Mothership makes debut with Channel 4

Kelly Webb-Lamb’s indie opens its account with a six-parter exploring global obesity

Kelly Webb-Lamb’s indie Mothership has secured its first commission with Channel 4 – a six-parter exploring the global obesity crisis.

Around the World in Eighty Weighs is a 6 x 60-minute format that follows Brits seeking to lose weight as they travel the world to better understand the relationship between food, culture and body size, and see if they can lose weight along the way.

The series was commissioned by head of docs Alisa Pomeroy and commissioning editor Madonna Benjamin, with Gilly Greenslade exec producing.

Pomeroy said: “Global obesity is one of the unseen world-wide crises of our time, and we are delighted to be working with Mothership on their first commission for documentaries, tackling such an important topic.”

Mothership’s director of programmes Greenslade promised a “fresh and revealing” approach to the topic of obesity.

Former C4 deputy director of programmes Webb-Lamb launched Mothership in August alongside former C4 execs Greenslade and Charlotte Desai.

The trio’s credits at the broadcaster included The Dog House, The Circle, The Simpler Life, Gogglebox, The Great British Bake Off and Naked Attraction.

BBC Studios took a 25% stake in the indie in August, with the NHU’s Donna Gomes joining as director of commercial and business affairs last month.