New BBC Two commission The Arrival (currently a working title at the moment) will capture every moment in the weeks immediately following birth – amongst the most intense and extraordinary times of any family.
Anyone who has brought a baby home knows the unconditional love that new babies can bring and how a family can move from utter exhaustion to elation in a matter of moments. Having a baby is a universal experience, but it is one we all navigate in different ways. By filming with all kinds of families from all walks of life, this series will give us a window into modern family life in Britain in 2019.
Shot with a mixture of traditional filming and fixed-rig cameras, this will be a chance to tell the real story of parenting a newborn with truth, humour and detail that is rarely possible. The series will follow the families from the lead up to the birth, as their new-born enters the world and the weeks after their baby is brought home. It will detail the way a family adjusts to life with the new arrival. This will be a celebratory series as much about families and relationships as the babies themselves.
Emma Loach, BBC Commissioning Editor, says: “I’m excited to bring this ambitious new series to BBC Two as families share one of the most extraordinary experiences of their lives with us. The Garden Productions has a great track record of taking viewers to the heart of family life and this promises to be a revealing and heart-warming new series.”
The Arrival (w/t), a 4×60′ for BBC Two, The Executive Producer is Jessie Versluys, the Series Director is Barnaby Peel (Last Chance Lawyer, BBC Two), the Series Producer is Gemma Brady (24 Hours In A &E), The series was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Clare Sillery Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Emma Loach.
The Garden is a Bafta award-winning production company known for popular and critically acclaimed programmes including 24 Hours In A&E and 24 Hours In Police Custody (Channel 4), Operation Live (Channel 5), Gun No.6 (BBC2) and Police Tapes (ITV). Part of ITV Studios, the company has recently opened The Garden Yorkshire in Leeds and was ranked second in Broadcast Magazine’s Best Places to Work in TV 2019.