Headlining the BBC
Headlining the BBC slate is 6 x 30-minute animated sketch show Monkey Dust, which is being made for BBC 2 and BBC Choice. The black comedy is being produced by Harry Thompson for delivery in the spring.
For BBC 1, the RTL-owned company is making Roses Round the Door, a 25 x 60-minute series which follows one family's attempt to swap city life for the countryside. Kate Roberts is producing.
For BBC 2, Talkback is making two series. The 6 x 30-minute Life Laundry follows individuals and families as they declutter their homes with the help of experts. Paul Franklin will produce with Talkback joint director of programmes Daisy Goodwin as executive producer.
Poetry Survival Kit will feature actors and celebrities celebrating and reading love poems. The 3 x 50-minute series will be produced by Alanna Richardson with Goodwin as executive producer.
For C4, the company is producing a 7 x 30-minute quiz show, Does Doug Know, that tests people on their knowledge of current affairs. Hosted by Daisy Donovan, it will be directed by Shane Allen and executive produced by Talkback chief executive Peter Fincham. It airs later this year.
In addition, long-running Talkback music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been picked up by MTV offshoot VH1. Talkback will make 12 episodes this year.
Fincham commented that the orders were 'further evidence that [the company] is thriving under new ownership'.