Winter 2012 Press Pack


It's winter. It's night for roughly 25-hours-a-day, and (in these days of global warming) the temperature gauge has plunged to only 18 degrees centegrade. What a fantastic time of year! Never is there a better excuse to curl up in front of the telly with a remote control and a day-long supply of crisps and cakes (sorry, Jamie, we mean healthy and inspiring snacks). The remote control, incidentally, is only necessary for flipping between the Channel 4 stable of stations. Don't believe us? Then check out this indispensable cut-out-and-keep guide to the season's programmes (NB do not actually attempt to cut out of the computer screen).

Comedy and Entertainment

  • The full original line up of David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker, Lauren Laverne and Jimmy Carr returns for a new 10-part series of 10 O'Clock Live
  • The Bank Job (w/t) is a week-long live event with a gripping online element that gives players the chance to pull off the ultimate heist
  • Cardinal Burns is a new comedy sketch show written and performed by Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns
  • Kayvan Novak, star of BAFTA winning Fonejacker, returns with a second series of the ground-breaking BAFTA-nominated Facejacker
  • Hacks is Channel 4's very first phone hacking comedy. Hacks takes a satirical swipe at the recent momentous events surrounding the British newspaper industry
  • Stand-up sensation Jack Whitehall stars in his first prime time role, headlining his own brand-new entertainment series
  • TX: January. The Mad Bad Ad Show is a brand spanking new 45 minute studio based comedy entertainment series that lifts the lid off the advertising world
  • TX: January. For one night only, a selection of familiar Channel 4 hosts are pushed right out of their comfort zones by job swapping with each other
  • TX: January. The online comedy phenomenon, with over 38 million views of their comedy songs to date, bring their all-singing all-dancing comedy to E4
  • TX: January. Davina McCall will be guiding pairs of contestants as they face the daunting Drop in a bid to win life-changing sums of money
  • TX: January. Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy is a psychedelic character based comedy show half filmed and half animated
  • Every weekend the T4 gang - Nick Grimshaw, Jameela Jamil, Matt Edmondson, Will Best and Georgie Okell - chat with a host of film, TV and musical talent

Drama & Acquisitions

  • From the writer of Sex and The City, Emmy Award winning Michael Patrick King, comes smash hit US comedy, 2 Broke Girls
  • Allen Gregory is an animated comedy written, voiced and executive produced by Jonah Hill, star of Superbad and Get Him to The Greek
  • Have your tissues ready as The Big C returns for a second season starring Globe Globe winner Laura Linney
  • TX: January. The stakes are at an all-time high in the final season of this landmark show
  • Film4 presents the network premieres of 44 Inch Chest, Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Informers, Crossing Over, and The Burning Plain
  • The Good Wife is back - and it's business as usual at Lockhart & Gardner even after Will and Alicia's night together
  • Hollyoaks won't be the same after Christmas following a dramatic showdown between the villains Warren Fox and Brendan Brady
  • A compelling, contemporary US thriller starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, and David Harewood
  • Napoleon Dynamite is an animated version of the smash cult film that revolves around an eccentric high school student in a small Western town
  • TX: January. New Girl is the brand new US smash hit comedy featuring quirky golden girl Zooey Deschanel in her TV debut as Jess Daly
  • TX: January. Welcome back to the not so green and pleasant pasture that is the rebooted Chatsworth Estate
  • TX: January, E4. A hedonistic holiday in Morocco tragically turns into a living hell, changing everything
  • Relationships figure strongly in several film premieres on Channel 4 this winter


  • TX: January. Bear Grylls is taking Miranda Hart and Jonathan Ross on their own once-in-a-lifetime expeditions to some of world's most stunning natural environments
  • In this three-part series, Niall Ferguson travels this vast country to ask how a fifth of humanity can live under a Communist system with a capitalist economy
  • TX: January. Against a backdrop of rising crime and this summer's shocking civil unrest, the acclaimed documentary series Coppers returns
  • TX: January. Death Row Stories is a new series that follows director and screenwriter Werner Herzog as he uncovers stories of rape, murder and execution
  • The Hollywood legend's life story is examined through some of her most precious possessions which are to feature in auctions in New York and London
  • Fallen City is a strategic urban puzzle game commissioned by Channel 4 Education
  • A new five-part series transforms a family's home from top-to-bottom, filling it with futuristic technology and gadgets
  • Tx: January. Smash hit comedy-doc series, The Hotel, is back - with a new seaside location, new staff, new guests, and new calamities
  • Make Bradford British is a new two-part documentary series asking what it means to be British
  • TX: January. This funny, irreverent and surprising film follows the boys of Newport's biggest security firm over a summer of booze, brawls and brotherhood
  • TX: January. With new lives beginning and others changing forever, the emotionally-charged documentary series One Born Every Minute returns
  • What do we know about the Holocaust survivors who made Britain their home? Daisy Asquith records their experiences
  • The nation's longest running and most popular history series returns for a nineteenth season
  • Tx: January. A follow-up film to Jon Snow's critically-acclaimed investigation into the final weeks of the war between the government and Tamil Tigers

Factual Entertainment and Features

  • TX: January. This brand new series offers a fascinating insight into some of the UK's biggest families and reveals how both the parents and children cope
  • The series everyone talked about returns to brighten up TV screens this winter with six brand new episodes
  • Tx: January. The Body Shop explores the cool and crazy world of fitness fanatic personal trainers in one of Londons most extraordinary gyms
  • With food prices on the rise, can shoppers really still afford to care about where the food they put on the table every day comes from?
  • Viewers can beat the winter gloom by immersing themselves in this brand new series featuring a delicious world of flour, fire and forearms
  • For this one-off special, Gok Wan travels back to his ancestral home to explore the largely unseen world of Chinese mass production
  • Heston Blumenthal is on a mission to show viewers how to inject a good dose of Heston-style magic into homemade food
  • Mary Portas is on a crusade to launch a campaign to reignite the UK clothing industry by manufacturing 100% British knickers
  • This observational documentary series follows the lives of British Consuls and their staff in Spain in some of the busiest offices in the world
  • Tx: January. Architect George Clarke returns for a second series of Restoration Man with a whole range of new families and brand new restoration projects
  • Tx: January. The SuperScrimpers army is back, and they're armed with enough money-saving top tips to banish those January financial blues for good
  • Channel 4 goes behind the scenes of the dazzling and intensely competitive world of children's freestyle disco for this one-off film
  • The Undateables follows a range of people whose ability to form relationships is affected by an impairment or challenging condition


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