Factual Entertainment aims to explore both us and our world in a vivid, entertaining way. Our primetime shows have scale, and aim to grab viewers with their ambition, whilst engaging them with compelling narratives.
Our department is home to a vast range of programming, from highly constructed formats to observational documentary. We commission bold, audacious constructs like Hunted, Married At First Sight and The British Tribe Next Door, ground-breaking social experiments like The School That Tried To End Racism and 60 Days On The Streets, presenter-led popular formats like Grand Designs and Travel Man, and pop docs like The Mum Who Got Tourettes, and Inside Poundland: Secrets From The Shop Floor. What unites most of our output is character-driven story-telling, and a desire to reach a broad audience.
What we’re looking for
We are looking for the next generation of returnable hits at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm – whatever they might be. The current slate includes shows as diverse as The Undateables and Travel Man and Naked Attraction, sitting alongside Hunted and Married At First Sight. What do you think the TV landscape is missing, that might draw an audience? It could be anything from a whittle, to a studio format, to a genre-busting flash of inspiration ala Gogglebox.
After a long post-Big Brother hiatus, we have returned to stripped reality with The Circle. We continue to seek fresh new big reality ideas that could play in volume either on Channel 4 or E4 – either stripped or weekly. What would be a simple but distinctive big new idea in this crowded space?
Social Experiments, Event TV, and Presenter-Led Journeys
What are the issues of the day we should be addressing – and how can we tackle them in character-driven, dramatic ways? Smuggled was an edge-of-the-seat investigation of our border security. What precincts should we be immersing in next? How can we bring audiences to difficult but important issues, as The Write Offs did with the problem of adult literacy?
We would also love to commission more joyous event TV or stunts with scale involving celebrities. We’ve had The Jump, we have Celebrity Hunted. What is the next big idea?
And we are always looking for authored pieces by big names – whether as singles or potentially series – such as the brilliantly opinionated Kathy Burke’s All Women.
In the ob-doc space, we want more ideas for broad, accessible series such as Inside Poundland: Secrets From The Shop Floor, or Walking With Elephants. And we always want standout singles, from docs like A Very British Sex Shop that can play at 10pm, to titles like The Mum Who Got Tourettes that play at 9pm.
We need more long-running format ideas for Friday nights, to complement Gogglebox and Friday Night Feast. Tonally, they need to have the right spirit of fun to launch into the week-end.
We currently make Sex Clinic for E4. We are looking for more self-contained formats that could potentially play at scale, whilst revealing something truthful about young people today in a highly entertaining way.
We are also searching for distinctive, flagship reality ideas.