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Channel 4 to mark Black History Month with five new commissions

The documentaries will explore different aspects of the Black experience in modern Britain, including a look at romantic relationships, the celebration of black comedians, and an investigation into why Covid-19 cases are so prominent in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. 

"I am really excited about the range of programming for Black History Month this year, particularly because we are launching new onscreen talent we hope will become regular faces on Channel 4,” said Danny Horan, Head of Factual at Channel 4.

James McAvoy set to narrate Channel 4’s The Bridge

The Bridge will bring together 12 total strangers who all need to work together and trust each other to try and win £100,000.

Brought to an idyllic lakeside in the British countryside, the 12 strangers have no idea about the challenge that awaits them but are ready and excited for an adventure.

The big money prize is just out of reach, 250 metres away from the contestants across the lake, so to reach the grand prize they have 20 days to build a bridge that will get them to the money.

Filming resumes for a fourth series of Ackley Bridge

Yasmin Al Khudhairi, Robyn Cara and Ryan Dean (Credit: Channel 4)

The new ten-part series will see the addition of new character Kayla (Robyn Cara), a funny and vibrant mixed-race teenager who is facing an identity crisis, torn between her mum’s family who are white and her dad’s traditional Pakistani family.

Joining Kayla is her best friend Fizza (Yasmin Al Khudhairi), who is intelligent and politically active, plus the attractive but arrogant Johnny (Ryan Dean), a member of the travelling community who is sceptical of school and catches the attention of Kayla and Fizza.

New Jürgen Klopp documentary for Channel 4 and All 4

Jürgen Klopp: Germany’s Greatest Export, made in partnership with ERDINGER Weissbräu brewery, follows Klopp’s journey from a self-proclaimed average player to world-beating manager, via Frankfurt, Mainz and Dortmund to Liverpool FC.

The documentary also recounts Liverpool’s arduous history since 1990, up until the club and Klopp eventually crossed paths to put an end to the club’s 30-year wait for a Premier League title.

The film visits fellow Liverpool legends such as John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, and Sir Kenny Dalglish for commentary on Klopp’s style and success.

Taskmaster unveils contestant line-up for series 10

Taskmaster started off as a live show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before airing on Dave for nine series and has now been acquired by Channel 4.

Greg Davies will once again sit on his throne with his trusty sidekick Alex Horne and score the comedians attempts at one of a kind wacky tasks, with hilarious and unpredictable outcomes.

Suranne Jones to star in Dominic Savage’s anthology series I Am

Each episode will be written and developed by Dominic Savage, in collaboration with the lead actor of the episode, which will have a personal connection to them.

The series will explore mental health, relationships and trust, through a contemporary female lens.

Produced by Me + You Productions, Suranne Jones and Ashley Walters have been confirmed to star in I Am Victoria, with further casting to be announced.

Hollyoaks to celebrate 25th birthday with new series Hollyoaks@25

Hollyoaks@25 will showcase one week for every five years, each chosen for the significance and popularity of its storylines.

The first era will look at the years 1995-2000, specifically the year 1999, when the soap’s first ever major stunt was performed.

A young Tony, Lewis, Ruth and Lucy are desperate to escape the water tank in which they are being held captive by a vengeful Rob Hawthorne, the soap’s first ever villain.

Mel Giedroyc to front new woodwork competition series on Channel 4

Comedian Mel Giedroyc will present the competition, introducing the demanding briefs to the contestants and overseeing their completion of the builds in the woodlands.

Giedroyc said: “In the words of Ian Faith, the manager of Spinal Tap, ‘... in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful.’

“I would add to that by saying that in the topsy-turvy world of 2020 IN GENERAL, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is pretty much ESSENTIAL.