BBC hope to rival One Born Every Minute with new show, Welcome to the World

by Lynn Connolly

The BBC has announced that it’s to air a “global spectacular” show that could rival Channel 4’s hit reality series, One Born Every Minute.

In ‘Welcome to the World’ we’ll see babies being born all over the world, from obscure third world countries to major cities, and viewers are invited to send in footage of their own children’s births too!

Here’s what website FilmExtras has to say of the contributions that are invited from people all over the world…

Welcome To The World (BBC / Century Films)
Welcome to the World is a film about childbirth around the world.

Do you have home video of those first hours with your new baby or a special occasion in those early days which you can share with us?

We’re compiling an online gallery and some clips may be also included in the film…

Welcome to the World is produced for the BBC by Century Films.
Additional Casting Information
There is no age limit but under-18s must be supported by a parent or guardian.
Requirement: Individual
Gender: N/A
Payment: Unpaid
Casting Location: UK
Deadline: Fri 31st August 2012

However, aside from the global aspect of the new series, it will differ from One Born in other ways too, as it will feature the tragedies of birth also, and deal with the heartbreaking issue of stillbirth and infant deaths.

A BBC insider said of the show, “It is widely accepted that if you know the details around a child’s birth, particularly on the first day, it is possible to predict how the life of the child will unfold.

“This film will be about births in different parts of the world showing the huge disparities in maternal healthcare that lead to so many unnecessary deaths.

“The births of babies and the workings of the hospitals or clinics will be the departure point, but the film will focus on a small number of characters and go into depth with their stories.”

The series will launch later this year, but in the meantime, if you decide to contribute a film, please do let us know so that we can all watch out for it!


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.