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The BBC has unveiled the four factual programme-makers who will undertake the New Documentary Directors Initiative over the next 18 months.

In the fifth year of the scheme, the following emerging talent will be placed with an indie and partnered with an exec to helm their debut film for BBC3:

Caroline Sciama, producer of Curious Films’ Channel 4 doc Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death, whose credits also another Curious doc, Being Frank: the Frank Gardner Story for BBC2 and Blast! Films’ BBC2 film Silenced: the Hidden Story of Disabled Britain;

Olivia Isaacs, who produced Films of Record’s BBC1 doc David Harewood: Psychosis and Me and has been a shooting producer on The Garden’s 24 Hours in A&E;

Aodh Breathnach, a PD/edit producer on Dragonfly’s BBC1 series Ambulance and a self-shooting producer on Marble Films’ BBC3 doc Hard Up;

Sophie Fuller, producer of BBC Current Affairs’ BBC3 Black Lives Matter doc Fighting the Power: Britain After George Floyd.

The initative is overseen by BBC documentaries commissioning editor Beejal Patel. 

Previous BBC3 films made through the scheme include Lindsay Konieczny's Sudden Death: My Sister’s Silent Killer and Helen Spooner's Abused by My Sports Coach directed by Helen Spooner, fronted by journalist Charlie Webster.

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