Channel 4 Autumn 2011 Press Pack


Channel 4 today unveils a rich and varied autumn season which includes dramas from Ronan Bennett and Charlie Brooker, comedy from the team behind Comic Strip, a campaigning series from George Clarke and a wide range of ambitious factual shows.

Comedy and Entertainment

  • TX: October. Award-winning funny man and everyone's favourite loveable chat show host, Alan Carr returns to Channel 4 with the seventh series of Chatty Man
  • Black Mirror is a contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world
  • This December Jonathan Ross returns to Channel 4 to host British Comedy's most exciting night of the year - and hell be doing it all live
  • TX: October. Quiz master Chris Moyles returns to Channel 4 this autumn to host a brand new, fifth series of Quiz Night
  • TX: October. The Comic Strip team return for a one off special - a 50s-style 'fugitive' film noir spoof
  • TX: October. Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 this autumn in The Experiments, a brand new four-part series
  • Kayvan Novak, star of BAFTA winning Fonejacker, returns with a second series of the ground-breaking BAFTA-nominated Facejacker
  • TX: October. Stand-up sensation Jack Whitehall stars in his first prime time role, headlining his own brand-new entertainment series
  • A comedy panel show where team captains Micky Flanagan and Mark Watson try to find out if they've got what it takes to make it in advertising
  • TX: October. Rafe Spall returns to Channel 4 for a second, six part series of the hit comedy sitcom


  • TX: September. A brand-new comedy drama series about the hilarious and painful truths of being a student
  • TX: Weekdays. The new term sees Hollyoaks' sixth form college open for business and a new intake of Freshers are welcomed to the local university HCC
  • Renowned filmmaker Shane Meadows follows up the explosive award-winning This Is England '86 with three new one-hour films
  • On London's Summerhouse Estate, lives are lived along lines, and challenges come in all forms, even - especially - for kids


  • TX: October. Professor Stephen Hawking presents a global exploration of the scientific breakthroughs that are transforming lives in the 21st century
  • A major four-part documentary series about the professional and private lives of nurses
  • Channel 4's flagship documentary strand returns with a diverse and fascinating selection of films
  • History comes to life as engineers, archaeologists, and serving RAF officers excavate the tunnel from which 76 allied airmen escaped in 1944
  • Channel 4 provides viewers with access to a live drug trial
  • TX: September. A major new seven-part documentary series that reveals what life is really like for pupils and teachers in an English secondary school
  • TX: September. This three-part documentary series reveals what it's really like fighting on a tour of duty in Afghanistan today
  • In a pioneering new eight-part specialist factual series, Channel 4 examines the science behind using food as medicine
  • TX: October. A new five-part series transforms a family's home from top-to-bottom, filling it with futuristic technology and gadgets
  • This four-part series follows seven people undertaking a range of gender reassignment procedures as they seek to realise their true identities
  • This drama documentary examines the life and legacy of Alan Turing, one of the most important British scientists ever
  • The notoriously private Amish community opens its doors to a group of British teenagers in a new six-part series
  • TX: 24/10/11. It is a mystery that has baffled scientists for centuries: how were the Ancient Egyptians able to perfectly preserve their pharaohs for millennia?
  • TX: October. Random Acts is a brand new short-form arts strand airing five nights a week on Channel 4
  • In this visceral five-part series, Tony Robinson investigates the extraordinary and shocking beliefs that built Britain - and changed history
  • The Turner Prize returns to Channel 4 in December with a dedicated half-hour programme during which the winner of the 40,000 prize will be named
  • TX: October. Unreported World's intrepid reporters, among them Krishnan Guru-Murthy, investigate stories from some of the most difficult parts of the world
  • TX: October. This six-part series is the story of the front line soldiers' war, not the war as written by generals and historians

Factual Entertainment and Features

  • TX: October. Sarah Beeny and husband Graham Swift continue the mammoth task of trying to preserve Rise Hall, their stunning, listed 97-room Yorkshire mansion
  • George Clarke (Restoration Man) is on a crusade to tackle Britain's housing crisis for this brand new Channel 4 series
  • TX: September. The recession continues to bite, but girls still want to look good, so a timely budget edition marks the return of Gok's Clothes RoadShow
  • TX: October. In this six-part series, Jamie Oliver the country in search of inspiration for recipes and to find out what makes British food great
  • TX: October. The series returns to help teenagers answer burning questions about anything and everything to do with relationships, love and sex
  • Kevin McCloud sets out to do the impossible: build beautiful, contemporary, affordable, sustainable homes and still make money
  • TX: October. Queen of the Homemade Home, Kirstie Allsopp returns with a brand new series that will really test her mettle as a craftswoman
  • TX: October. After all these years dishing out the advice, can Mary Portas, doyenne of the high street, cut the mustard in her own fashion venture?
  • TX: October. For his latest series of River Cottage, renowned carnivore Hugh challenges himself to spend the summer as a vegetarian