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BBC Three greenlights Alleycats series The Big Proud Party Agency
30 Mar 2021 : Nathan Griffin
The Big Proud Party Agency
BBC Three has commissioned The Big Proud Party Agency from Northern Ireland production company Alleycats; a 6 x 30 series that follows a team of LGBTQ+ professional party agents as they plan some iconic events.

From inspiration to celebration, each episode sees the party agents tasked with creating an extravagant event for a ‘party star’ with something important to commemorate. The agents are given a brief and then have to pitch their idea before one is chosen, with the party star’s best friends on hand throughout to help pull off a memorable night.

The party agents are accomplished professionals and include cultural producer and event curator Ryan Lanji, model and businesswoman Teddy Edwardes, and party architect Christopher Mills. Each of them will bring their own expertise and unique creative vision to the events, as they work together to make a bash to remember for the party star and their friends.

“At Alleycats we're all about celebrating individuality and we're thrilled to be bringing fabulous queer parties to life on BBC Three,” said Alleycats’ Des Henderson, when speaking about the announcement.

BBC Three Controller, Fiona Campbell said that they first heard about the idea through BBC Three’s partnership with BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen. “We loved it so much we had to bring it to series straightaway,” said Campbell. “After a year with no parties, The Big Proud Party Agency is here to bring the BBC Three audience some much needed joy.”

The Big Proud Party Agency was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Clare Mottershead, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The Executive Producers for Alleycats are Des Henderson and Ed Stobart.

Eddie Doyle, Head of Commissioning at BBC Northern Ireland added that Northern Ireland was the perfect location for a show like this. “We know how to throw a party in Northern Ireland – and it’s the perfect time to commission this exciting new series from Alleycats,” Doyle said. “We’re delighted to be working with Northern Ireland Screen and BBC Three to support the local independent sector, and it’s fantastic to see innovative new formats like this moving to full commission.”

The BBC Three and BBC Northern Ireland partnership with Northern Ireland Screen invited local companies to submit format ideas with the promise of a Factual Entertainment series commission for the network channel. The winning commission from the first round of the initiative will be announced soon.

 

Richard Williams, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Screen, said: “When we launched the Youth Content Development scheme in conjunction with BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Three, we were confident it had the potential to unlock a lot of opportunities for our vibrant indie sector. 

 

“Alleycats’ Big Proud Party Agency being commissioned to go straight to series proves that this model works, and we look forward to sharing details of the winning commission soon too.”

 

Filming on The Big Proud Party Agency will only begin once restrictions are deemed safe to do so.





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