Channel 4’s Up All Night season will shed an intimate light on life after dark in some of Britain's more hidden locations.
This entertaining quartet of one-hour programmes will use a mix of observational documentary, mini-rig fixed cameras and retrospective interviews to introduce the unsung heroes of the night - the karaoke compere, the nightclub toilet attendant, the out-of-hours locksmith, the mini-cab driver and many more.
Why don't men talk in the toilets? And how do women spend so long in the loo? The Toilet (w/t) will show the dramas, emotions and comical occurrences that take place in a lively nightclub washroom.
Filmed across four nights, the programme joins the toilet attendants working in the ladies and gents loos of a busy Crawley nightclub, capturing the conversations, events and grooming habits of partygoers.
Whether it be Frank Sinatra's My Way, Robbie William's Angels or Abba's Dancing Queen, everyone has a favourite song - and many of us want to sing it!
Observational documentary Karaoke Nights (w/t) is a positive, uplifting film about people who are dealing with some of the most difficult of life's challenges – such as unemployment, death, love, disability and mental illness – through song.
Barry, in South Wales was hit harder than most by the economic downturn. Yet the town has a thriving karaoke pub scene, where the locals can go to misbehave, indulge and sing their blues away.
At the end of a big night out we all need to get home safely.
Introducing The Mini-Cab Office (w/t) a one hour documentary following the staff and customers at Courtesy Taxis in Norwich - from regular customers on their way to work, the airport or bingo to the constant traffic of Saturday night when there can be scores of people in the waiting room and even a bouncer on the door to keep the peace.
Filmed across a week in the taxi waiting area, control room and in the taxis, this fixed rig film captures the complete taxi journey.
While the rest of us sleep, it’s the night workers who keep Britain ticking over. Filmed over the course of four weeks in Manchester, Britain on Call (w/t), captures the out-of-hours plumbers, GPs and vets who will be with you in an instant when a late night crisis strikes.
These are the army of employees who are on call all through the night, every night. Through them we get to see the strange and bizarre things that happen in the small hours where life is just as vibrant and a lot more weird than it is during daylight.
Commissioning Editor of the Up All Night season, Emma Cooper says: ”It has been exciting to take the mini-rig into even more spaces that don’t usually permit a film crew. Up All Night is a real opportunity to use a range of filming techniques to get an unusual and often unexpected view at Britain in the night hours.”
The Toilet (w/t), Firecracker, Exec Producer: Jes Wilkins
The Mini-Cab Office (w/t), Mentorn, Exec Producer: Hannah Wyatt
Karaoke Nights (w/t), Shine TV, Exec Producer: Tim Whitwell, Director: Jason Massot
Britain on Call (w/t), The Garden Productions, Exec Producer: Danny Horan, Producer/Director: Arron Fellows