BROADCAST: Sky plots ambitious family doc series

Sky is developing an ambitious documentary series that will follow British families over a five-year period.  The pay-TV broadcaster is in the early stages of developing The Family Project (working title) with Little Gem, the indie established in September 2014 by Maverick TV’s former director of programmes Ben Gale and ex-Princess Productions exec Natasha Bondy.

The show, which is being developed by Celia Taylor’s non-scripted team, is one of Sky’s most ambitious factual projects. Each episode will tell the story of a different family over a five year period, with the series designed to highlight honest and down-to-earth stories of life in Britain through the prism of the family unit.

The Family Project echoes Channel 4 documentary The Family, which aired for three years from 2008 - but the Dragonfly-produced show followed a single family across each series.

It is exec produced Dave Nath (Bedlam) and produced by Beejal Patel (Educating Essex).

C4’s show was itself based on BBC’s 1974 Franc Roddam-directed series The Family, which was influenced by PBS’ US series An American Family.

The Family Project would be Little Gem’s biggest series to date. The producer is responsible for C4 documentaries How To Lose Weight Well and Never Seen A Doctor, Never Seen A Dentist and recently produced BBC1 documentary Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis.

Sky and Little Gem are currently casting for families.