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Amazon has enhanced its commitment to U.K. programming, greenlighting two new shows, both announced by Georgia Brown, director of European Amazon originals on Thursday during the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival.
Jungle, produced by Nothing Lost, is a six-part musical drama series viewed through the prism of the U.K. grime and drill music scene of inner-city London, following the connected lives of two separate strangers.
The series — which will be told through a blend of music and dialogue — is set to feature some of the U.K.’s top grime, drill and rap artists.
“This one’s super special for us so we’re just really excited for you guys to see it and experience the world we’ve created in Jungle,” said Junior Okoli and Chas Appeti, founders of Nothing Lost and exec producers. “It’s so unique. And the talent and creativity we’ve been allowed to source for this project has just been through the roof, so yeah…this one’s going to be special. You’ll see.”
Alongside Jungle, which marks Nothing Lost’s first scripted series commission, Amazon has also greenlit a new eight-part immersive reality dating show from The Circle creators and Brit unscripted TV veterans Studio Lambert.
The as-yet-untitled show will see unlucky-in-love Brits enter a nostalgic picture-perfect world of ’80s, ’90s and ’00s American high school movies in order to find “the one.”
“The idea of finding love in the melting pot of an American high school is a pop cultural cornerstone,” said Tim Harcourt, creative director for Studio Lambert and exec producer.
“Every romantic singleton would love a chance to relive a cinematic version of their school days knowing what they know now and more importantly who they are now. Maybe this time the jock might fall for the captain of the chess club and the cheerleader might fall for the maths geek.”
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