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Commissioners, advertisers and producers discuss the future of ad funded TV

Greg Barnett, Saj Nazir, Kate Bulkley, Simon Wells and Emily Hudd (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

At a jam-packed RTS early evening event in late October, a panel of leading commissioners, producers and advertising experts explained how to make branded programming – and identified some of the pitfalls.

Greg Barnett, long-serving commissioning editor for factual entertainment at Channel 5, argued that the way programmes are being made is changing.

Channel 4's Alex Mahon: Regulation needs to support PSBs to achieve their goals

Alex Mahon (Credit: RTS/Richard Kendal)

CEO Alex Mahon made a forthright defence of Channel 4’s place within television’s new ecosystem. She said that channels such as hers were “a vital counterweight to the growing concentration of power that is in the hands of just a few tech behemoths, [which] increasingly decide what we read, what we watch and what we listen to”.

Mahon highlighted the importance of Channel 4’s programmes, which added “piquancy to large domestic audiences”. She said that they resonated “in a way that’s important and big enough to be important to our whole society”.

Caroline Flack fronts new cosmetic surgery series

Caroline Flack at the RTS Programme Awards 2018 (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The Surjury (w/t) follows a jury of 12 members from the public as they decide if people should go under the knife for the cosmetic surgery of their dreams.

The series will allow candidates to receive measured advice about the cosmetic procedures they desire and give them the freedom to explore their choices with more information.

Introduced by Flack, the candidates will need to gain a majority of the jury vote to secure the procedure they’ve requested.

If the surgery goes ahead, candidates are then invited back to demonstrate the results of their operation.

Sarah Lancashire to star in new Channel 4 drama The Accident

Sarah Lancashire in The Accident (credit: Channel 4)

The four-part series will complete a trilogy of dramas created for Channel 4, alongside Kiri and National Treasure.

Written by RTS-award winning screenwriter Jack Thorne, The Accident follows the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion on a construction site in a Welsh town. As the community is torn apart by grief and anger, they search for someone to blame.

Channel 4, ITV and Sky join forces to promote healthy eating and exercise for children

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The three-year partnership aims to tackle obesity in young people by reaching 90% of UK children through the TV. 

The health and wellbeing initiative hopes to change long-term behaviour towards eating and exercise across all communities.

‘Eat Them to Defeat Them’, an advertising campaign partnership between Veg Power and ITV, aims to increase vegetable consumption among children, of whom 80% do not eat enough.

The End of the F***ing World announces release date for series two

Jessica Barden (Credit: Channel 4)

The eight-part series will air two episodes in a double bill every night starting on Monday 4th November, with the entire series available to stream on All 4 following premiere's double bill.

Jessica Barden reprises her role as mouthy and brazen runaway Alyssa, but the fate of James (Alex Lawther) is yet to be determined.

New images show Alyssa dressed as a bride outside a remote woodland café and in a diner uniform in the forest.

Russel T Davies creates new drama for Channel 4

Russel T Davies and the cast of Boys (Credit: Channel 4)

Beginning in 1981 and tracking through the decade, Boys charts three young men discovering and celebrating their gay identity in the backdrop of the devastating AIDS crisis.

The five-part series stars singer Olly Alexander from the band Years and Years as 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer. As Tozer begins a new life in London, he meets party boy Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and the unassuming Colin (Callum Scott Howells), two fellow gay men who soon become his closest friends.

Channel 4 celebrates Black History Month

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gal-dem, an online and print publication committed to sharing the experiences of women and non-binary people of colour, will delve into Channel 4’s archives to curate a Black British History collection.

The six titles that have been selected each comment on the black British experience and will be accompanied by six new short films.

The new films will see members of the gal-dem community interview individuals related to the original films.

Channel 4 announces new series Meat the Family

Meat The Family (Credit: Channel 4)

The three-part series will see four meat-loving families as they share their homes with the animals that would normally end up on their plate.

Over three weeks, the families will learn about the animals they are living with and the impact of their meat-eating habits.

Cutting-edge studies will investigate animal behaviour and intelligence, as well as the farming practices used and the environmental impact of the meat industry.