Last year BBC One’s Charlotte Moore made promises that would define the network over the coming years: a commitment to risk taking, guaranteed investment in innovation, and a promise that she would challenge every new commission to break the mold. And with that reminder, speaking yesterday at an event for writers, actors, industry and media, Moore announced a lineup of new productions currently in development by the BBC.
Or note is “Whitney,” a feature-length documentary on the late singer, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Nick Broomfield (“Aileen: Life And Death of a Serial Killer,” “Kurt & Courtney” and “Biggie and Tupac”) which will, according to the BBC’s press release, go “in search of the forces that made and then destroyed the singer who has been described as having one of the greatest voices of the last 50 years.”
Houston’s family has been quite protective of her estate and image especially when it comes to film and TV, and it’s not said whether Broomfield has their blessing or if they will be involved in the making of this new documentary, which comes after last year’s Lifetime biopic, also called “Whitney,” which was directed by Angela Bassett and starred Yaya DaCosta in the title role – a film that the Houston family heavily criticized. The film was made without the family’s involvement.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Controller, said: “I’m excited about the potential we have now, working together, across all our channels… to give people the most ambitious, exciting and distinctive range of programming ever. Programs that inform, educate, entertain and inspire.”