What does the future hold for unscripted television?

Emma Willis in The Circle (Credit: Richard Kendal/ Channel 4)

Are we at peak unscripted content? Session chair Tim Davie noted that – while there was no short-age of good news for the genre (18 of the 20 top-performing original programmes on broadcast TV in the US that summer had been formatted entertainment) – there were worrying signs for the genre. The UK was still producing hit formats, but margins were declining and it was no longer the fastest growing market for original formats.

New entertainment format, Hunted, hits Channel 4

If you’ve ever fantasised about throwing away your phone and disappearing without leaving a digital footprint, look away now.

Channel 4’s new series Hunted is set to explore what it’s like to stay concealed in a society where being monitored is a daily reality and questions whether we ever truly can run away from 24/7 surveillance.

Part-documentary and part-thriller, this brand new format sees 14 ordinary participants on the run to evade capture from expert Hunters. Can they escape detection, avoid CCTV and even social media?

Channel 4 commissions a second series of Married at First Sight

The show, which tests partner compatibility by DNA and personality tests, sees couples married to each other the very first time they meet on screen.   

The final episode aired on Thursday 23 July and the show drew in an audience of 2.5 million , attracting a large share of 16-34 year old viewers.

Over 1,500 people applied to take part. But while some found love at the altar, others failed to ignite a spark and split up.

The series, produced by CPL, is based on a format originally created by Danish indie Snowman Production.