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Focusing on feel-good titles as the distributor works to help fill schedules, Orange Smarty, the independent distributor that specialises in multiplatform factual content, is to launch 175 hours of new programming.
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The new slate encompasses cheeky toddlers to naughty cats, via perfect properties, pilgrims — and pubic hair. It also features titles from six producers new to Orange Smarty’s catalogue, including the UK’s Primal Media, Yeti Media and Little Gem, Canada’s Summerhill Media, Australia’s Jaffle Media and New Zealand’s ASC Media.

Explaining the rationale for the launch, Karen Young, founder and CEO of Orange Smarty noted that there was a common misconception about how Covid-19 was proving a boon for distributors, with broadcasters taking any old show to fill the holes that have suddenly appeared in schedules. "Wrong,” she stressed. “We’re working closely with our broadcast partners to help curate and package shows across genres, from feel-good to family to factual, to ensure that audiences suffer no drop in the quality of their entertainment during these incredibly challenging times. We believe our new titles will help in that effort by delivering shows that keep broadcasters relevant — and the nation smiling.”

Highlights of the offer include ASC Media/TVNZ’s Living With The Boss, a fun yet informative series and format in which employees invite the boss to stay in a bid to forge a personal connection and improve their working lives. Work of a different kind is the focus of Yeti’s The Wedding Guru (pictured). Commissioned by BBC Two Wales, the comedic documentary follows Onkar Singh Purewal, the self-styled “greatest event manager the world has ever seen”. More fun and information is on offer in the second season of One Tribe/BBC One’s Dirty Vegan, in which Dirty Sanchez frontman Matt Pritchard, now an ultra-athlete and chef, cooks up ‘banging’ vegan recipes.

The home front is represented by series 13 of Channel 4’s evergreen property-search series A Place In The Sun, produced by Freeform Productions; while family life is put under the microscope in Sky Atlantic’s  four-parter This Is Our Family. Filmed over three years by producer Little Gem, each 60-minute film provides an intimate look at the evolution of four families as they deal with such universal themes as birth, death and marriage. Primal Media’s Home Free, meanwhile, is an account of young people with learning disabilities who are leaving home for the first time.

A third season of CTVC/BBC Two’s poplar Pilgrimage series is also making its debut. The Road to Istanbul follows a group of famous faces, including lapsed Jew Edwina Currie, Christian Fatima Whitbread, Muslim Amar Laif and atheist Dom Joly, on an uplifting modern-day pilgrimage that sees them question both their lives and their faiths.