from which nearby families and friends will order whatever and whenever they please.
Once cooked, the dishes will then be delivered to the households to be judged.
At the end of the night, the scores will be tallied and the winner crowned Top Takeaway.
Cox said: “I’m thrilled to be celebrating the takeaway and finding the very best in Britain, and if that means eating all the left over chips and putting on half a stone, so be it.”
Master of Ceremonies
Up and coming wedding planners do battle in a new six-part competition series to find Britain’s next best.
A famous face will front the series while two industry experts will judge.
Each episode will see the competitors plan weddings for couples from across the UK, many of whom had their dream ceremonies crushed by lockdown.
The planners will only have a matter of days to pull off the wedding they have been assigned and if they fail, they could be sent home at any time by the judges.
Dubai Hustle will follow the young Brits looking to make their fortune as real estate brokers in the luxurious locale of Dubai.
Granted exclusive access to one of the biggest, Brit-owned property agencies in the city, the series will follow the high-stakes business of a group of 20-something brokers.
The Misinvestigations of Romesh Ranganathan
Romesh Ranganathan turns his skills from travelling to case-cracking for a new true crime series following the success of his Misadventures series.
The witty comic will take a look at some of the most high-profile deaths over the last 50 years, including Jimi Hendrix and Tupac Shakur.
Ranganathan will be joined by expert assistants, from criminal psychologists to private detectives, in order to re-examine their deaths, as well as their extraordinary lives and legacies.
Ranganathan said: “We wanted a spin-off for Misadventures, and after we discussed Misinterpretations, Miscalculations and Misunderstandings we finally settled on Misinvestigations.
“It’s been really interesting to look into these high-profile deaths and I am very excited for people to see the show, unless of course people don’t like it in which case I will release a statement explaining how I never really believed in the project.”
Interior Design Masters (series three and four)
Comedian Alan Carr will present the third and fourth series of Interior Design Matters.
Former Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decoration magazine, Michelle Ogundehin, will reprise her role as Head Judge and will be joined on the panel by guest design gurus each week.
They will task 10 talented designers, split into teams, with the transformation of commercial spaces, with the promise of a contract with a prestigious client going to the overall winner.
Carr said: “I absolutely love presenting Interior Design Masters and am so excited we’re coming back!
“Last year I found out what ‘ombre’ meant, along with understanding ‘the flow’ of a room, so who knows what interiors tips I’ll pick up from the next batch of designers!”