Building on their promise to make more programmes for older children, Channel 4 will deliver several new shows for the 10-14 year old demographic
Existing hits Gogglesprogs, Educating ..., and the Richard Osman-fronted Child Genius will be renewed alongside all new commissions, as the broadcaster boosts its spending on content aimed at young teens from £3million to £5million a year.
Targeting the audience of Channel 4's 8pm slot, the initiative also aims to provide wider learning experiences in the form of animated online shorts accompanying their shows, made available on their website and app All4.
Motorcyclist and speed racer Guy Martin is set to present new reality show Guy's Big Build (w/t) where he trains unemployed teenagers from Grimsby in engineering and construction, before putting their skills to the test in big-scale challenges.
Using modern equipment to upcycle old military tanks and helicopters, the production team will build a longstanding site in Lincolnshire which will become a centre for training and recruiting other young locals into the engineering industries.
The channel has also commissioned a new drama, The ABC, set in a large, multicultural comprehensive school in the North of England; as well as studio entertainment show Kidology where contestants ask general knowledge questions and decide whether the answers they are given are true or false.
Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt said: “Over the past three years we’ve steadily increased our spend and our share of the 10-14 audience. This additional spend will supercharge our strategy at 8pm and deliver even more great programming for this audience."