BBC1 has upped its order of genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? from eight episodes to 10 x 60-minutes for 2008 and a further 8 x 60-minutes for 2009. It was re-ordered by BBC factual commissioning editor Maxine Watson and will be exec produced by Wall to Wall’s Lucy Carter.
The broadcaster has also re-ordered 20 x 60-minutes of Shed’s school drama Waterloo Road for broadcast in 2008. The fourth series was commissioned by BBC drama boss Jane Tranter and is exec produced by Brian Park.
Revenue from Waterloo Road is expected to fall into figures for 2008. Revenue from Who Do You Think You Are? will fall into 2008 and 2009.
Shed Media chief executive Eileen Gallagher said: “Waterloo Road is extremely popular with viewers and ratings have continually been strong, especially with the valuable 16-34 year old audience. The returning brand has been a great success for the BBC and is well established in its schedules.
“Who Do You Think You Are? is an incredibly successful brand, and continues to be BBC1's flagship factual programme, consistently delivering on average over 6 million viewers per episode. The re-commissioning of the programme into 2009 is an acknowledgement of its continuing strength.”