A dozen new commissions for Autumn 2018

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The Composerworks’ roster of composers are between them scoring 12 new UK and international commissions across factual, entertainment, short-film and children’s genres.

Paul Honey

Paul Honey and the Molly and Mack band.

The Big Audition (ITV)

ITV will pull back the curtain on the audition process in new six-part series The Big Audition, with title and related music by composer team Banks & Wag.

From performers chasing the lead role in a West End production, hand models looking to grab a commercial contract, to aspiring TV presenters hoping to land their first on-screen role, The Big Audition will show what happens behind the scenes in real-life auditions.

The Big Audition is a Twenty Twenty Productions series for ITV. The producer is Clair Breen and executive producer is Siobhan Greene. The series broadcasts later this year.

Banks & Wag’s other 2018 commissions include music for the new Saturday night ITV National Lottery ad-break show fronted by Stephen Mulhern and series 2 of the hit children’s series Go Jetters.

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Ocean Mysteries (Discovery US) 

Nainita Desai will be scoring the forthcoming 10-part Discovery series Ocean Mysteries.

The producer is Stephanie Pickering for Canadian-based Cineflix and the series will be broadcast on Discovery Science USA.

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True Believers (CBBC)

BAFTA-nominated song-writer Ellie Wyatt has co-written a song with artist Julian Emery for the forthcoming CBBC series True Believers.

The comedy drama series is about a boy-band who are trying to make it big in the music industry. The series follows their comedic ups and downs as they try to grow their fan base and find the best songs to record. They are vying for success alongside a rival girl band who are influenced by a particularly ambitious and unscrupulous manager – played by the multi-talented Kimberley Wyatt.

True Believers is produced by Jeremy Salsby for Salt Beef TV and will air on CBBC.

Ellie Wyatt’s other 2018 commissions include Kit & Pup and Tee & Mo, both for CBeebies.

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Hypothetical (Dave)

James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe will host Hypothetical, a new TV panel show for channel Dave, with title and related music by Sanj Sen and Jamie Salisbury.

The series, which has been ordered by channel Dave, is described as an “innovative new format” which tests two teams of comedians on their ability to deal with a series of ridiculous hypothetical scenarios.

The eight hour-long episodes are produced by Stu Mather for Have I Got News For You producers Hat Trick Productions.

Sanj’s other 2018 commissions include the forthcoming NBC Universal series Norm. Jamie’s other 2018 commissions include Kit & Pup (CBeebies) and the forthcoming Channel 4 series When I Grow Up.

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Molly & Mack (CBeebies)

Molly and Mack is a brand new drama series based on the daily adventures of a Scottish village community. With a picturesque setting, engaging characters, warm-hearted storylines, charm, humour and spirit, it celebrates our modern society with inclusivity and diversity while offering a true reflection of the UK today.

Theme and songs are by BAFTA-nominated song-writer Ellie Wyatt and Paul Drew. Scoring is by Paul Honey (pictured with his ensemble).

Each standalone episode of this new pre-school drama focuses on the lives and comic dilemmas of a diverse, cross-generational village community. The stories reflect the characters’ interconnected lives but also their different nationalities as the friends and neighbours live happily in the beautiful village of Lochside.

Between them, the composer team’s recent CBeebies credits include Old Jack’s Boat: Rockpool TalesFeeling Better and Tee & Mo.

Molly and Mack (20×15) is a BBC Children’s Production. The producer is Dominic Macdonald and the executive producer is Sara Harkins.

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Tiny Pop channel rebrand (Sony Pictures Television)

Composers Brains & Hunch have scored brand new channel idents for Sony Pictures Television’s popular kids strand Tiny Pop.

The composers’ other channel brand idents include CBBC and Dreamworks Television. Their 2018 television series include Junk Rescue (CBeebies) and the forthcoming series Baby Club (CBeebies).

Created by Blue Zoo, the new Tiny Pop idents are executive produced by Sarah Rawlings and roll out from September.

You can see the new idents and read about the process of rebranding the music for a channel here.

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Take The Tower (ITV 4)

Universal Soldier and The Expendables star Dolph Lundgren will challenge contestants to complete physical and mental challenges in Take The Tower, a new action-movie-inspired entertainment format for ITV, to be scored by adventure-show specialists Jode Steele and David Wainwright.

Take The Tower sees contestants take on a combination of physical challenges and quiz questions that draw on action movies and their tropes.

The six-part series of hour-long episodes is being made for ITV4 by Twofour.

Jode and Dave’s many other adventure series commissions include Raven (CBBC), Bear Grylls Survival School (CITV) and Release The Hounds (ITV 2).

Lundgren will soon be seen in Aquaman and Creed 2. Take The Tower broadcasts on ITV4 later this year.

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//_sleeper (BBC Four)

//_sleeper is a short animation, scored by Nainita Desai, set in a dying, industrial town both familiar and unfamiliar. This is neither future nor past, but rather somewhere lost. Somewhere other.

The film uses a mix of 2D and CG animation to explore what happens to a lonely figure when a mysterious anomaly appears on the fringes of the landscape. It aims to capture the strange sense of ennui, loss and anxiety that feels appropriate for our times.

The film, which is 1 of 13 commissioned through the prestigious talent programme Animation 2018, will broadcast on BBC Four this year.

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New Bake-Off winner series (Channel 4)

Liam Charles, 2017 winner of  The Great British Bake Off, will host a six-part series focusing on his life and his love of the kitchen.

The series, to be scored by Sanj Sen, is produced by Love Productions and will broadcast later this year on Channel 4.

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Thumbelina (CBeebies)

Produced by BBC Children’s In House Productions and scored by composer team Banks & Wag (Go Jetters, The Big AuditionThumbelina is set to deliver a colourful spectacle of music, dance and action-packed comedy with a generous smattering of goodies and baddies.

The story follows the adventures of a thumb-sized girl in an oversized world of woodland creatures and giant plants as she tries to find out the truth about her identity.

Thumbelina will be broadcast on CBeebies on December 21 2018 and available on BBC iPlayer from December 15.

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The Familiar Fingers of Culture (short film)

The Familiar Fingers of Culture is a short film scored by New York-based Raphaelle Thiabut; a dark psychological thriller that explores a moral philosophy from our societies’ extremes.

The narrative follows Brooke, a high-class escort and mother of one,  desperate to make ends meet for her daughter and struggling to balance the conflicting influences in her life and from those around her. A story about balance – or rather a lack of – the film explores several extreme viewpoints from opposing edges of society and culture, including Brooke’s mother, a deeply religious conservative, and her hedonist best friend, Victoria.

Raphaelle has recently scored the lead trailer for The Incredibles 2 and her unique and captivating compositional style continues to capture audiences’ attention.

Produced by Kamal Patel and Remi Shaham and directed by Conscian Morgan from Uzong Films, the The Familiar Fingers of Culture is due to be released mid-September.

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When I Grow Up (Channel 4)

Jamie Salisbury will be scoring Channel 4′s new series When I Grow Up (working title) about young children and their career aspirations.

It is an Optomen Productions series for Channel 4 and the producer is Rod Williams.