Pat Younge has forged a strategic collaboration with Jane Root’s Nutopia to develop “mega-docs” with diversity and inclusion at their heart.

Former Cardiff Productions managing director Younge and Nutopia founder and chief exec Root have previously worked together across two stints at the BBC and Discovery.

Younge’s international credits include Travel Channel shows Man v Food and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, while at BBC Productions (now Studios) he oversaw a slate which included Top Gear, Luther, Strictly Come Dancing and blue-chip natural history epics.

Younge, who stepped back from his role as Cardiff co-managing director in April, said: “I’m keen to take this opportunity to work with the world leader in mega-docs to develop new non-scripted global franchises, especially those rooted in the stories and perspectives of the African and Asian diaspora.

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Noel Clarke slams Bafta and broadcasters

Noel Clarke has claimed he is the victim of “modern McCarthyism” and branded Bafta and the broadcasters “judges, juries and executioners” in his first interview since being accused of sexual harassment and bullying.

Clarke’s interview with the Mail on Sunday landed as it emerged that he is preparing legal action for defamation, libel and slander against Bafta, The Guardian and the journalists who wrote last year’s expose in which 20 women made complaints against him.

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The Office heads to the Middle East

The Office is heading to the Middle East after MBC and BBC Studios teamed for the first Arabic-language adaptation of the comedy series.

Titled Al Maktab, the Saudi-led version will be set in a courier services company, with Saleh Abuamrh taking on the David Brent role as lead character Malik Al-Tuwaifi, the self-absorbed yet loveable boss.

The series will be produced by MBC Studios with support from BBCS’ international production team which licenses the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant-created format.

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Citizen Ashe comes to Storyville

UK pubcaster the BBC’s documentary-focused strand Storyville has unveiled a slate of summer specials and three new commissions, including a film about grime music, to be shown in the coming months.

Citizen Ashe is the story of tennis player and social activist Arthur Ashe, who was the first black player to be selected for the US Davis Cup team. This film uncovers Ashe’s personal evolution and explores how his activism grew and embraced not only the civil rights movement and African Americans but oppressed peoples throughout the world.

Citizen Ashe is directed by Rex Miller and Sam Pollard, with Miller, Beth Hubbard, Anna Godas, Steven Cantor, Jamie Schutz and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, who was married to Ashe until his death in 1993, serving as producers.

Among the upcoming films greenlit by Storyville is grime origin story doc 8 Bar: The Evolution of Grime, a BMG, BBC Film and BBC Storyville production in association with Gunpowder & Sky and My Accomplice.

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