As Brexit falls apart all around us, the BBC look to immigration.
“Who should get a British Passport? shows our unparalleled commitment to the most important timely stories in peak, asking challenging questions about the biggest issues.” – Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two
In a divided Britain, who we let into the UK, or allow to stay here, is a never ending problem. As immigration lawyers up and down the country attempt to get their desperate clients a visa, they must try to work out fact from fiction. Between them they submit over 700,000 visa applications a year to the Home Office, over half a million of which are successful. It’s down to the tough talking lawyers to vet their clients, and to build the most compelling argument to get them the visa they need.
With brutal honesty and candour, this series asks the controversial question who really deserves a place in the UK? Who Should Get a British Passport? will air across three episodes, each to be placed in a prime time BBC Two hour-long slot.
“This revealing and provocative series picks apart the way our immigration system works, following a number of extraordinary stories, as the lawyers and their clients take on the ever changing and confusing rules set by the Home Office. It presents the audience with the richness of detail and complexity of the cases and the system, so gives them the chance to decide for themselves – who they think deserves a place in the UK.” – Twofour Executive Producer, David Clews
Other programming announced by BBC Two today includes The Family Brain Game presented by Dara O Briain and produced by Label1 follows eight brilliant families from all walks of life as they come together in a specially designed ‘games lab’ to compete in the ultimate test of intelligence. Each episode will see two families go head-to-head in a series of games, designed with the help of leading cognitive neuroscientist Dr Adam Hampshire from Imperial College London, to test mental ability.
Going beyond traditional ideas about how to measure brain power, such as IQ, the families will also be put through their paces in a range of more surprising areas including communication, technology and strategy now seen by experts as critical components of 21st Century intelligence. There is also The Claim a six-part production that sees six intrepid British couples competing to win a remote, breath taking home deep within the Alaskan wilderness.
The British couples will retrace the steps of a man who was the last person to claim five acres of virgin land under the American Homestead Act, and now after living there for 35 years with his wife is looking for an heir to take over the legacy.