‘Fear’ doc series crowns BBC2 fall sked

Lineup includes U.S. laffer 'Arrested Development'

LONDON — A documentary series that attempts to get to the heart of the war on terror is one of the highpoints of BBC2’s fall sked, announced Wednesday.

Provisionally entitled “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt,” the Adam Curtis-helmed doc goes back 50 years to unravel the story of American neo-conservatives and political Islamists and the ideas that helped create them.

“The story starts in 1949 and asks how in this battle of ideologies we got to where we are today, a time when entire populations wait in fear of the next terrorist attack,” said Roly Keating, launching his first season as controller of BBC2, the pubcaster’s terrestrial niche net.

Centerpiece of the lineup is family history skein “Who Do You Think You Are?,” in which 10 British celebs track down their ancestors. In common with other recent BBC2 viewer-involvement initiatives like “Great Britons,” in which the public voted for the greatest Brit of all time, the BBC hopes “Who Do You Think You Are?” will become a public talking point.

Other highlights of the season include “The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon,” based on a recently discovered cache of 800 short films from the early 20th century now being restored by the British Film Institute, and U.S. comedy “Arrested Development.”

The net will also show “The Grid,” a co-production with TNT and Fox, currently airing in the U.S.

Keating succeeded Jane Root, now running the Discovery Channel in Washington, as BBC2 controller earlier this year. Root commissioned the fall season.

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