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Channel 4 commissions new Spice Girls documentary

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With hundreds of hours of archive footage and some revealing interviews, the series will tell the complete story of the best-selling girl band of all time.

From the RTS-Award winning team behind the documentary Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, the series will look at the group’s transformation from first forming during the ‘ladette’ backdrop of the mid 90s through to their most recent world tour during the #MeToo movement.  

Channel 4 announces Damilola Taylor documentary

DJ, writer and childhood friend of Damilola, Yinka Bokinni will present the film, entitled Damilola: The Boy Next Door, recounting the incident and its destructive aftermath.

On 27 November 2000, ten-year-old Damilola was attacked as he approached his home on North Peckham Estate. He died in hospital from the wounds, and two brothers were eventually convicted of manslaughter in 2006.

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan returns for a second series

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The series is produced by Gilligan’s production company Mono G and Expectation and will return with six brand new episodes.

Series one delighted viewers with a mix of games, fun sketches, music and light-hearted chat with famous faces such as Tyson Fury, Riz Ahmed, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Kelis. 

Gilligan called the news “incredible”, he commented: “This was always a really bold, ambiguous project and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved as a team.

Channel 4 announces new factual series Take Your Knee Off My Neck

The five-part series explores race in contemporary Britain and why the need to challenge racism is a matter of urgency.

The films look at the systemic racism and injustice black people continue to face in Britain through testimony from comedians, politicians, nurses and doctors in the NHS, and members of the public who have experienced racial abuse.

Channel 4 has announced a third series of The Circle and spin-off The Celebrity Circle

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Once again participants will get the opportunity to be anyone they want to be in order to gain popularity.

Emma Willis will return to host and comedian Sophie Willan will continue to voiceover the reality series.

To follow covid-19 filming guidelines, there will be no studio audience or live shows and the format will change to a pre-recorded set-up.  

Players will move into their own separate apartments in the same apartment block and the only way they can communicate is through a social media platform called The Circle.

ITN's Anna Mallett on how the crisis shows the need for quality journalism

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Anna Mallett, CEO of ITN for the past 12 months, could be forgiven for looking a little wearied. Even before coronavirus struck, the news organisation was working full tilt, covering such seismic events as Brexit, the Conservative Party leadership contest and a particularly fractious pre-Christmas general election. And now this.

Brian Woods' TV diary

Lockdown begins five weeks early for me. Not due to Covid-19 but because, on 18 February, I become a dad. Welcome, Roscoe. I plan to avoid looking at email for the first month.

Three weeks later, on 11 March, I give in. Louisa Compton, editor of Channel 4’s Dispatches, wants quick ideas on coronavirus. I send her a barmy notion about shooting a film in one day, editing it in a week, and broadcasting seven days after filming.

UK broadcasters team up on guide for producing TV safely during Covid-19

The guidelines will allow productions to get up and running again, with the emphasis on the safety and well-being of employees.

The guide will be applicable to a broad range and scale of TV programmes of all genres and have been created with the collaboration of industry experts and the external expertise of Dr Paul Litchfield CBE.

Broadcasters have liaised with union representatives and the Health and Safety Executive and worked with First Option safety consultants to the media and entertainment industry.

The TV Collective to launch free online events for BAME industry professionals

The TV Collective coaches, champions and connects BAME workers with each other and to paid opportunities.

The sessions will help to specifically address the challenges BAME professionals face and will be a mix of free live talks and Q&A’s led by industry experts across TV, digital media and the creative industries.

Each session will allow attendees to discuss and collaborate and receive career advice, while exploring the new business models and ways of working adopted by the industry.