Grayson Perry

Channel 4 wins big at the Grierson Awards

Grayson Perry at the Grierson Awards

Channel 4 swept the boards at last night’s Grierson Awards, which celebrate documentaries that have made a significant contribution to the form.

RTS award-winner Grayson Perry was crowned Documentary Presenter of the Year for his Channel 4 series Who Are You? with Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey calling Perry a national treasure who “is an interviewer who gets under the skin of his subjects and an artist who captures their essence.”

Channel 4 announce new commissions and return of family comedy Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4 have announced a slate of new commissions including a period thriller, gender-based documentary and a four-part series with Grayson Perry, as well as the return of laugh-out-loud comedy Friday Night Dinner.

Genderquake

Channel 4 has commissioned Genderquake (w/t), a 90 minute one-off programme to look at gender-fluidity in the UK. Gender-fluidity has made its way into public consciousness and the programme will explore why this is happening.

Grayson Perry invites viewers to help with Brexit-themed artwork

Grayson Perry at the RTS Programme Awards (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Grayson Perry: What Britain Wants (working title) will follow Perry as he uses art to explore Brexiters' and Remainers' perspectives on British national identity. 

Perry believes that these are the two great tribes of our time, and wants to compare their hopes, fears and aspirations for the country.

Perry is appealing for the public to get in touch with ideas, images, phrases and photographs, with which he intends to decorate two enormous pots: one for each political camp.

As of now, Perry is accepting contributions on Facebook and Twitter.

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Grace and Frankie

 

The slick, silver-haired comedy from Friends creator Martha Kauffman is back for a second season.

Straight-laced Grace and free spirit Frankie are both happily married women when their husbands, Robert and Sol, announce that they are leaving them – for each other.

Breaking the mould

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Back in the late 1990s, Ade Rawcliffe was working on Ainsley Harriott’s show, Party of a Lifetime. They were in Teesside, filming with children from a housing estate. They all had a question: was Rawcliffe Harriott’s wife or was she his “girlfriend”?

Ade (pronounced Addy) thinks that they were not used to seeing two black people in the same place at once. They might, it occurs to me, have been equally puzzled by the spectacle of two black people working on the same television programme.

Grierson Trust unveils British Documentary Awards nominees

The shortlist for The Grierson Trust 2015 British Documentary Awards has been announced.

The BBC and Channel 4 dominate the list, with 34 and 25 entries respectively.

Channel 5 features in the list for the first time since 2009, with nods for GPs: Behind Closed Doors and Can’t Pay? Final Demand Special.

First-time nominees include Vice for The Islamic State, BBC iPlayer with Adam Curtis’ Bitter Lake, CNN for Extreme Antibiotics and, in a children’s first, CBBC with Mr Alzheimers and Me.