Maverick production to focus on mental illness
Birmingham-based Maverick TV has teamed up with the Open University to produce another health-related programme, this time following the lives of three people who have been sectioned.
The maker of Embarrassing Bodies and How To Look Good Naked has been granted unprecedented access to one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, for the 60-minute film Sectioned.
The programme follows Andrew, Richard and Anthony as they battle to regain control of their lives as part of Headroom, the BBC’s mental health and well-being campaign.
Sectioned, which will air on BBC Four on May 19, is produced by Lucy Cohen and executive produced by Madonna Benjamin from Maverick.
The director is Ben Anthony. The programme adds another health-related string to Maverick’s bow as the firm continues to carve out a niche with programmes which tackle medical problems head-on.
The firm announced earlier this year that it was leading a consortium to deliver a web-based contract for the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, reported to be worth £15 million over five years for the company.
The new service will connect people living in the region to frontline staff in the NHS as well as providing online health resources and information using video, blogs and interactive tools.
Maverick has been widely acclaimed for its Embarrassing Bodies series and its accompanying digital content, which earned the firm a BAFTA for its work on Embarrassing Bodies Online.
* Meanwhile, another regional production firm is behind a documentary for the BBC’s A History of the World series about 100 objects that shaped the world.
Stratford-on-Avon-based TV production company Hanrahan Media, run by Watchdog and Good Morning veteran Will Hanrahan, has worked with Chris Tarrant for the programme.
It tells the story of the Brindley Lock – a lock which was pivotal in the development of the region’s canal network.
The 30-minute programme also features interviews with local experts including Dr Malcolm Dick from the University of Birmingham, author Christine Richardson, Andrew Watts from the Etruria Industrial Museum, David Eveleigh from the Black Country Museum and Clare Parsons, from the Soho House Museum.