Thursday, March 31, 2011

BBC plans to turn Hasidic Jews doc into full series 

A Hasidic Guide To Love, Marriage and Finding A Bride, directed by Paddy Wivell, kicks off the new series of BBC2 strand Wonderland in April, and documentaries commissioning editor Charlotte Moore has put development cash into investigating its series potential.

She said Wivell’s access was “a documentary-maker’s dream” and she wanted to exploit it further.

“It just makes sense to carry on. There is a real curiosity about these hidden worlds that sit alongside ours,” she said.

Although the single was commissioned under the working title My Big Hasidic Wedding, Moore stressed it was not a copycat of Channel 4’s runaway success, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

“I’m not commissioning this on the basis that we’ll get 8.5 million viewers. And they are such a different set of people who live by an entirely different set of codes, I can’t make that comparison,” she said.

ITV announced in January it had commissioned a one-off doc on Manchester’s Hasidic district for its Perspectives strand. Other broadcasters are thought to be investigating similar opportunities.


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