Dutch Production Firm Gets First BBC Commission for 'Broken Britain' Docu

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For the documentary, Amsterdam-based Off The Fence will go behind the scenes with troubled families in England's Newcastle.

LONDON – Amsterdam-based production and distribution company Off The Fence has secured its first BBC One documentary commission.

The company, with a production outpost in Bristol, England, has been enlisted to produce Britain’s Broken Families, a 50-minute documentary promising to reveal "the shocking truth behind what it takes to mend ‘Broken Britain’."

The filmmakers will go behind closed doors and into the lives of England's northern city Newcastle's "most troubled families" for the show.

Filmmakers promise to follow the efforts of the Family Intervention Project (FIP) staff, who work 24/7 with families in the city famous as the place pop superstar Cheryl Cole comes from.

Challenging years of ingrained criminality, aggression, abuse and other antisocial problems, the FIP staff attempt to encourage them to address the issues in their life and transform their behavior.

Britain’s Broken Families is produced and directed by Martin Hicks.

It is executive produced by Rob Maciver for Off the Fence and Maxine Watson for BBC.

Off the Fence Productions managing director Allison Bean said: "This is an exciting time for the company as it is our first U.K. commission and we hope to work with the BBC and more U.K. broadcasters in the future."

Financial details of the commission weren't disclosed.