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Channel 4 commissions Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life

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The three-part series will take place at The Royal Marden NHS Foundation Trust, one of the world’s leading cancer hospitals, and will follow surgical oncologists as they use ground-breaking new technology to help save lives. 

Surgeons perform high stakes operations with innovative technology that allows them to give hope to patients with rare cancers and work at the forefront of what’s medically possible. Patients put their lives in the hands of these surgeons, with limited surgical options anywhere else in the UK. 

Channel 4 offers creative career opportunities for young people in Leeds and Manchester

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Twenty-five young people will be offered the chance to kickstart a career in the creative industries after Channel 4 set up a range of partnerships with businesses based in Manchester and Leeds.

The paid 14-week scheme sees trainees undertake six weeks of bespoke training with the specialist company SharpFutures. The training will cover production techniques, storytelling, pitching and other key skills such as teamwork and communication.

Channel 4 announces documentary Spacey Unmasked

The two-part series, produced by Roast Beef Productions, takes a deep dive into a man who was once considered one of the most powerful and respected actors in the world. 

The series tells the story of his childhood and growing success on Broadway which led to a meteoric rise to fame and stardom. 

This all came crashing down when he was accused by multiple men of grooming, sexual harassment and abuse.

First-look image released for new Channel 4 drama The Undeclared War

Adrian Lester, Hannah Khalique-Brown, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg (credit: Channel 4)

Set in 2024, The Undeclared War tracks a team of leading analysts secretly working to ward off a series of cyber-attacks on the UK ahead of a general election. Buried in the heart of GCHQ, a routine stress test of internet infrastructure goes awry, propelling 21-year-old intern Saara Parvin (Hannah Khalique-Brown) to operate on the invisible frontier of high-stakes cyber warfare.  

Created by Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall), the series is the result of years of meticulous research with the aim of lifting the veil on the most urgent battle of our time.

Channel 4 commissions new coming-of-age series Dance School

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Created by Theresa Ikoko (Rocks) and Lisa Holdsworth (Call The Midwife), Dance School follows an eclectic group of dance students as they navigate the intense highs and lows of coming of age in today’s complex world.

Told through the eyes of the core friendship group and dance crew - Puppy, Kobby, Liam, Tim, Francesca, Tash and Nohail - Dance School captures their joyful, funny, raw and truthful stories. Heading up the LAH dance school is Jackie, a dynamic, determined, tough but passionate teacher who brings the group together.

TV Diary: Ian Katz

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Wake up to an item on Radio 4’s Today about the shortage of HRT drugs. Women are resorting to trading them illegally in car parks. The Govern­ment has had to appoint an “HRT tsar”. A pharmaceutical executive explains it is partly to do with supply chain problems but mostly the result of a surge in demand triggered by a Channel 4 documentary presented by Davina McCall last year. 

Now Davina has made a follow-up film and people are worried that even more women will have the temerity to ask for treatment. 

Prison dramedy Screw renewed for second series

The series one finale saw tragedy strike C Wing at Long Marsh male prison, which leaves Leigh Henry (Nina Sosanya) and her beleaguered staff looking to make a fresh start.

But with changes at the very top and a fresh intake of both staff and prisoners, Leigh’s new bond with Rose (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) will be tested to the limit.

The guards continue striving to improve the complex lives of those in their care, only for rumours of an undercover cop on the wing to upend the order and threaten to blow open a criminal plot involving at least one of the officers.

Channel 4 partners with SHOWTIME on new Brett Gelman comedy series

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Created by Matt Morgan (Mister Winner), the series follows Gabe (Gelman), an American widower who is forced into close quarters with his British wife’s estranged family. In their crumbling gothic mansion in the English countryside, Gabe must get to know the family as they compete for his affections, and his newly inherited fortune.

Two Brothers Pictures, the company behind Fleabag, will produce the eight-episode series alongside SHOWTIME, with Harry Williams, Jack Williams and Sarah Hammond acting as executive producers.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to explore UK’s most outrageous homes for Channel 4

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Celebrating the best of Britain’s visionaries, eccentrics and proud-to-be different homeowners, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will bring his distinctly flamboyant interior design nous as he explores some extraordinary properties.

The four-part series will see LLB meet people who value originality when fearlessly decorating their homes with outlandish vision. Visiting properties across the UK with wild, wonderful and outrageous domestic décor, the host aims to discover why the homeowners dare to be so different with their designs, how they did it, and how much it all cost.

Kiell Smith-Bynoe on the acting grind, Ghosts series four and his new Comedy Blap Red Flag

It was the last day of Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he was performing in the improvised comedy show BattleActs! for the third year in a row, and he was trying to buy some drinks at the bar. But far from ruing the loss of the round, he was jubilant. “It’s the happiest card decline I’ve ever had,” he says, “because I remember just knowing […] that I was going to be in a show that I really loved.” You see, earlier that day, he was told he had been cast in Stath Lets Flats.