Head of Specialist Factual, John Hay said, “[Channel 4 is] naturally focused on what’s happening now and what’s happening next. I’m excited by ideas that start by asking ‘What’s going on in the world?’”
BBC Two's Channel Editor Patrick Holland expressed his vision for BBC Two, which will focus on themes of reasserting the role of authorship, engaging with and becoming more relevant to the audience, and embracing all the specialisms on the channel from science, history and arts to current affairs, history, documentaries.
The new titles include a series of new documentary titles including an exploration of families living on the poverty line, a behind the headlines look at the sequence of events that caused Brexit, and the story of the horrific murder of Jo Cox MP.
Describing it as having, “nail-biting twists and powerful emotional pull”, the Daily Telegraph said BBC Two’s recent timely medical documentary series Hospital “could pass as a top-drawer medical drama”.
The fledgling production company Label1 that made the stylish, six-part series has its own twist. Unusually, the firm was set up in 2015 as a “quasi-indie” within ITV Studios. The two people behind the venture were experienced programme-makers Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillips.
There are many people wanting to see the back of 2016, and what better way to start the beginning of the year than getting stuck into a new television series.
Here are some of the best picks for the new year.
The schedule includes BBC One's Attenborough And The Giant Sea Dragon, a one-off special exploring Britain's Jurassic Coast and the recent discovery of gigantic fossils embedded in a cliff face.
Natural history icon Sir David Attenborough will use the latest scanning techniques and 3D imaging to bring back to life the ichthyosaur, and reveal more about the ocean predator's way of life.
Siobhan Mulholland is the Commissioning Editor of Factual at Sky.
Here she explains what she looks for when someone pitches an idea for a documentary.
Bill Hobbins is the commissioning editor at Sky Factual. His commissions include Sky 1’s Freddie Flintoff fries again and Wild Things, which won Best Entertainment Programme in the Broadcast Digital Awards 2015.
Here he explains how to grab his attention when pitching an idea.
A trailblazing four-part documentary series on the history of women will air on BBC Two this autumn.
Charting the role of women in society over 10,000 years, The Ascent Of Woman is the first ever documentary to explore the history of women from the birth of civilisation to the contemporary era.
Focusing on the themes of freedom, oppression, inclusion and exclusion, the series aims to study the status of women and women’s rights.
The series is written and presented by Dr Amanda Foreman, the author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.
The BBC will be paying tribute to the Queen as the longest-reigning monarch in British history in a new documentary.
The Queen’s Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria will air on 9 September to mark the milestone.
Queen Elizabeth II has surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and seven months.
The programme is part of BBC Three’s Defying the Label season, which aims to explore disability, poverty, hate crime, sex and romance in 15 specialist programmes over four weeks.
Yet Pearson, a former BBC and Channel 4 researcher who also starred in Channel 4’s Beauty and the Beast, argues that the BBC season is a ‘double-edged sword’. While there’s been progress in discussing disability on primetime TV, Pearson hopes to get to a stage where disabled people can appear on screen without “the need for a special season or with such a big song and dance”.